Stephan Michel from Mahrs Bräu makes some of the best lagers in Germany. So, when he visited Australia recently, Mick Wust chatted with him about lagers and their place in a craft beer market.
He was winning awards for his beers before he was legally allowed to buy one before setting off to learn to brew in Germany – and trying to shake things up with his own brewing company. Now back in Australia, at the helm of Melbourne's Burnley Brewing, we catch up with Michael Stanzel.
If you picked up some cans of Wolf Of The Willow's third Acidulus release, you've experienced a little bit of Berlin's Parasite Produktions. Formed by an American-Australian couple and focused on experimenting with booze, here's the Aussie half, Cristal Peck, to tell us more.
Nic Sandery is a young brewer set to launch Molly Rose Brewing in the second half of 2017. He embarked on a global beer tour seeking inspiration for his beers and has been documenting his experiences for us. Here, he visits German home of smoke, Bamberg.
Tobias Zollo is Braumeister at Weihenstephan, the world's oldest brewery. During his fleeting visit to Australia, he collaborated with The Wheaty and also caught up with Matt King to offer his thoughts on beer and brewing.
As Munich's Oktoberfest comes to a close, and with scores of imitators taking place across Austalia, we look at where the global phenomenon started and how the Bavarian organisers are trying to keep tradition alive.