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