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Bluetongue Brewery Gone Belly Up

Employees at Bluetongue Brewery were this morning advised they will be out of work sometime in the second half of the year when the $120 million brewery closes down.

A corporate spokesman for owner Carlton and United Breweries (CUB) said the company’s decision had been made due to ‘‘excess brewing capacity and duplication’’ in its brewing network over the past couple of years.

Construction of the Warnervale brewery, the second-biggest in NSW, began in 2009 and it was launched amid much fanfare in late 2010, when advertising mogul John Singleton, model Jennifer Hawkins and former Knights captain Andrew Johns were among the VIPs present.

It is understood the brewery produces the Bluetongue labels and is contracted to brew other brands including Peroni and Miller.

The corporate spokesman said employees had been offered access to a counselling service and been given the rest of the day off to be with their families and friends.

The affected workers include brewers and those employed in packaging, warehouse, logistics, transport and administration.



Murray's Brewing Company Spotlight

Reading the Newcastle Herald this morning I spotted the following article that may be of interest to anyone that enjoys a beer or two from Murray's.

FROM humble beginnings in a pub in a tiny mid-north coast town to the runaway success of its Bob's Farm brewery, Murray's Craft Brewing Co has put Port Stephens on the beer drinker's map.

On New Year's Day the brewery will celebrate its eighth birthday with a Chillout Day which will include the launch of Murray's Anniversary Ale 8. Touted as a Belgian barley wine "right for the drinking now or equally can be cellared for up to 10 years to enjoy further down the track", fewer than 1000 bottles have been brewed. The family-friendly day will also include a performance from Grayson.

The New Year's Day celebration follows on from Murray's famous Boxing Day Blues and Brews on December 26.

Punters can enjoy the sounds of blues band, Masterclass, while enjoying Murray's Rudeboy Pilsner, available in the bottle for the first time this month.

An expansion of the brewery made it possible to release the draught favourite in a bottle. The pils...


Warnie 99 Not Out

Aussie cricket legend Shane Warne has partnered up with New Zealand brewers Moa to create and launch his own brand of beer, exclusively to the Australian market. The beer - 99 Not Out SKW Pale Ale - is said to be different to the existing Moa Pale Ale offering, in that it's more sessionable.

The new brew was launched in Melbourne recently by the Spin King himself, at Melbourne's Crown Casino, and is described as a "sessionable ‘new world’ style Pale Ale of 5% alcohol. Hopped with New Zealand Kohatu and Cascade hops, it displays spicy / earthy hop notes, a strong malt backbone, and a nicely balanced bitterness.”

The name refers to Warnie's now-infamous efforts with bat against the Kiwis at the Perth Oval in 2001, when he was robbed of his chance to score his maiden test century by poor umpiring and an undetected no-ball from Daniel Vettori. 99 Not Out will only be available in Australia, distributed exclusively through Woolworths and Dan Murphys outlets.

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Murray Releases Rudeboy Pilsner in the bottle

The wait is over for die-hard fans of pilsner with flavour – with Murray’s Craft Brewing Co. finally releasing its cult Rudeboy Pilsner in the bottle!

“Our brewery expansion has made it possible to release a draught favourite in the bottle in time for summer, making Rudeboy accessible to craft beer lovers nationwide,” says brewery owner, Murray Howe.

Murray's Rudeboy Pilsner has a distinctive crisp, fresh hoppy flavour that has made it a favourite among the country's foodie community.

“The Rudeboy Pilsner is a very elegant lager with a classic biscuity malt backbone and assertive late hop character,” says Head Brewer Shawn Sherlock. “It has been a real challenge to reproduce the popular draught beer in the bottled format but as a lover of traditional Czech Pilsner I’m really happy with how the bottled Rudeboy Pilsner presents.”

The beer pours a pale straw colour with an almost meringue-like head. The intense citrusy aroma and flavour is delivered by the New Zealand Motueka and Pacifica hop blend, which is balanced by sweet Euro malt, and fin...


Back Online

After a crazy 24 hours we're back online. The upgrade to the new system proved to be too much for our old hosting company. Actually, I'll rephrase that. The change highlighted an underlying problem that it's impossible to get good help on a shared hosting platform because the techies just want to blame "your code" for "being inefficient".

It's an incredible claim given the regression testing under load I put the site through performed brilliantly on a local server and is still running great now on a similarly configured virtual private server. Anyway, rant over.

Hopefully it's smooth sailing from here.

Cheers! Nathan


New Website

It will be very obvious to some, but newcomers will not notice. I've just undergone a massive, yes massive, overhaul of the entire Beer Guide system. The entire code base has been rewritten from scratch to improve speed, security and better search results for you guys.

I've adopted a bunch of new technologies that will hopefully ensure a great level of stability and growth into the future.

The biggest thing we're excited about is the enormous expansion of our database. The number of beers we have now spans over pages and pages and pages, best estimate so far is increasing from around about 1,500 beers to well over 25,000 beers now, breweries have had the same spit and polish too!

This is really exciting news to bring and along with this news you can expect to see more interaction with Twitter and Facebook to come.

Typically overhauls like this come with some teething issues, we've done our best to test as much as possible, but if something pops up please report it. A lot of things will automatically report themselves now, but we'll look at user reported errors first.

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