In the space of two hours, 600 types of beer quenched thousands of thirsty mouths.
But for Ballarat’s Rebellion Brewery director Andrew Lavery, it was all in a day’s work. This is the third year the microbrewery came to the Ballarat Beer Festival – and this year, it was the only local representative.
“Following Red Duck pulling out of the event, we’re the only ones,” Andrew said.
A long line of beer lovers queued outside the Rebellion tent, but the staff kept the fast-moving line under control.
“The Rat Gold Lager, Premium Lager and Pale Ales have gone really well today,” Andrew said yesterday.
Even traditional non-beer drinkers were giving the brew a go.
“Usually, you have wine drinkers progressing to cider drinkers and then people progressing to beer,” he said.
“I’d recommend a pale ale for those progressing from cider to beer. It’s a bit fruitier.”
Andrew said this year the festival had found its rhythm.
“The first year we ran out of beer about halfway through the day. Last year we had a bit too many brewers here,” Andrew said. “But now they’ve found a balance.”
While many soaked up the atmosphere in the sun or on hay bales, Andrew said for him the perfect place to have a beer wasn’t at the festival but “outside on the deck at home”.