Melbourne will be in hoppy heaven from May 16-24 for the fifth annual Good Beer Week.
From cheap and cheerful beer dinners at local pubs to five-course beer/wine challenges at Vue de Monde, Good Beer Week covers all bases with 250 unique events in 180 venues across Melbourne and regional Victoria. Masterclasses, dinners, tours, comedy, collaborations and live music are on the bill, along with about 100 events to which entry is free.
With so many events over nine frothy days, where should you start? Five of the Best asked TV food traveller, Maha owner/chef and self-confessed beer fiend Shane Delia (above) for his top picks. These are Shane’s don’t-miss Good Beer Week events.
1. Moor’s Head v Hawkers
Sunday, May 17, 12:30pm-4:00pm, Moor’s Head, rear 774 High St, Thornbury, $60
Head north side for a Sunday session with the masters of inauthentic pide and Joe Abboud’s very drinkable Hawkers beer, created with master brewer Mazen Hajjar (pictured with Joe at the brewery, right). If I was in town I’d be there in a heart beat.
2. Grain vs Grape Dinner
Saturday, May 16, 7pm-late, Holgate Brewhouse, 79 High St, Woodend, $120
This is a cracking event with two great producers. We stock both Holgate and Curly Flat at Maha because they pair so well with food. Tough choice if you have to pick just one. (This event has sold out)
3. Beast of Brooklyn
Saturday, May 16, 2pm-5pm, Meat Maiden, Basement, 195 Little Collins St, Melbourne, $90
I’ve got a big crush on Brooklyn, my fave borough out of the five in NYC. Brooklyn Beers hit the mark and wash down those ‘biggie’ bold flavours a treat. (This event has sold out)
4. Luxury Biere E Pizza
Tuesday, May 19, 7.30pm-late, Supermaxi, 305 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North, $70
La Sirene beer has been a huge hit on the Maha list. Some posh pizza with a Saison sounds like a good night out to me.
5. Chin Chin X Quiet Deeds
Wednesday, May 20, 2pm-5pm, Chin Chin, 125 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, $98
I love Asian cuisine and love not knowing how to cook it. Always happy to let Benjamin Cooper take care of business in the Chin Chin kitchen, doing what he does best.