Travelling up from Sydney’s Inner West suburbs, through North Sydney, passing Newcastle and finally ending up along the iconic sandy beach of Byron Bay; this year, the Best Craft Beer Breweries in New South Wales have definitely stretched out along the coastline.

In correlation with Beer Cartel’s 2018 awards, here are Hunter and Bligh’s Best Craft Beer Breweries in New South Wales:

Wayward Brewing Co.

Hanging off a backstreet of Pyrmont Bridge Road between Camperdown and Annandale, Wayward Brewing Co. is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Since its beginnings in early 2012, Founder Peter Philip and Head Brewer Shaun Blissett have created a craft beer brewery empire in Sydney’s Inner West. Hop in for a guided tour and tasting each Saturday. ‘Wayward in our approach but meticulous when it comes to brewing.’

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1 Gehrig Ln, Camperdown India Pale Ale – tropical, citrus and smooth bitterness notes

Batch Brewing Company

Serving up everything from coffee infused milk stout and Christmas pudding flavoured porter. Batch Brewing Co were originally established in America as Pale Ale masters, however the team nowadays are trying out more experimental brews in the heart of brewery heaven – Marrickville. The previous panel-beaters shop turned brewery now features most of its original décor. However, expect sunken-in couches, coffee tables and growlers on the go.

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44 Sydenham Rd, Marrickville Señor Spicy – orange, chilli and Murray River pink salt notes

Young Henrys

Tucked behind Enmore Road in Newtown, you’ll find Young Henrys brewing everything from lager to cider, IPA, ale and even gin. Since March of 2012, Young Henrys grew enormously in less than a blink of an eye. Originally with the intention to brew solely for the local community, Young Henrys is now a beckoning brewery for any malt and hop lover out there. With a tasting bar and brewery tour available on site, keep your eye out for the iconic Newtowner.

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76 Wilford St, Newtown Afends Hemp IPA – citrus, toasted bread, tropical and stone fruits flavours.

Modus Operandi Brewing Co.

Since their beginning in 2012, today, Modus Operandi Brewing Co. can be found in the Northern Beaches suburb of Mona Vale. Living by their motto of “beer first, no shortcuts”; there’s no denying that consistency of the highest quality can be found within each brew. Upon your visit to Modus Operandi, pair your craft beer with a try at their blazing wings challenge.

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14 Harkeith St, Mona Vale Sonic Prayer IPA – peach, passionfruit and pine flavours

4 Pines Brewing Company – Brewpub Manly

Overlooking Cabbage Tree Bay and with Manly Beach to its back, the iconic Brewpub Manly is where 4 Pines originated. Since 2008, the original microbrewery still remains on site creating the finest craft beers served – especially the entire core range on tap. Alongside the brewery tours (that include a core tasting rack), guests can also enjoy a wide range of mouthwatering food available.

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29/43-45 E Esplanade, Manly Brookvale Union Citrus Spritz

Murray’s Craft Brewing Co

Nestled between Tilligerry Creek and Worimi National Park is Murray’s Craft Brewing Co. Originally found over an hour south-west of Coffs Harbour in Taylors Arm, today the venue is located within the Nelson Bay precinct. Since 2006, Murray’s Craft Brewing Co have created a range of tap and bottle naturally crafted beers. Pair your Angry Man Pale Ale with the legendary Murray’s Big Smoke BBQ Platter.

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3443 Nelson Bay Rd, Bobs Farm Angry Man Pale Ale – biscuit and toffee flavours

The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel

Found within the 1836 heritage listed building in The Rocks, The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel features exposed internal walls and original chisel markings on the quarried stone. Like a travel back in time, the iconic building is Sydney’s oldest continually licensed hotel and Australia’s oldest pub brewery. In the heart of Sydney’s many landmarks, The Lord Nelson is ‘world renowned for its architecture, ambience and ales.’

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19 Kent St, The Rocks Old Admiral – malt ale with caramel and bitter flavours

FogHorn Brewhouse

Opening their doors in April of 2015, the Newcastle based brewery, FogHorn Brewhouse was originally an abandoned building. Featuring an 1800 litre brewery and four 1800 litre-serving tanks, FogHorn is also home to a mouthwatering American inspired restaurant. Guests will be amazed by the quality at FogHorn Brewhouse; serving beer directly from the tank to your glass.

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218 King St, Newcastle Edmund Fitzgerald Imperial IPA – malt base with a bitter yet smooth flavour

Grifter Brewing Co.

Sitting across from Enmore Park in Sydney’s inner west suburb of Marrickville is Grifter Brewing Co. Since 2012, three home brewers moved their recipes from their home to a fully functional brewery. Since then, the team use high quality ingredients paired with traditional brewing methods to create a range of beer Sydney-siders love. With over 10 beers on tap, Grifter Brewing Co is also home to various food trucks from Friday to Sunday.

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391 – 397 Enmore Rd, Marrickville Acid Drop – hoppy sour

Stone and Wood – Byron Bay

Nine hours from Sydney, sitting in a side street from Byron Bay beach is Stone and Wood brewery. Since 2008, the 100% independent regional brewery has created a range of beers for the likings of its locals. Stone and Wood take inspiration from the colourful community and the natural beauty of it’s surrounds to create the legendary Stone and Wood taste. Brewing for locals, friends and those who simply appreciate good beer.

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4 Boronia Pl, Byron Bay Garden Ale – fruit aroma with toasted malt hints and soft bitter finish

For the full list of all venues nominated 2018 Australia’s Best Craft Brewery Venues visit Beer Cartel’s website.