Ever so gradually the country is beginning to peek into the not-too-distant future with a sense of optimism. And with that comes the prospect of beer festivals – glorious, beautiful beer festivals.
One of the first to welcome in 2022 will be Geelong's colourful and diverse Great Australian Beer Festival which promises to bring Johnstone Park to life in its inimitable way on January 15.
Expect to enjoy hundreds of beers and ciders that have been produced all around the country by some of our finest producers, food ranging from the vegan-friendly to the slow-smoked-and-definitely-not-vegan, and a long lineup of entertainment that takes in a main stage hosting eight different bands (and headlined by Art vs Science, no less) to a Piano Bar that doubles as a home for beer masterclasses and tastings.
Those with organisational skills and foresight can reserve a table for a group of eight friends, which will set you up nicely for a leisurely day with extra comfort and shade.
This year you've got the choice of two sessions – 11am- 4pm or 5pm-10pm – so you can pick a time that works best, or that takes in the bands you most want to see. There is, of course, the option of doing two sessions which, given the festival drought in recent times, seems a perfectly acceptable thing to do. And, of course, all sessions will be COVID-safe and cashless.