Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel

Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel, Tourism Australia

Sydney’s longest-running brew-pub is many things rolled into one fine watering hole – an institution for ale lovers, a tourist magnet and a haven for homesick Poms. The historic sandstone pub is as comfy as a well-worn slipper and the in-house brewery has been churning out tasty brews since 1987. In the early days they were based on malt extract but they soon evolved into full-grain beers full of English-accented character, with the odd Belgian-inspired number produced for special occasions (like Broadside 200, rolled out to commemorate the bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar in 2006). The concept of a genuine brew-pub – that is: a pub producing beer to be served on tap exclusively at a single outlet – is simple enough, but few have succeeded like the Lord Nelson and its irrepressible licensee Blair Hayden. In recent years, bottled versions of both Three Sheets and Old Admiral have been produced under contract for wider distribution, but the historic Lord still remains very much the main attraction. A select band of regulars keep their own pewter mugs behind the bar while other patrons can sip from a real pint glass full of their favourite brew. A friendly ambience with no pokies, an open fire, cheese and damper platters, and pork pies are just a few of the pub’s many charms.

House Style

Highly drinkable English-style ales, designed as session beers (with the exception of the potent Old Admiral) with some interesting recent one-off releases, are typical of the Lord Nelson style.

Signature Beer

Old Admiral

Behind the Label

Three Sheets wasn’t among the Lord Nelson’s foundation house brews but was created by then brewer John Clannon and christened following a naming competition among patrons. Victory Bitter, Trafalgar Pale Ale and Old Admiral all have strong naval or Nelsonian connections and Three Sheets (to the wind) was deemed a cheeky but appropriate moniker. The label designed for the bottled product released in 2006 features British naval semaphore flags and a heraldic coat of arms.

Contact Information

19 Kent Street, The Rocks 2000 Tours by appointment; bar; restaurant; takeaway sales


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