Brews & Seaside Views: The Willy Beer Fest is Back!
The Williamstown Heritage Beer & Cider Festival (20-21 November 2015) is a triple threat of beer, cider and seaside good times! Over 25 breweries and cideries from Melbourne and right across Australia will descend on the historic Seaworks maritime precinct for the event lovingly known as the Willy Beer Fest. An icy-cold craft beer or cider demands good food. Food trucks and stalls have been carefully selected for the Willy Beer Fest to ensure the eats match the drinks. Nuoc Mama will be dishing up their signature Vietnamese cuisine, Williamstown locals Cruiser Kitchen show festival-goers how street food can be sustainable, Snagga’s are bringing the healthy sausages, Seven Fires BBQ will be lighting up a Texas wood-fired barbeque and Babu Ji provides a modern take on – beer’s best mate – Indian food! Live entertainment will also be on offer during this two-day celebration of all things brewed.
The breweries In 2015
the Willy Beer Fest welcomes the return of Two Birds Brewing, Mountain Goat, Hawkers Beer, Kaiju! & Golden Axe Cider, Stone and Wood, Three Troupers, Napoleone Cider, Little Creatures, Thunder Road Brewing, Mornington Peninsula, Otway Estate Brewery, Riders Beer & Kellybrook Cider, Alehouse Beer, Southern Bay Brewing, Too Many Chiefs Cider and Willie Smiths Organic Cider. And it’s a hearty hello to Venom Beer, Matso’s, West City Brewing, Cavalier Brewing, Colonial Brewing, Rocks Brewing and Craft Revolution who will be joining in on the celebrations for the first time.
About the festival
This grassroots festival was born in 2013, when Festival Director Scott Meager wanted to celebrate the 150th anniversary of his pub, the nearby Steam Packet Hotel. He floated the idea of creating a custom beer to represent Williamstown but the logistics of minimum batches soon got in the way. Rather than scratch the concept completely, Scott instead decided to go big by asking everyone to the party and the Williamstown Heritage Beer & Cider Festival was born. .
Attending the festival
Attending the Festival At just 12kms away from the city, it’s easy to pop along for glorious brews and seaside views during the Willy Beer Fest at Seaworks (82 Nelson Place, Williamstown). The festival recommends visitors take the train – Williamstown station is only a short stroll away – so they can responsibly enjoy the day or an entire weekend.