News / Newtown
Back before the streets of Newtown were paved with burgers and fancy gelato, there was Bloodwood. Eight years ago, they were the first swell of what would be a wave of exciting new places to eat and drink in the area. As chef and co-owner Claire van Vuuren describes, “The area has changed from a place where a great community of people lived but often went elsewhere to eat and drink and party…Now diners from all over Sydney come here and we a have thriving community of locals who live, work and eat (and drink!) here. We all support one another and places like bloodwood have grown as part of and with the other venues in the area.”
Back when we were a young spring chicken of a brewery (OK, we are still a spring chicken, but back when we were an even springier chicken), The Courty were on the receiving end of some of the very first kegs that rolled out our brewery doors. They were also the first place to pour Newtowner. So as we celebrate another trip around the sun, we thought it would make sense to corner Dean Bruce from Newtown stalwart The Courty for a chat. Plus, we were all ready to get the dirt on any doping scandals within their famous crab racing but Dean assures us it’s just good clean fun.
Back in 2014 Rising Sun popped up in the back streets of Newtown, pairing piping hot bowls of ramen with a motorcycle workshop, filling that uniquely ramen-and-bike-shaped hole in our lives we didn’t even know we had. In 2016 the sun rose again, now in their permanent home in the old Mitre 10 just behind King Street. And the good people of Sydney have rewarded all their hard work by SMAC’ing them with the title of Best Eats in FBi Radio’s 2016 Sydney Music Art & Culture awards.
We couldn’t be happier for them—nicest guys in the business! Admittedly, a motorbike workshop serving ramen is a niche field, but these guys are definitely the nicest in it. We wanted to say congratulations, and what better way then by asking Nick from Rising Sun to give away the secrets to their successful business. Or at least, one of them—this recipe for delicious beery pippies...
If you’ve been down to the brewery recently you might have seen a mural declaring ‘Beer is a girl’s drink’. That’s Ginger Taylor’s work, flying a very welcome flag for the female of the beer drinking species (we're out there!). Or you might have seen her winning t-shirt design on the backs of Newtown Locals, celebrating marriage equality for the 2016 Newtown Festival. Or chances are you’ve unwittingly used some of her sign writing work to help you with very important life stuff like ordering your schnitty at the pub, or finding the way to the ATM at one of your favourite venues.
Sign-writing may be the wallflower of the art world but on the 18th January Ginger’s work is taking the spotlight, on the walls of 212 Blu, with her first solo exhibition. We chatted to Ginger ahead of her show...