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For a long time, it always seemed something of an anomaly that Geelong, just a few kilometres down the road from the craft beer hotbed that is Melbourne, was such a craft beer desert. A few micros had come and gone and, while you could find Prickly Moses and Bellarine beers in a handful of bars, there was little else making headway. But, as with many cities around Australia, it could only resist for so long…



Now, with Southern Bay producing some quality craft beers under its own label alongside its contract brewing business, Little Creatures set to open a major facility there and the likes of the Odyssey Tavern, Randall’s and the Vue Grand in Queenscliff getting behind craft beer in a major way, things are rather better. And adding to the beery buzz is the final beer festival of the Victoria summer: the grandly monikered Great Australian Beer Festival.


Following a similar format to the Ballarat Beer Festival that was a huge success in 2012 (and returns on January 19) and coming a few months after Beers By The Bay, Geelong’s first craft beer festival will see more than 100 beers and ciders from 25-plus producers being poured for punters on February 2 alongside live entertainment headlined by Bob Evans and much tasty grub from a selection of the region’s venues.


As for why it’s happening, organiser Kieran Blood says: “A combination of things. For one, the number and quality of brewers in the region: they are producing among the country’s best craft beers. Despite that, with all these breweries on our doorstep, much of their product had not made it into local venues and bottleshops, at least not to the scale of other towns and cities.


“In addition, with the news that Little Creatures was opening its East Coast brewery here in Geelong, it seemed inevitable that Geelong had the potential to develop into an exciting craft beer scene. Mainstream Geelong had overlooked the industry and needed to be introduced to what craft beers have to offer, and a festival is a great way to create that exposure. Not just through the festival itself, but also through the publicity that an event like this gets. Even those that don’t attend are seeing craft beer ads, articles and general publicity everywhere.”


The festival takes place at the Geelong Racecourse and will also feature a series of seminars featuring brewers and beer personalities. They include the Beer Diva exploring Beer and Cheese Tasting and Beer and Ice Cream, alongside Timboon Ice Cream, plus home brew demonstrations, the latest on the Cavalier Courage fundraising project and Meet the Brewers sessions with the region’s finest.




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