Rapidly approach its centenary; The Australian Heritage Hotel is famous for beer. For the past nine years they’ve put on the Australian Beer Festival, exploring Aussie craft beers way before it was trendy to do so. This year they’ve expanded the festival to a three-day shindig, running from the 18-20th October. It’s the pub’s “event of the year”, and almost guaranteed to convert you to loving craft brew, as Manager Mark Lameks explains: “if they don’t, by the time they leave, they often do.” Expect 24 stalls showcasing Sydney, regional NSW and interstate brewers; food stalls (including the pub’s highly-rated pizzas); and live entertainment – all to be enjoyed with free entry and a fist full of tasting tickets ($15/10 tickets).
Another Sydney Craft Beer Week event: Beer Mimics Food, is set to take over my local, The Welcome Hotel, on Sunday 20th October from 3pm. Eight brewers and eight chefs collaborate to make eight bespoke beers that actually mimic food! It’s free and should be very entertaining!