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Independent beer is as much about the people as it is the beer. There are characters in Sydney’s beer community who are doing incredible things. This is where you’ll find their stories. As well as stories, there are guides and insight into the local beer landscape. These are as applicable to native Sydneysiders as they are to international tourists.

You’ll also find reflection and analysis on subjects that affect beer from a hyperlocal level to a global level. Some feature articles are based on facts, some are opinion. They’re all open for comment and conversation.

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

  • A little while ago an article in Brews News caught my attention. The co-founder of well known US brewery, Karl Strauss, said that soft launches for brewpubs are over. The…

  • Variation in beer, from batch to batch and from bottle to bottle, is a fascinating concept. Listening to John Keeling, Director of Brewing at Fuller’s, inspired me to explore it further.…

  • Who Should Buy That Pub?

    June 23, 2017

    2017 saw a few well known Sydney pubs go onto the market. Pubs will change ownership from time to time but what kind of opportunity does this present for good…

  • The formation of the Inner West Brewers Association could be a landmark moment in the evolution of beer in Sydney. The intention of this site is to document and celebrate…

  • Much has been made of large breweries funding blogs, online magazines and news sites. There’s a simple explanation. Many concerns have been raised in the US around the likes of…

  • GABS Sydney 2017

    May 29, 2017

    GABS returned to Sydney in 2017 with a record breaking attendance and more beers than ever. When it was announced that GABS 2017 would be moving away from the Australian…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • How Can Craft Beer Grow?

    April 7, 2017

    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…

  • 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…