Craft brewing champions bringing their best to Belmont Beers, Blues & BBQ

Date posted: 15 May 2019

Champion craft brewers from NSW, the ACT and Victoria will be pouring their top drops for punters as part of the inaugural Belmont Beers, Blues & BBQ festival.

Port Stephens-based Murray’s Craft Brewing Co, Canberra’s BentSpoke Brewing Co and venerable Victorian award-winner Grand Ridge Brewery are among the line-up confirmed for the Saturday 25 May event.

“The craft beer scene is booming in Australia, with a new brewery opening every week on average for the past two years,” Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley said.

“We’ve secured some of the best of the best to showcase why craft brewing has become such a phenomenon.”

The line-up also features craft cider brewers Twisted Sister Craft Ciders and Apple Truck Cider, The Farmer’s Wife Distillery, a small-scale gin distillery just north of Port Stephens.

Central West NSW whisky producer Black Gate Distillery is also confirmed.

Low-and-slow barbecue aficionados will be in meat-eating heaven throughout the event, with some of the region’s top exponents plying their trade, including Ranga’s Barbecue, Smokin Hot ‘n Saucy, The Crafty Pit, Piggy Smalls Barbecue and Miss Mabel’s.

It won’t just be the barbecues creating sizzle – a stellar line-up of blues talent is also set to bring the heat.

The Greg Bryce Blues Band, Catfish Soup, Bondi Cigars and Kevin Borich will each play 60-minute sets, starting at 5.30pm and finishing at 11pm.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said the festival aimed to activate eastern Lake Macquarie and enrich the City’s night-time economy.

“Bold and innovative events such as these help showcase Lake Macquarie, build pride in our City and bring our community together,” Cr Fraser said.

A draft Event and Festival Strategy on public exhibition outlines plans to deliver at least 20 ‘signature’ events across Lake Macquarie each year.

Tickets for the Belmont Beers, Blues & BBQ festival are $50 and include two food and two beer tastings, along with a souvenir cup.

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Article by Lake Macquarie City Council

Page last updated: 15 May 2019