Which city tastes better as a beer: Sydney or Melbourne? 

Good Beer Week is Melbourne’s ultimate brew festival running from May 18-26 2013. And whereas most of the beer industry sees the festival as an opportunity to collaborate with other breweries, Time Out sees an opportunity for a punch up. Yeah, that’s right, we’re getting all north-versus-south in a Sydney-Melbourne beer smackdown.

In the Sydney corner is Dave Padden from Parramatta’s hottest new microbrewery, Riverside, and Time OutSydney editor Joel Meares*. Together they'll be throwing a sweet beachy beer your way in the form of a Bond-IPA. “We’re using galaxy and mosaic hops which give a beautiful tropical-passionfruit kind of nose and palate, and then we’ll add a small amount of actual passionfruit to the fermentation,” says Padden.

In retaliation, Time Out Melbourne's Gemima Cody*, together with the Cavalier brew crew and the coffee kings from Proud Mary is going all dark and emo with a cold drip coffee-infused IPA. Time Out wanted to call the beer Angsty Hopster, but It's going to be the skinny black jeans of beverages.

Both brews will be on tap for the duration of the festival at Good Beer Week HQ (the Terminus Hotel).

So which city tastes better as a beer, Sydney or Melbourne? Is it #BondIPA because it smells like the beach, and it drinks like a rainbow rave at the Opera house? Or the #AngHop because it's smooth, sophisticated, and like Melbourne, tastes entirely douchebag free?

Tag the beer #BondIPA or #AngHop and tweet @timeoutmel your best tasting notes. The best Tweeter will win one night of accommodation at Crown and a $200 bar tab at 29th Apartment. So talk some smack! Shake some cages. Settle the score.

*MASSIVE DISCLAIMER Time Out's contribution was limited to the enthusiastic if somewhat misguided suggestion of names and flavours. The actual brewing has been carried out by (very patient) professionals, which drastically increases the chances that the beers will be delicious.

First published on . Updated on .

By Gemima Cody   |   Photos by Graham Denholm, Dan Boud

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