Articles by Ben Hopkins

Brew & A: Currumbin Valley Brewing

Brew & A: Currumbin Valley Brewing

As GABS returns after a year of cancellations, we catch up with the duo behind the People's Choice winning beer from 2019, Smokey and Luke of Currumbin Valley Brewing.

May 7, 2021 by Ben Hopkins


Who Brews SixTwelve Beers?

May 4, 2021 by Ben Hopkins

SixTwelve Brewing was opened in late 2020 by husband and wife team Brad and Alle Reid. We got in touch to find out more about the brewpub operation for our long-running Who Brews...? series.


Ramblers Bring Brewing Back To Hawthorn

April 29, 2021 by Ben Hopkins

Hawthorn is a Melbourne suburb that boasts an early claim to craft beer but in recent years it hasn't seen the same spread of local breweries compared to many other inner-city neighbourhoods. Ramblers Ale Works are set to change that when they open the doors next month and we caught up with the two Bens behind the brewery to find out more.


Who Brews & Distils In Nagambie?

April 27, 2021 by Ben Hopkins

Nagambie's a popular destination for Melburnians seeking a weekend away, best known for its impressive lake and surrounding wineries. For close to two years, it's become known as a spot for craft beer and spirits too.


Thinking Drinking

April 23, 2021 by Ben Hopkins

A trio of uni mates have been bringing skills picked up in their studies to the world of brewing. Now, after honing their talents as part of Monash Uni's Brewlab, they're releasing beers with innovation at their heart to the public.


Who Brews Rare Bird Beers?

April 12, 2021 by Ben Hopkins

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.


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.

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