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In a mere seven years, Good Beer Week has grown from pot to pint-sized, transforming into a global festival that celebrates the beauty of beer.
The Northern Hemisphere may have Oktoberfest, but us down under have Good Beer Week, an event well on it’s way to becoming the largest celebration of beer in the Asia pacific region.
Some of Australia’s favourite breweries feature as official festival beers, including Bridge Road Brewers, Feral Brewing Co., Moon Dog Craft Brewery and Two Birds Brewing.
This year, the festival has broken the program into four streams to make it easier to find the events that suit you.
They are, Beer Lover, Foodie, Beer Geek and Good Times. To help you get the most beer for your buck, here are some of the best free events that the week has to offer, you will wish you were beer!
OPENING NIGHT PARTY
Kick your beer week off by hopping over to Opening Night Party at Beer DeLuxe in Federation Square.
This night is the perfect way to get you into the Good Beer Week mood, with live band The Tarantino’s (who are literally dedicated to Tarantino films) helping you twist like Mia and Vincent themselves!
The night will see a tonne of drinks on special as well as a beer line up that will have your mouth watering.
The official festival beers will be up for grabs, including beers from Bridge Road Brewers, Two Birds and Moon Dog.
- Friday 12 May, 6pm – late.
- Federation Square, corner of Swanston & Flinders Street.
- More info: goodbeerweek.com.au
CRYER MALT START UP PANEL
The guys from Cryer Malt have gathered together the cream of the crop of brewery experts to tell you how it’s done.
If you’ve ever dreamed of starting your very own brewery, this panel of experts will help it become a reality.
Hear from the CEO of Pirate Life Brewing, Michael Cameron, head brewer at Temple Brewing, Glenn Harrison plus many other pioneers of the game as they lead you through their personal experiences.
Lead by the Crafty Pint’s founder, James Smith, this is the perfect opportunity to ask those questions by the jug load.
- Friday 19 May, 11:30am-1pm.
- Cryer Malt Trade Hub
- Upstairs at Beer DeLuxe Corner Swanston Street & Flinders Street.
- Free but register online.
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THAT’LL DO PIG
Shadowboxer Bar & Kitchen present an event that will make you happier than a pig in mud with the Sunday roast they’re cooking up.
That’ll Do Pig is the beer event for those that can think of no better marriage than that between pork and beer.
Beyond the century-old terrace’s facade, festival goers will find six specially matched beers to accompany Shadowboxers native spiced slow roast pork shoulder roll.
As we enter the cooler months we return to this cosy cuisine, and what better way to kick off the cold season than with some pork on your fork and beer in your belly.
- Sunday 14 May 12pm – late
- Shadowboxer Bar & Kitchen, 302 Toorak Road, South Yarra
- Free entry
GOOD BURGER WEEK
Free entry won’t see you fed on this one but it will most likely convince you to spend your money, as it will be near impossible to walk into Rockwell and Sons without getting two hands on a big bad burger.
Burgers and beers, a modern Australian love story will be celebrated by Good Burger Week, with eight new beers to Australia, paired with their burger soul mates for a meal made in heaven at Rockwell and Sons.
Making this event even juicier is that it runs for a whole week, so no matter the day get down to Rockwell and Sons.
- Saturday 13 May – Sunday 21 May, (times very)
- Rockwell and Sons, 288 Smith Street, Collingwood
- Free entry
THE EVOLUTION OF STYLES: OLD WORLD VS NEW WORLD
The hipster world of beers we know today could never have existed without the ingenuity and experimentation of those from generations gone by.
In recent years, brewers have been moving away from traditional lagers and experimenting with IPAs and more hoppy beers as modern desires change.
Luke Robertson of Ale of a Time, along with a few of his brewer mates will guide you through a beer tasting that spans the ages.
Discover the differences between the old and new world hops, how styles have evolved and what the future holds for this ever-adapting industry.
The ideal event for those interested in the history of beer and looking to improve their knowledge on beer styles and brewing.
- Saturday 13 May, 2-3:30pm
- Beer Deluxe: The Festival Hub, Federation Square
- Cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets
FAMILY DAY AT THUNDER ROAD BREWERY
Since you’re always doing what the kids want to do, it’s about time they come along to one of your fun days!
The team down at Thunder Road will be showcasing 26 different beers to be enjoyed with a relaxed BBQ in the courtyard.
Guided tours of the historical cottage on site, which contains a museum of brewing artefacts and writings from the 1800s to today will be conducted throughout the day as well as tours of the brewing and lab facilities where the magic happens.
One of the most central breweries to Melbourne’s CBD, there will be sure to be something fun for the whole family.
- Saturday 20 May, 12:30 – 10pm
- Thunder Road Brewing Company
- 130 Barkly Street, Brunswick
Traditionally a male dominated industry, women are showing they are a force to be reckoned with in the brewing industry, bringing some seriously good brews to our tastebuds.
Girl Power is supported by the Pink Boots Society who aim to assist, inspire and encourage female beer professionals.
The day will see the best female Victorian brewers take over the taps and local female musos take the stage and decks by storm. Support some awesome people and a great cause whilst enjoy the best of beers and beats.
- Sunday 14 May, 2pm – late
- The Fox Hotel
- 351 Wellington Street, Collingwood