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Reub Goldberg Brewing Machine


Tarrawanna’s secret spot! Reub Goldberg Brewing Machine is a microbrewery and taproom nestled under the escarpment in the Illawarra. Built for beer lovers by beer lovers. The intricate, manual brewhouse was custom designed by the creators to maximise the sensory experience of brewing beer and is a real locals favourite. With good vibes and a sunny beer garden, our focus on fresh, sustainably made & well crafted brews makes this simply a lovely spot to spend the afternoon. Pet friendly with Taco Pop Up stall and live music to boot.

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The Reub Goldberg Brewing Machine is the culmination of many thousands of hours on a bicycle, in the middle of nowhere via every brewery possible. RGBM creators Billy & Anna pedalled the West Coast of the America’s for a year on the ultimate market research journey and their brewhouse design is the brainchild of the hills and vast spaces, and many taste tests along the way. We love beer.

We enjoy brewing it even more than we enjoy drinking it. That’s why we designed our brewhouse to be such a hands on system that allows us great control and flexibility in the brewing process. All our beers are made in-house on our one of a kind ‘Rube Goldbergesque’ manually focused system. Our small size allows for a guaranteed freshness of product and the small batch capability enables great variety.

Situated in a small suburb just north of Wollongong, our taproom has become the classic local village pub that just happens to brew it’s own great beer. We’ve taken the old Belgian proverb ‘A beer should be drunk in the shadow of the brewery in which it was made’ to heart. It encapsulates our hyper-local focus, freshness of product, building of community and sustainable living. Our small brewery has become a real gathering spot for all generations of folk living within a small radius, our locals know us well and are largely responsible for the welcoming vibe. Live music, beer festivals and local food pop-ups are often part of our line-up, we love dogs in the beer garden and local food from
the neighbouring restaurants, or home, enjoyed in-house with our BYO food policy.

Fresh, really good beer, sustainably made is what we’re about. We have a small team of highly trained people, all of whom share our commitment to sustainability and quality. The sunshine above powers our brewery, we’re very focussed on efficiency with our processes and water use, and our sourcing and disposal of ingredients is always thoughtfully done. To date our only packaged products are stainless steel growlers. Filled under pressure and infinitely reusable, we run them as a swap’n’go system.

We believe all good beer styles deserve showcasing, so there’s usually a diverse range of beers to be had and we rarely follow the trends. We structure the taplist in the order of how we would drink it, and always aim to keep a selection of easy-drinkers, hoppy monsters, darks and sours in the mix to suit every palate. Whilst we like to change it up, we have a weakness for exquisitely hopped New World Lagers, so keep an eye out for our ‘Tarrawanna Export Range’. Our brewery is fiercely independent, locally owned and run…just how the locals like it!


Our Beers Please check with brewery for latest information
Taps 10 of our own taps. Guest taps for special events
Head Brewer Nick Phillips
Styles Simple done well with a penchant for New World Lagers
Takeaway Sales Yes. Growlers only
Growler Fills Yes


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Opening Hours*

*Please check direct for update
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - Closed
Wednesday - Closed
Thursday - 3pm-8pm
Friday - 3pm-8pm
Saturday - 12pm-8pm
Sunday - 12pm-6pm
Food Available BYO food - easy access to fish’n’chips, Thai restaurant and deli foods from the surrounding businesses. 1-2 weekly Gringa Tacos Pop Up stall
Bookings Required No
Family Friendly Yes
Pet Friendly Yes
Brewery Tours Yes by arrangement before 4pm
Accessible Yes
Parking Street Parking
Transport Public Bus Stop out front, 10min walk from train station