It’s that time of year again. Sydney Beer Week has a new name, new owners and a new look for 2017.
New Management, New Look, New Name
The first thing to acknowledge in looking forward to Sydney Beer Week 2017 is the obvious change in this year’s celebrations. The “craft” has been dropped from the name reflecting wider trends in our beer landscape.
It’s also under new management. Dave’s Travel & Events Groups (yes, the same people of Dave’s Brewery Tours fame) have taken control of the beer week and have put their own spin on it.
Familiar names and friendly faces (like that of Liam Pereira) are now behind the wheel. They have a track record of bringing people together over good beer. Hopes are certainly high for this new chapter of our city’s beer week.
Something that seems significant in perusing this year’s program is the spread of events around the city. Sydney Beer Week venturing into the western suburbs is long overdue and reflective of the growth potential in the west. Penrith, Bankstown and Rooty Hill are not the first places that spring to mind for craft beer events but they play host to some this year.
The other noteworthy factor in the line-up is the variety of accessible events, alongside high end proceedings. This feels like a signature of the Dave’s group. They have a passion for helping people discover flavourful beer but also for putting on a show.
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Events Of Note
In previewing past Sydney Craft Beer Weeks, it’s felt necessary to draw attention to particular events. Usually this it to highlight a unique opportunity or something new or challenging. However, such is the growing popularity of Sydney Beer Week that by the time these previews are compiled many events have sold out.
There’s also such a diverse range of events and locations that what appeals to one person might not appeal to the next.
Events fit broadly into the following categories (although there are many that overlap). So that’s a good place to start in choosing what to attend.
As the categories suggest, it’ll be a feast of beer. Throughout the ten days, tap takeover events are always a highlight. There are usually kegs of exciting beer floating around even after the week is done.
The launch of Wildflower’s Waratah beer, made using only ingredients from New South Wales, is a particular stand out in the program. The day will also feature technical talks from brewers as part of the new technology category of events.
Staves Brewery Bar in Glebe is running another cask ale event, following the success of something similar last year.
Wayward are hosting an enormous number of events, including their birthday celebration which is always a special occasion.
There are multiple food and beer events running throughout the week, from Bridge Road’s “Beer & Beast” to the ever-popular “Hair of the Dog Breakfast” at Rocks Brewing’s taproom. There are multiple degustations highlighting beer’s place at the dinner table, while beer and cheese matching can be found at Creek & Cella, The Local Taphouse and Modus Operandi’s brewery bar.
The program this year features more events than one person could ever possibly attend which is probably a good thing. The week will feel more relaxed if there isn’t the pressure to make it to every tap takeover, degustation and brewer’s talk.
Find Out More & Prepare For Sydney Beer Week 2017
The obvious place to find out more is via the official website. That’s also the place to book tickets.
Picking up a program is a great way to plan what you want to do during the week.
If there are just a few pieces of advice for getting the most out of Sydney Beer Week 2017 it’s to leave the FOMO at home (there’s plenty of good beer out there), don’t overlook the week-long events and tap takeovers, and enjoy it safely and responsibly.
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Sydney Beer Week runs from 20 October to 29 October 2017.