By Clyde Mooney – editor Australian Hotelier

The Willoughby Hotel’s Craft Beer Fair is back this Sunday, consolidating the ever-growing market for artisan beer, beverages and experiential dining on Sydney’s north shore.

Debuting last year, the 2013 line-up sees a few less brewers but a fine-tuned program and an increased fairground incorporating Penshurst Street and more of MacMahon Street.

Speaking to TheShout, Willoughby Hotel licensee John McGurk explained their aim was to “refine the products being offered and grow with a clear direction”.

“Last year’s event was a big success,” says McGurk. “While it was difficult logistically, as any first year event is, it proved our belief in the popularity of craft beer many times over.

"Our focus in 2013 continues to be centred on celebrating the best of Australian Beer, with a range of local independent and larger craft breweries, and a touch of New Zealand’s best in there also.

“Each year we aim to bring a truly unique experience to the Willoughby community that celebrates the wonderful culture and tradition present throughout Australia’s breweries; from small family-owned, to nationally recognised labels, we aim to present to the public their commonality: great beer.”

There will be 15 brewers from Australian and New Zealand, plus a wide selection of wines by Treasury Wines and international gourmet food offerings from local restaurateurs.

Entertainment will include live music as well as beer and wine food-matching seminars hosted by leading brewers and wine-makers.

Entry is free, with tasting tickets available on the day, or discounted if pre-purchased online.

The brewers to be featured at 2013’s Willoughby Hotel Craft Beer Fair are:

  • Matilda Bay
  • Coopers
  • Malt Shovel
  • Monteith’s
  • Balmain Brewing
  • Riverside Brewing
  • Mountain Goat
  • McLaren Vale Beer Company
  • Little Creatures
  • The Little Brewing Company
  • Endeavour
  • Stone & Wood
  • Longboard
  • The Australian Brewery
  • Cascade

The Shout Team

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