There will be a Brewfest at Cronulla's Blind Bear

Brew-tastic: More than 100 events at more than 75 different venues will bring craft brews to Sydneysiders.

Brew-tastic: More than 100 events at more than 75 different venues will bring craft brews to Sydneysiders.

Sydney’s largest celebration of craft beer, Sydney Craft Beer Week (SCBW), is back with a program brimming with beer-tastic adventures from October 21-30.

More than 100 events at over 75 different venues around Sydney will bring the brew to Sydneysiders, bigger and better than ever.

From axe throwing competitions, international brewery guests, hangover curing brekkies, beer matched chocolate desserts, sausage making classes and beer guzzling history lessons, the SCBW program offers up a smorgasbord of glorious hoppy-goodness for both craft connoisseurs and occasional drinkers alike.

Cronulla’s Blind Bear will be part of the festival program on Sunday, October 30.

Brewfest: Cronulla’s Blind Bear is part of Sydney Craft Beer Week.

Brewfest: Cronulla’s Blind Bear is part of Sydney Craft Beer Week.

Blind Bear Brewfest will kick off  at 4pm and will feature ‘‘the battle for the mainland’’ where five brewers from the mainland states go head to head showcasing specialty brews in order to win the converted trophy! 

Late night festivities include the annual Hot Wing Challenge, where punters test their will against supercharged hot wings. The Cronulla Street venue will also be doing beer and food specials with lucky door prizes.

SCBW director Joel Connolly said craft beer is no longer just a trend, it has become ingrained in Sydney’s social culture. 

Beer wars: Blind Bear will host "a battle between mainland brewers" on Sunday, October 30.

Beer wars: Blind Bear will host "a battle between mainland brewers" on Sunday, October 30.

‘‘This year’s program is a reflection of the craft beer industry’s growing popularity,’’ Connolly said. 

‘‘I started Sydney Craft Beer Week six years ago for quite selfish reasons, I just wanted to drink good beer and Sydney was in short supply. 

‘‘Now there are hundreds of incredible brewers doing some awesome things all across the city, which makes programming an event like Sydney Craft Beer Week a whole lot more fun!’’

The festival kicks off with the pinnacle of craft beer experiences, the Opening Gala Night at the Giant Dwarf in Redfern. 

The gala is usually a sell-out as thirsty hop diehards won’t miss an opportunity to sample a showcase of handpicked beers and brewers who will be featured over the festival’s week long run.

To celebrate the thriving craft beer industry, SCBW are hosting the inaugural Sydney Craft Beer Awards.

Not only will the best of beers and brewers be celebrated in this industry night of nights, but also all those who make the craft beer scene in Sydney as rich and vibrant as it is today.

  • Details: sydneycraftbeerweek.com
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