The Grifter Brew­ing Co

Time Out (Sydney) - - FOOD & DRINK -

An­other brew­ery bar has hit the In­ner West. By Emily Lloyd-Tait

You’d think that with the com­bined forces of Batch Brew­ing, Wil­lie the Boat­man, Young Hen­rys and Way­ward Brew­ing Co we’d have more than enough brew­ery bars to sat­isfy the mighty thirst of the In­ner West, but you’d be wrong. Just try find­ing an empty seat on a Satur­day af­ter­noon if you don’t be­lieve us. Luck­ily there’s a new stop on the great brew­ery bar crawl, and it’s from a fa­mil­iar name in the craft beer game – the Grifter Brew­ing Co. Like ev­ery craft brew­ery, Grifter’s three own­ers, Matt King, Glenn Wig­nall and Trent Evans started off as home brew­ers and grad­u­ated from brew­ing in their kitchens to gypsy brew­ing in the Young Hen­rys fa­cil­i­ties when they weren’t in use. Pretty quickly they pur­chased their own tank and in­stalled it at the New­town brew house, and then when Young Hen­rys up­graded their fa­cil­i­ties Grifter pur­chased the lot.

It took a year and a half of search­ing to find a venue, and hav­ing wit­nessed Young Hen­rys ex­pan­sion first hand, the Grifter crew wanted to make sure they had room to ex­pand. And boy does their new venue fit the bill. The ware­house space two doors up from the Vic, on the other side of the petrol sta­tion, is huge. Half the floor space is ded­i­cated to a very roomy brew­ery, and only a quar­ter has ta­bles and chairs, plus a pool ta­ble. With what’s left you could play kanga cricket, screen films or host hand­ball tour­na­ments, if the mood took you.

Right now they are open Fri­days through Sun­days with a strong pro-dog, pro-kids, pro-snacks agenda, which means you can BYO pizza, or maybe Bourke Street Bak­ery treats from down the road. But if you just want nib­bly bits there’re bowls of wasabi peas and pork scratch­ings for only three bucks a go.

It might sound like a ter­ri­ble idea, but you should or­der the fresh and fruity watermelon pil­sner called the Ser­pent’s Kiss. Or per­haps the smoky, roasty flavours of the De­mon Lungs porter is more your style. Quite frankly we’d be happy with a straight run of the Aus­tralian pale ale that ticks all the boxes when only a cold beer will do.

The best bit of all is that you can or­der four tast­ing ponies for $12, but in­stead of try­ing to scarf them down be­fore they go flat you can col­lect one at a time from the bar and move at your own pace. The sys­tem works.

The Grifter Brew­ing Co 1/391 En­more Rd, Mar­rickville 2204. 02 9550 5742. the­grifter.com.au. Fri, Sat noon-9pm; Sun noon-7pm.

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