Try-It Thursday

As a Christmas gift to our Brews News readers, this week's Beer of the Week is Pete Mitcham's first departure from ales and celebrates the perfect beer style with which to toast a warm Australian Christmas Day.

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“Let’s be careful out there”

With Christmas upon us, Pete Mitcham looks at an area of brewing that can sometimes be ignored at this time of year.

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Try-It ThursdayS

With summer apparently in full swing around the country, Pete Mitcham's Beer of the Week is a classic award-winning thirst quencher which offers more than a lager ever could.

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Yeastie Boys seek love and money for European expansion

In this episode of Radio Brews News Matt catches up with Stu McKinlay from Yeastie Boys to discuss the brewery's plans to crowd-fund their expansion into the UK by selling equity through PledgeMe...

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Good Beer Week Turns 5

Good Beer Week will return to Melbourne in May 2015 for the fifth year running, with an out-and-out celebration of the local and international craft beer scene...

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Voting open for Hottest 100 craft beers

Lovers of Australian craft beer are being encouraged to nominate their favourite brews of the year in The Local Taphouse's 2014 Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers poll.Œ

The poll began as a bit of fun for staff and customers at Sydney and Melbourne craft beer venues, The Local Taphouse, in 2008.Œ

Now proudly supported by Crafty Pint and Austra...

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Beer jobs: Packaging Manager — Young Henrys, WA

Young Henrys Brewery is looking for a Packaging Manager to join their small team in Metricup, Western Australia...

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Brewing jobs: Experienced Brewer — Young Henrys WA

Young Henrys Brewery is looking for an experienced brewer to join their small team in Metricup, Western Australia. This is a fantastic opportunity for a passionate brewer with strong commercial experience to be part of an innovative, and dynamic company. Young Henrys is a close knit team and the successful candidate will have drive, a sense of humour, love of good music, and a fascination with of all things craft along with the required skills and experience. Required Skills & Experi...

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Brewers band together for Ballarat Big Brew

Brews News popped out to Cavalier Brewing on the weekend to see if fifteen brewers could really make a beer together without getting in each others' way.

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James Squire ponders more brewbars

By James Atkinson

Two new venues were added this year to the national network of James Squire brewbars, which have started pouring exclusive beers specially created by the Malt Shovel Brewery.

Kapinkoff Nominees, owner of the Generous Squire in Perth, recently opened the city’s second James Squire venue, The Squire&...

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New cidery opens in Victoria

By Amy Looker, editor National Liquor News

The Flying Brick Cider Co has opened the doors to its new cider house on the Bellarine Highway.

Located in Wallington, the Flying Brick Cider House is a unique brand extension to the Flying Brick Cider Co portfolio, with visitors able to enjoy the entire range at the quirky new venue.

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Vote for Australia’s Hottest 100 Craft Beers

It's on again - The Local Taphouse Hottest 100 poll to discover and countdown the 100 best craft beers of 2014. Vote now...

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Take care around kegs: WorkCover

With the festive season underway, WorkCover has reminded hotel and club employers and workers to take care when using beer keg delivery systems and to closely follow manufacturers' instructions.

Acting general manager of WorkCover's Work Health and Safety Division Jodie Deakes said the Christmas and New Year periods were two of the busiest on the hospitality calendar.

“With so much activity happening in these workplaces, it can be all too easy to take sho...

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Clare Valley's Pikes opens brewery

By Annette Shailer

Pikes Winery has opened a $1 million brewery in the Clare Valley under the direction of Brad Nolen, formerly of WA's Gage Roads Brewing Company.

Brewing is due to begin today, with the new tasting room to open in January. “We’re getting geared up right now,” said Andrew Pike (pictured), the winery’s d...

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Brewing jobs: Head Brewer — Black Rock Brewery, Sydney

Black Rock Brewery in the Sutherland Shire is looking for an experienced brewer to take their beer to the next level...

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Stella Artois gets festive

By James Atkinson

A new TVC is now airing nationally to celebrate Stella Artois’ Christmas origins, while the brand has also released a limited edition 750ml bottle as a gift-with-purchase.

Reflected by the Latin ‘Stella’, meaning star, Stella was first launched as a festive bee...

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Top cider maker joins Willie Smith's

The man recently in charge of cider production for some of Australia's biggest cider brands will now oversee the rapid expansion of Willie Smith's.

Dr Tim JonesŒ(pictured left) has been appointed chief cider maker of Tasmania's only organic cidery, based in the Huon Valley. Œ

Jones has recently been responsible...

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Cricketers Arms enjoys sales spike

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By James Atkinson

Sales of Cricketers Arms have already jumped off the back of a recent revamp of the Asahi-owned craft beer brand, according to brand manager Grayson Cook.

Acquired by Asahi Premium Beverages 18 months ago, Cricketers Arms was relaunched at Melbourne Cricket Ground last night with a packed house of med...

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Asahi settles Independent Liquor lawsuit

By James Atkinson

Asahi Group Holdings' local subsidiaries will receive $200 million from private equity funds to settle a dispute over the Japanese company's acquisition of Independent Liquor in 2011.

Asahi launched Federal Court proceedings early last year alleging misleading and deceptive conduct by Pacific Equity Partners and Unitas Capital, which Asahi alleged significantly inflated Independent's earnings during the sale process.

Asahi Group H...

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Stone & Wood releases variety pack

By James Atkinson

Stone & Wood is bringing out a mixed six-pack of its ales, shaped like a vintage Esky cooler.

The mixed pack features two bottles of Pacific Ale and Jasper Ale as well as one bottle each of the Garden Ale and Cloud Catcher limited release brews.

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White Rabbit closure caught me by surprise: Phil Sexton

By James Atkinson

Lion’s decision to close the White Rabbit site at Healesville and relocate its production to Geelong came out of left field for Little Creatures co-founder Phil Sexton, who owns the Innocent Bystander winery next door.

Sexton told TheShout that the Healesville site was developed by Innocent Bystander, Little Creatures and Beechworth Bakery with the intention of all three parties working together to make the complex viable.

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Matilda Bay brewery axed in CUB restructure

By James Atkinson

Matilda Bay, the brand founded in Western Australia that has most recently called Melbourne home, is set to continue its nomadic existence, with its production moved to the Cascade brewery in Hobart under a restructure announced by Carlton & United Breweries.

Hot on the heels of Lion’s announcement that it will close the White Rabbit brewery in Healesville, CUB yesterday announced Matilda Bay’s Port Melbourne production and caf&...

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Lion confirms White Rabbit closure

By James Atkinson

The White Rabbit Brewery in Healesville, Yarra Valley will be closed, Lion has confirmed.

Lion spokeswoman Elise Gare today confirmed the move that had been strongly anticipated since August, when the brewer confirmed the future of the site was under review.

“We have made the decision to clos...

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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.

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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 Annivers... Read more »

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. Hopp... Read more »

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... Read more »

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 runnin... Read more »

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... Read more »