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The best beer week in the world
Beer your beverage of choice? Then you'll be pleased to hear that Good Beer Week is back.
Running from 17 to 25 May, Good Beer Week comprises a program featuring events for the beer newbie, the beer geek and even the foodie.
Whether you're an occasional beer drinker or a bonafide beer geek, Good Beer Week is full of reasons to celebrate beer
Boasting the perfect brew
Beer enthusiasts can gain bragging rights over sampling exclusive beers, will be sure to find a new favourite beer, and can enhance their beer-making skills through brewing courses and masterclasses. Meanwhile, beer newbies can learn the basics and enjoy beer tastings especially tailored towards beer beginners.
For beer geeks who love to debate which beer is better, there are a number of 'beer offs', including a face-off between 14 rare beers, in which there are three World Cup style knockout rounds and only one winner, which is decided by you, the beer drinking public. Definitely not short of manly competitiveness, Good Beer Week also pits Australian craft beer against some of the best breweries in the US and challenges two local, artisan breweries to a duel to win the crown of best beer match to a selection of dishes.
Proving that wine is not the only tipple that can be paired with food, Good Beer Week sees celebrated Melbourne chefs coupling beers with cuisine. On the menu for Good Beer Week is:
BREAKFAST: Belgian brunch dishes paired with samples of world class Belgian ales LUNCH: Pork two ways – one pig raised on brown ale and the other on pale ale HIGH TEA: Tea time treats paired with dessert friendly beers
PRE-DINNER SNACK: Cheeses and craft beer DINNER: Five courses of Louisiana fare paired with local Australian beers DESSERT: Beer ice cream (yes, this is a real thing)
Enjoy beers coupled with cuisine by celebrated Melbourne chefs
And, that is just a small sample of the foodie events occurring throughout the week. In addition, Age Good Food Guides 2013 Chef of The Year Michael Ryan is matching his menu with the beers of Birra Del Borgo, ToOl and Bridge Road, and there are, of course, your fair share of meat feasts rounded off with the perfect beer.
If you are still not convinced that beer is as good as wine as a dinner accompaniment, take it up with John Harris of Mitchell Harris Wines and beer aficionado Trev Birks, who are hosting a four course dinner/debate, in which each course is matched with a beer and a wine. Put your mouth where your mouth is.
Head over to the website and plan your week so you don't miss one delicious drop!