Good Beer Week is almost here!

There are three words on everyone’s lips (and minds) right now, and those words are Good Beer Week. Yes, Australia’s biggest celebration of craft beer starts again this Friday and this year we’ll be kicking things up a notch as the Pint of Origin venue for New Zealand, bringing you the most chur tap lineup this side of the Tasman.

We’ve got Kiwi brews by the truckload ready and waiting to grace our taps, but we aren’t stopping there! Here are all the opportunities to get involved at Foresters during Good Beer Week.

PINT OF ORIGIN – NEW ZEALAND

Weeklong

Kiwi food, sweet Kiwi tunes, probably some All Blacks victories on the TVs… it’ll be sweet as a kumara. But that’s not all, we’ve got meet the brewer sessions with some of the best brewers in EnZed lined up all week long! Check out the dates below to see when you can get your fix of Kiwi hops!

Sunday 14 May – from 5PM

8 Wired Brewing with founder Soren Erikson

Wednesday May 17 – from 5PM

Epic Brewing Company and Magic Dust IPA launch with head brewer Luke Nicholas

Thursday May 18 – from 5PM

Hop Federation and Hop Harvest Kolsch launch with founder Simon Nicholas

Saturday May 20 – from 5PM

Liberty Brewing Company with head brewer Joseph Wood

TIME OUT PUB AWARDS

Monday 15 May, 6.30PM

Join the Melbourne hospitality industry as we as we raise a pint to the city’s best local haunts, best counter meals and more, and see who is crowned 2017 Pub of the Year.

GARAGE PROJECT LAB

Tuesday 16 May, 7PM

The mad scientists of NZ beer turn Foresters into a science lab for the night, with live demonstrations of their weird brewing techniques, beer samples, and insights from the mad scientists themselves. See how the magic happens, then taste it!

NZ BREWER SPEED DATING

Wednesday 17 May, 7PM

Want to date a Kiwi brewer? Well, kind of. Have your own personal meet the brewer and tasting session so you can ask them all the questions you’ve ever wanted to ask, then DING! After 15 minutes, you’ll be on to the next one!

WELLINGTON TAKES OVER COLLINGWOOD

Friday 19 May, 8PM

Wellington knows how to party, so we’re letting them throw one at Foresters. Wellington brewers and bar owners take control of the taps, the music, the entertainment, and the food to show you how to party Kiwi-style! Hint: make sure you call them jandals, not thongs. If you’re keen to get all the updates on each event, check out our Facebook Events page here.

Meet the Crew

Each month, we’re going to introduce one of the Foresters team so you get to know just who makes Foresters what it is.

First up, it’s Kaine, Beer Slinger and Events Manager

Kaine’s our go-to man for events, sorting out upcoming beer launches, events, and anything fun and a bit stupid that is going on at Foresters. He’s worked at a number of hospitality venues, in roles from glassie through to management, so knows just how Foresters ticks!

What’s his go-to knockoff? "Right now, it’s the 3 Ravens Smoked Oyster Stout. Not even joking!"

Beer of The Month

We have a constantly rotating tap lineup at Foresters, as well as a massive selection of Australian wines and craft spirits. Each month, we’ll be letting you know about one that is sure to knock your socks off.

Goose Island Midway IPA

We are proud to be the only venue in Victoria currently pouring the Goose Island Midway Session IPA following its launch in Australia last month. Coming in at 4.1%, this US-style session IPA is packed with Mosaic hops, giving a bright, tropical aroma and moderate bitterness on the palate. The next time you drop in, just look for the Goose!

Where to spend Grand Final Day this year

Where to spend Grand Final Day this year

Time Out Melbourne has given our huge Grand Final Day plans two thumbs up on their "What to do on AFL Grand Final Day" List!

"Forester's is throwing its first AFL Grand Final day bash with a big Aussie barbecue by Bluebonnet BBQ. Watch the big game on three big screens, take your chances in the footy sweeps and go wild with 50 craft beers on tap..."

Brew Review: Rodenbach Grand Cru

Brew Review: Rodenbach Grand Cru

The Belgium brewery, Rodenbach, is entirely devoted to making one particular, very different type of beer. It’s not a lager or a pilsner and it is by no means an “easy drinker”.

The flavour can be described as almost “winey” with a tart acidity. This is due to the way the beer is aged: Not in your conventional casks, kegs or barrels, but in huge wooden tuns that are as high as the halls that they stand.