The Adelaide beer community's annual gathering at the city's Showgrounds has rapidly established itself as one of the biggest and best in the country.
And, with no less than 70 beer and cider producers – not to mention a veritable abattoir of meat-smoking BBQ maestros – heading there it's only set to get bigger still.
The organisers have also lined up a series of collab brews between soon-to-be-brewing locally Scottish giants BrewDog and five leading locals and have BrewDog's German brewer Franz Horak along for the ride. (See full lineup below)
Aside from that there's live music headlined by the likes of The Preatures, Jen Cloher, Holy Holy and Bob Evans, plus masterclasses, live tattooing, a barber shop, market and a vinyl record shop. Add in some tongue in cheek competitions across the main stages on the Saturday and the Sunday Family sessions, including the Hot Dog Eating Contest and the Beer-Bod Wet T-shirt Contest, and it's a fun-packed schedule.
What: Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival
When: July 6 to 8, 2018
Where: Historic Brick Dairy Pavilion and surrounds, Adelaide Showground, Wayville
There's a variety of options on offer for anyone wishing to indulge their passion for fired meats and tasty beers.
They start from single session tickets through to "Whole Hog" season passes for $80pp (plus BF) if you want to drop in over the entire weekend.
The aforementioned ABBF BrewDog collabs look like this:
- BrewDog x Mismatch Brewing Co – Native Pilsner
- BrewDog x Green Beacon – The Hound of Hades West Coast IPA
- BrewDog x Batch Brewing – Aussie Punk IPA
- BrewDog x Capital Brewing – Smoked Pineapple & Jalapeño Gose
- BrewDog x Hop Nation – Jedi Jane Double NEIPA
Aside from that, expect to get your hands on beers from the following (with, we believe, more still to be announced at time of writing):
101 Brewery | 4 Pines Brewing Co | Akasha Brewing Company | Balter | Batch Brewing | Beer Garden Brewing | Big Shed Brewing Concern | Boston Brewing Co | Brooklyn Brewery | Campus Brewery | Capital Brewing | Cattleyard Brewing | Clare Valley Brewing Co | Colonial Brewing Co | Coopers | Edge Brewing | Feral Brewing Company | Fixation Brewing Co | Founders | Fox Hat Brewing | Fullers | Goodieson Brewery | Grand Ridge Brewery | Green Beacon Brewing Co | Greenock Brewers | Gulf Brewery | Hawkers Beer | Hobo Brewing | Hoffbrau | Hop Nation | Jachmann Apple Cider | Kaiju! | Kangaroo Island Ciders | Lady Burra Brewhouse | Left Barrel Brewing | Little Bang Brewing Company | LOBO Cider | McCarthy’s Orchard | Ministry Of Beer | Mismatch Brewing Co | Modus Operandi Brewing Co | Moon Dog Brewery | Mountain Goat Beer | Nomad | One Barrel Brewing | Pikes Beer Company | Pirate Life Brewing | Prancing Pony Brewery | Quiet Deeds | Robe Town Brewery | Shifty Lizard Brewing Co | Sidewood | Sierra Nevada | Slo Brew Australia | Smiling Samoyed Brewery | South Coast Brewing Company | Stone | Stone & Wood | Sweet Amber | Stockade | Swell Brewing Co | Temple Brewing Co. | The Australian Cider Co | The Barossa Valley Cider Company | The Cide Project | The Hills Cider Company | The Libation Army | The Sparkke Change Beverage Company | The Uraidla Brewery | Tiny Rebel | Toy Soldier Brewing Co | Vale Brewing | Watsacowie Brewing Company | Weihenstephan | Welder's Dog Brewing | Western Bridge Brewing | Yeastie Boys | Young Henrys
Alongside the monster brewer lineup will be "the most progressive BBQ program seen at ABBF yet".
From the woman at the helm of Franklin in Hobart, Analiese Gregory, to Morgan McGlone and his Belle’s Hot Chicken Juggernaut and the wild party that is Mary’s Burgers from Newtown and Matty Matheson too.
Here’s the lineup:
MATTY MATHESON (CANADA) | MORGAN McGLONE (BELLE’S HOT CHICKEN) | ANALIESE GREGORY (FRANKLIN, TAS) | BOVINE & SWINE (NSW) | LOW’N’SLOW AMERICAN BBQ | MARY’S BURGERS (NEWTOWN) | SHANNON MARTINEZ (SMITH & DAUGHTERS, VIC) | ALANA BRABIN’S “IF YOU’RE GAME?” | COMIDA | NOLA | GILBERT STREET WINGS | BOSTON BAY SMALLGOODS | GHETTO SMOKE SHOW
More still to be announced.
The organisers are taking their festival to Sydney for the first time in 2018 too – details here.