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Sydney’s latest brewery is perhaps it’s greatest.

Picture: Alison Godfrey / Out & About With Kids

The Squire’s Landing occupies two levels at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in The Rocks commanding 270-degree views of Sydney Harbour.

The restaurant, bar and micro-brewery is child-friendly and offers the full James Squire range of beers on tap.

Picture: Alison Godfrey / Out & About With Kids

The Squire’s Landing opened this week – just in time for Vivid. With views like this, we predict it will be incredibly popular once people find out that it is open.  You won’t get a better view of the Opera House than you get from this brewery.

“To have a place like this where you can enjoy some really good views is really something else,” Chuck Hahn, brewmaster for Hahn breweries says.

Downstairs offers relaxed casual dining which is perfect for families. There’s plenty of share-plates including flash fried calamari, baked Camembert and crispy smoked chicken wings. The burgers are reasonably priced and extremely filling for teens. And the desserts are to die for.

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Upstairs is a little more formal – but not too much. You can book a table up here, and we highly recommend doing so if you are going to see Vivid. The Iron Bark coal pit carrots are a stand-out as is the duck.

The beer, of course, is outstanding. Be warned – you may need to Uber home. The Squire’s Landing has its own microbrewery, known affectionately as “the pod”. It will produce small batches of bespoke beer.

Ask the staff about matching beer to your food – it really does enhance the flavour of both.

“Slam it down slowly and savour the flavour,” Hahn says.

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If you can only have ONE then we recommend The Wreck. This malty, spicy brew is Australia’s oldest surviving beer, made from yeast recovered from a 220-year-old shipwreck. Like all James Squire beers, it has a great backstory.

The Sydney Cove set sail from Calcutta India in 1796 heading towards the young colony of Sydney. The holds were crammed with tea, rice, tobacco and more than 31,500 litres of rum and beer. In February 1797 the Sydney Cove sank near Preservation Island in the east of Bass Strait. All of the passengers made it to shore. But they were stranded in one of the most remote parts of Australia. Seventeen sailors set out to walk back to Sydney. Only three survived.

The Sydney Cove shipwreck was discovered by a group of amateur divers in 1977. Ceramics, cannons and anchors were brought to the surface. Remarkably, many sealed bottles survived and cool ocean temperatures had actually preserved the contents. The bottles were stored at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston.

Museum conservator and chemist David Thurrowgood realised the yeast in the bottles may still be viable. In partnership with James Squire and the Australian Wine Research Institute,  he worked to create a distinctly old, but brand-new Australian beer.

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On the staircase wall, you’ll find another nod to history in this family-friendly brewery – the names of many convicts who were transported to Australia on the First Fleet including James Squire.

Hahn says it was important to acknowledge the brewery’s convict history.

“This is the same location that James Squire would have set foot on Australia, he arrived as a convict and started brewing beer almost immediately,” Hanh says.

If you’re planning a trip to Sydney for Vivid or just to explore the historic Rocks area, the Squire’s Landing is a great spot to stop for lunch or dinner.

Picture: Alison Godfrey / Out & About With Kids