Tucked away in the basement of the heritage-listed Macquarie Hotel in Surry Hills, this 8-hectolitre microbrewery is the hub of a burgeoning craft-beer empire run by owner Dr Jerry Schwartz. Apart from supplying the pub, Schwartz Brewery distributes its beer to seven other hotels Schwartz owns in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. Designed originally as a single-outlet brewery, the plant has grown along with the owner’s acquisitions, with larger maturation tanks installed at bar level, along with a bottling line downstairs, adjacent to the brewery. The stable of foundation beers includes Schwartz Bier, Pilsner, Pale Ale and Wheat. The latter has been overhauled in recent times and has featured such exotic ingredients as oranges, lemons, lemon myrtle, cloves, grains of paradise and star anise. The brew has been nicknamed ‘Wild Wheat’ by one fellow craft-brewer.
A sound range of regular brews is backedup by some more adventurous seasonals.
Behind the Label
Schwartz means black in German, so Schwartz Bier is aptly named because the brewery’s signature beer is in the style of a German black beer. Or perhaps that should be Czech black lager, as the original brewer, Gerard Meares, based his recipe on the malt components for the house brew at Prague’s U Fleku cafe, which he found listed in a beer encyclopaedia. U Fleku has been brewing its own since 1499 and though it’s a blatant tourist trap these days, it’s still a mustdo on any European beer research trip.
Macquarie Hotel, 40–44 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney 2000
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