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If you Drink Beer, you Will Love This Festival
Saturday 11th February 2017 will see the return of the South West Craft Beer Festival, and this year will see the biggest line-up of breweries to date with amazing food and a world-class list of live local music acts.
The South West region of Western Australia has a booming craft beer industry which now ranks as one of the fastest growing micro-brewery regions in Australia, and the Festival is held in Busselton.
Quenching their thirst in 2016!
There will be over 100 refreshing local brews expected to be available to taste on the day.
The Festival will feature the very best of a record number of brewers from the South West's breweries coming together for a celebration of the region's produce, music and, of course, craft beer!
Festival goers will be able to sample the region's finest brews from brewers ranging from Mandurah to Denmark and there will be the more traditional pale ales and pilsners, as well as other new creations, and all the time listening to live music from local South West artists on the main stage.
Great casual atmosphere!
There will be breweries of all sizes, who produce heaps of different styles of mouth-watering, refreshing beers! Some of these are chilli beer, light ales, dark ales, Belgium style, or fruity delights. And for those people who are not beer drinkers… never fear! There will be a range of ciders, ginger beer, wine and other soft drinks available as well.
You will also be able to vote for your favourite beer in a one off tasting bar.
Vote for your favourite beer
Nothing better than a cold beer on a hot day - Image: Elements Margaret River
There are many breweries participating in the 2017 Event, and these include:
Artisan Brewery, Denmark
Black Brewing Co, Margaret River
Black Kite Beverage Co, Margaret River
Blue Mile Brewery, Busselton
Bootleg Brewery, Margaret River
Boston Brewing Co, Denmark
Brewhouse, Margaret River
Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery, Margaret River
Colonial Brewery, Margaret River
Cowaramup Brewing Co, Cowaramup
Custard & Co, Donnybrook
Eagle Bay Brewing Co, Eagle Bay
Elephants Rock Cider, Denmark
Margaret River Ale Co, Margaret River
The Beer Farm, Margaret River
The Cidery and Blackwood Valley Brewing Co, Bridgetown *Three Rivers Brewery, Mandurah
3 Oceans Wines, Margaret River (exclusive wine and champagne supplier)
Many types of beer
FOOD At the South West Craft Beer Festival there will be many styles of food including American Style BBQ, German bratwurst, burgers, nachos, donuts, kebabs, chips, salt and pepper squid, arancini and more.
Scrumptious food available
Solid bites from the best local food trucks to keep your lunchtime hunger at bay and/or small gourmet bites from our brewers, which will be perfectly matched to their particular brews.
Chicken Schnitzel wrap
Once again there will be three live music zones showcasing the region's best up and coming artists, each with a distinctly different entertainment style.
Plenty of local talent - Image: Elements Margaret River
All of the acts have already performed at one of the local breweries or pubs in the region, so grab a beer or soft drink, and listen to the musical talents hand-picked from Down South Entertainment.
The schedule is set as follows:
In the Rose Garden
11 - 11:50 am Ben Maurice
12 - 12:50 pm Wade Du Boulay
1 - 1:50 pm Sascha Seabourne
2 - 2:50 pm Michael Triscari
3 - 3: 50 pm Dave Mann
4 - 4:50 pm Blue Child Collective
5 - 5.50 pm Brayden Sibbald
The Mash Pit
11 - 11:50 am Wil Thomas and Tanya Ransom
12 - 12:50 pm Lost Thylacines
1 - 1:50 pm Chief Monkey
2 - 2:50 pm Howling Onshores
3 - 3:50 pm Salt Tree
4 - 4:50 pm The Moonlight Era
5 - 5.50 pm Dallas Royal
The Ferment Tent
12 - 2 pm DJ Swami Adima
2 - 4 pm DJ Mandy B
4 - 6 pm Private Pickle
Old Broadwater Farm
11 am to 6 pm
Brewers and beer lovers can gather together during these times for a full day of satisfying brews, alluring food and great local beats.
Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 South West Craft Beer Festival via Ticketbooth for just $30 plus booking fee.
Event entry numbers are strictly limited so pre-purchase is recommended to avoid disappointment. Gate sales on the day from $35 IF tickets are still available.
Cost for this is $30 and this includes entry into the Event from 11 am to 6 pm, a beer glass which you can use tokens to keep filling up during the day, and 4 tasting tokens.
Each token represents $2 and additional tokens will be available to be purchased at the event.
Tokens are the currency for the drinks on the day. One token buys a tasting of any beer, 3 tokens fills up your middy beer glass and 4 tokens buys a larger can.