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Boatrocker Brewers & Distillers Brewer

Regular readers of The Crafty Pint will know all about Boatrocker already. Launched as a brewing company back in 2009, with its beers brewed at Southern Bay, its co-founder Matt Houghton has written a series of features about the trials, tribulations and excitement of starting a brewery (read them [here](/features/post/starting-a-brewery-the-boatrocker-story-pt-iv/)).…

Freddie Wimpoles Venue

In contemplating what you might look for in a craft beer venue, few people would think to put taxidermied deer heads and political references at the top of their must have list, but St Kilda’s Freddie Wimpoles manages to deliver on both so well that you couldn’t imagine it any other…

Boatrocker Brewery Ramjet 2014 Beer

The all-conquering Ramjet is back! The first vintage of the barrel-aged imperial stout from Boatrocker wowed all beer lovers whose path it crossed, won over by its luscious blend of roast characters, chocolate, vanilla, oak and whisky. And now the 2014 vintage, which was offered to punters as a sneak…

Boatrocker Brewery Braeside Crown Cola Beer

As the opening of the Boatrocker Barrel Room nears, the number of barrel aged beers from the Braeside brewery is increasing in frequency. Following closely on the heels of [Adventus](http://craftypint.com/beer/3619/boatrocker-brewery-adventus) and [Roger Ramjet](http://craftypint.com/beer/3651/boatrocker-brewery-roger-ramjet-2015)…

Boatrocker Brewery Roger Ramjet 2015 Beer

Boatrocker's Ramjet is well on its way to becoming an Aussie cult classic. The Starward whisky barrel-aged imperial stout has a growing band of slavish devotees and has been named People's Choice Best Beer at three consecutive Good Beer Week Gala Showcases. The barrels that helped create the luscious…

Boatrocker Brewery Adventus Beer

All being well, Boatrocker will soon welcome the arrival of its Barrel Room and bar across the road from its Braeside brewery, which you can [read all about here](http://craftypint.com/news/998/Barrel_Boys). The plan is to kickstart a massive barrel-ageing and sours program there while also opening the…

Boatrocker Brewery Roger Ramjet 2016 Beer

"Get the blue cheese. NOW!" Up went the cry from The Boss as the first sniff and sip of the second vintage of Boatrocker's Roger Ramjet hit home. And with good reason too. While last year's debut of the bourbon barrel take on the brewery's flagship imperial stout (the original Ramjet is aged in whisky…

Boatrocker Brewery Coffee Ramjet 2016 Beer

Earlier this year, at the first Ramjet Day at Boatrocker's Barrel Room, one of the treats served up to guests was a coffee version of the brewery's much-loved barrel-aged imperial stout. And now Coffee Ramjet is being made available to a wider audience. As with straight Ramjet, the beer spent time…

Boatrocker Brewery Dark Saison Beer

They're getting quite the collection of saison style beers under their belt at Boatrocker, from the now core range Saison Bateau to some sour varieties and now this end of Winter / start of Spring bridging release. It's something of a rarity for the Braeside experimentalists these days too: no barrel…

Boatrocker Brewery Ramjet 2016 Beer

How far, how fast? It's not much more than a couple of years ago that Matt Houghton dropped off a sample of the first ever Ramjet at Crafty Towers. Later that evening, after a planning meeting with members of the Good Beer Week team, a bottle was cracked. Someone arriving late was handed a glass without…

Boatrocker Brewery Epice Beer

Anyone that called into the 2016 Good Beer Week Gala Showcase and stopped by the Boatrocker stall will be aware that they've got plenty of new beers on the go in various stages of readiness. The combo of in progress beers, ready now beers and been around a while beers saw the Braeside brewery take a…

Boatrocker Brewery Gaston Beer

The last of the flurry of new beers released by Boatrocker around the opening of its Barrel Room is another barrel-aged beer. Like the Brambic we wrote about last week – and, we understand, all future bottled Belgian-inspired, barrel-aged beers from the brewery – it comes with a rather refined looking…

Starting A Brewery: The Boatrocker Story Pt III News

Over the past few months, we’ve been bringing you the story behind the development of the forthcoming Boatrocker Brewery. Many of you will know Boatrocker’s beers, such as Alpha Queen and Hoppbier, that have to date been produced under contract. The contract route was always a temporary measure for…

Starting a Brewery: The Boatrocker Story Pt IV News

Well, we were expecting to be running this article well before now – as the owners of Boatrocker Brewery would have been, no doubt. But, as seems to be the way with even the best planned brewery, it took a little longer than expected to get over the finishing line. But, as of this week, the first…

Starting A Brewery: The Boatrocker Story Part II News

At the start of the month, we kicked off a mini-series featuring Boatrocker Brewing and the tale of how founder Matt Houghton and his wife Andrea have set about moving from home brewing to owning a brewery. With more people opening breweries or considering that step, the aim is to offer some insight…

