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Can Beer Help Regenerate The Planet?

Regenerative farming and the grain grown by such methods have been gaining more attention in recent years. Now, the Good Grain initiative aims to raise awareness and support for both much further, with beer as the vehicle.

Nail And Beerfarm Buy Feral And Their Brewery From Coke

There's been another big move in WA beer today with the announcement that Feral Brewing and their production facility have been sold by CCEP to Nail Brewing (and a consortium of investors) and Beerfarm.

Pint of Origin 2024 Consumer Survey

Pint of Origin 2024 is in the bag. Before we start looking ahead to the next one, we'd love to hear from those of you who took part: What did you enjoy the most? Did you grab a Passport? What could we do better in the future?

Bailey Brewing Head South West With Purchase Of Clancy's

More movement in WA's beer scene with Bailey Brewing Co taking over the former Clancy's Dunsborough site and joining the brewing scene in the Margaret River region – just one of two new venues for the Swan Valley team.

Stone & Wood Win Big At The Australian International Beer Awards

Stone & Wood's Hinterland Big Pale won Champion Australian Beer at the 2024 Australian International Beer Awards on a night when Brick Lane, KAIJU!, King Road and Dollar Bill picked up the Champion Australian Brewery titles.

Time For Some PoOsitivity

Pint of Origin 2024 is set to enter its final weekend after enjoying a sparkling opening so, to get attendees into the mood for more, we've rounded some of the best clips from when the festival hit the major networks.

Temple Brewing To Close

Temple Brewing have announced they will close their Brunswick East brewpub from May 19 with the brewery to cease operating. The news comes a week after fellow Melbourne brewery Deeds announced they were closing.

Black Hops Brewing Bought By New Owners

Black Hops have been bought by a consortium representing a number of existing shareholders and "other supporters of craft beer and independent breweries". The business had been in administration since late March.

Changing The World One Bag Of Regen Malt At A Time

“We wanted to use beer as a catalyst for change.” We examine how one ingredient – malt made from regeneratively grown barley – can make all the difference, and why Stone & Wood are so eager to showcase it to punters and brewers.

For The Love Of Beer: Bringing The World's Kegs To Pint of Origin

As Pint of Origin returns for a 12th time from May 10 to 19, we take a look behind the scenes at the huge amount of time and effort that goes into bringing the world of beer to Melbourne for ten days every year.

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FOUND. Taking Over Former Golden West Site In Subiaco

The closure of one brewery in Subiaco has paved the way for another to open, with FOUND. set to transform the former home of Golden West into a hub for their ambitious vision for WA.

Deeds Brewing To Cease Operating

Deeds Brewing, their Glen Iris taproom and spirits brand Future Proof Distilling are to cease operating. The decision to wind down the business follows the appointment of Deloitte as voluntary administrators in March.

Chuck Hahn Returns To Beer With Chuck & Son's

Chuck Hahn is one of the best known names in Australian beer and, although he retired a couple of years ago, he's been tempted back by his son. To find out more, we chatted with Chuck and Scott about their plan.

Hit The Road At Pint of Origin And Win!

Pint of Origin kicks off on May 10 with beers from 225-plus breweries on four continents pouring at 21 venues. To help you make the most of your adventures, we've created Passports and Mini-Crawls with epic prizes up for grabs.

Asahi To Close Matilda Bay Brewpub; Brand To Continue

Asahi is to close Matilda Bay's Healesville brewpub on May 19 but the brand will continue. The news comes less than five years after the multinational announced it would revive the brand with the support of founder Phil Sexton.

Changing The Face Of Beer Judging

Beer judging is a highlight for many but there are always fewer spots available than people wanting to judge. As the Australian International Beer Awards approach, we spoke to those helping change the face of beer judging locally.

Quiz Meisters Celebrate 20 Years With Crafty Collaborations

After two decades spent bringing beer and trivia together, Quiz Meisters invited nine breweries to create some truly unique beers. We chatted to the company's founder and Tallboy & Moose about the marriage of craft beer and quizzes.

