It was a punchline that was waiting to happen as the beer world moves inexorably from bottles to cans and brewers strike up partnerships outside craft beer's original stomping grounds. It's Canned Laughter, a beer from Newstead and Brisbane Comedy Festival.
Of all the states in the country, it seems none is home to as many people keen to collaborate as WA. And now that passion has been taken to the next level by the crew at Petition, who've created no less than 15 collab beers for WA Beer Week.
Three of the key players in Brisbane's burgeoning beer scene in recent years all turn five as 2018 draws to a close. We caught up with the founders of Newstead Brewing, The Mill and Brewski to look back, forward and ask who'd win in a fight.
Young Henrys become the latest brewery to launch a hemp beer following law changes in Australia last year. We spoke to brewers using hemp as well as the researchers helping them get the flavours and aromas into their beers.
In one of the more unusual collaborations of recent times, Hop Nation is releasing a new beer created with the Footscray Historical Society. The Patron is a mid-strength featuring the image of one of the suburb's past industrial leaders.
The rise of craft brewers and distillers is creating ever more chances for cross-pollination. As Wolf of the Willows launches its Barrel Exchange Program with Lark, we speak to them as well as the small Gippsland operation blending boozes in house.
Major music events used to be the preserve of industrial lager and RTDs at music festivals, but things are changing. Music festivals are even looking to create their own craftier beer offerings, as Mick Wust discovers.
Gypsy brewing operation Valhalla has created a beer with Tumbleweed and has followed news of the musical collab with confirmation that it will be setting up home in Geelong.
A tradition at Brisbane's Beer InCider Experience is for the headline band to brew a beer. For the 2018 festival, this has seen The Smith Street Band create an IPA with the crew set to open a brewpub in Smith Street: Fixation.
High flying UK rockers Royal Blood are heading to Australia for Groovin The Moo. And they've created their own beer too. Thanks to a friendship with one of Capital Brewing's owners, they've created Royal Brew, a blood orange IPA.