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The Bitter and Twisted International Boutique Beer Festival

Beer and entertainment within the walls of an Australian prison.

It may be one of the smaller Australian alcohol-related events, but the Bitter and Twisted International Boutique Beer Festival is a tradition that brings together some of the best craft beers in the country.  The two-day event takes place in Maitland Gaol, within the walls of a former maximum security prison, giving it a very unique atmosphere.  And while most of the beers are Australian in origin, there are still some amazing “guest” beers from around the world.

In addition to the drinking festivities, this beer-lover’s event features a number of entertainments.  Live music is performed by some of Australia’s well-known musical acts.  There is dancing, singing and a wide variety of food to sample and enjoy.  Portuguese, German, Spanish, Turkish, seafood and a variety of deserts are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the options available to fill attendees’ stomachs.  And for those that need a break from the beer, there is also a selection of wines.  This is combined with a marketplace that offers the chance to buy some locally made crafts and locally grown foods.

It costs about $25 per ticket to get into the festival, but that only covers a small sampling of beers (as well as a souvenir tasting glass).  If you want to drink more than a few pints, you’ll end up having to buy more tokens.  If you have the money to spend, there are VIP tickets available that give you more beer tokens as well as providing a seat at the special luncheon event. This year, the Bitter and Twisted International Boutique Beer Festival takes place from November 3rd to the 4th.  If you happen to be in the area during this time, do yourself a favor and check out this celebration of amazing Australian craft beers.