Following last year’s sellout inaugural Byron Beer Festival, organisers are gearing up for the second event to be held on Saturday 4 May.
‘We’ve teamed up again with the super-friendly Sun Bistro and twenty-two of the best craft breweries from around the country,’ said festival organiser and manager of The Sun Bottlo Julz Recsei. ‘It will be a monumental day for sampling craft beer and cider, as well as our local rum and gin.’
Building on its early success, the event will showcase over 85 beers and ciders including the launch on the day of some special limited-release beers. Husk Distillers and Cape Byron Distillery will be in on the action, demonstrating why their agricole rum and range of gins are winning awards across the globe.
The family-friendly Sun Bistro will have a shaded chillout area, play area, and Shorty Brown to entertain the kids. Adults can kick back to live music from Dan Hannaford while they graze from The Sun’s tasting menu and the region’s best-loved food trucks.
There will be live brewing demonstrations, games, prizes, raffles, and a barber from The Department of Simple Things to attend to trimming.
Plenty of free parking will be provided at the Elements of Byron overflow carpark, plus extra solar train services will operate on the day between North Beach Station opposite The Sun Bistro and the Byron town centre.
‘There is so much more awareness of and interest in brewing these days,’ said Julz Recsei, who stocks over 150 craft beers from Australia and around the world at The Sun Bottlo. ‘We hold our own here in Australia. We’re always putting ourselves down but our brewers are among the world’s best. So this event is about celebrating that achievement.’
Festival tickets, priced at $50, include four sample drinks and a return solar-train ride. Under-18s accompanying responsible adults are free. Tickets can be purchased from The Sun Bottlo or Byron Beer Festival.
There are still some tickets to the Byron Beer Festival dinner, to be held today Wednesday 17th at The Sun Bistro. Enjoy three courses matched with six limited-release specialty brews from Stone & Wood, Balter Brewery, and Yullis Brewery. Tickets $47 plus booking fee from The Sun Bistro – 6685 6500.
Beer Fest 101
Saturday 4 May 11am–5pm
Sun Bistro, 61 Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay
22 craft breweries, two distilleries
Limited-release beers launched on the day
Ticket includes four sample-drink tokens and return solar-train ride.
Kids’ entertainment, live music
Gourmet food trucks
Tickets $50 from The Sun Bottlo or Byron Beer Festival website.
Taste: Young Henrys, Yulli’s Brews, Granite Belt Cider Company, Stone & Wood, The Welders Dog Brewery, Sierra Nevada, Fixation Brewing Company, Brookies Gin, Six String Brewing Co, Parrot Dog, Black Hops Brewery, Sea Legs Brewing Co, Philter Brewing, Newstead Brewing Co, Lost Palms, Byron Bay Brewery, Husk Distillers, Green Beacon Brewing Co, Cloudy Lobo Ciders, K Booch Alcoholic Kombucha (yes, really), The Grifter Brewing Co, Insel-Brauerei, Brick Lane Brewing Community, Balter, New Belgium Brewing, and Seven Mile Brewing Co, who collaborated with The Sun Bistro to create a special Eclipse Brown Ale for the festival.