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Active Beers: 23
Beer Ratings: 140
Beer Avg: 3.6
Taps: 5 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Brewery, Eatery ]
29/43-45 East Esplanade
phone: +61 2 9976 2300
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
Been to this place every 3 months or so since it opened a few years ago. Seen some change in this time with regards to what's inside.
One this that hasn't changed is the atmosphere. Every time i've been there the place is always busy, good bit of seating around, but most of it taken by the large number of patrons. Sometimes bands are playing, others it has a good buzz with the number of people drinking and dining at the tables. Nice view of Manly Wharf and well located opposite the ferry terminal.
Beer has been on the up since it opened. The serving temperatures have increased from near freezing to something more like you'd expect from a brewpub. The regular selection of beers is decent and their seasonals have been quite good, the American IIPA brewed for Independence Day 2010 was something special.
Service is ok for how busy the place is with regards to drinks. Meal service was surprisingly good given the number of people around.
Beer selection is limited to 6 taps, though a sign stated that a handpump was on its way to serve the ESB soon. Wine list is not overly long but seems to cover most bases (this from an irregular wine drinker).
Food was quite good, had Rigatoni Ragout. Nice, fresh, meat was tender and pasta well cooked.
Prices for beer haven't changed since opening a few years ago. Still $6.50 for 365ml and $9.50 for 20oz pints. Given the price of craft in Sydney, this is relatively good. Meals were $20-25 or so with some specials.
Overall a buzzing place, seemingly still looking for ways to improve. Take-away bottles (even by the case) are available, likewise t-shirts and other merchandise. Conditioning tanks have recently been installed behind the bar. Beer is decent, food is good, just don't expect it to be quiet with regard to noise levels or patrons.
07-31-2011 00:58:09 |
More by MrKennedy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$$
Across the street from Manly Wharf
A-- Pretty small place but well designed. Lots of places to sit and get a beer and food. Lots of dark oak and small tables and chairs. Place is covered with chalkboards to let you know what is currently on tap and ongoing promotions for the place.
Q-- Quality of the beer was good. I had the Porter and the Dunkelweiss. Friends had their Kolsch and wheat. Were out of their ESB at the time and that was a drag as the point for me was to try that beer. They had a Porter, Stout and the Dunkel as seasonal/ special beers for the time being. Ret of the lineup was average and typical for a Brewery in Australia.
S-- Very solid service. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Close to a pub but service was over and beyond a pub in the Sydney area.
S-- Good wine list and that always helps with women in Sydney! Beers was just their own with a few others that are at best workable.
F-- Tapas was quite well done. Mains were very ordinary. In this respect much closer to pub style food that is overrun in the Sydney area. Double burger was good but the bun was much bigger than the burger itself. Fish and chips batter was not that great.
V-- Very overpriced beer. $9.5 for a pint is silly, especially for the ABV levels that were being made. $6.5 for a schooner is high as well but that was workable. More than likely paying a higher price because of location. Good for a beer or two here and there but nothing to go to on a regular basis. Especially on a weekend and it is a fight to find a parking spot, or just to get to Manly. Add on a $20 parking spot and maybe worth hitting once every two months or so, or if they have something worthwhile on tap that is worth discovering.
05-03-2010 07:39:23 |
More by mulder1010
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
Situated upstairs, opposite Manly Wharf, 4 Pines is a welcome oasis in the desert of quality Northern Sydney Beaches beer.
Open in mid-2008, they are still bedding down recipes, trialing different rotationals, and collecting silvers & bronzes along the way.
It's a tough brewery to work - all the grain has to be carted upstairs, and the spent grist back down again. But the operation is of Chinese design and build, which the owner believes is a good thing.
Upon arrival up the steps, you can choose to sit on the balcony, overlooking East Esplanade and said wharf, with views of the shore & harbour. Otherwise, you can sit in lounged comfort, or on heavy steady stools. A nice contemporary fitout which I sneakily photographed as inspiration for my own bar at home.
And, my wife and I took the kids, 6 & 5 years of age. They were kept busy with tapas-style calamari ($12), olives & feta ($9), and spicy Italian sausage (the best value at $8). The two of them then split an adult's fish & chips ($18), which did them fine. I had a slightly soggy pork belly on mash with cabbage ($24), and my wife had an enjoyable mushroom risotto ($22).
For food, good value.
As for the beer, they are reviewed in another place. All up, they are of a steady, journeyman quality, with the occasional fault. But the brewer is keen to rotate, and while this visit saw IPA on the rotation tap, has also had other varieties, such as winter warmer and saison. I think, however, he should tighten the process for his base beers (particularly the hefe) before widening the repertoire. Redoak this place is not.
But...they charge like Redoak, if not more. $9.50 for a pint ($6.50 for a smaller size, probably schmiddie size) is outrageous. I expect a brass band blasting away while angels pee on my tongue for that price. Maybe it's the rent....
However, what is worth mentioning is the service. The guys behind the bar (one of which is the owner) were keen to engage me on topics beer-related, and once realising they were talking to a geek, were happy to get into greater depth of conversation. And they were great with the kids....
For any visitor to Sydney, it comes on a par with the Lord Nelson Hotel. Reasonable beers, surrounded by pleasant environment and enjoyable transit. You can spend the morning strolling the cobblestoned laneways of the Rocks, having a quick pint of Old Admiral at the Lord. Then hop on the Manly ferry, and knock back a pint (or two) of 4 Pines Pale Ale before heading back.
05-24-2009 09:40:21 |
More by vancurly
4 Pines Brewing Company in Manly, Australia