One of Willoughby’s most anticipated local events returns on Sunday September 16 at the Willoughby Hotel. The Willoughby Craft Beer Fair, now in its sixth year, and in conjunction with the Willoughby Spring Emerge Festival, is a street fair that has something for the whole family to enjoy.
Craft beer refers to beer made by traditional means and brewed to create interesting, complex flavours, and these unique beers (often made by small independent breweries) have a growing fan base. Little wonder, then, that craft beer fairs are popping up all over Australia and the globe. Six years ago, the Willoughby Hotel decided to showcase some of the craft beers that were finding favour with their patrons, and the Willoughby Craft Beer Fair was born.
“It is a pleasure hosting this event for the local and wider community. We are ready to go with a fresh lineup of both local independent and larger scale breweries onboard,” says Lisa Bartlett, licensee.
This year, fourteen local and international craft beer and cider breweries will be showcased, including Young Henry’s, Mountain Goat, 4 Pines, Feral Brewing, Sample Brew and Yenda. Of particular note is the addition in 2018 of Australian Brewery, which has won gold medals at every domestic and international awards they have entered for the past two years.
For the non-beer fans, the addition this year of Verano Cider should be pleasing. This cider is hand-crafted in the Basque region of Spain, and made with local hand-picked apples which are freshly pressed to create a crisp and refreshing cider.
If you’re feeling peckish (as well you might whilst sampling all the beverages), Willoughby Hotel’s Head Chef, Carlos, has developed a menu to complement the craft beers on offer. Inspired by American BBQ street food, it promises to be simple and delicious.
Live entertainment will start from 11am with DJ Noah Doughty returning from last year’s Fair to kick off the day. Local musicians Michael Jackson, Gary Steele, Clare O’Meara and Michael Vidale, who have played with some of Australia’s best artists, will perform two sets from 2pm. They’ll be keeping the music festive and funky while throwing in some of pub favourites.
It’s not just the adults that will be having all the fun. Well-known local landscaper, David Sharp, and his team from Abelia Gardens, have made the kids’ activities at the Willoughby Craft Beer Fair their niche for the past few years. Kids will be entertained throughout the day with a petting zoo, arts-and-crafts potting station, face painting, games and plenty more. So there’s lots to keep the whole family happy!