What does the word ‘festival’ bring to mind? If your answer is dudes in singlets, fake tan, waaaay too short shorts and house music with no soul then prepare to have your definition redefined!
The Beer Incider Experience is a two day festival that gives you the chance to sample plenty of craft brews matched with gourmet eats and hear a few great bands – with no mud pits or queues for the bathroom in sight, and plenty more beer bellies.
Coming to the Albion Park Raceway from November 18-19, the festival is all about showing off the beery goods of independent craft breweries and cider producers, as well as alternative and independent Australian music. Over two days, you’ll be able to sip your way through the best brews of over 30 craft breweries from Australia and beyond, with 130 different beers and ciders to try. We wouldn’t recommend drinking your way through all of them in 2 days, but you can certainly try! Just don’t blame us if you can’t get out of bed on Monday.
Whether you attempt all 130 or not, you’re going to need some good food to line your stomach with and greasy chips with ketchup just ain’t going to cut it. Luckily, there’ll be a whole bunch of gourmet food trucks from around town providing delicious eats that go down oh so well with a brew, including That BBQ Joint, The Bone Lorry, Pizzantica, Little Back, Fiery Deli, Juan More Taco, Chip Tease and Bald Rock Beef Jerky, just to name a few.
Once you have a brew in one hand and food in the other, take a seat on the grass and be serenaded into a food coma by live performances from British India, Busby Marou, Skipping Girl Vinegar, All Our Exes Live In Texas, The Glorious North, The Mae Trio, Hazlett, Neighbour and Josh Lovegrove.
But if sticky ribs on the picnic blanket isn’t your idea of a gourmet day out, beer aficionado Matt Kirkegaard will be hosting a tasting lunch that may be more to your satisfaction. We’re talking a four course lunch matched with local brews, starting with farmhouse charcuterie, moving onto a main event of braised beef cheeks with truffled mash and finishing with a dessert of dark chocolate ganache tart and deconstructed affogato with bourbon vanilla ice cream. All for only $85.
Tickets to the Beer Incider Experience are just $25 for a single day or $42.50 for both Friday and Saturday (130 brews to sample, remember?) and are available online. You can even book a bus transfer back to the city – which you might be needing 130 beers later!
Words by Rebecca Grady