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Wolf of the Willows Brewer

When launching a brewery, sometimes staring down the barrel of brewing history at the great names that have come before you can be an intimidating task. How to reach those heights when you’re only just stepping away from brewing in your own back yard? But Wolf of the Willows founders Scott and Renae…

Fortitude Brewing / Noisy Minor Brewer

Fortitude is one of the four virtues of antiquity. It means strength, endurance and the ability to confront fear, uncertainty and intimidation. Fortitude is steady, reliable and unwavering. Fortitude is solid as a rock… or, in the case of Fortitude Brewing, solid as a mountain. “An accountant…

Moon Dog World Venue

If there has been as much pre-launch hype and wall-to-wall coverage surrounding a new venue opening in Melbourne in recent years – especially one with craft beer at its heart – as was dedicated to Moon Dog World, we'd love to know. Then again, if there's been a new venue opening in Melbourne…

The Goods Shed Venue

On either side of the border between New South Wales and Victoria, separated by the Murray River, lie the twin towns of Albury and Wodonga. The latter, somewhat unfairly, has always lived in the shadow of the former, being slightly younger, smaller and home to fewer bars.  But, as most younger…

Margaret River Brewhouse Panther Cream 2020 Beer

Sitting atop the long list of beers brewed at Margaret River Brewhouse is Panther Cream. It sits atop the pile in part due to its reputation as one of the best of its class in the state (with multiple trophies to prove it), and also due to its terrorising demeanour as a behemoth of a 10.4 percent ABV…

Wolf of the Willows & Lark Distillery Barrel-Aged JSP III Beer

They've got quite the thing going on with Aussie spirits producers, have Wolf of the Willows. They've brewed beers with Tequila Tromba and Patient Wolf Gin and here comes their third collab with the godfather of Tasmania's whisky community, Lark Distillery. This instalment follows the same traditions…

KAIJU! & Thin Man Brewery Mortal Wombat IPA Beer

With borders closed and COVID-19 running rife through much of the planet, it's not really an ideal time to be creating an international collaboration. But if the pandemic has proven one thing it's that brewers are a bloody resourceful bunch. Thus it was that, following an introduction by a member of…

Blackman's Brewery Needs More Simcoe Beer

Normally, Blackman's on road legend Luke ensures their Same Day IPA releases arrive at Crafty Towers on the same day they're packaged so we can tell you about them ASAP to aid those seeking the freshest of hop hits. The release of Need More Simcoe was exactly the same, but with one small issue: there…

Wolf of the Willows Enigma Pillows Beer

Enigma Pillows is the first in Wolf of the Willows' new Nitro Hazy Series and it certainly manages to tick some boxes. Hazy? Tick. DDH? Tick. Lactose? Tick. Nitro? Big ol’ tick. The DDH Hazy Nitro DIPA cans aren’t just fun to pour either, they’re pretty nice to look at too thanks to Melbourne illustrator…

Willie The Boatman Cappuccino Nitro Stout Beer

We love experimentation and novelty in the craft beer game. It’s in our DNA. But even amongst all the craziness, it's good to be reminded brewers aren’t only interested in releasing a beer once then forgetting about it. Brewers get great satisfaction from returning to a recipe, making a change, and…

Grifter Brewing Co Sunshine XPA Beer

The Grifter crew have loved XPAs for a while now - they brewed their first (Southern Lord) back in 2014 when they were still gypsy brewers. Fast forward five years and Sunshine XPA came into existence as a keg-only beer at the end of 2019. Unlike Southern Lord, which by 2016 was a beefy 6 percent ABV,…

Nail Brewing Red Carpet 2020 Beer

Nail’s Red Carpet has been rolled out once more for winter 2020, and once again awaits fans of big beers but not necessarily those filled with the cake-friendly contents of aisle 5. Also, this is an imperial red ale, not an imperial red IPA, a distinction which may confuse some while finding greater…

Wolf of the Willows ISO GABS Collection Beer

Just because there was no GABS this May / June doesn't mean breweries haven't been putting out GABS beers. In the case of Wolf of the Willows, three of them, all of which are collabs with local producers too. The newcomer is **The S'Mores Man**, a nitro amber ale with a marshmallow twist (and man…

Margaret River Brewhouse Inside Out IPA Beer

When Margaret River Brewhouse isn’t busy pumping out their core range beer for locals and thirsty, holiday-making punters visiting the idyllic South West, they fill their spare time and tanks with limited release, one-off beers. Inside Out is one such offering: a juicy, single hop IPA inspired by the…

Postcards from the Edge No.46: Lockdown Life News

Maybe the colder weather is playing a part, but three weeks into Melbourne’s second lockdown and things really don’t feel the same as the first. Yesterday marked what should be the halfway point but, with hundreds of new COVID-19 cases every day, there's concern this lockdown will last…

High Sobriety News

Dry July is upon us, which this year will see almost 30,000 Australians quit alcohol for a month. The participation rate, which has grown steadily since the campaign launched more than a decade ago, speaks to what is becoming a much larger trend: an overall decline in the consumption of alcohol.  Across…

Postcards from the Edge No.39: It Ain't Weak To Speak News

As far as collaborations go it’s a big one: 22 Brisbane breweries banding together to brew one beer to encourage important discussions around mental health. Led by Archer Brewing, all profits from sales of the Bright New England IPA – or BNE IPA – will be be donated to LIVIN, a Gold…

Colonial Challenge News

The global movement that's grown from Black Lives Matters protests in the US has reached the local beer community. A prominent retailer has made the decision to drop Colonial Brewing's beers from their stores after being challenged by customers. The move by family-owned bottleshop chain Blackhearts…

