An Adelaide boy new to Sydney with a thirst for exploring!
Published October 14th 2014
Finally - an American Craft Beer Bar in Crows Nest
Willoughby Road in Crows Nest is well known for its illustrious stretch of restaurants, cafes, pubs and shops. However until quite recently, something was missing. The search for a frosty glass of fresh poured craft beer would end in vain. With The Hayberry throwing open its saloon style doors in late September, this will no longer be a problem.
The Hayberry is the newest bar to grace the scene of Willoughby road, brought to you by the owners of Small Bar some 6 doors further south. While Small Bar offers diners the wine and tapas experience, Hayberry has a different focus; quality beers and American fare.
Deliciously spicy buffalo wings - ranch or blue cheese dressing?
If you're looking for a thirst quenching beer, The Hayberry presents you with two options. Their 4 font tap features a number of craft beers on a rotating basis. That means once one keg is gone, a different one goes on. Expect to find delights from breweries such as Young Henry, The Rocks Brewing Co and Mountain Goat to name a few. For those of us who aren't gifted at maths (or for those whose math skills suffer a severe degradation once one or two beers are involved!) The Hayberry keeps it simple – all tap beers are priced at $5 and $10 for a half pint and pint respectively.
Should none of the tap selections take your fancy, the second option is to turn to the fridges for tinnies or bottles. Beer in cans has long had somewhat of a 'bogan' association in Australia. Funnily enough though, the aluminium vessel is actually much better for the fermented liquid inside than its glass counterparts. Why you ask? UV Light. This can have a substantial effect on the quality of the beer if left exposed for too long a period. Clear bottles are the biggest culprit as they barely block any light. You'll notice that a majority of bottled craft beers come in brown bottles. There's quite a contrast in the selection of tinnies as well, ranging from XXXX Gold (Queensland's finest!) to Big Sky IPA from Montana in the USA. Bottles include local drops such as the Lord Nelson 3 Sheets Pale Ale, through to imported ales like the smooth Sierra Nevada Stout.
Not a beer drinker? Fear not as The Hayberry offers a modest but good selection of Australian wines (along with a few sneaky Kiwi whites!) along with a number of freshly juiced options. Try some of the menu options such as the Sweet Cherry Pie; vodka, cinnamon sugar & cherry bitters with freshly squeezed apple. Alternatively, create your own and choose your favourite spirit to mix with fresh apple, pear or pineapple juice.
There's only one problem with the food menu at The Hayberry – it all looks so good! American food and beer is a match made in heaven. Start off with a serve of spicy buffalo wings or perhaps the pulled pork nachos. Still hungry? Try one of the many burger and sub creations that feature on the menu.
The Hayberry is open from Tuesday to Sunday. Cosy up in one of the inside booths or if the sun is shining make your way to the expansive courtyard out the back. A great place for dinner, a few catch up drinks with friends or an impromptu Sunday Sesh!
The Hayberry Beer Garden - perfect place to relax on a sunny afternoon!