Sour beers are tart, acidic, damn refreshing, and sometimes compared to the Warhead or sour-worm lollies of your childhood. Bodriggy Brewing Co’s monstrous new home in Abbotsford will swell with some of the country’s best producers of the stuff, and a killer live-music line-up, for Electric Kool-Aid.
Twenty-plus breweries are getting in on the action, including locals Molly Rose, 3 Ravens, Site Fermentation Project, Kaiju Beer and Dollar Bill Brewing, Sydney’s Batch Brewing Co and New Zealand’s Garage Brewing Project.
Each brewery will be carting along brand-new sours, made especially for the festival. Expect a mix of fruity, kettle- and barrel-aged variations.
There'll be one that emulates Peach Melba and pavlova cream by VIC brewer Sailor's Grave, an aperitivo and a strawberry sour from WA's Beer Farm, a barrel-aged plum black sour from Bodriggy, a dry-hopped tangerine sour from Kaiju, and one flavoured with lemon and fennel pollen by 3 Ravens. If you feel like getting your hands dirty, you’ll also be able to participate in a collaborative brew.
Bodriggy’s regular menu of light, fresh and zingy Central and South American food will be running throughout the festival. Expect swordfish-stuffed jalapenos, anticuchos (beef-heart skewers) and elote (corn on the cob), plus ceviche, empanadas and tacos. There’ll also be natural wine courtesy of SA’s Lucy Margaux Wines.
On the entertainment line-up: Melbourne-based avant-pop musician Sui Zhen, dance-electro outfit Rings Around Saturn (in a live set), Italian-Australian techno queen Chiara Kickdrum and a handful of other local acts.