Since opening back in 2015, Willie the Boatman has become a household name in the Sydney craft beer scene. And the brewpub, located within St Peters' Precinct 75, has garnered extra attention since its Luchetti Krelle-designed makeover last year. The fancy new-look brewery and tasting room is much larger than its predecessor. It's a bright and airy space with hanging greenery and tasteful bric-a-brac adorning the walls, plus a mix of timber and steel finishes. The space offers booth and long communal table seating, along with a a comfy leather couch for good measure.
Co-founders Pat McInerney and Nick Newey have also also upgraded the brew floor from the converted milk vats of old to brand new brewing tanks. The beers, like the brewery, all have fun names and stories — from the easy drinking Tempe Tim pale ale to the bolder Crazy Ivan IPA. The bar is also slinging its specialty Albo corn ale (on tap and in tinnies) — it's a farmhouse style ale that's named for the current Leader of the Opposition Anthony Albanese. This beer is in a league of its own and could easily keep you at the brewery all arvo.
WTB has your back for every season and every weekend. If you're new to the beers, grab a tasting pony and give them all a go. And when you realise how class this beer is, we'll see you at the takeaway fridge.
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