A few years back, while taking a tour of the 200-plus year old Harvey & Son brewery in Southern England, Bacchus Brewing founder Ross Kenrick struck the jackpot by sweet-talking his way to the recipe to their fabled Best Bitter.
But what use is a recipe if you don't have access to the ancient yeast strain that sits at the heart of the magic? Very little, basically.
From here, however, things really got interesting. After Ross had returned to Australia, the evidently very kind folk from Harveys flew out not only all the proprietary ingredients for the Best Bitter, but also their Brown and Mild Ales. Thus was born a once-in-a-lifetime chance to replicate some standard-bearing British beers in sunny old Queensland.
In honour of the honour, Bacchus decided to host a St George's Day celebration which has since become not only become an annual event but their busiest of the year.
So, to 2021, when they're once again busting out the Harveys ales, hand pumps, nitro taps and at least 11 other British-style beers to celebrate something about England that perhaps shouldn't be divisive but probably still is: excellent beer.
The main event kicks off at midday on Saturday, April 24, and they'll have Salts Food Truck serving burgers, in addition to the house pizzas and ribs. If there's anything left in the kegs at the end of the day, they'll keep 'em pouring on Sunday, which also happens to be the day before a public holiday and open mic night so you can enjoy some free entertainment (or get on stage and be central to it).
Entry is free.