One Weird Trick To Take Your Beer Obsession To The Next Level

I am not a very talented man, but I am a nice guy with a lot to offer.  Useless skills mostly.  I'm handy on a trivia team but I didn't do too flash at university.  I can lift heavy things but I don't particularly enjoy manual labour.  Thankfully, I do have an uncanny knack for eating, drinking, and being able to read recipes and measure quantities of things - perfect qualities for being a Beer Chef.

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Tomahawk Strikes South Bank

It’s been a week now since the Royal Infant touched down in the Antipodes and graced South Bank to personally open Tomahawk – Brisbane’s newest beer bar – and with a nod of his regal little head ushered the city into the Beer Age. Of course as dutiful subjects of HRH, Judd and I considered it in the highest moral order to visit the bar repeatedly to see what George was banging on about.

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Tasting Blind

Just as an Olympian endures hours of punishing training before mastering his or her discipline, so too must the amateur beer drinker test its skills on the road to full-blown beer snobbery. A while ago, Judd and I – under the tutelage of Matt Kirkegaard at the Scratch’s Evolution of Craft Beer Alementary Event – were introduced to what I believe is akin to push-ups for beer drinkers: the blind taste.

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Gushing over the Instagrammys at Tippler's Tap

On a day which saw knights and dames return to Australian society, attending a Grammy-style awards ceremony to celebrate pictures of beer taken on Instagram felt like a very sane and self-preserving choice. The event was part of the Brewsvegas juggernaut, which seems to be storming its way through the city at the moment – upending little pots of XXXX Gold and (hopefully) their drinkers, alike.

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Redemption

I brewed my first beer when I was 17. I had just finished my first semester at university, studying science, and decided that the 15 minutes that Professor Trout spent talking about fermentation in one of my food science lectures was the most interesting thing I had heard in six months.

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