2 & 3 NOVEMBER 2019


Bitter & Twisted is a celebration of music, food and beer

The Bitter & Twisted Boutique Beer Festival, commonly known as ‘Bitter & Twisted’ is the coming together of like minded people to celebrate three great things – music, food and most obviously……beer. Held annually on the first weekend in November, Bitter & Twisted is confined within the walls of the former maximum security prison, Maitland Gaol.

You can expect over 80 craft beers to be on show, an eclectic range of music and entertainment as well as delicious food choices from all over the world. For all the beer connoisseurs (let’s be honest, geeks) there is a variety of beer appreciation options including meeting local brewers, food and beer matching and beer education.

For everyone else, you can sit back and enjoy the show on the main stage, dance around the exercise yard, explore the cells, spot the roving entertainers, indulge in the food and markets or try some of the alternatives, with wine and ciders also on offer.

Bitter & Twisted is the only way you should ever be behind bars and we look forward welcome all sorts of new and returning inmates. Tickets on sale later in the year.

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With over 80 craft beers on offer, you’re guaranteed to find a new favourite brew. Ales, IPA’s, porters, stouts and specialty beers, there’s a drop to suit every taste.


We’re working on our greatest line up to date for 2019. We’ve always delivered the best tunes to wash your beer down with and 2019 will be no exception. Check out the 2018 line up here.


Food, glorious food! With the best prison food around from German sausages to a Mexican fiesta and everything in between, you won’t go home hungry.


Tickets for Bitter & Twisted 2019 will be on sale mid 2019. Subscribe to our newsletter to be first to hear and stay up to date with what we’re doing.

Get involved

Do you want to sell your brew, food and wares, be a sponsor or be part of the Brew Crew this year?

Get snapped?

See all the action shots from the weekend at #bitterandtwisted. Stay in touch by following us on Facebook @bitterandtwistedmaitland

Bitter and Twisted Boutique Beer Festival

6-18 John Street East Maitland 2323