Articles by Judd Owen

Brew & A: Frenchies' Vince de Soyres

Brew & A: Frenchies' Vince de Soyres

Vince de Soyres is one half of the team behind Frenchies Bistro & Brewery in Sydney. Ahead of their fifth birthday (and Bastille Day) we invited him to tell us about the unique path that brought him to Australia.

June 8, 2022 by Judd Owen


Brew & A: Luigi Mensi

May 16, 2022 by Judd Owen

From mead-making in Italy via sweet potato-picking in Bundaberg to trialling souring bacteria in Marrickville, motorcycling metalhead Luigi Mensi has enjoyed a colourful path in life. We caught up with Batch's head brewer to find out more.


Who Brews As Lora?

January 24, 2022 by Judd Owen

Wild ales featuring ingredients foraged in inner Sydney with individually hand-painted labels? As he prepares to return to the US after COVID saw him become Wildflower's head brewer for two years, we catch up with the man behind Lora.


Best New NSW Beers Of 2021

December 17, 2021 by Judd Owen

If you ignore the 107 day lockdown – or even if you can't – there's been much to enjoy and embrace in the NSW beer scene in 2021. Here, Judd Owen looks at the standout beers and highlight moments from the past 12 months.


Oztoberfest

October 5, 2021 by Judd Owen

Across Australia right now, you can hardly move for German beers, pretzels, bratwurst and lederhosen. Yet our love for the wonders of traditional German styles fades through the rest of the year. Judd Owen tries to rectify matters.


Going Green: Trash To Treasure

May 4, 2021 by Judd Owen

Each year, Australia wastes a gargantuan amount of food. But breweries across the country are finding ways to try reduce this waste and, in the process, are building further value into our agricultural system.


Who Brews Working Title Beers?

April 16, 2021 by Judd Owen

As they complete their four-day, four-venue launch party, we caught up with the best mates behind Brisbane's Working Title Brewing Co for our Who Brews...? series.


The Story Of: Korben

March 24, 2021 by Judd Owen

For many people, Riverside's 777 was their first taste of a quality – and fresh – West Coast style double IPA in Australia. Its successor is Akasha's Korben (nÊe D), which keeps growing in popularity. We traced its history with the man behind it.


Brew & A: Chase Saraiva – Wildflower

February 10, 2021 by Judd Owen

COVID-19 hit during American brewer Chase Saraiva's two-month working holiday in Australia. He's turned the situation into a good one, however, now installed as head brewer at Wildflower working with fellow expat Topher Boehm.


2020: The Year In Beer – NSW

December 22, 2020 by Judd Owen

Great beers, standout moments and horrific, unnecessary analogies... Judd Owen casts an eye over the year in beer in New South Wales.

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