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by Ian Gill (subscribe)
I'm a Victorian freelance writer & photographer living in the Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne.
Bendigo Craft Beer Expo
Bendigo On The Hop has long been touted as Australia's best winter craft beer festival and this year will showcase the product of 20 of the countries top independent and Australian owned craft breweries at ten venues in and around Bendigo.

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Let's get together, have fun and enjoy some great craft beers at Bendigo On The Hop 2017. Photo:

Bendigo Beer is a not-for-profit organisation that, since 2011, has been promoting a better drinking culture of preservative free, locally made craft beer and directing funds raised from their events back into the promotion of the craft beer industry.

Bendigo On The Hop presents visitors with the opportunity to meet and talk with the brewers and others passionate about craft beer all the while being entertained by some very talented local musicians. And Bendigo couldn't be better placed to host such an event with the number of craft beer breweries and venues in Central Victoria having increased to more than fifty in just a few short years.

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Historic Bendigo with its Talking Trams and goldfields heritage is at the heart of an explosion in craft beer breweries and venues in Central Victoria, Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank

With 10 venues, 20 breweries and more than 40 beers on show plus live entertainment and great food you can bet Bendigo On The Hop will be one Craft Beer Expo no self-respecting beer lover will not want to miss.

Early Bird tickets are on sale now so get onto the web at for details and bookings.

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With 20 breweries exhibiting more than 40 craft beers you won't want to miss Bendigo On The Hop 2017. Image: Courtesy Bendigo Beer.

Bendigo is 153 Kilometres north of Melbourne, just under a 2-hour drive via the Calder Freeway. Alternatively, take the hassle out of driving there and back by taking one of VLine's fast and frequent train services between Melbourne's Southern Cross station and Bendigo. You can check out the timetable at

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Bendigo Beer - supporting the responsible drinking of Craft Beers in and around Bendigo. Image: Courtesy Bendigo Beer.

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Why? There's been an explosion of Craft Beer breweries and venues throughout Central Victoria in recent years and Bendigo On The Hop is a great one-stop-shop for beer lovers to experience the best the region has to offer.
When: Saturday 26th August between 11 AM and 6 PM.
Phone: Not available. Email
Where: 10 Venues in and around Bendigo
Cost: $55 per person - includes a souvenir CRAFTD tasting glass and tasting tokens for all 20 participating breweries.
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