Happy Friday, champions. After another four-day working week loaded with long days and longer drinks, it’s time to pull ourselves together and gear up for a bumper weekend. Whether it’s slapping the sack with UDL’s monster new margarita cask or carb-loading at Melbourne’s official Garlic Bread Festival, there are plenty of things to put on your schedule. So to put you in the mood, we’re kicking off with a little Feel-Good Friday festivities. Rock on.
Chargrill Charlie’s is Giving Away Free Chicken
Ante up, Melbourne – it doesn’t get better than this. Sydney institution Chargrill Charlie’s is making its way to Malvern and to celebrate, the legends behind the charcoal grill are giving away a seriously good feed. Located on Glenferrie Road across from the bustling Malvern Tram Depot, the latest store moves away from the Sydney aesthetic and lands firmly in the retro-industrial chic territory Melbourne is known for. Locals may have already noted that the Malvern store opened in late December, however, the team was unable to celebrate due to restrictions at the time. So with a fresh bill of health and the streets buzzing, Chargrill Charlie’s is getting the whole community can get involved. On Saturday, April 30th, chicken enthusiasts can pick up a free quarter chicken and chips from 11 am to 12 pm, plus listen to some fresh beats via a live DJ at both Melbourne stores, in Malvern and Camberwell.
“We were drawn to the vibrant community of Malvern, it has a real family feel, which is exactly what the Chargrill Charlie’s food offering is about”, says local store owner Brian Filleti. “We love the Melbourne community and local food scene and were so grateful to open our first Melbourne store in Camberwell in March 2019. Now we are thrilled to officially launch our second Melbourne store, and this lunch giveaway is our way of saying thank you to the people of Malvern for the warm welcome.”
Athletic Brewing Co Gives Two For The Trails
Non-alcoholic craft brewer, Athletic Brewing Co., is bringing its socially-conscious program, Two For The Trails, down under, pledging USD$1,000,000 to a variety of foundations devoted to environmental sustainability and preservation. Kicking off on Earth Day, the initiative runs until 4 June 2022 and encourages everyone to put their best foot forward. Named after Athletics’ founder Bill Shufelt’s family tradition of taking two beers to toast post-trail walking adventures, the Two For The Trails program aims to positively impact the health, happiness and fitness of their community. Whether that means tidying up a local park, a beach clean-up initiative, a charity wanting to preserve an area of land, the program is open for applications. Last year, the initiative saw Athletic donate funding to 66 organisations from local community groups to major national corporations totalling USD$1,000,000. This time around, Australian foundations are able to apply to receive a grant for their environmental projects.
Helping Hoops Charity Shootout Returns
After a two-year absence, the Helping Hoops Charity Shootout makes its much-anticipated return this weekend! Kicking off on Saturday 30 April and running until Sunday 1 May, the initiative encourages communities to come together across Melbourne, sign up and shoot as many free throws as they can in five minutes or in 15 minutes in a fundraiser to aiming to generate $100,000. Best of all, this year’s Shootout goes beyond Melbourne’s courts, inviting all basketball players and fans to #ShootAnywhere. From throwing rubbish into a bin, a tennis ball into a bucket, a ping pong ball into a cup, you can get involved in all ways, just share the love and spread some cheer! The current record for 15 minutes is 388 baskets in 15 minutes (2019). Five minutes is a new timeslot introduced in 2022, to increase the events appeal to the next generation of fundraisers.
Flood Relief Concerts Hit the Stage
There’s no secret the recent floods across NSW and QLD have caused untold devastation for families, and now the music industry is helping to lend a hand. Amber Mic has announced a series of fundraiser shows designed to back those hit hardest, kicking off with a May 1 Flood Relief show at Petersham Bowling Club. Featuring Sydney indie bands Midnight Dreamers, Dream Good, The Minties, Harlequin Alley & Noon Shift, the show will see 100 per cent of proceeds to be donated to NSW/QLD Flood Community Fundraising Groups. Get in, see some great local band and support those in tough situations!
What the Truck?
Talk about a tight squeeze. A truck carrying a trailer-load full of refreshing ale has found itself stuck in a Sydney CBD laneway, but it’s not all as it seems. While social media went ablaze with images of the stuck truck and CCTV footage was released of the vehicle, we quickly learned a little more about the beleaguered beer mover. While the wedged structure does look like a truckie’s worst nightmare, it’s actually an installation commissioned by Furphy to celebrate the launch of the new Furphy Crisp Lager. Working alongside artist James Dive and Scoundrel Projects, Furphy had the Crisp Truck set-up in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
“We wanted to create a scene, to have CBD commuters to find a truck that was not only blocking their way, but also in a genuine predicament that would make people wonder ‘how did it get up there?’” said James Dive. To celebrate the launch, Furphy is offering drinkers a free six-pack of Furphy Crisp Lager via BWS bottle stores from Monday. Beer lovers can visit the link below to redeem the offer – until stocks last.