Good Beer Week is taking over Melbourne yet again, and the Brooklyn crew is coming to say hello with some of our wildest brews for the world’s biggest and baddest beer festival. Brooklyn’s own Misty Hackworth, outdoor adventurer and ambassador of all-things-cool in our neighborhood, and Drew Bombard, brewery microbiologist, reviver of ancient cars and surfer-in-chief will be heading south to join up with Brooklyn Brand Ambassador and Good Beer Week czar Miro Bellini.
Miro took a brief break from slinging kegs to check in:
“The Good Beer Week beast is out of the cage and lumbering towards us. Five times before, we have scarcely wrangled it. But it arrives now more powerful than ever before, so we must dig deep and get creative to meet it head on and emerge victorious.
I think we can do it, again.
Melbourne’s Good Beer Week has 270 events across 180 venues over 10 days (surely we cant be allowed to call it a week anymore?!). Each year we throw our best at it. This year there’s a transpacific barrel blending, a single barrel whisky with Brooklyn “B” on it, and a multitude of extraordinary culinary delights, all part of a round dozen of Brooklyn Brewery events.
Will I survive? Probably.
Will Drew & Misty survive? I cannot promise anything.”
Sometimes we worry about Miro, but he seems to be mostly indestructible. He’s like the Keith Richards of the Australian craft beer scene, but Miro has better skin and doesn’t sleep upside down. Catch the whole crew at the events below, and be sure to document your adventures for posterity:
Grab a burger hot off the grill and pair it up with a pint of Brooklyn Lager, EIPA or Brown Ale at The Beer and Burger Bar. Watch out for Brooklyn ambassadors and chat over a handful of fries – they’ll be stopping in to refuel all week long.
May 14: Tropical Secrets from Brooklyn
Delve deep into what makes our rarest Ghost Bottles tick with Brooklyn Microbiologist Drew Bombard at Whisky and Alement at 1:30PM while bar owner Julian White ups the ante with some of his finest whiskies. Stick around as we finally lift the shroud on our latest top-secret project, OPERATION PURPLE.
May 14th: Grandad’s Supper
O’l Grandad’s at it again at Beer Deluxe, clamoring for the latest and greatest beer from around the world. Naturally, we obliged, partnering up with three other breweries to present a barrel-aged beer dinner sure to throw Grandad off his rocker. Rumor has it that Drew has an experimental and delicious framboise up his sleeve.
May 15: Barrel Barons Masterclass
Three brewers, three beers and one barrel to rule them all. Join this noble fellowship as we hang with Boatrocker Brewing, 8 Wired and Starward Whisky in the Boatrocker Barrel Room for a one-off, transpacific blend incorporating the latest test batch of Bel Air, our experimental kettle sour.
May 16th: Brooklyn Bonanza
Sweet BBQ and Sour Beer - a pairing for the ages. Le Bon Ton is throwing down with Brooklyn Microbiologist Drew Bombard for an all-out-symphony of beer and BBQ. Taste through three amazing courses tailored toward some of our favorite rare brews, including K is for Kriek and an experimental framboise.
May 18th: Babu Back in Brooklyn
We’re mashing up Brooklyn’s best with Australia’s hottest street food. Our favorite haunt in the East Village and across the world in Melbourne, Babu Ji is cooking up a four-course feast of intense spices and rich flavors, each paired expertly with a Brooklyn beer.
May 18th: Good Beer College with Little Creatures
Head back to school with us and unpack the tart, dry-hopped mango-infused goodness of our latest experimental sour ale with Drew Bombard. Meet us at Beer Deluxe to discuss the importance of freshness, the impact of various ingredients and the magic of the barrel over a pint or two of Bel Air Mango.
May 22nd: Barrels, Beers and Mexican Spirits
Take a look inside the Brooklyn Brewery cellar from the comfort of the Kodiak Club. We’re hauling out some of our favorite beers, including a mezcal-barrel aged ghost bottle, and teaming up with Tequila Tromba for an afternoon of beer and tequila pairings.
May 23rd: Meet the Brooklyn Brewery Brewers
Come to the waterfront at Arbory Bar and Eatery for brews, tunes and BBQ with the Brooklyn crew. Chef Nick Bennett and his beloved Yoder Smoker will be grilling up some fine meats on the deck. We’ll be pouring some of the last Lord Sorachi on Earth and a rare keg of fresh Defender IPA, so be sure to get there before they’re gone for good.