The big reveal of the Hottest 100 Beers for 2016 is nearly here, so it’s time to plan how you're going to spend the day following it. There’s an extensive list of venues across the country hosting official events of many varieties, from tap takeovers to Australia Day barbecues to backyard cricket to cycling.
You can follow the live results in many ways:
- Right here at The Crafty Pint, complete with the customary comprehensive analysis once the results are in
- Alongside the team at Brews News who will be hosting a live podcast throughout the day
- With the GABS crew via the official website and social media
The results will start to be revealed from 12:30pm (AEDT) and the #1 beer will be announced at 5pm.
Hottest 100 Sweep
For the first time, a sweepstake style game has been brought in so you can enjoy a bit of oneupmanship over your mates as your picks come in above theirs. Download it here.
The social element
Using the awesome power of social media, you’re encouraged to share the beers you’re enjoying on the day, and the ways in which you're doing it, with the #Hottest100Beers hashtag. These will go into the live Social Screen that will be broadcast at the official venues below. Taking part in the hashtag campaign will put you in the running to win four tickets to the GABS festival in May.
Official H100 Countdown Venues
Local Taphouse St Kilda
From midday they’ll be pouring 20 taps of top Aussie beers – new and old favourites, from pilsner to imperial stout – there’ll be prizes for best dressed (the theme is, naturally, Australia Day), a DJ on the rooftop, hottest 100 sweep, all hosted by Pete “Professor Pilsner” Mitcham.
The Alehouse Project
From 3pm they’ll be showcasing 23 beers from South Australia and Western Australia, including plenty that aren't widely seen outside their home state.
Beer DeLuxe Hawthorn
Moon Dog tap takeover including cheap pints, cheap main meals, the H100 beers counting down on the screens and the Triple J countdown through the speakers – and plenty of prizes.
The Palace Hotel
It’s beers, barbecue and backyard cricket at The Palace with the two big countdowns in the background.
The new bar from the gypsy brewer will counting down while crossing fingers they can match some of their success from 2015, serving up their own beers, guest taps and maybe, just maybe, a few beers that’ll be featuring in the final list.
The traditionally massive Australia Day celebration at The Cambrian will be done to the tune of Triple, live streaming the beer countdown and with the help of the folks at Bendigo Beer and Trew Brew who’ll be setting up out the back.
The Goods Shed Craft Beer Cafe
Tuck into an all-Aussie menu of snags, prawns, pies, pav and, of course, beers as they count down the two H100 lists that matter.
Grand Ridge Brewery
Get off the rail trail and keep up with the H100 countdowns with brewery-fresh beer, a spit roast lunch, bar games and giveaways.
Royal Albert Hotel
Join the guys from Sessionable as they host a live podcast, deliberating and speculating on the results of the H100 beers countdown as they roll in. The tap list features a heap of top beers from last year and thee’ll be food specials.
Local Taphouse Darlinghurst
They’ll be calling on soothsayers to come and try to pick the top ten to win prizes, with Aussie Day fancy dress and 20 top Aussie beers.
Union Hotel Newtown
The team at The Union has dusted off the crystal ball and will be lining up the 20 beers they reckon will feature highest on this year’s list, with cheap paddles and pool.
Forest Lodge Hotel
The Flodge is going local on Aussie Day, counting down the H100 with a total Inner West tap takeover.
Sail & Anchor
All the countdowns plus cheap beer plus comedy equals a good day out at the Anchor
As the newest addition to the SA scene, the Westside Massive will be using the countdowns as something of an official launch, pouring plenty of beers (including, they reckon, some top ones from the countdown) and serving up some good Aussie food.
Prancing Pony Brewery
Join the Ponies for an Australian Day Indian Summer celebration of multiculturalism, with good food, belly dancing, henna painting and all manner of other red things – not least of which will be their beer.
Cellarbrations Bowen Hills
Want to try the top beers? As the beers are revealed, anything from the top ten that’s sitting in the Cellarbrations fridges will be cracked open for tastings and discussion.
Get on your bike and join the crew from BentSpoke as they meet at the Mitchell cannery at 9am for a BBQ breakfast before cycling to the Braddon brewpub to continue the countdown party, cheer on their entries and partake in the grand tradition that is the Toss the Shrimp on the Barbie game.
Durham Castle Arms
It’s a no-fuss celebration at the castle, with cheap schnitties, craft beer paddles and the countdowns rolling in live.
Six Tanks Brew Co
Northerners are joining the official action for the first time with Darwin’s newest craft beer bar serving up 16 taps of goodness, an all-Aussie menu and beer pong.
For full details and tap lists for any of the above, head to the official H100 website.