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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.