Beat's Guide To Good Beer Week 2017

Froth dogs, bevvos, frosties, cold ones – whatever you like to call them, there's no doubt in Beat's mind about beer being one of the finest accomplishments of the entire human race. Slight overstatements aside, Good Beer Week is back for 2017 offering one of the most wide-ranging celebrations of Australia's national drink that there is. With events happening daily from Friday May 12 through to Sunday May 21, you'll find everything from curated banquets tailor matched to beers, opportunities to meet brewers and a chance to taste some of the rarest ales on offer – not to mention all of the music sandwiched in between. And while we wish every week was dedicated to beer, here's some of our top picks from the only week that is. 

Ballast Point Beer Banquet Young & Jackson, Friday May 19
A beer-matched banquet will be keeping you satisfied and tantilised, as well as offering an opportunity to meet the brewers themselves. This six-course dinner and beer pairing promises a culinary experience you won’t forget. Enjoy exceptional dishes paired with Ballast Point Brewing Co. beers at this exclusive event. 
Find out more about Ballast Point Beer Banquet here.
BBQ Bonanza - The Post Office Hotel, Saturday May 13
This beer and barbeque bonanza will feature sneak peek dishes from the upcoming menu from Coburg Brewing Co’s next big adventure at the infamous Pentridge Prison site. It will also feature a custom made 1.5 metre wood-fired grill, manned by chef Robert Aparo, set to showcase a modern Australian barbeque. Tickets are 50 bucks and you’ll get two full courses and matching beers.
Find out more about BBQ Bonanza here.
Blood Sweat & Beers: The Brew OffBelleville, Tuesday May 16
Dainton and Hargreaves Hills will battle head to head. The night will explore the explosive growth of the craft beer industry and the dramatic journeys of two start-up breweries. They'll be slinging an array of the best brews from their range against a special Belleville menu. Over the evening nine beers will be on tap, while you enjoy a four-course meal to match.
Find out more about Blood Sweat & Beers: The Brew Off here.
The Brooklyn Block Party - Section 8 & Ferdydurke, Saturday May 20
Section 8 will be running the party on the ground level, with performances from New York's GE-OLOGY, as well as Melbourne hip hop and soul groovers ESESE as well as a host of other vibe facilitators. Brass Knuckle BBQ will be presenting gastronomical goods from 2pm. Upstairs, Ferdydurke will be offering $5 barber cuts from 2pm while The ReChords and Rattlin' Bones Blackwood rock it up. Entry is free.
Find out more about The Brooklyn Block Party here.
Fixation Fest - The Old Bar, Saturday May 20
During Fixation Fest, there will be four Fixation IPAs on offer, including one special edition variety making its first ever public appearance. The Old Bar will be providing attendees with musical entertainment from The Shabbab, Foxtrot, Cosmic Kahuna and The Berkeley Hunts. Entry is only $12 at the door.
Find out more about Fixation Fest here.
Froth Upper Lip The Bendigo Hotel, Friday May 19
Frothy Upper Lip will see the Bendigo putting on a free BBQ with a Young Henrys bar shout from 5pm. Young Henrys pints and tinnies will be on special all night. On the music front Hydromedusa, Horsehunter, Geld, Flour, Grim Rhythm and more are set to get you going. The bandroom doors open at 7pm. Get your tickets from the Good Beer Week website for $17 or $20 at the door.
Find out more about Froth Upper Lip here.
Girl Power - Fox Hotel, Sunday May 14
A day where the best female Victorian brewers take over the taps at The Fox Hotel while local females musicians and bands take to both the stage and decks. Breweries including Red Hill, Hargreaves, Two Birds, Kettle Green and Mountain Goat will keep the drinks flowing while Monique Brumby, Emma Wall & the Urban Folk, Little Wise, and DJ Blaberunner are among the acts providing  the tunes.
Find out more about Girl Power here.
The Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular - Royal Exhibition Building, Friday May 19 - Sunday May 21 170 beers and ciders have been specially made for the event, with the only criteria for creation is that it must be a beer or cider that brewers have never made before. Having already introduced Two Birds' Taco beer, La Sirène’s beverage made from Belgian praline chocolate and Yeastie Boys’ Earl Grey tea leaves creation, this year will see everything from a beer clear as water with the flavour of a stout to replications of espresso martinis and fruit tingle cocktails.
Find out more about GABS here.
Moo Brew - The Great Northern & Pure South Restaurant, Friday May 19
Moo Brew’s party at the Great Northern is going to pay homage to their whole range – with kegs, bottles and cans of beer, including the staple seven and seasonal releases, featuring recreations of the artwork by Australian artist John Kelly they’ve become known for. They’ve also recruited MONA’s DJ Dameza, who’ll be joined by Head Chef Vince Trim, with the Heavy Metal Kitchen in tow. The ArtTASan Long Lunch at Pure South includes complimentary beers to match three Tasmanian inspired courses. 
Find out more about Moo Party here and the ArtTASan lunch here.
Pint of Origin The Palace Hotel, Friday May 12 - Sunday May 21 
Third year as the South Australia representative for Pint of Origin with 18 Breweries involved this year. Most of them have been a part of the event from the start but there are a couple of newbies. There lots of specials during the week so make sure you check Instagram or Facebook.  
Find out more about Pint Of Origin here.
Smudge Eats - Various Melbourne restaurants, Friday May 12 - Sunday May 21
A $40 two-course menu across twenty restaurants spread across Melbourne. There’s also a coffee night with General Assembly featuring a panel of top Melbourne coffee people, there’ll also be a big day of free coffee across around 50 cafes in Melbourne. 
Find out more about Smudge Eats here.

Good Beer Week is taking place from Friday May 12 until Sunday May 21. Find out everything you need to know on their website.