TWØBAYS Gluten-Free Session Ale Claims Gold In World Beer Cup

Session Ale from TWØBAYS has won gold in the Gluten-Free Beer category at the World Beer Cup in Las Vegas. It's a remarkable achievement for the Dromana-based brewery at the most prestigious beer competition on the planet.

How Moon Dog Brought The Wild West To Footscray

After an unexpected last-minute delay, Moon Dog Wild West opens in Footscray today. We chatted to brewery owner Josh Uljans as well as the man tasked with creating its uniquely madcap vibe.

Who Brews Little Blessings Beers?

It's time to head to church for a very different form of communion as Laura, a tiny town in the Southern Flinders Ranges, prepares to welcome Little Blessings: a brewery and taproom built inside a former Baptist church.

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Brewing Up Brilliance

Four very different breweries have brewed a champions collab for the Australian International Beer Awards. Ahead of the awards night, we joined them at Mountain Goat to find out how the beer was designed and why collaboration matters.

Moon Dog's Wild West Venue Launch Postponed At Last Minute

The much-heralded launch of Moon Dog's Wild West venue in the former Franco Cozzo building in Footscray has been postponed at the last minute.

Pint of Origin 2024 Is Ready To Roll

Australia's biggest, longest, most delicious and diverse pub crawl returns to Melbourne next month. The full website is now live, meaning you can apply for your 2024 Pint of Origin Passport, ready for another beer-filled adventure.

Crafting A Certifiably Sustainable Beer Industry

From individual beers to malt and hops, Certified Sustainable is a name and logo that's become an increasingly common sight in the beer industry. But what does the seal mean and where does it come from?

Modus: Ten Lessons From Ten Years

Modus celebrate a decade of beers this weekend. Over that time, they've followed a path that's very much their own. Here, founders Jaz and Grant Wearin look back, sharing some of the lessons learned along the way.

Fox Friday Perth Opens

Fox Friday Perth is opening this weekend, some 12 months after they revealed their plans to open a brewpub in Burswood. Ahead of the doors opening, we chatted with their local WA operations manager about the taproom and their plan for the area.

Two Rupees' Founder Distils His Passion For Spirits Into Dutch Rules

Spend time with Two Rupees' co-founder Danny Perera and you'll soon discover he loves spirits as much as beer. That passion has found its way into another business for the Sri Lankan-born Melburnian: Dutch Rules Distilling.

Victoria's Oldest Independent Brewery Is In Voluntary Administration

Grand Ridge Brewery, which launched in 1989, is in voluntary administration, joining more than a dozen others over the past 18 months. The owners have appointed Mackay Goodwin in late March and hope to sell the business.

Mighty Craft To Sell Mismatch & 78 Degrees To Group Led By Former CUB Boss

Mighty Craft plan to sell Mismatch and 78 Degrees Distillery to a group led by former CUB boss Peter Filipovic. The announcement follows multiple divestments from the business founded to support craft breweries and distillers.

Aussie Exports: Mike Roberts - Cru Brewing Systems

Mike Roberts has spent more than a decade brewing in Australia and Canada, currently working for Cru Brewing Systems. After running into him at a distillery, Will Ziebell caught up with the former Mountain Goat brewer for a chat.

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Bodriggy Become Carbon Neutral

Bodriggy Brewing have joined the small number of breweries in Australia to become climate neutral. It makes the Abbotsford-based brewery the first indie brewer in Victoria to gain certification from the Climate Active program.

Black Hops Enter Voluntary Administration

Black Hops have become the latest brewery to enter voluntary administration; the Gold Coast-based operation appointed Deloitte today. The news follows Akasha and Deeds making similar moves over the last couple of weeks.

Craft Beer Heroes: Scott Overdorf

Scott Overdorf has been an integral part of Hobart Brewing Co since its launch, but his involvement in beer and brewing goes back far further. Following his retirement, we caught up with the American expat for a chat.

