THE Great Australian Beer Festival Albury is set to become a spring event.
Great Australian Beer Festival director Michael Ward said the third event would this year shift from its early December fixture.
"We got rain in biblical proportions the first year we held it in Albury and the second event was 35 degrees-plus," he said.
"We thought spring was really our best option."
Mr Ward said the festival attracted more than 3000 people.
He said it aimed to promote a better understanding and appreciation of the many styles and varieties of beers and ciders.
"We've been fortunate enough to have created an event with enough variety and workshops that it attracts males and females in similar numbers," Mr Ward said.
"We get 48 per cent females and 52 per cent males."
Mr Ward said brewers from the Border and North East and throughout Australia would serve their best brews from decorated pop up bars in QEII Square.
He said more than 150 different beers and ciders would be on offer.
"It's the only event where you can taste all of the regional brewers in one place too," he said.
"People will travel from out of town for that experience.
"The festival attracts visitors, many from outside the region, who spend the day meeting and mingling with the brains behind the brews."
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Among visiting breweries will be Two Heads Brewing, 4 Pines Brewing Company, Balter, Bandicoot Brewing and Bells Beach Brewing.
Wineries/cider makers include Alpine Cider, Batlow Cider Company, Beechworth Cider, Posh Plonk and Tuckerbox Lager Beer and Apple Cider.
A series of free masterclasses run by industry experts will cover everything from beer and food pairing to home brewing.
Pete Mitcham, better known as Professor Pilsner, editor of the Critic's Choice Australia's Top 100, will return to Albury this year.
Geoffrey Michael Patissier and Monumental Ice Creamery workshops were popular last year.
Triple J darling, Ruby Fields, will headline the live entertainment in Albury this year together with The Potbelleez.
Quirky Quintet Spyndrift will perform in lavish costumes with vintage-inspired props.
Food offerings will include Ashlar Pizza, Boss Burger, Spirit of Java (Indonesian barbecue street food), Black Barrel (traditional American barbecue), Monumental Ice Cream and Twist Potato.
Early bird tickets went on sale on Monday until June 30.
The festival runs on Saturday, October 19, from 1pm to 8pm.
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