So how amazing was August? Starting with a weekend at Bendigo on the hop then tasting wine with Cellarhand as well as hanging out at Black Pearl with the Please don’t tell guys from New York and trying all the things at Top Shelf finishing with a blind beer tasting at Foresters Hall in an Australia vs New Zealand spectacular (The Kiwis won BTW) and too many other shenanigans in between to name, I am just a wee bit ready for a nap. Not that this will happen this month as it’s already far too full. So without further ado, here are some of my picks for September and don’t forget to check out the events calendar for more amazing dinners, tastings, masterclasses and festivals.
Pink Boots society are a fabulous group looking to promote women in the beer industry and once again are gathering for another brewday at Two Birds Brewing. This time they are brewing a Cherry Saison using proper fresh cherry juice.Mash in for Pink Boots Members and those interested in joining Pink Boots is at 9:00am, Two Birds Brewing will be open to the public from 12pm. Come brew or just pop in after midday and watch the ladies at work.
Jack Daniels is putting on a pop up bar in Fed Square with a difference. The difference being that the bar will be built by donation of materials and skills. Donate items you no longer need such as paint, tools, wood and chairs and in exchange for them we’ll give you some of your favourite Jack Daniel’s products. “The Bar That Jack Built” will be open to the public a three-day Jack Daniel’s birthday extravaganza from 18-20 September. If you’re interested in getting involved or even if you just want to pop along for a drink, check out their facebook page here.
Melbourne’s top Mexican chefs, artists and musicians are preparing to take food and culture lovers across the states of Mexico when the Mission Foods Mexican Festival hits Melbourne to celebrate Mexican Independence Day on Sunday September 13th at Federation Square. A great day out for foodies, families, and anyone who loves a great taco! Entry is free, more info here.
Looking for a beer festival with a difference? How about one held in an old prison? Here’s a chance to walk through through one of Australia’s more notorious beer gardens in the grounds of the old Pentridge Gaol. Indulge in a fantastic journey of sampling and tasting some of the best craft beers and ciders available in Australia. Tickets are $15 and you can get yourself one here.
From the 18th September to the 25th September, Hophause are hosting their annual Oktoberfest festival with events featuring food specials, sausage eating competitions, Oompah music, Family Sundays with a kids menu and activities, plus plenty of prizes for the grown ups. Check out their full range of events here.