How do you keep the winter blues at bay? Alcohol (Please consult a medical or legal practitioner before taking any advice from us). May is bringing doom, gloom, and lethargy, but Melbourne is fighting to keep the (literal) spirits up – or rather, downed. Arm yourself from the choices below.
Brooklyn Block Party at Ferdydurke & Section 8
239 Lonsdale Street & 27-29 Tattersalls Lane, CBD
Good Beer Week is back for its eighth annual installment. The folks on Tattersalls Lane are getting in on the action, with Ferdydurke and Section 8 throwing a Brooklyn Block Party on Saturday the 19th from 2pm. On the agenda: a hotdog eating competition, pop-up hairdressing by Beef Barber’s, and a range of Brooklyn Brewery beers, usually unavailable outside the U.S.
Let’s be honest, though, you didn’t need another reason to love beer.
Experimental Whisky Aboard The Black Pearl
304 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
There is hope for humanity when you discover some geniuses created World Whisky Day. There is even more hope when the lovely humans at Glenfiddich and The Black Pearl host a whisky tasting session. The night includes whisky selections from Glenfiddich’s Experimental Range and custom drinks by The Black Pearl’s renowned bartenders.
Time to redefine your Thursday night bevs. Get booking before spots run out.
Waterside Hotel’s Dawgs & Beer
508 Flinders Street, Melbourne
With a nod to Good Beer Week, the Waterside Hotel is hosting its own beer tribute: hotdogs and beer. Beer and hotdogs. Either way you say it, it sounds good. Now upgrade it: Chicago’s Goose Island beer and the Waterside’s gourmet hotdogs, with a side of giant jenga and pinball.
All that’s left for you to do is grab your crew and settle yourselves into a table at the Waterside on Thursday the 17th from 9pm.
Starward Bound at Starward Distillery
50 Bertie Street, Port Melbourne
On Saturday 19th of May from 12.30pm – 6pm, you can expect an amazing collaboration between Starward Distillery and the Boatrocker crew!
Not only will you be treated to an amazing array and selection of regular and rare Starward whiskies, you will be also be drinking a fine selection of Boatrocker brews all aged in Starward whisky casks. The collaboration will also see them launching DRAMJET – a unique mix of whisky and Ramjet imperial stout.
You can also expect nibbles from Pambula Oyster Co. AND Boatrocker are bringing their offset smoker from the barrel room and plying you with awesome hearty smoked meats.
GABS Beer, Cider, and Food Festival
Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton
Oh, but the title doesn’t even capture everything. There’s also golf, dancing, drinking games, and so much more packed into this 3-day festival from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th. That still won’t be enough time for you to sample each of the 170 unique brews featured at this festival, so don’t waste a minute.
Make sure to plan out your day so you experience – and taste – as much as you can.
By Yogita Maruti