Articles by Will Ziebell

Craft Beer & Blood: Meet Deathmatch Downunder

Fluorescent lights exploding on people's heads. Chairs wrapped in barbed wire being thrashed across blood-flecked backs. And a sweaty man in not a lot of lycra drinking a lager from The Albert Brewery. Meet Deathmatch Downunder.

Capital Claim Carbon First As Aussies Brew A Greener Future

A number of Australian brewers are leading the way when it comes to sustainability, with Capital becoming the first Climate Active certified carbon neutral brewery, Rocky Ridge and Big Shed winning sustainability awards, and others going carbon neutral too.

Australians Brew For Ukraine

As war in Ukraine continues, local brewers are rallying in support. Prancing Pony, Barossa Valley Brewing and Route 9 Distillery brewed a collab this week, while Dangerous Ales are releasing their Ukrainian Imperial Stout today.

Biotransformation: Where Hops & Yeast Meet

Many fans of hoppy beers will have enjoyed the fruits of Sam Bethune's labour from his days at Fixation. These days, he's with ingredients supplier Bintani where he's been experimenting ahead of the 2022 High Country Hop.

Budget Tax Changes Welcomed By Indie Brewers

This year's federal budget has introduced a number of tax changes relevant to brewers, which the IBA says is largely welcome news for members, while hoping further excise reform could be on the way.

Who Brews Welcome Swallow Beers?

Welcome Swallow brew in the heart of Tasmania's hop country – the realisation of a long-held dream of a local farmer and his mate. With the hop harvest underway, we invited them to take part in our long-running Who Brews? series.

One Drop Look To Clean Up

One Drop are a brewery that frequently experiment with beer ingredients and styles but it's their latest process that has the Sydney outfit most excited. They've been trialling a process they call Clean Fusion, which they say not only gets the most out of their hops but solves a number of technical issues too.

Bionic Beer Builds Bionic Arms

At its core, brewing is a manufacturing process but Ocean Reach's Bionic IPA shows how local breweries can change lives for the better. The brewers have partnered with Free 3D Hands to help develop bionic arms at an affordable price.

Fourteen Years Of Fresh Hop Beers

The hop harvest is underway in Australia, which means fresh hop beers are on their way. One brewery has been brewing them longer than most: Bridge Road Brewers, so we chatted to co-owner Ben Kraus about 14 years of harvest ales.

Two Mates Launch Fundraiser Following Devastating Floods

Lismore's Two Mates have been heavily impacted by NSW's devastating floods. To help them rebuild, they've set up a GoFundMe. We spoke to co-founder Andrew Newtown to find out about the last week and their determination to move forward.

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Tassie's T-Bone Take A Big Bite

T-Bone built their brewpub largely to focus on keg beer but the success of their cans has seen them struggle to meet demand. That's set to change in the near future, however, with work underway on a new production facility.

Jan Bruckner: A Life In Brewing

For three decades, Last Drop Brewery has been serving traditional beers to WA's beer lovers and for the vast majority of that time, Jan Bruckner has been at the helm. As he marks 30 years in Australia, we reflect on a life in beer.

Alright, Alright, Alriiight! How Mr Banks Lost The Mr

Mr Banks recently rebranded, dropping the "Mr" from their name, but the story behind the name change is a wild ride involving brewery co-founder Chris Farmer's love for puns and one of America's most famous actors.

Voyager Craft Malt Win Gold In The US

Voyager Craft Malt enjoyed major awards success at the weekend, with the craft maltsters picking up gold at the Malt Cup – the first time a gold medal has gone to any malthouse outside the US.

Fake Merch Enters The Beer Bubble

Much like metalheads and footy club fans, craft beer lovers often like wearing merch from their favourite breweries. But online marketplace Redbubble has created concern for some breweries with non-approved items appearing on the site.

Short Back And Sour, Please!

It's not uncommon to enjoy a free beer while getting a haircut but La Bodega is taking things further. We caught up with the people behind the barbershop-meets-beer bar for a chat about their plan to bring craft beer to Williamstown.

