A round-up of breweries in and around Newcastle
Newcastle has become home to a host of craft breweries in the last decade, and more seem to keep popping up every few months. Here's our guide to the breweries of Newcastle and surrounds.
Independent and locally-owned brewery Method Brewing has three of their own core beers on tap – the Method Pale Ale, Method New World IPA and Method Hazy Pale. Settle in to one of their leather couches and order food from the rotating on-site food truck to accompany your beer.
Where: 18 Maitland Rd, Islington
Taking their name from the ship horns that are a defining feature of Newcastle's soundscape, FogHorn Brewery is quintessentially Novocastrian. Pair their brews with pizza and American-style diner food and you have a winning combination.
Where: 218 King St, Newcastle
Enjoy one of Modus Brewing's quality beers in their airy, light-filled space in Merewether. Modus Merewether is more than beers – take a gander at their impressive food offering, ranging from small share plates to burgers and wings, and even desserts.
Where: 20 Merewether St, Merewether
While they may not have a physical brewery where you can sip on their beers, rest assured, it's in the works for Steel City. In the meantime, grab their brews at plenty of bottle shops and pubs around Newcastle, like Hotel Jesmond, The Ship Inn and The Oriental Hotel.
Family owned and run, Good Folk Brewing has become a Beaumont Street favourite since opening in 2022. Don't miss their house-made wood-fired pizza while you try a tasting paddle of their six beers.
Where: 80 Beaumont St, Hamilton
Calling Broadmeadow home, Thirsty Messiah is a newcomer on the local brewing scene. With a whopping 40 taps featuring their own beer and craft beers from the region, Thirsty Messiah is Mecca for beer lovers.
Where: 140 Lambton Rd, Broadmeadow
Brewing out of a warehouse in Carrington, Styx Brewery does tastings of their beer (and spirits!) by appointment. Find their beers at bottle shops and pubs around Newcastle, like The Criterion Hotel.
With four mates at the helm, Shout Brewing Co. is a brewery with plenty of passion behind it. Drink their beers at their fun Islington space (start with the crowd-favourite Mullet Pale Ale) while you dine on wings.
Where: 22 Clyde St, Islington
Bread & Brewery has six of their own beers on tap, arranged so that you taste them progressively. Head over for a tasting, so you can hear the stories behind beers like Four Weeks Notice and Fire Truck.
Where: 19/14 Kam Cl, Morisset
Brewed onsite in Union Street, The Rogue Scholar has 12 rotating taps of their popular beers. There's even an Apple Cider and Ginger Beer for those who aren't beer drinkers.
Where: 4-6 Union St, Newcastle
With 11 taps in the taproom, there are plenty of beers to try at Maltnhops Brewhaus. Try some of their more left-of-centre brews like the PB&J Stout, Myrtle's Lemon Myrtle Sour and Pure Imagination Imperial Chocolate Porter.
Where: 10/26 Balook Dr, Beresfield
Located within Wests Cardiff, Cardiff Brewery offers small batch beers in a casual space – perfect for watching sport while you sip a beer.
Where: 18 Munibung Rd, Cardiff
Cattleyard Brewing Co.
Cattleyard Brewing Co. is all about making straightforward craft beers that anyone can enjoy, with varieties including a lager, summer red and pale ale. Find them at Newcastle bottle shops and venues like The Bennett Hotel and The Grain Store.
A staple of the Newcastle brewing scene for more than ten years, Grainfed Brewing Company is working on opening their own brewery in Newcastle. For now, find their brews in bottle shops and venues around Newcastle like the Stag & Hunter Hotel, Lock's Paddock and Signal Box.
Lake Mac Brewing Co.
Lake Mac Brewing Co. has sustainability at the heart of their brewing operations, giving their spent grain to local farmers and operating their own wastewater treatment plant. There's an extensive range of beers, like the Dance at Dusk Amber Ale, Fishermans Pale Ale and the Lake Mac Lager.
Where: 2 Brodie St, Morisset
Visit this relaxed brewpub in Morisset to sip fresh beer at the source by Yard Kings Brewing Co., enjoy live music on the weekend, and feast from the low 'n' slow BBQ menu, all smoked at the onsite smokehouse.
Where: 32 Accolade Ave, Morisset
Paddles Brewing Co
Paddles Brewing Co brews small batch beer with over 200 recipes on offer to suit every taste. The brainchild of three beer-passionate mates, their Cardiff brewpub serves up tasting paddles and burgers by Mr Brisket Smokehouse.
Where: 57 Munibung Rd, Cardiff
Overlooking the grape vines on the grounds of Peter Drayton Wines, IronBark Hill Brewhouse has ten beers and two ciders on tap, ranging from pales ales and lagers to stouts and porters. There are beer and cider paddles available if you're keen to try a few.
Where: 694 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin
Morpeth Brewery have been making handcrafted beers on the premises of the Commercial Hotel in Morpeth since 2012. They have up to six taps available for their beers on draft, four of which are dedicated to regular beers, IPAs on rotation and seasonal beers.
Where: 127 Swan St, Morpeth
Hunter Valley residents now don't have to venture to Newcastle to get themselves FogHorn beers – the brewery has set up in Pokolbin, with ten beers on tap.
Where: Cnr Wine Country Dr & Fleming St, Pokolbin
Hope Estate might be well-known for their wine and concerts, but did you know they also have a brewery onsite? Enjoy your beer in the funky indoor space or the rolling lawns of Hope Estate, if the weather is nice.
Where: 2213 Broke Road, Pokolbin
Tinshed Brewery brews its artisan beers onsite at its brewery in Dungog. Tinshed has become a local favourite with beers like the Finger Lime Sour and the Dungog IPA.
Where: 109 Dowling St, Dungog
Murray's is known for brewing exciting, quirky beers, and doing it with consistency. Grab a tasting paddle and take in the lush grounds as you sip beer alfresco.
Where: 3443 Nelson Bay Rd, Bobs Farm
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