By James Atkinson

Craft brewer Young Henrys will have exclusive pourage at a new Sydney bar that will also feature an organic and biodynamic wine list.

The Old Growler, a 120-capacity basement venue on William Street, Woolloomooloo, will open its doors later this month. 

The team behind the new bar comprises Jack Brown, formerly of Sydney bar Ching-a-Lings, in partnership with Al Watts and Nick Watney, owners of Runcible Spoon Café in Camperdown.

Brown told TheShout the venue had an existing liquor licence but had sat dormant for about five years.

"It's kind of a sixties Italian restaurant or social club, and it's got a lot of beautiful old bricks and sandstone. We've tried to keep it quite raw and industrial."

Young Henrys beers will occupy five of the venue's six taps, with the final one open to a guest brewer. 

"We're pretty much a Young Henrys venue, and there's no other venues like that," Brown said.

"We'll always have all of their beers and we'll have exclusivity on all the launches of their small batch releases as well."

Brewing by-products like hops and wort will be featured in cocktails, and Brown said they are also exploring the possibility of making hop teabags available for drinkers to flavour their own beers on-site.

The modern European menu put together by Watts and Watney will feature large and small share dishes like bread and pickles, pork scratchings, handmade terrines and pork belly and slaw.

As well as a comprehensive spirits selection, The Old Growler will feature a biodynamic and organic wine list put together by Tom Egan of Jed Wines.

The Shout Team

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