Articles by James Smith

Hottest 100 Craft Beers Of 2022: Analysis

Hottest 100 Craft Beers Of 2022: Analysis

Mountain Culture have scored an incredible top spot with their Status Quo in the 2022 GABS Hottest 100 Craft Beers poll. Here, we dig deeper into the top 100 to see what it can tell us.

January 28, 2023 by James Smith


Mountain Culture Storm The GABS Hottest 100 Craft Beers Of 2022

January 28, 2023 by James Smith

We have a new winner in the GABS Hottest 100 Craft Beers poll for 2022, with Mountain Culture achieving a staggering result and blasting straight into top spot. Balter XPA finished second ahead of BentSpoke's Crankshaft.


La Sirène Back In Business – For Now

January 21, 2023 by James Smith

After a tumultuous seven weeks that would make a roller-coaster feel queasy, the team at La Sirène are set to reopen the doors to their bar today. However, the future of the popular "urban farmhouse" brewery remains unclear.


The Best Of Beer 2022

December 19, 2022 by James Smith

Christmas is approaching so it must be time for us to look back at the year just gone. And in a change from past years, we're kicking off with a look at the standout themes of 2022 on a national scale.


Future Mountain's Reservoir Brewpub Up For Sale

December 15, 2022 by James Smith

Future Mountain have listed their Reservoir brewery and venue for sale – but it's not what it seems. The founders plan to move to different parts of Victoria with their families and create a new Future Mountain with two rural bases.


The Story Behind La Sirène's Recent Closure

December 6, 2022 by James Smith

La Sirène have been locked out of their brewery and forced to close their bar indefinitely after traces of asbestos were found in buildings at the Melbourne Innovation Centre. They're unsure when they'll reopen with cleaning set to last into 2023.


Red Hill Brewery Goes On The Market

November 23, 2022 by James Smith

One of the country's longest-established breweries could be yours as Red Hill founders Karen and Dave Golding have today put their Mornington Peninsula brewery on the market just shy of 18 years after their poured their first beers.


Going Green: Revolution In The Riverina

November 18, 2022 by James Smith

There are many people who have changed the nature of beer and brewing in Australia over the years. Yet what's happening in the Riverina region of NSW feels as transformative as anything else happening in the industry right now.


Wayward & Batch Join Forces As The Local Drinks Collective

October 19, 2022 by James Smith

Wayward and Batch have today announced the formation of a new collective of independent breweries they hope will give them greater firepower to compete with the multinational beverage companies dominating Australia.


Consolidation & Cooperation: Where To For Indie Beer?

October 19, 2022 by James Smith

Today's launch of the Local Drinks Collective by Wayward and Batch adds another layer of nuance to the local brewing industry. We look at what lies behind it and whether we'll see more cooperation and consolidation among small brewers.

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