SW craft beer a cause for cel­e­bra­tion

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Wine - Chloe Fraser

The South West Craft Beer Fes­ti­val will re­turn to Old Broad­wa­ter Farm in Bus­sel­ton this week­end with a line-up of lo­cal craft beer, food and wine on of­fer.

The fes­ti­val will host about 18 brew­eries, with more than 100 lo­cal brews avail­able on tap for tast­ing.

At­ten­dees can ex­pect a wide range of brews, from chilli beer and light ales to dark ales and Bel­gian-style beers, as well as cider, gin­ger beer and wine.

Two new brew­eries have joined the line-up this year, with Brew­house Mar­garet River and Black Brew­ing Co. of­fer­ing their best craft beers for tast­ing.

Brew­house head brewer and co-founder An­drew Dyk­stra said the brew­ery opened just a year ago and he was ex­cited to be in­volved in the fes­ti­val for the first time.

“It’s just about all be­ing in the same venue and see­ing what ev­ery­one’s got on of­fer,” he said.

Mr Dyk­stra de­scribed the fes­ti­val as a “brew­ers’ con­ven­tion”.

“The net­work­ing side of the fes­ti­val and be­ing able to meet with other co-brew­ers in one place is im­por­tant,” he said.

Event di­rec­tor Jason Dover said the thriv­ing in­dus­try had in­flu­enced the growth of the fes­ti­val in the past six years.

“The South West re­gion’s craft beer in­dus­try is boom­ing and now ranks as one of the fastest grow­ing mi­cro­brew­ery re­gions in Aus­tralia,” he said. “When we first started the event six years ago, you could count all of the South West brew­eries on two hands.

“Now ev­ery­one is be­com­ing aware of how much the in­dus­try is thriv­ing, and brew­ers show­case at the fes­ti­val and re­ally own it.”

Artists will also fill three live mu­sic zones through­out the day.

The South West Craft Beer Fes­ti­val is at Old Broad­wa­ter Farm to­mor­row from 11am-6pm.

Tick­ets are $30 and in­clude four tast­ing to­kens and a glass, and are avail­able from Tick­et­booth.

Pic­ture: Taelor Pelusey

Brew­house head brewer An­drew Dyk­stra and gen­eral man­ager Iliya Hast­ings are get­ting ready for this week­end’s South West Craft Beer Fes­ti­val.

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