Over 40 Dark Beers will be tapped at Newtown’s Union Hotel for this epic winter event (Sydney)

Newtown institution Union Hotel is turning down the lights for a special craft beer event this month, tapping 40 dark beers over two evenings to help make the winter cold that much more bearable, as well as highlighting some of the country’s best winter brews (many of which are crowd-sourced suggestions). 20 Dark Kegs will be tapped each night, starting with the first 20 on Friday 17th June with one beer per brewery, and finishing the next night with 20 different brews on Saturday 18th June.

Only one keg per each selected beer will be tapped, and each brewery will be represented only once (with a few exceptions), allowing Union Hotel to showcase a very wide range of craft beers from 12pm until close each day. Tasting baddles will be available each day from 12pm until 7pm alongside some jugs for selected brews until 10pm, all matched the eats from the kitchen’s new winter menu.

Announced via their Facebook, the event – titled “The Dark Nights” – looks to be an absolutely unmissable showcase of the strong position Australia’s craft beer industry is in with some really inventive, talented teams. Expect Stouts, IPAs, Porters, and more from the exciting list, which you can check out below:

The Dark Nights – Friday 17th June

1. Akasha Brewing Company “From The Shadows” Porter (5.5%)
2. Batch Brewing Company “Elsie the Milk Stout” (4.9%)
3. Bridge Road Brewers “Hickory Chickory” Bock (6.3%)
4. Cavalier Brewing “Black and Tan” (7%)
5. Coopers Brewery Dark Ale (4.5%)
6. Edge Brewing Project “Inappropriate touching” Dark Schwartbier (Collab with Hawkers Beer, Evil Twin Brewing, Baird Brewing, KAIJU! BEER 6.5%)
7. Feral Brewing Company “Karma Citra” Black IPA (5.8%)
8. Five Barrel Brewing Smokey Oyster Stout (4.5%)
9. 4 Pines Brewing Company Nitro Stout (5%)
10. Green Beacon Brewing “Penny” Porter (5.3%)
11. The Grifter Brewing Company “Demon Lungs” Smoked Porter (5.6%)
12. KAIJU Beer “Cthulu” India Black Ale (6.5%)
13. Modus Operandi Brewing Co. “Black Magic Woman” Extra Stout (6%)
14. MOO BREW “Seasonal Harvest: Black IPA” (5.8%)
15. Murray’s Craft Brewing Co “Angry Man” Brown Ale (6.5%)
16. Quiet Deeds “Lamington Ale” (5.5%)
17. Rocks Brewing Company “Conviction Series: Brown Ale” (5.1%)
18. Temple Brewing Company “New World Order” Stout (6.5%)
19. Two Birds Brewing Seasonal Stout (5.2%)
20. Willie the Boatman “Rogue One” Black IPA (6.8%)
+ Modus Operandi “Kite Flyer” Cream Ale (4.8%)
+ Young Henrys Cloudy Apple Cider (4.6%)

The Dark Nights – Saturday 18th June

21. Blackman’s Brewery “Arthur” Porter (6.3%)
22. Bridge Road Brewers “B2 Bomber Mach 6.0” Belgian Black IPA (9.5%)
23. Bright Brewery “Staircase” Porter (5.7%)
24. Big Shed Brewing Concern “Franken Brown” (5.3%)
25. Doctors Orders Brewing “Iron Lung” Black Pils (7%)
26. Exit Brewing Milk Stout (5.2%)
27. Feral Brewing Company “Boris” Russian Imperial Stout (9.1%)
28. Garage Project “Aro Noir” American Stout (7.1%)
29. Holgate Brewhouse “Temptress” Chocolate Porter (6%)
30. HopDog BeerWorks “Children of Darkness” Black IPA (6.5%)
31. La Sirène Brewing “Praline” Belgian Strong Dark Ale (6%)
32. Moon Dog Craft Brewery “Mack Daddy” Dark Ale (5%)
33. Mornington Peninsula Brewery Brown Ale (5%)
34. Shenanigans Brewing “Sabotage” Chilli Smoked Stout (7.1%)
35. Stone & Wood Brewing “Stone Beer” Winter Ale (6.4%)
36. Sydney Brewery “Darlo” Dark Ale (4.9%)
37. Wayward Brewing Company “Midnight Barley Cowboy” Hopped Porter (6%)
38. Wolf of the Willows Brewing “JSP” Smoked Porter (5.2%)
39. Young Henrys “Hop Ale” Black IPA (6%)
40. Yulli’s Brews “Fat Nerd” Vanilla Porter (6%)
+ Modus Operandi “Kite Flyer” Cream Ale (4.8%)
+ Young Henrys Cloudy Apple Cider (4.6%)

Union Hotel regularly announces some epic tap lists, so be sure to stay tuned to their social media channels for any updates.

Union Hotel

Address: 576 King Street, Newtown
Contact: (02) 9557 2989
Website: unionnewtown.com.au

Headline Image: Union Hotel


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Chris Singh

Chris Singh is the Deputy Editor of the AU review and a freelance travel writer. You can reach him on Instagram by following @chrisdsingh.

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