With an epic line-up of bands and breweries, Beechworth’s High Country Hop will be music to your beers.
Now in its sixth year, Beechworth’s much-loved High Country Hop returns on March 27 and 28 in an all-new location but with the same old epic line-up of fresh and unique beers plus music, food, wine and spirits.
Founded by Bridge Road Brewers in 2015, The Hop will take place for the first time in Beechworth’s picturesque historic precinct.
Bridge Road’s founder Ben Kraus said: “I’m really proud, not only for the business and our team, but for Beechworth and the region to be able to announce The High Country Hop this year. Last year was such a downer for everyone given a summer of bushfires and smoke, followed by the lockdowns. Beer festivals globally haven’t really happened at all for the past 12 months, so it really is significant to be in a position to commit to our own this year.”
Bridge Road beers will be available alongside ones from fellow locals Billson’s Brewery, Bright Brewery, Mitta Mitta Brewing, Crankhandle Brewery, King River Brewing and Black Dog Brewery while Range Brewing from Brisbane, and East Gippsland’s Sailor’s Grave will be also on show.
Brisbane’s best heavy beer event is happening on April Fool’s Day – no joke
Now in its fourth year, Fritzenberger’s heavy beer event the Double Digit Duke Out will be held on Thursday April 1st from 6pm. Going head to head to be crowed the Double Digit Duke Out champ, each brewery will present a limited-edition beer that follows the year’s theme and has an ABV of 10% or higher. The theme of this year’s event is fittingly ‘something foolish’ and it needs to be incorporated in the beer or beer-making process in some way.
The competitors in this year’s Double Digit Duke Out are: The reigning champion Brewditos, local legends Brisbane Brewing Co., the newest kids on the local block Sealegs Brewings Co. and the hosts Fritzenberger.
There is also the chance to win a year’s supply of burgers on the night. If you share your beery pictures during the Double Digit Event on Instagram using #fritzenberger & #doubeldigitdukeout you will go in the draw to win. The winner will be announced at 8.30pm during the event. They must be onsite to win.
This year Fritzenberger are offering discounted pre-sale tickets for $55 (worth $80). Pre-sale tickets include your first tasting paddle of the four heavy beers and include the one-hour food package filled with Fritzen favourites like their buffalo wings, sliders, mac n cheese bites and much more. Tickets can be purchased at via Eventbrite.
Formerly known as Perth Craft Beer Festival, it returns to Claremont Showgrounds to dish up more than 65 breweries and a host of food, music and other entertainment. With two massive beer halls, including a new German Oktoberfest-themed Bier Haus, the event will be filled with a mix of quality drops from Australia soil and beyond, where curation help has been provided by Feral founder Will Irving who is the Froth Town Ambassador. Split in to four sessions (Friday 5pm – 11pm, Saturday day 10am – 4pm, Saturday evening 5pm – 10pm, Sunday day 12pm – 6pm), tickets go on sale February 18.
As part of the Adelaide Food Fringe program of events from May 7 to 16 McLaren Vale’s Swell Brewing Co are hosting a three course dinner matched with four of their beers – including the launch of their new small batch chocolate stout made in collaboration with SA legends Melba’s Chocolates. The Dark Stormy Seas Dinner is on Thursday 13 May at Swell’s taphouse on Olivers Road and patrons will get a chance to meet the brewers. Tickets are $80pp and bookings are essential for this no doubt popular evening.
After cancelling the inaugural program in April last year due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Adelaide Food Fringe festival’s comeback has been made possible thanks to the continued support of the likes of Pirate Life, City of Adelaide and new major partner Never Never Distilling Co.
The Adelaide Food Fringe will take place across nine days from Friday 7 May to Sunday 16 May and will showcase South Australia’s diverse food and beverage businesses, venues, clubs, producers, multi-cultural communities and cultural institutions.
The Good Beer Week’s third annual South East Beer festival is back to celebrate the indie breweries from Melbourne’s south east. Hosted at Bad Shepherd, they’ll be blocking off the street to showcase the best of Bayside with the likes of Jetty Road, Two Bays Brewing, Kaiju, Exit, Bojak Brewing, Stomping Ground, Mr Banks, Boatrocker and more. There will be more than 80 beers on offer as well as food trucks, kids’ entertainment, games, prizes, live music, and it’s dog friendly! With two sessions to choose from, it’s going to be an awesome day out with your date, your mates, or bring the whole family.
