Mountain Goat to launch Sydney brewpub

Mountain Goat Sydney exterior plans

Mountain Goat Beer is set to open a Sydney site, the first outside its Melbourne base.

Mountain Goat applied to the Inner West Council to redevelop a site on King Street in Newtown from a furniture storage site and retail outlet to a restaurant, bar and microbrewery.

Milestone Pty submitted a development application in June, on behalf of the Asahi-owned brewers. The $1.1 million venue was approved by the council earlier this month, allowing Mountain Goat to join the 11 other breweries in the Inner West area, with Philter Brewing announcing recently it was also setting down roots in the area.

The 734 square metre site covers two lots, and when complete, will fit a maximum of 155 patrons. 12 staff will be on hand at any one time.

It will be a “new flagship venue” to showcase the full range of Mountain Goat craft beer product in NSW, the first such venue outside of Victoria.

Mountain Goat said in the application that it aims to “provide a relaxed bar and restaurant environment” with a high quality food offer, and “present patrons with the opportunity to gain an understanding of how the product is made by knowledgeable staff”.

The brewery will not take advantage of the recent artisan food and drink industry usage in NSW planning legislation, as its planners say it will be primarily a food and drink outlet rather than a manufacturing site.

It said the brewery will be a “small ancillary component” of storage tanks, piping and other equipment for the small batch production of beer. It will take up a proposed 70.8 square metres of the total site.

Mountain Goat will also apply for a hotel licence for the premises, to enable to sale of alcohol on and off-premise in takeaway sales. Beer produced on site as well as a “limited” range of other alcohol which is not produced on site, including wines, spirits and beers, is allowed to be sold under the licence.

Packaged beer sold on site will be brewed off-site at Mountain Goat’s Victoria brewery, whilst beer brewed on site will be sold for on-site consumption only.

No bottling of beer or labeling, or transporting beer off site will occur and beer produced will be distributed via kegs and taps on site.

Mountain Goat, a pioneer of the Australian brewing scene since it released its Hightail Amber Ale in 1997, was acquired by Asahi in 2015.

Representatives of Mountain Goat were contacted for comment, but did not respond by the time of publication.

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