DELICIOUS brews honed from years of trial and error have been enjoyed by 8000 patrons at Esk BeerFest.
Yesterday marked the second and final day of the Launceston event.
Festival co-organiser Stacy File said Esk BeerFest enjoyed record numbers.
She said that despite temperamental weather, the surge of interest in craft beer and cider accompanied by good food had seen people pile through the gates.
Families filled a designated play area while punters with cold drinks in their hands filled long tables.
Musicians, workshops and comedians were on hand to entertain audiences, and a tribute show to French DJs Daft Punk thrilled the crowd last night.
Ms File said the increase in crowd numbers was testament to the state's reputation as a food and drink mecca.
"We're definitely seeing an increased interest in craft beer and increased interest in craft cider," Ms File said.
"People really understand that makers take pride in their work."
The weekend marked the first outing for Invermay's Kick Snare Brewing, the brainchild of Andrew Swift.
The former music teacher said custom had been fortunately steady.
Mr Swift said the business hoped to collaborate with local musicians to create custom brews in the future.
"I enjoy music and creating and wanted to bring both worlds together - both belong in a pub," Mr Swift said. "We hope to get a tap at (Launceston beer bar) Saint John."