Articles by Will Ziebell

Who Brews Avnge Beers?

From pumpkin beers in the US through street art in Darwin and Melbourne to combining his love of beer and art in one, James Isacsson has enjoyed a unique path into brewing. We caught up with him on the back of his first release.

The Lord Nelson Set For Sale

For the first time in 35 years, Sydney's Lord Nelson is up for sale. We caught up with Blair Hayden, the man who turned it into a brewpub in the 80s, to find out what's next for him and one of the country's most iconic pubs.

Konvoy Raise $30 Million & Eye Major Expansion

Konvoy might only be two-years-old but the keg rental company has big plans. Will Ziebell spoke to co-founder Adam Trippe-Smith about their $30m raise to fund expansion here and overseas, as well as a potential IPO on the ASX.

Jetty Road Founders To Leave Brewery

The two faces best associated with Jetty Road are set to leave the business they founded, with Blake Bowden and Grant Bowden set to sell their shares at the end of the year. We spoke to them about their decision and future plans.

Step Inside The Virtual Bottleshop

How'd you fancy climbing a tree to find a rare bottle of Cantillon? It might sound wild, but if a new venture featuring Purvis Beer, a Melbourne-based software developer, and Oculus Quest comes off, it could become your virtual reality.

Lockdowns, Locals & Future Mountain

As Melbourne emerges from another long lockdown, it's worth remembering how much local support has meant to many brewers. In Future Mountain's case, they've found a unique way to pay tribute to those who helped them survive.

Badlands Building A New Home In Orange

Orange will be home to a new taproom experience from 2022 but the brewery behind the beers isn't so new. Badlands Brewery have announced that after a decade on the city's outskirts, they're moving to the centre of town.

Back To The Bar – For The Last Time?

Venues in much of New South Wales are reopening today, with Victoria set to follow in the coming weeks. Will Ziebell chatted to business owners about their hopes, fears, vaccine passports and excitement at welcoming back guests.

Exclusively Yours: The Rise Of Brewery Subscriptions

Beer clubs and brewery memberships are far from new but recent years have seen such them grow alongside online beer sales. We spoke to Molly Rose, Black Arts and Van Dieman Brewing about their exclusive clubs and why they do it.

The Mill Expand And Rebrand

Melbourne venues are looking forward to the end of the month but The Mill Brewery have more reason than most to be excited. They've recently finished work on a production brewery in Thomastown and rebranded too.

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Shapeshifter's Taproom Opens Today

Shapeshifter have been building a reputation for their hazy beers, big stouts and willingness to embrace new trends since launching in 2019. Today, they open the doors to their new home, featuring a 12hL brewhouse and a dozen taps.

Firies-Supporting Brewing Company Wins Brew Rocket Grant

A brewing company created to support emergency service workers has won the first Brew Rocket grant designed to reward sustainability and social responsibility. Firehouse 51 was selected by a panel put together by Craft Instinct.

Going Green: KlippaKan

Plastic can holders might be ubiquitous in craft beer but a local company has developed another way to keep your tinnies together. Johnston Packaging and Grifter have just unveiled the KlippaKan, which has been in the works for a year.

Brew & A: Stingray

When you work in a bar or brewery, you may well impart a little of your personality onto the business. For Bodriggy's Stingray, however, he's gone rather further: his name is now that of their upstairs bar and an offshoot beer brand.

Chappy's Crafty Chippies

It started as a side hustle in the food truck at Thunder Road and has since outgrown two kitchens and become a popular snack – and beer pairing item – in Melbourne's crafty venues. We meet the man behind Chappy's Snacks.

Seltzers: Hard Sell Or Easy As?

At the start of 2020, we looked at the arrival of hard seltzers in Australia. With local producers hoping for a summer of seltzer ahead, we chatted to those making and selling them to find out how far they've come and where they're heading.

The Collaborators: Vertek Innovations

Is that decal really moving or is it time to head home? If you're in a bar featuring decals from Perth's Vertek Innovations, don't worry: they really are moving. We chatted to the couple bringing beer brands to life on the bar.

Hop Nation Add A Still To Their Bow

Hop Nation are set to make their booze offering even more multifaceted in the coming months, with the brewery this week installing a still at their Footscray home.

Aussie Exports: Charlotte Feehan

During six months in Melbourne, Charlotte Feehan faced redundancies, a pandemic and a broken ankle. But despite that, it's still a city she loves dearly. Today, she's head brewer at Abandoned Brewery in NZ, which we feel makes her a fitting Aussie Export.

The Big Issue: Private Label Beers

Initial, Zytho, Tinnies, Colossal, Algorithm, Culture House, Gogo Fish – all the names of brands behind pales, IPAs, stouts and sours. And all brewed for the country's major drinks retailers. We look at the renewed rise of "homebrand" beers.

The Club Life

More sports clubs are making the switch to craft beer and reaping the rewards. Will Ziebell spoke to a golf club in Toowoomba and a smaller bowlo in Brisbane's southwest about their successful recent conversions.

Embracing The Fruits

Brewing may be an industrial process reliant on stainless and manufacturing capacity but some brewers are working closely with farmers to showcase the seasons via their beers, including Future Mountain and La Sirène.

Podcast People: Crack The Ceiling

Crack the Ceiling is an Australian beer podcast run by two Americans with a wealth of experience and expertise in the local beer industry. We got in touch with Lindsy Greig and Tif Waldron to find out how they became podcasters.

The Welder's Dog Pack Grows Again

Seven years on from the launch of their first craft beer bar in Armidale, The Welder's Dog team have opened a third. They've renovated the 135-year-old Oxford Hotel in Inverell, installing 20 taps and with a kitchen on the way.

