Prepare your liver because Sydney Beer Week is back for its eighth year from October 26 through November 4. Once again run by the folks who started Dave's Brewery Tours, 2018's festival will see over 130 events span from the northern beaches all the way to Bankstown and at every craft-loving venue in between.
It's all kicking off with the SBW Gala, with stalls from over 30 breweries and a tonne of local food trucks crowded into the Australian National Maritime Museum for opening night. This year, the festival hub will be located at Newtown's Uncle Hops — the craft beer den within The Bank Hotel. It'll be tapping the week's top hits and offering up beer-tasting training, so you can talk about craft brews like a pro.
Other festival highlights include a massive Halloween bash at Frankie's; a kidult-themed laneway party at Wayward (expect a giant ball pit and bouncy castle); Nomad's beer-filled 'amazing race' around Manly; a Mario Kart competition at Hive Bar; Beer Olympics at Harts Pub; a sour beer festival at Batch Brewing Co; and giant board games in the Sauce Brewing beer garden. Plus, you can win Goose Island IPA for a year at a cornhole tournament (AKA been bag toss) or nab a limited-edition SBW burger at Bar Luca all week. And most of the events are free to enter, too.
For a full lineup of events and to purchase tickets, head to the SBW website.
Image: Frankie's, Katje Ford