Sydney Craft Beer Week (SCBW) returns this year, running from Friday 21 to Sunday 30 October and comprising more than 100 events at over 75 different venues.

From axe throwing competitions, international brewery guests, hangover curing breakfasts, beer matched chocolate desserts, sausage making classes and beer history lessons, the SCBW program offers something for everyone, from connoisseurs to occasional drinkers.

SCBW director Joel Connolly said, “This year’s program is a reflection of the craft beer industry’s growing popularity. I started Sydney Craft Beer Week six years ago for quite selfish reasons, I just wanted to drink good beer and Sydney was in short supply. Now there are hundreds of incredible brewers doing some awesome things all across the city, which makes programming an event like Sydney Craft Beer Week a whole lot more fun.”

Events include:

  • The festival kicks off with the Opening Gala Night at the Giant Dwarf in Redfern. Each year the Gala is a sell-out, so for 2016 the event will run two sessions across two days of the opening weekend.
  • The Crafty Pint is bringing the popular Pint of Origin to Sydney Craft Beer Week for the first time. Pubs across Sydney will turn their taps over to brewers from the six states to give small breweries a chance to showcase their products.
  • Frankie’s Pizza will release nine new beers produced by top brewers from around Australia and New Zealand.
  • Beer through the Ages: A Beer History Experience, is a new event for the festival that will discuss the migration of beer from Mesopotamia to Egypt, Scandinavia and beyond, while offering the opportunity to taste five historical styles of beer from different periods of time.
  • Beer Cartel’s Ultimate Free Beer Tasting provides a chance to taste over $1000 worth of craft beer. Brewers Westvleteren 12, Founders KBS, Stone & Wood and many more will come together for the event. There will be a lottery to decide who snags a golden ticket to this event. To enter register on the SCBW Website. 
  • SCBW are hosting the inaugural Sydney Craft Beer Awards. Not only will the best of beers and brewers be celebrated, but also all those who work behind the scenes.
  • The Hair of the Dog Breakfast will be held the morning after the awards at the Rocks Brewing, six courses will be paired with six of the best beers.
  • Willie the Boatman is teaming up with Maniax axe throwing centre and Bovine and Swine to present another night of axe throwing, beer drinking and meat eating. 

A full list of events is available at the SCBW website.

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