4 Pines to open bars on Sydney ferries
Thirsty commuters and tourists on Sydney ferries travelling between Circular Quay and Manly can now buy a beer on their afternoon or evening journey.
Harbour City Ferries has awarded a contract to 4 Pines Brewing Company - owned by CUB - to operate bars and cafés on the ferries.
“After a thorough assessment Harbour City Ferries awarded the contract to 4 Pines to operate bars and cafés on the Manly ferries,” said Sydney Harbour Ferries Managing Director, Martin Kearney.
“4 Pines will offer a range of craft beers and ciders as well as a range of non-alcoholic beverages and healthier food items on the four Manly ferries Narrabeen, Collaroy, Queenscliff and Freshwater, seven days week."
Canned beers will be on offer including Indian Summer Ale, American Pale Ale and In Season IPA, as well as Brookvale Union Ginger Beer and a selection of non-alcoholic beverages.
Food will be available throughout the day and 4 Pines beers will be available from 4 – 8pm.
“The move brings Sydney into line with ferry services around the world and Australia, offering a bar service," Kearney added. “Sydney ferries are popular with tourists and I am certain the prospect of an iconic Australian craft beer such as 4 Pines will appeal to many of them.
“It’s just the latest move by Harbour City Ferries to improve the customer experience on our ferries. Extra security will be on board during the peak times of operation.
“The bar service is about improving customer experience and providing an additional service to customers. We have listened to what our customers want and believe the bar service on Manly ferries adds an enjoyable dimension to the journey of regular commuters and visitors to our city.”
Jaron Mitchell, co-founder of 4 Pines, added: “When we were born in Manly not quite 10 years ago, we would have never imagined we’d be part of something of such scale in conjunction with the iconic Manly Ferry.
"If we all do our job, we are hoping to amplify peoples expectation of what customer experience can be, in places you’d never imagine it and build something that one day becomes famous and celebrated by locals and visitors to Australia.”