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GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of 2023: Analysis

We've taken a deep dive into the GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers to see what trends and insights the 2023 countdown reveals in our annual analysis feature.

Mountain Culture Status Quo Wins GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of 2023

The votes have been counted, and of the 1,877 beers to receive votes from the 400-plus breweries that entered the GABS Hottest 100 of 2023, Mountain Culture Status Quo has landed in top spot for a second year running.

Crafty Crawls: Hobart – The Breweries

Tasmania and its capital are wonderlands when it comes to delicious things and that's certainly true for beer. Here, Jono Outred serves as our guide to the breweries of Hobart where you can enjoy a bounty of locally-brewed beers.

The Year Of Living Precariously

A year ago today, news that Ballistic Beer Co had entered voluntary administration sent shockwaves through the local beer world. Here, we take a look back at the carnage that has followed in the 12 months since.

Wayward Brewing & Local Drinks Collective Emerge From Administration

Wayward Brewing and Local Drinks Collective have exited a period of voluntary administration with the existing owners still in charge. We spoke to company director Peter Philip after the DOCA was approved today.

Bitter Phew: Ten Lessons From Ten Years

From lockout laws to lockdowns, running a Sydney bar has presented plenty of challenges over the past decade, yet Bitter Phew continues to stand tall. As the institution turns ten, we chatted to co-founder Aaron Edwards.

Local Beer Legends

The local beer world wouldn't be the wonderful and diverse place it is without the people responsible for bringing beer to life and into your hands. So, as Local Beer Day approaches, we're shining a light on some of them.

Bondi Brewing Launch New Home Brewing For Good With Famous Locals

Bondi Brewing have had a presence in their home suburb since 2018, and have now launched a brewery inside an Asian restaurant. To mark its arrival, they've asked well-known locals to brew with them to raise money for charity.

Crafty Crawls: WA's South West Part II

In the second instalment of our Crafty Crawl guide to the beery treats dotting the Margaret River region of Western Australia, we head south, visiting sprawling breweries and diverse venues along the way.

Spangled Drongo Match Good Brews With Great Deeds

Spangled Drongo is a new Northern Rivers brewery with a story that's worth telling before you even think about the beer. We chatted with some of the team about doing good, brewing good, tuk-tuks and kitesurfing.

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Building A Beer Cellar – On Any Budget

Did you receive the gift of fancy beer for Christmas? Or are you keen to start amassing a beer cellar filled with barley wines and Belgians? Then join us to find out how to start hoarding liquid gold – whatever your budget.

WA's Indie Brewers Aim To Keep The Bird Flying

WA's indie brewers are rallying behind the William Street Bird, an iconic live music venue in Northbridge with an uncertain future, whose Keep The Bird Flying festival kicks off this weekend.

Beer Basics: Lautering, Boiling & Whirlpool

Sparging, vorlauf, iso-α-acids, centrifugal forces and trub... Join us as we take up our Beer Basics guide to making beer once more in the company of Marie-Claire Jarratt, with hops finally making an appearance too.

Brew & A: Matt Ives

Beers brewed by Matt Ives won silverware at the Australian International Beer Awards and pipped Corona and Balter in our Mexican lager blind tasting. We chatted to him about a beer career that began pulling pints in Wagga.

Wayward Brewing Enter Voluntary Administration

The new year has started much as 2023 ended with another brewery entering voluntary administration. Wayward Brewing have appointed administrators with the intention of restructuring their business and retaining ownership.

The Best Of Beer 2023: The Territories

It's time to bring down the curtain on our look back at the year in The Best Of Beer 2023. For the final instalment, we cast an eye over goings-on in the NT and ACT.

The Best Of Beer 2023: South Australia

And then there were two... Time for the penultimate entry in our Best Of Beer 2023 series, as we cast an eye of the standout moments, beers and openings from the past 12 months.

Tim's Bucket List Beer Trip For MND

“Life’s too short to drink crap beer.” When Tim Eggert was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, he decided to get out and enjoy the time he has left by visiting breweries and raising awareness of MND.

The Best Of Beer 2023: Western Australia

In the sixth instalment of our series looking at the year in beer for 2023, we cross the Nullarbor as our team there casts an expert eye over the past 12 months in Western Australia.

The Best Of Beer 2023: Tasmania

Following our trip to Queensland, we're moving to Australia's southern island for the fourth entry in our Best Of Beer 2023 series to take a look back at the moments, beers and people that stood out over the year.

The Best Of Beer 2023: Queensland

We continue our trek up Australia's east coast for the third instalment of our Best Of Beer 2023 series, moving on from Victoria and New South Wales to cast an eye over the beer scene in Queensland.

Dainton Emerge From Administration With Family Still In Control

Less than a month after appointing administrators, Dainton Beer is again controlled by its management team after creditors approved a financial restructuring. We spoke to CEO Dan Dainton about what it means for the business.

The Matchmakers: Festive Season Pairings

For our final 2023 edition of The Matchmakers, the team at Molly Rose has come up with something a little different. No recipe this time, rather a selection of founder Nic Sandery's favourite pairings for classic festive fare.

The Best Of Beer 2023: New South Wales

​​All aboard! It's time to leave Victoria behind and head north to New South Wales to find out who and what stood out from the crowd in the second instalment of our Best Of Beer 2023 series.

TWØBAYS: Five Years In Five Beers

Since 2018, TWØBAYS have been on a mission to broaden the beer offering for people who can't consume gluten. On their fifth anniversary, founder Richard Jeffares walked us through some of his favourite beers to date.

The Best Of Beer 2023: Victoria

It's time to kick off our annual jaunt around Australia to see who and what has stood out from the crowd in 2023. We start in Victoria with a selection of standout moments, beers, breweries and bars.

