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Craft beer showdown

It's a battle of the brews at Beer DeLuxe and 505 Cellar
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Two Melbourne pubs are pitting some of Australia's best breweries against each other, when they each host craft beer show downs this month.

First up, Toorak's 505 Cellar will be hosting the Battle of the Brewers on Saturday September 23 from 7pm. The battle will see New South Wales' Stockade Brew Co go against Victoria's Mornington Peninsula Brewery.

Punters will feast on a four-course dinner matched with eight beers from both breweries. Start with a chilli calamari and Thai salad with pale ales; then lagers will complement the grilled lobster mornay with orange and fennel salad and crispy potato. Next up, enjoy a rich Indian red beef curry with IPAs before finishing with a couple of dark stouts, matched with a chocolate fondant. At the end of the meal, you'll vote on your favourite brewery. Tickets are $75 per person.

Next up, Beer DeLuxe Fed Square with be celebrating the AFL grand final with the Lager Off on Saturday September 30 from 11.30am. While you watch the two teams battle it out for this year's premiership, the beer hub will host its own showdown to find the best lager in Victoria. Brews include the Mornington Brewery Lager, Stone & Wood's Green Coast Lager, 3 Ravens' Thornbury Lager, Moon Dog's Love Tap and more. Cast your vote for your favourite brews and you'll get the chance to win some great prizes. Entry is free, but if you want to make sure you can get in on the action, book ahead

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