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Festival goers raise a glass to the Far North’s thriving craft beer scene

Hemingway’s Brewery, Media Release, 16 April 2024

May the fourth beer with you! The Cairns Craft Beer Festival is back in 2024, with a frothing good lineup of ales from six of North Queensland’s craft breweries, delicious pub grub, lively entertainment, and competitions from noon until late on Saturday, 4 May.

Now in its fifth year, the Cairns Craft Beer Festival is an established and well-attended event on the region’s calendar, attracting beer lovers from near and far to celebrate the region’s craft brewing all-stars that include Maggie Island BrewingMacalister Brewing CoCoral Sea Brewing CoCopperlode Brewing CoBillycart Brewing Co, and festival host, Hemingway’s Brewery. Each brewery will be brewing a specialty beer for the event and, for the first time, compete for a People’s Choice Award, with the winner taking home a special trophy in the shape of a mini keg with the CCBF logo.

Headlining the live and local music bill for the day will be entertainment from The Joker PokersBig Pups and The Nightshift while a range of food stalls showcasing local produce will keep the energy flowing.  Added to the mix are mini-games for the whole family, a Tinnie Slide challenge between participating brewers and great prizes to be won.

Cairns Craft Beer Festival organiser and Hemingway’s Brewery’s Head of Hospitality, Roman Haslinger, said craft beer, hand-made using a unique blend of hops and yeast to achieve distinct and diverse flavour profiles, relies on a good deal of ingenuity and flair.

“Craft brewers are passionate about their art and the purity of quality ingredients; therefore, the product speaks for itself, delivering the ultimate sense of place and enjoyment. When combined, these elements create the perfect platform for a festival showcase and celebration,” Mr Haslinger said.

The fifth annual Cairns Craft Beer Festival is family-friendly and free to enter. It will be held on Saturday, 4 May 2024, from 12 noon at Hemingway’s Brewery, Wharf Street, Cairns.

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