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Sydney Brewery Paddo Pale. This brewery has a history which resembles a dog’s breakfast. It has its origins in the bowels of historic Macquarie Hotel, which was established in 1888. It’s located on the corner of Wentworth Avenue and Goulburn Street, Surry Hills, a stones throw down from Oxford Street.

In 1996 the pub was bought by Dr Jerry Schwartz, a cosmetic surgeon and director of the ‘Schwartz Family Company’. This is Australia’s largest private hotel group incorporating 11 hotels and resorts across NSW and Victoria.

The brewery started operations in 2005 under the name Schwartz Brewery after an eight hectolitre brewery was installed in the basement the pub. The branding of the pub changed to The Schwartz Brewery Hotel. Confusingly the accommodation side of the business was still called Macquarie Boutique Hotel which was subsequently changed to Econo Lodge Sydney South. To maximise confusion they kept the signage for all three names.

In Sept 2012 the pub was officially rebranded as The Sydney Brewhouse which much fanfare. The Dr Schwartz range was subsequently rebranded as Sydney Brewery beers. They were given corny names incorporating surrounding suburbs such as Darlinghurst (Darlo Dark), Woolloomooloo Wheat, Potts Point Porter, Paddington (Paddo Pale) etc.

In the ensuing months the pub side of the business was sold to provide capital to build a cidery in the World Square complex. Their cider, “Sydney Cider”, is now being produced in the basement of World Square. To maintain some mystery, the pub was rebranded back to The Macquarie Hotel with Sydney Brewery beers on tap.

In 2013 Dr Schwartz dug out some of his loose change ($1.5million) and snapped up the McWilliams Middle Creek vineyard at Lovedale in the Hunter Valley, NSW. This adjoins the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley resort, which he already owns, and is currently expanding it at a cost of $50 million.

On the Middle Creek property he plans to build a winery to launch his own wine brand as well as a commercial brewery which will be known as Lovedale Brewery. The head brewer of Sydney Brewery, Michael Capaldo, will be at the helm of the new brewery. The onsite brewing at The Macquarie Hotel will be scaled back. Due to the limited space and ongoing cost of brewing beer at The Macquarie Hotel, it’s quite likely production will cease there altogether. Despite all the name changes, the pub has always been referred to as ‘The Mac’.

To the beer… Paddo Pale, their top selling beer, is an American style pale ale hopped with Cascade, Galaxy and Amarillo. At $5.50 a schooner, or $3.50 during happy hour, it’s a wonder why people still pay top dollar to drink swill like Hahn Superdry or Corona.

Opaque honey colour with a creamy head. Medium body and moderate carbonation. It smells exactly like it tastes citrus, stonefruit/orange and passionfruit. It has a reasonably bitter finish and an underlying grainy malt flavour which prevents it tasting like a fruit salad. Flavoursome but sessionable.

This is really fruity APA. If you’re a fan of Vale Ale or Vale IPA you should check it out.



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