In the newly revived Saint Peters area (Sydney’s inner West), not far from the gorgeous shop of designer Sibella Court, the new fancy store of the Design Twins, and just next door to Wendell’s favourite bucks party joint, the Axe throwing place called Maniax and two doors from Sample Coffee Pro beans roaster, is now settled a micro-brewery. This fantastic inner-west micro-brewing revolution has taken Sydney by storm.
It is called Willie the Boatman: a homage to Willie, a Scottish convict, was sent to work in 1830 for A.B. Sparks, the owner of the Tempe House. Willie’s job was to row his boss’s, visitors and supplies across the Cooks River. He was known as a true local character. In the same philosophy all the beers are named after local celebrities.
Brewers Nick Newey and Pat McInerney have launched themselves into the brewing adventure wanting to make good beer and bring together the local community.
Pat is fond of everything community. He has been made Marrickville’s citizen of the year 2014. He is a champion at local found rising. Nick and Pat have been home brewers for years, serving beer in their backyard to their friends and neighbours. Lucky us, they have recently decided to upscale.
I have tried both Crazy Ivan IPA and The Bulger. They are good beers. Being fan of very “flowery” IPAs I wish they had put more flavoursome hops in it. But for more classic tastes, this beer is very nice.
The warehouse turned bar has a truly agreeable and friendly atmosphere. Every beer comes with free prawn chips in a red bowl :)
Of course you will find all the hipsters’ code…
Look at this beer palette. Isn’t it beautiful?
The brewery is just in the next room to the bar area. It is possible to visit it as you sample some of the nectars coming out of its tanks.
We left with a few bottled beers which we intend to share with our neighbour Chris during our weekly micro-brewery degustation session.
At Willie the Boatman in Saint Peters, you will spend a great Saturday afternoon with friends. If you go, let me know what you think. This is the IPA (above), a pretty dark one.
Alex my son loved the idea of having a “willie T-shirt” :)
Industrial and raw material are enhanced by comfortable soft furnishing.
Wendell loved the Albo Corn Ale. Simple, refreshing and good.
Next time we will order a paddle :)
If you are cruising around Sydney West, drop by, it is well worth a visit.
Even the bathrooms are styled in a nice manner.
Grab a stool, a bowl of prawn chips and enjoy a lovely afternoon.
Cheers! (this is Albo Corn Ale)
NOTE: this post is not sponsored