Good Beer Week 2015 is on the horizon and, in spite of the name, there’s more than just drinking going down! The Urban List has decoded Melbourne Good Beer Week to give you the must-book events for beer-ginners (you’re in it for the food), beer-termediates (you know a stout from an IPA), beer-ficionados (you’re a walking encyclopaedia of beer knowledge) and beer-trepreneurs (DIY beer, yo!). Go forth and beer, Listers!
If you don’t know much about beer, our top tip is to go for the Good Beer Week events that also include delicious food!
Where The Wild Things Char
Bluebonnet BBQ's Where the Wild Things Char dinner features mouth-wateringly juicy American-style BBQ alongside beers matched by WA brewery, Feral Brewing. The perfect Melbourne Good Beer Week event for all you meat lovers!
Sunday 24th May, 6pm | Bluebonnet Barbeque
$67 pp, book here
Chin Chin x Quiet Deeds: Brewing Up A Banquet
Be prepared to be rolled out of Chin Chin's basement venue as South Eastern dishes meet Quiet Deeds craft beers in a five-course food and beer banquet.
Wednesday 20th May, 2pm | Chin Chin
$98 pp, book here
Viking Beer Vs. Pig
Traditionally cured cuts of pork are paired with Scandinavian beers in this TWELVE course extravaganza. This Atticus Finch event is also the pick of the Good Beer Week 2015 bunch if you’re a music fan—Architecture in Helsinki will be DJing all night!
Thursday 21st May, 6pm & 8.30pm | Atticus Finch, East Brunswick
$100 pp, book here
Japan to Northcote | Northcote
Japanese brewery, Kiuchi, visits Estelle Bistro in Northcote for an epic Good Beer Week oriental feast! There will be sake and umeshu served too—the foodie event for all you Japanophiles.
Tuesday 19th May, 6.30pm | Estelle Bistro, Northcote
$135 pp, book here
Swing Low Sweet Chariot: A Sweet Degustation | Brunswick East
Temple Brewing Co. showcase a five course dessert degustation paired with their own exquisite beers as well as some special imports. Look out for the beers that have been brewed especailly for the event, then boast to your foodie mates about getting your hands on them!
Tuesday 19th May, 6.00pm | Temple Brewing Co, Brunswick East
$85 pp, book here
The Pint of Origin Series
Okay, so you know the difference between a craft beer and a regular mass-produced lager. It’s time to buff up on your regional knowledge with the Pint of Origin Series, featuring beers from South Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Europe, Tasmania and our very own Victoria. Check the Good Beer Week 2015 website for details.
16th-24th March | Various venues
Tap Vs. Bottle Smackdown
Can you taste the difference? Show off your tap vs. bottle skills by tasting four amazing bottled and fresh brews from Mornington Peninsula, Holgate, Two Birds and a mystery selection at this beery evening event.
Saturday 16th May, 6.30pm | Antique Bar, Elsternwick
$24 pp, book here
Mornington Craft Beer Festival
Take a trip down the peninsula for the Mornington Craft Beer Festival—a celebration of the region’s cracking brewing culture, which comes complete with wood-fired pizza and beers on tap.
Thursday 21st-Sunday 24th May | Mornington Peninsula Brewery, Mornington
Beer’s Best Buddy – American Whiskey & Beer
So you’ve mastered beers and need a new challenge. What’s next? Whiskey, that’s what. The Kodiak Club's Good Beer Week event pairs American boutique beers with whiskeys in an afternoon of overindulgence.
Saturday 23rd May, 3pm | Kodiak Club, Fitzroy
$90 pp, book here
Women of Beer High Tea
One for the ladies who love a brew, the Women of Beer High Tea is perfect for those who want to talk stout with their sisters. There will be five awesome beers on offer for the tasting, as well as traditional high tea fare.
Sunday 24th May, 12.30pm | Junction Beer & Wine Room, Newport
$50 pp, book here
World of Beer Masterclass
This brewing masterclass features a host of top beer experts from around the world who will be sharing their knowledge (and their delicious produce) with Good Beer Week goers. Kicking off at 8.30am (ouch!), the day-long workshop features Evil Twin, who produce Danish style beer in New York City, Baird Beer, who make American style beer in Japan, Edge Brewing Project, who make Aussie-Danish beverages, and Melbourne’s own Hawkers Beer.
Sunday 17th May, 8.30am-4pm | Hawkers Beer, Reservior
$230 pp, book here
The Art of Selling Craft
This day-long symposium dissects what it takes to turn a tasty craft beer into a successful enterprise. Come armed with your best questions about the business and the brewing side of everything beer!
Thursday 21st May, 10am-4pm | Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Wharf
$150 pp, book here
Need more beer? Check out our Fave 5 Melbourne Craft Beer Breweries round-up!
Image credit: Salona Chithiray via Good Beer Week Facebook