Long time, no write. I’d like to say this was because I was off doing amazing things (which is partially true) but for the most part, it was due to slackness rather than lack of material,,,But now that it’s May, I am going to fill you in on some of the brilliant things happening this month as well as list some of the top free events on for good beer week as well as a line up of where to take you Mum for Mother’s Day this year (Hint: Don’t be like my kid who completely forgot about it last year and had to live under the fog of passive aggressiveness and huffiness for a week).
Good Beer Week
Good Beer Week is on for the 5 year running, going from May 16th – 24th, there is something on for all tastes, budgets and experience. It’s a great chance to try beers that are not often available in Melbourne as well as allowing you to meet the brewers and learn what goes into making this most versatile of beverages. There are a heap of great ticketed events, many of which are listed on the events calender and although I love preplanned things to death (yes I’m a little organised), I had some of my best Good Beer moments while attending some of the last minute free events so this year I thought I’d run through some of my favourite free to attend events that are on this year and in no particular order (warning: not a short list ).
- Sweet Bands + Sour Beers at the Great Britain (Sunday 24th May) – Sour events are always so popular at GBW and always seem to be the first to sell out which is why this one is so excellent. Rodenbach and Boatrocker will both be represented, add some sweet tunes and a sausage from the BBQ and you have the makings of a fabulous Sunday Session.
- Tinnies and Pinnies at The Peacock Inn Hotel (19th-24th May) – Mountain Goat are teaming up with The Peacock Inn Hotel to test your skills at Pinball while letting you get your hands on some rare breed Mountain Goat. With 9 pin ball machines and cans at retail prices which means no matter your skill level, everyone wins!
- Abbey Collabey V at Mountain Goat (Wednesday 20th May) – Mountain Goat, Moon Dog and Matilda Bay launch their latest Abbey Collabey while raising funds for the Collingwood Children’s Farm. Always a great night with a chance to mingle with the brewers, eat some pizza and general and a fantastic time.
- Are You Game? At Little Creatures in Geelong (Sunday 17th May) – Little Creatures are putting on a bunch of games and are inviting you and your mates to join in. If the brewers win, no harm done, but if you win, they may be some give aways as well as bragging rights for you to take away. From Jenga to Chinese Checkers, there’s sure to be something for you to get your game face on for.
- Exit Collaborative Tap Take Over at Slow Beer (Monday 18th May) – I’ve been watching Exits Facebook posts with interest as they have been teasing us with the exclusive beers that they have been collaborating with Slow Beer to bring you as part of this one off event. 4 one off kegs that you won’t see anywhere else. Add to the fact that the Exit lads themselves will be there to talk you through the process (seriously some of the nicest dudes in beer). Excited? Yes I am.
- BrewDog Punk Tap Takeover at Foresters Hall (Friday 22nd May) – Alright, I won’t lie, I pretty much picked this because BrewDog make some of my favourite beers and Forester’s is one of my favourite places to stay out all hours getting up to mischief. Add some punk, a black market, tattoos and some bands and oh yeah, That’s me staying out till 4 and waking up next to a kebab…again.
- Lunchtime Brew Talk Series at Young and Jackson (16th – 22nd May) – Each day from 12-2pm, Young and Jackson are hosting a different brewer for you to talk to and sample their beers. Grab a snack while you’re there and maybe a sneaky lunch time ale and chat to the brewers about the where, why and how they got to where they are. 100 times better than eating at your desk and getting crumbs on your keyboard.
- Eel River Cocktail Takeover at Thomas Olive (16th-24th May) – Eel River are taking over Thomas Olives for the entire GBW and the result will be delicious beer cocktails for you to try. On top of that, Saint Crispins Chef, Joe Grbac is putting together some amazing snacks to go with your drinks which is reason enough to stop off.
- Feral Vs Nail : 10 Tap Combat at The Royston (Monday 18th May) – I love me a good beer battle and this one is shaping up to be one of the best. 2 WA Brewers facing off in Richmond, whose hops will reign supreme? Only you can decide.
- Experenceit Pop Up World of Beer at Nieuw Amsterdam (16th-24th May) – Nieuw Amsterdam will be turning into a pop up bar at night to display a whole new world of beers. Guests include Jester King, Beavertown, Victory, Sixpoint, Deschutes, and NOMAD as well as brewers popping in to talk about their work as well as matching bar snacks.
- Pint of Origin Venues (16th-24th May in various locations) – Pint of Origin are 9 venues around Melbourne who have given over their taps for a week to beers from a particular region. This year you have Brother Burger – Queensland, The Palace Hotel – South Australia, Alehouse Project – New Zealand, The Rainbow Hotel – NSW, The Gertrude Hotel – Tasmania, The Great Northern – USA, The Royston – Western Australia, The Terminus – Victoria and Foresters Hall – Europe. This is a good one to pre plan on a night off. Study the guide, grab some mates and do the rounds. Remember, trams are your friends in this endeavor (looking at you 86).
- The Arbory is hosting DJ’s al week at their venue plus they are matching beers with food and while also giving you a chance to meet the brewers. Some of their food matches include Nikuman (steamed buns) pork or mushroom filling and Miso glazed Slipper Lobster on the Charcoal Grill with Asahi Black on the 15th, BBQ Pork Ribs with wood roasted apple and Croucher Pilsner on the 16th, Smoked roll with wood roasted wild mushrooms, shaved pork belly, crackling powder & truffle dressing and Brooklyn Beer on the 17th and Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder with barley risotto with Thunder Road on the 23rd.
Mother’s Day in Melbourne and Beyond
Mother’s Day is coming up in the 10th May and this year the theme seems to be afternoon tea (not that I am against this especially if it has gin involved). I’ve once again put together a wee list of event’s that you may wish to take your Mum along to or if you are a Mum, drop hints about or send links to or just organise yourself because who else is going to, I mean it’s not like anyone else can even replace the toilet roll is it?
Anyway…no matter where you are, hopefully I’ve got you covered and no doubt I’ll be adding to it in the coming week.
Other things on in May
And to finish off this post, I thought I’d let you know about a few cool things that are happening in Melbourne in May that are neither Mother or beer related (at least not directly, you can take your Mum).
First up, from the clever cookies that bought you Game of Rhones and Pinot Palooza is 21st Century Vino, a day long conversation about wine, with a series of Masterclasses followed by a tasting. A fantastic event for those in the know as well as those who are looking to be bought up to speed about wine.
Sticking to the wine theme, we have Handmade 2015 at The Builders Arms (great space). An afternoon to explore wine, beer, coffee as you discuss wine with some of Australia’s most exciting new wine makers and tickets are just $25.
Fancy a bit of BBQ? Burn City Smokers are getting together with, new kids on the block, The Union Electric every Sunday in May to BBQ up a storm. Teaming up with Sample Beer and Fire Drum Vodka, Burn City Smokers are bringing their signature smoked meats to the Union Electric from 3pm.
Rounding the month off is this fantastic dinner from San Telmo. 5 courses of beef, with or with out matched wines is a fabulous way to head into the cooler months plus it’s at San Telmo!