Wildflower Brewing & Blending
Wildflower Brewing & Blending is something of a first in the Sydney brewing scene. Opening in 2017, its primary focus is barrel maturing and blending beer. Following in a long tradition of beer making that has roots in Britain and […]

Wildflower Brewing & Blending


GABS Sydney 2017 Preview
It’s that time of year again. The Great Australasian Beer Spectapular is here and this time round it heads out west. Departing from the much-loved Australian Technology Park, GABS Sydney 2017 heads to Olympic Park. It’s a new venue but […]

GABS Sydney 2017 Preview


Defining Independence in Craft Beer
The Craft Beer Industry Association is now the Independent Brewers Association and has revised its membership criteria to put more focus on independence. While they’ve moved away from arbitrary definitions of “craft”, how we define independence looks set to be the […]

Defining Independence In Beer



4 Pines Keller Door Cherry Coconut Brown Ale
Keller Door releases from 4 Pines are an exciting marker of the changing seasons. This Cherry Coconut Brown Ale does exactly what it says on the beautifully illustrated label. The aroma on this beer pulls no punches. It’s clear in […]

4 Pines Keller Door: Cherry Coconut Brown Ale


The Secondary Beer Market
It’s not as bad as people make out, particularly here in Australia. So what if people hoard or pay over the odds for beer? Other punters shouldn’t be annoyed that people are excited about beer and spending money on it. Brewers might […]

The Secondary Beer Market


Modus Operandi Zoo Feeder IPA Autumn 2017
The old favourite, Zoo Feeder, is back as MO’s second limited release of 2017. But it is just that, limited. Zoo Feeder was once part of the Modus Operandi core range but was replaced by Sonic Prayer. It’s a beer with […]

Modus Operandi Zoo Feeder



Breweries Recalling Beer 2
For a brewery, recalling beer is never an easy decision to make. We, as consumers, should acknowledge this and be patient with the process. It happens every so often, a handful of times a year. A brewery will recall a […]

Breweries Recalling Beer


Bucket Boys Marrickville
Bucket Boys is a specialist bottle shop and beer company that fits right into the craft beer heartland that is Marrickville. Marrickville is one of the craft beer epicentres of the Inner West and perhaps Sydney as a whole. So […]

Bucket Boys, Marrickvile


How To Spot A Fake Craft Beer Bar
One of the unfortunate side effects of the growth of craft beer has been cynical attempts to ride the wave. Every street seems to have a pub or bar claiming to serve “craft beer”. Many of these turn out to […]

How To Spot A Fake Craft Beer Bar



Doctor's Orders Electrolyte Serum
Doc continues to change his seasonal releases. Autumn 2017 sees the launch of Electrolyte Serum a gose-style tart rhubarb wheat. Doctor’s Orders Brewing has a track record with rhubarb. Doc’s use of rhubarb stretches way back to 2009 with one of […]

Doctor’s Orders Electrolyte Serum


Thankfully not all breweries are identical. As the market for independent Australian beer grows, the diversity of producers will increase. Not long ago I wrote about where the growth in Australian beer could come from. One area is a greater number […]

What Types of Breweries Can The Australian Market Support?


Barny's Fine Wines & Ales beer fridge
Barny’s Fine Wines & Ales is the craft beer lover’s go-to spot for rare and special release beers. Barny’s is also a spot to get some really expensive beers if you’re into that thing. I wouldn’t be so rude as to ask […]

Barny’s Fine Wines & Ales, Rosebery



Beer And Chocolate Matching
Even for those who prefer the enamel-stripping bitterness of high IBU beers to anything remotely sweet, Easter is a time when it’s hard to avoid chocolate. So it’s a perfect excuse to embrace the excitement of beer and chocolate matching. Here […]

Beer And Chocolate Matching


Shenanigans Hoppy Gonzales
Hoppy Gonzales from Shenanigans Brewing was originally released for Sydney Craft Beer Week 2015. It’s an American style amber ale, liberally dosed with jalapeños. The beer made a return as the 2017 Autumn release in Shenanigans’ seasonal range. For those who tried […]

Shenanigans Hoppy Gonzales


How Can Craft Beer Grow
Whenever I hear discussion of saturation points in Australian beer I can’t help but think of all the ways in which beer can grow. From increased availability of independent brands to new people finding good beer, through to different sorts of […]

How Can Craft Beer Grow?



Shenanigans Grisette Supérieur
To celebrate their third birthday, Shenanigans brewed and released Grisette Supérieur. It’s a grown up version of their very first release, Grisette. Drinking it on tap is one thing but for a real celebratory experience, a bottle is the way […]

Shenanigans Grisette Supérieur


Debunking The Beer Journey 2
It’s very easy to apply the concept of “the beer journey” to all beer drinkers. In reality it’s a bit ridiculous. I should hold my hands up at the start and admit that it’s a concept that I’ve bandied about […]

Debunking The Beer Journey


Batch Elsie The Milk Stout
Elsie The Milk Stout from Batch Brewing Co. is a stout brewed with lactose to make it sweet and creamy. Firstly, whether served on draft or pouring from a bomber or a can, watch the tiny bubbles rush up the glass […]

Batch Elsie The Milk Stout