This week promises to be a mini-preview of the (under-development) Good Beer Week, which will occur across Melbourne in May in conjunction with the Australian International Beer Awards.
This week includes:
- Wednesday: The Federation Square Victorian Microbreweries Showcase night #1, 4:30pm-8:00pm; $5 Pint Night at Biero Bar (which now requires a $5 cover-charge on entry, but that is hard to argue with...especially after their recent influx of beers from Rogue, NøgneØ, Dupont, Haands Brygus, plus a bunch of amazing local craft beers that were brewed specially for the recent Local Taphouse Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular!)
- Thursday: Murray's Craft Brewing Showcase at Beer DeLuxe, from midday, which will also launch a new set of beer taps at the Beer DeLuxe bar (along with the end of a Peroni contract tap presence! hoorah!); Federation Square Victorian Microbreweries Showcase Night #2, 4:30pm-8:00pm; plus plenty of St Patricks Day events throughout Melbourne pubs...I recommend enjoying a pint of Guinness at a geniune Irish Pub, the only way to really enjoy a Guinness. Try and avoid buying cans of Guinness from those national liquour superstores if you want to have a proper Guinness stout taste experience. Irish Pubs take pride in pouring a true pint of Guinness. The Dan O'Connell in Collingwood is my pick for a good St Pat's night out.
- Friday: Mountain Goat Brewery bottled release of the very limited "Thorny Goat" Black IPA, a collaboration beer with the UK's Thornbridge Brewery
As always, I'll be at whatever beer events I can get to (am definitely locked in to be at both Fed Square Microbreweries Showcase nights once again!). If you see me...please say hi and tell me what is good and bad about beers, bars and bands across Australia...