Beer

Best of 2017

The jolly fat bloke with the white beard and the red suit has gone, the smoke from the New Year’s fireworks has passed, so it means that I’m due for a Best of 2017. I get to see so many different labels and brands over a year, it makes it very difficult to pick a best of anything, however I’ve gone back over my jumbled mess of notes and come up with I thought were the best that I tried this year. ...

MoCu (terrible name good idea)

Towards the back end of last year Lion, the brewery behind names such as James Squire, XXXX and Tooheys, launched their own e-commerce platform, called MoCU, which stands for Modern Curations Gallery, as an external retail channel for single batch/limited release beers from their range of breweries, both here and the beers they import. I think the move has been long overdue, from any of the Austra...

The Lord Nelson Brewery

The Lord Nelson pub is possibly Australia’s oldest hotel, and is definitely the oldest continually licensed hotel, still trading on its original site.  On 29th June 1831 Richard Phillips obtained a liquor licence for the Shipwright Arms on the corner of Kent and Argyle Streets, changing the name to the Sailor’s Return the next year after the continual trade from seafarers and dock workers. The pub...

Boag’s Epicurean

Craft beer snobs and Hop Heads can either make or break a beer, especially with the use of modern media like Facebook. Earlier this year, in April to be exact, the team at James Boag’s Brewery released a new label simply called “Epicurean”, two beers that were created to match with food. I have to admit it was pretty hard not to have a go at them immediately as they seemed to have flooded my Faceb...

A Hop-Heads Road Trip

For a long time the road north out of the Cairns CBD has been home to some of the most photographed vistas in the world, past the rainforest clad Macalister Range and Mowbray National Park, through the Rex Lookout where the hang-gliders throw themselves off with reckless abandon, winding its way to Port Douglas, Mossman, Bonnie Doon and beyond (not the same Bonnie Doon that was immortalised in the...

Cricketers Arms Session Ale

Over the last few weeks I’ve noticed Cricketers Arms popping up again and again on my friends Facebook posts, not sure whether it’s been on special or whether they have finally just decided to get on board a beer that only a few years ago I reviewed here and said “it would be worth keeping an eye on”. Cricketers Arms has been around since 2007. Originally only a handful of bars in Melbourne were w...

Brooklyn Brewery

Mid-way through 2015, Australia’s last remaining family owned, large scale brewer, Coopers Brewery, struck a deal with New York City’s Brooklyn Brewery to brew under licence and distribute Brooklyn’s beer in Australia, basically Coopers were to brew Brooklyn Lager locally, and import the Brown Ale and East IPA from the States.  It’s not the first time the two companies have worked together, in fac...

Endeavour TRUE Vintage

A few years ago I looked at the range of beers coming out of Sydney’s Endeavour Beer Company. I remember talking via emails with the brewer and part owner Andy Stewart at the time, discussing how these beers could hold a little bit of bottle age, and evolve in the bottle. They had sent a couple of samples of their 2010 and 2011 releases of each of their two beers at the time, the True Vintage Pale...

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