The beachside suburb of Bondi has welcomed its first brewery bar with the opening of Curly Lewis.

The brainchild of local friends Adam Richards, Oliver dos Remedios, Gareth Morton, Loren Morton, and experienced brewer Scotty Morgan, Curly Lewis will bring a new kind of bar and brewery experience to Bondi.

Oliver explains: “We felt there was a gap in the market for beer-lovers in the eastern suburbs. You have to go to the inner west or northern beaches for a brewery experience.

“So we wanted to change that and create a local brand and brewery in a location that has a lot of significance to us as founders.”

The bar will launch with two core beers, the Curly Lewis Clean Cut Lager, a crisp, smooth straight-up lager, and Bondi Hazy Ale, hazy and hoppy with tropical notes, but there will be a more beers titled ‘wildcards’ and seltzer on offer, with a total of 20 taps. ​​Punters can also expect to see a rotating menu of beers thanks to an on-site brewing system that allows for small batch beer production, facilitating an environment for innovation and experimentation.

Scotty, who has over 20 years of brewing experience, said: “The brief for the beer was simple. We are brewing a stone’s throw from the beach – our core beers needed a clean and easy drinking approachability, made for those baking hot beach days.

“We are confident that our range of beer will appeal to the average Aussie classic beer drinker through to an avid craft beer lover.”

The bar will also offer a small range of cocktails and spirits plus a wine list featuring other Australian-made and independently owned brands, including a few skin-contact wines.

Designed by renowned interior architects ACME (the team behind celebrated venues like Fred’s, Margaret and Archie Rose Distillery & Bar), the space is described as “an immersive experience capturing the Bondi Beach coastal vibe”.

Adam and Loren said: “Our family line goes back four generations in Bondi – you’ll find a few photos by the bar of our grandparents from the early ’40s as part of the Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club.

“Our grandparents have played a special role in our lives, so we felt it was only natural to have a spot for them in the brewery.”

The bar is located at 102-106 Campbell Parade, Bondi and will open on Friday, 19 September followed bar regular opening hours of 11am-11pm Tuesday to Saturday and 11am to 10pm on Sundays.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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