There’s something about drinking beer that sits well with a yarn. Tucked away on Mary Street in St Peters, you’ll find a small local brewery with a tasting bar, that’s named for an interesting story. The brewery’s name, Willie The Boatman, is a nod to William Kerr of Tempe. He was a local Scottish convict who served Sydney merchant Alexander Brodie Spark of Tempe House for upwards of two decades, before being buried in St Peters Cooks River cemetery in 1848. Willie was employed as a boatman, ferrying Spark and his guests across the Cook River, before there was a bridge.
The brewery’s connection to the local area doesn’t stop there. The first beer I try is Albo Corn Ale named for the local Federal Member, Anthony Albanese. read more