May 20 – 27
Now in its eleventh year, Good Beer Week (GBW) is returning to celebrate great beer, delicious food and unforgettable adventures for the community to come together and find their way through a jam-packed program, taking place May 20 – 27.
To extend the good beer celebrations, GBW has partnered with Pint of Origin (hosted by Crafty Pint, 12 – 20 May), GABS Melbourne (19 – 21 May) and the Australian International Beer Awards (hosted by Melbourne Royal, 25 May), to present 16 days of good beer. GBW encourages the community to explore their way through the program which focuses on supporting local and independent producers.
Highlights include: The Creation Story Feast with Mabu Mabu’s Nornie Bero, held at Stomping Ground Brewery. interactive multi-course Torres Strait Island feast inspired by a Creation story. Through storytelling and song, specially designed dishes will celebrate native ingredients and bring the tale to your table in an interactive night of performances, dining and Stomping Ground beers to match. This is a night to listen, learn, taste and enjoy First Nations culture and understand the significance of storytelling in Indigenous knowledge systems. A specially brewed collaboration beer using indigenous ingredients will also be revealed on the night alongside additional beers and beverages designed to pair with the menu.
Beef, Beer and Barley is coming to Victoria by Farmer’s Daughters. The team is joining forces with Good Land Brewing and Bonnie Brae’s Farm for a taste of Gippsland. Expect one-off limited edition beers including IPA’s, sours and barrel-aged options, in the sensory private dining room.
The Floating Swine goes to Hepburn comes to The Surly Goat in Hepburn Springs for a five-course menu with paired beers, with a few surprises to be revealed on the night to celebrate regional beer with regional produce.
Bar SK Returns ft. Edge Brewing Project will take over MARCH in Collingwood. The event includes beers from EDGE Brewing, including one limited release for the night, alongside matched snacks from the team at IDES.
Great Deeds Bakeoff takes place at Deeds Taproom & Kitchen and asks beer lovers to rise to the challenge and create their finest beer-y dessert using Deeds beers. Guests can taste test their way through six finalists’ desserts and roaming canapes, while the esteemed judging panel (Cameron Smith – 3RRR, Nerida Conway – Pav Queen and Christine Tran – Falco Bakery) deliberates on the Grand Champion.
Some returning events and crowd favourites include: The Good Beer Annual Scavenger Hunt at The Fox Hotel in Collingwood, which is a night of craziness, taking part in a scavenger hunt for beer. Follow the clues, mystery, games and total mayhem. Everyone is a winner lots of prizes from all the best brewers in town.
Abbey Collaby XIII comes to Moon Dog OG Abbotsford for a good old fashion hootenanny. There’s a bucking bull, country performers, a whole heap of barnyard themes and plenty of beer. Try the one-of-a-kind specialty beer, made by some of the best brewers in the game for this totally free event.
Hair of the Dog Breakfast returns to Beer DeLuxe Federation Square. Join legendary chef Telina Menzies, the Coolroom Podcast’s Davydd Griffiths and a cast of great brewers talking about beers which will be matched with an amazing brekkie menu.
“We are excited to have Good Beer Week back in 2023” stated Kylie Lethbridge Independent Brewers Association CEO. COVID 19 taught us a lot and allowed us the time to reflect on the past 12 years to determine how GBW can keep evolving and offer the best possible innovative beer experiences. We are trying new things this year, we have a smaller more curated program, focus on Australian independent beer and Independent Brewers Association members and spread over nearly three weeks, thanks to our partners. Allowing everyone to get to more events…we can’t wait to see beer lovers find their way to Good Beer Week 2023”.
The 2023 GBW program has channelled a retro Melways theme, encouraging beer lovers to explore the program of events across the city, metro Melbourne, and regional Victoria, for a journey through our beautiful state on the hunt for the best beers and good times.
Head to goodbeerweek.com.au for the full program and find your way to beer heaven. Good Beer Week takes place May 20 – 27, 2023. The festival has a more compact format this year, showcasing over 70 events across Melbourne and regional Victoria.
Presented by the Independent Brewers Association (IBA), Good Beer Week, the biggest beer week in the Southern Hemisphere, is an independent and not-for-profit festival that celebrates and promotes the renaissance that 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.