Sydney is a beer-lover’s city with a burgeoning craft beer scene, but as far as cities with people who are passionate about beer, Melbourne edges out their brothers to the north. Although both cities have a beer festival, Melbourne was first to make it an annual event. Both cities have about the same number of small breweries and brew pubs, but Melbourne squeaks ahead based on sheer enthusiasm.
Beer in Melbourne is ever present. There are a bevy of pubs, beer gardens, and bars where you can get the local favorites. Carlton, Victoria Bitter and Melbourne Bitter are regulars, but new brands are pushing their way in as a result of a newly acquired appreciation for craft beers. And, contrary to what you may have heard, there aren’t too many shrimps going on the bar-b’s and Foster’s is not “Australian for beer”.