Slow Lane Brewing


Slow Lane Brewing

30 Byrnes Street
NSW 2019

(02) 9121 6279
Open Hours

Friday: 5pm to 9pm
Saturday: midday to 9pm
Sunday: midday to 7pm

Sydney is a city that’s always in a rush. Pedestrians charge down the footpath like they’re late for an urgent meeting. Cyclists cut and weave through traffic like their lives depend on it. Cars rev their engines and honk their horns and show their impatience with every erratic lane change. Everything is high speed, high pressure, high stress.

Standing defiantly amid all of this is Slow Lane Brewing.

Like a rock holding its ground in the middle of a flowing stream, Slow Lane will not be budged by the world rushing around it. Owners Alex and Yvonne Jarman started the brewery to focus on European beer styles that benefit from Old World methods. They’re not averse to using modern techniques, or experimenting with different yeasts. But where traditional methods produce better flavours or a unique effect, they’ll stand firm. Even if they’re more labour intensive. Even if they take longer.

“We’re happy to be inefficient if it gives better flavour,” Alex says.

This might sound like a strange business decision (especially for two people from the world of finance). But when a brewery launches with a blonde ale styled on a Belgian single (an easy-drinking style rarely seen outside the walls of a Trappist monastery) and a saison that spent three months in a wine barrel with Brettanomyces for added complexity, you know they’re not interested in playing by the same rules as everyone else.

And the results speak for themselves - Slow Lane’s beers are popular with thirsty locals and farmhouse ale connoisseurs alike.

Inspired by Belgian brewing traditions, Alex lets his 1200 litre batches ferment for at least a month. And even when he’s brewing a clean beer with a simple flavour profile, he’ll generally leave the tops of the fermenting tanks open.

"We can’t prove it, but we think it gives better flavour in the beer. The yeast is happier.”

Even then the beers aren’t quite finished. From there, some will go into oak barrels and spend time developing more flavour complexity, and all beers finish with two weeks of can or keg conditioning for high carbonation and a longer shelf life.

“We’re trying to do things big breweries can’t do,” Alex explains.

It’s worth noting there’s nothing boring about being “slow” and “traditional”. While each beer takes a long time to turn around, Alex’s approach is all about exploring different styles, forgoing a core range in favour of trying new recipes and tweaking old favourites. At Slow Lane, the Old World is constantly getting a contemporary facelift.

Part of this is the modern approach to packaging. It’s not often you see a complex, barrel-aged saison in a can with a minimalist design on the label. Some people who wouldn’t dream of buying beer in a 750ml bottle with a cork will happily buy a four-pack of pastel tinnies from their local brewery, and discover a new (old) style in the process.

The brewery itself is a similar mixture of traditional and contemporary. Like many of its fellow breweries, Slow Lane is in an industrial warehouse space, albeit a relatively small one, with a tasting room that opened to the public at the start of 2021. But the stark white walls and oak barrels stacked to the ceiling hint at a beer cellar in Belgium. Alex and Yvonne have given the whole place a feeling of serenity and simplicity; they make the small space work.

This simplicity is also seen in the brewery’s branding: modernist, minimalist, geometric. It plays off aerial photography of the local area, which shows the circular tanks at Port Botany, the rectangles of the container depot, and the criss-cross of runways at Sydney Airport. The clean lines of the shapes in the logo carry an aesthetic simplicity, which points back to Slow Lane’s philosophy of brewing - getting back to basics.

Because at the end of the day, the months of fermentation and barrel-ageing and can conditioning are all done to produce something very simple: a beer to drink and enjoy.

It just takes a while, that’s all.

