Warwick and Gwenda Shimmer will join the 29th year of Swamparama at Pimlico this weekend.
Warwick and Gwenda Shimmer will join the 29th year of Swamparama at Pimlico this weekend. Doug Eaton

Fun brewing for long-running swap

MOST people crush them or throw them in the bin, but people from all over the world travel to Pimlico each year to swap them.

"We swap beer cans, bottles, bottle tops, labels and everything breweryana," Swamparama organiser Warwick Shinner said.

The first Swamparama beer festival was held 29 years ago, and enthusiasts from South Africa, Europe, America, New Zealand and distant parts of Australia attended annually.

"Anyone in the industry knows about it and all the locals know about it," Mr Shinner's daughter, Elaine Bricknell, said.

"There's quite a few of them who come but don't drink; they just come here to swap and collect."

This weekend, Swamparama will revolve around a '60s theme and Mr Shinner, who was wearing a woman's vintage dress and wig, and his wife, Gwenda, showed The Northern Star on Wednesday, what attendees could expect.

A rock band will perform classic '60s songs, there will be food, games and the Shinners' 16,000-strong beer can collection will be on display.

"It's so easy to collect them (beer cans)," Mr Shinner said. "It becomes an infection and once you start you can't stop."

However, one beer brand was missing from the Shinners' collection.

"Courage (brewery) brought out a set of beers in the '60s with an AFL player on each one," Mr Shinner explained.

"They're highly sought after."