Oh yes, it’s that time of year again when beer lovers take to the streets of Melbourne in celebration of all things beer. Whether you’re a beer geek who spends their Saturdays tracking down an imported, limited release Grodziskie (yes that is a beer) or someone that thinks a hop requires you to jump on one leg, the final weekend of Good Beer Week is definitely worth a visit.
With events scattered all across the city and inner suburbs, chances are there is one pretty close to you. From tap takeovers to attending Brewniversity, you’re guaranteed to try some pretty great beers and maybe learn a thing or two along the way.
While the ticketed events can be found at https://www.goodbeerweek.com.au/ , here’s a couple of this weekend’s most newbie-friendly free events.
Beer and Noodle Night Market
Revolver Upstairs, 229 Chapel St Prahran 3181
Just when you thought your Revs days were behind you they pull out this banger of an event. If you have had the privilege of dining at Colonel Tan’s you know the food is going to be on point and with the launch of the Tan’s On Tap collaboration beer with Moon Dog, the beer will be pretty great too.
Mood Dog is setting up shop inside with their full range and seasonals on offer to compliment the Good Beer Week chefs menu available exclusively at the event. Meet the head brewer to learn a little something about the beer or treat yourself at one of the local artisan stalls.
Fri 17 May 4:00pm – Late
Pint of Origin – Scandinavia
Beermash, 306 Smith St Collingwood 3066
Hosted at one of Melbourne’s most iconic beer venues, this week long event will see their 20 taps lined with limited edition kegs that have been airfreighted from you guessed it, Scandinavia. You can expect to see beers from Lervig, Cervisiam and lots of other breweries you have never heard of but with the Beermash seal of approval, you know they are going to be good.
17,18,19 May 12:00pm – Late
Pink Boots Breakfast Social
The Catfish, 30 Gertrude St Fitzroy 3065
This one’s for ladies. Known as the female movers and shakers of the beer industry, the Pink Boots Society aims to encourage women to educate and advance their careers in the undeniably male dominated industry. Enjoy a cheeky breakfast beer before GABS and be introduced to a bunch of pretty amazing women who are changing the game. Soak up the morning brews with drool-worthy Sparrow’s Philly Cheesesteaks which are also on the menu.
Sat 18 May 9.30am – 11.30am
Eurotrip, The Park Werribee
The Park Werribee, 12 Watton Street Werribee 3030
As the next lot of millennials prepare to jet off for their summer Europe trips which we will all have to endure through social media, those of us left can enjoy a little piece for ourselves this weekend at The Park Werribee. Get to know the different countries in the form of beer and pair it with their award winning chef’s creations designed to match.
It wouldn’t be a Eurotrip without whipping out some killer dance moves so there’s live music and DJs each night too.
17,18,19 May 12:00pm – Late
Insane In The Yeast Strain
Tallboy and Moose, 270 Raglan St Preston 3072
If you’re looking to learn a little bit more about this beverage we all know and love, here is your chance. This event is one of very few free ones which go beyond the consumption of beer. While that will definitely be on the cards, the teams from Bluestone Yeast, Tallboy and Moose and the Merri Mashers will help you understand the central role that different yeast strains play in building beer profiles as you compare home brewer’s and professional creations.
Fri 17 May 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Saving Grace Sour Showcase
Saving Grace, 32 Church Ln Melbourne, 3000
With sour beers taking over Melbourne bottles shops, this event is the perfect opportunity to sample the world’s best. The curated international line up includes specialty sour ales like Lambics, Gose and Berliner Weisse from both here is Aus and beyond. Balance out their sour selection with Burger Boys famous fried chicken and burgers available all weekend long.
17,18,19 May 11:30am – Late
For more information on all of the events this weekend head to https://www.goodbeerweek.com.au/
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