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Five reasons to go to Sydney Craft Beer Week 2016

All the fermenty fun you can imagine is packed into ten days at the Sydney Craft Beer Week

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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.

Still not sure if it's worth buying flights to Sydney for? You'll need no convincing after checking out our top five reasons to go. Cheers!

The best SCBW events

Young Henrys beer
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Wombat's Breakfast Bunker

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.


Meat Beer Axe

We loved the idea of this event last year so we’re stoked it’s back for round two. This time there will be three sessions of axe throwing, followed by a beer or cider from Willie the Boatman next door and dinner from Enmore’s low and slow barbecue masters, Bovine and Swine.


Ladies High Tea

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.

A set of hands cut up a block of cheese
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A Heavenly Pairing of Beer and Cheese

Your two favourite things in one great location is about as close to a guarantee of a good time your can get. Pounce on tickets to a night of beer and cheese tastings at the Local Taphouse where they’ll be matching five cheeses and brews.

A shot of three glasses with beer and cider
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The Time Out Hop-Up

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.

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