Illawarra Brewery takeover to quench thirsts

This weekend, The Illawarra Brewery will be pouring beers that have never been seen before in Wollongong.

David McGrath serves up a cold one ahead of The Illawarra Brewery’s 20 Tap Takeover of craft beers. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

It’s all part of the 20 Tap Takeover, where each of the taps at the brewery will, this Sunday, be given over to serving craft beer from breweries across the country.

The Illawarra Brewing Company operations manager David McGrath said most of the beers were new to the town.

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“Absolutely, the majority of them fit into that category,” Mr McGrath said.

“They’re beers that you can’t find on tap in Wollongong day-in and day-out. There are all sorts of different beers.

“I’d say there’d be about two-thirds of them which would never have been on tap in Wollongong before.”

The event would be split into two sessions on the day and brewers from across the country would be happy to answer questions about their beers.

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Mr McGrath said the event aimed to show the range of craft beer available in Australia.

But it’s not just an event for the “beer geek”, he said.

“The beers that are there are going to appeal to everybody.

“So you’re going to have some beers that beer geeks are going to love but there will still be some entry-level beers for those who are just interested in coming along,” Mr McGrath said.

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“We’re not segregating the market; we’re trying to make it approachable to everybody.”

While this year’s event hadn’t even happened yet, Mr McGrath said he was looking to make next year’s even bigger.

“Next year, we plan that we’ll take it to that next level, whether it goes into the stadium or across the road [Lang Park],” Mr McGrath said.

“This is an an appetiser for the local community to see how they turn out and support craft beer.”

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