Now I have to confess I am not a connoisseur of beer. I know my pale ale from my Guinness if that tells you anything. But I do know a good thing about beer when I see it and that is the forthcoming Brewsvegas 2016. It is on at many locations around the city from the 11th of March to the 20th.
The launch party is Friday the 11th of March at Wandering Cooks, corner of Cordelia St and Fish Lane, West End, with lots of local Brews and Food trucks to wow you from 5 pm.
There is a rich programme of activities which go on to Sunday the 20th, culminating in the 4th Annual Chilli cook off at the Kettle and Tin, 215 Given Terrace, in Paddington 07 3369 3778. from 10 am onwards and the cost is $10 at the door.
I am going to tickle your taste buds with a few of the free events but there are also some very enticing ones which are ticketed and which you should certainly have a look at.
Hop Skip & Rump
The Flying Cock – 338 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley 07 3172 6109 2pm to 9 pm Cost Free
Eight mountain Goat and Green Beacon Beers in Tinnies, a great Aussie BBQ and DJs in the laneway.
Handcrafted - Presented by Cavalier and Black Hops
Woolly Mammoth- 633 Ann St Fortitude Valley
07 3257 4439
12 noon to 10 pm Cost Free
A mammoth afternoon of inspiring local graffiti artists painting the walls, local live hip hop and launch of best independent brewers Cavalier and Black Hops.
Bikes and Brews
Fringe Bar Cnr Ann St and Constance St Fortitude Valley
07 3252 9833
9am Cost free
A 3 hr cruise led by Ben of Bridge Road Brewery. Then swop your handle bars for another kind of bar, with a cold beer, lunch and A/C back at base.
Pints for Paws
Bloodhound Corner Bar and Kitchen -454 Brunswick St Fortitude Valley
07 3162 6402
2 pm to 6 pm Cost free
Hosting four of the best and newest Sydney Brewing Companies while raising funds to help animals in need.
Farrier Bar and Supper Club -164 Arthur St, Fortitude Valley
07 3254 2748
5 pm Cost free
You will be put through the paces and tested to prove you deserve to join Brewcult. Come and join the cult…
The Amateur Hour Take 2 Second Brew
Hoo Ha Bar -41 Tribune St, Brisbane
07 3846 6457
Four local brewers will be speaking about their brewing experience and answering all questions topped off with a live demonstration.
Gourmet Deluxe - Shiny New Brew and Alpine Meats
Super whatnot -48 Burnett Lane, Brisbane
07 3210 2343
A shiny new Brew No 2. Snacks courtesy of Alpine Meats with Wild venison, wild rabbit and Himalayan mountain goat on the menu.
Young Henry's Heavy Metal Karaoke
Crowbar -243 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley
7pm Cost Free
Jump on stage with a full live band. Launching Young Henry's frothies on tap for the night and a few specialities to boot.
Hosted by Pirate Life Brewing and Statler and Waldorf who bring you beer and deer. Join them in the Beer Garden and help devour a whole roasted spit venison with some of Pirate Life Brewing'c cold brew.
The Burrow – 37 Mollison St, West End
07 3846 0030
1.30 pm Cost Free
Six taps from the best Kiwi brewers, live bands and DJs.