The Rocks Brewing Co has opened up a brand new brewery attached to an industrial style beer garden in Alexandria’s Corporate Park, and it’s already creating quite a buzz after being open for less than a week. Welcome to The Brewery Bar at The Rocks Brewing Company.
The brewery has been supplying beer since 2008 from different locations, and prides itself on making the kinds of ales your grandfather and your grandfather’s father used to drink, which means no nasties and nothing but the traditional ingredients - hops, barley, yeast and water. The brewery decided to open to the public and showcase the impressive steel brewing tanks in a location where the locals will most certainly appreciate a new spot to soak up some summer sun and have an afternoon brew, or a long lunch business meeting.
I knew this place was coming for a couple of months, and was excited to try the menu. All in all the brewery did not disappoint with a great selection of ales, lagers, a cider (my beverage of choice on the day I went there) and a wine list for those who don’t drink beer at all.
The care and attention with which the place is treated was on display everywhere, from the handwritten chalkboard informing you of the coffee brewer that The Rocks Co has decided to partner with and why (because they want to stick to what they’re great at - beer) to The Rocks Co branded handwash in the bathroom.
The cider I ordered was served in an elegant but not overly feminine glass, and was the perfect accompaniment to a charming beer garden setting on a quiet Sunday afternoon where the tables are actually massive old skips painted in a bright blue with flowers growing in the middle.
My fiancé, who was with me, tried two different beers - which were a lager and ale, and reports were that they hit the spot. You can also check out the Rocks Brewing Co Facebook page for plenty of reviews and info on the beers available. So…onto the food.
The menu is impressive, typical pub fare with a classy touch. The vegetarian nachos I ordered were huge, and there was no skimping on the avocado which was fantastic value for the $10 price. My fiancé ordered the pilled pork burger on a brioche, served with a delicious home made coleslaw, which I sampled. There were a lot of other things I wanted to try on the menu too, which works for daytime (and includes breakfast and the aforementioned coffee from 7:30am) or nighttime. The Brewery Bar is open until 10pm every day, and the menu includes snacks as well as proper meals.
Despite the massive steel vats showing themselves off in the background, the space is well used and there is plenty of room to move. This space would lend itself perfectly to any kind of function because it can be dressed up or down, and the beer won’t have to travel at all! You can just imagine a crazy Friday or Saturday night here where the tables and standing areas are all full, and yet on a Sunday lunchtime it was the ideal spot to sit quietly and contemplate life over a great beer, decent food and with no loud company (children and families are welcome during the day and there were mothers there catching up with their babies while we were there).
One word of advice? Some more chilled out electronica on a Sunday afternoon instead of typical pub/rock songs would have suited the mood much better, but it wasn’t overpoweringly loud, so nothing major and hey – it was only day three of operation!
Where: 160, Bourke Road Alexandria NSW
Why: The craft beers and cider, beer garden ambience and affordable, quality food.
When: Mon-Sun 7:30am-10pm
Good for kids: Yes
Take away: Alcohol no, coffee and some food probably yes.