Love to have a beer?

On of my favourite songs is the late Slim Dusty’s Love to have a beer with Duncan. It’s not so much about the beer, per se, but the second line, ‘cos Duncan’s me mate’, reminds me of why I love being Australian—and it has a lot to do with beer & mateship.

So imagine my delight when the good folks at Trainworks in Thirlmere, NSW (one hour south of Sydney), decided to create a family day, the Trainworks Winter Beer Festival on August 25. This will combine even more things I love—the chance to poke around the railway sheds, discover fabulous local cuisine, enjoy a beer tasting from one of the many craft beer brewers (think Holgate, James Squire, Illawarra Brewing House, Mountain Goat and Matilda Bay) and socialise with like-minded beer and train buffs. But wait, there’s more. For those who are looking for a fun and affordable day out with family and friends, all children aged 12 and under are free! Whether Duncan, Dan or Dallas is your mate, why not bring them along for the fun.

More information
Trainworks Winter Beer Festival can be contacted on 02 4681 8001 or visit

Written by Kaye Fallick