Frenchies Bistro & Brewery


Frenchies Bistro & Brewery

The Cannery
6 / 61-71 Mentmore Avenue
NSW 2018

02 8964 3171
Open Hours

Tues to Wed: midday to 10pm
Thurs to Sat: midday to 11pm
Sunday: midday to 4pm

Regular events

Tuesday from 6pm Burger & beer for $26
Wednesday from 6pm
Pasta & wine night for $35
Thursday from 6pm Steak frites & beer for $39

Some breweries do amazing beers but ordinary food. Some restaurants serve great food, only to be let down by a generic beer list. Not many places nail both. But Frenchies Bistro and Brewery delivers an exquisite exception.

Located in the trendy industrial space of The Cannery in Rosebery, just 15 minutes drive from Sydney’s CBD, Frenchies offers diners and drinkers the best of both worlds with delicious French-inspired cuisine and stellar European and new world beers on tap.

It’s the passion project of two "Frenchies", brewer Vince de Soyres and chef Thomas Cauquil, who first met in hospitality school back home. Vince started making beer as an intern at one of Frances’ first craft breweries - the Ninkasi brewery in Lyon - while Thomas worked wonders in the kitchens of Michelin star restaurants.

After moving to Australia in 2011, Vince worked at The Little Brewing Company in Port Macquarie (later renamed Wicked Elf, which closed in 2023) while living in his van and surfing every other minute. Three years later, he reunited with Thomas at the Flat Rock Brew Café in North Sydney, conjuring up wild degustation nights with matching barrel-aged beers while hatching plans for their own venture.

In 2017, they launched their own little French revolution in Rosebery, pouring brews rarely made on these shores (think bières de garde and floral IPAs using French hops) and plating up fine French fare and degustation nights that put rivals’ food trucks to shame (no offence, food trucks, I still love you). Since then, Frenchies have grown in reputation and size, extending into The Cannery’s common area to create an almost German beer hall vibe.

In 2023 for their sixth birthday, they scored two huge new presents: opening a bakery and pâtisserie a few doors down; and installing a second brewery double the size of their first behind it. Brewers Sam "Macca" McDonough (from Philter and Shambles) and Garth Jones (Slow Lane) also joined the party full-time.

Helmed by their long-time pastry chef and fellow Frenchie, Celine Vendeville, the pâtisserie sells the bistro’s famous cakes, pasties and sourdough to the public, meaning you can grab a cheeky pie or pain au chocolat to go with your takeaway bières de garde.

“The bakery expansion started really organically,” Vince explains. “Celine’s been making incredible desserts and breads for our restaurant for four years and she was keen to open her own bakery so we were like, ‘Let’s do it together’.”

Behind the delicious displays of eclairs, galettes and tarts, the new brewhouse boasts five new tanks (including two horizontal ones for lagering), a filtration plant and 225 metres of piping connecting both breweries. Most importantly, it ups their total capacity from 12,500L to 38,000L, allowing Frenchies to expand their output and take on more contract brewing.

The expansion coincides with a subtle yet important strategic shift for Frenchies; nothing too drastic - more tweaks to the winning formula than rewriting it completely.

On the beer front, it means refreshing their long-running special release series - the Pretty Please IPA range and The Cool Kids collabs with Hopsters - with colourful new can art and marketing to promote it better and differentiate it from the elegant white tins of their Euro-inspired core range. They’ve also launched an Aperitivo premium spritz which blends 25 (!) spices, fruits and botanicals, with more flavours in the works at time of writing.

The bistro received a bit of a remix too. While the menu still focuses on great local produce and French cooking flare (with an Aussie twist), there’s now also more casual, contemporary options too, with share plates and nightly specials (house-made pasta, steaks and an epic cheeseburger) replacing the more formal degustation dishes of the past.

“It’s all like the same skills, the same attention to detail, the same quality product,” Vince says, “but instead of being presented in a three or five course menu, it's just a little more casual and still very good value for money.”

They've also made a name hosting some of Sydney's best beer events, from their huge Oktoberfeast and Fresh Hop Harvest Festival to the Brewer's Got Talent competition, which sees homebrewers set up stalls and pour for the public in the hope of taking out top honours and making their beer commercially with Vince.

Fine food, beautiful brews and awesome events - it makes their home a must-visit for any self-respecting beer lover heading to Sydney. Bon appetit!

Jason Treuen

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Core Range

Frenchies Kamchatka
Black Bière de Garde
Frenchies Astrolabe
Red Biere de Garde
Frenchies Pale Ale
Pale Ale
Frenchies Lapérouse
Golden Biere De Garde
Frenchies Draught
French Pilsner

Limited Releases

Frenchies x Hopsters The Cool Kids: Vol 25 & 26
Hazy IPA & Oat Cream IPA
Both 6.5%
Frenchies x Hopsters The Cool Kids Vol 22: Superdelic
Single Hop Hazy IPA
Frenchies & Friends A Tropical Love Potion, Cool Kids Vol 21 & Trippin Balls
Hazy XPA, Hazy IPA & DDH Tripel
5.0% & 6.5% & 9.0%
Frenchies' Fifth Birthday Beers
Oaked IPAs
Various ABVs
Frenchies Bastille 1789
Frenchies Oak Vienna Lager & Cool Kids Talus & The Big C's
Oaked Vienna Lager, Hazy IPA & West Coast IPA
5.2% & 6.5% & 6.5%
Frenchies & Hopsters New Kids vs Old Kids IPAs
Hazy IPA & West Coast IPA
Both 7.0%
Frenchies Fôret & La Grosse Oceanna
Oak Conditioned Pilsner & Barrel-Aged Raspberry Sour
4.8% & 4.5%
Frenchies & Hopsters The Cool Kids: Cashmere & Eclipse
Single Hop Hazy IPAs
Both 6.5%
Frenchies & Hopsters The Cool Kids: Cryo Idaho 7
Single Hop Hazy IPA
Frenchies Soft Tropical Mist DDH Session NEIPA & Draught Pils Style & Tropical Brut IPA
Session NEIPA & Pilsner & Brut IPA
3.5% & 4.5% & 6.5%
Frenchies Tropical Mist DDH Cryo NEIPAs
DDH NEIPA & DDH Imperial Cryo NEIPAs
7.0% & 8.5%
Frenchies The World Of Yesterday & Triple (with Little Alchemist Brewing)
Vienna Lager & Belgian Tripel
4.5% & 9.0%
Frenchies Rising Star XPA & Pretty Please Milkshake IPA
DDH Single Hop XPA & Milkshake IPA
4.5% & 6.8%
Frenchies Third Birthday Single Hop DDH IPA Quartet
Single Hop DDH IPAs
7.0% & 10.5% & 7.0% & 7.0%
Frenchies Middy (RETIRED)
Mid-Strength Lager
Frenchies Lola Apricot Saison
Apricot Saison
Frenchies Tahiti Lager
Tropical Lager
Frenchies Little Sunray XPA (RETIRED)
Frenchies Festbier "Party Lager" 2019
Party Lager
Frenchies Coast Extra IPA
Frenchies La Boussole
Barrel-Aged Bière de Garde
Frenchies Brutus IPA
Brut IPA
Frenchies W.H.I.S.P.A. Wet Hop Harvest Ale
Wet Hop Red Ale
Frenchies Oceanna's Saison
Raspberry Saison
Frenchies San Fransisco Lager
California Common
Frenchies Old World IPA
Frenchies Golden Steam
Frenchies Kolsch (RETIRED)