To add to our recent discussion about ‘what is craft beer’, Australian Brews News sought out Australia’s premier beer writer–and very handy brewer–Willie Simpson to get his thoughts. Here’s what he had to say…
It’s the dream of many home brewers and beer lovers to open a brewery, and how can you miss when beer costs upwards of $65 a case? But as brewer Neal Cameron discusses, microbrewing isn’t the path to riches many believe…
Woolworths-owned hotelier, Australian Leisure and Hospitailty Group (ALH), has announced plans to close the brewery at Freemantle’s iconic Sail & Anchor Hotel. A spokesman for ALH, Luke Schepen, told Brews News that that the closure was a “commercial decision”. “We have made a commercial decision to close the brewery operation at the Sail & Anchor,”… Read more →
Name:Tony Jones Title: Chief Brewer – Malt Shovel Brewery Annual output: 4.74 million litres* Web: www.malt-shovel.com.au The craft beer market in Australia is flourishing and, based on recent trends, I believe it will continue to go from strength to strength. In my view, the key question in relation to defining craft brewing is: “Do… Read more →
Name:Scott Vincent Title: Head Brewer, Matilda Bay Brewing Company (Vic) Annual output: 2.93 million litres* Web: www.matildabay.com.au The act of defining what “is a craft brewery”, is primarily driven by taxation issues. The subsequent refining of the definition by brewers or their associations is to give a point of differentiation so that customers and… Read more →
Name:John Stallwood Title: Owner/brewer Nail Brewing (WA) Annual output: >30,000L Web: www.nailbrewing.com This is a good question and a hard one. I don’t have the answer and I’m not sure if there is an all-encompassing one, but this is my thinking. The difference between big and small breweries needs to be explained to untangle… Read more →
Name: Cam Hines Title: Co-owner Mountain Goat Brewery Annual output: Approx 500,000 L Web: www.goatbeer.com.au I think it’s a good term to use when describing quality beer from breweries other than the big, mass producing operations. I think it is a term that is used, however, predominately by big breweries to describe their highest… Read more →
Name:Alex Troncoso Title: Head Brewer, Little Creatures Brewing (WA) Annual output: 2.97 million litres* Web: www.littlecreatures.com.au Craft brewing to me is really a state of mind; there are small breweries making great beer, and big breweries making great beer. Think about some of the US examples – Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, and Samuel Adams… Read more →
Coopers Brewery has announced a sponsorship that breaks rival Lion Nathan’s near stranglehold over the sponsorship of the South Australian National Football League.
He’s ‘Australia’s most awarded brewer’ and has just added another couple of gongs to his bulging trophy cabinet courtesy of the Sydney Royal Show Beer Competition. Brews News meets the man behind the mash tun at Redoak, David Hollyoak.