Independent breweries are opening at a rapid clip all around Australia, but Sydney’s inner west – Marrickville in particular – has well and truly established itself as the country’s beer capital. Add in the numerous farther-flung breweries such as Modus Operandi in Mona Vale and Riverside in Parramatta, and it’s clear just how good we have it in this city.

Of course, beer is poured at every pub, but there's something special about drinking it right where it was made. Apart from the fact that breweries serve it fresher, you'll often get the chance to try new and limited releases other venues don’t offer. Throw in the typical relaxed warehouse vibe, pizzas or other snacks, and these are great places to lose an entire afternoon.

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