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Sydney Social 101’s Best Sydney Beers

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


Free entry to the festival

10 Tasting tickets at $10

Tasting Cups at $5 each

To purchase call (02) 9247 2229 or email

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
BODY: Medium

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

Some other notable mentions: James Squire, Little Creatures and Fat Yak!

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