Cheers! Chookas! Salut! Santé! Prost! Skål! Vifijo! Ahoya!
It all means the same thing no matter how we say it!
International Beer Day (IBD) will grace the world once again today, Friday, August 3. To help you celebrate, we’ve curated a list of special events that are happening in capital cities across this great southern land. So round up a posse and follow us!
Fratelli Fresh, Darling Harbour
It’s a classy lunch spot opposite the Chinese Garden of Friendship, with simple and effective interior decor and quirky staff. For IBD they bring you the Goose Island Beer Paddle, a brew that comes from Chicago, Illinois. The $30 paddle includes Goose Island IPA, Midway Session, Belgian-style Halia and English-style bitter Honkers ale. And as a complimentary extra, you can choose between Fratelli Fresh’s Margerita or Diavolo pizza.
Australia’s favourite Bavarian restaurants will celebrate International Beer Day with a wacky and wonderful pretzel flavoured beer, on offer at Munich Brauhaus, The Bavarian and The Bavarian Beerhaus. The Pretzel Beer, a delicious, malty lager with a dense white head and mild salty finish, is available in 300ml ($5), 500ml ($10), and 1L ($20) on Friday, August 3 only.
The DOG Hotel
Head east from Sydney and land in the popular watering hole called The Dog Hotel for your chance to reap in some karma while simmering your senses to a mellow level. On IBD, The Dog Hotel will host a Karma Keg, selling Young Henry’s Newtowner Pale Ale with all proceeds going to The Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation.
As anyone who’s been near Scruffy Murphys would know, they have a fantastic happy hour throughout the week. But even Scruffy Murphys know a specialised happy hour for IBD just doesn’t cut it, so they decided to roll back all their pints to $6 for the whole fricken day! God bless the Irish! Also, as a bonus, tag two friends on their event page to win a case of beer. Choice from stocked beer only.
With 16 beers on tap, 44 pack beers, live music, a DJ and a plethora of Corona buckets, you’d be one sad Brisbanite if you missed this. Also, as an added bonus, Riverside Brisbane has teamed up with Pirate Life Brewery to launch their latest beer-on-tap. Pirate Life beer comes from Adelaide, featuring a stout IIPA, Throwback IPA, Golden Ale, and HOPCO. Ahoya!
Private Tasting - Waterloo Bay Hotel
The craft beer industry is alive and growing in Brisbane, and to give it some further ignition, Waterloo Bay Hotel is hosting a private tasting of Green Beacon, which also includes food, a little of brewery learning and a lot of fun.
If you’re really looking for full-on flavoured beer, then look no further than the Italians. For IBD 2018, Bistro Bellavista and Woodfire Pizzeria will sell all their Italian beers for $5. In 2017 they won the gold plate for best European/Mediterranean style restaurant.
The Best Brew
Nothing pairs better with a beer than a T-Bone tossing contest! Head over to The Best Brew across from Perth Arena, buy yourself a $5 Gage Roads Alby schooner and then toss a boney steak to win prizes. On top of this, The Best Brew has their normal happy hour between 5pm and 6pm, with $6 house spirits, $7 craft beers and wines, and $10 cocktails. TGIF!
What’s better than a happy hour? A happy afternoon! If you’re simply in the mood for an intimate evening with coworkers or that special someone, head over to Cushion Lounge for a tipple, featuring $5 bottled beer and $8 beer jugs between 3pm and 9pm. Also, don’t forget to take advantage of their free pretzels. Chookas!
Beer DeLuxe Fed Square
This is artisanal farmhouse-style beer at it’s finest. Every now and then La Sirène Brewing creates a beer that is so limited edition there are only ever three kegs made. Well, this time around, Beer DeLuxe at Federation Square has scored their new brew called La Sirène Trinity no.6, a mango-infused hoppy farmhouse-style ale (6%). Perhaps you should consider a trip there this Friday?
College Lawn Hotel
It’s going to be a very happy four-hour afternoon at College Lawn Hotel this Friday, featuring $7 pints between 4pm and 8pm! And for any of your friends who are not beer fans, they can grab $7 house wine and spirits, too. There’s truly no better way to end the working week.
Spirit Bar Tasmania
If you’re travelling down or feel like leaving the roost, then head over to Burnie, 40 kilometres west of Devonport. From 3pm, Spirit Bar Tasmania will serve some seriously good Tasmanian craft beer, including Iron House, Little Rivers, Buttons, Moo Brew, Morrisons, Last Rites and Taverners. Enjoy them one by one or get yourself a paddle.
While there’s plenty of pubs to head to for IBD in Hobart city – Irish Murphys along Salamanca Place has happy hour between 4pm and 6pm! – we think it’ll be a little more adventurous to head somewhere special. In the town of Margate is a train carriage that now acts as a bar, and they just opened at the end of last month. Local Motive sell local beers, wines and ciders, and they love it when customers people bring their dogs!