Boutique beer is now a thing. A few years ago it surfaced, then it ventured into a fad, but it is indeed now a thing. People have favourite styles of beer, favourite brands of beer and even favourite beer destinations (mostly Belgium or Germany).
Next, you need a quality local place to serve these quality beers. Try the aptly named "The Local Taphouse" in St Kilda.
The Local Taphouse, which has been colloquially shortened to just "The Local", is the perfect place to stretch your hoppy senses. With tap-rotating (both local and international) beers every week, two floors of dining (with a beer garden included) and a small but perfectly designed menu, you literally cannot go wrong (unless you drink too many and fall down those cascading oak stairs). Even if you don't like beer, the knowledgeable bar-persons will be able to fill a paddle of liquid to your novice liking (see picture).
There is an event almost daily, with trivia and comedy both getting a night, and the obligatory beer tastings of course. The clientèle is eclectic, with young and old beer drinkers rubbing shoulders and chinking pint glasses. One of the noteworthy pleasantries of the beer bodies is that it is practically an even number of men and women at this fine establishment. It seems the ladies are quite partial to lagers, too!
Given the location and the style of venue it is trying to be, expect to spend a lot. Some of those beers come from a long way away, and the least we could do is buy a beer for the guy who gets it here for us.