January 22, 2014 by 250 Beers
February 22nd 2014 – a month from today – Australia will be in the midst of its inaugural day of Craft Beer Rising; a day for the nation to unite as one to honour, give cheer to and celebrate locally brewed beer. Nothing too extravagant – just a day dedicated to the finer, tastier brews. Simple!
The concept of having a day when the whole nation can be on the same beery page comes from the mind of James Smith, Mr Crafty Pint (who else?!).
Local breweries and bars are encouraged to keep it local by engaging with their communities. Something on a larger scale dedicated to Brisbane’s community and craft beer scene will be on full show just a month later when the first ever Brewsvegas kicks-off with a week of events on March 23rd.
So, what’s happening in and around Brisbane for Craft Beer Rising? Well…
Archive are hosting an Australia vs The World blind tasting event which I’m proud and honoured to be involved with – as a judge. Plus, all 22 taps will be pouring Australian craft beer all day long! Click on the image below for a larger view and to take note of all of the necessary details. Tickets are available from Archive’s website or via their Facebook page. It promises to be a fun afternoon!
One of the first venues to confirm an event was Tippler’s Tap. They intend on tapping only Queensland-brewed beer on each of their 10 taps. As I said above, the show of affection to ‘local’ needs only to be simple and what better way to showcase some Queensland breweries? Brilliant.
In a similar move, Newstead Brewing are also dedicating their taps (all 12 of ’em) to beers and brewers from our Sunshine State. That will mean two streets running parallel to each other will be hosting 22 taps of fresh, Queensland beer! That is worth raising a glass to!
Down the road at Burleigh Brewing, the team have put in place plans to host a Cornhole Championships. Attendees and competitors will have a good, old-fashioned sausage sizzle to look forward to as well.
Just yesterday, The Scratch Bar announced that Matt Kirkegaard will be hosting a ticketed Brewniversity session to share his wealth of knowledge as to how craft beer has grown into what it is today.
I didn’t care much for maths at school but I can tell you that the above events listing only totals five. Come on Queensland! There are a shit-load more bars and breweries that haven’t yet declared their intentions for next month! What are you waiting for? RISE UP!
Keep up to date with events and participating venues at craftbeerrising.com.au
If you’re planning on heading to any of the events next month, you could always turn up sporting a Craft Beer Rising t-shirt…available by clicking here. I’m going to get one. After all, I am a t-shirt slag!