A Sydney based writer, director, actor. Loves going out and exploring what Sydney has to offer.
Published September 24th 2013
Where everybody knows your name
Okay, so maybe not everyone will know your name, but Young Henry's feels like the sort of place that has the potential for it. The bar staff are friendly, laid back folk who'll serve you a beer with a smile, a quick chat and a mini for themselves. One of the main brewers, Oscar, admits that when the brewery opened in 2012, he drove his car with the intention to drive it home. It has been sitting outside Young Henry's ever since.
It's this attitude that makes you feel at home in Young Henry's. Along one wall sits an array of beer glasses of different shapes and sizes; trophies that regulars have brought in so that they can be served their beer in their favourite goblet.
Directly behind the bar is the actual brewery and in this small space they manage to get a lot done. The Young Henry's team hold tours here, which include a beer tasting, and don't be put off by the price (around $45pp) or by the size of the brewery. Our tour was led by Oscar, and by the end we knew everything there is to the brewing process and all about the Young Henry's philosophy. We were also feeling very warm and bubbly from the many beers we'd downed, all part of the "tasting". Give them a call to book a tour, as they don't always respond swiftly to their online form.
When it comes to brewing the actual beers, the Young Henry's ideology is to "go large or don't bother", and this has served them well. While they keep a standard set of beers on tap (you can't go past the Real Ale), every week or so there'll be a few new brews to try. We're hoping they'll bring back the Red Six, which was a delicious, flavourful and strong beer.
All the concoctions are devised in house by the team, who have strong experience in the field of brewing. Head brewer, Richard Adamson, has created internationally recognised beers and takes an inventive approach when brewing. As part of their "go all for it" belief, they don't hold back when trying out a new brew and make an entire batch. If it doesn't work out, they halve the brew and mix it with different batches to gain a new, better tasting beer. As Oscar points out, after all, everyone likes something different, so any brew they produce will likely appeal to someone, although they want to make beer that will be popular with the majority.
Patrons can buy reusable jugs of beer for roughly $25 (depending on the type of beer), which can be refilled at around the $20 mark. This is a great system which cuts down on waste and is a reasonable price, given that it's for boutique beer and one jug equates to roughly a six-pack. Otherwise just pop in for a beer or two with some mates and sit at the bar, at a beer barrel or on one of the comfy couches.
"Whilst the good people of SA may give you a few cents for this bottle, we'll do one better."
The staff's joie de vivre extends well beyond the brewery. Around town you'll start spying more and more often food and music events coupled with Young Henry's beer, as well as food trucks and organic meat platters served at their Enmore spot.
To find out more about their beers on offer, check out their entertaining short videos in which Richard and Oscar describe some of the brews. Young Henry's is located in a small street behind Enmore Rd, opposite Enmore Theatre, and dangerously close to my own house.