NIBBLES: Six brew up a storm of an ale

Brewers Zach Grainger, Matt Hogan, Michael Capaldo, Corey Crooks, Graeme Mahy and Lachlan MacBean. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
Brewers Zach Grainger, Matt Hogan, Michael Capaldo, Corey Crooks, Graeme Mahy and Lachlan MacBean. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

SOME of the Hunter’s leading brewers have combined their talents to create the first Hunter Brewers Collective collaboration brew.

The specially made Hunter Brewers Collective Jaffa Pale Ale brew – a collaboration between the seven Hunter region brewers – will be the star attraction at the Hunter Brewers Collective Charity Dinner raising funds for The Mark Hughes Foundation.

To be held at Newcastle East’s The Grain Store on November 26, the event will also showcase beers from the collective’s members: Foghorn Brewhouse, Grainfed Brewing Co., Hope Brewhouse, Hunter Beer Co., Lovedale Brewery and Murray’s Craft Brewing Co. They will also serve the specially made Jaffa Pale Ale alongside a seven-course menu from Grain Store head chef Chris Gissane.

Tickets are going for $85 at Get in quick for tickets as only a few are on sale.

IT might only be November but it’s never too early to start planning for New Year’s Eve.

The Honeysuckle Hotel is hosting a New Year’s Eve Carnivale with a dancefloor and five bars, Brazilian dancing girls, steel drummers and fire throwers. DJs from 6pm and La Fiesta playing live until 1am. Tickets $20 at the venue or visit the website at

Newcastle’s Reserve Wine Bar is marking the end of 2015 by collaborating with a winery, a champagne house, a brewer and a distiller in what’s been dubbed the ‘‘ultimate four-way pop-up under one roof.’’

There will be a Piper Heidsieck Champagne Bar, a Four Pillars Gin Bar, Murray’s Craft Brewing Co. Brewery Bar and The Lane Bar from the Adelaide Hills winery of the same name. Tickets are $150 which includes an extensive food and beverage package (from 7pm to 11pm) including all drinks and canapés, music and fireworks on big screens. Tickets by emailing or visit:

Hamilton’s The Depot on Beaumont is also hosting a New Year’s Eve party with live music from Australian blues and roots band Bondi Cigars. Tickets are $99 which includes tapas selection and dessert. Tickets at the venue or visit:

Lizotte’s Newcastle is holding a Groovin NYE with Doug Williams and The Mix. Tickets $125 which includes a four-course dinner and show, show only tickets seated upstairs $50. Visit:

Perhaps you’d rather ring in the new year on the water? Moonshadow Cruises is hosting a Dinner Cruise which includes a glass of complimentary champagne and appetisers on arrival followed by a buffet with seafood, Hunter meats and desserts (vegetarian options available). The cruise will also include live entertainment and a prime position from which to watch the 9pm fireworks. Call 49849388 or visit:

Honeysuckle’s Crowne Plaza is hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner from 6.30pm. Tickets are $180 which includes a five-hour beverage package, entertainment and an extensive menu. Visit:

The Anchorage Port Stephens is hosting at New Years Eve soirée, from 7pm until late, at The Galley Kitchen Restaurant. Tickets are $185 which includes welcome drink, six-courses, matching wines, entertainment and a gift.


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