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The Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular is Coming!

By Clare Acheson - 20 May 2015

Lister’s you’d better be thirsty because the Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular is on its way! “What’s that?" I heard you ask? It’s only the greatest beer event in history! Well, in Melbourne, at least. Let me explain…

The Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular is a three-day celebration for all things beer, which brings together over 120 breweries from around the world in Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton. If you’re anything like me, you’re already doing the maths on that…Yup, there’s going to be more than THREE HUNDRED different beers to sip on. You’d better be thirsty!

Run by the genius duo behind The Local Taphouse pub in St Kilda (and the Sydney counterpart in Darlinghurst), the Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular exists to celebrate beer of all shapes, forms and descriptions. There’s a heavy focus on local produce, with around three-quarters of the beers on offer originating from within Australia but, fear not, international beer lovers! The team have managed to secure world beers from the USA, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and Britain to keep things interesting. 

If your beer knowledge isn’t up to scratch, head to any or all of the Adventures In Craft seminars, which are free to attend and will arm you with all the beer lingo you’ll need to impress your mates. Keen on brewing your own? You’ll want to sign up for The Local Taphouse Craft Beer College, where you can learn all the tips and tricks that turn a good craft beer into one of the best craft beers in Melbourne. You won’t just learn about what’s in the bottle, you’ll be able to brush up your knowledge of what’s on the bottle too, with sessions on how to brand and promote your beer once it’s reached its flavour peak. 

There’ll also be heaps of great Melbourne food trucks—Huxtaburger, Mr Claws, Meatmother, and Milk the Cow have all confirmed—as well as some limited cask ales tapped straight off the barrel. And if the beer doesn’t keep you occupied, there’ll be live entertainment courtesy of the Little Creatures carnival, and a SILENT DISCO. Have you ever been to a silent disco?! Literally the best thing ever. Get Abbott on the phone because whoever decided to put a silent disco in a beer festival deserves a knighthood. 

Tickets for the Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular are only $35 if you book in advance, so if you’re thinking of heading along, you’ll want to order yours here. Aiming to try all three hundred? See you at the finish line, beer lovers! 

The Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular | 22nd–24th May
Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton


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