Articles by James Smith

Beer Swag Day Is Back!

Beer Swag Day was a day of celebration that ran as part of the Keeping Local Alive campaign in the early weeks of the national lockdown. And now it's back – on the anniversary of the lockdown so we can mark that dark day with a smile.

March 1, 2021 by James Smith


How's The Serenity Of Speed?

February 17, 2021 by James Smith

Readers will know Corinna Steeb and Frank Samson through the beers of Prancing Pony, but it's only one of their passions. They met through a shared love of motorbikes and next month Corinna will attempt to break her own land speed record.


Hops Without Borders

February 15, 2021 by James Smith

In a normal year, brewers and other beer industry people would be preparing to visit the Southern Hemisphere's hop farms for harvest. It's not a normal year, however, leading Hop Products Australia to invite guests to join them online.


Getting Blind With Crafty: Hazy Pales

February 8, 2021 by James Smith

They're hazy. They're pale. They're all the rage. But who's doing them well? For our first blind tasting of 2021, we got our hands on a stack of Aussie examples, amassed some expert palates, and put them to the test.


2020: The Year In Beer – Victoria

December 30, 2020 by James Smith

It might have been a year to forget in many ways, yet there was still plenty to admire and celebrate in Victoria's beer scene in 2020. Join us as we try to make sense of the madness.


2020: The Year In Beer

December 17, 2020 by James Smith

Well, who saw that coming? We kick off our end of 2020 coverage with a look back at some of the biggest trends and standout moments of the past twelve months.


Getting Blind With Crafty: Non-Alcoholic Beer

December 7, 2020 by James Smith

For our first and only blind tasting of 2020, we went with a suitably 2020 lineup: non-alcoholic beers. They may well ruin the pun in the series title, but how do they stack up in front of our panel of industry experts?


Little Bang To Release 12,000 Hazy IPAs

December 1, 2020 by James Smith

Need more hazy IPA in your life? Then you're in luck as Adelaide's Little Bang are releasing 12,000 of them this December. We chatted to the lunatic behind the venture.


Total Eclipse Of The Hop

November 9, 2020 by James Smith

Seven years after the launch of Enigma, Hop Products Australia today unveil the latest` hop variety to graduate from their breeding program. Eclipse is a sibling of star pupil Galaxy set to bring a hit of mandarin to an IPA near you soon.


Brew & A: Five Barrel Brewing

November 4, 2020 by James Smith

From bushfires to COVID, closures, cans, quarantine and a Kiwi, it's been a full-on year at Wollongong's Five Barrel. As they launch their new look lineup, we chat to founder Phil and his new head brewer, imported via hotel quarantine from NZ.

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