Robe Home Brew and Craft Beer Festival coming soon

Some brewers getting ready to present their beverage at Robe’s Home Brew and Craft Beer Festival.
Some brewers getting ready to present their beverage at Robe’s Home Brew and Craft Beer Festival.

Robe’s Home Brew and Craft Beer Festival is now only three weeks away.

The popular festival kicks off October 27, with three days dedicated to the craft of home brewing.

The festival, which is now in it’s third year, has grown into one of this seaside towns signature events. Building on the success of 2016 festival, organiser Peta Baverstock says the committee has really gone all out this year to ensure festival goers get a taste of the local region.

“The main event is the home brew with lots of would-be brewers vying for the win,” she said. “Last year we had a great turnout both at the festival and with home brew entries and we are hoping this year will be no different.”

“We have plenty organised on the day, with a number of interesting demonstrations planned, including great brewing techniques, gourmet food from some of the best in the local area, and of course plenty of great brews from some of the best craft brewers both here in South Australia and across the border.”  

The festival will also have cider, mead and wine for those not in the mood for a beer.

Last year’s best beer of show winner Dean Ludwig will also be debuting his “Luddy’s APA”, his festival winning brew for festival goers to try.

The South East local said it was great to work with festival partner Robe Town Brewery, and brewer Maris Biezaitis.

“He is making some really interesting beers with some interesting local additions,” said Dean. “I have been making home brew since 1983 with kit beers, and after my son and I attended a TAFE beer making course in Naracoorte in 2011 run by Simon Fennell, I had a revelation.”

“He introduced us to full mash brewing using malted barley instead of extract and we haven’t looked back.” 

Dean’s beer will be on show at the festival along with beers from Odyssey Brewing Co, Cape Brew Co, Robe Town Brewery and The Cider Project just to name a few.

“There will be so much choice this year that some festival goers might feel a little overwhelmed by which brew to taste first,” said organiser Peta. “We have our ‘Hop Around the Garden’ beer tasting back this year, which lets people taste the craft brews and Dean’s 2016 winning brew for $2 each, before settling on a full brew.”

Festival goers will get a form which outlines the different brews on sale, and they will be able to check off the ones they’ve tried.

“It was really popular last year, and this year the trays and cups will be available from the one place. Festival goers will be able to come have a chat with committee members before hopping around the festival,” said Peta. 

Gates open at 10.30am, with live music all day in the Beer Garden from solo acoustic guitarist Quentin Ashfield to local legends The Distractors, who will then both go on and play at festival sponsor the Robe Hotel that night.

All home brew entries are due Friday October 20, for more information check out robe.com.au or connect with the festival on social media platforms Facebook and Instagram @robebeerfest.