Repeated trips to Randwick lately (for reasons we won’t go into) have meant this correspondent has been able to visit Bitter Phew a few times. Up a flight of stairs on Oxford Street near Crown, Bitter Phew is a justifiably self proclaimed slice of beer paradise. I have had some amazing beers from the 12 taps that constantly rotate as the customers lap up the variety.
They’ve just racked up 5 years of being in business and to help celebrate one of Back of the Ferry’s favourite brewers knocked up a one-off beer. Ekim Brewing has pumped up a passionfruit version of their very fine Citralaxy IPA. Not even available at Ekim’s cellar door this juice drenched West Coast style IPA is worth the visit.
It is impossible to stop at one at Bitter Phew, particular when there is always an opportunity to go where your beer journey may not have been. I can honestly say I hadn’t had a strong Belgian Dark Ale made with raspberries before trying Crooked Stave’s Silly Cybies. That is exactly what Bitter Phew does – source something out there that is going to blow your mind.
It isn’t just the beer that makes Bitter Phew such a great place to visit, it is the space. Whether you belly up to the bar and study the taps or watch Oxford Street from the window, it is a great space in which to drink fine beer. Happy 5th and see you soon.
Bitter Phew: 1/137 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst NSW