In a WA first, Brisbane’s Green Beacon Brewing are doing an exclusive tap takeover this Australia Day at The Windsor Hotel’s Verandah Bar.
They’ll be showcasing four of their premium craft brews – Pale Ale, Passionfruit Sour, Lager & Tropical Pale Ale – as well as a limited release drop of their brand new Double Hazy IPA & Mango Sour.
There will be prizes to be won and Green Beacon will be giving away merch throughout the day.
Mercure Canberra will host the 14th Canberra Craft Beer & Cider Festival on Saturday 20 March with an expanded venue and special COVID-safe arrangements.
The expansion of the event has been made possible as a result of a grant from the ACT Government to support events while the festival size has been increased to now include the grounds of the Mercure Canberra and the adjoining lawns of Batman and Gooreen Streets in Braddon.
To ensure a comfortable, safe and uncrowded environment, the Festival will now be split into two ticketed sessions from 11am to 2pm and 3pm to 6pm. All transactions will be cashless, with a simple tap-and-go system in place for purchases.
Approximately 40 local and interstate exhibitors will be presenting up to 250 craft beers and ciders for tasting. There will also be beer/cider food-matching sessions, guest speakers and ‘meet the brewers’ sessions. A range of dining options (including local gourmet food vendors), live entertainment and family activities will be available throughout the day.
Canberra locals BentSpoke Brewing Co, Capital Brewing Co, Jono’s Jerky and others will be on show alongside interstate exhibitors like Sydney Brewery, Stone Dog Meadery, 4 Pines Brewing, Mountain Goat Beer, Lord Nelson Brewery and James Squire. Specialist cideries such as Franks Cider and Willie Smith’s Cider will exhibit their range of ciders.
Advance purchase tickets will be available for $20pp and $30pp on the day through Moshtix (booking fees apply). Children have free access to the event when accompanying parents.
Tastings (150ml) are available for $4 each.
Once again, the Festival will help raise funds for Rise Above Capital Region Cancer Relief, a locally based group that provides support for over 950 cancer patients.
Canberra Craft Beer & Cider Festival organiser, Jenny Farrell, said that after the disappointment of having to cancel the event in 2020, the new-look Festival will provide a tremendous showcase for Australia’s best brewers.
“To have such easy access to 40 craft brewers and three hours of entertainment for as little as $20 entry provides a perfect opportunity for both serious lovers of beer and cider and those who just want to enjoy a fun, family-friendly event in a really attractive venue,” she said.
“Canberra is the perfect place for a long weekend, so we will be expecting a large number of visitors who want to combine the Festival with visits to the many other nearby attractions.”
Festival information: canberrabeerfest.com.au
The ‘Beer Fest 2021’ package includes overnight accommodation at the 4-star Mercure Canberra, a 4-pack of award-winning Sydney Brewery beers, entry to the Festival, and breakfast. The package is available from $149 per room per night for one or two people (conditions apply).
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.