Craft beer brewery Young Henrys is located in the heart of Newtown, 500 metres from the train station, and attracts an eclectic crowd united in appreciation of good beer.
Passionate brewers and hospitality veterans Richard Adamson, Oscar McMahon and Dan Hampton, dreamt up Young Henrys where many great ideas are formed – over a beer.
They agreed that for too long Sydney had lagged behind the rest of Australia in terms of generating innovative and exciting breweries. Young Henrys was born to fill that void and has proven the pioneering cadre to be passionate, adventurous and fun. The venue opened for business in 2012 and the team hasn’t looked back.
Today, the cutting edge, natural-gas driven brewery produces ales, lagers and ciders with heart and gusto.
“The true source of flavour is experience, passion and the daring to do something a little different,” co-owner Richard explained. He and Head Brewer, Sam Fuss, produce a core range of classics as well as allowing room to experiment and to try some limited release beers. Letting others into the excitement of brewing, they even co-brewed some small-release brews with bands, magazines and radio stations.
From the core range, we recommend the Natural Lager; a good sessional unfiltered lager that uses Australian hops with German and Australian malts. Using Pink Lady and Royal Gala apples from Orange, New South Wales, Young Henrys Cloudy Cider is, as Richard says, “a cider for real cider fans.”
Young Henrys brews, including the eponymous Real Ale, have received accolades from far and wide. Richard’s decision to brew an Australian-style English bitter was a ballsy one, with real ales being recognised as a classic drop of the UK. However, the venture paid off as the brew won not only best in class but also gold at JD Wetherspoon’s International Real Ale Festival.
If you head down to the cellar door tasting room, right into the heart of the brewery, knowledgeable staff will happily take you through the latest brews on offer. Before you know it you’ll have a ‘growler’ bottle in hand to take away (and bring back if you like), but not before you’ve enjoyed a few pints.
They mightn’t have a kitchen to feed the masses but from time to time Young Henrys welcome mobile food stalls and collaborate with venues such as Nighthawk Diner, Cantina Mobil and Slim Jim’s Jerk Chicken to name a few.
The affable atmosphere allows customers a glimpse into the life of a brewer, and punters are able to watch professionals work while relaxing with a cold one. If you’re lucky enough to catch a brewer when it’s quiet, they’ll be more than happy to give you a run-down of brewing methods. Young Henrys even hosts its own street festival, Small World, replete with bands, brews and food vendors. It’s no wonder the brewery has amassed a cult following.