The butterfly effect that started Shark Island was when 2 home brewers (Peebs and Driza) met whilst managing liquor retail outlets. Peebs had previously started ‘Hopping Mad’ brewery in Orange, NSW but returned to the big smoke to start a family. The pair soon discovered a shared passion for good beer so when they noticed the rise in home grown, independent breweries they decided it was time to get involved.
After cutting their teeth at such companies as 4 Pines and Balmain Brewing, they set about building their dream in their backyard so enlisted the support of a bunch of school mates to help achieve their vision- and the Kirrawee Cellar door was born.
Named after the iconic reef island surf break found just off the Point of South Cronulla, all of our core range beers pay homage to the waves of the region. Shark Island is a place where you can chill for a few hours, with great beer, good tunes and delicious food. Our beers are designed to be what you’d feel like after just spending half a day battling some waves along the Cronulla beaches. We brew session beers with flavour, coupled with a regular array of bolder, creative beers for the more adventurous punter.
SHARK ISLAND LAGER (the sharks are circling) - 4.6% abv
As much as we love hoppy ales, we also enjoy the clean, crisp, slightly sweet and herbaceous flavours of a good German Lager and Shark Island delivers in spades. Using German Noble Hops we’ve created a beer for everyone, a beer to share, a beer to quench. A great place to start your beer tasting journey.
SHARK ISLAND AUSTRALIAN ALE (the sharks are circling) – 4.3% abv
This is our gateway ale and our introduction to Australian Hops. Designed to be a little softer on the palate than English or American Pales, our Australian Ale presents aromas of Pineapple and Pine courtesy of Vic Secret Hops. It is not overly bitter and at 4.3% abv is a good option for a BBQ or a catch up.
SHARK ISLAND PALE ALE (beer with bite) – 4.8% abv
Our flagship Pale Ale sits more under the American Pale umbrella though it still utilises Australian ingredients. A little bolder both in aroma and bitterness, Topaz is the star hop presenting oodles of Stone fruit flavours backed up by Ella, Cascade and Galaxy. The bitterness lingers a little longer, just to remind you to take another sip.
SANDSHOES GOLDEN ALE (tread with caution) – 4.5% abv
Sandshoes is a surf break you couldn’t access without walking over a cunji reef, so to prevent cutting their feet folks would wear their Dunlop volleys. We have represented this with a beer packed with flavour. This Galaxy Hop driven ale has the classic tropical, passionfruit nose with hints of citrus and a nice bitter finish to pucker your gums.
THE ALLEY TEXAS BROWN ALE (a narrow escape) – 5.5% abv
This seasonal hoppy amber started life as an Autumn specialty but has proven so popular that it will make regular appearances at our Cellar Door throughout the year. This beer uses NZ specialty malts and all American hops to create a rich, roasted dark ale that punches the tongue with a giant citrus kick. It’s a sharp turn, much like it’s namesake.
THE POINT DARK ALE (the darkest of breaks) – 5% abv
Our ever popular, easy drinking dark. We set out to create a beer that has the hops of an English Porter, married with the smooth malts of a German Schwartz Bier and we think we’ve nailed it. Not heavy on the palate but still with plenty of chocolate and roasted aromas, this a dark beer to enjoy whether it’s 4 degrees or 40 degrees. A year round beer for a year round wave.
VOODOO INDIA PALE ALE (the bombora of beers) – 6.5% abv
A strong beer for a strong break. Voodoo IPA is our most popular rotating beer. A more solid abv kick is balanced with the sweetness of NZ toffee malt before the mountain of US, NZ and Oz Hops attacks your palate first with tropical aromas then with a sharp bitterness that stays for a while and coats your cakehole.
GREENHILLS SUMMER ALE (beach in a bottle) – 4.7% abv
Our original gateway pale returns each Summer (and occasionally drops in at other times). A slightly more grassy, herbaceous blend of Australian Hops differentiates this from our other ales. It is named for the stretch of beach north of Wanda. A trek many of us have undertaken to ski the now disappearing sand dunes.
Here at Shark Island we enjoy getting creative and adventurous with our brewing, so you will find regular NANO batch beers flowing at our Cellar Door and select venues both in the Shire and further afield. Make sure to ask our friendly team if we have any NANOS pouring when you visit us.
Shark island Brewing Company
Unit 8/29-33, Waratah Street.
Kirrawee NSW 2232
Phone: 02 9545 1914
Northern side of the Waratah St, behind the Australia Post distribution centre. Just come in the entry near the post box's and head down the back of the estate.
Cellar Door Opening Hours:
Thursday: 2pm to 7:30pm
Friday: 2pm to 9:00pm
Saturday: 12pm to 8pm
Sunday: please check on Facebook