Articles by Bert Spinks

Take A Hike

Bushwalking guide Will Horan would spend his days in the Tasmanian wilderness dreaming up beer recipes. Since launching Du Cane, he now supplies bushwalkers – and others – with his beers.

May 24th, 2019 by Bert Spinks


Best New Tasmanian Beers Of 2018

December 24th, 2018 by Bert Spinks

The beer scene in Tasmania continues to evolve, with the state's brewers as happy taking inspiration from overseas as they are showcasing local produce. But which beers impressed most in 2018? Bert Spinks endeavoured to find out...


Beer Food: The Brewer & The Chocolatier

December 5th, 2018 by Bert Spinks

Seven Sheds and House of Anvers are stalwarts of the burgeoning food-and-booze scene in Tasmania's north-west. Bert Spinks invited them to blend their two worlds – beer and chocolate – as they told him about their traditionalists' approach to production.


Beer Travel: Another Belgium

October 5th, 2018 by Bert Spinks

Belgian beer culture is deservedly held in the highest regard by beer lovers the world over. Many of its classic breweries are household names, but what of the younger, newer wave? Bert Spinks goes searching for another Belgium.


Crafty Crawls: Hobart – The Venues

September 28th, 2018 by Bert Spinks

Whether it's classic pubs with great beer on tap, sparkling new brewpubs, journeys into beer's past or brewing by the waterfront, there's plenty to enjoy in Hobart these days. In our updated Crafty Crawl, part one takes in the city's beer venues.


Beer Travel: Iceland Revisited

August 21st, 2018 by Bert Spinks

Three years on from his last visit, Bert Spinks finds a craft beer scene in Iceland that has expanded significantly. He meets the first female led brewery, discovers a world of long happy hours and collaborations and finds common ground with home.


Beer Travel: Thirsty In Hungary

July 20th, 2018 by Bert Spinks

Our resident wanderer (can you be such a thing?), Bert Spinks has been soaking up the good times in Budapest. Join him as he calls in on the pioneers of Hungary's craft beer scene.


Ten Years Of Seven Sheds, A Lifetime Of Beer

April 17th, 2018 by Bert Spinks

Tasmanian brewery Seven Sheds marks ten years this month. Its co-founder Willie Simpson has been a central figure in Australian beer for far longer, so Bert "Storyteller" Spinks caught up with him and a former pupil to reflect on a life in beer.


Best New Tasmanian Beers Of 2017

December 30th, 2017 by Bert Spinks

For our roundup of the Best New Tasmanian Beers Of 2017, our inimitable wandering contributor Bert Spinks seeks the thoughts of beer folks across the state and ponders whether, in 2018, he should deliver the outcome in sonnet form.


Bottling The Farm

December 13th, 2017 by Bert Spinks

Van Dieman has released the first two of its "estate ales" – beers brewed with ingredients grown and sourced entirely on Will Tatchell's family farm south of Launceston. Bert Spinks joined him for a tasting and tour of the farm he's finally bottled.

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