The Macquarie Hotel / Schwartz Brewery


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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

42 Wentworth Ave
Sydney, NSW 2000

+61 2 8262 8844

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2006

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by heygeebee:
Photo of heygeebee
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Had a very mixed view of what to expect from this place. My first and only previous visit had been before my interest in beer took off, and I sampled two ales, neither of which I recall the name of.

At the time I described one as a Honey Wheat beer which tasted as tho the brewer had added in the honey, at the time of serving, in a grandiose swirl, rather than add at the brew stage. The other I mentioned that if I was going to have a beer and fish and chips, I would have the beer in a glass, and the fish and chips on a plate, not all in the same vessel, such was the aroma of fish from the glass.

Moving on!!!! (and I am told the previous brewer has as well)

The place is as-was but the brews are much better. Around eight to choose from, and some good, some not so. The Pale Ale was a highlight for me, and my companions enjoyed the stout as well. The Bavarian Red was a bit of a let down.

The venue is a typical inner-city high ceilinged hotel bar. Not too much life, but it was early on a week night. Staff were helpful. One point to note, it really is between everywhere, so you will be walking thru inner-city nothingness before you find it, and that stays true from any direction.

I hear it's growing, they are expanding and removing the live music venue, which of course will ire some and please others.

Worth a look, even if not in the same league as Redoak.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of vancurly
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

The Macquarie Hotel is an old (1888) pub not far from the city centre. The front bar is full of local types and converts to a music venue some evenings. I believe there is an Asian restaurant on the site too, although I didn't try it out.

Only one Schwartz beer is available in the front bar, but if you make your way around to the side, a rather empty, one-pool-table space includes three large tanks, and a separate bar with six Schwartz offerings.

The guy in the bottle shop came over, and poured me a Tasting Crate ($15), with six samplers. At time of tasting, this included Wild Wheat, Summertime Ale, Pilsner, Pale Ale, Bavarian Red Lager, and Doc's Secret Squirrel The last of these is evidently a winning homebrewer's offering, being a chocolate hazelnut porter.

The staff are friendly, if not a bit sparse at times. The guy who served me knew his stuff, and if it weren't for the shop he needed to manage, would gladly have remained and talked beer for a while.

Speaking of beer, there is not one in the place. The Wild Wheat resplendant with native spices (think Baron's Black Wattle, but better), Summertime Ale a fruity sessioner, the Pilsner of the New World style (think Knappstein), and a classy American Pale Ale (better than LCPA).

I'm not a big fan of Red Ales & Lagers, but the Bavarian has a good malt profile, and was enjoyed by my drinking partner. The choc/hazelnut porter is icecream in a glass. Very sweet, and not my cup of tea.

Well worth the visit.

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Photo of brendan13
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Visited on a quiet Sunday afternoon.
I ventured into the "brewery" bar - I was the only person in there. There was a jazz band playing in the main bar but I needed to concentrate...
I went into the attached bottle shop to see if they had any bottled, they only had the Dark Bier though. The girl in there informed me that they will do a taster, how could I refuse?
Being so quiet service was very quick & friendly.
In the end I had a schooner of Wheat, Pale & Stout - all tasty and well made.
In addition to these three they also had another three on tap; Pilsner, Bavarian Red Lager & Dark Bier. Don't know about the main bar but it was good to see only their beers on tap in this part.
$5.20 for a schooner of fresh & tasty micro beer at the source is good value.

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