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by Ian Gill (subscribe)
I'm a Victorian freelance writer & photographer living in the Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne.
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A Lesson in Beer Appreciation
You might be excused for thinking that an event billed as 'Good Beer Week' might be nothing more than an excuse for a beer guzzling, can crunching big day out for the boys.

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Good Beer Week - a celebration of the amber fluid. Photo: Idea go/

But no, Melbourne's annual Good Beer Week is made up of some 200 events spread over 160 venues and all seeking to celebrate and appreciate the amber fluid.

Headquarters for Good Beer Week is the Terminus Hotel in Fitzroy North and that's where drinkers will be able to take on the role of judge in the Global Brewer Face-Off, 8 brewers putting up 14 beers over 3 rounds, the winner to be decided by the patrons.

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Photo: Naypong/

On Sunday 18th May Melbourne's iconic Puffing Billy becomes The Beer Train, with award winning beers being served with lunch as the train steams through the Dandenong Ranges.

Other events include a Brewers Market at South Wharf, a celebration of 30 years of beer from the Matilda Bay Brewery and a Good Beer Week closing party again at The Terminus.

If beer is your drink of choice then this is the week for you. Enjoy it and drink responsibly.

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Why? Learn to appreciate good beer from around Australia and the world
When: 17th to 25th May
Where: Various venues around Melbourne
Cost: Vaires depending on the venue and event
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