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Review - 4 Pines Brewing Company

Luckily Alex Harmon didn't need space boots to check out this north side hotspot (yet)...

With their ‘space beer’ about to launch (literally) I just had to head north to the microbrewery that’s so popular, they even appeared on Richard Branson’s radar. Co-owner Jaron Mitchell knows beer, but does he know food? (I worry these brewers can’t see the forest for the (pine) trees.) Thankfully I’m proved wrong – they serve classic beer food, from mussels to curries, without a tradie’s beer garden atmosphere.

Their large, wooden balcony overlooks the wharf, whilst inside you see their brewing machines behind a glass wall. The food is more substance than look, from house-made bread and chutneys to the Ploughman’s Platter ($24) of prosciutto, blue vein cheese and dried figs.

The Chicken Pie ($22) is huge and flavoursome, with poached chicken pieces swimming beautifully in a creamy mushroom and bacon sauce; whilst the Calamari ($12) is so tender, it must be marinated in beer! Mitchell says: “like wine, beer should match food and be on par.” With the citrusy Kolsch ($6.50) against lightly crumbed, mozzarella-oozing Arancini Balls ($12) he rests his case.

I may never afford to try their beer on the moon, but I’ll happily visit the north side for their mouth-watering food and brews.

4 Pines Brewing Company
29/43-45 East Esplanade, Manly
Ph: (02) 9976 2300

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( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 13th, 2012 01:32 am (UTC)
4 pines review
Hi there,

My name is sarah and I am the manager of 4 pines. First of all thank you for the great review. i'm glad you enjoyed your visit and liked us!
I noticed in your review you mentioned that the brewery is for purely cosmetic purposes. I can assure you it get used as much as it ever has. We do 3-4 brews per week at the venue brewing all our specialties, Stout, ESB and Hefeweizen. The brewer Andrew arrives at 6;30am and is done most days by about 2pm. Next tme you drop in please introduce yourself if I'm around and I'd be happy to take you through for a quick tour.

Jun. 13th, 2012 04:36 am (UTC)
Re: 4 pines review
Thanks Sarah. Alex Harmon did that review for me, I will mention that to her, and remove her reference to purely cosmetic.
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