By James Atkinson

After a slow start, Sydney's newest microbrewery, Parramatta-based Riverside Brewing is forging ahead with production of its beers, which are winning favour with consumers.

Riverside's launch has been a long time in the making, with delays in getting council approvals repeatedly holding up proceedings.

But with that hurdle finally overcome in the last couple of months, its beers are gradually becoming available at various Sydney small bars, pubs and independent liquor retailers.

The brewer was also declared the People's Choice Brewery at the recent Trainworks Winter Beer Festival, where it went up against 19 other breweries, including major players Matilda Bay and James Squire.

Riverside has a range of six beers, and its 'gateway' beer is the 69 Summer Ale, head brewer Dave Padden told TheShout.

"Where we are in western Sydney there's a lot less craft beer drinkers, so it's a very easy-to-approach beer – American wheat style, with a bit of galaxy hops thrown in," he said.

Padden said Riverside will soon have the capacity to increase its output considerably, having acquired a 20-hectolitre brewhouse from Mountain Goat after the Melbourne brewer last year upgraded its facility.

"We've got a lot of production space, so we're building it up as quickly as possible," he said.

The Shout Team

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