Newcastle Craft Beer Week brews up interest

NEWCASTLE is in the midst of a population boom - some of the new offspring are stout, while others are light and bubbly.

No matter your taste, Newcastle Craft Beer Week will showcase a range of newborn and well-loved brews that will appeal to all palates.

Newcastle Craft Beer Week runs from tomorrow, February 20 until March 2 across the Hunter, incorporating more than 40 events at 16 venues.

Darby Street's newest resident, The Hop Factory, will stage six events alone across February and March, including Feral Friday and The Hop Factory High Tea With The Hatter.

On Feral Friday, Feral Brewing will take over all of The Hop Factory's 16 beers on tap, served up with pulled pork burgers and hop dogs.

The Hop Factory owner Matthew Jeffrey said the majority of the beers had never been served in Newcastle before.

He said High Tea With The Hatter was a twist on the classic, with tea-fused beer to be served with beer scones.

Craft Beer Industry Association executive office Chris McNamara said people's attitude's towards beer had changed.

"People appreciate the time, effort and presentation that go into craft beers," he said.

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