Beer lovers will unite on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 of November for Maitland Gaol’s annual Bitter and Twisted Festival. With so many delicious beers to try during the two days, we thought we’d give you a head start. Here’s the list of brews we think you should head straight for.
4 Pines Brewing Company
4 Pines Brewing Company was established in 2008 and cater to all tastes with their beers varying in flavour and finish. 4 Pines’ goal is to introduce people who have never experienced such flavours and aromas, to beer and turn them into beer lovers. 4 Pines are located in Manly and Brookvale, Sydney. For more information visit 4pinesbeer.com.au
WHAT TO TRY: We recommend you get your laughing gear around a Brookvale Union Ginger Beer.
Dad & Dave’s Brewing
Dad & Dave’s Brewing started in Balgowlah, Sydney in 2011 with the goal to produce very tasty, sessional beers taking advantage of the top quality malt and hops produced in Australia and New Zealand. For more information visit dadsndavesbrewing.com
WHAT TO TRY: D & D’s Belgian IPA is pretty special
Grand Ridge Brewery
Grand Ridge Brewery is 100% Australian, family owned company, the brewery is housed in an old butter factory in Mirboo North, a country town in the stunning Victorian Strzelecki Ranges. Grand Ridge use only the highest quality to produce beers of exceptional flavour and purity. For more information visit grand-ridge.com.au
WHAT TO TRY: You gotta try the Black and Tan. It’s got a great mouth feel and the flavour is sensational.
Hope Brewhouse was established in 2014 at Hope Estate, Pokolbin. All their beers are made onsite with no preservatives, no pasteurisation, offering nothing between you and the pure beer flavour. Brewing everything from classic sunny afternoon cleansers to heavyweight oak barrel flavour monsters. For more information visit hopeestate.com.au
WHAT TO TRY: The Hef is a safe bet here.
Hunter Beer Co
Hunter Beer Co. was established in 2003 at Potters Brewery in Nulkaba NSW. Hunter Beer Co is all about making great beer that everyone enjoys drinking. Hunter Beer Co makes a large range of beers with a huge range of colours, aromas & flavours and they firmly believe there is a beer for everyone within their range. For more information visit hunterbeerco.com
WHAT TO TRY: When we’re drinking at the HBC we always go for their Larger.
Murrays Craft Brewing Co
Murray and the team have been brewing unique and off beat naturally crafted beers since 2006, and in the process have won a bunch of awards and accolades. Murray’s Craft Brewing Co is located on the NSW North Coast where they make a dizzying array of unique craft beer. For more information visit murraysbrewingco.com.au
WHAT TO TRY: Hands down, its the Fred you should try here. End of story.
Nomad Brewing Co
With the culmination of a shared passion between ‘Nomads’ in the beer community, Nomad Brewing Co deliver the finest quality beers to the Australian craft beer drinking community. Located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches Nomad offers real craft beer, brewed with real flavour by real craft brewers with real passion. For more information visit nomadbrewingco.com.au
WHAT TO TRY: This one’s a hard one. We’ve loved pretty much everything we’ve tried from Nomad, but in a pinch we’d have to say their Long Trip Saison.
Six String Brewing Company
Six String Brewing Company was established in 2012 and is based in Erina on the beautiful NSW Central Coast. Six String use a range of quality, handcrafted ales, all free of additives, preservatives and are unpasteurized. For more information visit sixstringbrewing.com.au.
WHAT TO TRY: It’s a hit with everyone we’ve shared it with, so we’re going for the Dark Red IPA. You won’t regret it.
Rocks Brewing Co.
Founded in 2008, Rocks Brewing Co offers 100% Australian ales with complex and sophisticated flavours. Rocks Brewing Co is located in Alexandria, Sydney offering a core range of beers with traditional and great tastes. For more information visit rocksbrewing.com
WHAT TO TRY: The Governor Golden Ale without a doubt.
Underground Craft Brewery
For the first time, Stuart Duff of Underground Craft Brewery in Aberglasslyn will be a stall holder, spruiking the craft beer that he makes in the backyard of his home.
WHAT TO TRY: We’ve never personally tried anything from Underground, but we hear the Black Bones brew is a bold statement.
Young Henrys Brewing Company
Young Henrys Brewing Company was established in 2012 and located in Newtown, Sydney. Young Henrys brew simple local beers of good quality that the local community are proud to call its own. For more information visit younghenrys.com
WHAT TO TRY: We’re big fans of the Newtowner.
The Bitter and Twisted Festival is happening on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 of November at Maitland Gaol. To purchase tickets and for more information visit the festival’s website.
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