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Away from the city, surrounded by the great
outdoors and giving malt, water, hops
and barley a new lease on life, breweries
have so much going for them -- and with a growing
number opening their doors as function venues for
revellers and merry-makers, their appeal just keeps
As a venue for a special function, breweries offer
a distinct alternative to wineries, offering a relaxed
ambience, scenic grounds and top-quality food.
Breweries now offer a range of spaces to uses as
function venues from restaurants, which can also be
used for cocktail parties, to bars, verandahs, dance
floors and -- surprise, surprise -- beer gardens.
They will cater for groups of all sizes, from
intimate family dinners to corporate gatherings and
big boisterous weddings, and will work with you to
meet all your requirements. In a warm, inviting and
casual atmosphere, you and your guests will get to
expand your appreciation of the amber gold by try-
ing new beer flavours and types and -- worlds apart
from the familiar beer accompaniments of soggy
fish and chips or packets of pork scratchings -- you
can tuck into some world-class food as well.
Beer and food matching has taken off in a big
way and now breweries, by way of employing highly
talented chefs in the kitchen, are putting as much
effort into their food as they are their frothies.
While beer can be enjoyed anywhere and every-
where, thanks to the wonders of draught kegs and
330ml stubbies, there's something special about
sipping a pint at the very place where the contents
of your glass were made, thus making the brewery
an ideal venue for those who prefer pilsener and
stout to pinot and sauvignon blanc.
But if you are concerned that not all your guests
will want to drink beer all night, you will find that
many breweries are just as committed to offering
an interesting wine selection.
Another major benefit that breweries have over
some other licensed venues is their family-friendli-
ness and laidback nature.
Visit a brewery on a warm spring or summer's
day and you'll be amazed at the number of families
out and about having the time of their lives -- you
could film a health insurance commercial there.
A child-friendly, outdoor venue with great food
and high quality boutique beer indicative of the
state's position as a leader in the microbrewing
I'll drink to that.
When planning your next lager-than-life
event, a brewery might just be the key to
ale-eviate those function venue blues.
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