Mick Wust

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Stories featuring Slow Lane Brewing

Core Range

Slow Lane Brewing Quake Pale Ale
Kveik Pale
Slow Lane Brewing Foundation
Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Ale
Slow Lane Brewing Botany Weisse
Berliner Weisse
Slow Lane Brewing Thirsty Miner
Slow Lane Brewing Refectory
Belgian Blonde Ale

Limited Releases

Slow Lane Pivotal & Check in the Dark
Czech Pale Dark Lagers
4.0% & 5.0%
Slow Lane Jagged Little Pils, Leann Dearg, Golden Valley & Forest Rabbit
Various Styles As Indicated
5.0% & 4.5% & 6.5% & 10.5%
Slow Lane Grain of Salt Peach & Guava & Classic Haze Nelson Sauvin
Fruited Gose & Hoppy Hef
3.5% & 7.0%
Slow Lane Brewing Reunion
Oaked-Aged Christmas Ale
Slow Lane Hold Your Horses & Free Radicals
Brett Saison & Barrel-Aged Dubbel with Plums
One Drop x Slow Lane Drop It Slow
Barrel-Aged Fruited Sour Ale
Slow Lane Days Gone By, Here and Now & Supersaturated
Festbiers & IPA
6.0% & 6.0% & 6.7%
Slow Lane Conditioned, Whiter Shade of Ale & Black As Night
Hazy Pale, Witbier & Belgian Stout
5.4% & 4.5% & 7.5%
Slow Lane To the Fruit Farm, Hop Detective & Ton of Bricks
Various Styles As Indicated
6.5% & 6.5% & 11.5%
Slow Lane A Mars a Day, Attention Seeker & Family Ties
Bière de Mars, Hoppy Hefe & Hazy IPA
5.0% & 6.5% & 6.5%
Slow Lane Like A Chimney, Timeless Pieces & Merry Merry
Lichtenhainer, Oaked IPA & Christmas Red Ale
4.0% & 6.5% & 12.0%
Slow Lane Rye Sense Of Humour & Simple Living
Roggenbier & Kellerbier
4.5% & 5.0%
Slow Lane Grain of Salt & Woodchip
Gose & Oaked Table Beer
3.2% & 3.5%
Slow Lane Barreljuice, Same But Different & The Time Is Rye
Barrel-Aged Brett IPA, Hazy IPA & Barrel-Aged Dark Rye Sour
6.5% & & 8.5%
Slow Lane's June 2022 Quartet
Various Styles As Indicated
6.0% & 3.5% & 3.5% & 9.5%
Slow Lane's May 2022 Quartet
Various Styles As Indicated
7.0% & 7.5% & 6.5% & 11.5%
Slow Lane's March 2022 Trio
Hazy Pale, Belgian Quad & Golden Sour
5.8% & 10.5% & 5.5%
Slow Lane Simplicity, Melody, Botany Weisse Peach & Rise Up
Helles, Vienna Lager, Berliner Weisse & Delicious Thing
5.0% & 5.0% & 3.5% & 6.5%
Slow Lane Oktoberfest Trio Pt 2
Märzen, Kolsch & Altbier
6.0% & 5.0% & 5.0%
Slow Lane Brewing Classic Dark Haze, Liquid Bread & Return Walker
Dunkelweizen, Doppelbock & Hazy Pale
5.6% & 8.5% & 4.0%
Slow Lane Entirety & Cellar Worthy 2021
Russian Imperial Stouts & Barleywines
Big & Boozy
Slow Lane Brewing Botany Weisse Pineapple, Simple Coercion & Frozen Sea
Fruit Berliner Weisse, Hazy Pale & Baltic Porter
3.5% & 5.0% & 8.5%
Slow Lane Brewing Solitude
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Slow Lane Brewing Before Dawn
Slow Lane Brewing Hop Barn & Oaty
Hoppy Farmhouse Ale & Oatmeal Stout
Both 5.4%
Slow Lane Brewing 1st Birthday Beers
Various styles
ABVs as indicated
Slow Lane Brewing Weka Pale Ale
Hazy Pale
Slow Lane Brewing Threefold
Belgian Tripel
Slow Lane Continuum
Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Ale
Slow Lane Brewing Resting Place
Mixed Fermentation Sour Ale
Slow Lane Brewing Mango & Passionfruit / Apricot Botany Weisse
Fruited Berliner Weisse
3.4% & 4.2%
Slow Lane Brewing Old Russet & Cellar Worthy
Barrel-Aged Belgian Dubbel & English Barleywine
8.4% & 14.0%