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Ballarat’s bumper beer month this May

Visit Ballarat

03 May 2022

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The craft beer capital of regional Australia is putting its best foot (or should we say beer) forward in May.

Back for another round of drinks is the second annual Ballarat Beer Hop on Saturday 14 May from 11am until 6pm.

Ballarat Beer Hop

Five CBD bars will host 12 of Ballarat and Victoria’s top craft breweries, including Moon Dog, Burnley Brewing, Holgate, White Rabbit, Dainton, Mountain Goat and Brewmanity plus homegrown talent Aunty Jacks, Red Duck and Cubby Haus.

Purchase a ticket for the bar you would like to start at – Aunty Jacks, Midtown Cellars, Hop Temple, Freight Bar or a surprise pop-up – then follow the map to discover the other venues at your own leisure.

Tickets are $59, which gets you 12 x 100ml beer samples, a souvenir tasting glass plus a t-shirt.

Click here to purchase your Ballarat Beer Hop tickets

2022 Great Australasian Beer Spectapular

Meanwhile, Ballarat is proud to again be an official partner of the 2022 Great Australasian Beer Spectapular (GABS).

Head down to Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building on 27-29 May to visit our cracking stand, taste our delicious brews and discover why this iconic Australian event is recognised globally as one of the best craft beer festivals in the world.

Representing #teamballarat will be:

Click here to find out more about the 2022 GABS Festival

Ballarat’s top 5 craft beer experiences

There’s one way to fully experience the region’s emerging craft beer scene and that’s to drink your way around Ballarat’s beer halls and breweries.


From talented small-batch brewers to some of Victoria’s best brewpub experiences, Ballarat is serious about its craft beer.  

But what you may not realise is that you can also source quality brewing ingredients such as locally-grown hops in the region and even study brewing!  

Beer School at Aunty Jacks

New brewpub Aunty Jacks hosts regular courses and the popular Beer School with Ballarat’s very own Dr Beer, Peter Aldred.

And Dean’s AC Hops is producing whole dried hop cones and wet hops, helping local brewers further cement their roots to the region.

Also in the small country town of Dean is Bankhouse Brewery – arguably Australia’s smallest brewery.

Add to that a history forged in liquid gold plus the annual Ballarat Beer Festival and you’ve got a recipe for a good time!

If you’re curious about Ballarat’s flourishing brewing scene and the story of paddock to pint, why not check it out for yourself? 

Ballarat craft beer trail

Did you know Ballarat is home to some of Australia’s finest brewing stations and handcrafted beer?



The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.