Beers through the Years festival to take a look at Ballarat's brewing history

A beer with Bertie: Cubby Haus Brewing's Malcolm Sachs, Athletic Club Brewery's Peter Parry and the Ballaarat Mechanics Institute's curator Amy Tsilemanis enjoy a drop.  Picture: Kate Healy.

A beer with Bertie: Cubby Haus Brewing's Malcolm Sachs, Athletic Club Brewery's Peter Parry and the Ballaarat Mechanics Institute's curator Amy Tsilemanis enjoy a drop. Picture: Kate Healy.

While Ballarat may fast be gaining a reputation as one of the capitals of Victorian craft brewing, in many ways the city’s newfound love of the brew is a case of back to the future. 

Athletic Club, Cubby Haus and Red Duck breweries will be putting the city’s history on show with the first Beers through the Years festival, which will be held at the Ballaarat Mechanics Institute on May 20.  

As well as unveiling a number of limited edition brews inspired by Ballarat’s beers of old, the event which is running as part of Good Beer Week will feature a historical exhibition detailing the city’s brewing past as well as a number of guest speakers.  

The historic exhibition in the Minerva Room of the Mechanics Institute will also remain on display for a week after the event to coincide with Ballarat’s Heritage Weekend. 

“This is exciting because it skips over the era of bad beer,” Cubby Haus Brewing owner Malcolm Sachs said.  “We’re focusing on the history where everything was made properly because now we’re doing it again.”