Since 2008, 4 Pines Brewing Company have carefully cemented themselves as one of Australia's premier brewing companies. The team behind the craft beer brand has never hidden their support and loyalty to Sydney's north, and in particular, the Manly and northern beaches areas — the home of their original microbrewery.
So, it should come as no surprise then that 4 Pines earlier this month opened their third venue, 4 Pines Manly Underground. Taking over the old Out of Africa space, the eatery is a little different from their brewpub upstairs, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a menu put together by 4 Pines executive chef Rob de Paulo. He's stepped away from the classic pub meals offered upstairs in the BrewPub, instead focusing on seasonal ingredients and fresh produce. Open from 7am till 10pm each day, the venue is food-oriented with beers coming from upstairs (naturally), with booth seating and a log cabin-like feel. Pallets from their Brookvale have been used extensively in the design.
But that's not all. 4 Pines have also announced the roll out of two other completely different and varied new venues within the next 12 months, all north of the Harbour Bridge.
"The time has come for 4 Pines to launch some hospitality spaces," says 4 Pines publican Ged Dore. "We looked at some places over on the west coast of America, and these brands had venues along three different beaches. When we got back to Australia we looked at potential spaces in Sydney, the inner west, then in Melbourne but we just kept coming back to the northern beaches."
Next up, Newport is set to become the home of barrel-aged beer, with the opening of the 4 Pines Newport Barrelhouse. The idea of barrel-aged beer is something 4 Pines has been fine tuning for the past few years, and are ready to showcase with the opening of this specialty venue in the early summer. The venue, located in the heart of Newport on Barrenjoey Road, is being touted as the first of its kind in the state, if not Australia.
Finally, for those who enjoy a beer with breakfast, a 4 Pines beer and bread concept will open in the Glen Street Theatre in Belrose in 2017. Perfect for a for a drink and dinner pre- or post-theatre, 4 Pines Belrose will offer beer and freshly baked bread, including the stout bread which has been baked in the Manly BrewPub since 2010.
Even though 4 Pines also have a brewery in Brookvale which uses an old truck as a bar, Dore isn't convinced they've covered all bases in the Northern Beaches area just yet though. "The [Manly] cinema has been closed for over two years, so we'd love to own the cinema so we could do 4 Pines movies. We'd love to be able to do a 4 Pines showcase arthouse cinema — you're allowed to dream aren't you?" says Dore.
4 Pines Manly Underground is located at 43-45 E Esplanade, Manly and is open daily from 7am till 10pm. For more info, visit 4pines.com.au.