The drinking of modern craft beer is one of the fastest-growing pastimes in Australia. The brew – beer made in the traditional manner at a tiny brewery, with no added preservatives and presented in an array of wonderful flavours – now accounts for 10 per cent of sales in the Australian beer market, according to industry publication Brewtique. The rise and rise of craft beer has inspired enthusiasts to create The Craft Beer Walking Tour Of Sydney, and by hiring a vehicle with East Coast Car Rentals, you could make a weekend of it – leave the car parked safely as you take in the tour on the Saturday, before exploring this global city on the Sunday.

Craft beer – a rising phenomena

The Craft Beer Walking Tour takes place every Saturday at 2 p.m., meeting up in the Sydney area of The Rocks. Lasting approximately three hours, you'll visit six of Sydney's oldest pubs, each with their own unique character and story to tell. What's more, they are hotbeds of craft beer, so you'll be able to sample a great range as you make your way from pub to pub. Critique states that the exploding popularity of craft beer is down to the vast diversity of flavours and styles that it's available in – a welcome alternative to the identical lagers that dominate the beer pumps. On the Walking Tour, you'll get to taste the difference yourself.

As well as sampling all the different craft beers on offer, you'll discover just how the liquid in your glass was created, the history of the relatively new phenomena and why it's taken off so particularly well in Australia. You'll also be granted the opportunity to purchase bottles of any particular brand you take a fancy to. The $35 tour includes food, good company and exceptional hostelries, but not the ales you sample, meaning that you can drink as much or as little as you like. Of course, the tour is only open to those that are 18 years of age or older. 

Defining craft beer

A little more on craft beer, as it can be hard to categorise exactly what a 'craft beer' is. The name has had various incarnations, including 'microbrew', 'boutique' and 'artisanal.' It's also almost the epitome of local produce, seeing as 70 per cent of it is sold within 20 kilometres of its home brewery, according to Brewtique. Craft beer is also known for its wild and exotic flavours, careering from the exotic to the downright bizarre – bacon and truffle has been sighted on occasion! 

Happy Christmas!

East Coast Car Rentals would like to wish all of our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and we hope to see you all again some time soon. The Sydney Craft Beer Walking Tour represents the perfect way to blow away those January cobwebs, so make sure you book your spot today!