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The finals of the Sydney Cider Cocktail Competition 2018 were held on Monday 23rd Aril at The Cidery Bar in World Square, Sydney.

L-R: Nicola Morra, Natalie Ng, Daniel Noble

Eight finalists competed in front of a panel of judges with a Sydney-inspired cocktail using any of our Sydney Brewery Ciders and an Australian native ingredient. Daniel Noble of the soon-to-open Old Mates Place bar in Sydney took out the first prize with his cocktail, “Easy Like a Cider Morning”, a winning combination of Calvados with Sydney Cider, Agave & Ginger Cider reduction, Australian bush honey with cloves, lime juice and Hellfire bitters.

Natalie Ng of Door Knock in Sydney came in second place with with her cocktail “Proud To Be A Sydney Cider” using Sydney Cider with The Westwinds Cutlass Gin, Native Caper/ Wild Orange Cordial, citrus and lemon mrytle and sea salt spray. The third spot was awarded to Nicola Morra of Grasshopper Bar for his cocktail, “My Fizz Mate” using Manly Perry Cider with rum, fig liqueur, lime juice, pandan and lemon myrtle syrup.

The judges, Ben Davidson (Bespoke Drinks), Max Greco (Vasco Bar), Corinne Mossati (Cocktails & Bars, Gourmantic) and Richard Feyn (Sydney Brewery) were highly impressed with the calibre of the entries and the diversity of the spirits chosen to complement the various ciders.

The winner, Daniel Noble will be enjoying one night’s accommodation for two at Rydges Sydney Central, a tour of the our new Sydney Brewery, dinner for two at Rydges Sydney Central including Sydney Brewery drinks, and 10 cartons of Sydney Brewery products of his choice – a total prize value of $1200.

Second place winner Natalie Ng has won 10 cartons of any Sydney Brewery products valued at $700, while Nicola Morra will be taking home 5 cartons of Sydney Brewery products of his choice valued at $350.

Here’s the winning cocktail recipe of the 2018 Sydney Cider Cocktail Competition:

“Easy Like a Cider Morning” Cocktail Recipe

Recipe by Daniel Noble of Old Mate’s Place, Sydney (opening soon)


  • 45 ml Calvados
  • 20 ml lime juice
  • 15 ml Agave & Ginger Cider reduction
  • 7 ml native Australian bush honey with clove
  • 1 drop Hellfire bitters
  • 90 ml Sydney Cider

Glassware: coupette
Garnish: sea salt rim


Rim coupette with western Australian sea salt. Add the Calvados, lime juice, Agave & Ginger Cider reduction, honey and bitters into a toby tin with ice. Shake and fine strain into a chilled coupette and top with Sydney Cider.

Daniel Noble’s winning cocktail ‘Easy like a Cider morning’

In media partnership with Cocktails & Bars.

Written by: Corinne Mossati

Photo Credit: Ella Miley

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Sydney Brewery continues to impress the judges, adding to the medals haul after much success over the last three years.
At the 2017 Independent Brewers Association Awards held in Adelaide, Sydney Brewery took home a Gold Medal, two Silvers and three Bronze for the following:
Gold: Potts Point Porter 
Silver: Darlo Dark and Surry Hills Pils
Bronze: Glamarama Summer Ale, Lovedale Lager and Pyrmont Rye IPA.
Continuing the good form, we received further accolades at the 2017 Royal Hobart Show, where Agave Ginger Cider took out Gold, scoring a class topping 96/100! Sydney Cider was also among the medals, taking home a Bronze, adding to its impressive Trophy and Gold medals won at previous Sydney, Hobart and Cider Australia shows.
Agave Ginger Cider and Sydney Cider weren’t done there, adding a further medals haul at the 2017 World Cider Awards in London.  Agave Ginger Cider won its second Gold in the ‘Experimental’ class, this time trumping its recent Hobart Royal Gold with an international victory!

Not to be outdone, Sydney Cider won its style of ‘Sparkling Sweet’ and also won ‘Best Australian Sparkling Cider’, adding another two Trophies to the cabinet.
So over the past three years we been awarded 7 Trophies and 10 Gold medals, with these recent results taking our award tally to 68 medals. And we don’t think it will stop there…
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Sydney Brewery was awarded 10 medals for all 10 beers entered at the CBIA Awards 2016. A BIG thank you to our Head Brewer, Michael Capaldo, for yet another successful awards night for Sydney Brewery!


Paddo Pale
Alter Ego (our GABS speciality brew, Imperial Oatmeal Stout)
Surry Hills Pils

Potts Point Porter
Pyrmont Rye IPA
Nulla Natural
Lovedale Lager
Darlo Dark

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