Darwin Beer Festival

Discussion in 'Australia & New Zealand' started by mungus, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. mungus

    mungus Oct 19, 2010 Australia

    Probably pretty unexciting stuff for you spoilt southerners, however pretty awesome for us up here.

    First of its kind in Darwin - my only concern is what the brewers are going to tell people who say "This beer is awesome, how do I get more?".

    Still exciting though - https://www.darwinbeerfestival.com.au/
     
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  2. Darwin553

    Darwin553 Jan 5, 2009 Australia

    Looks pretty good.
     
  3. Lukie

    Lukie Jun 16, 2007 Australia

    Looks better then every single beer festival that has ever been in Perth or south of us.
     
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  4. mungus

    mungus Oct 19, 2010 Australia

    the scene south of perth is pretty dead though
     
  5. sinkas

    sinkas Jul 9, 2008 Australia
    Beer Trader

    Yeh Why are there no WA festivals, not even a ghey WA beer week this year
    FFS we manage to have a "Chilli festival" whay no beer festival
     
  6. Darwin553

    Darwin553 Jan 5, 2009 Australia

    Could it be that Darwin is seen to be an emerging market and Perth is already established as to why there may be no plans for a WA festival (or Queensland for that matter :() ?
     
  7. sinkas

    sinkas Jul 9, 2008 Australia
    Beer Trader

    I rmember Sticklbract saying ages ago, that most WA craft brewers were very opposed to having public exposed to properly brewed beer in WA
     
  8. Lukie

    Lukie Jun 16, 2007 Australia

    If the chilli festival is anything to go by, I hope we never have a beer festival again.
     
  9. sinkas

    sinkas Jul 9, 2008 Australia
    Beer Trader

    what wrong with it?
     
  10. foles

    foles Jan 28, 2007 Australia

    Perth coffee scene is exploding in the CBD, but craft beer is on the decline. I've been saying this about beer for years now. When did the last independent brewery open in the metro area? Priced out by imports and taxed out by the government.

    Been drinking more espresso than beer lately. The coffee shops (Ristretto, Maven, Lowdown etc) are unrestricted, passionate & cool in a way I want my beer venues to be!
     
  11. Lukie

    Lukie Jun 16, 2007 Australia

    Problem is those who open up bars and the like aren't interested in craft beer the same way we are. They are more interested in cool wine cellars and pre-prohibition cocktails.
     
  12. foles

    foles Jan 28, 2007 Australia

    Agree, but they aren't even interested in those things. They are just rich business people who own another 10 bars, and know yuppies like those things and have plenty of disposable income to waste. I.e. cash cow.

    The passionate people who want to open simple uncomplicated taphouses (like in the US and even in Melbourne) can't because its too expensive and riddled with alcoholic red tape. Who can afford to wait 12 months for approval for a liquor license while your costs are mounting up ?
     
  13. spicelab

    spicelab Nov 6, 2009 Australia
    Beer Trader

    Wow I thought Sydney was bad. That sounds woeful.
     
  14. Lukie

    Lukie Jun 16, 2007 Australia


    Like me.
     
  15. CarlisleWineBin

    CarlisleWineBin Jul 8, 2008 Australia

    Don't worry to much Perth guys, I've got some WA Beer Week plans on the go, should be pretty good if executed the way I want!!
     
  16. foles

    foles Jan 28, 2007 Australia

    like you as in the yuppie (substitute Corona for cocktails), or like you the passionate wannabe bar owner ?
     
  17. Lukie

    Lukie Jun 16, 2007 Australia

    The first one. Just make me a Corona Manhattan!
     
  18. sinkas

    sinkas Jul 9, 2008 Australia
    Beer Trader

    Lukie drives a X1 BMW has a massive breitling watch and wears a Tiffany charm band and was involved in developing gage roads el nino
     
  19. Lukie

    Lukie Jun 16, 2007 Australia

    All true.
     
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  20. mulder1010

    mulder1010 Aug 29, 2008 Australia

    Really nice list of brewers and beers. Quite impressed
     
  21. CromDubh

    CromDubh May 17, 2009 Australia

    Overall a positive event. The place was heaving and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and talking about the different beers they were tasting. No beer swilling Darwinians asking where the XXXX was. The cooking shows were interesting, especially from Mercurio and the organisation was fine. Being Darwin it was expensive and not being able to relax with a full bottle you really like was a minus. The only other issue is that quite a few of the stalls (Mash, Moo etc) are manned by local bar staff - basically selling the beer but knowing nothing about it. Feral share Australian Brewers stall and only had Raging Flem with an A4 piece of paper describing it. Those that made more of an effort with their own people, displays etc were very busy - in particular Otway/Prickly Moses, Boneyard and Grand Ridge. Anyway. I'm back again today. Events like this have to be supported in Darwin and there are some fine beers I have yet to partake of.
     
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  22. mungus

    mungus Oct 19, 2010 Australia

    Definitely an awesome event. Saturday was packed to the point where it was hard to move, and Sunday still had good numbers. Lots of good beers and many great brewers - as Crom said some of the local servers didn't know much about the beer they were selling (but were generally very nice to look at). Really great attitude with most of the crowd getting right into their craft.

    Only a couple gripes. One was the ever changing value of the beers - several beers were shifting from one token to two tokens, then back to one, with no real explanation of why. Also on the Sunday security were confiscating tasting glasses as you left, which left a bit of a bad taste.

    But in spite of that still a tremendous success and I will definitely be getting VIP tix next year!
     
  23. CromDubh

    CromDubh May 17, 2009 Australia

    Yep, I found Sunday better as less crowded and you could have a chat with the brewers/servers. And I'm sure Prancing Pony sold a lot more beer than expected because of their servers... The confiscation of glasses was apparently due to a couple of dicks throwing and smashing them outside the venue on Saturday night so security were under orders. Best beers for me were Murray's Libertine French Ale and Holgate / Nogne O's Half a World Away - but I didn't have a beer that I really didn't like.
     
  24. mungus

    mungus Oct 19, 2010 Australia

    For me the Prickly Moses Raconteur IPA and Dr's Orders Intravenous Black IPA were up there.

    Also the Mountain Goat/Brooklyn Hopfweizenbock was awesome
     
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