Three years ago, KAIJU! founders Nat and Callum Reeves chatted about collaborating with a New York brewery. When the pandemic shut the world down, instead of putting an end to such talk, it sparked Mortal Wombat.
He's their most-capped player, longest-serving captain and leading goalscorer – and has his own brewing company. Now, David Neitz has combined his two passions with the launch of Demon Brew with Melbourne FC.
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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.
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.
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.
The evolution of the Pink Boots Society, set up to assist and encourage women working in beer, continues apace. As the 2018 series of collaborative brews kicks off, the Australian wing of the global society has its own hop blend to play with and is launching in Tasmania too.
Newtown brewery Young Henrys is no stranger to the rock 'n' roll collaboration. But, as someone commented to us the other day, they may have reach peak collab with their latest, a beer brewed for the Foo Fighters 2018 Australian tour.
As Noma Australia's long sold out run kicks off in Sydney, it's not just the ingredients on the plate that have a strong Australian focus. The drinks list features several Australian beers, including some created especially for the restaurant.
The Crafty Pint was invited to brew a beer for the Beervana Media Brew competition. Somehow we ended up creating a smoked imperial Belgian mussel and oyster stout. And somehow it came first with a perfect score...