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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.

  • 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…

  • Joe Wee is the smiling owner of The Noble Hops in Redfern. He runs a bar which prioritises both the local neighbourhood and perfect beer quality. “We’re trying to launch…

  • Good Beer Vs Well-Made Beer

    February 24, 2017

    Ask many brewers what the best beer in the world is and they’ll tell you Budweiser. Why? Because it’s incredibly well made. Like Coca-Cola, it doesn’t matter where you are…

  • Beer Ratings In Retail

    February 10, 2017

    Retailers are increasingly using scoring systems from beer rating websites and apps as a way of promoting or selling beer. One example is The Oak Barrel in Sydney where you’ll…

  • People have a thirst for fresh beer and breweries are realising they can tap into this opportunity by turning beer releases into events. Boatrocker from Victoria made an impact when they…

  • The GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of 2016 were announced on Australia Day. In now annual tradition it generated plenty of debate. Here’s a look at the popular vote…

  • Restaurant Beer Lists

    January 20, 2017

    It’s time for restaurants to stop babying customers. The average beer list is just not up to scratch and I’m calling on restauranteurs to do more. It’s become a tiresome…

  • Sydneysiders are spoiled for choice when it comes to locally brewed, hop-forward American-style pale ales. The Aussie pale ale is a classic style. With a combination of earthy and lightly…