Brewskies and benevolence will go hand-in-hand at Dickson Taphouse’s Flood Relief Festival this Saturday (2 April).
Managing director Ben Johnstone said he was inspired to hold the event after seeing the devastation across New South Wales and Queensland.
“It’s really harrowing seeing what’s happened in places like Lismore … we thought there needed to be a greater effort to help. So we started thinking about how we could help,” he said.
“We know when natural disasters strike, getting basic items directly to those on the ground is critical for the rebuilding of impacted communities.”
Festival-goers can expect an exciting range of more than 20 Australian craft beers on tap, fundraising games, raffles and auctions, with all proceeds redistributed to those directly impacted by the floods through non-profit organisation Givit.
There will also be delicious food and live music from a variety of local bands including The Fuelers and the feel-good percussive vibes of Zambezi Sounds.
Mr Johnstone said there will be many different ways attendees can help those affected by the floods.
“Alongside the games, auctions and raffles, which have their proceeds going to flood support, we will have people walking around with QR codes that link straight to Givit if people want to cut out the middle man,” he said.
Dickson Taphouse will also be celebrating the release of a limited edition fresh hop harvest beer on the day, with all proceeds from the sales of the new IPA going to the cause.
The brew comes from a collaboration between Bentspoke and Taphouse co-owner Nick Diver.
Mr Diver said he was excited to be able to release the limited-edition beer and support those who have been affected by the floods at the same time.
“We are excited to be launching this limited release IPA ‘Hop Diver’ to our local community,” he said.
“This small batch has been a real labour of love, so I cannot think of a better way to celebrate its release than by giving to those who have lost everything.”
The Flood Relief Festival takes place at Dickson Taphouse this Saturday (2 April) from 12 pm until late. Entry is free but attendees are encouraged to donate what they can towards flood relief.