In the party-starting words of BB King, ‘Let the good times roll’ at Good Beer Week 2019, with the program now live and tickets on sale from 9am this morning.
The ninth annual Good Beer Week will take place for ten days from May 10 – 19, 2019 with over 250 events taking place around Melbourne and regional Victoria.
The Good Beer Week Opening Party will kick off proceedings as usual on Friday 10th May at Beer DeLuxe Federation Square with Melbourne’s Sugar Fed Leopards (pictured) performing throughout the night with their smoking hot costumes, sweet harmonies and disco-sweat, warming up the wintery crowd. As usual, the event is free and anyone is welcome to join in.
Good Beer Week General Manager Siobhan Kerin said, “The program has taken a slightly new direction this year with some really strong music and beer events that are standing out from the crowd, these events are an amazing example of Melbourne’s best in beer and music culture.”
Queensland’s Balter Brewing, famously known for being owned by four pro-surfers including Mick Fanning, is bringing a horde of entertaining events to Melbourne. Comedian Luke McGregor will headline a night of entertainment, fine food and Balter brews at Coal Lotta Laughs at The Third Day in North Melbourne. World-class chefs Matt Stone and Jo Barrett of Oakridge Kitchen will also present a four-course dinner matched with Balter’s latest brews.
A Day on the Cans is a single-stage music, beer and arts festival happening with Moon Dog Brewery at its new site in Preston. British India, Ali Barter, Tumbleweed and many more bands to be announced will take to the stage. Watch the giant black wall of the brewery transform with live street art, DJs, tattooing and more.
Got a competitive streak? Holes ‘n’ Hops 2019 was the first event to sell out at the last three Sydney Beer Week’s, so don’t miss out on this year’s Holes ‘n’ Hops in Melbourne. For $110, guests will get nine holes at Albert Park Golf Club with a beer from Modus Operandi brewery at each hole.
Hawkers Brewery in Reservoir will take punters deep into a zombie apocalypse with East vs West: Cheeky Monkey vs Hawkers Beer. Teams will battle through the zombie outbreak in an immersive reality experience for a grand selection of beer prizes.
For those who love to brew at home or are in the industry, Cryer Malt presents The Trade Hub, running a series of events throughout Good Beer Week, upstairs at Beer DeLuxe Fed Square. The discussions and seminars give insight into many facets of the industry including marketing, regulations and industry standards. People will get a chance to network, learn and make new connections. Most events are free, however you will need to register a spot.
If you want to further your beer knowledge, Good Beer Week has partnered with Little Creatures to present the Little Creatures Beer School all week at the Duke of Wellington Hotel. These classes will provide drinkers a unique insight into how beer is made, and how certain ingredients work. There will be tasters too, of course.
Boatrocker are also part of our education program this year with an advanced Boatrocker University program at the Whisky and Alement Whisky Room. That features things such as in depth looks at food matching with Rob Kaboord from Quay (Sydney), or how beer can be distilled in to spirits with Boatrocker founder Matt Houghton.
Good Beer Week, the biggest beer festival in the Southern Hemisphere, is an independent and not-for-profit festival that celebrates and promotes the renaissance that craft beer is enjoying globally. Since the festival’s inception in 2011, its central aim is to promote good beer and the community and culture that surround it.