Thursday, September 6, 2012

Sydney Craft Beer Week 2012

Sydneysiders are running around collecting tents and plastic cups, handing out flyers and polishing kegs for their craft beer festival season and what a beaut it looks to be!

1. High Tea at Harts Pub 
Sat Oct 20

Royal Dalton and protruding pinkies have no place at this high tea. Join Jayne and Danielle from 2 Birds Brewing and Jess from Hunter Brewing Co for a beer appreciation brunch that is exclusively for the ladiesHarts Pub, 176 Cumberland St, The Rocks 2000. 02 9250 6022. 1-4pm. $52. 

2. Turning Japanese-o Beer Tasting
Sun Oct 21

The boutique beer aficionados at Beer Cartel are hosting a two-hour sampling of five Japanese craft beers from Coedo (misspelled on the Sydeny website as Cuedo), Hitachino Nest (with possibly the cutest brewery website I've ever seen) and Baird Beer breweries, with some Japanese snacks on hand to quell the beer munchies. Beer Cartel, Unit 9, 87 Reserve Rd, Artarmon 2064. 1300 808 254. 1-3pm. $42.

3. Stone & Wood & Vinyl
Tue Oct 23
Byron brewers Stone and Wood are hosting a vinyl and beer appreciation evening at Mojo Record Bar for lovers of analogue music and handcrafted beer (ie Nitch, being that Stone & Wood's Pacific Ale is in her Top Five Favorite Beers of the Year). Mojo Record Bar, 73 York St, Sydney 2000. 02 9262 4999. 6-11pm. Free.

photo Dr Hahn courtesy of

4. Malt Shovel Brewery Tour
Oct 23 & 25
It’s not normally open to the public so here is your chance to get inside the James Squire brewery, meet the inimitable Dr Chuck Hahn and sample some hand-pumped and barrel-aged beersMalt Shovel Brewery, 99-101 Pyrmont Bridge Rd, Camperdown 2050. 5.30-7.30pm. $47.

5. Three Blue Ducks and Bridge Road Brewers dinner
Wed Oct 24
Treat yourself to a five-course dinner at Three Blue Ducks, accompanied by the best barrels from Bridge Road Brewers. Be quick about it as there are only thirty tickets going around. Three Blue Ducks, 143 Macpherson St, Bronte 2024. 02 9389 0010. 7-11pm. $150.
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6. The Great Beer vs Wine Showdown
Wed Oct 24

Join ‘That Beer Bloke’, Ian Kingham, as he takes on sommelier Stuart Knox at a delicious battle royale for the top alcoholic drop for the dinner table. Fix St James, 111 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000. 02 9232 2767. 7-11pm. $87.

7. The Grifter Launch
Wed Oct 24
The Grifter is one of the newest additions to the Sydney scene and they will be joining forces with Little Guy, to tackle hump-day with craft beers, popcorn and live music from the Scrapes and the Little Guy’s Funk Band. The Little Guy, 87 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe 2037. 7-10pm. Free

8. Young Henrys House Party
Thu Oct 25
Young Henrys Brewing is feeling pretty pleased with themselves about their Sydney rock'n'roll collaboration brews, Fresh Six and Black En More. To celebrate they are taking over the taps at the Union while the collaborators in question, Front End Loader and Peter Fenton from Crow, perform acoustic sets. The Union Hotel, 576 King St, Newtown 2042. 02 9557 2989. 7.30-midnight. Free.

9. Odd bits and beers
Thu Oct 25
Indulge in some carnivorous curiosity and enjoy an offal evening, where each unusual titbit is matched with an equally unconventional brew. MuMu Grill, 70 Alexander St, Crows Nest 2065. 02 9460 6877. 7-10pm. $72.

10. Ultimate Beer Experience at 4 Pines
Sat Oct 27
4 Pines are putting on what they call the ‘Ultimate Beer Experience’ where you can meet the brewers, get an intro to the brewing process, taste the 4 Pines’ stable, try your hand at the mega burger challenge and take home a T-shirt and six-pack. 4 Pines Brewing Company, 29/43-45 East Esplanade, Manly 2095. 02 9976 2300. Noon-2pm. $87.
"Adriano Zumbo, Three Blue Ducks, Rob De Paulo (4 Pines Head Chef) and Myffy Rigby (Chief Food & Drink Editor - Timeout) will be individually pairing with our brewing team to create their own unique beer that literally mimics food. It could taste like Blue Cheese Dumplings, Lemon & Berry Brulee, Burger Rings or knowing Myffy something very very interesting..... whatever it is, we wanted to showcase how diverse and interesting the ingredients of beer and the final product of beer can be all the way to the point that it can quite literally mimic food." 

Listing courtesy of TimeOut Sydney

And as a warm up to the October week of beering
Willoughby Craft Beer Fair
Sun 9th Sept 2012

12pm – 5pm

As part of Willoughby Council’s Spring Festival, The Willoughby Hotel presents the inaugural Willoughby Craft Beer Fair, which will see McMahon St come alive with over 20 of Australia’s best brewers showcasing their best craft beers to the public. The event will also see ciders and wines also available for tasting and gourmet food options provided by local restaurateurs.
  • 4 Pines
  • Balmain Brewing Company
  • Blue Sky
  • Casello Wines
  • Coopers
  • Endeavour Beverages
  • Little Creatures
  • Longboard
  • Malt Shovel Brewery
  • Matua Wines
  • Matilda Bay
  • McLaren Vale
  • Moo Brew
  • Riverside Brewing
  • Stone & Wood
  • The Australian Brewery
  • The Hills Cider Company
  • Two Birds Brewing
  • Wynns
  • Wolf Blass

Craft beer and wine tasting, delicious food, live music, kids’ activities and so much more!

The food and beverage stalls will be accompanied by a range of entertainment, including a live band, wine and beer food matching seminars hosted by Australia’s leading brewers and wine makers, in addition a range of kids activities.

Can't wait to see how all these events play out! Jealous as Nitch is, there will come a day or week, possibly a month where she too will spend loads of cash on intriguing mouthwatering and ear blasting, socially exhausting beer worshiping events. Someday. Someday SOON. In the meantime, feel free to email me photos and testimonials of your Sydney Beer Week adventures. XOXO

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