The Keg and Brew
Craft beer is very much the focus here. There are 30 taps, plus three hand pumps, pouring a stellar selection of ales; much of it from local brewers such as 4 Pines, Young Henrys and Riverside Brewing. Tempe newcomers Willie the Boatman, Marrickville’s Batch Brewing Co and Sydney University-based upstart Angstrom Brewing also make appearances. There are two cider taps, and to keep the old-timers happy, it’s kept the Reschs flowing. Bourbon is also a focus with 30 varieties on offer.
To soak up all that beer and bourbon, the menu is heavy on the carbs. Try deep-fried oysters, mac ‘n’ cheese crab balls or sweet-potato wedges. Mains include Young Henrys battered flathead, buttermilk fried chicken, and Kentucky bourbon black Angus rump. If you’re cholesterol levels are dangerously high, the maple-glazed polenta cake or the quinoa salad might be more your scene. If you don’t give a damn about all that, round your meal off with a deep-fried Twinkie.
The space has plush seating arrangements and cowhide wallpaper splashed around the (seemingly obligatory) animal heads affixed to the wall. But it’s all secondary to the beer. And with one of the city’s largest craft-tap offerings, the Keg and Brew will leave the discerning beer enthusiast more than happy.