The Collaborators: Denver & Liely

You may already own too many beer glasses but Carwyn Cellars hope to entice you to buy one more. They've teamed up with the glass designers at Denver & Liely to create a specialty beer glass for craft beer's finest.

Aussie Exports: Australia's First Master Cicerone

Late last year, Shane McNamara joined a very small group of beer experts with the title Master Cicerone. As the first Australian to take on the title, he's also in a minority of one. We got in touch to find out more for our Aussie Export series.

The Social Brewers: Beer In The Blood

Small breweries have been turning suburban industrial estates into community hubs for years so when Beau Curtis realised his local area didn't have a brewery of its own, he decided to do fix it, creating The Social Brewers.

Local Brewing Co To Open Clifton Hill Taproom

Melbourne-based Local Brewing Co are set to move into a home of their own in coming months. The brewing company with a focus on driving sustainable social change has today unveiled plans for a Clifton Hill taproom.

Aunty Gets Crafty In New ABC Show

An upcoming episode of ABC's flagship science program Catalyst puts craft beer and the science of brewing and the agriculture that supports it front and centre. We chatted to some of those involved in The Great Brew Challenge.

A Vision For Indie Beer

Late last year, Young Henrys co-founder Richard Adamson was elected chair of the Independent Brewers Association. As the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the industry, we chatted to him about his vision for indie beer.

Beer On The Blockchain

Blockchains. Crypto. The metaverse. They're terms we hear about a lot these days but do they have much common ground with the world of beer? We spoke to two Australian brewing companies embracing digital currencies to find out.

Who Brews YEPP Beers?

Yeppoon is known for its beautiful beaches and as a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef but one local couple hope the coastal town will soon be known for beer too. We caught up with Tanya and Justin Adam to find out more about YEPP Brewing.

The Year Of No Booze

In 2020, Australia witnessed the launch of a number of alcohol-free brewing companies and brands, and in 2021 sales rocketed, quality rose and options blossomed. As 2022 starts, look at why booze-free beer has struck such a chord.

Brew & A: Eden Pink

When Eden Pink got a hospitality job working for Prancing Pony, she hadn't considered becoming a brewer. Five years on she's senior brewer at the Adelaide Hills outfit and her likeness decorates their new Pinkers beer too.

The Collaborators: Mind And Strength Support

David Spargo is a Melburnian with a background in hospitality and social work who's decided to combine his two careers to provide better mental health support for managers and owners in small venues and breweries.

Brew & A: Ned Bowring

Following a long stint of travel, Ned Bowring switched careers to follow his passion for brewing. He then fell for the art of barrel-ageing at Boatrocker, before moving to Hawkers then Deeds, where he's created their first mixed culture beers.

Indie Beer Hits The SCG

Fans of cricket and Sydney's indie brewers have been given an early Christmas present. Beers from The Grifter Brewing Co and Young Henrys are now pouring at the SCG after Merivale secured hospitality rights.

Who Brews Five’ 3” Beers?

Killer Sprocket has fast become something of a brewing incubator for newcomers to the beer industry. Among them is Christopher Martin, the man behind Five' 3" Brewing, and now part of the Killer Sprocket team too.

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Australia's First Gluten-Free Bottlo

Gluten-free beer has come a long way in Australia in recent years and one new retailer has committed to stocking the widest variety anyone can find. We spoke to David Lilley about his decision to launch the online Gluten Free Beer Shop.

Wild Life Get Wilder

Shepparton-based Wild Life Brewing recently took their pilot kit away from home to spend a day in the elements. We caught up with co-founder Jack Thomson to find out about the adventure and plans for their own brewery.

From Beer Blogger To Brewery Owner

Luke Robertson has enjoyed a variety of roles in the Australian beer industry: providing commentary, telling stories, and working closely with brewers through the IBA and Good Beer Week. Now he's off to run a brewery New Zealand.

Meet Geelong's Newest, Not New Brewery

A new brewery recently launched in Geelong but neither the beer nor the brewer are all that new. We chatted to Cockies' new owners about what they have planned for the brand and the newly-established Great Ocean Road Brewing.

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.

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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.

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.