Articles by James Smith

Rocky Ridge Go Back-To-Back At The Perth Royal Beer Awards

Rocky Ridge Go Back-To-Back At The Perth Royal Beer Awards

For the second year running, Rocky Ridge have claimed the Champion Beer trophy at the Perth Royal Beer Awards. And, again, they've done it with a rarely-seen style: their barrel-aged barleywine Jindong Balling.

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Dollar Bill Triumph At The Australian International Beer Awards Again

May 26, 2023 by James Smith

Tiny Ballarat operation Dollar Bill, who specialise in barrel-aged and wild ales, have claimed Champion Australian Beer at the Australian International Beer Awards just two years on from their first triumph.


The Australian International Beer Awards At 30 – Part II

May 24, 2023 by James Smith

In part two of our mini-series marking 30 years of the Australian International Beer Awards, we invite some of those with long and significant involvement to share their memories and photos, and trace just how much it's changed.


Blackflag's GABS Beer Raises A Red Flag

May 17, 2023 by James Smith

The name and branding of a new release from Blackflag Brewing has come in for criticism from inside and outside the beer industry.


The People Of Pint Of Origin

May 14, 2023 by James Smith

In one sense, Pint of Origin is all about the beer, the brewers and the venues hosting them. But it's also about bringing people together to go on shared adventures. Here, we celebrate some of the people of #PoO.


Pint of Origin 2023: Meet The Aussies

May 11, 2023 by James Smith

Pint of Origin kicks off for an 11th time this Friday, bringing almost 1,000 different beers to 20 of the city's best pubs and bars from May 12 to 21. In our second preview, we take a look at what to expect from the Aussie venues.


Pint of Origin 2023: Meet The Internationals

May 3, 2023 by James Smith

Pint of Origin returns to Melbourne for an 11th time on May 12, bringing almost 1,000 different beers to 20 of the city's best pubs and bars over ten days. In the first part of our preview, we roundup the highlights at the international venues.


High Country Hop Technical Symposium – The Presentations

April 12, 2023 by James Smith

Ahead of the 2023 High Country Hop festival, Bridge Road Brewers put on a Technical Symposium sponsored by the Independent Brewers Association. We MC'd and recorded the day, and you can listen to all of the sessions here.


Exit To Exit The Beer Industry

April 3, 2023 by James Smith

Nine years on from announcing themselves to the world with the first of many saisons, Exit Brewing are exiting the beer industry, stating they're no longer in a position to be competitive or viable in today's challenging market.


The Beer World Pays Tribute To Pops

March 22, 2023 by James Smith

The beer world has been paying tribute to one of its "special men", after brewer and mentor Neil "Pops" Whittorn lost his battle with cancer. We spoke to some of those who knew him best.

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