2017 BITTER & TWISTED BOUTIQUE BEER FESTIVAL: Your Ultimate festival Guide

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The Bitter & Twisted Boutique Beer Festival is back for 2017. From the 4th until the 5th of November Maitland Gaol will come alive with the sights, smells and sounds of one of the region's most loved weekends.

Check out our ultimate guide to the festival below, where you'll find all the info you need to make the most out of your festival ticket.


It's the star of the show! So let's get this guide started right and get straight to the point. Bitter & Twisted is first and foremost a boutique beer festival. As usual there will be over 80 craft beers on offer, guaranteeing you’ll find a new favourite brew. Ales, IPA’s, porters, stouts and specialty beers, there will be a drop to suit every taste.


From gourmet sausages to Arepas, this is one festival that takes food seriously.

But what's a Arepa we hear you ask... Arepa is a type of food made of ground maize dough or cooked flour prominent in the cuisines of Colombia and Venezuela, and also popular in Panama and Ecuador. Basically, they're bloody delicious and if you'e heading the to festival you'd be bonkers not to try one.


Kids are always welcome at Bitter & Twisted. Children 15 – 17 years must purchase a youth ticket and be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. This ticket must be purchased in the same transaction as the adult tickets.

Children 14 and under are free but must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times and must call us to arrange a ticket. Under 18s are not permitted in the VIP area or Food and Beer Matching Lunch.

Sunday 5 November is Family Day with a dedicated section featuring face painting, kid’s activities, games and entertainment. To obtain tickets for children 14 and under please call the festival on 02 4931 2888.


Bitter & Twisted is held in the former maximum security prison Maitland Gaol. The Gaol is located at 6 – 18 John Street, East Maitland.

You can drive, fly or come by train. Additional train services will be provided for the event. Please check back closer to the event for more information.

Getting in

Entry to the festival is through the main car park of Maitland Gaol. There will be three lines clearly marked by ticket type. To ensure a smooth entry, please ensure you line up in the line that matches your ticket type. Your ticket will be scanned and you will be given your inclusions (Day Release, Food Inspector and VIP’s only) and a wristband.

Taking the car?

There is no official car parking site for Bitter & Twisted, if you are driving to the event there is only limited on street parking available on the streets surrounding the Gaol.

Catching the train?

We highly recommend this option. Additional train services will be provided for the event. Check timetables for more information


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