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FAQs | Beer InCider | Melbourne 2019


Dates & Venue

Q: When is Beer InCider Experience 2019?
A: Beer InCider 2019 will be held in Melbourne on Saturday 2 March 2019, in Brisbane on Saturday 9 March 2019 with a two-day festival to follow in Brisbane in September 2019.

Q: How do I get to the Melbourne Showgrounds?
Melbourne Showgrounds is located just 7km from Melbourne CBD and is easily accessible by public transport including the Route 57 tram (West Maribyrnong to Elizabeth Street, City) stopping at Stop 32 (Showgrounds Village Shopping Centre on Epsom Road), train and bus (Bus No. 472 and 404).

Showgrounds Line & Station is OPEN for Beer InCider with regular services from Flinders, Southern Cross and North Melbourne Stations throughout the day.

Better yet, public transport for the entire day is FREE with a ticket to Beer InCider! Simply show your pre-purchased ticket. Valid for travel in Zones 1 & 2 Train, Trams & Buses operated by PTV on 2 March 2019.

For easy public transport directions check out PTV.

Q: When do tickets go on sale?
A: Pre-purchase your ticket online HERE (and flash your ticket to the inspector for free public transport), or buy a ticket at the gate!

Q: Where is the festival?
A: Beer InCider is held at Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Road, Ascot Vale. For easy public transport directions, jump over to the Melbourne Showgrounds website. Entry to the festival is via Gate 1 on Epsom Road.

Q: What if it rains?
A: We have a huge amount of undercover space thanks to a ginormous marquee AKA 01 Exhibition Pavilion.


Q: When do tickets go on sale?
A: Pre-purchase your ticket online now (and flash your ticket at the inspector for free public transport) or purchase your ticket at the gate.

Q: How much are tickets?
A: Tickets are $65 (+ booking fee) when purchased online (including FREE public transport) or purchase at the gate for $70.

Q: Can I get a refund on my ticket or give it to someone else?
A: Sorry, no refunds but you can give your ticket to a mate. They just need to be over 18 and present photo ID at the gate (as proof of age). You do not need to change the name on the ticket.

Q: I’m bringing a big group of mates. Can I get a discount?
A: Unfortunately not for our March event, sorry. But you know what would be awesome? Rounding up your mates and purchasing VIP tickets for an exclusive, sweet-as beer festival experience.

Q: What if I forgot to print my ticket?
A: No worries. Just show us your ticket on your mobile – we can scan it from there.

Q: Will there be tickets at the gate?
A: There sure are! Tickets at the gate are $70. No cash, sorry.

Q: Help! I need help with the ticket process.
A: Uh oh. Lucky the team at Eventopia are ready to help – click HERE.


Q: How do I get to the festival by public transport?
A: We like the way you think. Free public transport to and from the festival is included with your ticket - simply show your ticket to the inspector in zones 1 & 2 and ride for free. Plus, the Showgrounds line and station are open.

At The Festival

Q: What time do gates open?
A: Gates open 11am and close at 10pm. Last drinks are called 30 minutes prior to gates closing.

Q: Is this a family friendly event?
A: No sorry. This is an 18+ only event. Babes in arms are welcome, however prams will be subject to a bag check/inspection upon entry. If your child or children can walk, please leave them at home (with a babysitter)!

Q: Do I need to bring an ID or passport?
A: YES. Every person, no matter how mature, will be asked for valid photo identification. This means a Passport, Drivers Licence or an 18+ card. Photocopies are not valid forms of identification. There are no exceptions.

Q: Do you have disabled access?
A: Yes, Melbourne Showgrounds is accessible-friendly. Find out more here.

Q: Should I bring cash or card?
A: We’re a cashless event which means NO CASH! Bring your Mastercard, Visa or AMEX debit or credit card, with ‘tap & go’ functionality or a chip. It’s ‘tap & go’ powered by Square.

Q: Will there be passouts?
A: No, passouts are not available. No wristband = no entry and no wristbands will be reissued.

Q: Can I bring my dog/cat/goldfish?
A: We love pets but unfortunately Beer InCider is a no-pet zone. Leave them at home with the kids – kidding – with the babysitter of course. Guide dogs and assistance dogs are very welcome.

