Food and beer lovers unite!

Melbourne Good Beer Week is back from Friday May 12 – Sunday 21 and with a huge program of drinks, food and fun-filled events, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

This year’s program has been broken down into four streams: Beer Lover, Foodie, Beer Geek and Good Times. So whether you want to grab a drink, a bite to eat, learn something new or just have a bit of fun, you’ll find the right event for you in the CBD.

Kick off the celebrations with Good Beer Week’s Opening Night Party. Held at this year’s hub, Beer Deluxe at Federation Square will be providing drink specials, a line up of the festivals beer selection and The Tarantinos – a band inspired by Quentin Tarantino's film soundtracks – will really be getting the party started.

The opening night Party starts at 6pm on Friday, May 12 and the best part is, it’s free!

If you’ve ever struggled to find the perfect beer to match your meal, you might enjoy Cut, Contrast and Complement, Good Beer Week’s beer matching class!

Learn from experts Matthew Houghton, founder of Boatrocker Brewing Co and Rob Kabboord, chef of Merricote, as they show you how to pair flavours and textures or how to find the right contrast in tastes.

School is in session on Monday, May 15 from 4pm - 5.30pm, also at the festival hub.
Tickets are an easy $15 and can be purchased from

Laneway bar Belleville Melbourne is proudly bringing you Blood, Sweat & Beers: The Brew Off.

Two of Australia’s best independent breweries, Dainton and Hargreaves Hill will fight for the heavyweight title and invite you to be part of the action.

The two competitors will be pouring their best brews from nine taps, matched with a special four-course Belleville menu.

The battle is taking place on Tuesday, May 16 from 8pm - late. Tickets can be purchased online for $69.

Here’s another one for you foodies! Your friends at Fancy Hank’s are putting on an IPA-matched barbecue dinner on Wednesday, May 17.

Five different India Pale Ale’s from Fixation Brewing, Wolf of the Willows Brewing Co and New Belgium brewing will be paired with a selection of Fancy Hank's signature low and slow cooked barbecue, as well as canapés, smoked meats and desserts.

The evening starts at 6pm and finishes at 9pm. Tickets are available online for $100.

There are countless more events happening all over the CBD, so head to for the full program on what to do, eat and drink.

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