Gettin’ crafty: 4 Pines Brewery
Manly conjures up many different images to many people. If you’re a Sydneysider, you’re probably drawn on territorial battlelines – either loving God’s country or being wary of the weirdos from the insular peninsula. If you’re from elsewhere you are likely either aware of Manly due to the surf or because of Home & Away. You should now know it for an excellent brewery: 4 Pines.
Named after some of the ubiquitous trees lining the beach promenade, there’s a lot to like about this young upstart – though, to be fair, almost every good beer coming out of Sydney these days is from a young brewery. Starting their production in Brookvale in 2008, 4 Pines have grown to stock probably the single most drinkable selection of standard beers in Sydney. Their Pale Ale, Kolsch, Stout, Indian Summer Pale (plus a ginger beer) are incredibly popular on tap and in bottle shops.
So naturally, they opened a brewery/gastro-pub just down from the beach in 2015. And it is a very cool place to go. As a day trip by car or by ferry (because who wants to be the DD?) it’s pretty accessible, and very inviting. A takeaway beers section greets you before moving onto the accommodating eating area which looks out over the wharf. It was a really nice, warm early Autumn afternoon when we stopped by, and it was a relaxing and calm place to spend a lunchtime or early afternoon enjoying some good food and fine beers. They’ve got a nice range of classic pub favourites with slightly adventurous options too.
But the beers are the main drawcard here. The ‘Keller Door’ range at 4 Pines is the real star. Obviously, the high-volume production beers are all excellent choices if you need a nice sessionable beer to get you through an afternoon/evening, but if you want something really special, have a taste of what the current Keller Door options are. On the day P+P visited, there was several options, but G chose the American Summer Ale and the St David’s Ale, which were a delicious summer ale and a crisp pale ale, respectively. Both were only around for a month, so get in quick to catch the new brews, or you can bide your time because the next ones will be on tap soon. The Keller Door range is also available in good bottle stores and it is definitely worth your while to seek them out.
If you need an excuse for a nice ferry ride and a day lounging on the beach and in a brewery – then 4 Pines has provided it. If you want to drown yourself in a multitude of good beers from the source – then 4 Pines brewery has that too. Take your partner, take some friends, take a tourist – but know you’ll be tasting some good food and excellent beers.