In 2014, Sydney Craft Beer Week is set to be bigger and better than ever. From October 18-26, Sydney's streets will be flowing with thirst-quenching events including tap takeovers, beer high teas, a tantalising four-course beergustation and educational seminars.
Be you a craft beer connoisseur, a brewing beginner, or you're simply looking for cool things to do in Sydney, there'll be an experience to suit every taste. So grab your mates and your iCals, 'cause here are the events you won't want to miss!
Here are our top picks to hit up at Sydney Craft Beer Week 2014.
The week's festivities will kick off with a bang at an epic Gala Event at The Giant Dwarf Theatre. The Gala will get beer fans pumped for a week of tantalising experiences, with over 18 Australian and International breweries showing off their craft, as well as food trucks and live beats to get the party going.
Where: The Giant Dwarf Theatre
When: 6pm-9pm, $37.50
Beer Street Bakery
Our dear friends at Bourke Street Bakery have swapped their pastries for pints, teaming up with The Grifter Brewing Co to bring you a week of baked, beery treats. We'll cheers to that!
Where: Bourke Street Bakery Potts Point
When: 12pm-5pm, free entry
Belgian Beer Brunch | If the thought of Belgium chocolate waffles has you salivating, then is the event for you! Wake up to a special weekend brunch menu at The Local Taphouse, which will see delectable brunch dishes paired with Belgium stouts—yes!
Where: The Local Taphouse
When: 10am-1pm, free entry
Birds in the Pavilion
Hosted by 2 Birds Brewing in the beautifully renovated garden pavilion at The Oaks, indulge in some of the finest brews while devouring a tasty four-course feast.
Where: The Oaks Hotel
When: 12:30pm-2:30am, $65
Chur Burger Mao Beer Dinner
It's no secret we're a bit obsessed with Chur Burger these days, so what better way to get into the SCBW spirit than with the ultimate burger and beer extravaganza—think four Chur Burger sliders paired with four Moa beers. We're there!
Where: Chur Burger
When: 6pm-9pm, $57.50
Blackrock Brasserie Beergustation Experience
One for the foodies, this four-course 'beergustation' will see each course served with an accompanying beer, matched to the meal's core ingredient. Beers will include the Blackhorse Beetroot Beer, HopDog Pumpkin Beer, and Rocks Brewing Apricot Beer.
Where: Blackrock Brasserie
When: 6:30pm-10pm, $100
Cliff Diving Goats
A must on your SCBW calendar, Cliff Dive (one of Sydney's best small bars) will be serving up Mountain Goat brews along with a couple of Sydney's best bands for a rollickin' Wednesday night out.
Where: Cliff Dive
When: 7pm-11pm, free entry
Sip and Savour
Carriageworks will be home to a two-day beer festival, Sip & Savour, featuring over 250 craft beers and ciders, local gourmet foods, home brewing, live music, and a range of interactive and educational seminars.
When: October 25th-26th 11:30am-4:30pm, $45
The Big Pig Out
Stone & Wood are bringing back The Big Pig Out, featuring 4 Pigs and all 4 Stone & Wood Beers on tap. The meat-fest will include a barbie of five gourmet sausages, so we recommend you bring a hefty appetite.
Where: The Mule
When: 12pm-5pm, $28.75
For the full program head to www.sydneycraftbeerweek.com
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