Good Beer Week is “the best beer week in the world
”, according to many of the world’s leading craft brewers.
May 11 - 20 2018, Melbourne, Australia
In just eight years, it has grown from the spark of an idea to a global festival made up of more than 300 diverse and innovative events across Melbourne and Victoria that attracts seventy five thousand attendees from across Australia and overseas.
Run by an independent, not-for-profit association, the program has grown almost 500 percent in size since launching in May 2011 and in 2018 it celebrates its eighth anniversary with a lineup that features guests from around the world, big name chefs, masterclasses, sublime degustations, live music and so much more.
It is Australia’s preeminent beer event, one that has inspired smaller imitators interstate and in New Zealand, and is well placed to achieve its founders’ stated goal of establishing the leading beer festival in the Asia Pacific region. It is the biggest single platform for local brewers and beer businesses to showcase themselves to a broad audience and also plays host to the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) and the three-day GABS Beer, Cider, Food & Festival at the Royal Exhibition Building.
To encourage more people into the good beer world, we divide the annual program into four streams to make it easier for attendees to discover what stage of their good beer experience they are at. These are; Foodie, Beer Lover, Beer Geek, and Good Times, as well as Beer School for education.
The curated program allows the best of the beer industry to shine through, with the standard of events improving year on year, through the creativity and ingenuity of brewers and venues alike.
Good Beer Week’s goal is to make Good Beer Week the largest and most professional beer festival in the Asia Pacific, as well as crown Melbourne as the Craft Beer Capital of Australia.
Good Beer Week Melbourne is hands down one of the best beer events I've experienced in my brewing career. The variety of events, the enthusiasm of consumers, and the organization should be a model for beer weeks worldwide. Ben Edmunds, brewmaster of Breakside Brewery, Oregon
Held in May annually, the program begins with the Gala Showcase in March to promote the official program launch.
We will become respected leaders in festivals where others will look to us as setting the highest standards. Our beer festival will showcase humanity at its best, not how beer culture is perceived today. Good Beer Week will be all encompassing, embracing all that good beer and the local community has to offer.
The Good Beer Week Organising Committee