Starting a Brewery: The Boatrocker Story News

Ever wondered what it’s like to undertake the journey from home brewer to commercial brewer? As he stands on the verge of commissioning his own brewery, Matt Houghton, co-founder of the Boatrocker Brewing Company, is about to complete a journey started a quarter of a century ago. And he’s agreed…

Boatrocker: Ten Lessons From Ten Years News

This weekend sees Matt and Andrea Houghton mark ten years since they founded Boatrocker. Back in the company's earlier days, as they were moving from contract brewing to their own brewery in Braeside, we worked with Matt on a series looking at the challenges of starting a microbrewery. So, as…

Starting A Brewery: Brisbane's New Kids News

At this year's Australian International Beer Awards, much like last year's, one of the big winners of the night was Queensland. Gold Coast based Black Hops Brewing and Brisbane's Green Beacon took out Champion Small Australian Brewery and Champion Medium Brewery respectively while a truckload of…

Starting A Brewery Part I News

More people than ever are hoping to open their own brewery or brewing company in Australia. But turning a dream into reality isn't easy; in fact, it's bloody hard work. What's more, there are so many things to consider aside from whether you can brew a good beer and come up with a cool name for…

The Story Of: Moff's Summer Ale News

Last month, we went behind the scenes at The Indies beer awards, peering inside the world of the stewards without whom such events couldn't run. Now, as part of our occasional The Story Of... series, we take a deep dive into the story of Moff's Summer Ale, the little beer that can – and does. Completing…

The Story Of: Lark Imperial JSP News

Barrel-aged beers are a common sight during winter. Increasingly, you'll find them celebrated in boilermaker pairings too. And yet, despite their relative ubiquity, the Wolf of the Willows Barrel Exchange Project – one centred around barrel-ageing and pairing beer with whisky – manages to stand out…

The Wild Ones: Two Metre Tall News

The Wild Ones is a series showcasing Australian brewers creating spontaneously fermented-ales – beers brought to life by wild yeasts and bacteria in their backyards. Just as summer 2022 was ending, we ventured to Two Metre Tall's farm in the Derwent Valley to chat to the couple behind one…

A Day In The Life Of A Barrel Room: Goose Island News

For all the hype and noise surrounding the beer it produces, it’s remarkable how quiet Goose Island’s Barrel House is. From the outside it appears so unassuming too. You’d never guess that this single storey warehouse a little west of the Chicago CBD is home to one of America’s largest beer…

The Big Issue: The Canned Wagon Pt I News

Last year saw plenty of craft beer trends come and go, but nothing seemed to grow in popularity quite like canned beer. In 2016, the number of Australian breweries putting beer into cans more than doubled from the previous year, while the number of beers available in cans to make last week's GABS Hottest…

The Big Issue: The Canned Wagon Pt II News

Earlier in the week, we examined the phenomenal renaissance being enjoyed by cans in the beer industry. Part one of our Big Issue feature looked at the history of beer in cans and spoke to some of those who have helped bring them back to prominence. Today, Marie Claire Jarratt delves deeper in the company…

The Australian International Beer Awards at 30 News

If you want a sense of how much the Australian beer industry has changed over the last three decades, here’s two numbers to remember: 128 2,826 That’s the difference between the number of beers entered into the very first Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) and those entered in 2023 on…

The Blackhearts Family Story News

It started simply enough: a wine store on Melbourne's busy Punt Road artery, opened by two siblings in 2006 with the aim of demystifying the world of wine and helping drinkers better explore flavours.  Naturally enough, spirits, cider and beer all found their way onto the shelves too and,…

Creating A Winning Brewery Experience News

Visit enough breweries and the experiences can start to blur into one. Sure, there's always going to be stainless steel and taps but there also tends to be a lot of old furniture, easy-to-move tables, and food trucks.  It's an experience many beer drinkers enjoy, with warehouses across the…

A Day In The Life Of: A Beer Steward News

There are few things that fire discussion among keen beer fans and those in the beer industry as beer awards. Whether it's those based on public votes or competitions judged by experts from across the globe, seeing your favourite brewery – or one unknown to most – pick up a trophy can be a cause…

The Catfish: Ten Lessons From Ten Years News

Catfish Blues has to be the most mysterious important song ever made.  The first known recording was in 1941, created by Delta blues musician Robert Petway, whose exact dates of birth and death remain uncertain. Also unknown is whether he was the first person to sing Catfish Blues or merely the…

The Big Issue: Gotta Catch 'Em All News

As beer collecting and rating sites gain traction in the craft beer community to the point that it’s a borderline addiction for some, it seems all too apt that Pokémon has returned to the collective consciousness. Rare beers, barrel-aged versions and special releases abound, and the Pokémon battle…

The Boxer and the Brewer News

For a new brewery to have a solid chance at success, it needs to be strong on both the brewing side and the business side. Many a naïve brewer has received a harsh slap from reality when they start a new brewery. They’ve got the beer side of things nailed down, but they discover the importance of…