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Dr Brett J. Stubbs

Dr Brett J. Stubbs is an independent historical consultant and writer, and a former honorary research fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry at the University of Queensland, and in the School of Environment, Science and Engineering at Southern Cross University, New South Wales. He is Australia’s leading historian of beer and breweries, having written numerous scholarly articles and books on those topics. His works include the definitive histories of the early breweries of Queensland (Beer, Mines and Rails; Tankard Books, 2010) and Tasmania (Very Good Beer and Ale; Tankard Books, 2013). His other books include The Gold Digger’s Arms: Pubs of the Upper Clarence River District, New South Wales (Tankard Books, 2009; revised edition 2014) and Bygone Breweries of New South Wales: The Hunter River District (Tankard Books, 2016). He is presently sojourning in southern France.


A Brewing Life: Howard Norman Sleigh (1870–1957)

March 27, 2017

Sleigh is a name remembered in Australian history more in the contexts of shipping and petroleum than brewing.
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Updated: 51* new breweries in 2016

January 20, 2017

Thanks to input from Brews News readers, we were able to add another three breweries to Brett's 2016 tally, arriving at a total of 51 openings for the year.
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A Brewing Life: James Liddington (1856–1907)

September 30, 2016

Born into a brewing family, James Liddington had a colourful brewing career that stretched between Britain, New Zealand and then Australia.
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Australian Small Brewery Update January 2015

January 13, 2015

Historian Dr Brett Stubbs looks at the recent openings and closings in the Australia small brewing industry.
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Australian Small Brewery Update – November 2014

November 18, 2014

Historian Dr Brett Stubbs looks at the recent openings and closings in the Australia small brewing industry.
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Australian Small Brewery Update – September 2014

September 8, 2014

Historian Dr Brett Stubbs looks at the recent openings and closings in the Australia small brewing industry.
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Australian Small Brewery Update – July 2014

July 1, 2014
Australian Small Brewery Update – July 2014

Historian Dr Brett Stubbs looks at the recent openings and closings in the Australia small brewing industry.
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Gavin Ralston and the Breweries of Sale, Victoria

May 12, 2014

Beer historian Dr Brett Stubbs uncovers the long-forgotten story of brewer Gavin Ralston and the breweries of Sale...
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Australian Small Brewery Update – May 2014

May 1, 2014

Historian Dr Brett Stubbs looks at the recent openings and closings in the Australia small brewing industry.
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Bickley Valley Brewery

March 13, 2014

Brett Stubbs introduces us to Western Australia's Bickley Valley Brewery and its creator of Bradley Harris...
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