Good Beer Week Gala Showcase 2015: Event

The Good Beer Week Gala Showcase was an event held on 13 and 15 March 2015 at, for the first time, the Fitzroy Town Hall. The purpose of the Good Beer Week Gala Showcase is, as the name suggests, to showcase craft beers new and old from 23 of Australia’s independent breweries as well as launching the programme for Good Beer Week in May.

good beer week gala showcase 2015

One of the most impressive breweries at this year’s showcase was Boatrocker who, for the 3rd year in a row, took out the Time Out People’s Choice Award for best beer of the event. It was the 2014 Ramjet barrel-aged imperial stout that won the award but we were actually more impressed by one of their other brews which launched at the showcase – the Banshee, a barley wine aged in new world whisky barrels (ex Pedro Ximenez).

Boatrocker’s “Miss Pinky” a low ABV Raspberry Berliner Weiss was also very tasty with undertones of sherbet and, obviously, raspberry.

good beer week gala showcase 2015

All of the breweries showcasing beers had great brews on offer but, along with Boatrocker, stand-outs for us were beers from new brewery Hawkers (owned by Joseph Abboud of Rumi/Moor’s Head fame and Mazen Hajjar, from Lebanon’s 961 Beer), old favourites from Kaiju and the “as good as the first time we tried it” Barrique O’Karma from Feral Brewing. It was also great to see beers from newcomers Swell Brewing from McLaren Vale and Blackman’s Brewery from Torquay.

It wasn’t just great beer that was on offer at the showcase, with tasty food being served up from the Beatbox Kitchen and Hammer & Tong food trucks during the Friday session.

All in all, a great event in a space that suited the convivial atmosphere of the occasion well. All we can say now, is bring on the 250 plus events over the 9 days that make up Good Beer Week in May!

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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