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Get busy drinkin’ or get very boring

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March 2, 2015
Get busy drinkin’ or get very boring

Relax. It's just beer. We happen to think it's very good beer and we sometimes get upset when 'outsiders' diss it. Pete Mitcham tries to put some perspective on the 'craft wanker' debate.
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Wankers, stand down.

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February 27, 2015
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Here we go again. Somebody somewhere said something mean about craft beer. Now the internet is in an uproar.
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Try-It Thursday Feb 26, 2015

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February 26, 2015
Try-It Thursday Feb 26, 2015

This week's Try-It Thursday features a well-respected US-inspired Pale Ale that Pete Mitcham hopes will attract less attention than the last one attracted.
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Little Creatures — Change for the better

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February 23, 2015
Little Creatures — Change for the better

Recent discussion on this site and in other forums about beer provenance and brand ownership has revived the argument that ‘Big Beer’ will, at every opportunity, ‘cheapen’ the product. This recent article shares Sam Caligione’s thoughts on the factory-brewery’s ability to mass-produce a previously small batch beer and at a significantly discounted price, thus...
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Great Australian Beer Festival: A survival guide

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February 20, 2015
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The third annual GABF is on tomorrow (Saturday) at Geelong Racecourse. Pete Mitcham shares some 'survival tips' for making the most of the day.
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Try-It Thursday Feb 19, 2015

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February 19, 2015
Try-It Thursday Feb 19, 2015

This week, Try It Thursday looks at a beer perfect for relaxing after a hard day's work and, as Pete Mitcham muses, it proves that beer can have a story, just like wine.
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Episode 43 — Anton Szpitalak from Brewpack

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February 17, 2015
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In this episode Matt & Pete quickly chew over the Hottest 100 Craft Beers and the recent media discussions of tap contracts. We then catch up with Anton Szpitalak from Brewpack and talk beer, business cycles and and contract brewing...
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The problems of craft beer

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February 17, 2015
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Brewer Luke Nicholas says it should be the role of a bar to curate the quality of the beers it sells, and even avoid the constant turnover of beers of dubious quality in the interests of better beer...
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Some (unpopular) observations about tap contracts

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February 12, 2015
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Tap contracts are in the news at the moment with the internet's viral fury unleased on the brewing multinationals. A past critic of contracts himself, Matt Kirkegaard puts some of the arguments in favour of contracting arrangements...
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Try-It Thursday February 12, 2015

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February 12, 2015
Try-It Thursday February 12, 2015

This weeks Try-It Thursday is inspired by the reactions to this classic world style beer as observed by Pete Mitcham over five corporate events around the country in the space of a week.
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