Thirty-five of the state’s finest brewers and winemakers will line Vardon Avenue on November 12 for the East End’s laneway soiree, Beer and Bubbles.
“It’s all about bringing the community into the streets,” event coordinator Margie Andrewartha says. “People can come along, pay $35 and taste some of the best beer from all around Australia.”
Andrewartha owns East End Cellars with her husband Michael. The pair began the now annual Beer and Bubbles event after noticing an increase in sales of craft beer in their bar and retail store. Mirroring the creation of their hugely successful laneway event East End Winedown, they decided to introduce an event for craft beer and bubbles.
South Australian brewers Pirate Life, Pikes Beer Company, Hawkers, Clare Valley Brewing, Prancing Pony and Vale Ale will showcase their creations alongside interstaters Stone & Wood, Four Pines and Young Henry’s. Many of the producers will bring out new brews on the day. “A lot of the breweries bring limited edition beers that they’re trying,” says Andrewartha. “There’ll be something for everyone.”
As for the bubbles, she promises high-end champagne, “like the Pol Rogers, the Jose Dhondts, the Michel Genets, all the French boys.”
Adelaide Hills winemaker Simon Greenleaf will demonstrate how to disgorge sparkling wine, a process that involves removing yeast (called lees) from the wine. There will also be live music and games of Twister and Jenga.
East End locals Nola, Mother Vine, Sukhumvit Soi 38 and the East End Cellars’ Tasting Room will provide street-style food such as house-made chicken meatballs, pad Thai, crispy curried rice-ball salad, pulled meats, fresh oysters and jambalaya.
The area’s newest addition, Iberia, will serve up Spanish-inspired dishes using native and local produce sourced from their farm in Balhannah.