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The Big Issue: Withdrawing The Line

There's been a clutch of product withdrawals in the local craft beer and cider industry in recent months. Here, we ask why, look at what steps brewery owners are taking and why knowing how to handle a quality issue is key.

March 8th, 2019 by Will Ziebell


The Big Issue: Drinking

October 30th, 2018 by Judd Owen

Working with beer is a dream job: free-flowing deliciousness, fun people and cool places. But alcohol is also a poison and working long or odd hours and being surrounded by beer poses challenges too.


The Big Issue: Ownership Revisited III

August 27th, 2018 by Crafty Pint

Close to 100 brewing companies have licensed the IBA's independence seal since its launch in May. We contacted the US Brewers Association, whose campaign inspired it, to find out how they are driving the message in the States.


The Big Issue: Copyright Or Wrong?

August 2nd, 2018 by Will Ziebell

Borrowing from pop culture is one way in which many breweries have fun with their beers and branding. But is there a danger of overstepping the mark? And what are the consequences for anyone that does?


The Big Issue: Ownership Revisited II

June 26th, 2018 by Crafty Pint

Last month, we returned to the topic of ownership. Then, we sought the views of people predominantly operating in the independent sector. Here, we follow up with the views of those who own or work for formerly independent beer brands that are now part of larger businesses.


The Big Issue: Who Owns Your Beer?

June 26th, 2018 by Crafty Pint

If ownership of a product is important to you as a buyer, choosing from a fridge of beers has never been trickier, particularly if you're shopping at one of the country's two major retailers. Here, following recent of acquisitions, we look at who owns some of the country's beer brands.


The Big Issue: Cold Comfort

June 19th, 2018 by Will Ziebell

The "fresh is best" message is gaining traction in the beer world. But, for the vast majority of beers, keeping them cold is crucial too. As a couple of new businesses launch with cold storage and transport in mind, we look at why staying cool matters.


The Big Issue: Sexism

May 15th, 2018 by Marie Claire Jarratt

Typically, it's overtly sexist labels or crude marketing that brings the beer world's relationship with women into the spotlight. But, as Marie Claire Jarratt finds, there's a more permanent and insidious form of sexism affecting women every day.


The Big Issue: Brewer Shortage

November 16th, 2017 by Will Ziebell

As the craft beer industry continues to expand at a rate of knots, it's experiencing growing pains. Among them is a shortage of experienced brewers, an issue that can prove costly, time-consuming and, potentially, dangerous.


The Big Issue: Branding Revisited

August 9th, 2017 by Guy Southern

With the marketplace becoming ever busier, cans on the rise and breweries rebranding seemingly every week, it's time to revisit the issue of branding. Over two days, our trio of WA writers examine one of the great challenges facing brewers.

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