Anyone who knows us, knows that we love doing pop-up stalls at local breweries. There's nothing better than a fresh brew, straight from the source, paired with some of our mouth-watering low and slow cuisine.
One thing that constantly amazes us though, is just how few people know about the awesome breweries we have in our local area.
Home for us at Fired Up is the Sutherland Shire, South of Sydney. Although we have no problem hauling our beast of a smoker far and wide, to places such as Coffs Harbour, Qld and Victoria, there's nothing better than events on our home turf.
We are so lucky to have a great industry springing up around us here in The Shire. Unbeknownst to many people we meet, there are already at least two awesome breweries in full swing, with at least one more getting their DA through council at the moment.
Unfortunately these days, aside from Coopers, most of the big brand beers you find on tap at your local, are sending your hard-earned overseas. If like me, you'd rather see your dollars stay here, and help to develop local businesses and jobs, craft breweries are the way to go.
Many of these places sell their wares all over the place, with taps and bottles in pubs, clubs and restaurants all around Sydney. For me though, not much beats being able to sit in the brewery, and sip on a pint of the fresh stuff. There's a good chance you'll even be served by the guy (or lady) who brewed it!
Two such places are right here in The Shire. Shark Island Brewing Co have their home in Kirrawee. They open the cellar door on Fridays and Saturdays. They have a stunning range of beer and cider on tap, and have a great variety of different food trucks in residence each week. You may even catch your favourite BBQ'ers there every now and then!
Our other local hangout is Hairyman Brewery in Caringbah. Once again, you have an awesome range of locally brewed lagers and ales. They also have a selection of wines, soft drinks and food options. This makes it a great place for everyone, not just beer aficionados.
If you want to support a growing local industry, want to find out more about beer and brewing, or if you simply want an awesome arvo/evening of drinking, eating and socialising, then get along and check out one of these local gems.
Fired Up BBQ is back at Hairyman this Saturday Feb 17, and Shark Island on Saturday Mar 17. Check our our Events Page for more info.