Hailing from Southern England and having fallen in love with Australia, when Steve Drissell migrated to Australia he really missed the mix of locally brewed ale and local pub spirit his homeland is famed for.
Also a keen homebrewer from a young age, Steve eventually decided to give up the security of corporate life and the kicks from playing drums in a band, to "have a crack" at opening his own city brewery, beer garden and band room.
"It's not for the faint hearted!"
Under-resourced, inexperienced and flying solo, in 2012 Steve took a giant leap of faith and signed the lease on a derelict Glebe warehouse located down a grimy city back alley next to Broadway, and got stuck into the red tape that would need to be unravelled.
"I didn't know how I was going to fund building works, buy brewery equipment or much else at that stage."
Undeterred, through sheer bloodymindedness and unwavering optimism, Staves Brewery opened it's doors some two and a half years later in October 2015 where a revolving list of award winning beers passionately brewed directly behind the bar are served and enjoyed in the beer garden and upstairs Malt Room.
"Staves is one of the smallest and hands on breweries in Sydney. I can lean against a fermentation tanks and touch tap handles at the same time!"
Fostering a community of "proper beer" lovers, banter, education and live music, Staves supports other creative people chasing their dream and having a go whilst not taking themselves too seriously.
Staves is proud to be Sydney's only independent family brewery and band venue under one roof, respectfully serving great beer and loud music, late.
"Staves are the wooden barrel pieces that magically fit together to contain and protect our beer. The five horizontal lines on sheet music that help us learn and pass music on. And how many an Aussie pronounces 'Steve'!"
we can cater for your next event or function from 20 to 115 guests.
whether it be a company party with bands, food trucks and a full bar or a private and intimate beer tasting, we've got you covered at competitive rates. located at less than 1km from central station right next to broadway shopping centre we're easily accessible by several transport options.
we've flexible catering options to suit any budget and can offer exclusive use of the venue at certain times right through until midnight.
with a dedicated band stage, pa and backline upstairs in the malt room, we are able to host speakers or provide entertainment options including bands, comedians, magicians, burlesque and more!
get in touch to discuss your requirements via the contact page.
the malt room
It all started when...
the malt room isn't just where we keep our brewing malt. when we're not brewing, this upstairs space is transformed for live performance.
whether it be bands, stand up comedy, or singer/songwriter nights the quality is always high, and we host live entertainment thursday through sunday. check our dedicated facebook page (live at staves brewery) for event details.
if you are an artist(s) looking for a gig feel free to hit us up via the 'contact' page on this site.
'Steve bartender / owner provides excellent service and some of the best beers I've had in australia.' - callum reid
'Had the tasting paddle and absolutely loved the pilsener. Had a great chat with the brewer and amazed by the whole vibe of the place. Can't wait to get back and sit in the beer garden for a session with family and friends.' - barry palmer
'I've been hanging out here for the past many months, I go for the live music. It's so good to have venues that support live music and open their doors to the local music community. The staff are really friendly as well, as is the overall venue.' - kerri ellis
'Cracking little venue, another modern classic Sydney craft brewery, giving the city something to be proud of. Great beers and great service!' - dave bickford
'Gotta love Staves, good guys, great beers, and live music in the Malt Room, that'll do me!!' - mark jessup
'We read about Staves brewery in google and went there. We have gone into this dark road and thought that this is supposed to be the wrong way, but we found Staves, get in and had a great evening. We were sitting at the bar, talking a lot with Nigel and were trying all 9 offered beers. All were really great. Nigel gave us furthermore some good recommendations for other breweries and bars. We spent an almost perfect evening there, thank you. We can highly recommend this place for guys wanting some beers beyond those rubbish standard beers from bottles. Nigel is an expert, knowing a lot of his handwork and craft. We are going to return this week.' - ha markus
'Fantastic place. Beer was off the hook good. Live music in the upstairs room. Awesome!' - levi burr
'I love this joint. Everyone is so nice all the time and the beer is Fantastic! And to the bar tender, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!' - maddalena scordia
'Amazing beer and live music. Awesome vibe. A must visit in Sydney! Owner is such a kind man. This place made our day!' - jenn seneyia
'Awesome little bar with the best beer I've found in Sydney, honestly, the stout and the IPA are delicious! A home to true passion and craft, my favourite little hideaway by far.' - jamie o'donnell
'My only complaint is that we didn't get to stay long enough. Great little place, excellent beer and vibe, "l'll be back!" - graham bower
'Delicious beers! You must go check this place out' - amber williams
'This is great micro brewery with a great range of beers. Should be more like this' - jason knowles
'funky little bar, plenty of craft beers on offer, friendly staff, who could ask for more!' - alan rushcutter
'The best brewery in the inner-west. So close to Central and Broadway, plus great beer' - ashray prasad
'I am normally a wine drinker but thought the beer (pale ale and stout) were excellent. The venue had a good vibe and the food was good.' - bruce hort
'Went there as part of good beer week and really liked the fact that they are trying to do something different with their beers' - phil hermsen
'Truly charming tucked away little bar. I liked it the minute I went inside' - rosanna mendez
'Do yourself a favour and grab a pint of one the many fine beers on tap and take a seat in the beer garden. Fantastic way to spend and afternoon/ evening.' - john clarke
'Excellent beer and the nicest staff. Thanks for making my 40th such an amazing night.' - julia munro
'Friendly owner, good brews, convenient location for a brewery - came for one drink and stayed for 5.' - joe barnes
'Great place and a real hidden gem. Great selections and beers.' - darren common
'What a fantastic operation! The beers are tremendous, the vibe of the place is chilled out, & owner Steve is a good bloke! Highly recommended brewpub!' - warwick tyler
'Excellent space and fantastic beers. A must-visit for local and visiting beer fans.' justin cleveland
'Excellent brew pub, awesome service and a cool space' - patrick choy
'Fantastic! Great beer on tap and great atmosphere..' - kevin vinall
'Cracking little brewery. The Hefe Weizen is ���Love your work Steve, we'll be back!' - james rongen-hall
'Great small brewpub with a great large offering. One of Glebe's gems.' - conan bourke
send us a message
4-8 Grose St, Glebe NSW 2037 // (02) 9280 4555 // INFO@stavesbrewery.com
mon-wed - closed, thu/fri 4pm til 12am, sat 12pm til 12am, sun 12pm til 10pm