Back when he worked in the corporate world, Brad Walker relished Sundays – the only day of the week he could dedicate to brewing beers. Sunday Road Brewing, which he founded in 2016, gets its name from the six-day build-up to that sacred time. In 2019, he opened a brewery and taproom in Kirrawee, a short walk from the train station. It’s an understated, well-appointed space liberally splashed in Sunday Road’s signature pine green.

The bar has 11 taps, including a nitro tap and two side-pulls – European-style taps that allow the pourer to control the amount of foam in a glass. Among the crowd-pleasing core range are the Enigma XPA, the brewery’s first beer and still its bestseller; Cryotherapy, a hazy IPA that won Best International-Style Pale Ale at the 2019 Australian International Beer Awards; and Coast Track, a lager that takes its name from a walk in the nearby Royal National Park. There are also two American-style ales: Over the Bridge, a New England hazy pale ale; and Blackwoods, an American pale ale.

Ever-changing limited releases, as well as recurring seasonal brews, round out the line-up. Enjoy them in-house with a tasting flight or lug some home: there’s a fully stocked takeaway fridge, plus growlers and top-ups available.

If wine is more your style, there’s a tight but serious list of drops. For food, choose from a small menu of bar snacks and cheese platters – or try something from the weekly food truck. And whether you’re drinking, eating or both, you’ll find something on in the taproom most nights, including staff-hosted trivia on Thursdays and live music every Sunday.

Outdoor tables are reserved for walk-ins, but if you’re rolling with a bigger crew, it’s worth booking. Sunday Road is a firm Shire favourite that fills up fast.

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Updated: September 26th, 2023

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