Blobfish Beer Festival is coming to Melbourne, and like its namesake, promises to showcase some of the more rare and unusual beers from Australia and NZ.
Over two sessions on Saturday 24 August, 16 of the best craft breweries from Australia, and a handful from overseas, will showcase their sour, wild, funky, barrel-aged, and mixed-fermentation beers at North Melbourne’s Meat Market.
Named after the Blobfish, an endangered deep sea fish found in Australian waters, these beer styles appear from the depths of the Australian Beer scene – intriguing, slightly obscure, somewhat unknown but always exciting.
16 breweries who are pushing boundaries with their sour and barrel-aged programmes have been invited to showcase their beers. With a focus on independent owner-operators, the line-up includes a mixture of well-established and newer breweries. They all have a focus on these styles of beers and are coming from across Australia (including Beer Farm from WA, Ocho and Van Dieman from Tasmania, and Fathom by Green Beacon from Queensland) and New Zealand, including perennial favourites Garage Project and 8Wired (full list below).
Sour beers are a growing part of the craft beer industry, and for non-beer drinkers, festival co-organiser Sam Hambour (of Hop Nation Brewing Co) believes there is a beer for everyone – even those who think they don’t like beer. “People who think they don’t like beer will try a cherry sour, or a barrel-aged saison, or something fruity with a bit of funk in it, and it’s unlike anything they’ve ever tried, and they love it.”
Tickets include a premium Blobfish branded Rastal glass to keep, $20 worth of tasting tokens to get people started straight away, and a food voucher for the specially formed Blobfish Kitchen, a pop up restaurant, serving a festival menu of produce driven, tasty food.
With wine from Kerri Greens in Red Hill, and a special Blobfish lager tinnie bar (for palate-cleansing purposes) there really does promise to be something for everyone. The Beer and Cheese Theory, who specialise in cheese and beer matching, will be there to pair some of the beers with premium cheese. Add to that an oyster bar, and live acoustic music, this promises to be much more than your usual beer festival.
The team at Hop Nation Brewing are behind Blobfish’s organisation, and after years of working festivals that often favoured festival organisers, they wanted to do a beer festival that was more
inclusive and appealing to those beyond craft beer, but at the same time give craft beer fans something to get really excited about.
Saturday 24 August Session one: 11.30am-3pm Session two: 4.30pm-8pm
Tickets are $70+BF and get you: – entry to the festival – a premium Blobfish Rastal beer glass for you to keep – $20 of tokens to get tasting immediately – a food voucher for the Blobfish Kitchen pop up restaurant – festival booklet
NB: this is an 18+ event
For more information and to buy tickets, visit the Blobfish Beer Festival page.
For all festival enquiries please contact [email protected]