Award winning Australian brewer Endeavour Vintage Beer Co, and seasoned hospitality professionals Applejack Hospitality (Bondi Hardware, The Botanist, SoCal, Della Hyde & The Butler), have opened an exciting collaboration in The Rocks within a building that once housed Sydney’s longest-running colonial hotel, Seaman’s, dating back to the 1800s.
Inspired by the building’s long history of publican life, the team of Endeavour Vintage Beer Co. founders Ben Kooyman, Andy Stewart & Dan Hastings, with Applejack’s Hamish Watts & Ben Carroll, have opened Endeavour Tap Rooms, an onsite-brewery, bar and restaurant. The collaboration was in the works for a long time, with Applejack serving Endeavour Beer in their numerous venues for four years, and the relationship spanning back many years previously, with the two Bens old friends from school.
The venue took the guys over two years to find - they knew they had to find the perfect place to create their unique vision - and having searched the Lower North Shore, Inner West and City they fell instantly in love with the location, character and heritage of the building. Transforming the venue into a contemporary space, whilst paying homage and respect to the building’s classic history, was entrusted to Welsh + Major, an architectural firm with accolades for transforming heritage and historical sites. The result are interiors which are understated and modern, with art deco references.
It is the first ever location for Endeavour Vintage Beer Co.’s own brewery and follows the brands unique philosophy of using all-Australian, seasonally-harvested ingredients with no preservatives.
Newly opening later this month, there will be an innovative Australian designed double-stacked 600-litre brew house, six tanks that will also be double stacked and, in the bar, four key lines and four rotating taps serving on-site exclusives. The team is planning meet-the-brewer dinners and tours, as well as producing distinctive, interesting and crafty beers that won’t be found anywhere else. As well as beer, the Tap Rooms serves rosé and an “Australian Negroni” on tap using Four Pillars Gin. The locally sourced wine and seasonal cocktail lists have been created by Applejack’s Lachy Sturrock and are all 100% Australian.
The restaurant menu lends itself to the exceptional beers on tap, using the best local ingredients where possible, and from producers that support ethical farming practices. Head Chef Sam Tingle (a former sous chef at The Butler) has created a menu focusing on a range of smoked produce. The meats are smoked in a Yoder YS1500, and are lighter versions of American barbeque. Using the on-tap beer and ferments play a key role in the kitchen, and there are a large array of fresh and lively greens, vibrant salads, home-made sauces and interesting sides.
The renovation of the venue coincided with the $15 million NSW Government initiative to renew and revitalise heritage retail tenancies in The Rocks, inspired by successful strategies in heritage retail precincts around the world, including SoHo in New York City and Le Marais in Paris. Overall the Endeavour Tap Rooms team wanted to create a venue with the heart of Endeavour and soul of Applejack. Endeavour is an Australian brand, rich with integrity and focussed on using the finest ingredients. Applejack delivers consistent fun and friendly service with a focus on epic food.
Endeavour Tap Rooms
39-43 Argyle Street, The Rocks
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat 11am–12am Sun 11.30am–10pm