Q: Can I buy merch at the festival?
A: Yeah you can. Visit the merch tent run by the legends at Thirsty Merchants to purchase Beer InCider merch as well as merch from our brewers and bands. Think t-shirts, caps, bottle openers, stubby coolers, beer paddles and more. And remember, you can purchase it all with your debit or credit card with ‘tap & go’ powered by Square.

Q: Can I smoke at the festival?
A: You are only permitted to smoke within the designated smoking areas. Look for the signs. There will be no cigarettes for sale at the festival.

The Beers, The Ciders, The Food

Q: Which brewers will be at the festival and what beers/ciders are they bringing?
A: You can find our growing list of brewers here, and a full Brew List here. You will also be provided with a copy of the Brew List in the 2019 Festival Program on arrival at the festival.

Q: Will there be beverage options for non-beer and cider drinkers?
A: Indeed! We will have wine, cocktails, alcoholic ginger beer, soft drink and free water for the unconverted.

Q: Can I bring food or alcohol into the festival?
A: No. We've gone to great lengths to secure a fantastic line up of food trucks and brewers who will be serving up some super tasty options just for you. We'll be checking bags at the entrance to make sure no food, alcohol, glass or other contraband is brought into the venue. Please BYO empty plastic water bottle and fill it within the festival from our free water fountain.

Q: Will you have vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free food options?
A: Yes!

Q: What sizes do the brews come in?
A: There will be a 100mL taster, a pot and cans for sale.

Q: Why do you serve the beers and ciders in plastic cups or cans only?
A: It’s an RSA thing. If you drop plastic, it bounces! Simples. Plus, cans look wicked in our Beer InCider branded stubby coolers, available from the merch tent.


Q: Who’s playing at the 2019 Beer InCider?
A: Hold on to your beer... DMA's, Something for Kate, Alex the Astronaut, WAAX, West Thebarton and Loser. Check out set times here.

Q: What time is “insert that thing you don’t want to miss” going to be at the festival?
A: You should really check out our 2019 Festival Program here.


Q: How do I become a Brewsletter subscriber?
A: To be the first in the know about all things Beer InCider, and most importantly, to get access to the presale, sign up to our enewsletter – the Brewsletter - at

Q: What do I get for being a Brewsletter subscriber?
You get a high-five from us and first dibs on tickets at the best (read, CHEAPEST) price during the Brewsletter presale. You also get free public transport included in your ticket, a festival guide, first access to our Brew List and all of the important stuff straight to your inbox. Sign up now at

What to Wear

Q: Can I wear my thongs and singlet?
A: Yes you can, but Melbourne Showgrounds requires patrons (that’s you) to be neatly dressed while on site. That means no offensive shirts. Don’t forget to bring a hat and sunnies. You can also bring an empty plastic water bottle to fill for free from our water fountains.


Q: Can I volunteer at Beer InCider?
A: We do take a limited number of volunteers each year. This year's applications for Melbourne have now closed.

Lost & Found

Q: Help! I lost something.
A: Have you checked your pockets? It’s okay, just visit our Info Tent. All lost property will be taken there, and a register will be kept of all lost items. If you realise you’ve lost something after the event (apart from your dignity), shoot us a message on Facebook. You'll have until 10.30am on Monday 4 March to collect it from Melbourne Showgrounds.

Media & Contact Us

Q: I'm with the media. Can I get into the festival to take some photos or video?
A: We love the media! Contact our marketing team at Red Stockholm via email at and they’ll take care of you.

Q: Can I get an interview with the festival director?

A: You sure can. Marty’s a busy guy so email our trusty marketing team at Red Stockholm to arrange a time at

Q: Can I apply to be a foodie exhibitor or entertainer?
A: Applications have now closed for March 2019. To express interest for future events, please shoot an email to with ‘EXHIBITOR INTEREST’ in the subject line.

Q: Does Beer InCider organise private events?
A: Yes, our managing company Redhair Events would love to assist with your next event. We specialise in fun, food and beer related events. Get in touch with us at


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