Good Beer Week 2019 sees the 20th Birthday of Holgate Brewhouse, and the Cask Off returns to it’s birthplace in Woodend.

One of the best ways to get down and dirty with a number of brewers, Cask Off 2019 will feature five breweries with two cask conditioned ales brewed for the event.

It could be a take on an old favourite or something totally one off just for the event – the only rules are they must be served traditionally on stillage and tapped in sync at the strike of noon.

There will be someone on hand from each brewery to talk all things brewing, and for the first time in 2019 we will be introducing the ‘People’s Choice Cask’ – vote for your favourite beer on the day, with the winning brewery taking ownership of the (soon to be) coveted Cask Trophy.

Ticket price includes lunch (please advise us of any dietaries!), live music and plenty of cask ale to round off your Good Beer Week!



It started off innocently enough as the name of a beer brewed specially for a wedding, yet soon 3 Ravens was taking on a life of its own. They had opened a microbrewery in a warehouse in northern Melbourne, knocking out traditional European beers and putting them into a handful of nearby pubs.

3 Ravens were one of the first to install a traditional, English-style hand pump into a Melbourne pub, they also turn their hands to all manner of limited releases, from past favourites such as the Ale Noir – their Dark smoke beer aged in a French oak barrel previously used for pinot noir – and the Ravenator Bock to popular repeats like the USB and more recent beasts such as the whisky barrel-aged Black Mass and Pedro Ximinez aged Druid.

The 3 Ravens team are not newbies to the Cask Off & have consistently bought fire to the table when putting a cask conditioned beer together.


The Brick Lane Brewing Community began when 25 friends came together with a plan to do things a bit differently.

The Brick Lane Community is an idea celebrating the great brewing community in Australia, creating a place where all makers and lovers of good beer can come together. A purpose built facility in Dandenong; designed with quality, flexibility and scale at its heart.  From this Dandenong base, Brick Lane and our partners in brewing make beers to be enjoyed at the brewery, across Dandenong, Melbourne, around Australia and beyond.

First comers to the Cask Off event so we are all very excited to see what the casks will be filled with on debut.

Torquay has a brewery to call its own thanks to local boy Renn Blackman and his partner Jess Guidice. When we say “local boy”, it’s strictly true as Renn was born and raised half an hour down the road. Plus keeping it in the family, Renn and Jess decided to name the beers after members of the Blackman family; there’s Bob the spiced witbier, Reg the IPA that Renn hopes will be the beer his brewery becomes known for, and so on. And fine beers they are too!

At Blackman’s brewery the philosophy is this: they love good beer, it’s really that simple. They make their beers with the best quality ingredients they can get their hands on. They want to make good beer for everyone!

It’s proven to be a combination of friends and family that saw Blackman’s hit the ground running, and quite right too. After all, who doesn’t love a tale of local boy done good? Let’s see what they decide to introduce to the Holgate laneway on Cask Off afternoon!

Macedon Ranges Brewers Club was first formed in 2014 by Chris Taylor. He and his partner Lucinda had recently acquired the lease on the Royal George in Kyneton and had outfitted it with 16 taps and 1 hand pump. An award winning home brewer of many years, Chris thought that starting a brew club would be a great way to attract beer lovers.

Since then, the club has met informally on the last Wednesday of every month, tasting each other’s beers and chatting all things brewing – and occassionally salami. On the agenda for any upcoming gatherings will be everything cask conditioned.

Still meeting on the last Wednesday of every month with new comers always welcome, and the beer always tasty.