Festival Attracts ‘Big Four’ Champion Breweries

Balter Brewing, co-founded by surfing buddies Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson. Photo credit: Australian Beer Ambassadors.

All four winners of the 2019 Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA), the largest annual beer competition in the world, will attend Albury’s 3rd annual Great Australian Beer Festival on October 19.

The Champion Breweries that have signed up for the Festival include:

Blackman’s Brewing, Torquay, Victoria – Small Australian Brewery

Green Beacon Brewing Co. Brisbane, Queensland – Medium Australian Brewery

Balter Brewing, Currumbin Waters, Queensland – Large Australian Brewery

4 Pines, Manly, NSW – Champion Australian Beer

Festival Director, Kieran Blood, said securing winners of the Australian International Beer Awards is part of the Festival’s aim to showcase the very best craft beers from around Australia.

“To have one or two champion brewers attend is a coup! To get all four to feature at this year’s festival is sensational,” Kieran said.

Great Australian Beer Festival has proven a hit in Geelong and returns to Albury in October.

“These breweries have been recognised and awarded at the largest annual beer competition in the world and to have them in Albury is a real honour.”

Twenty-five breweries will attend this year’s festival, many of these the recipients of Gold Medal Awards for their brews at the recent AIBA including: Young Henry’s, Exit Brewing, Mountain Goat, Hawkers, Modus Operandi and Bridge Road.

The Great Australian Beer Festival mixes the familiar elements of an outdoor beer festival – pop up bars, brewing demos, educational sessions, food and live music featuring Ruby Fields and The Potbelleez, and adds more obscure elements such as cabaret acts, a piano bar with comedy & beer cabaret, a wacky dance-off and a best beard competition.

Details: https://www.gabfalbury.com.au/