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Matt Kirkegaard

Matt Kirkegaard Matt Kirkegaard is the founder and editor of Australian Brews News. He is a freelance beer writer and was recognised as one of Australia's leading beer writers when he was awarded the inaugural Media Trophy at the 2014 Australian International Beer Awards. He loves good beer and hates bad marketing. You can learn more about him through his BeerMatt website. As a highly regarded writer and commentator, Matt has also done paid work and hosted tastings for a wide variety of breweries and businesses including CUB, Coopers, Stone & Wood and Feral. He remains fiercely independent.

Web Site: http://www.beermatt.com

Opinion divided on ACCC inaction

July 18, 2017

Not all small brewers have joined in the outpouring of anger at the ACCC's finding tap contracts do not substantially lessen competition.
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ACCC explains contract decision in diverse market

July 13, 2017

ACCC Deputy Chair Michael Schaper spoke with Brews News to explain the ACCC's decision that a court was unlikely to find that tap contracts amounted to a substantial lessening of competition...
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Nine month Best Before dates “ridiculous” says Beer Professor

July 7, 2017

Professor Charlie Bamforth's new book looks at beer freshness and his advice could have important ramifications for the Australian brewing industry...
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Tap contracts reform is no silver bullet

June 5, 2017

Repost: With tap contracts once again in the news, we revisit this 2015 article exploring some of the arguments in favour of contracting arrangements.
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Sunshine State shines at AIBA 2017

May 19, 2017

Queensland has come of age as a brewing region, judging by the results announced at last night’s Australian International Beer Awards.
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Craft is changing the face of malt

April 19, 2017

New Zealand craft maltster, Gladfield, has expanded its operations on the back of strong demand for malts designed specifically for the needs of craft beer.
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Can Hawke’s beer create new association between Bob Hawke and beer?

April 6, 2017

Will a new beer featuring Bob Hawke's name raise awareness of Landcare, or remind people about Australia's sometimes unhappy relationship with alcohol?
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Little Brewing sale testament to beer quality, if not business

March 21, 2017

The sale of Little Brewing Company will inject new business skills while retaining its brewing talent, according to the buyers of the business.
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Forget craft, what does ‘independent’ mean?

March 7, 2017

In the post 'craft' world, the definition of independence could be the next - and much murkier - battleground that renders meaningless the debate over big versus small breweries.
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Queensland craft beer permits start 1 September

August 30, 2016

Permits enabling craft brewers to provide free samples and sell take away beer at promotional events in Queensland are set to commence from 1 September, but continue to highlight the inequity between beer and wine...
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