Beer. On a general level it’s a relatively simple beverage consisting of water, malt, hops and yeast. However, over the past decade or so there has been a huge rise in craft and specialised beers on offer. It’s becoming very common that upon arrival to a bar or pub, there will be a beer on offer that you haven’t wrap your lips around yet with a unique flavour profile. With such a strong diversity of beer on offer a celebration (or few!) is needed to pat ourselves on the back for embracing and supporting the microbrewery industry. The best way to celebrate such achievements is a beer festival. One such festival is the Great Australian Beer Festival.
On Saturday the 1st of February, the Geelong Racecourse will be hosting this special event. Gates will be opening from 11am to which punters will have the chance to sip, sample and taste various beers from all over the country. There are roughly 150 beer merchants ready to demonstrate why their beer is something special. And all this in one of the largest alfresco beer garden setting.
It’s not all just about tasting beers. There will be live performances from various local artists, local food from the region and free seminars with some of Australia’s most talented beer connoisseurs talking about various topics – including how to match beer with food and tips to brew home crafted beer. With so many impressive crafts on offer, a general vote will be cast to announce the people’s choice best craft beer.
So who’s up for a quality Saturday session with a beer selection that no one bar can offer?
The Great Australian Beer Festival will be running for one day only on the 1st February 2014 from 11am to 7pm at the Geelong Racecourse.
Tickets do vary in price and more information can be found here.
To safely arrive and depart without sacrificing the good times, The Modern Connoisseur recommends catching the V Line to South Geelong Station. Buses will be available every half an hour from Geelong Station and 15 minutes from South Geelong Station. Last pick up to the festival is 3pm.
For more information about the Great Australian Beer Festival, please click here