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The Collaborators: Candy Warhol's Colouring Cans

If a colouring book featuring 148 beer cans from breweries across Greater Sydney appeals to you, then you're in luck – ex-graphic designer Connor Dempsey has made one to scratch his own creative itch and support good mental health.

Who Brews Gallows Beers?

The brand may have a dark name and dark labels (and started with a dark beer), but the story of Gallows Brewing is one of sunshine as three friends were drawn back together in gorgeous Coffs Harbour to start a brewing company.

The Best Of Beer 2022: The Territories

They’re far from being neighbours and you wouldn’t draw too many similarities between the ACT and NT either, but once again we’re running the Territories together as our Best Of Beer 2022 series draws to a close.

The Best Of Beer 2022: South Australia

Our Best Of Beer 2022 series heads to South Australia for a look at the highs, lows, twists and turns via the standout moments and beers, the newcomers to the scene, and those who experienced a memorable 12 months.

The Best Of Beer 2022: Tasmania

It's time to head south for the sixth entry in The Best Of Beer 2022 series as we cross the Bass Strait to check in on a busy year of openings – both new and from existing operations – and delicious beers from around Tasmania.

The Best Of Beer 2022: Queensland

The remarkable rise of Queensland's craft beer scene continued apace in 2022, even in the face of floods and the challenges faced by the industry across Australia. Here's our take on the tumultuous 12 months that was.

The Best Of Beer 2022: WA

Join us as our touring review of the year in beer touches down in WA. It's a cracker too, not just looking at the trends and highlights of 2022 in the state but also addressing some of the broader issues at play for beer in Australia right now.

Akasha Aim To Open A Newcastle Brewpub

Not content with opening one new venue in 2022, Akasha have seen off the year by acquiring The Edwards in Newcastle. We chatted to founder Dave Akasha about the purchase and their plans to install a brewery.

The Best Of Beer 2022: Victoria

It's been a funny old year in Victoria, with pioneers looking to exit the industry and many more battered from all sides. But there's been a whole lot of good beer and beautiful moments too; here we take a look at what stood out.

The Best Of Beer 2022: NSW

From Bondi to Bangalow, craft beer continued to crop up in more corners of New South Wales during 2022. Join us as we attempt to make sense of it all via the standout moments, beers and new arrivals from the past 12 months.

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The Best Of Beer 2022

Christmas is approaching so it must be time for us to look back at the year just gone. And in a change from past years, we're kicking off with a look at the standout themes of 2022 on a national scale.

Your Mates To Open A Bowlo in 2023

Your Mates have already enjoyed an impressive 2022 and, as they year draws to a close, they've got one more major announcement up their sleeve. They're set to open a bowls club of their own in 2023 in the town of Cooroy.

The Making Of A Champion Hazy

There's a lot of beer available and a lot of it's good but what separates a good beer from a great one? And what exactly goes on at beer judging? To find out, we spent three days tracing the judging of the Juicy-Hazy category and spoke to the brewer behind the overall winner to find out what makes a Champion Hazy Beer.

Future Mountain's Reservoir Brewpub Up For Sale

Future Mountain have listed their Reservoir brewery and venue for sale – but it's not what it seems. The founders plan to move to different parts of Victoria with their families and create a new Future Mountain with two rural bases.

Beer Cartel To Be Online Only In 2023

Beer Cartel are closing their physical store in Sydney at the start of next year, with the popular beer retailer deciding to move their operation entirely online. We spoke to co-founder Richard Kelsey about the decision and their future plans.

Found Further Afield: FOUND. Lab

With construction on their ambitious Perth Girls School project pushed back, the team behind FOUND. are set to launch a new venture in the meantime. FOUND. Lab will open south of Perth in early 2023, and could become their "wild workshop".

Capital Brewing: Five Years In Five Beers

It's been an impressive 2022 for Capital. Their green credentials have shone brightly and it also marks five years since their Fyshwick brewery opened. To mark the milestone, we invited them to head down Memory Lane.

