Beer lovers rejoice, the inaugural annual Port Douglas Craft Beer Festival is on Friday 27 December at 11.00am at Hemingway’s Brewery at the Crystalbrook Super Yacht Marina.
The festival is set to feature beers from Far North Queensland breweries and distilleries including Hemingway’s Brewery FNQ, Macalister Brewing Company, Coral Sea Brewing Co., Barrier Reef Brewing Co. and Wolf Lane Distillery.
There will be a range of beers from the different breweries on offer as well as Hemingway’s core range and six specially brewed beers for the day.
Hemingway’s Port Douglas Venue Manager, Chris Barber, said after the success of beer festivals at the Hemingway’s Cairns venue they decided it was Port Douglas’ time to shine. “We are going to have some funky new beers for people to try. We had a lot of new releases for the recent What The Funk? Festival in Cairns so there are a lot of new beers that people haven’t got to try up here yet,” he said.
“We have some Belgium barrel-aged beers, strawberry saison, hemp beer, sours, and a heap of other beers, so there will be something for everyone.”
Mr Barber said the festival is about showing off what Port Douglas has to offer.
“It’s a celebration of beer and Port Douglas is the perfect spot for it.
“There will be tourists here from down south so it’s a good opportunity to show that we can mix it with the best of them. “Our signature beer Pitchfork Bettys was rated number 34 on the GABS’ (Great Australasian Beer Spectapular) Hottest 100 Countdown last year.”
The GABS’ Hottest 100 Countdown is an annual ranking of the top craft beers in Australia and with this year’s voting currently underway, Hemingway’s is calling on Far Northerners to cast their vote for their favourite brew.
The winners will be announced on 25 January at Hemingway’s Brewery in Cairns.
As for Friday’s Port Douglas Craft Beer Festival, there will be live entertainment from local artist Cam Kettle from 2.00pm and the food truck, the Charcoal Chief, will have your food cravings covered.