Good Beer Week is back! As always, kicking off proceedings was the Good Beer Week Opening Party which went off last night at the festival hub, Beer DeLuxe Federation Square. Melbourne band, Kahlua Breeze, brought the tunes, alongside a cracking beer list by the festival sponsors.
This year’s Good Beer Week is offering the ultimate mix tape for craft beer lovers with headline guests from around the world, rock star brewers, big-name chefs, mesmerising degustations and a whole lot of live music.
Australia’s eighth premier craft beer festival will take place throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria from Friday 11th May until Sunday 20th May.
This year’s program has become even more niche with nine categories of crafty events being Good Beer Mates, Beer Lover, Foodie, Beer Geek, Good Times, Beer School, Pint of Origin, Festival Hub and Trade Hub.
A delicious array of local, interstate and international star chefs have joined the bill in 2018. Wilson & Market’s Chef Paul Wilson is keeping Good Beer Week classy on the south side with lunchtime event Biodynamics & Beer. Wilson is teaming up with Stone & Wood Brewery to create a sustainable and shared table feast.
For a fun and affordable regional event, head to Geelong for Blackman’s & Aaron Turner Collab. The Age Good Food Guide’s Chef of Year Aaron Turner will serve up his Nashville inspired menu alongside Blackman Brewery’s seasonal produce inspired brews. Back up in Melbourne, Paul West from SBS River Cottage Australia will host a winter feast paired with Stomping Ground beers at the Collingwood brewery, including a beautiful specially brewed fermented sour ale with local fruit.
Vue De Monde is back in the program for 2018 with Brew for Tomorrow. Byron Bay is coming to Melbourne with Darren Robertson, chef and owner of Three Blue Ducks, who will be joining Stone & Wood head brewer Caolan Vaughan for a locally sourced six-course beer-matched degustation with sustainable produce.
Other themes worth checking out in the program include some special live music events, particularly Dinner & Show with Henry Wagons. Join one of Melbourne’s great entertainers for a two-course banquet matched with beers from The Public Brewery, with a special beer on the menu brewed in collaboration with Wagons. Brunch events are also a great way to get involved, with Bad Shepherd Brewing Co in Cheltenham hosting Brunch & Beer Cocktails from 10am.
There are plenty of free events to enjoy, however ticketed events are limited and some will sell out fast.
To secure your place, visit www.goodbeerweek.com.au or download the Good Beer Week app to purchase your tickets online.