Redoak Brewery

Redoak burst onto the craft-beer scene by winning a swag of medals at the 2004 Australian International Beer Awards before they had sold even a single drop. And they have continued to collect an impressive array of awards including AIBA 2006 Grand Champion Trophy (Redoak Special Reserve), AIBA 2008 Champion Small Brewery and the World Beer Cup 2008 Gold Medal for their Redoak Framboise Froment. Brewer and co-owner David Hollyoak is equally obsessive about winning awards and producing as many different beer styles as possible, with fruit-infused wheat beers, wood-aged ales and stouts, and smoked malt beers among the more esoteric. He’s also highly secretive and few people, apparently, have been invited inside his brewery, which is located somewhere in an industrial estate in western Sydney. Luckily, you can sample his exhaustive catalogue of beers at the Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe in downtown Sydney, a classy venue that matches the quality of the brews on offer with fine dining and a European-inspired reference for all things beer. In particular, the everchanging tasting boards – with meat, seafood, vegetarian and dessert options – offer cutting-edge beer and food pairings in tapas-sized servings.

House Style

Generally, the more rare and exotic the beer style, the better Redoak brings it off, while some of the more common varieties can occasionally underwhelm.

Signature Beer

Redoak Framboise Froment

Behind the Label

David Hollyoak is a redhead – though a fairish one – and his Redoak Cafe is decked-out in lots of recycled, reddish jarrah timber, so the Redoak moniker seems a nice fit. All his labels feature the same red livery, while some limited releases, available exclusively from the cafe, have a basic typewritten white label. Redoak Honey Ale is made with Tasmanian leatherwood honey and the robust, musky flavours work surprisingly well with the grain characters (Gold Medal at 2006 World Beer Cup).

Contact Information

Redoak Boutique Beer Café 201 Clarence Street,Sydney 2000 Bar; restaurant


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