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The brainchild of three out of four Szpitalaks brothers of strong brewing pedigree, Stockade boasts a set-up as impressive as its brews. As part of the Tribe Breweries collective – a beer co-op of sorts often utilised by independent breweries to keep up with demand – Stockade is the creative black sheep of the family, branching out to express themselves in some weird and wonderful ways. That said, the core range here is extremely approachable and familiar, with a mid-strength lager, a tried and tested pale ale, and the modern classic, an IPA all in the mix.

Located in an old factory space in Marrickville, the production brewery and bar boasts a communal dining space for 250 punters, can not wait for all the restrictions to be lifted.

They bost a plus a 14-person tasting room for private parties. Designed by RAD Studios, the fit-out includes steel screens and timber furniture that gives the industrial space an art deco feel, plus a custom-built bar made with upcycled barrels, lightbox menu boards and LED lighting.

Like all small pubs and breweries Stockade has had to rethink how to stay viable. Enter the Home Quaran-tinnies, available for pick up Thursday, Friday and Saturday 12-8pm, Sun 12-6pm.

Where Stockade stands out, however, are the limited-run beers, often exclusive to the tasting bar. The Mountie Maple Stout, for instance, is an absolute cracker, taking home the People’s Choice award at the 2017 Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular (or GABS) awards. It’s sticky and sweet with a slightly woody finish and worth going out of your way for.

A hoppy, fruit bomb aroma meets the nose, with a lean palate, medium bitterness and aromas of lemon, citrus, pine and mango. A very sessionable IPA.

Let’s keep venture like Stockdale alive and let’s support local.

By SEAN STARK FOR CONTRAST MEDIA 

PUBLISHED: 10:20 AEST, 9 May 2020 | UPDATED: 11.15 AEST, 9 May 2020

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