Getting Blind With Crafty: Influencer Beers

For our final blind tasting of 2023, we figured we'd do something a little different: with several new beers on the market associated with bands, brands or other famous figured, we decided to put them to the test.

The Year In Beer 2023

It goes without saying that 2023 hasn't been the year the beer world would have been hoping for, but let's try to make sense of it anyway, shall we?

Local Beer Day: Join Us For A Nationwide Celebration

Who's up for injecting some joy into the local beer world? We sure are, so we've created Local Beer Day and hope breweries, bars, bottleshops and beer lovers will join us and make it the biggest ever celebration of Aussie beer.

Netherworld Team To Launch Lost Souls "Theme Park" Karaoke

A new karaoke bar unlike any other is opening next to Brisbane's Netherworld. It features local beer, intricate art design, and "theme park level karaoke". You'll be singing to save your soul.

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Who Brews Wild Barrel Beers?

Small batches, single barrels, slow processes, sustainable businesses. Mick Wüst took a look at Wild Barrel, based in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, for our long-running Who Brews...? series.

Cheeky Monkey Buy Sound Brewing From Administrators

There's been another significant move in the local beer world with Cheeky Monkey acquiring fellow WA operation Sound Brewing Co, two months after the Rockingham-based brewpub entered administration.

Brew & A: Gavin Williams of Black Brewing

Black Brewing Co are part of South West WA's vibrant brewing community, and earlier this year took out the Champion WA Brewery trophy at the 2023 Indies. We caught up with the head brewer behind their success.

Emily Usher Slays Beer

Slays Beer is a new series shining a light on younger members of the beer world: who they are, why they're in beer, how they think the industry could do better. Kickstarting our celebration of beer's next gen is Emily Usher from Deeds.

Burnout And Beer: Paying The Passion Tax

Craft beer is often driven by passion but love for the industry can leave people burnt out and exhausted. We spoke to people who've experienced burnout: what caused it and how the industry can become a better place to work.

The Catfish: Ten Lessons From Ten Years

The Catfish is Melbourne's one and only home of cheesesteaks, blues and craft beer, each delight made better when enjoyed together. As the iconic Fitzroy bar turns ten, we walk down Memory Lane with founders Kieran and Mike.

Who Brews In The Brew Garage?

Another suburb of Perth has a brewpub to call its own with Brew Garage opening in East Victoria Park. Guy Southern dropped in to soak in the charms of a venue that's also an urban winery serving up damn fine pizzas.

Beerfarm Claim The 2024 WA Beer Of The Year Crown

Beerfarm's IPL, a WA craft beer icon, has been named Beer of the Year at the 2024 WA Good Food Guide Awards. It finished ahead of Phat Brew Club's Culture of Good Times and Rocky Ridge's Rock Juice V12 in this year's top 25.

Dainton Beer Enter Voluntary Administration

Dainton Beer have today become the latest brewing company to file for voluntary administration, citing the need to "deal with financial losses the business has accrued from ill-timed expansion in the face of declining consumer demand."

Crafty Crawls: WA's South West Part I

WA's vast South West is one of the best places to explore thanks to its beaches, diverse scenery and wineries aplenty. Better yet, the region is awash with local beer too, as we explore in an updated two-part Crafty Crawl.

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Brewski: Ten Lessons From Ten Years

"Matt, don’t buy any more barleywines!" just about sums up a decade of Brewski. But for more on watching your intake, sleeping with your business partner and starting fondue fires, here's their Ten Lessons from Ten Years.

Former CUB Boss Leads Group Buying Jetty Road From Mighty Craft

A group including publicans, rugby players and comedian Mick Molloy, which is headed by former CUB CEO Peter Filipovic, has bought Mornington Peninsula-based Jetty Road from ASX-listed Mighty Craft.

Who Brews At Future Brewing?

A trip to Texas sparked Brady Hannett's love for West Coast styles, one that led him to study in California and start his brewing career in Monterey. Now he's at the helm of Future Brewing in Sydney, alongside partner Laura Howard.

Help Us Get Blind: Influencer Beers

For our last blind tasting of the year, we figured we'd have a bit of fun and do something a little different from the norm. With so many celebrity and influencer-tied beers on the market, we figured we'd put them to the test.

Crafty Crawls: Newcastle Part II

It's time for part II of our Crafty Crawl guide to the breweries, beer venues and bottleshops of Newcastle. Here, we start in Hamilton and end with views of the football stadium, traversing an area that's now home to five breweries.

The Matchmakers: Pairing Mussels With Witbier

The third entry in our Matchmakers series on beer and food pairing features a twist on a Belgian classic: mussels and witbier with the introduction of a fragrant vegan green curry.

Lone Gum Farmhouse & BeerNoEvil Find Common Ground

Their brands and their beers shared little in common, which the founders of Lone Gum Farmhouse and BeerNoEvil felt made them perfect housemates. We got a sneak peek of their long-awaited shared venue ahead of its opening.

Bad Shepherd's Founders Emerge From Administration Still In Control

Less than a month after appointing administrators, the founders of Bad Shepherd are out of administration, as of today, and remain in control of their business after their proposal was approved in a creditors' meeting.

The Exploding Cost Of Brewing Beer

To gain a greater understanding of the challenges facing brewers, we broke down the cost of brewing Hawkers' trophy-winning West Coast IPA, and how those costs have exploded in recent years.

AMSAT: Adelaide's New, Locally-Focused Maltster

AMSAT Character Malts is a new malting company based in South Australia which has just launched a range of specialty malts for craft brewers and distillers. But it's also steeped in malting history.