As all the best things usually are, Sauce Brewing's Marrickville tasting bar was a little while coming. The label began gypsy brewing out of The Australian Brewery last year and launched two debut beers in December, before setting up operations of their own within a Marrickville warehouse. Now, the next part of the dream has finally been realised, with the doors to Sauce's on-site taproom open to the public.
One half of that sprawling industrial space has been transformed into a comfy, laid-back watering hole, overlooking the shiny collection of brewing equipment. The bar area has been crafted from recycled bricks and timber, and there are seating options aplenty — because, as owner Mike Clarke will tell you, "there's nothing worse than a crowded bar with standing room only and 50-foot lines to get a drink".
And comfort is key, because this is the kind of craft beer lineup that keeps you busy for a good, long session. While drops like the Mega-Hop Sauce Double IPA and a pale ale have been on local beer-radars for close to a year, the brewery just dropped a whopping six new beers in conjunction with its taproom opening. The family currently includes an on-trend New England IPA, a hops-driven hefeweizen and even an experimental porter, infused with chocolate and chipotle.
Looking forward, there'll be a core range of about five beers, backed by rotating seasonal releases and collaboration brews, with a front beer garden also on its way.