And one of my favourite festivals, is Good Beer Week. The annual celebration of all that is good, nay, great about craft beer.
This year with trying to buy a house, we were restrained, no annual leave and big beer budgets, but that didn't stop us enjoying the week.
We started with a complete (market life) bucket list item. Yes, it was a Northern Regards Artisan Market GOOD BEER WEEK market !
Celebrating all that is upcycling, handmade, local and delicious craft beer.
The fabulous chaps from 3 Ravens Brewery were on hand with samples, tasting and beer talk and our fabulous makers made craft beer inspired wares.
I spent, quite a lot, of money and drank delicious beer.
Each year a number of venues celebrate POO, the unfortunate or just plain cheeky acronym for Point of Origin. This year, one of our favourite venues, The Terminus Hotel celebrated all things Victorian.
I very happily tasted the Women Of Beer United Red Ale.............brewed in Melbourne, by women and delicious.
Feral vs Nail Brewery tap takeover at Royston Hotel. I love the Royston and I love WA's Feral Brewing. Which is a good thing because this is one of the trickiest venue's to get to on public transport, hiding away in industrial Richmond.
However, the food, vibe and beer is worth the two trams and a train !
Some of our favourite feral brews, plus a few new ones to sample. Happy days !
And then, the lovely Royston Hotel gifted us two tickets to the Two Birds/Rockwell and Sons Brewer vs chef event. It was our first visit to the Two Birds Nest, brewery, restaurant and bar in Spotswood. A fantastic venue with amazing beer, and the Rhubarb Saison brewed just for this event was amazing and one of my favourite beers of the festival.
And then, there was GABS - The Great Australiasian Beer SpecTAPular.
Over 300 beers on offer, many brewed just for the event.
Beer and bunting in one of my favourite Melbourne buildings, The Exhibition Building in Carlton.
We tasted some great beer. Enjoyed delicious burgers and I finally got to try the Bright Brewery MIA IPA. This event is so well run, attracting a larger and more diverse crowd every year.
And so that was Good Beer Week.
Writing this post has made me thirsty for a good beer, like a 3 Ravens APA. Do you know where they serve said beer......?
Thornbury Bowls Club. And you know what is happening at Thornbury Bowls Club next week,
the Wild About Melbourne Etsy Craft Party ! To WIN two FREE tickets to the event, comment below and I will award two tickets to my favourite comment on Tuesday.
Happy crafting - be that beer or handmade arts !