BROOKVALE will soon have a sixth brewery, after council approved plans for Freshwater Brewing Company to open a taproom and eatery.
The local brewing company will operate out of a converted warehouse on Powells Road and will cater to a maximum of 300 people.
The development application shows the $874,000 premises will have open plan seating and dining downstairs, along with a bar area, kitchen, kids zone and brewery production area. Upstairs, two sub-tenancy spaces will be created.
There will be an outdoor seating area, within the front setback to Powells Road. The development includes 10 dedicated off street parking spaces.
Brewing will take place seven days a week, while the premises will be open to the public Wednesday to Sunday. The development will provide at least 11 jobs.
Freshwater Brewing Company's (FBC) co-owner Jonny Bucknall said their beers are already available through 30 bottle shops and bars across the northern beaches, and they always planned to open a taproom.
"The premise behind the beers was really simple, it's the beer you'll want to drink sitting at the beach," he said.
FBC was born in Freshwater, as the name suggests, and the team of four mates launched with Freshie Pils, next was a Mexican style beer called Wedge Cerveza.
Mr Bucknall admits the beer market is "pretty cluttered", and unless you've got "millions of dollars" it's hard to become a national brand, that's why their focus is on staying local.
FBC's taproom and eatery will be open by early July, and the team is excited about joining five other local breweries in Brookvale.
Brookvale Arts District president John Meredith said the addition of another brewery, alongside two existing distilleries, further confirms Brookvale's position as an ideal arts and entertainment district.
"They attract a significant audience, not only as food and beverage, they've all got live music," he said.
If you haven't been to Brookvale in a while, Mr Meredith said it's well worth a visit.
"Driving though Brookvale you'd be forgiven for viewing it as only a degraded industrial zone," he said.
"But, like parts of Los Angeles and other cities around the world once you look under the bonnet you'll see a vibrant, creative arts and entertainment scene."
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