Articles by Ben Hopkins

Who Brews Rare Bird Beers?

They've known each other for 30 years and all brewed at home before joining forces to release beers commercially as Rare Bird Brewing. We got in touch with the tiny Hurstbridge operation to find out more.

April 12, 2021 by Ben Hopkins


Brew Dudes: Agents Of Chaos, Laughter & Beer

April 8, 2021 by Ben Hopkins

We often feel that a few drinks can make us funny but fortunately for the Brew Dudes, their craft stands apart from craft beer. As they reach the halfway mark of their Melbourne International Comedy Festival show that's dedicated to beer, we caught up with the duo behind the outfit to find out more.


Who Brews Bucketty's Beers?

April 6, 2021 by Ben Hopkins

They hoped to open a brewpub in their hometown of Bucketty's, but when council rejected their plans took the good times to Brookvale. We caught up with the man behind the Northern Beaches' newest brewpub.


The Nomads Hightail It Into Mudgee

April 2, 2021 by Ben Hopkins

The family behind Nomad Brewing and Experienceit Beverages have opened a second brewery in collaboration with a group of locals. Three Tails Brewery and Smokehouse opened in Mudgee – their "home away from home" – on Good Friday.


Heading Out For A Few Bo Gurks

March 17, 2021 by Ben Hopkins

Bo Gurks is a new bar in Melbourne's southeast with a nonsense name but serious dedication to craft beer. We chatted to founder Jarred Turnbull and the team at nearby Alice Rebel's to hear how Bayside residents are embracing local.


Hatching More Batches

March 10, 2021 by Ben Hopkins

Batch Brewing Co is hoping to open a series of taprooms around New South Wales as a stepping stone to further expansion interstate. And it's hoping to achieve this through equity crowdfunding.


"This Girl Can Brew"

March 8, 2021 by Ben Hopkins

For International Women's Day 2021, we chatted to five women making waves in the local beer industry.


Tell 'Em Benny Sent Ya

February 23, 2021 by Ben Hopkins

How does joining an award-winning comedy writer attempting to channel Anthony Bourdain on a tour of breweries (and beaches, big things, and kebab shops) sound? We caught up with the man behind new web series Benny Sent Ya.


The Big Issue: The Future Of Beer Fests II

February 18, 2021 by Ben Hopkins

Six months ago, we asked what beer festivals might look like in the new COVID-altered landscape. As events start to make their comeback, we revisited the topic to see what else has been learned and what might lie ahead.


Who Brews Green Gully Beers?

February 16, 2021 by Ben Hopkins

The discovery of a beer he'd helped his dad bottle way back in 1976 sparked Luke Smith's love for brewing. These days, he's the man behind Phillip Island's Green Gully Brewing, producing beers from a farm shed around another job.

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