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Check Out Free Events at Good Beer Week 2016

With only three weeks until festivities kick off, Good Beer Week is drawing near for all beer-loving citizens. Opening on Friday 13 May and continuing until Sunday 22 May, there are a range of non-ticketed activities to take part in. Each of the five streams, FoodieBeer LoverBeer 101BeerGeek and Good Times have a variety of free entry events spread out around town.

Be crowned Queen or The King of the Hoptail at Monkey King Pan Asian Bar’s biggest competition on Monday 16 May. With some of the industries leading bartenders judging the competition, the only requirement is that the cocktail contain some form of beer or hops. The winner will be crowned King or Queen of Hoptail 2016 and have the chance to design a limited release commercial beer with Dan Dainton at the new Dainton Family Brewery.   

Go back to Beer School at Young & Jackson for a week of classes, talks and activities from some of the best beer professionals around. Running fromMonday 16 May until Thursday 19 May, the classes will run for an hour and involve learning about malt, hops, yeast and water, and how they all come together to create that mouth-watering brew. Of course, the class will involve sampling some delicious beers while the sessions are run.

Little Smith Brewing, Custard & Co Cider and Burn City Smokers are teaming up to provide your favourite combination of tasty booze and smoky meats for Mr Wow’s Sunday Summer Soiree on Sunday 15 May from 3pm at Mr Wow’s Emporium. Who cares what the weather is like outside? There will be summer fun indoors! A faux beach, leis and summer tunes will be provided as well as all day specials on tap beer and cider.

For all those foodies out there, Uke Mochi eats a BBQ, drinks Baird Brewer is a night of beers and Japanese BBQ. Taking place at Dr Morse on Thursday 19 May, the night will feature limited edition beers from Baird Brewery and charcoal BBQ Japanese that has been specially cooked to match the brews.

Combine the best in Hops, Burn & Brine – Boilermakers & Picklebacks at Slowbeer Store & Caféon Wednesday 18 May. The team behind Slowbeer have teamed up with The Pickle Bear to present an unusual match made in heaven through a range of brews, spirits and custom made pickles.

270 events will run across more than 180 venues in Melbourne and Victoria. Good Beer Week 2016 is an independent and not-for-profit festival that overall celebrates and promotes the renaissance that craft beer is enjoying globally.


Visit to check out the full range of free events.


Good Beer Week’s Free Events program


The King of the Hoptail

Free Entry

Monday 16 May 7:30PM – Late

Monkey King Pan Asian Bar

68 Menzies Alley Melbourne Central, Melbourne 3000

Beer School

Free Entry

Monday 16 May until Thursday 19 May 2:00PM – 3:00PM

Young & Jackson

Cnr Swanston and Flinders Street, Melbourne 3000

Mr Wow’s Sunday Summer Soiree

Free Entry

Sunday 15 May 3:00PM – 11:00PM

Mr Wow’s Emporium

97b Smith Street, Fitzroy 3065

Uke eats a BBQ, drinks Baird Brewer

Free Entry

Thursday 19 May 3:00PM – Late

Dr Morse

274 Johnston Street, Abbotsford 3067

Hops, Burn & Brine – Boilermakers & Picklebacks

Free Entry

Wednesday 18 May 6:00PM – 9:00PM


468 Bridge Road, Richmond 3121