The Good Beer Week 2016 program has dropped and for beer geeks and lovers it truly is set to be ‘better than Xmas’.
The party starts at Beer Deluxe in Federation Square on 13 May and run through to 22 May at locations all across Melbourne. After scouring the program, I’m overwhelmed by the number of great beer events. Whatever beer bar you find yourself in for that week, you’re guaranteed to find some delightfully good beers.
I’ve managed to pick out just a few of the many events that have me excited for GBW ’16.
New breweries opening up
Kaiju and Exit are among the most exciting brewers enter the Melbourne scene over the last few years and they’re opening up their brewery to the public as part of Good Beer Week. On Saturday May 14, they are running a shuttle bus from the CBD out to the brewery in Dandenong South and back to the Terminus Hotel to kick on. The Ultimate Brewday Party indeed.
Yet another brewer from Melbourne’s South East that has been wowing tastebuds is Dainton’s brewery. They’re opening up their Carrum Downs brewery also on the Saturday and will have a barrel-aged sour beer to highlight the occasion.
On the Sunday, Local Taphouse-backed Stomping Ground Brewery and Taphouse are opening up in Collingwood with 8 new collaboration brews. The event serves as the first proper launch of their beers, so will be a really interesting one to check out.
Brooklyn in Oz
Brooklyn brewery always seem to make a splash at Good Beer Week. This year they’re again involved in a wide number of interesting events. My pick of their events is probably the matching of barrel aged and sour beers with rare whiskeys at Whisky and Alement, which promises to be a big Saturday afternoon. Right now, I’m wondering how I can be in multiple places at once.
For those fascinated by wild beers, the Intro to Wild Beer event features Tasmanian produce and Two Metre Tall’s unique funky beers at Fox in the Corn in Footscray.
Also check out, Carwyn Cellars’ Back Room Bar in Thornbury, where they are promising a great range of funky and sour beers over the week.
For more than just beer
Beers are not the only life of this party. There’s a lot of events featuring other spirits too. My pick of these is probably this Whisk(e)y, beer and cheese event at Boilermaker House in the CBD, which features La Sirene, one of the most respected brewers in Australia. Mmmm whiskey, beer and cheese.
A history lesson (in beer)
I really like seeing old beer styles revived, particularly where it’s a genuine effort. Red Duck is one brewer that has been exploring historical styles of beer with some success and combined with the excellent Napoleone brewer, there’s sure to be some interesting beers on offer, at the nicely priced event, Ales of the Ages.
Casks and wood
A couple of interesting events focused on beers distributed and fermented in unusual ways. Cask off 2016 will be held at Holgate brewery located just outside of Melbourne in the lovely Woodend, and feature beers poured from cask-conditioned ales.
Then for the barrel-aged beer fiends, 3 Ravens brewery in Thornbury is hosting Woods of the North. Breweries involved will produce two different barrel-aged beers just for the event.
It’s all beer and games
For those who likes to play games and drink beer… you’re in luck. There’s the Kaiju beer and Board Games event at Nieuw Amsterdam, there’s the Little Creatures Barcade event at Bartronica, and there’s the Forgotten Worlds’ Arcade Lock-in Sessions with unlocked arcade games and beers from some of the best Australian breweries.
You don’t need to go to a ticketed event to enjoy GBW, there’s heaps you can do just from visiting some of Melbourne’s best beer bars including those that are taking part in Pint of Origin (PoO for short). There are 12 great venues participating in PoO, where each bar taps beers from a specific region. The Crafty Pint himself is doing bus tours of the PoO venues and there’ll be great beer pouring at these bars all week.
Keep your eyes on NowTapped during Good Beer Week to see what’s pouring where. Happy drinking!