As the night turned to day on Saturday morning, miserable rain and an overcast vista threatened to put a dampener on the 2019 Newcastle Craft Beer Fest at Camp Shortland.
However, it seems that Mother Nature herself is a fan of the amber liquid as the skies cleared just in time for the 11am kick off.
With around 35 stallholders – both local and interstate – offering an eclectic range of frothy brews, we were definitely spoiled for choice but, hey, when it comes to beer, that’s a good problem to have, right?
Judging by the massive crowd, it’s obvious that the craft beer phenomenon is showing no signs of slowing down, and this year, it seemed that refreshing saisons and fruit beers are the big trend for 2019.
From blood orange to pineapple, strawberries and cream to mango, bergamot to melon – there was a veritable fruit salad on offer and we loved them all.
It was also quite refreshing to see the purveyors of these fine brews only too happy to educate the general public on the differences in their draughts – and equally refreshing to see the punters genuinely interested.
And even those that were not beer fans could still enjoy the day with lashings of ginger beer, cider and even kombucha to be sampled.
While the food offerings were delightful, one downside of the day was the long queues for each of the five food stalls on offer. Here’s hoping they boost their food offerings in 2020, so punters can spend more time sampling brews than waiting in line for food.
The entertainment was also top-notch throughout they day with soul sensation Lisa Hunt wowing the crowd with her massive voice and energetic performance.
Overall, The 2019 Newcastle Craft Beer Fest was a delightful day out that showcased some of the best craft beer Newcastle and Australia has to offer.
Beer + music + sunshine = good times!