Since relaunching in 2016, Stockade Brew Co has made some waves in the craft brewing industry, having won over 50 Australian beer awards in the last two years and turning out some of the Great Australiasian Beer Spectapular's wackier drops. Now, it's finally opening its own joint this May in Sydney's booming craft beer suburb.
Located in an old factory space in Marrickville, the production brewery and bar boasts a communal dining space for 250 punters, plus a 14-person tasting room for private parties. Designed by RAD Studios, the fit-out includes steel screens and timber furniture that gives the industrial space an art deco feel, plus a custom-built bar made with upcycled barrels, lightbox menu boards and LED lighting.
Stockade's sessionable core four beers — an 8 Bit IPA, Chop Shop pale ale, Duel hoppy lager and Hop Splicer XPA — have been consistently outdone by some of the brewery's pretty out-there seasonal releases, like the maple syrup beer or the white stout with cacao and chilli. Now the brewery will also be home to the Stockade barrel-aged program. At the moment, that means a Kentucky bourbon barrel-aged double IPA, which will be on tap for the venue's launch.
The Stockade brews will sit next to four guest taps pouring the likes of Marrickville locals Bucket Boys and Melbourne's Hop Nation. Patrons can also expect wines from Urban Winery Sydney blended on-site in Stockade barrels and hop-infused cocktails using spirits from Australian craft distilleries.
For beer nibbles, the team has gone down the food truck route, and will be teaming up with Eat Drink Collective for an offering that changes each month. American burger truck Baby Rey's will kick things off when the brewpub opens. Then, tasting sessions, brewery tours, butchery and cocktail masterclasses and beer and cheese pairings will round out this massive offering as of early June.
"We've been really fortunate to have earned a lot of support for our beers over the last few years, so opening a space in the home of Sydney microbrewing felt like the natural progression," says owner Anton Szpitalak. "A brewery is a place for a beer drinker to connect with brewers and the process behind it, so having the tasting room at the heart of the warehouse brings this to the forefront."
The Stockade Brew Co brewery and bar will open in May at 25 Cadagon Street, Marrickville. We'll let you know when we get an opening date — in the meantime, you can keep an eye on the Facebook page.