“Help me pick up some furniture at Somersby, Dad?”. “Sure, so long as we can have lunch at Foghorn in Erina“. “Done deal”.
Don’t be put off by the empty tables in the photos – we were very early first customers. If you don’t want to travel all the way to the Brewhouse in Newcastle, then this is the next best way to experience Foghorn beer and food. It’s well worth the trip.
Foghorn started in 2015 and is the new venture for Shawn Sherlock, the former head brewer at Murray’s. BotF got to meet Shawn at the hotly hyped opening of Murray’s at Manly back in 2011. I really hope this goes better for him, and based on my visit I reckon he’s got it right.
No expense has been spared, right down to the Foghorn branded bar stools. This place is beautiful inside and out and has plenty to look at including the tool tap handles. There are a couple of big screen TVs as well, which I personally reckon is a plus – but that’s just me.
There’s (at least) 10 taps and the range on the day was phenomenal. My brother-in-law raved about Better Than James Brown Ale, claiming it was the best mid-strength he’d had. Well, he’s not far wrong – bloody fine with much more depth than Kent Brown Old, say. I didn’t get into the high ABV beers on the day, but Shawn Sherlock doesn’t miss a trick with those – just need a driver next time.
The food’s bloody good too. Big burgers are the go and the value for money is exceptional given the size. I could’ve just crawled under the table and slipped into a food coma. Instead, I returned to Sydney full as a tick and fully merched up with obligatory shirt and not necessarily obligatory squealer full of Young Americans IPA.
Foghorn Brewhouse Erina: 2 Ilya Avenue, Erina NSW