Sydney craft beer week — 19 to 26 October

Sydney’s annual craft beer week runs at venues across the city from 19 to 26 October. The event offers beer tastings, of course, and even a comparison of Spiegelau glasses versus the rest – a phenomenon Riedel exploits to the hilt in the wine industry.

But beer and food pairings sprinkled across the week’s calendar offer rich pickings. These include a beer and pie tasting paddle – four beers; four pies – at Spooning Goats. A little more adventurously, The Welcome Hotel of Rozelle, offers beers created collaboratively by well-known craft brewers and “some of Australia’s best culinary minds”, says the event website.

On another tack altogether, women from Hunter Brewing and Two Birds Brewing are hosting a Ladies High Tea at Harts Pub. The two brewers will match “an array of beers with some amazing hand crafted pastries”. For details of all events see

Copyright Chris Shanahan 2013
First published 18 September 2013 in the Canberra Times