The legendary Thunderbolt Strong Ale has been a favourite at Pumphouse since the late 80's – little known however is where the bar's staple house craft brew got its name from…
Captain Thunderbolt (born Fredrick Ward) began work in 1833 at the early age of 11!
Working on several horse studs, his duties over the next 10 years would be "breaking in" horses throughout Western and later, Northern New South Wales.
His nephew began a dubious horse and cattle stealing business in 1856 which ultimately had many in the Ward family involved. The outlaw was sent to Cockatoo Island Prison once for horse theft and then later twice for abusing his leave-ticket
When visiting his pregnant girlfriend Mary Ann Bugg, he arrived late for his three month muster, and it is here that the Captain Thunderbolt story truly evolves…
Having hidden for two days and making a swim for it to nearby Woolich, Captain Thunderbolt and his companion Fred Britten escaped and began holding up various cattle stations and private residences whilst on the run.
Our beers are sourced everywhere from 10km to 10000kms away. Each selection is here to demonstrate the great variety within the wonderful world of Beer… so much more than the limited choice most pubs and bars provide you with.
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