Old Admiral – Lord Nelson Brewery (AUS)

No trip to Sydney is ever complete without a visit to the The Lord Nelson pub. It’s not exactly hidden but it’s not a pub you’re likely to stumble across unless your looking for it.  A beautiful sandstone building located in Kent St, The Rocks,  The Lord Nelson is Sydney’s oldest continually licensed pub and home to Australia’s oldest pub brewery. When I lived in Sydney, The Nelson was one of the first places I took visitors, neatly forgetting that most of them were quite used to drinking English-style brews served in pint glasses …… in an old pub. For me, the novelty never wore off. The beer was too good.

Nelson's Blood ...... Australia expects every man to do his duty and try a pint ........
Old Admiral …… Australia expects every man to do his duty and try a pint ……..

 

Weighing in at a hefty 6.1%, Old Admiral is not a great beer to start an evening on …… but it certainly makes for a damn good finish. An impenetrable reddish black in colour, it has a rich caramel aroma. Like any old sea dog worth it’s salt, it’s bark is as good as it’s bite with  deep, rich winter flavours and hints of burnt treacle. I might be being a bit one-eyed about this but theres no ‘arm in stating that, like the Old Admiral himself, this one serves respect and ‘admiration’

Goes down a treat with Monday night’s $8.00 pie, mash and peas and a walk round the harbour to check out the Vivid Festival

Sydney Harbour Bridge lit up for the Vivid Festival
Sydney Harbour Bridge lit up for the Vivid Festival ©Mike Greenslade

Obvious, I know, but here’s The Special AKA with ‘Free Nelson Mandela’ …………………

 

 

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