By Rebecca Livingstone.
Light beer, dark beer, heavy beer - these three words sum up how many would categorise their beer choices in Brisbane not that long ago. Now, one can add sour, malt, micro-brewed, flavoursome, complex and boutique to their brew vocabulary thanks to the thriving craft beer movement.
Recently, Brisbane’s beer drinking population has grown as more become curious about the countless number of micro-breweries and craft beer venues making ground across the inner city. These bars often small in size, are big on flavour, with their beer taps pouring rotating craft beer from independent brewers that are eager to develop a following, coupled with short, punchy food menus.
Some may scratch their head at the term ‘craft beer’, however I don’t blame them as there are many circulating variances of its true definition and meaning. What is clear is that the product that you are drinking will be full of flavour, is developed with a sense of complexity and is ‘crafted’ rather than manufactured by the large masses. The independent brewer will not hold back on their passion for exploration with taste and diversity, producing something that is new and exciting to their willing consumer.
A handful of highly educated and respected local beer connoisseurs have created a well thought-out, grassroots event that will showcase the very best independent brewers. Fittingly titled, Brewsvegas, the inaugural week-long event will kick off on March 23 with the aim to engage with beer enthusiasts and spark interest among the mildly curious.
Currently 35 craft beer venues, restaurants and micro-breweries throughout the city are playing host to 80 scheduled events, producing something every day for every taste and budget. Participating venues will use the event as a platform to share their passion and knowledge of craft beer, plate up irresistible food, launch new beer creations to the community, stage interactive games, and even assemble the chilli army for the second annual chilli cook off.
Brewsvegas will tickle the tastebuds of foodies alike with most players forming unique dishes to help compliment the brew tasting, some of which include Bitter Suite, Newstead Brewing Co, Super What Not and Kettle and Tin. A substantial amount of these events are ticketed and limited to numbers so make sure that you get in early to secure your spot.
If you have been wanting to get amongst the hype of the heightened taste of our local beer champions then the call to action is no better than now, no longer a novelty, craft beer is here to stay.
For the full list of participating venues with a calendar for their individual event details head to brewsvegas.com
Also keep up to date with more news surrounding the event daily on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/brewsvegas
Brewsvegas - your bars, your beer.