Pioneer leading the way

ONE-STOP SHOP: Warners At The Bay has been at the vanguard of craft beer in the Hunter providing an unmatched range of craft beers, spirits and locally produced wines.
ONE-STOP SHOP: Warners At The Bay has been at the vanguard of craft beer in the Hunter providing an unmatched range of craft beers, spirits and locally produced wines.

Warners at the Bay Hotel  was one of the first businesses in the Hunter/Newcastle area to really get behind the craft beer scene and drive it locally.

With extremely knowledgeable and passionate staff, Warners At The Bay bottleshop has won a swag of awards including:  Best Retail Liquor Outlet in NSW in the Australian Hotel Association Awards; three years in a row Rate Beer Best Awards; finalist in the ALIA awards for Best Bottleshop in Australia; and now a finalist in best Retail Liquor Outlet in Australia in the AHA National awards later this year. 

“The bottleshop has evolved out of sight in the last two years,” spokesperson Matt Jeffrey said.

“Whilst still being firmly focused on craft beer with 1000+ beers on offer and usually no less than 10 new beers arriving a week, we have seen a huge trend towards whiskey and craft spirits and a large portion of this crowd are craft beer drinkers.

The bottleshop has evolved out of sight in the last two years.

“We now offer over 100 whiskeys and over 100 Hunter Valley wines.”

The hotel has a great craft offering with 26 different beers on tap and a nitro tap.

“Regular craft events are a feature of Warners At The Bay, including such events  as the upcoming Double Down Korben D Launch with one of Sydney’s best craft breweries Akasha Brewing Co, and easily one of the best Double IPAs available in Australia,” Matt said.

“Our menu in the restaurant is diverse offering something for everyone with a focus on beer matching, suggestions are on the menu for each meal. We also offer amazing value special days for those on a budget with our Thursday and Sunday $6 craft beers all day.”

The Warners At The Bay Craft Beer Festival is heading into it’s 12th year in November and continues to grow.

Matt said current trending styles to keep an eye out for are New England IPAs like Ekim Brewing Co’s Hocus Pocus, and Tropical Pale Ales such as Kaiju Krush, both offering massive fruit flavours and aromas.

“These styles are literally flying out, making it hard to keep up with demand,” Matt said. “Trending breweries to keep an eye on include Bentspoke Brewing Co, Balter and Pirate Life.”

Facilities available at Warners At The Bay include the hotel, motel (50 rooms), restaurant, function facilities including a private bar and bottleshop.

Warners At The Bay is located at 320 Hillsborough Rd, Warners Bay. For more information visit  www.warnersatthebay.com.au or ring 4956 6066.