28 February 2023

Beachside blast brewing as beer maker lifts lid on autumn festival

| Lucy Ridge
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The local skydivers have even inspired the design of Broulee Brewhouse’s XPA beer. Photo: Broulee Brewhouse.

The Broulee Brewhouse is holding its first Autumn Beer Festival, brewing a little something especially for the event.

With its prime location right behind the dunes of beautiful Broulee Beach, the brewery quickly became a hit with locals and tourists alike when it opened in late 2021.

Thanks to a Bedford truck nicknamed ”Betty”, which is fitted with beer taps, the Broulee team was able to visit many local beer festivals early on, which helped to establish themselves in the industry even while COVID-19 was affecting tourism trade down the coast.

Now it’s time for them to host their own event. On 10 March, the brewhouse will host an Autumn Beer Festival: an all-day event featuring local musicians, great food and, of course, beer!

Man working with a beer fermenter

The brewers have made a witbier especially for the Autumn Beer Festival. Photo: Broulee Brewhouse.

The team of brewers has been working on a new brew especially for the occasion, the Broulee Brewhouse Witbier, with local native botanicals. The witbier is a unique twist on a classic Belgian-style beer, infused with a blend of locally sourced native botanicals.

“This beer is a chance to show off the use of native botanicals from our local area,” Broulee Brewhouse general manager David Quinton said. ”It’s a true representation of our passion for crafting unique, high-quality beers that reflect the local environment and culture.”

Punters are invited to come and taste a range of sample beers and chat with the brewers about the process, right on site where the beers are made.

Man with glass of beer and truck

”Betty” the Bedford truck took Broulee Brewhouse beers to lots of festivals when the business was just starting. Photo: Broulee Brewhouse.

Things will kick off nice and early from 10 am with a coffee cart on site and some German beer hall-inspired food. David says the menu is still being finalised but they’re looking to have some German-style sausages and pretzels, which will also feature the botanicals from the witbier.

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The day will continue with local entertainment, more food and a skydiving beach lotto in partnership with local business Skydive Oz.

“They’ll divide the beach up and then four or five of them will jump and, depending on where they land, whoever has the right ticket will win a prize,” David said.

The skydivers often pop into the brewery when they end up landing at Broulee beach, so David thought involving them in the festival would be a great way to bring the outdoors into the brewhouse!

three cans of Broulee Brewhouse beer

The brewhouse’s tinnies all feature a black cockatoo living the Broulee lifestyle. Photo: Broulee Brewhouse.

The Autumn Beer Festival is a free event, with food and drinks available to purchase on the day.

David said this year was a test run, and they would only be selling Broulee Brewhouse beers. But there are big plans to expand the festival over the next couple of years to invite lots of the other South Coast breweries. David hopes that in a couple of years, they’ll need a bigger location to host the festival, and might be able to attract some big names.

But now is the perfect time to get in early and support this growing local business, so in years to come you can tell your mates you were at the first Broulee Autumn Beer Festival.

Beer garden

The beer garden at Broulee Brewhouse is in a top spot just behind the sand dunes. Photo: Broulee Brewhouse.

Broulee Brewhouse is at 71 Coronation Drive, Broulee, NSW.
It is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 11 am to 9 pm.
The Autumn Beer Festival will run on 10 March from 10 am until late.
Follow Broulee Brewhouse on Facebook or Instagram.

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