Postcards from the Edge No.32: Keeping Hospo Alive News

When the country's leaders announced a lockdown was on its way, we witnessed scenes of panic. Bottleshops were cleared out, pasta and rice disappeared, and people were struck with a feeling of confusion as to where they could go and what exactly they could do.  As that confusion went…

On The Frontline Of Online News

Home delivery, online stores and mixed cases are far new when it comes to ways to sell beer. But, as COVID-19 has kept taprooms and bars closed, there's been a renewed focus for many breweries on getting their beer directly into drinkers' hands.  As many have moved further online so too…

The Growler Renaissance News

"We've filled as many as we'd normally do in a year in the past month," Tom Delmont, Fixation. "By my estimates, around 70,000 have gone into circulation around Australia in the past few weeks," Kevin Davis, Thirsty Merchants. “We’ve sold 600 growlers – actual vessels – in the past two…

Aussie Beerstagrammers: All Of The Beers News

He grew up in Perth but it wasn’t until Matt Kukura hit the UK ten years ago that his beer journey began. This epoch also included a career change that saw him rubbing shoulders with giants of the beer world at an esteemed East London pub and, as result, falling down a beery rabbit hole. Or, as he…

Keeping Local Alive News

Earlier this week, I went to update our event listing for High Country Hops, Bridge Road's annual celebration of the hop harvest in their region of Victoria, after it was cancelled.  I typed "high" into the page where we create events and underneath the entry for High Country Hops appeared…

Warrior Women News

This Sunday is International Women’s Day, a day to recognise how far we’ve come towards gender equality, and also how far we have left to go. When it comes to women and beer, challenges persist: the continuing need to increase the participation of women in beer as well as combating sexist marketing…

The Collaborators: Hopping Mad News

"You can't grow hops in Queensland."  Given the conditions in which hops are known to thrive, this is the commonly accepted wisdom that, for the past few years, the hop growers at Possum Lane Hop Farm and Hilltop Hops Farm have been working to disprove. In doing so, the growers – based in…

From Oskar Blues To The Blue Mountains News

DJ McCready is no stranger to brewing beer in beautiful places. He’s made beer in the foothills of Colorado’s mountains for Oskar Blues and along Sydney’s sparkling Northern Beaches for Modus Operandi, during which time he helped the brewery shoot to fame on the back of multiple award-winning…

Through The Looking Glass III News

Welcome to the start of a new year and, for those not waiting for the start of 2021 to declare it, a new decade. Usually at this point in this article, I'd be taking a look back at the predictions and pontifications we made a year ago. But it turns out I didn't write a Through The Looking Glass on January…

Crafty's Advent Calendar: Wheaty Jade News

At any point over the past fifteen years or so, if you were getting into beer in Australia in any serious manner there was something that would come your way in one fashion or another: a rite of passage; some sage words of advice; or a name that would crop up in conversation far more than chance…

Beers From Near & Far News

In a roundabout way, Near & Far’s origin story can be traced back to 2014, when one man’s overwhelming thirst for a quality Australian beer in the UK led to the creation of export company AusAvenues. “Part of the motivation [to launch AusAvenues] was just to get some good Aussie beer in the UK…

Best New WA Beers Of 2019 News

All Aboard The Beer Quality Motorhome News

“We just felt the motorhome was the perfect way to see customers that need help.” When I joined Dan McCulloch, Lallemand Brewing's technical manager and IBA Young Gun Of The Year aboard his RV for a trip up the NSW coastline, we must have looked a little odd. For a start, we’re a good…

Crafty's Advent Calendar: Stephen Nelsen News

"It's in my blood." The chances are that unless you're involved in the beer industry or close to the scene in South Australia you won't know of Stephen Nelsen. Yet, when it comes to beer and brewing in SA, as well as further afield, he's one of those characters who crops up far more than most:…

Crafty's Advent Calendar: Gillian Letham News

If one was seeking a single example of how far the Australian beer scene has developed over the past decade, there’s none better than Brisbane. On January 1, 2010, uttering a phrase along the lines of “vibrant craft beer scene” about the city would have been enough for people to ask what hour…

The Balter Sale: Analysis News

It's the year in which indie beer got its own day, yet the second half of 2019 has also seen two of the Independent Brewers Association's (IBA) most awarded breweries snapped up by two major brewing companies set to become one early next year. While new brewery openings well and…

East Coast USA Showcase at Carwyn Cellars (VIC) Event

If you thought an East Coast showcase meant choosing between a thousand shades of hazy IPA, you'd be wrong. At least you would in this instance, for here it's geography over style.  Carwyn Cellars' East Coast Showcase is a relatively rare glimpse into the world of breweries from the far…

The Last (Of The) Jedi at Hop Nation (VIC) Event

Of the many cases adjudicated upon by ABAC to get drinkers' heckles up, that concerning Hop Nation's Jedi Juice has been arguably the most hecklesome. After being told the can design didn't pass muster, the Footscray brewers have been working their way through existing stock prior to a relaunch. (Read…

Beer Wars Sydney Screening Event

The second Aussie screening the American documentary *Beer Wars*, a film about the US beer industry and the various battles going on between big and small, this one takes place at [The Local Taphouse Darlo](/beer/bar/the-local-taphouse-darlinghurst-nsw/). As well as the screening, there will be a brewer…

Beer Wars Melbourne Screening Event

The first of two screenings of *Beer Wars*, the American documentary about the US beer industry and the various battles going on between big and small, this one takes place at [The Local Taphouse St Kilda](/beer/bar/local-taphouse-st-kilda/). As well as the screening, there will be a brewer panel there…

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