The Atrium at Federation Square was transformed into a hops gallery with perfect Friday afternoon sunshine and plenty of sours, IPAs and craft brews to sample. The event brought media, promoters and followers like bees to honey to get the inside goss on what's brewing for the 2019 Good Beer Week Melbourne on from 10 -19 May.
Balter Brewing Company at the 2019 Good Beer Week showcase
If you're not a regular beer drinker, but love a Rose on a warm summer's day, then you will enjoy KillerKween. Developed as part of Stone & Wood's Counter Culture program, KillerKween is a raspberry sour, with a crisp finish and a lighter alternative to a Rose. Great for picnics and moonlight cinema, as it comes in a can, easy to carry and keep cold and definitely a conversation starter.
As a lover of champagne/cava/prosecco and The Sound of Music, Balter's Yodel Aye Hefeweizen was a refreshing alternative. Almost like a breakfast smoothie with banana notes and the freshness of a summer morning in Currumbin with brunch on the beach.
If you like morello cherries, malt and history, then the Kingsley by Boatrocker should be on your tasting list. Its rich cherry colour will lure you in, and its deep rustic flavours pack a punch - think of all the antioxidants as we head into winter.
The event was born within six weeks, first opening with only 11 stalls at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. In just eight years, Good Beer Week has expanded to hundreds of events in cities across Australia.