Just visited again having been away from the area for a few years.
Used to go here a lot and drink with the old brewer, it has changed for the worst.
Beers all taste the same somehow. wouldn’t recommend anymore.
Update: Oh dear. This place has totally changed to what I remember having revisited on our last visit back earlier this year. It has been extensively renovated and changed to be more of a restaurant. Gone is the large selection of beers and specials and happy hour (now only 4 on tap) - gone is the days of casually grabbing a pizza and beer and watching the big screen football (now its a full on dining focused affair, and no TV) - its just turned into another typical Blackheath restaurant, plus the beers were no way as good as we remembered. Real shame. Skip this if in the area and visit the brilliant nearby Hare & Billett. -
Old review 25/12/2012 - Very local to me, have been coming here for approx 5 years now. Overall really like the place, good place to meet up with mates to watch the football while having one of their regular or special ales (especially in happy hour between 16:00-19:00 week days). Foodwise can vouch for the great wood-fire oven pizzas from here. 3/7/14/9/9/16 (80)
A place to go if you are walking near there. In the top of the hill you can taste their beers, that are not the best, but acceptable, and taste the mussels they serve....specially good the green curry ones. Service could be better.
Brewpub that manages to look ultra modern by utilising the brewing apparatus and designing around it to give a sense of drinking and dining within the factory. The self-produced ales are important of course but dining is also given a prominence here. The main area is set slightly inside the building, although there is a small area out front where people can sit, however it doesn’t quite offer views across the heath which it is very close to. There’s a disparity between the cost of a half pint and a pint meaning it is cheaper to purchase a pint if you intend to have more than one half.
A really nice setup, and if this place was a bit more central I’m sure I would come here often. It’s a big, airy joint with the feel of an industrial plant of some sort, what with all the silvery, gleaming brewing equipment that stretches about two storeys high. The bar is all steel and looks pretty sleek. They have five house beers on keg - four regulars and one special. I think all their beers are pretty decent; nothing outrageously good, but nothing I wouldn’t mind drinking by the pint. Prices are fair. The staff is really friendly and helpful, which was great to see. I definitely recommend a visit to this place.
Mini-chain (3 other locations). Interior is awesome, service was excellent on my visit. Unfortunately, house beers are rather bland and/or unpleasant. I have the feeling they try to appeal to the fizzy-yellow beer drinkers and bring them to appreciate a wider range of "colours" and tastes. Noble mission, but I pass my turn.
nate2g (1100) Boomtown!, Australia | March 9, 2011| Updated May 29, 2011
Visited on a busy Saturday night and tried each of the house brews. I noticed that most patrons were more intent drinking wine and mixers rather than the beers, so that kinda sums it up. I’ve heard good things about the food here but we didn’t get a chance to sit down for dinner. The venue lacks charm, and the bar area is too clutted to be able to relax. Revisit May ’11 - The beer range was a nice surprise with a seasonal Weizen Bock that was tasty as well as a crackin’ APA. Pizza’s were well made and was a pleasant lunch during a quiet weekday.