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BITTER & TWISTED 2023: The Hunter’s favourite boutique beer festival returns

The highly anticipated Bitter & Twisted Boutique Beer Festival is set to return to the historic Maitland Gaol this November.

Tickets for the festival go on sale tomorrow, Friday 4 August which also happens to be International Beer Day!

The festival, taking place on the first weekend of November, offers the perfect mix of spring sunshine, live music and ice-cold craft beers.

This year’s festival promises an impressive lineup too.

Headlining this year’s music bill are ARIA award-winning Melbourne Ska Orchestra, who will close out the live music on Saturday, founding member of iconic Aussie grunge group Grinspoon, and Phil Jamieson, who will close the festival on Sunday.

Organizers promise more act announcements in the coming weeks.

Maitland City Council Team Leader Events, Tori Evans, expressed excitement for this year’s event, stating that it celebrates three key elements – Aussie music, delicious food, and outstanding beer.

“Bitter & Twisted is the coming together of like-minded people to celebrate three things – Aussie music, great food and of course, some of the best beer around,” Tori said.

“After a rousing return last year, we’re really turning up the noise and are ready to raise the roof at Maitland Gaol this November.”

The former maximum-security prison will be awash with 80 craft beer varieties a stack of great food stalls and a wealth of beer-related activities to keep everyone entertained throughout the weekend.

This year you’ll be able to book private cell blocks inside the gaol for your groups and take part in Beer trivia and beer and cheese matching sessions too.

And while the festival is an 18+ event on Saturday, all ages are welcome on Sunday as long as everyone who is under 18 is accompanied by a responsible adult at all times

The 2023 Bitter & Twisted Boutique Beer Festival will take over Maitland Gaol on the 4th and 5th of November. Tickets are on sale from midday tomorrow, Friday 4 August. For more information and to grab tickets visit