It's nearly that time of year again; how quickly a year can go by... Good Beer Week has already kicked off and I have got a packed schedule all the way through until GABS the following weekend. I've been hanging out for the release of this years program so I could get planning, and finally it's here!
Just like last year the idea is to pick 6 beers from each of the 6 sections. This should hopefully account for any late scratchings and still be able to construct a paddle of 5 beers from each section. I'll try and explain my reasons behind selecting each beer, whether it be a style I love, an unmissable brewery or something that sounds so insane I have to try it!
Section 1 is the best it's been for a couple of years. For me there are 4 must try beers; Iago's Revenge - a Black IPA from Akasha, Bacchus Brewing Co's Peanut Brittle Gose - who can go past Ross' offering any year, Batch Brewing Co's Marrickville Pork Roll - I work for a Vietnamese person in the heart of Melbourne's largest Vietnamese community need I say more, Beery Ripe Porter from Big Shed - it's a must for me because of my love for Cherry Ripe's and Big Shed. In only the first section I'm going to break my rule and offer 4 possible beers for your perusal. The first being 4 Hearts Brewing S'more Than a Feeling, I love s'mores and can definitely see this flavour working in a beer. 7 Cent's Belly Button Beer, fermented with yeast captured from the brewers own belly buttons, the beer has gained international fame and would be hard to turn down. I always like trying the Australia Homebrewer of the Year's beer and this time Hop McStuffins is a huge Double IPA - in a field lacking heaps of hops this could be worth a go. Finally, Canberra's Bentspoke Brewery's Tour De Brune sounds like it's packed full of Belgian Chocolate and could be a real winner with the GABS crowd, which has a penchant for sweeter beers.
Section 1 - Must Have: 8, 12, 17, 20
Maybe's: 2, 5, 11, 19
Section 2 - Must Have: 25, 26, 40
Maybe's: 23, 29, 31, 34, 35
Section 3 - Must Have: 41, 45, 52
Maybe's: 46, 47, 49, 55, 59
Section 4 - Must Have: 65
Maybe's: 62, 63, 64, 67, 72, 73, 74, 75, 78, 80
Section 5 - Must Have: 81, 83, 87
Maybe's: 88, 94, 97, 99
Section 6 - Must Have: 116, 117
Maybe's: 101, 102, 103, 104, 109, 113, 120
Remember it's always Beer O'Clock somewhere in the world!