Hold on to your drinks, the Beer InCider Experience is only one week away and punters will have plenty to see and do besides watching their favourite Aussie bands take to the stage. As soon as gates open at 11AM, much can be explored through the festival’s foodie line-up set to rival the music set list, the Brewers Stage led by key voices and industry experts, talented Artists in Residence who will be creating beer-inspired artworks on the day, and much more.
Melbourne serves as a melting pot for good food and quality craft breweries. Fixation Brewing and Red Sparrow Pizza are joining forces to create a pop-up restaurant set to embody a “Little Smith Street Precinct” to delight Melburnians as they roam the showgrounds. Vegan-friendly beer and pizza will be on offer plus a giant Connect 4 tournament that will award the champion with an epic prize revealed on the day. Burger heavyweights of the west, 8bit, will also be creating a pop-up experience to be enjoyed by all, and Balter Brewing’s Tins of Glory will ensure mass game action is had by all.
To keep crowds cool in between sets, Brick Lane Brewing Co and Popstic Ice Cream will be bringing an exclusive pale ale icy pole and red ale beer float to the festival grounds. Another hydrating option to consider is a cider slushie from KAIJU! Beer and Golden Axe Cider for the ultimate summer fix. There will be various exclu-brews offered only at Beer InCider, be sure to try Green Beacon’s róse sour, aptly called Blush, perfect for the festival tasting paddle which takes the form of a ping pong racquet.
Hoy Pinoy BBQ, the experts in authentic Filipino street food, will be churning out their signature ‘grab and go’ BBQ skewers to eager foodies looking for a match to their drink of choice. Another meaty match to consider for the tasting paddle is pit master Kevin Dick’s Limp Brisket, a Collingwood local known for their eco-friendly slow-cooked American BBQ who will be serving up their low and slow in-house favourites.
Keen to get into beer? The Brewers Stage (pictured) will have all the answers on tap, where three different panel sessions held during the day will get punters thinking about the growing craft industry, beer tidbits delivered by host Kirrily Waldhorn AKA The Beer Diva, or simply a chance to find out what key industry players have to say while sipping on a festival schooner. Noise-cancelling headphones ensure that audiences can get an intimate experience amid all the live music. Key panellists who will be breaking down topical issues in beer include Jayne Lewis from Two Birds Brewing, Emily Day from Froth Magazine and other notable brewers. Full Brewers Stage line-up available here.
The festival also welcomes two visual artists from Melbourne who have been selected to interpret their idea of beer in the form of murals. Shan Primrose is a visual artist and graphic designer originally from the Mornington Peninsula who will paint characters she sees at the festival in bold, contrasting colourways. “Festivals are an incredible place for people to connect with music, art and one another,” says Shan, “I will take photos of my surroundings on the day and incorporate them my piece”. Tegan Iverson is a Melbourne-based illustrator with a love for colour and pattern who is also creating a mural.
Final release tickets are on sale 11AM, Friday 22 February for $65 (+BF). Search for the official Beer InCider 2019 playlist on Spotify, created by redhairevents.