For the second year running, on October 6 and 7 Oktoberwest will return to Marrickville’s Factory Theatre. Organised by the Inner West Brewery Association, Oktoberwest has given the traditional German festival the boot, and rebuilt it with a local Aussie spin. In place of lederhosen and pretzels are local bands, DJs, food trucks and barrels and barrels of craft beer from all over the inner west of Sydney.
This year the line-up of breweries on show at Oktoberwest include: Young Henrys, Willie the Boatman, Wayward Brewing Co., The Grifter Brewing Co., Batch Brewing Co., Sauce Brewing Co., Philter Brewing and Malt Shovel – and all have exciting creations to share. From Grifter’s sours, to Batch’s hopped pale ales, every brewery has something for everyone. One of the exciting new releases that will be available at Oktoberwest is Young Henrys’ fruity new sour ale: Davison plum and hibiscus, 5.5 per cent alcohol and pale pink.
During the two-day festival, The Factory Theatre will become Marrickville’s very own biergarten – and where better to host such a festival than right in the centre of the craft beer capital of Australia? Oscar McMahon, co-founder of Young Henrys, said Sydney’s inner west is the perfect place for an explosion of interest in independent brewing.
“People come here because they want to be in a melting pot of ideas: to see food, dining and alcohol progress.”
Sydney’s inner west is filled with people who love to share what they do. Whether it’s artistic, sartorial, culinary or distilled the inhabitants are proud of what they do and want others to partake too. There is a passion to innovate, underpinned with a desire to maintain the authenticity of the area, which makes this area a chosen home for many. The growing numbers of craft breweries in the area highlight this in the most youthful, creative and laidback of Australian industries.
McMahon described Oktoberwest as a celebration – of beer, of the local lifestyle and of mateship. There’s a genuine camaraderie and support among all of the brewers, and a good serve of banter on the side. “That’s hipsterdom at its peak,” he said, “but it’s also pretty incredible that we get to experience it.”
In addition to beer flowing aplenty, there’s a tribe of Aussie talent in the line-up. Adelaide’s Bad//Dreems will be accompanied by slacker rock superstars The Chats, indie groovers Philadelphia Grand Jury, and many more. Other activities include bingo, karaoke, and Mario Kart – providing a well-earned trip down memory lane. In terms of food, barbequed meat will be dripping from Enmore favourites, Bovine & Swine Barbecue Co.
Buying a ticket guarantees a weekend of Sydney’s best tunes, taps and tasty treats – although potentially a headache on Monday morning. Get in quick – there are less than 150 tickets left!
Tickets: Saturday $45; Sunday $35; Two-day pass $70.
Available from www.oktoberwest.com.au