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Good Beer Week 2019

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Sours, IPAs, and amber ales pack a punch at gala showcase
Hop lovers and connoisseurs of fine brew graced Good Beer Week's 2019 Gala Showcase at The Atrium at Federation Square.

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Fixation IPA crew at Good Beer Week Melbourne 2019 showcase gala


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.

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Balter Brewing Company at the 2019 Good Beer Week showcase


With so many brews to try, I started with the lighter styles and then progressed. Here are some of my new favourites.

KillerKween - Raspberry Sour, Stone & Wood, Byron Bay, NSW

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Stone & Woods new KillerKween raspberry sour from Byron Bay


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.

Yodel Aye - Balter Brewing Company, Gold Coast, Queensland

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Yodel Aye by Balter with banana smoothie notes


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.

Kingsley, Wild Ale Series, Boatrocker, Victoria

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A happy Boatrocker 'brewista' at Good Beer Week Melbourne showcase gala


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.

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The 'Kingsley with cherry' Wild Ale by Boatrocker


Tasting and drinking a good brew is one thing, but knowing its ingredients and fermentation process is just as interesting.

Did you know the hop flower has antibacterial properties?

First used in the 9th century by German Saint Hildegard of Bingen, the hop flower was documented in her medicinal studies and writings about holistic health and spirituality.

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Hop flowers


Like wine grapes, hops requires distinct climatic conditions for growth and stability, making it quite a fragile herb, but with high medicinal qualities.

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The humble hop flower


Of course, the highlight of the showcase was meeting our fabulous host Miro Bellini who dreamed up the idea of Good Beer Week over an ale with fellow hop lovers in 2011.

Founder Miro Bellini


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.

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Good Beer Week


So why not hop into a Good Beer Week event - the program is out now!

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2019 Good Beer Week program

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