The village of Broulee is one of the many gems of the NSW South Coast. 4 and half hours south of Sydney and minutes north of Moruya – Broulee Beach has been a magnet for the well informed surfer. With its hard packed sand and protective headlands, it can be a playground for both a frothing grommet and aspirational elder. When the swell rises from the East and winds are favourable crystal barrels can be enjoyed.
For those too old, fat or unfit to surf, Broulee now has another attraction. Like many South Coast towns, Broulee has its own brewery. In the opinion of the lads, the Broulee Brewhouse km is one of the finest establishments we’ve had the good fortune to visit. It is hard to recall a more laidback vibe at a brewery. Unlike many regional breweries, Broulee Brewhouse isn’t in a back block industrial estate. Instead it sits opposite the dunes of North Broulee Beach in amongst a small collection of shops.
There’s plenty of outdoor space with a variety of seating options. I’ve always preferred a high table, but there’s a few lounges and plenty of low seating with cover. Plenty of room indoors, but the only place to be on a blue sky spring day is outside (after getting a beer).
And the beers are magnificent. In fact, I would think it would be difficult to top the first beer I tried. The Irish Red was a belter. A visual treat, the Irish Red is a malt bomb with an understated bitterness. A beer to savour and almost too easy to drink – given a hefty 6.4% ABV. There are 10 taps featuring core and limited edition beer. They’ve got some OktoberFest specials and the Munich Lager is as crisp as an early morning dip.
The boys highly rated the burgers and the on-site kitchen turns out reasonably priced beer food like wings and loaded fries. The Broulee Brewhouse has also well and truly thought through their merch. Their headwear range is particularly creative. I’m more about glassware these days and was glad to avail myself of a couple of schooners. The fridge is stocked with plenty of takeaway cans of their core beers including a Stout, a Mosaic XPA and a West Coast pale.
Broulee Brewhouse: 71 Coronation Drive, Broulee NSW