Kobey Smith Slays Beer

When Kobey Smith started as a brewer at 7th Day, he didn't even drink craft beer. Now he brews dragonfruit hazies, has a career he's passionate about, and has ideas on how breweries can reach Gen Z drinkers.

Crafty Crawls: Teneriffe & Newstead

Join us on a Crafty Crawl through some of the first Brisbane inner 'burbs to embrace the good stuff. We may not know exactly where New Farm, Teneriffe and Newstead start and end, but we know where to find good beer.

Akasha Go Into Voluntary Administration

Akasha Brewing have become the latest independent brewery to go into administration, with the brewery appointing Vincents to oversee the business as they restructure debt and look to agree terms with creditors.

Brewing With Tradition: Wheat Beer's Rich History & Modern Appeal

Classic wheat beers like Weissbier and Witbier are few and far between in Australia, at times polarising consumers. Here, we explore what these styles are, where they come from, their common ingredients, and how they taste.

Who Brews Canobolas Beers?

Canobolas Brewing launched their first beers in 2023, brewed at their taproom in Orange. We chatted to Jeff Vaughn about his journey from homebrewing in Oregon via winemaking to becoming a head brewer in the Central West.

Grain And Grape To Close In May

After more than three decades of supplying the local industry with homebrewing equipment, John Preston is set to retire. It means Grain and Grape will close its doors in May but before it does, we spent some time reflecting with the local beer hero behind it.

Deeds Enter Voluntary Administration

Deeds Brewing have become the latest brewery to enter voluntary administration, with the Melbourne brewery appointing Deloitte Financial Advisory as administrators this week but with the founders remaining at the helm.

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Summer Of The Seventeenth Hop

After a lengthy career in beer writing – publishing books as well as a regular column in the Sydney Morning Herald – Willie Simpson swapped pen for mash paddle. Here, he returns to his former profession to look back at his time growing hops.

Who Brews As The Malt Man?

It was while travelling around Australia that Eric and Kirsty Blue decided to turn their Bodalla café into a small brewery. Benedict Kennedy-Cox dropped in for a drink and a chat at one of the country's smallest operations.

More Consolidation As Willie the Boatman Is Acquired By UK-based Powder Monkey

More consolidation in the local beer world, with news today that Sydney brewery Willie the Boatman has been acquired by UK-based Powder Monkey, which last year merged with fellow NSW operation South Highlands Brewing.

Brew & A: Madi Bruce

For the third year running, the women of Bright Brewery created Fred's Beer: a collab named in honour of the brewery's late co-founder. We chatted to the brewer behind the 2024 beer about why it matters.

All Aboard For Pint of Origin 2024

We're only a week into March but it's always good to have something to look forward to – so here's the 21-strong lineup for Pint of Origin. The festival returns to May for a 12th time from May 10 to 19.

Marking Ten Years Of The Best Beer Media

The Beer Media trophy at the Australian International Beer Awards will be presented for a tenth time in May. Here, the current holder of the title looks back and forward with the winners from the past decade.

Hawkers Emerge From Administration With Same Team In Charge

Hawkers have emerged from a period of voluntary administration with the same management structure in place after their proposal for a financial restructuring of the business was accepted unanimously by creditors.

Who Brews At Hodfellow's?

Hodfellow's is one of the country's newest breweries, but the founders take their inspiration from some of the world's oldest beer cultures. Mick Wüst got in touch to find out more.

Ryefield Hops' Certifiably Sustainable Growth

Ahead of this year's hop harvest, we paid a visit to Ryefield Hops, the family-run hop farm in the south of New South Wales, to see firsthand how they're putting sustainable practices at the heart of everything they do.

Moffat Beach Top The Royal Queensland Beer Awards Once Again

Moffat Beach have once again left an awards ceremony with arms full of trophies, including by securing the Grand Champion Beer at the Royal Queensland Beer Awards. It continues a remarkable run for the brewers, while Stomping Ground, Slipstream and Hiker were among the other major trophy winners.