The inaugural Sunshine Coast Craft Beer and Cider Festival will debut on 25 November, showcasing over 160 beers and ciders from brewers around Australia and New Zealand.
The main aim of the festival is to celebrate regional, independent brewers; 26 passionate regional brewers – including nine local brewers from the Sunshine Coast – will be on show when the Festival takes over the Sunshine Coast Stadium for the Saturday afternoon and evening.
In recent years, the Sunshine Coast has developed a strong network of quality craft beer producers, with brewers such as Moffat Beach Brewing Co. and Brouhaha winning national acclaim for their brews.
Festival Director, Tanya Taber, says that the Sunshine Coast’s “naturally refreshing” image and renowned agricultural produce were inspirations for staging the first craft beer and cider festival on the Sunshine Coast.
“Our local craft brewers in the Sunshine Coast are already attracting national attention, and we’re extremely excited to include them with other outstanding independent brewers from all over Australia,” she said.
“It makes it the perfect time to introduce a craft beer and cider festival to the region. We have had phenomenal interest from brewers to participate and I’m sure that both Sunshine Coast locals and those visiting the region for the event will be pleased to taste such a rich variety of quality brews on the day.”
Festival organisers say the event will be relaxed and family friendly, with live music all day, competitions, food pairing demonstrations, meet the brewer sessions, and even a roving circus.
The Sunshine Coast festival joins other successful regional beer festivals such as The Great Australian Beer Festival (Geelong & Albury) and Bitter & Twisted (Maitland).
For more information about the Festival (and to buy tickets) click here.
The inaugural Craft Beer and Cider Festival line-up includes:
- Local Sunshine Coast brewers: Eumundi Brewery, Your Mates, Moffat Beach Brewing, Bargara, Brouhaha, Buderim Ginger, Stalwart Brewing, Sunshine Coast Cider, Copper Head
- Regional brewers: Byron Bay (NSW), Captain Blighs (TAS), CVBC (SA), Cheeky Monkey (WA), Bells Beach (VIC), Blizzard (VIC), Welders Dog (NSW), 4Brothers (QLD), Blue Mile (WA), King River Brewing (VIC), Black Hops (QLD), Rocky Ridge (WA), Thirsty Chiefs (QLD), New England (NSW), Fixation (NSW), Colonial Brewing (VIC), Archer Brewing (QLD)
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