UPDATE (13/03): Following the Government's announcement regarding non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people, the Indie Beer Showcase will not take place next week on March 20-21.
In a statement, the IBA said: "We haven’t taken this decision lightly. This is devastating news for the Good Beer Week Team, but we take the health and safety of our patrons, volunteers, and brewery staff very seriously.
"At this point, the Indie Beer Showcase will not be cancelled but postponed until further information is revealed by The Australian Government regarding developments surrounding the virus.
"We’re encouraging ticket purchasers to hold onto their tickets, until further notice, as the event will continue to take place at a more appropriate time. While the Indie Beer Showcase will take place at some point this year, we will provide refunds to ticket holders who seek it."
The Crafty Pint will be in touch with Crafty Cabal members who secured double passes through us to find out whether they wish to hold onto them for the next event.
The Indie Beer Showcase is the Good Beer Week Gala Showcase reinvented – a little, at least.
The change of name follows the merger between Australia's leading beer week and the Independent Brewers Association (IBA) and sees the event switch its focus slightly to showcase only indie brewers.
Aside from that, however, it's an event that will be familiar to fans of the Gala Showcase, taking over Fed Square in the heart of Melbourne for a celebration of delicious local beer in the company of brewers and fellow beer lovers.
UPDATE: Friday session sold out. Still tickets for Saturday's sessions
There is an impressive lineup of free masterclasses – check them here – including the Crafty team chatting barrels with Dollar Bill and Molly Rose.
As for brewers, the five 2020 Good Beer Week Festival Breweries will be in attendance:
- Bridge Road Brewers
- Hop Nation
- Modus Operandi
- Stomping Ground
And they're joined by faces old and new:
- Ballistic Beer Co
- Bonehead Brewing
- Dollar Bill
- Forrest Brewing
- Frexi Brewing
- Fury & Son
- Inner North Brewing Co
- Molly Rose
- Mr Banks
- Prancing Pony
- Red Hill
- Sailors Grave
- Tallboy & Moose
- Urban Alley
- Van Dieman
- Westside Ale Works
- Wolf Of The Willows
The Showcase takes place on March 20 and 21 and is your first chance to get your hands on programs for the tenth Good Beer Week, which runs from May 15 to 24, 2020.
Tickets for the Gala Showcase cost $50pp, which gets you 20 x 60ml tasters, $10 food voucher, Rastal glass to take home, 30 brewers, more than 100 beers and food trucks.
NB We've got some double passes for Crafty Cabal members too – see below.
Friday – 5pm to 9pm SOLD OUT
Saturday – midday to 4pm
Saturday – 5pm to 9pm
CRAFTY CABAL BONUSES
We've got a few double passes for members of The Crafty Cabal, our beer lovers bonus scheme:
- Members could win one by entering a ballot before 5pm on February 28. We'll pick winners at random and notify them via email.
- And there's a couple of double passes available as signup bonuses for new members – SORRY – ALL GONE.
For more on The Crafty Cabal and all the bonuses it offers beer lovers, head here.