Articles by Ben Hopkins

Crafty Crawls: Ballarat

Crafty Crawls: Ballarat

Ballarat is a city with a fine heritage when it comes to beer and brewing. It's one that continues today, where pioneering experimentalists rub shoulders with blenders, brewpubs and classic boozers.

January 15, 2021 by Ben Hopkins


Native Flavours. Great Intentions

January 14, 2021 by Ben Hopkins

Spinifex Brewing Co is an Aboriginal- and veteran-owned brewing company aiming to showcase native flavours to the world, all while supporting military mental health services.


Who Brews In Karratha?

January 7, 2021 by Ben Hopkins

It's one of the most remote breweries in Australia, but after surviving year one in good shape, the team at North West Brewing in Karratha are expanding and looking forward to sending beer outside the Pilbara.


Who Brews Straddie Beers?

January 5, 2021 by Ben Hopkins

Anyone who's visited North Stradbroke Island – or Straddie – will know it's a gem of a place. These days, it also has a brewing company producing beers inspired by its natural beauty. We got in touch to find out more.


2020: The Year In Beer – NT

January 4, 2021 by Ben Hopkins

The Northern Territory may have lost much of its tourism trade in 2020, but support from the local community and a willingness to adapt ensured brewers were able to end the year on the up.


Summer On The South Coast

December 31, 2020 by Ben Hopkins

A year ago, instead of preparing to celebrate New Year's Eve, many in Australia were fighting for their lives, including those on the NSW South Coast. We caught up with some of the region's beer people as they look forward to a brighter summer.


Jervis Bay: Fighting Fit One Year On

December 23, 2020 by Ben Hopkins

Jervis Bay Brewing Co opened as bushfires swept the region, closed to the public due to COVID-19 months later, yet are looking forward with optimism after celebrating their first anniversary in the lead up to Christmas.


A Beer World Legend Retires. Into A New Job

December 15, 2020 by Ben Hopkins

After more than three decades of brewing beer and teaching others how to, Peter Aldred decided to retire. It didn't last long, as he swapped the brewing courses of Federation Uni for the brew deck of new Ballarat brewpub Aunty Jacks.


Hepburn Springs A Surprise

December 10, 2020 by Ben Hopkins

Hepburn Springs Brewing Co's trophy triumph at the 2020 Indies was one of the highlights of the night. We got in touch with the tiny family-run operation to find out more about their inspiring win.


BrewBox: Making Homebrewing Simpler

December 3, 2020 by Ben Hopkins

A pair of 4 Pines brewers have launched a new business designed to ease people into the world of craft brewing at home. We chatted to Henry and Dylan about their hopes for BrewBox.

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