Nothing like a beer, food and wine fair being held at your local ona perfect summer Sundayafternoon. With a great line up of local breweries, wineries and distilleriesfilling the car park of the TBH, it was a good day to sample some quality alesfrom my new home region.
As is standard with most of these events, it was a token based system. One token = $1 and a token got you a 80ml sampler of any beer, wine or spirit or 4-6 tokens got you a glass (285ml). Brewers slinging their wears were; Young Henry’s, James Squires, Feral Brewing, 4 Pines, Yenda, Illawarra Brewing, 5 Barrels Brewing, Hawkesbury Brewing, Mountain Goat, Stone & Wood, Culpitt Brewing and Coal Coast Brewing. There was also plenty of wineries, gin and vodka distilleries, cider and other spirits such as a Pimms tent and Absolute Vodka. Food trucks scattered throughout the mix of booze tents along with some chilli sauce stands and non alcoholic options.
Most of the beers on offer were beers generally available in retailoutlets but I took the chance to sample some untasted brews such as 4 Pines newPacific Ale, Young Henry’s Stayer mid strength ale, Culpitt’s excellent MuldoonPilsner and Pale Ale and new kids in the scene, Austinmer’s Coal Coast Pit PonyPale Ale.
The pundits came out early with the first 300 in getting a gift bag with a collection of pamphlets, stickers, bottle openers, stubby holders and discounts to various venues. The token system and cost was reasonable for events like this, when you bear in mind the cost to run an event like this and the cost for vendors for the day. Well laid out and ease of getting around made it more casual and friendly for groups and families. You could always duck into the pub if you wanted something different for lunch or just to sit down and escape the heat for a bit with no penalty to leave and return to the fair.
Hopefully this becomes a regular event and more breweries and localvendors get involved. Most importantly, it was free to enter and I think that’skey to getting a good turnout to events like this in areas outside themetropolitan cities.