Some people call it the Australian Beer Festival. Some people call it Aussie Beer Fest. Everyone calls it a good time.
Whatever you call it, it's Australia's longest-running craft beer festival, now in its 15th year.
In 2019, it runs from Friday, October 11, to Sunday, October 13, hosted by the Australian Heritage Hotel in The Rocks.
It's a three-day street party that sees Gloucester and Cumberland Streets come alive with beer, food and frivolity. Bask in the outdoor beer garden, take in a Meet The Brewer session or wander over and watch the footy. The choice is yours.
This year has more beer than any previous years, up from six breweries in 2004 to showcasing more than 30 breweries and cider makers in 2019, with 120-plus different beers and ciders available. Enjoy local legends like Grifter, Philter, Young Henrys and Endeavour next to interstate favourites like Feral, Stone & Wood and Pirate Life.
GOURMET FOOD STALLS
Chasing a cheeseburger? Feel like a falafel burger? Could tackle a few tacos? Or are you after something a little less common, like prawn dumplings, an Aussie ice cream sandwich, or a half dozen from the crowd favourite Seabreeze Beach Hotel Oyster Bar?
Head to one of the Meet The Brewer sessions, and hear from the Young Henrys, Akasha, Modus Operandi or Grifter crews. Or take part in some blind tastings and see how your taste buds go. Or lie back and listen to live bands and DJs. Or you can do it all! It's all there for your enjoyment.
RUGBY WORLD CUP
Rugby fans are covered: across the weekend there'll be a large TV screen pimped out by Feral Brewing for optimal street viewing. Sit on a bean bag or haystack and sink some cold ones as you cheer on the Wallabies.
The "Do You Brew?" Home Brew Competition will be running again, with the winner getting to collaborate with Akasha Brewing and have their beer on tap at The Aussie. Beers will be judged by Akasha’s brewing experts and winners will be announced on Sunday October 13. To register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and deliver your home brew to the Australian Hotel in The Rocks by Monday October 7. For more info, head here.
Where: The Australian Heritage Hotel, 100 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
Friday October 11 from 4pm to 10pm
Saturday October 12 from midday to 8pm
Sunday October 13 from midday to 6pm
The Australian Beer Fest is a free entry event. But if you'd to plan ahead and save time, you can buy pre-sale offers:
- $20 - Early Bird - express entry, tasting cup + 5 tasters $20
- $40 - Early Bird - express entry, tasting cup + 10 tasters $40
- $65 - Early Bird Legend Pack - express entry, tasting cup + 10 tasters, Beer Fest t-shirt & lanyard stubby cooler
Cashless payments: Wristbands will be provided on the day for all those who'd like to use the cashless system, but there's also the option of using cash.