Bridge Road To Open Melbourne Brewpub

Beechworth's Bridge Road Brewers have today unveiled their plans to build a brewery in Melbourne. The new, 30 tap, 350-seat venue will be part of the East Brunswick Village development.

The Great Australian BeerFest Merger

Two Australian beer festivals are combining their might, with Kieran Blood from the Great Australian Beer Festival taking on new business partners, James Harding and Stacy File from BeerFest Australia.

Brewers Take A Cold Dip

Haze and DDH might be here to stay but brewers are trialling new ways to brew punchy, hoppy beers. We caught up with two Australian brewers taking cues from America to brew "dip hopped" and "cold IPAs".

Brewmanity Find A Home In South Melbourne

After a four year search, Brewmanity have finally unveiled plans for their brewery and taproom, which is scheduled to open in South Melbourne in early 2022. We caught up with co-founder David Neitz to find out more.

Something Good Lands In Traralgon

Ten years after he first imagined opening his own brewery in his hometown, and following stints at breweries in Edinburgh and the Netherlands, Jimmy Krekelberg will finally open Good Land Brewery in Traralgon this Friday.

Who Brews Kick Back Beers?

Kick Back launched in the beachside town of Aldinga in the middle of winter, but the cold weather hasn't stopped them packing in guests since they opened. We caught up with one of South Australia's newest breweries to find out more.

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The Big Issue: Skills Shortage

It goes without saying that the COVID pandemic has created huge problems for the local beer and hospitality industries. One issue it's exacerbated is a skills shortage, both when it comes to brewing and running venues.

Mighty Craft To Buy Mismatch In $47m Deal

Mighty Craft continue to snap up craft breweries and other alcoholic beverages, today announcing plans to acquire the Adelaide Hills Group, which includes Mismatch Brewing, in a $47m buyout.

Looking On The Bright Side

It might not be the 15th birthday weekend they had planned, but the team at Bright Brewery have a lot to be cheerful about. We caught up with owner Scott Brandon to discuss the brewery's impressive history and what's around the corner.

Capital's B Corp Journey

Capital Brewing are on track to become the latest Australian brewing company to achieve B Corp status. We chatted to the man driving the process for the Canberran brewery.

Brick Lane Plan $50 Million Expansion

Melbourne's Brick Lane have their sights set on a major expansion, with the brewery investing $50 million to give them the capacity to brew up to 20 million litres a year.

Communitinnies Return As Victoria Locks Down Again

As Melbourne's lockdown is extended, and Victorians face their own restrictions, Hop Nation have brought back their collaborative Communitinnies boxes, first launched during the early days of the pandemic.

Brouhaha's Brewery Boom

The Sunshine Coast is set to welcome a new brewery in the coming months, with Maleny's Brouhaha Brewery announcing expansion plans. We caught up with co-founder Matt Jancauskas to find out what's in the works.

More Facebook Beer Pages Removed

Boatocker Brewers & Distillers business page and the popular Beer Thread group have become the latest to disappear almost overnight from Facebook. We spoke to both to find out more.

Brew & A: Jum Ryan

Moving from Singapore and Hong Kong to brew in Alice Springs is one of the more unlikely moves you'll come across. Ahead of their tap takeover at Miss Moses as part of Good Beer Week, we chat to Jum Ryan, who swapped Little Creatures for the Red Centre.

Good Beer Week: Ten Years Of Beers

When Good Beer Week kicks off on Friday, the festival will finally turn ten – a year later than planned. To mark the occasion, we took a trip down Memory Lane with some of those involved in building and enjoying it over the past decade.

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Is Fresh Always Best?

Fresh is best is a mantra we hear often in the beer world but can a beer be too fresh? Packaging shock is common parlance in the wine world but rarely raised in beer, while hazy, hoppy beers can perform better later too.

Federal Government Increases Excise Refund For Brewers

The Federal Government today announced that the excise refund cap for breweries and distilleries will increase from $100,000 to $350,000, with the decision welcomed by the Independent Breweries Association.

Follow The Beer Pioneer

William Buckley's tale of survival is one that's stuck with Australians thanks to one iconic phrase. Now, a Melbourne comedian is tracing Buckley's path while visiting as many local breweries as he can.

Beer Travel With Bright Eyes

How long do you think it would take to visit every single one of Australia's hundreds of breweries? Chelsea Bright is embarking on a mission to do just that – and plans to hit her target by Good Beer Week 2023.

The Collaborators: This Is My Boomstick!

Boomstick Glassware blend a love for craft beer, pop culture and collaboration into the design of unique creations from which you can enjoy your favourite crafties. We chatted to the small team behind the project to find out more.

Going Green: Bright Bins

Bright Brewery have long put sustainable practices at the core of their business and are now looking to take a recycling initiative nationwide.

We're Going On A Beer Hunt

Beer tourism is an oft-touted economic benefit of the rise of local breweries. Now two suburban areas with more local beer than most have invested in the establishment of local brewery trails with support from local government.

Who Brews Nice Guys Beers?

Melbourne is home to many suburban breweries with Richmond one that's played an essential role in the development in craft beer for decades. It's now home to Nice Guys, which brings a new aesthetic to the local beer scene.

West Bestern: The Rise Of The Hopheads

The Hopheads story started in Melbourne's outer west but has been moving closer to the city ever since. Ahead of their third store opening in Yarraville, we caught up with the team to chat about the bottleshop 'n' bar's rise.

Carwyn's Forgotten Beers

The mission at Carwyn Cellars has always been focused on bringing better booze to the people and now the bottleshop and bar team has started brewing. Well, brewing again. Well, releasing beer.