12 Taps Glebe
Glebe's new beer bar showcases a rotating lineup of independent Australian breweries across 12 taps.
Glebe Point Road has welcomed a new beer bar into its ranks, thanks to four of the minds behind Australia's first co-op brewery, Hopsters: Byron Lotz, Marco Vargas, Darren Common and Brock Vanzino.
As the name suggests, 12 Taps Glebe features 12 rotating taps that showcase independent regional and interstate breweries, rather than big-name or local Sydney acts. Instead, the venue has partnered with two regional craft breweries — Mudgee Brewing and Forster's Coastal Brewing — who will each have two dedicated taps.
The eight remaining taps will change regularly (and seasonally), and have already poured the likes of Southern Highlands Brewing's Fruicy Joot, Hope Brewery's Tropical NEIPA, Wolf of the Willows' pilsner and Hop Nation's organic lager. A few brews by the Hopsters crew will also make the taps.
Alongside the beers, the bar is serving a small selection of craft gin cocktails, along with a few simple bar bites to keep you going. Expect chilli and herb sausages with Thai-style mustard sauce ($11), popcorn cauliflower with garlic aoili ($10), portobello mushroom empanadas with chilli jam ($12) and tiger prawns with garlic dipping sauce ($14).
The bar may look like a tiny space from the street, but further inspection reveals a backyard beer garden, a breezy upstairs dining room and — the best seats in the house — the front balcony. It overlooks the main road and is primed for people watching during those sunny summer arvos ahead.
Another 12 Taps is set to open in Marrickville this December, with a site in North Sydney planned for the near future as well. And Hopsters co-op brewery is set to open its doors later this month, too, having grown to over 500 members since launching in 2016.