By Suzan Ryan, editor bars&clubs

Sydney Craft Beer Week (SCBW) is about to begin its fourth year of showcasing the newest and best of Australia and the world's beers across Sydney city and suburbs in more than 100 events over 9 days.

SCBW kicks off today at Sydney’s Giant Dwarf Theatre tonight at 6:30pm and concludes Sunday October 26 at The Blind Bear, Cronulla at 8pm (after a 4pm start).

“Though we’ve grown faster than we ever imagined, we’re proud the event still has a local and relatable feel, giving everyone attending a sense of ownership of these locally produced craft beers,” says Sydney Craft Beer Week co-director, Joel Connolly, who along with co-director Mark David are both brewers.

Tonight’s opening event is designed to get beer fans prepped for a week of tantalising experiences and beergustations with more than 25 Australian and international breweries showing off their beers plus live music keeps the party going.

SCBW is filled with both free and paid events to suit the novice, enthusiast and aficionado. Events include tastings, educational seminars, tap takeovers, beer high teas and four course beergustation at the Sutherland Shire’s newest brewhouse/restaurant, Blackrock Brasserie, on Wednesday October 22 at 6:30pm.

A sample of events include:

Saturday October 18 – Young Cavaliers Block Party: Newington Hotel, Stanmore Road, Petersham. Young Henry's and Cavalier Brewing roll in to The Newington Inn to throw a block party. Markets, live music and tattooing plus collaboration brew 'I Can't Believe It's Not Galaxy' – a limited release passionfruit sour smasher will also be launched.

Sunday 19 October – Creatures Carnival: Australian National Maritime Museum

Monday October 20 – Chur Burger: Moa Beer Dinner: 48 Albion Street, Surry Hills; Craft Beer Fight Club: City vs Country, 7pm, The Dove & Olive, 156 Devonshire St, Surry Hills; The Great Swillhouse Collaboration Coup: 6pm Frankie’s Pizza By The Slice, 50 Hunter St, Sydney.

Thursday October 23 – Brewers & Chewers: 6pm, The Local Taphouse, 122 Flinders St, Darlinghurst.

Wednesday October 22 – Beergustation: 6pm, Redoak Boutique Beer Café, 201 Clarence Street, Sydney.

October 25-26 – Sip & Savour: Carriageworks, Redfern. A two-day beer festival within a festival bringing more than 250 craft beers and ciders, alongside local gourmet foods, homebrewing, live music and interactive and educational seminars.

SCBW 2014 is expected to attract 10,000 patrons. Click HERE for more information and a full list of calendar events.

While you're here, why not check out Sydney Craft Beer Week 'Must Dos' according to Beer & Brewer magazine

The Shout Team

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