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Good Beer Week 2013

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Utter bliss for beer lovers
Good Beer Week 2013 celebrates the world of beer and the many diverse flavours and styles of the amber (or pale yellow through to dark brown) brew. This festival of beer-centric events will be held at hotels, bars, restaurants, wineries and other venues in and around Melbourne and some regional centres from May 18 - 26.

Many shades of good beer

Australia has over 150 craft or boutique breweries and many of them are well represented at this festival, along with contributions from overseas. There are almost as many events as breweries with more than 140 events being held at 115 venues. To find your way through this gigantic program and help you to choose the organisers have sorted the events into categories:


Matching food with beer, these events are inspired. On offer are multiple options for enjoying everything from from four or five course dinners and lunches through to pizza, fondue, curry and chocolate. All paired with good beer plus opportunities to meet the brewers.

Home Brewer

Courses for the home brewer from novice level to advanced. There are also demonstrations, workshops and brewing competitions.

Beer Novice

These festivities are about "encouraging newscomers to give it a go". They include brewing demonstrations, brew on the day, brew of the day, spit roasts, the collaboration of honey and beer, music from blues to a mini rock festival and a Sunday school on beer. The beer and boat tour combination looks particularly good.

Beer Geek

From sour beer to slow beer, from watching beer creation to the Australian International Beer Awards, these events are for those who are very serious about their beer.

Beer Lover

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International beers are a feature of many of these events. Some showcase New Zealand, Asian, European and American brews. Others spotlight some great Aussie brews. Activities range from a mountain bike ride through to breakfast and beer and a movie and beer.

Pint of Origin

Individual hotels turn over their taps to brews from either a particular state or in some cases from all over Australia.


From Ballarat to Portsea, there are a multitude of Good Beer Week events outside of the city. How about a five course menu paired with a face-off of hand crafted beer and estate wine in Taminick? Or a battle of the brews at Portsea? Or perhaps you'd prefer beer and breakfast at Beechworth.

Good Beer Week Presents

Including the Festival Hub Opening Party and Sunday School - Beer 101, these events were selected by the organisers to showcase the event categories.

Price wise the events range from free to $100 plus and you can view the events based on price, event stream or by date.

If you'd rather not drive after enjoying a beer or two, there are options to stay overnight or arrange a car with your own private driver.
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Why? Good beer plus food, fun, music and more
When: May 18 - 26, 2013
Phone: 0405 118 031
Where: Various venues in and around Melbourne and some regional venues
Cost: From Free to $100 plus
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