Thuis weekend marks the return of Australia’s BIGGEST brew, which is back for two froth-filled days this October, bringing together those who appreciate the tastes and aromas of a frosted glass of golden brown nectar known as BEER.
The 8th Annual Australian Beer Festival, hosted by The Australian Hotel kicks off Saturday 27th from 12 – 8pm and Sunday 28th October from 12 – 6pm. With seven successful festivals under their belt including a record crowd of over 14,000 last year, it’s obvious the heritage listed pub know their beer, shutting down the surrounding streets to house revellers from across the country.
Forget your VB, this is a festival sure to introduce beer enthusiasts to some quality hops produced locally, pulling out all the stops to help advance the Australian amber industry. The festival will showcase the best Australia has to offer from our most established and up and coming boutique brewers.
Festival goers will also help crown the prestigious ‘Best Overall Beer’ which will be renamed the ‘Geoff Scharer Best Overall Beer’ as The Australian’s beloved local and friend Geoff passed away this year. Geoff lived and managed The Australian Hotel in the early 90’s and brewed their famous house beer, Scharers Lager.
The Home Brew Championship will also return, encouraging local brewers to put their beer making skills to the test with the chance to win their very own stall at the festival.
Brewers are expected to blend an ‘Australiana’ themed beer that is symbolic and representative of our nation’s heritage and culture. Winners will be announced 20th August.
With over 100 Australian beers on offer from the top 24 Australian brewers, the Australian Beer Festival is sure to keep the palette of any beer drinker content the whole weekend. So grab a tasting cup, a fistful of beer tickets and discover how Aussies aren’t just pros at drinking beer – They’re finally getting pretty damn good at making it as well.
Pre-purchase tickets available online from 17th September at www.australianheritagehotel.com
THE IMPORTANT STUFF:
Free entry to the festival
10 Tasting tickets at $10
Tasting Cups at $5 each
To purchase call (02) 9247 2229 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In light of the upcoming festival, Sydney Social 101 has complied a list of our favourite Aussie beers for your review:
4 Pines Brewing Company – Kolsch
AROMA: Aromas of lemon/lime
FLAVOUR: light malty palate, finishing crisp and clean showing hints of spice and citrus.
COLOUR & APPEARANCE: Light straw colour
Distinct factor: The 4 Pines Brewing Company creates their craft beers by the brewing laws of Germany. Meaning only hops, water, yeast and malt are used to create the beers. No added nasties!
BODY: A medium bodied ale with crisp fresh flavours
McLaren Vale Beer Company – Vale/Drk
AROMA: dark chocolate/coco with solid citrus hops aromas.
FLAVOUR: Flavours of chocolate and cocoa are balanced with citrus hops. With a crisp dry finish. Sydney’s Best Beers
The Balmain Brewing Co – Original Pilsner
AROMA: Herbaceous fruit driven notes balanced with hops aromas
FLAVOUR: The Balmain pilsner uses three different hops and malts to achieve a complex balanced ale that has a clean and extremely crisp finish.
COLOUR & APPEARANCE: A light golden yellow
BODY: Light to Medium
Distinct factor: The Balmain Brewing Company original pilsner is a must try larger. The Balmain boys have created a fresh, clean yet tasteful beer that will please any beer enthusiasts tastes. The combination of several different hops and malts has made for a beer of refined gentlemanly aroma and taste.
Two Birds Brewing – Golden Ale
AROMA: Melon, citrus and spice aromas
FLAVOUR: The Two Birds golden ale uses New Zealand Southern Cross hops for bitterness and Motueka and Australian Summer hops for a fresh and clean finish.
COLOUR & APPEARANCE: A dark golden yellow to brown
Distinct Factor: This award winning golden ale will take drinkers to memories of long summer days and lazy afternoons as the ale is fragrant, aromatic and refreshing but long, smooth and with plenty of depth. It smells like SUMMER!
Murrays Craft Brewing – Angry Man Brown Ale
AROMA: Dark chocolate and tobacco.
FLAVOUR: Strong brown ale that has plenty of bite with a smooth finish.
COLOUR & APPEARANCE: Dark ruby red.
BODY: Full Bodied.
Distinct Factor: Hand one to a mate when he’s feeling a bit moody, and this big ale will set him straight.
ENDEAVOUR True Vintage Beer offers a unique experience for beer lovers. By selecting the ‘pick of the crop’ of hops and barley from each year’s harvest, their innovative brewer Andy Stewart is able to produce unique vintage brews each year that go down well now and develop over time. Only months since several awards, including placing second at both the 2012 World Beer Cup and Australian International Beer Awards in relevant classes, ENDEAVOUR has released the third vintage of its True Vintage Ales – the 2012 Reserve Amber Ale and 2012 Reserve Pale Ale.
The 2012 ENDEAVOUR True Vintage Reserve Pale Ale has a very lifted and intense nose -‐ a complex blend of floral aromatics, spiced citrus, herbs and sweet malt.
The palate is full bodied, having raised the alcohol content from 4.5% to 5.0%, with a good balance of malts and fresh bitterness giving the beer persistence and length. The hops add a further dimension of flavour with lemon/lime and grapefruit from the Galaxy, Spicy apricot from the Summer and spiced herbs from the Southern Saaz.
2012 ENDEAVOUR Reserve Amber Ale 330ml has an ABV of 5.2% and a RRP of $18.99/four pack. 2012
ENDEAVOUR Reserve Pale Ale 330ml has an ABV of 5.0% and a RRP of $18.99/four pack. Both brews are widely available and a full list of stockists can be found at www.ENDEAVOURbeer.com
Some other notable mentions: James Squire, Little Creatures and Fat Yak!