Brewers put plenty of perspiration behind their beer inspiration and now WA craft lovers are also going to have to shed some sweat to enjoy several of the best events in the State’s 17th annual homage to artisanal beer.
The 2018 WA Beer Week program is now live and contains plenty of exercise to counter the calories that will be consumed during the 11-day extravaganza, which kicks off on November 15.
Although not an official part of the series, the celebration of west coast beer starts a week earlier with the annual Fremantle Beer Fest, which is again restricted to breweries based in WA. The port party runs November 9-11.
To get into the swing of occasion Modus Operandi returns to Perth to headline WA Beer Week with an event that sold out quickly.
Modus Operandi will take over the Point Walter Golf Course on Sunday November 25 with a nine-hole competition. There is no green jacket or claret jug for the winner of the foursome battle who will instead receive a 50-litre keg of Modus Operandi goodness.
Mash Brewing in the Swan Valley backs on to the Oasis Supa Golf and Adventure Putt Centre so it was natural for the brewery to provide another chance to spoil a good walk.
To help the twilight Ambrose event on November 16 Mash has teamed with Ballistic Brewing with beers from both labels available at each of the nine holes.
If even more physical exertion is your preference, then Blasta Brewing – a drop punt from Perth’s new Optus Stadium – will conduct an early morning group fitness session in its beerhall on November 17. To recover a beer and breakfast is on offer.
The WA Beer Week calendar also includes a 6km run that finishes at McCallum Park with refreshments on offer at one of the festival hubs, the Dutch Trading Company in Victoria Park.
WA Brewers Association president Dan Turley said the festival team had kept to the motto – Make It Fun – which the committee had set in pre-planning.
“We thought we would have to heavily curate events but the fun factor was something the WA Beer Week panel achieved organically,” Dan said.
“And the athletic events are just a sign of the times. People want to be active but they also like to have a beer.
“So we have events that combine the two in responsible ways. Our WA Beer Week committee has done a great job putting together a brilliant schedule in about six weeks.”
There are also be a couple of big birthday events on the schedule with Little Creatures to throw a three-day part from November 23 to mark turning 18.
And Feral will continue the party to highlight 10 years of Hop Hog at one of new, but exciting locations in the 2018 series, the Rosemount Hotel.
The WA Brewers Association will launch WA Beer Week, which features more than 50 events, at Blasta on Thursday November 15.
Go to the festival website – www.wabeer.com.au – for more details and bookings.