It’s a beer bonanza, food frenzy and a wild celebration of all things brewed at The Great Australian Beer Festival, Geelong. As always, the Beer Fest is set to deliver over 200 Australian and International beers and ciders on tap, bottle, can and cup. With BBQs & gourmet food galore and 25 acts entertaining the crowds over three stages.
Mention ‘Geelong’ and ‘beer’ in the same sentence, and Little Creatures Brewery springs to mind; originally hailing from the western side of this great, vast land (Fremantle, WA), the Geelong site was set up to ensure that the East Coast’s beer needs are well met. Self-described as “Willy-Wonka’s Chocolate Factory… but for beer”, Little Creatures delivers the goods, with a veritable smorgasbord including their Pale Ale, XPA, Rogers’, Dog Days, Pilsner, IPA, Bright Ale, to just name a few.
Little Creature’s little brother, White Rabbit, outgrew their burrow in Healesville and where better to relocate than the big Brewery by the beach? Thus the White Rabbit Barrel Hall came to be. As you enter the hall you're greeted by the heady smell of hops while well-filled barrels line the walls of the restaurant. Take a seat and indulge in White Rabbit’s range and accompany your pot with a share plate. Eat, drink and be merry.
Southern Bay Brewing Co. is soaked in 30 years of Geelong history, making it one of the oldest working breweries in Australia. Mixing this long history of beer with modern techniques means exceptional brews and innovative limited releases. Local stockists include Piping Hot Chicken and Burger Grill, Merne at Lighthouse and Basils Farm.
Awarded People’s Choice (several times) at the Geelong Australian Beer Festival is Odyssey Craft Brewing Co. These guys are extremely passionate about their beer and it shows. Landing in and around Victoria, you will find an Odyssey at such locals as The Vue Grand and The 18th Amendment Bar.
Otway Brewing are the team behind local favs Prickly Moses and Forbidden Fruit Ciders. The Queenscliff Brewhouse pride themselves on pouring their sister company’s beers, meaning Prickly Moses features heavily on their menu. Summer Ale, Chainsaw, Queenscliff Draught, Organic Pilsner, Otway Pale Ale, Red Ale and Otway Stout are all showcased on tap at The Brewhouse. Now that is quite the line up!
So for the love of beer get yourself to the Great Australian Beer Festival. And if you miss out on tickets to the Festival, simply pop into a local and sample some yourself.