That time of year is here once again – when Melbourne’s beer buffs and brewers come out of the woodwork for two weeks of damn good beer experiences and chatter.
It is, of course, Good Beer Week. With over 250 events to choose from, making the perfect itinerary can be a pretty daunting task. Here’s our pick of some of the best of the bunch:
BRIDGE ROAD TO MUMBAI #3 at Horn Please, North Fitzroy
This tasty collaboration between Fitzroy North’s local Indian gem, Horn Please, and Bridge Road Brewers is the ideal GBW event for those who love their food, love their beer and love it, even more, when they are equally celebrated. This Indian feast is paired with a selection of Bridge Road beers, including a special release brew just for the event.
- Wednesday 16 May, 6:30pm – 11pm
- Tickets cost $80 and can be purchased here.
BREWERS AND CHEWERS at The Local Taphouse, St Kilda East
Imagine speed dating with world-class brewers. Yep, that’s what’s in store at The Local Taphouse with visitors from the UK, US, Vietnam and NZ coming in hot to answer your burning brewing questions and enjoy a mighty fine bite to eat while you’re at it.
- Wednesday 16 May, 7pm – late
- Tickets cost $85 per person and can be purchased here.
SYSTEM WARS: CARNIVAL OF THE BREW at Grain and Grape, Yarraville
Witness the professionals at work with some of the latest and greatest technology at Grain and Grape. From home brewing systems to discussions of current brewing trends catering for rookies to aficionados alike, if you want to learn the lingo, here’s where to start.
- Saturday 12 May, 1:30pm – 6:30pm
- Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased here.
GOOD BEER GELATERIA at Arbory Bar and Eatery, Melbourne
If there’s ever been a time to gorge out on a triple scoop ice cream, it’s now. Arbory’s Head Chef Nick Bennett has blessed GBW with a beer flavoured gelato… every day… for a whole week…
- Saturday 12 May – Sunday 20 May, 11:30am – late
- Free Entry (prices within vary)
THE PERFECT PIZZA BEER at Lazerpig, Collingwood
Pizza and Beer – need we say more? This collab between Lazerpig and 3 Ravens Brewery will answer the age-old questions of the best pizza and brew pairings.
- Saturday 12 May 6pm – late
- Free Entry
FEMPOCALYPSE at Two Birds Brewing, Spotswood
This one’s for all the gals out there who are partial to a cheeky beer – we’re talking female brewers, artists, musicians among a bunch of others coming together to celebrate the bright future of women in the beer industry.
- Sunday 13 May 12pm – late
- Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased here.
MUM’STHE WORD at Stomping Ground, Collingwood
Ever seen your mum brew beer? Probably not. The team at Stomping Ground, however, have – treating their mums to a brew day and treating you to joys of that brew. Not to mention, mums get a bev on the house!
- Sunday 13 May 12:30pm – 9pm
- Free entry
BREW FOR TOMORROW at Vue De Monde, Melbourne
Vue De Monde, Stone and Wood and a little guest all the way from Byron Bay, Three Blue Ducks are coming together for a one-night-only event with 6 decadent courses and matched beers. Go on, treat yourself.
- Friday 18 May, 7pm – late
- Tickets cost $195 and can be purchased here.
FROM BREWS TO BOOZE – TURNING BEER INTO SPIRITS at The Craft & Co., Collingwood
Craft & Co has the unique opportunity to combine their part brewing and part distilling finesse to make acclaimed spirits from beer. Visitors can taste the process along the way, from beer to distilled spirit to the final product in cocktail form.
- Wednesday 16 May, 7pm – late
- Tickets cost $125 and can be purchased here.
BBQ AND BREWS at Wilson & Market, South Yarra
Paul Wilson has teamed up with Ben Kraus of Bridge Road Brewery for one delicious night only. Brimming with slow-cooked meats, charcuterie and a gourmand’s dream barbeque array, all the eats will be teamed up with Bridge Road’s craft brews, including a limited edition purple corn beer (more on that here).
- Friday 18 May, 7pm – 11pm
- Tickets cost $75 and can be purchased here.
KARAOKE: THE RETURN at Moon Dog Craft Brewery, Abbotsford
Moon Dog is teaming up with the squad from Great Leap Chinese Craft Brewery for a night of dumplings, disco and dancing. Karaoke is mandatory, so have that signature song up your sleeve and be ready to rumble.
- Saturday 19 May, 5pm – late
- Free Entry
PERFECT MATCH: CHEESE & BEER at Milk The Cow, Carlton
Move over wine and cheese, it’s beer time. This guided flight of four boutique beers and bespoke cheeses is a one-off you’ll be drooling about for quite some time after.
- Monday 14 – Wednesday 16 May, 7pm – 9:30pm
- Tickets cost $55 and can be purchased here.