Australia’s largest beer festival, the Tasmanian International Beerfest, takes place during two booze-filled (in moderation, of course) days on Hobart’s Princes Wharf. Although beer lovers and enthusiasts are targeted for this event, the casual drinker or non-drinkers altogether will enjoy the liveliness in Tasmania, along with live musical acts and fresh Tasmanian produce and food stalls that are included as festival specialties.
That said, beer appreciation and competition sits at the forefront with over 350 local Tasmanian, Australian and international beers and ciders packed into the exhibition. Festival goers can peruse the stalls, taste-testing craft and big commercial beers from across the globe, meet the people behind the beer, and learn about the process of home brewing. Even better, home brewing enthusiasts are invited to enter their beer into the 2015 Home Brew Competition.
From the heart of Hobart’s waterfront area overlooking Salamanca Place, participants are invited to indulge in the best local surrounds while going on a worldly exploration of beer. Choose from discovering, with knowledgeable guides, the Tasmanian beers, English bitters and ales, or Belgium brews. You can also learn how to pair your beer with the right foods in one of the many free Master Classes.
The 2015 Tasmanian Beerfest, the 11th festival of its kind, takes place in November. Those wishing to drink alcohol must be 18+ and possess a wristband. Children are permitted – this is a family-friendly event – as long as they are accompanied by adults. For further details, please see the official website.
- Brooke Schoenman