Good beer is something everyone deserves, but something Australia has taken its time to fully embrace. Those VB ads have a lot to answer for, and not just for teaching a generation of boys that the only way to be a man is by lifting heavy objects while wearing short shorts.
Fortunately these days in Melbourne we have Good Beer Week, seven days (and nights) of tastings, dinners, talks, masterclasses and general piss-ups centred around the importance and pleasure of craft beer. Now in its second year and with a city-wide, 90-event program that ranges from brewery showcases to deluxe dinners to straight-up parties, Good Beer Week is a fine and long-overdue celebration of the fact that beer is so much more than just something to get drunk on. Although there is definitely that.