When drinking at a bar with friends and colleagues, how many times have you blamed the beer for tasting rough or thin, for being flat, for bloating you or even dehydrating you after a few? Consumers can be quick to dismiss the production and quality of a beer when the culprit may in fact be… Read more →
Crown Lager is Australia’s best selling ‘premium’ beer. When it advertises, it’s ads tell a story not just about itself, but about beer. Matt Kirkegaard questions whether its latest ad campaign is telling an accurate story or could be misleading beer drinkers.
I was just dismayed to open an email from Beer Snob and Coogee Cafe After Dark operator, Dan Hampton, saying the Sydney beer beacon will be ceasing to operate shortly. Dan has been operating the night-time venue as the cafe equivalent of a contract brewery, sub-letting the venue at night from the day operator and… Read more →
The launch of McLaren Vale Beer Company’s latest beer was lavish by craft brewing standards and will have done little to change the minds of those dubious about the brewery’s business model and resources, but it was probably not meant to. Doubtless the 200+ guests tucking into the free food and Vale Dark didn’t really… Read more →
Coopers Brewery continues to grow and I find myself feeling a little sorry for them from time to time these days. Go back jus a decade and they were revered by many as a bulwark against the blandness. For such a long time they were the one choice in many pubs and restaurants for those… Read more →
Josie Bones’ next beer and food – a guided tour through the inner workings of the beast – is set for 31 August. Details below.
So, this is the second time I have mentioned it – but The Beer Lover’s Guide to Australia turned up in my mail today. You’d have to expect me to say nice things given I edited it – so take that for granted and dismiss as necessary – but I had nothing to do with… Read more →
While it’s the Local Taphouses and the Feral Brewings that deservedly make the big noise in the craft beer movement on a national scale, the ‘craft beer revolution’ can’t really be said to have occurred until every town the size of Renmark (population approx 8000) has a Woolshed Brewery making beer and a Renmark Hotel… Read more →
You really need to be prepared to back up your words with actions, particularly when your first media release starts out by saying, “unlike multitude of other Sydney-based microbreweries, the beer is not brewed under contract by 3rd parties.” However, brewer Gerard Meares certainly has the brewing chops to back it up. Although Pinchgut is… Read more →
One of the most frustrating aspects of the Australian International Beer Awards is that, in their quest to be big and international, there is no availability restriction for entries. While this does lead to a large number of international entries and does provide stiff competition for brewers, it really does little to generate excitement for… Read more →