This is a snapshot of Sydney Beer Week 2017. So much happens during the festival of beer so this documents just a few highlights from one person’s experience.
Each year Sydney Beer Week supplies an overload of sensory stimulation. While the best of the sensations comes via the olfactory system, there are some pretty excellent sights to behold too.
Here are just a few highlights from around Sydney Beer Week. Of course, so much happens during the week that one person couldn’t possibly experience it all. So this is just a sample of what was on offer during this year’s festivities.
If you’ve been taking photos during the week, or if you have particular highlights leave a comment below and share the best of your Sydney Beer Week with other people.
Batch Brewing Co. were one of many breweries at the Opening Gala at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Batch brewed the official beer of Sydney Beer Week, their Zonnebeke India Saison.
From 8am on the first Saturday, Wildflower Brewing & Blending opened up for a series of technical talks aimed at home brewers and professional brewers. The day also saw the launch of their Waratah beer, a dry-hopped wild ale made with all New South Wales ingredients.
Yulli’s in Surry Hills had put together a tap list of pale ales dosed with various teas.
The Royal Albert Hotel played host to beers from Western Australia as part of State of Brews. They kicked off the WA celebration with a Feral birthday party.
The tap list included the beer formerly known as “Fanta Pants”. It was renamed as Bloodnut following a cease and desist from Coca-Cola, owners of the Fanta name. Feral was recently bought by the Australian company Coca-Cola Amatil.
Another State of Brews venue was the Empire Hotel. It was showcasing some spectacular beers from Tasmania.
Following the success of a similar event last year, Staves Brewery in Glebe held another cask ale event. This time it featured a couple of their own beer, alongside one from Wildflower, 4 Pines, and New England Brewing Co. It was great to see such a passionate and enthusiastic crowd enjoying these types of beers. The brewers were in attendance, making the event particularly engaging.
The first Sunday of Sydney Beer Week also saw the Fempocalypse at Wayward Brewing Co’s cellar door. It was a celebration of female brewers, musicians and artists. The venue was heaving and the atmosphere was sensational.
Monday night means a live Sessionable podcast at the Royal Albert. It featured Beer Farm and Mornington Peninsula and was watched by a large crowd who were kept thoroughly amused. As is custom, the podcast recording was followed by a trip to Frankie’s.
Wayward were running a number of events throughout the week including a cask ale and sea shanties evening. People got into the piratical spirit and were kept buoyant by cask beers and live sea shanty singers.
Bitter Phew reaffirmed their claims to be one of the country’s premier beer venues with a series of themed tap showcases. One was a Garage Project tap takeover which featured some beautiful beers including this Hazelnut Bruin.
The Sydney Beer Week 2017 Awards took place on Friday. Bitter Phew took home the best Sydney Beer Bar / Pub award. Naturally, it’s worth sharing on social media. Yours truly was lucky enough to be awarded Best Beer Personality (Online / Social Media). It’s a privilege to be in such esteemed company.
Creek & Cella, the sister bar of Bitter Phew, hosted beer and cheese pairing events during the week but they also had special Sydney Beer Week cocktails including Sour Puss on Tiki, a refreshing drink with white rum, lime, mint and topped with Wayward Sour Puss.
The Welcome Hotel in Rozelle was a State of Brews venue. It featured a range of Queensland beers.
Wayward hold an Oktoberfest style celebration for their birthday each year. It falls conveniently around the time of of Sydney Beer Week. This time the party stretched from Friday to Sunday.
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