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Good Beer Week

In the last decade, the way people view beer as a beverage has become evermore diverse, from a comforting refreshment, to a passionate art form.

Created by the combination of hard work by local boutique breweries along with the growth of inquisitive beer drinkers, has seen the upsurge of more local craft beer varieties being stocked in bar fridges or being poured in sideways glasses during local happy hours all over the state. 

As a recognition to all things beer, Melbourne Good Beer Week is held throughout some of Melbourne’s finest pubs and bars and celebrates the rich culture and passion that exists amongst the production and (more importantly) consumption of local craft beer found in Victoria and wider Australia.

Events range from food and beer pairing sessions, premium beer tastings straight from local breweries, themed parties, along with much more. 

Some festival highlights that we have picked include 

GABS 2016 – a festival within the festival, the best artesian brewers from around the world gather to showcase a celebration if all things beer and cider @Royal Exhibition Building

Cookie’s Gypsy Ho-down – 10 gypsy brewers from all over the country sampling their premier beers with food matching @Cookie rooftop bar

Cooking with Craft Beer Master Class – World renowned chef Daniel Wilson host a cooking master class of preparing his favorite dishes matched with craft beer @The Urban Kitchen

The Wild Rover – A very insightful journey highlighting the relationship between beer and whiskey from around the world and the matching cuisine @1806/The Understudy 

When: 18 – 22 May 2016

Where: Various venues

Visit the Good Beer Week website.

To celebrate  Good Beer Week The Swanston Hotel will be serving a bottle of James Squire beer matched with a delicious Tapas Board for $20 all week. If you’ve got more of  a sweet tooth order the Churros Con Chocolate matched with a James Squire beer for $12. Available in the Soul Cafe or Cocoon Bar. Find out more information here