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)
SPARKADEMY FORUM @ RAMBLERS ALE WORKS, HAWTHORN
Do you want to learn how to open a pro brewery? Join the SPARK team at one of Melbourne’s newest brewpubs, Ramblers Ale Works in Hawthorn, as they bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Sparkademy Live Forum this Thursday (May 20) from 11am – 1pm. It’s a free event but bookings are essential.
The session will cover everything from the key factors for success and regulatory considerations right through to determining the brewing equipment needed. It helps the aspiring brewer take that leap of faith and understand what is required to start a successful brewery. There will be an open community discussion on the Business of Brewing, encompassing:
• Modern beer styles, recipes and emerging trends
• How to create a vibrant, personal, community based brewing business
• Recipe and style development
• Brewing equipment, venue and brewery design
• Cash flow positive brewery start up – using equipment finance for immediate profitability.
In the new Federal Budget small brewers receive a hugely increased 100 per cent refund on any excise tax paid, up to $350,000 per year. Now is the perfect time to install a brewery in your venue and brew on site.
If you are on the cusp of kicking off your pro-brewing journey or in the planning phase, the Sparkademy Forum will be an invaluable resource.
SPARK Breweries & Distilleries make it easy to set-up an on-site brewery in your existing pub, restaurant or cafe & have helped 50 venues around Australia create highly profitable businesses since 2014.
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
HUON VALLEY MID-WINTER FESTIVAL RETURNS JULY 16 – 17
The seventh annual Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival is returning on July 16 & 17 at the Willie Smith’s Apple Shed. Due to COVID 19 restrictions the festival will be smaller than normal – with a 600 person capacity on both days. To fairly accommodate all those that wish to attend Willie Smith’s are running a ticket ballot via this LINK. You will have until 9am on May 31 to sign up. Successful balloters will be notified on Tuesday 1 June and given the opportunity to purchase a maximum of four tickets for either July 16 or 17 (not both). You can enter both ballots to increase your chances of success but will only be able to attend one night if you are successful.
After moving to an online festival last year due to the pandemic, attendees in 2021 can look forward to all the old festival favourites returning, including Nayri Niara’s welcome to country and culminating in the traditional burning of the festival effigy “Big Willie”. Meanwhile, fire pits will light up the nighttime, a storyteller’s stage will be nestled in the Apple shed and roving performers will entertain until the festival’s core event, the Wassail, gives attendees a chance to sing their hearts out to the apple trees in the hope of bringing on a bumper crop for the next harvest.
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.