Brewing up Robe's biggest beer festival

Raising the bar: Organisers are hoping that this year's Robe Beer Festival will be able to build on last year's success.
Raising the bar: Organisers are hoping that this year's Robe Beer Festival will be able to build on last year's success.

On what would ordinarily be a quiet, off-peak weekend in October, the Robe main street will be closed off and the grassed area between the Institute building and the beach will be transformed.

Featuring a selection of craft beers, food stalls, live music and varied side-events, this year's Robe Home Brew and Craft Beer Festival is shaping up to just about have something for everyone.

The event will be held on the last weekend of October and will include about a dozen craft breweries, some local wineries, a plethora of food stalls and live music to the town on Saturday, October 26.

Robe Town Brewery's Maris Biezaitis, who is helping to organise the event, said that by improving on what was done last year, organisers are hoping to bring in even more people and more excitement to Robe.

"Besides the main event on the Saturday on the foreshore in Robe, there are also a few other fringe-type events throughout the weekend," Mr Biezaitis said.

A masterclass event for home brewers, talks and demonstrations, beer themed restaurant and cafe experiences, and even a night-time street party are all in the works to compliment the event.

On the Sunday, a family friendly event promises more live music, an outdoor bar, delicious barbecue, and tasting paddles.

For those passionate about home brewing, the Robe Beer Fest is also a time to see how their own creations fare under the judges' scrutiny.

"During the Friday beforehand there will be a big panel of judges judging the home-brew competition and there will be a bit of a masterclass for home brewers," Mr Biezaitis said.

Exciting prizes will be up for grabs for the best home brews.

"This year the winner of 'best beer in show' again gets to brew his or her winning recipe at one of the local breweries for next year's festival," Mr Biezaitis said.

Last year's winner, Scott Walker, will have his London Porter Beer on tap for this year's festival.

"We brewed 600L of it at Robe Town Brewery. Most of it is kegged and bottled and we will be serving it on tap as the official festival beer during the festival in October," Mr Biezaitis continued.

Entry forms are now available on robebeerfest.com.au and participants have until October 13 to enter.

In part, the festival aims to promote Robe and the Limestone Coast as a tourism destination outside of peak travel periods.

"It's about promoting Robe and the Limestone Coast as a good destination any time of year, not only in the summer,' Mr Biezaitis said.

"It's really for the benefit of all businesses in the area."

Lager than life: Organisers are hoping that this year's Robe Beer Festival will be able to build on last year's success.

Lager than life: Organisers are hoping that this year's Robe Beer Festival will be able to build on last year's success.

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