This week sees the launch of the eighth edition of James Halliday’s Wine Companion Magazine, in which we have an article looking at the Australian craft beer industry’s position in the wider world. With input from some of those who seen their beers find favour on an international scale or who are exploring other markets, plus the view from outside from the likes of Brooklyn Brewery, Wellington’s “cult beer bar” Hashigo Zake and the founder of Norway’s Nøgne Ø, Kjetil Jikiun, it assesses where we are, how we are viewed and where we’re headed.
The mag should be on shelves from tomorrow, which we thought was a suitable reason to post one of the features we wrote for the magazine last year. What’s more, it’s a look at the world of hops, so is rather timely given the local hop harvest is only weeks away.
For this article, we spoke to Brad Rogers, co-founder and head brewer at Stone & Wood, whose Pacific Ale has done more than any other beer to elevate the Galaxy hop to its current position of universal adoration, Ben Kraus of Bridge Road – with whom we paid a visit to Hop Products Australia’s experimental fields in the Victorian High Country, and Steve “Hendo” Henderson.
You can read the full article by clicking on the link below.