Mr West Fest – it just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?
This Footscray bar and bottleshop isn't shy about marking its birthday with a bang. The second annual iteration of this event features even more collaborations, more pop-ups, more rarities and more tastings than last year.
In the way of beer, you can expect sour, hoppy, and dark beers from the likes of Brasserie Cantillon, Cloudwater, Collective Arts, Warpigs, Westbrook, Wildflower, Hoppin' Frog, Bellwoods, Jester King, Omnipollo, The Bruery, Mr Banks, La Sirène, Boatrocker, Dollar Bill, Black Arts, Molly Rose, Hop Nation, 3 Raven and Tallboy and Moose.
There will also be Slice Shop pizza specials, a list of natural and minimal intervention wines by the glass, and premium spirits at house pour prices all weekend.
Each day from Friday August 23 to Sunday August 25 will be different, with releases, tastings and rare bottle pours happening all weekend. And the first five Crafty Cabal members to rock up each day get a free pot of their collaboration beer with Molly Rose and Small French Bar – or a pot of Hop Nation Heart.
Here's the breakdown:
Friday night - Funk Fest
A sour, wild & farmhouse tap showcase.
- Collab launch - 2 grape skin contact beers, Peak Hype TCDHWGSCBBMOCSNEIPA and Nat Rav Red/White blend barrel aged sour by 3 Ravens Brewery x Mr West (free tasting 6-8pm)
- Collab launch - Small French Beer by Molly Rose Brewing x Small French Bar x Mr West (free tasting 6-8pm)
- Collab launch - Red/White blend wine bagnums, Good Juice Party Bagnum by Mr West x Minim Wine (free tasting 6-8pm)
- Personalised free cheese matching with any beer or wine purchase (6-8pm)
- Rare bottle pours & releases in the bottle shop
- All collab beers on tap
- Good Juice Wine on tap
- Funky beats by DJ Caruso and DJ Manchild (PBS 106.7FM)
Saturday - Hip Hops & Dark Drops
A hop forward & dark beer tap showcase.
- Cloudwater Brew Co cold shipped exclusive can & keg release
- Oyster Bar pop up by Small French bar (2-4pm)
- T. Cavallaro & Sons Cannoli pop up
- Rare beer bottle pours in the bottle shop
- Collab launch - Cannoli White Stout by Hop Nation x T. Cavallaro & Sons Pasticceria x Mr West
- All collab Beers on tap
- Bouncy hip hop tunes from DJ Woli Wols
Sunday - Allstar Sunday Session
Best of the Fest tap showcase.
- The best of the festival beers on tap
- Beer Specials
- The Lincoln x Slice Shop Pizza Sunday lunch (1-4pm)(email firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure a spot)
- Cocktail Specials