Forget Christmas: the most festive time of the year for craft beer fans is Sydney Craft Beer Week, held from October 21-30.
More than 100 events at 75 venues are planned for October and the fun goes well beyond tastings and master classes. We’re talking axe-throwing competitions, chocolate desserts matched with beers, hangover-curing breakfasts, sausage-making classes, beer awards, golf and more.
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The best SCBW events
Look, eight days is a long time to be downing delicious brews, but thankfully Wombat from Sydney craft beer haven Young Henrys knows what it takes to get you through: bacon, coffee and Berroca. Every day of the festival you can get a free fry-up at the Young Henrys Brewery in Newtown from 10-11am.
As popular as the caricature of the beardy, cargo pant-wearing craft beer nerd is, there’s a whole contingent of craft beer-loving ladies out there too, and they’ll be getting together for a high tea atHarts Pub on the first Saturday of the festival. Hosted by Two Birds Brewing and Rocks Brewing Co, you can expect beers, snacks, and lots of craft beer chat.
The annual pop-up craft beer bar at World Square is back for another round of after-work drinks that brings the best craft brews from across the country to you. It’s open every day of the festival except Monday (even the most devoted beer fans need a night off), which gives you plenty of opportunities to sample the full range of beers from Sail and Anchor, plus their West Australian brewery pals Gage Roads, Feral and Colonial. There will also be Boilermakers on offer using Jameson Caskmates, your favourite Irish dram aged in stout barrels.