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This is where SydneyBeer attempts to add a little bit of spice to your craft beer journey.

SydneyBeer aims to tell the stories of people in the beer community who are doing interesting things.

As well as stories, you’ll find hints, tips and hopefully some insight into Sydney’s craft beer scene.

If you have an interesting beer story, get in touch.

Gateway Beers

Gateway Beers: It’s About The Drinker, Not The Beer

What we mean when we talk about gateway beers should be more to do with the person experiencing the beer than the beer itself. The concept of “gateway beers” seems to be something only seen from inside beer circles, looking out ...
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Hottest 100 Craft Beers

Hottest 100 Craft Beers 2015

In proper Australia Day tradition, the Hottest 100 craft beer countdown generated a touch of controversy and its fair share of discussion. And that’s a good thing. Firstly, a massive hat tip and congratulations to all those involved in the ...
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how many taps is too many?

How Many Taps is Too Many?

When news of The Dog's (formerly Duke of Gloucester) proposed 58 taps hit the news it opened up an old debate. How many taps is too many? The short and uninspiring answer is, it depends. There are a number of factors ...
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David Jones Beer Cellar

A Dream: The David Jones Beer Cellar

I have a dream. A slightly ambitious dream. That one day David Jones will have a beer cellar equivalent to its wine bar. If you’ve ever been to a David Jones food court, you’ll have seen their wine tasting bar ...
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Predictions for Craft Beer in 2016

Predictions for Craft Beer in 2016

With one year coming to a close and another about to begin, it's as good a time as any to look at what trends we might see in craft beer in 2016. It’s been a fantastic year for craft beer ...
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SydneyBeer awards 2015

SydneyBeer Awards 2015

As seems customary at this time of year, SydneyBeer takes a look back at the highlights at 2015. While these are meaningless gongs (that exist in no physical form), I hope it’s a way of celebrating some of the achievements ...
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5 perfect beers for summer

5 Perfect Beers for Summer 2015

Okay, listicles are a bit lame. Rest assured I know this isn't going to win me a Pulitzer any time soon. That said, if you or a mate are looking for some great beers that are suited to a Sydney summer, ...
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Batch Brewing chalk board

Why Does Defining Craft Beer Matter?

A little while ago I wrote about what craft beer is. But why should we define craft beer in the first place? Simply, there are a few reasons to define what craft beer is: To protect small independent breweries. To ensure ...
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Craft lagers

3 Craft Lagers to Convert Your VB Drinking Mates

Aussies love beer. Historically, they’ve loved VB, XXXX and Toohey’s. Well, here are three craft lagers that are guaranteed to convert people to good beer. So your mate only drinks VB (or XXXX)? Maybe they want to know what all the ...
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Oak Barrel bottles

6 Steps to Buying Beer From a Bottle Shop

This should be simple right? How can you fail at buying beer from a bottle shop (well apart from forgetting your ID when you were 18)? Sometimes however, it’s surprisingly easy to mess it up. I still do it when ...
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