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New microbrewery opens in canberra

BentSpoke Brewing Co. owners Richard Watkins and Tracy Margrain   A new day has dawned in Canberra, and no, thankfully, it has nothing to do with politics. The city synonymous with politicians, roundabouts and fireworks is now home to an exciting new microbrewery and taphouse, BentSpoke Brewing Co. Owners Richard Watkins and Tracy Margrain hope […]


Tap contracts are in the news again

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is reported to be conducting a confidential investigation into draught beer, taking a long look at the current state of affairs surrounding tap contracts in NSW hotels. Fairfax media is reporting that its journalists have managed to get their hands on contracts written by the two main players in […]


New german beer hall for southgate

DEXUS Property Group and Red Rock Leisure have officially announced the launch of HOPHAUS, in Southgate restaurant and shopping precinct’s iconic space by the Yarra River, Melbourne. In what they are calling a contemporary twist on the great Bavarian Beer Halls, HOPHAUS is the latest addition to Red Rock Leisure’s stable of social pubs and […]


The lord raglan re opens in sydney

Two years after it closed down, the Lord Raglan Hotel has been given a mighty facelift and has re-opened as a new craft beer venue for Sydney’s inner-southern suburbs. Driving the update has been The Rocks Brewing Co. team, who have reworked the interior of the old hotel into an ‘industrial chic’ motif, complete with […]


Tap contracts under review by accc

News has broken this week of a request by competition watchdog, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) to several small brewers, in an attempt to unravel the truth behind tap contracts in Australian hotels. The story broke when craft brewer Wade Curtis from Four Hearts Brewing Co (QLD) posted a copy of a letter […]


The vic nsw launches homebrew competition

Calling all homebrewers – The Vic Hotel, in Sydney’s inner-western suburb of Enmore, has launched a search for the best homebrewer, and the grand prize is completely awesome. The beers will be judged by a tasting panel, including brewers from Young Henry’s and the Malt Shovel Brewery, with the winner scoring the chance to have […]


Beer deluxe re launches in fed square vic

Citizens of Melbourne have yet another beer-related piece of good news, with the announcement of the revamp and re-launch of Beer DeLuxe in Federation Square, in the heart of the CBD. The re-worked venue will offer punters the chance to soak up the atmosphere of the city centre, with a new beer garden facing onto […]


Redoak goes solar on the bottling line

Sydney brewery Redoak has made the move to solar, installing a 40kW solar panel system to help reduce the brewery’s carbon footprint. This week, David Hollyoak and the team announced that the latest bottling run of its Organic Pale Ale had been completed entirely using solar energy. It’s the first step towards a larger goal […]


Murrays to rubber duckie to yardarm taphouse manly nsw new beer bar with reuse from reverse garbage

26 November 2013 Ex Snowy Mountains Brewery (NSW) founder Kevin O’Neill, along with partner Julie Sawyer, have purchased the business on the beachfront of Manly’s North Steyne, previously a Murray’s (NSW) Brewbar and more recently known as Rubber Duckie Taphouse. The new bar will be called the Yardarm Taphouse, and is opening its doors this […]


The curious squire celebrates one year of beer

The home of James Squire in Adelaide, The Curious Squire, turns one in November and the brew bar is set to celebrate in style. From Friday 15 November to Sunday 17 November, The Curious Squire members will score themselves a free pint of their favourite Squire brew and serve of the venue’s famous onion rings. […]


World first aussie pub crawl directory app

Ever wanted an epic night out but not been sure where to start let alone where to kick on to? Well, now there’s an app for that. With the help of Creative Five Design Co, Ex-NBL Sydney Kings player Adrian Bauk has created The Pub Crawl Pages – a world first app that – for […]


Redoak releases its spring menu

We all love beer… and we all love food. Which is why the good folks at Sydney’s Redoak Boutique Bier Café have been busy putting together a brand-new Spring menu to bring the best beers they’ve got together with the best tucker that Redoak chef Chris Beard could source, create and match. The result is […]

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Coopers opens second alehouse in sydney airport

Coopers Brewery opened a new Coopers Alehouse at Sydney Airport’s T2 domestic terminal yesterday, 21 August. The opening is the second Coopers venture into airports, with a sibling Alehouse already operating at Adelaide Airport. Coopers Brewery Chairman Glenn Cooper said that the second venue, at Australia’s busiest domestic airport, was “a fantastic opportunity to put the […]


New craft beer digs in newcastle

By Max Weber One of Newcastle’s foodie destinations will be welcoming a new tenant, with the Hop Factory Craft Beer Café and Restaurant set to open in Darby Street. Located in Cook’s Hill in Newcastle’s inner city, Darby Street is home to several Newcastle institutions and is a popular destination for both food and drink, […]

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Willie smiths apple museum development at forefront of new tasmanian cider trail

Andrew and Ian Smith. Photo Ali Nasseri   New kid on the Tassie cider scene, Willie Smith’s Organic Cider, is investing in a piece of Tasmania’s tourism industry, buying the Apple Museum in the Huon Valley. Less than a year after launching their purpose-built organic cidery, the business has bought the adjacent property, planning to transform […]