Situated within the food and wine mecca that is the Tramsheds, Redline Taphouse and Kitchen comes from chef Joe Slakey (Flying Fajita Sisters) and boasts ten rotating taps, a menu of Southern-style American eats and an outdoor beer garden to boot.
An avid home brewer, Slakey has made his first foray into professional brewing. He's brewing on-site using the SmartBrew system, which takes about half the work of a pro brewery — this means Redline isn't exactly brewing each batch from start-to-finish, but it's still notable.
On tap, you'll find Redline's house lager as well as special and seasonal releases that mainly stick to the American theme but include some Aussie and international beer styles as well.
Some of the taps are allocated to guest brews, too, with a focus on Sydney-based breweries — especially those from the inner west circle, like Wayward, Young Henrys and Frenchies. The list rotates every month based on customer feedback, with interstate and overseas names making their way on occasion.
Slakey is a Seattle native, and the menu is a compilation of his favourite dishes from around the States, with a strong focus on the Deep South. Mains include Cajun jambalaya, crispy soft shell crab and grits, biscuits and sausage gravy and St Louis-style pork ribs. Add on classic sides like Creole red beans and rice, bacon fat-fried green tomatoes and cheddar cheese hush puppies.
"As a chef, you always want to be able to serve up the dishes you enjoy the most," says Slakey. "And opening Redline is an opportunity for me to do that. It's real, down to earth American food."
The fit-out is designed by Sonnet, who also took care of the interior for Bang Street Food. Think Americana meets Aussie pub, with the brew kit on front-and-centre display and a beer garden rounding out the offering.