Trainworks Winter Beer Festival

Ambassador... Beer Diva Kirrily Waldhorn

Gayna Sullivan

Beer in winter might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re willing to be converted, a Winter Beer Festival might be just what you need.

On August 25, the small town of Thirlmere (just outside Picton, NSW Australia) will host the Trainworks Winter Beer Festival.

The craftsmanship of both beers and train engines will be on display, and it turns out, they’re a perfect fit.

The craft brewing sector is the fastest growing segment of Australia’s estimated $4.9 billion packaged beer market, and with such high demand, the Trainworks Winter Beer Festival is the perfect opportunity to sample some of Australia’s finest.

Various breweries including James Squire, Little Creatures Brewery and the Matilda Bay Brewing Company will hold a tasting on the day. Warming winter foods will also be available, to complement the quality beers.

“Today’s beer drinkers, and particularly those who favour craft brews, are interested in partnering their beer with appropriate and interesting food matches. At the Trainworks Winter Beer Festival we’ve appointed an eclectic range of eateries offering something to satisfy every appetite,” says Kirrily Waldhorn, The Beer Diva and ambassador for the Trainworks Winter Beer Festival

Kirrily Waldhorn is a well-known name in the beer industry. She’s gained recognition as the beer writer for the Herald Sun and will be the Editor of Froth & Fodder, which launches in September of this year. She has also judged beer, in Australia and overseas. And as The Beer Diva, she’s thrilled that the festival is an opportunity to highlight the qualities of craft brews and prove that beer is an exceptional beverage, even in winter.

“There is certainly momentum behind good beer in Australia. We’re interested in how the beer is produced and what flavours and styles are available. This is another treat demonstration that shows beer can be enjoyed all year round”, she says.

“Being an independent in the industry gives me the opportunity to work with an amazing group of brewers. For me, it’s great going out talking about beer. Not necessarily changing opinions, but breaking down those misconceptions about beer.”

Waldhorn is excited about the future of the Australian beer industry.

“I never would have anticipated I would have ever been involved in so many interesting projects in the industry”, she says.

“There’s so much going on – it’s fantastic!”

Trainworks, Australia’s newest and biggest train related attraction, received a $30 million upgrade in 2011. The rural town of Thirlmere is home to Trainworks, which exhibits locomotive and diesel engines.

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Let the kids roam wild and explore the many attractions Trainworks offers while you experience the delight of craft brews.

Trainworks CEO Rob Austin says the event will be a great family day out.

“What’s fantastic about our site is that we have the capacity to move the event under cover in the case of bad weather. While our aim is to execute the event outside on the Trainworks lawns, if it rains we’ll move inside to the Great Train Hall and Main Exhibition Building, which bears striking resemblance to a German beer hall.”

Coaches to the Trainworks Winter Beer Festival will operate from The Local Taphouse Darlinghurst as well as Campbelltown Railway Station.

For bookings head to or call Trainworks on  +61 2 4681 8001.


10 Barbour Rd, Thirlmere, NSW, Australia.

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