Andrew Fineran and Chris Sidwa are two American expats who opened Batch Brewing Co. in Marrickville, Sydney in the dying days of 2013. They very kindly took the time to speak to me about the craft beer expansion in the Inner West of Sydney, the big brewers and global beer trends.Read More
Blogger, columnist and soon-to-be author of 9 books, Pete Brown is one of beer’s most articulate and gifted voices. Barely able to contain my jealousy, I recently spoke to Pete who was good enough to chat about craft beer buyouts, the shifting sands of the pub landscape in Britain and a long overdue real ale comeback.Read More
When the buyout of Panhead Custom Ales was announced in May, I wasn’t necessarily surprised, but I was very interested to see how this news was going to be taken by the general beer community.Read More
Dave Padden, or the Hop Wizard Of The West* as he is known, is a stalwart member of the Sydney beer scene. A brilliant brewer of hoppy American style beers at Riverside and now Akasha, Dave very kindly spoke to me a couple of weeks ago ahead of Akasha's first birthday.
*Literally no one has ever called him that, I just made it up.Read More
Sadly, for much of the wasteland that is suburban Australia, the only local pub is going to be owned by a supermarket conglomerate. Replete with pokie rooms, kids play areas, keno, drive through bottle-os, Tapout t-shirts and in some places a half decent steakhouse.Read More
I find it hard to believe, but I think that maybe the marketing people at Carlton & United Breweries are being a bit disingenuous when it comes to their increasingly popular Great Northern Lager brand.Read More
If you’re one of the 16 people that have read an article on this blog before now, chances are that we’ve already told you in person that big things are happening in our worlds. However, if you’ve stumbled on this blog by googling “history port arthur” and found it was deranged enough that you decided to return as some sort of sadomasochistic experiment then let me enlighten you.
As we solemnly gather this Christmas to remember the life and death of our Lord and Saviour Leslie Neilson with a Naked Gun marathon, it is also a time to reminisce on the beers we guzzled and good times we managed to force our way into in the past 12 months.
It’s hard for me to write anything about Black Hops Brewing without my face dissolving into a half-snarl half-smile. Sort of like a Gotham’s Two Face type scenario without the horrible facial disfigurement (arguably) and homicidal tendencies (mostly).Read More