Freshwater Brewing opens in Brookvale

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Freshwater Brewing Company launched their first beer, Freshie Pils, at the end of July 2021. A year later they’re excited to be opening the doors of their brewery and new home in Brookvale Wednesday 21st September.

Founded by a group of industry mates, Brett Phillips (Head Brewer), Tom Bruce, Jonny Bucknall, Chloe Morgan-Webster and Marv Slocombe, Freshie Brewing are a community brewery with a focus on lagers and crisp easy drinking beers. Life is uncomplicated in Freshwater and their beers reflect that. ‘They’re not craft, they’re chill.’

The same ethos has informed their food and the space.

The 120-capacity open plan ground floor space features a horseshoe shaped bar with 14 taps, seating throughout and a kitchen with a 10 hectolitre, three vessel system at the rear, and plenty of car parking space on the second level.

Freshwater Brewing is the first brewery in Brookvale with a state-of-the-art in-house kitchen offering a full restaurant menu. All dishes are curated by Michelin trained Executive Chef, Daniel Wilson (ex-Dandy, London) using fresh ingredients which are seasonal and locally sourced. The style of food is ‘relaxed backyard meets beachside bliss’. The menu is paired beautifully with the pouring and a wide selection of independent wineries and cideries.

Expect a bit of Aussie nostalgia with a menu including BBQ prawn skewers, Swallow rock pork sausage rolls with cumin, harissa and fennel mayo, a seafood platter and Sydney rock oysters with a finger lime vinaigrette or an epic fish finger sandwich.

The space is bright, approachable and inviting, not centred on traditional craft beer crowds, Freshie hope to bring a bit of the laid-back beachy lifestyle to the industrial Brookie neighbourhood. There’s a comfort to the facilities that will be a welcome change to the normal ‘bloke’ focused environment.

It goes without saying that dogs and children are welcome, it’s a brewery after all, but they’re wanting people to reappraise the changing Aussie beer scene and feel excited to order a drink at the bar and not be intimidated by a confusing beverage menu. Whether that’s a Pet Nat, a non-alcoholic, a spritz or just a beer that tastes like beer, Freshie will find something you’ll love and want to come back for.

Co-founder, Jonny Bucknall says of the new opening “We are stoked to be opening our first brewery a year after the launch of our first beer and in our local neighbourhood. Community is in the brand’s DNA, and this gives us an opportunity to create a space for our friends, family and neighbours, and create a brewery for all that embodies the Australian surf lifestyle.”

Opening its doors Wednesday 21st September 2022, Freshwater Brewing is the 6th brewery in the surrounding area and 8th on the Northern Beaches. A brewery that has a kitchen and a nice selection of wines and other unique beverages with welcoming staff and embodies the northern beaches vibe, that’s worth taking a look at.

Freshwater Brewing is now open at 4 Powells Rd, Brookvale NSW 2100.

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