Enjoy a brew or two at the Central Coast's best craft breweries
Kicking back to enjoy an ice-cold beer is often on the to-do list whilst on a holiday and if you’re a craft beer enthusiast then the Central Coast’s craft brewery scene might be right up your alley. Several passionate locals have set up microbreweries in recent years and their tasting rooms are open for you to enjoy a brew or two.
Bay Rd Brewing – Gosford
Three local friends with a passion for beer and a desire to create a standout venue on the Central Coast opened the Bay Rd Brewing microbrewery and taproom in the heart of Gosford in 2018.
Bay Rd’s extensive beer range, which owners Grant, Darren and Sam believe are best shared with friends, is so diverse there is a brew to suit all tastes. The beer and venue reflect the region’s relaxed coastal vibe, with the team creating an atmosphere that is light, refreshing and bursting with colour.
The interior walls are adorned with some incredible murals by local artist Grant Molony and the rotation of food truck vendors who set up shop out of the front of the brewery ensure there are always delicious local bites to eat. The brewery is also dog-friendly, so you can bring your furry friend along.
Given the region’s growing population, the brewery’s owners believed the Central Coast was the perfect location for their entrance into the region's craft beer market.
“The Coast has a large sense of community, which was a driving force behind the growth in Bay Rd this year,” Brewery Director, Grant Buckham said.
“Small businesses with large dreams have the chance to succeed because of the affordability of property in and around major population areas.”
For more information, visit the Bay Rd Brewing website.
Six String Brewing Co. – Erina
What originally began as a home brewing hobby developed from a love of good beer, Six String Brewing became the first home-grown craft brewery and tasting room on the Central Coast.
Chris Benson, one of the founding partners, grew up on the Central Coast and after 10 years of living in Sydney and working in IT, he was ready to move home as he wanted his children to experience the same laid-back lifestyle he had growing up. When talking about setting up the brewery, Chris admits it was challenging.
“Getting it all up and running on the Coast was a massive commitment, but so worth jumping the hurdles to be able to ditch the commute and work 15 minutes from home,” Chris said.
These days, the tasting room is a popular watering hole amongst locals and visitors alike and is open Wednesday through Sunday so you can try their award-winning brews. Donnie Eats will ensure you don’t go hungry with their mouth-watering burgers. Tours of the brewery are run on Saturday mornings and Brew Days are run once a month, where you can learn the craft of brewing. You will also find Six String available at many establishments across the region.
Six String’s philosophy is all about great beer and great music and, whenever possible, uses only local ingredients. Their entire range is preservative-free, unpasteurised and unfiltered, which ensures their award-winning beer tastes great.
Six String Brewing Co. have recently collaborated with other passionate local producers to develop an artisan beverage trail from Erina, through to the leafy suburbs of Matcham and Holgate. Central Coast Scenic Sips is a self-guided 10km trail that visits Six String Brewing Co., Donnie Eats, Firescreek Winery, Distillery Botanica and Bar Botanica where you will also be able to taste the award-winning Mr Goaty Gelato.
For more information, visit the Six String Brewing Co. website.
Block ‘N Tackle Brewery – Kincumber
Block ‘N Tackle is a working craft brewery and cellar door in Kincumber located just a couple of minutes’ drive from beautiful Avoca Beach. Open Thursday to Sunday, you can order your favourite brew or a tasting paddle to sample the range. Kick back and watch the beer in production or book a tasting tour. Located in a factory bay, the décor is rustic and the atmosphere is relaxed.
They have you covered for your next party or function too, with minibars available to hire completely set up with up to four Block ‘N Tackle brews.
The brewery changed hands last year and current owner Paul who had been a high school teacher on the Central Coast and Sydney for around 14 years, says about his career change: “I am a local and my decision to buy the brewery was one of those that you would regret if you didn’t give it a go.”
Paul highlights that the support of locals has been a huge benefit and the brewery only uses local suppliers and has developed quite a few collaborative relationships. He also said the brewery visitors are not just locals.
“The brewery has a strong local following as well as a strong tourist flow from Sydney,” Paul said.
“We are getting larger numbers of people coming up for the day or weekend from Sydney. Having the three breweries, wineries and the distilleries are a great drawcard to the coast.”
For more information, visit the Block ‘N Tackle Brewery website.