It’s been three years since White Bay Beer Co. released its first brew to the community and in that time the brewery has become an iconic part of peninsula life. To thank locals for the incredible support they’ve received, the team are now gearing up for a big birthday bash.
In 2018 local mates, Adam Trippe Smith and publican Tim Condon, decided that Balmain needed, and deserved, its very own brewery. Tim says, “We were watching friends
travelling to other suburbs in the inner west to enjoy an afternoon at a brewery and thought why doesn’t Balmain have its own?”
After settling on a former steelworks site in White Bay (hence the name) and partnering with young brewing wünderkinds, Dennis de Boer and Jess Walker, Adam and Tim set about raising capital from a mix of local and institutional investors, before sourcing a state- of-the-art brewing facility from the US, gaining council approval, and fitting out the brewery.
In March 2020, after putting their first beer in the tank, White Bay Beer Co. would lose its most important customer due to Covid – the hotel industry. With a business model of putting beer in kegs to sell in pubs that were now closed, they turned to canning their product and providing free delivery on the peninsula. Releasing their first cans in April 2020, the beer found instant success with locals.
Fast forward to today and the brewery is thriving post-pandemic. Their core range continues to be supported by new release beers every two weeks, with a focus on bringing lager back to the forefront for craft beer drinkers. With a growing on-premise presence, a bustling taproom and a bunch of prestigious industry awards (their Lager just won Champion Lager and Champion Independent Overall Beer at The Australian Independent Beer Awards - the beer equivalent of the Logies) the brewery shows no sign of slowing down.
The taproom is both family and dog friendly and weekends draw a crowd from well beyond the peninsula. Live music and rotating food trucks have turned White Bay Beer Co. into a beer pilgrimage destination. The 1,000 square metre space is available for private functions and corporate events and it’s perfect for large group get togethers.
Whether you enjoy their brews at the pub, bring a few tinnies to a picnic or spend the afternoon at the taproom trying a selection of new release beers, White Bay Beer Co. is firmly embedded in the Balmain and Rozelle community.
White Bay Beer Co, is proud sponsor of the Balmain Rozelle Food and Art Festival coming up in April, for the full schedule visit here
WHITE BAY BEER CO.
26 Mansfield St, Rozelle