Thousands attend the third Ballarat Beer Festival

A SEA of golden sombreros made their way onto Ballarat City Oval on Saturday.

Some had straw hats, others were wearing their bright yellow lanyard drink holders, but all were in search of one thing – beer. 

Welcome to the Ballarat Beer Festival for 2014, where the food is fresh and the craft beers are cold. 

From 11am the rivers of gold began to flow from the 31 micro brewers located on the outskirts of the oval. 

Thousands of locals, Melbournites and even a few international guests made the most of the third annual event. 

Ballarat Beer Festival co-director Simon Coghlan said about 6500 people attended. 

“Its pretty much on par with last year, but we grew the attendance locally and it was a fantastic day,” Mr Coghlan said. 

Mr Coghlan said the event was running close to capacity, but could potentially squeeze in an additional 1500 people before upgrading venues. 

“We could have another 1500 on it, 8000 is the capacity for the space,” he said. 

Mr Coghlan said crowd numbers were affected by V-Line buses replacing train services during the day. 

Home Made T-Shirts Makers Grant O'Briend and Brenton Divett PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Home Made T-Shirts Makers Grant O'Briend and Brenton Divett PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

James Quinn, Whitney Fitzpatrick, Tess Murdoch, Liv Whitford and Dannielle Lee. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

James Quinn, Whitney Fitzpatrick, Tess Murdoch, Liv Whitford and Dannielle Lee. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Crowds at the Ballarat Beer Festival. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Crowds at the Ballarat Beer Festival. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Crowds at the Ballarat Beer Festival. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Crowds at the Ballarat Beer Festival. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Crowds at the Ballarat Beer Festival. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Crowds at the Ballarat Beer Festival. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

The Little Creatures Kombi bar. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

The Little Creatures Kombi bar. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Carrie McLachlan, Jum Ryan and Carl Ruben from Little Creatures. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Carrie McLachlan, Jum Ryan and Carl Ruben from Little Creatures. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Andrew Lavery from Rebellion Brewery. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Andrew Lavery from Rebellion Brewery. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Paul Fraser, Leah Cunningham and Shane Cunningham. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Paul Fraser, Leah Cunningham and Shane Cunningham. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Trent Rice and Ritchard Hanlon. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Trent Rice and Ritchard Hanlon. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Shona Arber, Amy Wood and Laura Glenn. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Shona Arber, Amy Wood and Laura Glenn. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Anna Badwell and Sylvia Grey. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Anna Badwell and Sylvia Grey. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Anthony Lindorff, Luke Sizeland, Nat Campbell, Felicity Francis, Stephen Francis and Tristan Terry. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Anthony Lindorff, Luke Sizeland, Nat Campbell, Felicity Francis, Stephen Francis and Tristan Terry. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Mark Wood and Kelvin Wood. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Mark Wood and Kelvin Wood. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Jo Reilly, Angela Brierley, Verity Brierley and Catherine Liston. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Jo Reilly, Angela Brierley, Verity Brierley and Catherine Liston. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Rob Wyatt, Nick Wiltshire and Nick Odlum. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Rob Wyatt, Nick Wiltshire and Nick Odlum. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Kim and Arch Morrison. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Kim and Arch Morrison. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Lucy Patterson and Darren Lloyd. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Lucy Patterson and Darren Lloyd. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Marley Smith and Lany Johnson. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Marley Smith and Lany Johnson. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Brett Coombers. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Brett Coombers. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Tony Spurgo and Jamie Winton. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Tony Spurgo and Jamie Winton. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Simon Armes, Mark Tovey, Steve Jemieson and Derick Laflever. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Simon Armes, Mark Tovey, Steve Jemieson and Derick Laflever. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Adam Barnett, Arli Fender-Jones, Jessica Stewart and Jamie Hunt. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Adam Barnett, Arli Fender-Jones, Jessica Stewart and Jamie Hunt. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Ben Buchanan, PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Ben Buchanan, PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Annette Daniels. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Annette Daniels. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

 Michael Krul, Aaron Heaps and Brent McCluskey. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Michael Krul, Aaron Heaps and Brent McCluskey. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Big Kev, Neil Park, Luke Mookhoek, James Park and Jesse Park. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Big Kev, Neil Park, Luke Mookhoek, James Park and Jesse Park. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Dillon Sharp, Matt Notman, Daniel Tempany, Jake Hestin and Glenn Ryan. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Dillon Sharp, Matt Notman, Daniel Tempany, Jake Hestin and Glenn Ryan. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Lisa Nash and Nathash Breguet. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Lisa Nash and Nathash Breguet. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Daryl Bilney, Kristy Shaw, Jane Douglass, Jason Birch and Fiona Edwards. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Daryl Bilney, Kristy Shaw, Jane Douglass, Jason Birch and Fiona Edwards. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Kristan Barber. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Kristan Barber. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

 Kelly Forster and Jodie Kerr. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Kelly Forster and Jodie Kerr. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Josh McVitty, Abby Hamill, Reg Billman, Jim Morrison and Matt Rowell. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Josh McVitty, Abby Hamill, Reg Billman, Jim Morrison and Matt Rowell. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Zoe Petersen and Johnathan Gyde. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Zoe Petersen and Johnathan Gyde. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Stuart Ball, Matt Timms, Jody O'Connor and Amy Horvath. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Stuart Ball, Matt Timms, Jody O'Connor and Amy Horvath. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

City of Ballarat advertisement.

City of Ballarat advertisement.

Nathan Sayers and Nick Sack. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Nathan Sayers and Nick Sack. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

“They were factors out of our control, but we really felt we lost some of our metro market,” he said. 

Ballarat Police Sgt Maree Purdon said three people were locked up for being drunk in a public place. 

“Other than that, we had no reports of unruly behaviour from the beer festival,” Sgt Purdon said. 

Melbourne visitor and husband-to-be Daryl Tinworth spent the first leg of his buck’s party at the event. 

“We came from Melbourne by bus, we’ve already had about four beers,” he said. 

“We’re planning on lots of beer consumption today and then heading back into the city.” 

With only two weeks until the wedding, his mates Jarryd Bowden and Luke Deery had plenty in store for Daryl. 

“There’s about 24 of us boys down here today, we’ll show him a good time,” Jarryd said. 

Ballarat’s Kate Vanderploeg had never been to the Beer Festival before and decided to make a day of it.

“We live just around the corner and we’ve never been,” Kate said. 

“So we brought the family along and made a day of it.” 

Expert beer information sessions were held in the Eureka Marquee throughout the afternoon, with discussions from beer educator Pete Mitcham, Dr Charles (Chuck) Hahn and chef Stefano De Pieri.