A Spirited Guide to Good Beer Week 2021

Tickets for Good Beer Week have just gone on sale today and some sessions have already started to sell out. With so much to choose from, here’s a handy guide to the most spirited events to rsvp for at GBW 2021! Naturally, there will be much beer. But there will also be plenty of whisky, tequila, mezcal, cocktails and even the odd amaro to explore.


COCKTAIL CRAFT

Learn how to make three cocktails over canapes at ‘The Crafty Cockt’ale Masterclass’ closer to home, or make a day of it and head down the Bellarine Peninsula to a regional ‘Beer Cocktail Making’ class. ‘Beers of Curiosity & Decadence’ will see you tasting exclusive brews, exploring the factors that affect flavour and how to utilise them in cocktails. Meanwhile, ‘Beer & Cocktails | Cocktails & Beers’ will feature a limited-time-only drinks menu bursting with beer-laced cocktails. 

Beer Cocktail Making
Sat 15th May, 2-5pm
Blackman’s Brewery and Burger Bar, Ocean Grove
Full details

Beer & Cocktails | Cocktails & Beers
Sat 15th – Sun 23rd May, 4pm-late
Boilermaker House, Melbourne CBD
Full details

Beers of Curiosity and Decadence
Mon 17th – Sat 22nd May, 4-5pm
Cookie, Melbourne CBD
Full details

Crafty Cockt’ale Masterclass 2.0
Thu 20th May, 7pm-late
The National Hotel, Richmond
Full details


FOR AGAVE LOVERS

A duo of Casa Nom events are flying the flag for international agave-beer relations. The first will pair locals Westside Aleworks with the mezcal of El Jolgorio of Oaxaca. Then, they’ll host New York’s Brooklyn Brewery alongside tequilas by Fortaleza. 

Kindred Spirits: Westside Aleworks/El Jolgorio Mezcal Showcase
Tue 18th May, 7-9pm
Casa Nom, Prahran
Full details

Kindred Spirits: Brooklyn Brewery/Tequila Fortaleza Showcase
Thu 20th May, 7-9pm
Casa Nom, Prahran
Full Details


PARTY TIME

Combining a little bit of everything, the following events are all about a good time (with good beer). Be surprised by fruity sours, beer cocktails and sour boilermakers at ‘Dr Morse’s Fruit Fest’ – a tropical tiki party. Or enjoy the spectacle as three bars showcase their ways with beer cocktails alongside cocktail-inspired beers, barrel-aged brews and spirits over a wood-smoked feast at ‘Woods of the North’. 

Woods Of The North V
Sat 15th May, 1-5pm
3 Ravens Brewery Bar, Thornbury
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Dr Morse’s Fruit Fest
Sun 16th May, 12-11pm
Dr Morse Bar & Eatery, Abbotsford
More details


WHISK(E)Y & BOILERMAKERS

Good Beer Week is always rather whisky-friendly; whisky is essentially beer that’s all grown up, after all! Below you’ll find happenings that feature boundary-pushing boilermakers, barrel-aged beers, limited release and rare whiskies plus beers never before seen on our shores. These events will take you through the flavours of Scotland and Ireland all the way over to New York, Oregon and Texas and back again home to Melbourne.

Barrel Share with Hop Nation and Bakery Hill
Sat 15th May, 12pm-late
Otter’s Promise, Armadale
Full details

Hop Nation Caledonian Cask Project Masterclass
Sat 15th & Sat 22nd May, 2-3pm
Whisky & Alement, Melbourne CBD
Full details

Hop Nation Caledonian Cask Project
Sat 15th – Sun 23rd May, 4pm-late
Whisky & Alement, Melbourne CBD
Full details

Starward Bound 2021
Sun 16th May, 12-6pm
Starward, Port Melbourne
Full details

Deschutes Brewery & USA Whiskey Roadtrip East->West
Mon 17th May, 7-9pm
White Oaks Saloon, Prahran
More details

Beers, Booze and Barrels
Wed 19th May, 6:30-9:30pm
Westside Ale Works, South Melbourne
Full details

Don’t Mess With Texas – Texas Breweries/Balcones Whiskey Showcase
Wed 19 May, 7-9pm
White Oaks Saloon, Prahran
Full details

Buck’s Boilermakers
Wed 19th May, 7-9pm
Buck Mulligan’s Whiskey Bar, Northcote
Full details

The Subtle Art of the Boilermaker
Sun 23rd May, 2-5pm
Boilermaker House, Melbourne CBD
Full details


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