The guide to the best breweries in and around Newcastle

The guide to the best breweries in and around Newcastle


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A trip to Newcastle wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one (or three) of its local breweries. Whether you’re looking to sample craft beers or seeking out good vibes, the city is jam-packed with established and up and coming breweries. Here’s our ultimate guide featuring the best Newcastle breweries. Cheers to that!

Modus Operandi Merewether

Launched in 2020, Modus Merewether is the hottest new venue in town. Its 36 frosty taps pouring brewery-fresh beers, and bright and spacious interior, mean you’re guaranteed a good time. Enjoy Modus’ range of stalwart beers, non-alcoholic NORT range as well as limited releases — ranging from sours to hazy hoppy’s. Tuck into Mexican-inspired elevated pub fair and enjoy the buzz that the new kid on the block has to offer.

Shout Brewing Islington

Shout Brewing is known for its delicious batch of craft brews, with stand-outs including Pale Ale, New England IPA, and XPA. You can try those, plus more, at the newly opened Islington venue. Purpose-built to house an expanded brewing area, plus an onsite bar, take a hint from their name and “shout” your mates a round next time you drop by. 

Foghorn Brewery

Occupying a once-derelict art-deco warehouse, Foghorn Brewery has an extensive range of craft beer, all brewed onsite. Beer lovers can expect big flavour and aroma, bold new takes on traditional styles and a few new inventions to quench your thirst. With a menu of handmade pizzas, burger buns and gelato, plus its large tables and seating options, make Foghorn Brewery the perfect pub for families and large bookings.

The Rogue Scholar

The Rogue Scholar is a brewpub that started out as a business dedicated to making delicious locally-made beers, but has transformed into so much more. Enjoy live music from a mix of local musos in the back room on Friday and Saturday nights, and all-day Sundays. Plus, an open mic on Thursday evenings and plenty of quirky events happening every week; there’s plenty to keep you entertained.

Styx Brewery

Newcastle breweries are known for producing character-filled brews, and Styx Brewery is no different. Housed in an old coal testing building in Carrington, Styx has transformed the space into a bright, light yet laid-back space. With a focus on producing quality IPA and Pale Ale brews, Styx leaves lots of room for experimentation by its scientist and baker owners — so head in to check out what unique and wonderful beers are on offer.

4 Pines Brewery Charlestown

Setting up shop in the new Charlestown precinct, 4 Pines Charlestown has created the perfect outdoor setting to enjoy a pint. Soak up the atmosphere in the outdoor garden or battle your mates in a game of giant Jenga. And with so many great events on, including drag bingo, live music, and one of the best happy hours in Newcastle, there’s something for everyone.

Maltnhops Brewhouse Beresfield

If you’re planning a trip to the Hunter Valley from Newcastle, make sure Maltnhops Brewhaus is one of your stops. The brewery is a great spot to try a large range of craft beers that are all brewed onsite, and the taproom features 11 taps so you can sample away to your heart's desire. If you’re feeling peckish, why not tuck into a homemade pizza over a great brew whilst enjoying the laid-back atmosphere?

Morpeth Brewery

Morpeth Brewery is an independent, artisan brewery hand-crafting beers from the Commercial Hotel in the regional town of Morpeth since 2012. The Morpeth team proudly brews its beers using traditional methods, avoiding additives, preservatives, filters and pasteurizers. They even allow their beers to carbonate naturally! If you’re after truly unique brews, then give Morpeth Brewery a try.

Murray's craft Brewery & Co. Port Stephens

Located in Port Stephens and sharing its home with one of the oldest wineries in the region, Murray’s Craft Brewing Co. is an award-winning brewery and a must-visit for Newcastle locals and daytrippers. Murray’s is known for its unique and off-beat take on craft beers and family-friendly beer garden. So much more than just a brewery, Murray’s is set up on a vineyard, where you can enjoy a brew with a view. 

 

For more Newcastle breweries and places to eat and drink, browse our dedicated guide.

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