August 25, 2015 by 250 Beers
Well, where the hell did that year go? It seems like only yesterday I was tearing shreds off Archive for a somewhat flimsy Armakeggon 2014.
That’s right folks, Archive’s fifth annual Armakeggon festival will erupt this coming Saturday 29th August with more than 40 rare beers and ciders on tap. Witnessing a huge slash in ticket prices compared to last year, it’ll be interesting to see if the rarities will pull a crowd this year (numbers were certainly down in 2014). The beer gods aren’t playing ball as somehow the 2015 Queensland Homebrewing Conference is this Saturday too. Such a clash in Brisbane’s beer calendar!
Expect to pay $15 on the door this time which compares to $40 last year. With such a reduction it does beg the question “What was I paying for last year?!”
It’s a solid move in an attempt to drive numbers through the door…and so is moving the event to a Saturday. It’s been a Sundaykeggon the past few years which never bodes well for work on the Monday morning. I don’t know what I’m grinning about as I have my son’s sixth birthday party on Sunday…at one of those Inflatable World set-ups. Bounce, bounce, hangover, hangover. No thank you.
I caught up with Archive’s Marketing Manager, Ra Marcroft, recently who explained that there will be a few added flavours to mix things up a little such as global drinks company Diageo being in attendance to run small off-shoot workshops throughout the day for anybody interested. Workshops to include things such as the origins of the humble yet currently trendy boiler maker.
I’m told that a cash bar will replace the beer token system. I’m nervous about this. I’ve previously witnessed tokens eradicate the phenomena known as ‘queues at the bar’ not to mention easing tension with flustered bar staff. I’ll be there to get my fill so I hope my uncertainty is unjustified!
Jimmy Rod’s Barbershop will also be in the house. With a few snips here and there these guys will make the average gent look swish and the already swish gents look swisher.
Among the 40 or so rather unique beers on offer are a number of special batches brewed especially for the occasion by local breweries. Look out for a Brisbane Brewing Co/King Brown Brewing Imperial IPA collab that weighs in at 10.5% as well as an 8.0% German IPA called Don’t Mention The War from Newstead Brewing Co.
Live music will feature again as well as competitions and games with prizes to be won.
See you there?
Doors open at 10am and you can find your tickets right HERE.
For further details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (07) 3844 3419.