Articles by Bert Spinks

Beer Travel: Greece

Last time we heard from Storyteller Spinks, he was in Turkey. He's since moved on to Greece, where he's ensured plenty of time on his travels has been spent in the company of people working in and writing about the country's nascent craft beer scene.

June 26th, 2017 by Bert Spinks


Beer Travel: Istanbul

May 26th, 2017 by Bert Spinks

Storyteller Spinks is off on another meander through the Northern Hemisphere. In his latest update, he calls in on two of the craft brewers of Istanbul and discovers the issues facing Aussie brewers pale in comparison.


Best New Tasmanian Beers of 2016

December 23rd, 2016 by Bert Spinks

It's time for the fifth of our seven roundups of the Best New Beers of 2016. This time, we head south to the state that's enjoyed huge recent expansion in the number of brewing companies, even though half a dozen hog this year's list.


The Collaborators: Not For Horses

October 27th, 2016 by Bert Spinks

The rise of craft beer has spawned all manner of related businesses. Among them are small malting operations dedicated to providing malt for microbreweries. They include Not For Horses. Bert Spinks caught up with the man behind the Launceston business.


Cool Times In Tassie

October 5th, 2016 by Bert Spinks

Last year, we wrote about Van Dieman's plans for a 100 percent estate grown ale. Now the Tasmanian brewery has taken another step into the unknown and brewed its first beers in a custom designed coolship.


Beer Travel: Darwin

July 11th, 2016 by Bert Spinks

While there's much talk of craft beer booming across Australia, what of the Top End? As Bert Spinks discovers, the microbrewing industry there has just doubled in size. OK, so that still means there's just two, but they're beery and boisterous.


Ocho's Online Brewery

April 26th, 2016 by Bert Spinks

The flurry of new brewing companies opening in Tasmania continues apace. Yet it's fair to say that Ocho stands out. Not just because it opened with a barrel-aged saison, but because its means of getting beer to punters is rather unusual.


Beer Travel: Bushwalking with Beer

November 24th, 2015 by Bert Spinks

Having returned from the outer reaches of Northern Europe to his home state of Tasmania, wandering storyteller Bert Spinks has been out bushwalking. Here, he ponders the whys and wherefores of doing it with beer.


Beer Travel: Copenhagen

October 20th, 2015 by Bert Spinks

As he heads homewards from the northern reaches of Europe, wandering Tasmanian Bert Spinks finds time to dip his toes into the "stylish", "serious" and "eccentric" beer scene in Copenhagen.


Beer Travel: Iceland

October 7th, 2015 by Bert Spinks

Join us on a colourful journey through Iceland's craft beer world as Tasmanian storyteller Bert Spinks is guided along the way by an etymologist polymath, local brewers and his own love of dark beers...

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