Who Brews Good Folk Beers?

Newcastle's beer lovers have another brewery of their own after two well-known local publicans ventured into brewing for the first time. We caught up with the team at Good Folk Brewing as they opened their doors to the public.

The Collaborators: Beer Fans

Branded t-shirts, hats and hoodies have become a major part of craft beer. But when you've got beer to make, merch isn't always at the top of your to-do list. Enter Beer Fans: a business built to make beer merch easier.

Phantasm: The Ghost Coming To Your Beer

Hops and their vibrant aromatics create much excitement among beer fans but a ghostly new flavour is attracting attention among brewers. That ghost is Phantasm, so we chatted to the man behind it and one of the first local brewers to try it.

Pirate Life To Open South Melbourne Venue

Pirate Life are opening a venue in South Melbourne next year. It will be Pirate Life's first home on Australia's east coast, located near the iconic South Melbourne Market, and is set to pour beers from their Port Adelaide home.

The Story Behind La Sirène's Recent Closure

La Sirène have been locked out of their brewery and forced to close their bar indefinitely after traces of asbestos were found in buildings at the Melbourne Innovation Centre. They're unsure when they'll reopen with cleaning set to last into 2023.

Who Brews Cosmo Beers?

Brewing good beer isn't enough for the couple behind Cosmo Brewing. They want the Bathurst-based operation to be a force for good too. We got in touch for a chat about foraged fruit, community values, and serendipitous saison.

The Suburban Brew Open Their Second Taproom Today

Adelaide's beer drinkers can walk into a new brewery built by familiar faces from today as The Suburban Brew open a second home in the 'burbs. Before they swung open the doors in Glynde, we got in touch for a chat.

Moon Dog Plan To Take Over Franco Cozzo Footscray

Moon Dog plan to build a new home in Melbourne's most iconic furniture store, with the brewery submitting an application to redevelop Franco Cozzo in Footscray. We chatted with cofounder Karl van Buuren to find out more.

Brew & A: Carla Naismith

Brewing isn't a career many chose while in school and, while Carla Naismith is no different, she soon discovered a passion for the industry she's never been able to shake. We invited Shapeshifter's senior brewer to join us for a Brew & A.

Going Green: The Common Good Company

What if every single thread of your beer merch was made from recycled cotton and recycled drink bottles? We caught up with The Common Good Company for a chat about their high quality apparel with a low impact on the planet.

Who Brews Little Giant beers?

An Aussie wine label making European-inspired beers in funky little bottles isn't something you see every day. So here's the story behind Little Giant beers in this Who Brews…? with a difference.

Sobremesa Scoop Top Beer At Drink Easy Awards 2022

The small, family-run Sobremesa scored the top beer at the 2022 Drink Easy Awards, finishing third overall in the competition that features all forms of drinks. Brick Lane, Mismatch and Molly Rose all made the best beer list too.

Archer Touch Down In Newmarket

What better place for an aviation-themed brewery to set up home than inside a World War Two era hangar? After a turbulent few years, Archer Brewing are landing in Newmarket with a new brewery to call home.

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Red Hill Brewery Goes On The Market

One of the country's longest-established breweries could be yours as Red Hill founders Karen and Dave Golding have today put their Mornington Peninsula brewery on the market just shy of 18 years after their poured their first beers.

King Road IPA Scoops WA Beer Of The Year

King Road Brewing have scooped another major trophy for their IPA, with the much-loved beer from the farm-based brewery 35 minutes of Perth claimed the WA Good Food Guide Beer Of The Year for 2022 last night.

Who Brews Dusty Lizard Beers?

Dusty Lizard opened in Wollongong in later 2020 and, while their taproom has proved a hit, the runaway star has been Dustin the lizard. He was too busy to chat, so ahead of their second birthday we chatted to the founders instead.

Revolution In The Riverina

There are many people who have changed the nature of beer and brewing in Australia over the years. Yet what's happening in the Riverina region of NSW feels as transformative as anything else happening in the industry right now.

