Recap of 2015 Robe beer festival:
The 2015 festival kicked off with a great day of home brew judging on Friday 21st August. Entries submitted by amateur brewers from Robe and across South Australia raised the quality bar this year. Both extract and all-grain brewers smashed out quite a few well-mastered and also highly creative brews.
Festival day on Saturday, August 22nd saw an insightful and fun, hands-on introduction to all-grain brewing techniques for home brewers from TAFE SA, Brewing Lecturer, Stephen Nelsen, a qualified and experienced brewer and accredited trainer.
Pop-up brewery bars lined the Robe Institute Hall with beers available from South Australia’s Swell Brewing Co, Mismatch Brewing Co, The Hills Cider Company, Robe Town Brewery, with refreshments available also from Robe’s local Karatta Wines and Mahalia Coffee. The Robe Bakery put on an array of gourmet pies and pasties, including SA’s famous pie floater and a delicious steak&ale pie made with Robe Town Brewery’s Shipwreck Stout.
In the evening beer fans, brewers, judges, organisers and friends took part in an amazing big Beer Fest Feast at the local award-winning restaurant Sails at Robe. CRaft beer and home brew celebrations continued into the night at the local hotels, with a few long tales later heard of private after-parties across town.
The weekend was wrapped up with good-vibes at the Robe Town Brewery Open Day, where live music and sunny weather warmed the hundreds of visitors that gathered at our unique wood-fired brewery. Five different and very special beers produced here were available for sampling all day long, together with wood-grilled dishes made from local and wild produce (and also brewing malt) skilfully put together by local chef Tom Tilbury from Gather Food and Wine catering.
Robe Town Brewery says a big thanks to all the organisers and supporters of the Robe Home Brew & Craft Beer Festival and we look forward to supporting then event for years to come! Watch this space for future information about next year’s festival. Meanwhile, get busy brewing and enjoying real and local craft beer, wherever you are!