Ballarat To Transform Into Beerllarat With Return of Annual Ballarat Beer Festival

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Craft beer enthusiasts can rejoice with the historic town of Ballarat again transforming into ‘Beerllarat’ for a weekend in January, with the much-anticipated return of the annual Ballarat Beer Festival- Summer Spectacular.

Bigger and better than ever, the festival will showcase over 40 brewers, including the likes of Coopers, Pirate Life, Brooklyn Brewery, Hawkers and Two Birds, festival attendees will be treated to 20 new release beers never before tasted and summer delights never before seen in Ballarat held at the City Oval on Saturday January 21.

Ballarat Beer Festival Director Ric Dexter said the original craft beer festival just keeps getting better each year.

“It’s relaxed, it’s calm, the crowd is beautifully well behaved and it’s a fantastic event for everyone, not just those who have a passion for really great beer,” he said.

For the first time in the festivals history, a human size foosball game will make its way onto the festival grounds as part of the ‘Beerllarat Olympics’, alongside an assortment of family-friendly games and drinking-friendly activities for a fun summer day out.

New in 2017 is the Ballarat Brewers Beer Garden, comprising of Ballarat-based brewers, as well as beer education classes run by Professor Pilsner and the Beer Diva.

For non-beer drinkers, a selection of ciders and wine will be on offer, as well as a cavalcade of food trucks offering a variety of cuisine to match the large selection of brews available, while a ‘Brew Cage’ will be on offer for those who want to enjoy a VIP experience.

A Friday night degustation dinner will act as a prelude to the festival and will be held in stripped down warehouse Housie Housie on January 20, with tickets priced at $95.

Tickets for the Ballarat Beer Festival start from $50 and are now available to purchase, as well as tickets to Friday night’s degustation dinner, from www.ballaratbeerfestival.com.au

Ballarat Beer Festival
21 January 2017
City Oval – Corner of Pleasant St North and Mair Street, Ballarat

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GRAM magazine is a monthly compilation of how a city experiences all things food and drink. It does away with traditional magazine formulas, offering instead a snapshot of articles, opinions and reviews, published online by local food bloggers. It has been created to give its readers access to varied, unbiased and unedited opinions about eating and drinking throughout the city, from independent and local sources.