The Story Of: Moff's Summer Ale

How does a session IPA designed for easy beach drinking beat out both session beers and bigger IPAs for beer awards? None of us, including the brewer, seem to quite know the answer. But read about the beer that does it in The Story Of Moff's Summer Ale.

Be Part Of Pint Of Origin In 2023!

Applications are now open for any venue wishing to be part of Pint of Origin when it returns in May 2023. Make sure you get your application in before November 25 – we'll notify successful applicants in early December.

Who Brews Cold Hands Beers?

The crew behind Cold Hands Brewing only started brewing together in February but they've wasted no time launching with their first commercial release out in September. We got in touch to hear how they brought it all together.

Bonza Airlines Will Take Flight With All Indie Beer

Bonza Airlines are a new low-cost airline set to launch in the near future but when they do, its beer and food offering won't look all that low-cost. Instead, they'll be stocking entirely indie beer from the likes of Your Mates, Ballistic and Spinifex.

Pink Boots Australia: Ten Years, Ten Beers & Hundreds Of Careers

Over the last ten years, Pink Boots Australia has been an essential community and support network for women and non-binary members of the beer industry. As the local chapter turns ten, we chatted to the not-for-profit's past presidents about its important role, what they're proud of and what they hope to see change.

Tar Barrel: Old Dog, New Tricks

After three years, the links between Tar Barrel and Mornington Peninsula Brewery are no more. As owner Matt Bebe makes a fresh start where he began, we chatted to him about staying local and the lessons learnt along the way.

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Who Brews Hedonbar Beers?

It was while travelling they decided to start a brewery, and a beer label in Hong Kong that gave them their name. We caught up with the couple behind Hedonbar as they prepare to open their brewery and taproom on the Yorke Peninsula.

17 Years Of The Brisbanest Beers

You'll find breweries in most parts of Brisbane these days, but long before the city's craft beer scene exploded a young couple decided to open a brewpub in the CBD. Seventeen years on, we joined them for a trip down Memory Lane.

From Cask Ale To The Beerfarm: Young Gun Emma Locke

Emma Locke's first brush with beer came while pulling pints of cask ale to help fund a uni degree in the heart of England. Now, having switched British pubs for WA's Beerfarm, she's been named Indies Young Gun of the Year for 2022.

Who Brews Method Brewery Beers?

It takes a particular set of skills to set up a new brewery but when it comes to Newcastle's latest, the founders feel like they've been building towards it for some time. We caught up with the folks at Method Brewing to find out about the method behind the Islington brewery and beers.

Blackflag Open Their Coolum Compound

Blackflag Brewing's production brewery and taproom in Coolum Beach is a big step up from their Mooloolaba alleyway venue, with space and demand to expand almost immediately. We got in touch as it opens to the public.

Wild Yeast Zoo

Wild beers are the oldest form of brewing and still capture a certain romance. Stepping into that fray is Wild Yeast Zoo, a Newcastle-based venture that hopes to uncover new yeast strains of yeast and bring the public along for the journey.

The Keys To A Good Time – Yours From Today

The Keys Leisure Centre could well be Melbourne's most multifaceted venue, with the Preston haunt including a bowling alley, arcade, bistro, beer garden and three bars. As it opens, we chatted to one of the founders.

Who Brews Common People Beers?

People are drawn to the Northern Rivers village of Bangalow for many reasons. One group of friends was drawn there to start a brewery by the people, for the people. Find out more as we ask Who Brews Common People Beers?

Big Shed: Ten Lessons From Ten Years

Big Shed's story is the quintessential craft beer tale of two homebrewers taking a chance on themselves and their beers. As they celebrate a decade since launching, we asked Jason and Craig what they've learnt over the years.

Wayward & Batch Join Forces As The Local Drinks Collective

Wayward and Batch have today announced the formation of a new collective of independent breweries they hope will give them greater firepower to compete with the multinational beverage companies dominating Australia.