Fremantle Beer Fest is this weekend 9-11 November!
Opening on Friday evening at 6.00pm and running right through the weekend, there's plenty of time for you to get down there and taste WA's best craft beers and ciders.
This annual event is your only chance to visit a festival that focuses solely on WA brews and spirits, bringing a huge range of tastes straight from the breweries and distilleries.
Presented by the iconic Little Creatures Brewery, the beer festival will be spread out on Fremantle's spacious Esplanade Park, between the historic Esplanade Hotel and Fishing Boat Harbour. Depending on when you visit, ticket prices range from a mere $20.00 to $40.00.
This family friendly event includes lots of delicious food and soft drinks too, so bring everyone along for a fascinating experience, with plenty of entertainment and activities for all ages. Entry is just $15.00 for 14 to 17-year-olds, and under 14s get in free. All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Claiming the 'biggest and boldest' beer festival Fremantle has ever seen, the organisers are making some irresistible promises. Read on to find out more ...
A Smorgasbord of 350 Tastes
Fremantle Beer Fest will present more than 350 brews and ciders, as well as cocktails, wines and spirits, including some excellent rum and whisky. These are all available for you to sample, which sounds like quite a challenge! The best advice is to pace yourself and be discerning by talking to stall holders and finding the tastes that suit your palette.
Having the chance to interact with local producers is one of the joys of this fascinating festival. Around 50 craft brewers, cider makers and distillers will be there to mingle and create special festival brews.
Just a few of the breweries from around Western Australia that will be setting up stalls at the beer festival are Fremantle's Monk Craft Brewery Kitchen and nearby Gage Roads Brewing Company; Boston Brewing Company and Wilson Brewing Company travelling all the way from the south coast; Froth Craft Brewery and Matso's Brewery from even further afield in Exmouth and Broome; Feral Brewing Company from the Perth Hills; and Eagle Bay Brewing Company, whose name speaks for itself.
Among cider makers attending this year will be the fabulous Funk Cider from Caversham, and Runamuk Cider Company based near Busselton.
As an aside, if you go travelling to visit any of these spots, cider lovers must take in CORE Cider House in the Perth Hills as well. Unfortunately, CORE isn't listed for this year's Fremantle Beer Fest, but it's a great spot not too far from Perth to taste a range of ciders and join one of their Orchard Tours and Tastings.
Keeping you fuelled up and hydrated through the festival tastings will be a range of delicious 'street food' and free water stations, plus juices and soft drinks on sale.
To give you an idea of the wide choice flavoursome foods from around the globe you can look forward to at the Fremantle Beer Fest, here are some of the stall holders: Banana Leaf (modern Filipino street food), La Pizzeria Mobile, Temel's Turkish Food, Con Pebre (Chiliean street cuisine) and Burnt Ends for tasty barbecued food. Mouth watering yet?
Master Classes, Demonstrations and Food Matching
You've heard of wine and food matching? Well, Fremantle Beer Fest will teach you all about matching the right food to your choice of brew.
Australians are becoming more and more discerning when it comes to their craft beers, distinguishing tastes in the same way as wine connoisseurs. Perhaps the difference lies in beer loves always bringing a sense of humour and never taking themselves too seriously.
This new specialism is giving WA craft brewers a boost, and vice versa, giving rise to an astonishingly long list of boutique breweries around the state in recent years. Food matching is the next step, with brewers and chefs working together to ensure an exquisite experience for the taste buds.
Beer / food matching sessions at the Fremantle Beer Fest will be complemented by some fascinating cooking demonstrations.
Also unmissable will be the masterclasses - your chance to find out everything you ever wanted to know about brewing, craft beers and even how to brew your own at home. Experts will share knowledge from their own personal experience, answering as many questions a they can. Sessions include master brewer forums, live brewing demos and home/commercial brewing insights.
Live Entertainment for All Ages
The festival will host all-day entertainment, including live music, DJs and comedy acts, complimented by roving performers so nobody misses out. They haven't forgotten the kids either, providing dedicated fun and activities to keep them busy.
All entertainment is included in the ticket price, making this one of the best-value festivals of the year.
What would a beer festival in Fremantle be without live music? The port city is known for its venues supporting emerging musicians and staging well known artists from far and wide, so no surprise that the festival is attracting some talented headline acts to its Live Stage.
These include Phil Jamieson, the voice of Grinspoon, one of Australia's most popular bands in recent history. Phil will bring his famous skills as a singer-songwriter and guitarist to the stage on Saturday 10 November.
Also headlining, the unique sound of French electronic music duo Daft Punk is sure to attract dedicated fans. This Australian tribute will bring a party vibe to the festival with a DJ set of their remixes and mash-ups.
There will be a live comedy tent pitched on the Esplanade too. Stand-up comedy is fast becoming the live entertainment of choice for many in Perth and Fremantle, with regular comedy nights held at venues such as Little Creatures Next Door, the Sail and Anchor, Perth's Comedy Lounge and Downstairs at the Maj, the popular basement venue within His Majesty's Theatre.
Fremantle Beer Fest will host headliners Suns of Fred and Janelle Koening, among many others.
Suns of Fred is a comedy trio that began on the streets and now tours comedy festivals around the world. Sly, Fox and Mickey will have you rolling on the grass with their hilarious and energetic gag gig.
Janelle Koening is another regular at festivals around the globe. Perth Mix94.5 fans will know her already as half of the duo The Jam (Janelle and Sam). Janelle is also behind some of Australia's most popular comedians, writing material for the likes of Em Rusciano, Jo Stanley and Jimeoin.
Ticket and Accommodation Packages
Be quick to book an accommodation package at the stunning Esplanade Hotel, including tickets to the Fremantle Beer Fest. At the time of writing, Saturday night packages are sold out.
The packages are for two people and include an upgraded Superior Pool View Room, daily buffet breakfast, valet parking and two day passes per night booked. Prices are $229.00 Friday and $189.00 Sunday. If you miss out on this great offer, other ideally located options are Be. Fremantle and Quest Fremantle.
Staying for the weekend is a great opportunity to spend more time in Fremantle, relaxing and trailing around the heritage town.