SYDNEY | Hopsters Cooperative Brewery in Enmore is Australia’s first member’s owned craft brewery. It was founded by craft beer lover Marco Vargas in 2016, and has grown to over 1,000 members since. It’s constantly growing, and the goal is to hit 300,000 members one day.
It’s a place to meet like-minded craft beer lovers who share a similar commitment to sustainability, community, innovation, and education. Lifetime memberships are available to anyone for $250. Your cash gets you the ability to vote for the board of directors, as well as benefits such as members-only tastings, homebrew classes, taproom and online store discounts and a share of any profits distributed.
Even if you’re not a member, the taproom is open to all. On tap you’ll find a rotating selection of Hopsters’ own beers, brewed on Wayward Brewing’s old 200-litre brewing system, and guest taps. When I first visited, it was the excellent Big Shed Brewing Concern from Adelaide who were in town for a tap takeover.
There’s no kitchen on site, but you’re free to order food in from any one of the area’s nearby restaurants. Faheem Fast Food next door does an assortment of delicious Pakistani dishes which are very popular with Hopsters punters. I highly recommend their Brain Masala – lamb brains cooked with spices, tomatoes, ginger and coriander. If you’re not that adventurous, try the lamb biryani or tandoori chicken.
Hopsters Cooperative Brewery
198 Enmore Road
New South Wales 2042
Wed – Thu: 4:00pm to 9:00pm
Fri – Sat: 12:00pm to 10:00pm
Sun: 12:00pm to 8:00pm