“2020 was a tough year for everyone and small local businesses were hit especially hard with pivots, closures and uncertainty. It will be great to get out there again in our neighbourhood and celebrate with our community, neighbours and local brewers,” Dereck Hales, owner Bad Shepherd Brewing Co.
General Admission for $10 includes access to:
• 10+ independent breweries from South East Melbourne
• 80+ different beers
• Live music
• DJ sets
• Food Truck grub (with a variety of dietary accommodations)
• Entertainment for the young and young at heart
• Games and spot prizes
South East Beer bundle for only $49.99 includes all of the above plus:
• South East Beer Stubby Holder
• A South East Beer T-Shirt
• 4 x Bad Shepherd beer tasters (4x100mL)
The Sunshine Coast’s ‘cellar-bration’ of all things Craft Beer & Cider is moving to its new home in 2021 at the brand new NightQuarter entertainment precinct in Birtinya from May 28 – 30. The event will take place across four separate sessions due to COVID rules on crowds. There are a maximum 1,200 spots at each session and these kick off on Friday 28th May at 5pm, followed by the most popular Saturday sessions on 29th May at 11.30am and 5pm finishing off with the lazy Sunday session at 12pm on the 30th May. Over 30 of Australia’s best brewers and cideries have been handpicked to showcase their favourite brews and latest creations to the Sunshine Coast’s growing craft audience.
FESTIVAL OF THE STONE RETURNS
Stone & Wood are once again throwing their neighbourhood party of epic proportions with the return of their Festival of The Stone at their Byron Bay Brewery on Saturday 5 June.
With live music and food trucks on-site, the family-friendly festival that began in 2014 will also see their prized annual Winter limited release – the Stone Beer wood-fired porter – launch and will be available alongside Stone & Wood’s other beers, Sunly Seltzer and Fermentum’s newest kid on the block – Little Dragon ginger beer.
The music line-up is headed up by Bundjalung indigenous hip-hop artist MC JK-47 who is joined by indie-pop crew Seaside, underground DJ Casimir, The Hombres, funk outfit The Booty Affair, Club Raiders DJs plus local DJs. A portion of every ticket sold will be going back into supporting the community via Stone & Wood’s charity organisation – the inGrained Foundation.
Buy tickets here
BEER & BBQ FESTIVAL FIRES UP IN 2021
Adelaide’s Beer & BBQ Festival will rise from the ashes of 2020 in all its glory at the Adelaide Showgrounds from Friday 23rd until Sunday 25th July.
The brewery line-up will be announced soon but the festival organisers say “there are heaps of heavy hitters that have been itching to get to SA over the past year and will be making their BBF debut”.
Returning with a monumental music line-up, of over 100 local and national brewers, cider makers, distillers and winemakers, the biggest BBQ and chef line-up ever hosted at the event, and all emceed by Australia’s infamous outlaw country-rocker, musician, radio & TV personality, Henry Wagons.
The Smith Street Band lead the charge on the music line-up for their first South Australian show in over two years. Festival-goers will also have the chance to be the first to catch tracks from their 2020 studio release, Don’t Waste Your Anger played live.
Sharing the stage with The Smith Street Band are Australian punk-rock legends Bodyjar and 28 days, outlaw country-rock outfit Wagons, Melbourne’s indie-pop darling Jess Locke, straight out of Newtown, SCABZ and long time Cherry Bar resident vinyl slinger DJ Mermaid, with heaps more to be announced in the second lineup announcement.
2021 will also see the fattest, juiciest BBQ lineup ever assembled in SA with some of the best proponents of BBQ from around the country, including low and slow via Mornington Peninsula’s Red Gum BBQ and Sydney’s Black Iron Smokers. Food truck legend Raph Rashid, arguably the man that created Aussie food truck culture with the original burger truck Beatbox Kitchen, will be passing the Big Koala on his way from Melbourne, as will Argentinian charcoal masters Señor BBQ. The travelling Filipino coal BBQ party of Hoy Pinoy, round out the interstate guests.
South Australian BBQ talent will be plentiful with BBF favourites Boston Bay Smallgoods x Smokin Grillers, Ragi’s Indian BBQ, Izakaya Kevin and heaps more to be announced.