Articles by James Smith

Total Eclipse Of The Hop

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.

November 9, 2020 by James Smith


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.


More Good News For Victoria's Brewers

October 29, 2020 by James Smith

The day after they were able to open for the first time since July, Victoria's brewers have received more good news by the state government. Those with producer's licenses are now eligible for the Licensed Hospi​tality Venue Fund.


Back On The Craft Beers Pt I

October 27, 2020 by James Smith

As Melbourne's venues prepare to reopen, we return to the pub with which we kicked off our Postcards from the Edge series on March 23. We joined Cherry Tree staff and a local to see how they've survived two lockdowns.


Postcards from the Edge No.58: #ShoutAVicADrink

October 26, 2020 by James Smith

With Melbourne's venues finally set to open as restrictions ease significantly across Victoria, the team at an Armadale bar and bottleshop have launched a campaign enabling people to shout people exiting lockdown a drink.


Who Brews Noodledoof Beers?

October 19, 2020 by James Smith

Noodledoof is a brewery and distillery opened by two mates in Victoria's west. As they approach their first birthday, we chatted to co-founder Alex "Doof" Carr about an opening twelve months encompassing a pandemic.


Budget Delivers Little For Indie Beer

October 7, 2020 by James Smith

The Independent Brewers Association (IBA) has welcomed some aspects of the Federal Government "recession-busting", jobs-focused budget, but many of the industry's request do not appear to have been ​addressed.


Dollar Bill's Dream Edges Closer

October 7, 2020 by James Smith

The family behind Dollar Bill Brewing is hopeful they'll be able to open their unique cellar door experience in spring 2020 after reaching the advertising stage for their "Invermay Beer Farm" in Ballarat.


Vic Brewers Excluded From Hospo Support Grants

October 6, 2020 by James Smith

Brewers who were hoping to apply for financial support from the Licensed Hospitality Venue Grant have found their venues are currently excluded from the Victorian government's COVID-19 program.


Postcards from the Edge No.54: So Long, Farewell...

September 30, 2020 by James Smith

Among the thousands of Aussies stranded overseas are Ben and Maria Kraus and their kids. A planned year long stay has been extended by flight cancellations, so Ben is now helping commission a new brewery in Innsbruck.

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