Australia > Sydney
Beer Available At Beer Cartel (arranged by most recent)
Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon Fourth Edition 100, Struise Pannepot Reserva 100, Avery Hog Heaven 99, Rogue Dad’s Little Helper Black IPA 91, Firestone Walker Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA 100, Struise Black Damnation III - Black Mes 100, Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA 100, Lagunitas Sonoma Farmhouse Hop Stoopid 100, Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA 99, Mikkeller Single Hop Science Mandarina 73, Mikkeller Single Hop Science Belma 67, East 9th Doss Blockos Rare Pilsner , Dainton Red Eye Rye 88, Struise Cuvée Delphine 100, Double Bastard Ale 100, Stone Ruination IPA 100, Arrogant Bastard Ale 99, Struise Black Albert 100, Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale 98, Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale (DBA) 84
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terminal2k (1) , | April 3, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 18/20
was very impressed when I first walked into this place. Allow quite some time for your visit as there are soooooooooo many beers to choose from. Place can be a bit difficult to find, and I would love better opening hours, but very understandable considering the location.
Pyobon (38) Sydney, Australia | March 31, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Sydney has needed a bottle shop like this for so long. An exceptional range of Australian and New Zealand beers; a good selection of beers from some prolific countries like the USA, UK,; a good selection from Scandinavia; and with decent showings from other important beer countries such as Belgium and Germany. The staff are friendly, knowledgable and helpful and obviously care about beer. The place itself is rather challenging to find (I drove round the block three times on my first visit) - but well worth the persistence. It is on the first floor of an industrial estate, tucked away in a corner. It is a small shop packed wall to wall, and floor to ceiling with bottles - which gives it a great ambiance assuming you like being surrounded by lots of great beer!
kennsysmith (1) , Australia | March 31, 2012
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Geoff, Rich & Will should be congratulated for their efforts in not only introducing so many great craft beers to the Sydney market, but also growlers, when they were foreign to this city. These guys are always so friendly, knowledgeable and full of information and advice, this bottle shop is always my first stop when i need to re-stock my friidge.
barls (1) , Australia | March 30, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Range is getting better all the time. Staff more than willing and helpful
astudyinbeer (1) , | March 30, 2012
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Beer Cartel is almost definitely the best bottleshop in Sydney. They have a fantastic selection of beers from Australia and around the world, and the service is great. Geoff and his team really know their stuff, and are more than happy to help out. Their tasting room upstairs is a really nice space, and while I’ve only been to one event their, it was really well done and very enjoyable. Keep up the good work guys!
DanM29 (1) , Australia | March 30, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Although its a funny little industrial unit, the beer selection is good and the staff are passionate and happy to talk through your selections. If you want they can even source beers for you.
They have a good knowledge if beer in general as well as detailed info on limited released from small brewers- what’s not to like?
I’ve sometimes come in and named 2-3 beers I like and said "surprise me," and gone home with a few new things they’ve suggested I try, and they’ve always been right!
A little gem of a shop amongst the big generic mass market bottle-os in Sydney.
Darkoda (1) perth, Australia | March 30, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Great selection and Great service. Would recommend it to anyone. Got my package in no time at all.
GothGargoyle (17) Vancouver, British Columbia | February 29, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
I was quite impressed by Beer Cartel. Sure it isn’t in the greatest location but I’ve gone more out of my way for good beer before. They have a pretty good selection - great representation of Australian and NZ microbrews, some of which can’t be found anywhere else in Sydney. They also have a small but very decent range of imports, including some great rare beers by Mikkeller, Brewdog and Nogne O as well as US brews from Brooklyn and Sierra Nevada. The staff were extremely helpful and were able to make some excellent suggestions based on my brief overview of the styles I prefer.
EattheBeer (1) Wollstonecraft, Australia | January 27, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
In the middle of a large industrial estate, tucked deep inside a multi-story concrete obscenity, is a man cave of exquisite delights.
Once you’ve found your way here and taken one of the very rare parking spots- its easy to shove your way in and ignore the cartons of wine stacked haphazardly to either side of the walkway- barely distracting the curious beer drinker from the warm glow beyond.
...past the ridiculously imposing retail counter is one of the key highlights of this unimposing hideaway: a keg, a refrigerated keg. Porters Artarmon (the official and responsible retail shop front of renowned mail-order-beer-outfit ’Beer Cartel’) is possibly still the only, but definitely the first to fill Growlers (or Darwin Stubbies apparently).
A growler is a 2L dark glass bottle which can be easily refilled with fresh beer before being stashed with pride-of-place in the fridge (often dislodging last nights leftovers)
This reason alone is enough to visit the venue, as the popularity of this growler-refilling-technology ensures a steady flow of new kegs from local and abroad to keep the taste buds tingling- but one must not get lost in the dull light of refrigeration for long...
For many years now i have wandered through every bottle store i passed, hoping in vain for something a little interesting, something beyond the standardised pasteurised macro lagers; and here i find a tiny glow of hope on the fairly dull lower north shore of Sydney.
It is by no means an exhaustive selection- but it does have focus, and that focus is on local, NZ & two main long-distance imports: BrewDog & Mikkeller.
And no hesitation in stocking rare and one-off brews: Mikkeller’s 1000IBU could be found here, as could Bridge Rd’s 500th brew ’Dog’s Breakfast’.
Sydney has no perfect bottleshop- nothing even remotely like ’International Beer Shop’ in WA or ’Warners on the Bay’ in Newcastle. But it does have several sources of fermented delight. One of which is definitely the Beer Cartel.
So do yourself a favour, pop in, fill yer ’growler, and buy a near-prohibitively expensive limited edition brew; the guys are really knowledgeable and keen to chew the fat on all things beer.
fletchfighters (66) , Australia | January 23, 2012| Updated June 4, 2012
54 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 11/20
In an industrial area of Artarmon. Well placed for the lower North Shore. This is a Porters Bottleshop.
Somebody is usually on the computer when I go in. Not a lot of talk and not the greatest at letting people know what is coming in. They are really dependent on twitter as a vehicle. Really frustrating when Geoff is not there as the other guy is just not that friendly or helpful at all
Decent selection. Really shines in the NZ and Australia side of things but import wise is now much better.
330 and 12 oz bottle prices are real good. Larger format not really. Good prices on growlers but not counter pressure and mostly local products. Meh.
Nice shop but nothing to sway me from other shops in Sydney as they seriously lack in service and in selection on imports.
Refrigeration of product would be really helpful and probably score higher with me. Can see what moves and what does not easily. Depressing store. Really hard to suggest to others
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