Underground was one of three new venues 4 Pines announced it would be opening over the course of 12 months from August this year. The brewery is certainly undergoing a period of expansion with the addition of Underground, a new brewing facility in Newport and a hub dedicated to beer and homemade breads within the Glen Street Theatre in Belrose. The latter of the three are still yet to open.
Co-founder Sheree Mitchell was the person behind the interior design of Underground, which has been made to feel like one of those warm and cosy log cabins you’d find on a blizzard covered mountain. Who doesn’t want to pretend it’s cold outside while being served delicious food and beer every now and again?
All-natural materials have been used throughout the space, including recycled timbers and bunker lighting. And to give it that extra old-world feel, like you’re stepping into a space reminiscent of years gone by, the walls feature a pictorial history of Manly’s wharf, giving you the sense that this underground venue has been there for years.
Pallets from 4 Pines’ production and brewing hub in Brookvale have also been used throughout to bring elements of the brewery’s craft to life right alongside where the beers are served. You can either wile away the morning, day, or night on one of the long tables and leather booths inside or if you’d rather come up for fresh air, sip a beer and snack on one of Underground’s many morsels in the outdoors, there’s a number of outdoor seating options to watch the world go by from.
The food, created by Group Executive Chef Rob de Paulo and Head Chef Pablo Siebeneichler, is complemented by a range of house-made sides, including chutneys and aioli, or for an added wow factor, there’s the 4 Pines Stout-infused farm house bread. Dishes include a Cubano jaffle (18 month cured Serrano ham, Mahon cheese combined with Moorish chutney, $12), the 4 Pines Stout-braised beef ragout pot pie with red wine and vegetables ($24) and if you’re in the mood for sharing, the huge pot of mussels with garlic, chilli, white wine and basil in a rustic tomato broth with house-made 4 Pines Stout bread for two ($36) or the 1⁄2 kg of smoked beef brisket with apple and fennel salad, chipotle sauce and fresh lime ($45) are just the ticket.
There are 12 taps in total at Underground which feature a range of 4 Pines core and Keller Door (limited edition small batch) beers. And, the guys behind the venue have created an extensive list of beer matches for every breakfast dish. Thought it couldn’t get better than that? Each meal also comes with a taster of the beer, from an Indian Summer Ale with croquets to an ESB with the slow cooked brisket.
There’s also a very un-beer menu that features a selection of Australian wines and distilled spirits, as well as smoothies, pressed juices, milkshakes and for all you caffeine lovers, Single Origin coffee. The cocktail selection is inspired by barrel-aged spirits, Brookvale Union and the broader 4 Pines beer range with some highlights including Getting Spicey (Brookvale Union Ginger Beer with Adelaide Hills Spiced Rum, a splash of house-made 4 Pines pale ale bitters and fresh lime), The North American (Rye Whiskey and Sherry barrel-aged with maple syrup, topped with 4 Pines American Amber Ale and a splash of orange bitters) and the Indian Summerita (Don Julio Blanco Tequila with fresh lime, blood orange syrup, topped with 4 Pines Indian Summer Ale) – all $14 each.
4 Pines Underground, Manly
43-45 E Esplanade, Manly
Tel: 02 9976 2300
7 days a week, 7am – 10pm
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