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Five Good Beer Week Events You Can Still Grab Tickets To

10 days of beer-filled shenanigans — what'll earn a spot on your calendar?
By Libby Curran
May 11, 2021
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By Libby Curran
May 11, 2021
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FIVE GOOD BEER WEEK EVENTS YOU CAN STILL GRAB TICKETS TO

10 days of beer-filled shenanigans — what'll earn a spot on your calendar?

Last year, Melbourne's annual Good Beer Week festivities missed out on a run. But fast forward to 2021 and the festival is back with a vengeance, delivering a stacked, beer-filled program, from May 14–23. Hitting venues all across the city, it's got events for diehard beer nerds and casual ale fans alike — with feasts, parties and tastings for all palates.

Here, we've done the hard yards for you and rounded up five Good Beer Week events you can still snap up tickets to. Book in for a beer-matched Italian degustation dinner, a border-hopping tasting series dedicated to brews from five USA states, or perhaps a Sunday session barbecue party with liquid delights from Kaiju.

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    Italian eats and Aussie craft beers are set to prove a perfect match, when WA-born Colonial Brewing Co drops by laneway diner Marameo for a special Good Beer Week feasting party.

    On Thursday, May 20, the duo’s teaming up to host a shared degustation dinner, with each dish paired or infused with a different Colonial brew. Think, slow-cooked wagyu brisket sliders with the label’s pale ale; truffle-topped spaghetti cacio e pepe with the South West Sour; and a dessert of chocolate and hazelnut bigné (Italian cream puffs) teamed with a limited-edition 2020 brown ale. Plus, plenty more culinary and beery delights.

    Tickets to this one clock in at $99, which includes your four-course feed, snacks on arrival and five matched beers.

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    Stray Neighbour is wrapping up the first weekend of Good Beer Week in style, with a good old-fashioned Sunday session. Head along on Sunday, May 16 to join in the fun, which is being co-hosted by local brewery Kaiju. Grab a $5 ticket and you’ll enjoy a beer on arrival, plus a shot at Kaiju’s Koin Shuffle game, offering the chance to win yourself some sweet beer merch.

    There’ll also be DJ tunes, more games and prizes, and of course, plenty of Kaiju brews including some special releases. The kitchen will also be firing up the barbecue, offering a menu of meaty delights to purchase as you cruise through your afternoon.

    Top image: Stray Neighbour, by Brook James.

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    Taxi Kitchen invites punters to indulge in a little escapism at its sumptuous banquet inspired by a post-hunt feast. Think: long communal tables, merriment in abundance and a menu centred around a whole beast. On Wednesday, May 19, the Fed Square’s Good Swill Hunting dinner celebrates some cracking beers from across Australia and New Zealand. Diners will be treated to a grand spread, running from canapes, to a whole pig — with crackling — and an apple tart to finish.

    Each dish will be carefully matched to a tasty beer (or two), including the likes of Brooklyn Brewery’s Pulp Art Hazy IPA and the golden sour ale by White Rabbit. What’s more, brewers from each label will be there to talk you through what you’re drinking as you’re drinking it.

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    A cosy session at the pub is made even better with the addition of some great local brews and a few rowdy games. And that’s exactly what you’ll find when Richmond’s Cherry Tree Hotel teams up with Gippsland brewery Sailors Grave for an afternoon of fun and shenanigans.

    On Saturday, May 15, swing past the free Sailors Grave Regatta party, where you and your mates can battle it out with a program of mini-games and other fun challenges. Sailors Grave will be bringing along a few kegs of their finest for the occasion, pouring an eight-strong tap lineup of core beers and limited-edition releases. Perhaps the Drowned Man IPA, or the lemon meringue cream-inspired sour?

    The day’s fun wraps up with the main event, the Sailors Grave Regatta, which will see players racing remote-controlled boats for a shot at glory — and plenty of sweet beery prizes.

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    You might not be able to jet off on a trip to the states anytime soon…but your tastebuds can. On Friday, May 21, the southside’s own US-accented watering hole, Silverlake Social, invites you on a beery road trip through five different American states, stopping off at some of their leading breweries.

    The USA Road Trip tasting adventure will see you sampling top-notch beers from five breweries out of Oregon, California, Texas, New York and Massachusetts. Brewery representatives will be on hand to talk you through the night’s diverse lineup, including rare brews and even a few Aussie debuts. Your $79 ticket covers beer tastings from all five breweries.

    Top image: Hugh Davies

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