In Big Helga, first launched on draught in October last year, Foster’s craft brewing arm has taken an interesting route. The Australian beer market is becoming increasingly fractured, with one very sizable chunk going the way of the ultra low-flavoured dry and low-carb beers and another section going the way of abundantly-flavoured craft and microbrewed beers.
Scottish brewery BrewDog is the enfant terrible of the British brewing scene, not to mention the darling of the current generation of plugged-in British beer writers. BrewDog is also the current master of generating publicity and hype using controversy and edginess. In just under three years their headline-getting exploits are already legion.
Beer lovers, excited by the increased attention given to their favourite drink these days, often get excited by the suggestion that beer is the “new wine”. The raised profile of beer is a great thing but there is at least one major barrier to beer being afforded the same regard as wine: snobbery.
Anyone with an interest in homebrewing will probably have heard of Brew Like a Monk, Stan Hieronymus’ paean to—and handbook for—brewing classic Belgian-styled beers yourself. It’s a classic text for the homebrewer or any serious beer enthusiast who wants to understand Trappist, Abbey and strong Belgian ales. Stan’s next book, Brewing with Wheat, is to be released on 15 February and publisher Brewers Publications have a special offer for pre-sales. Customers who order Brewing with Wheat between now and February 22 will get a 20% discount of the USD 17.95 cover price.
Victoria’s Red Duck Brewery have just announced their latest venture, Red Duck Provedore. The brewery’s cellar door, located in the main street of Camperdown, offers light meals including Red Duck pies, toasted La Madre foccaccias, gourmet cheese and tasting platters, and great coffee. Naturally it also offers Red Duck beers on tap, Red Duck cider,… Read more →
Ben Kraus describes Bridge Road Brewers’ latest creation as a ‘hop bomb’. The single hop IPA has been made using whole hop cones from a single type of hop, Galaxy. Grown at the nearby Rostrevor hop garden, Galaxy is a great aromatic hop, this beer showcases it’s aroma and bitterness and champions locally grown produce…. Read more →
Brendan Varis, brewer at Western Australia’s multi-award winning Feral Brewery has been a very busy man. In the last week he has put three new beers on tap at his Swan Valley brewery and is ‘expecting’ a fourth. If you’re quick you will be able to get into the brewery and try the following: Double… Read more →
Sydney’s Malt Shovel Brewery is set to release the latest beer under its Mad Brewers banner with the release of its Orchard Ale. The new beer follows the previous releases under the same label including a Raspberry Wheat Beer and Pepperberry Winter Ale in 2008 and last year’s Ten 20 Commemorative Ale which celebrated brewer… Read more →
You have to love the Coopers Brewery, even when they bring out a beer like this. There is no attempt to sell you on the idea that they have revolutionised the brewing world, there is no claiming that they are doing something original or ‘innovating’, or that you will be blown away by a flavour experience. The only claim that they make is that if they are entering this market, they will do it as well as they can.
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