Craft Beer Awards Deadline Extended

Media Release Craft Beer Awards Deadline Extended 22nd August, 2014   The deadline for the submission of entries for the inaugural Craft Beer Awards — The Best of Australian Brewing has been extended one week till the 29th of August at 5pm EST. The 2014 Craft Beer Awards Entry Form can be downloaded here. Please note that for the Entry Form to work correctly and allow for online submission it must be opened in either Adobe Reader or Acrobat. A confirmation message will appear after...

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Aussies upbeat despite Beervana shipping fiasco

By James Atkinson

Beervana gets underway today in Wellington, but there will be no bar dedicated to Australian craft breweries after a shipping fiasco left their beers stranded in Melbourne.

One hundred kegs of Australian craft beers, including Mega Mega White Thing - TheShout’s collaboration with Young H...

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Young Henrys to reveal its first gin

by Suzan Ryan - editor: bars&clubs

Sydney microbrewery Young Henrys will reveal its first foray into gin distilling at a community street festival at Marrickville in Sydney’s South next month.

Young Henry’s Small World festival is a one day community music and beer street event designed to celebrate the creativity of the buzzing inner west suburb.

Bands playing on...

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New-look Cider Awards entries open

By Clyde Mooney - editor Australian Hotelier

Cider Australia is open for entries to its 2014 award program, which ushers in a new standard for sophistication in the category.

Again wielding a crack squad of local and international judges, the Australian Cider Awards is growing in line with the booming cider market, and has re-worked the process to move more in line with the feedback it receives fr...

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New Mash Collective bubbling away

The brewers at Stone & Wood have once again joined with artists, musicians and chefs to create their fourth Mash Collective brew

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Brewing jobs: Brewer, Little Creatures — Fremantle

Little Creatures is looking for a passionate and quality-driven brewer to join their team in Fremantle...

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Brewing jobs: Brewer, Stone & Wood Brewery

Northern River's Stone & Wood Brewery is looking for an enthusiastic, experienced brewer to join their brewing team.

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CCA enlists SPC for revamped cider

By Amy Looker, editor National Liquor News

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) and Casella joint venture, Australian Beer Company (ABCo), has teamed up with CCA subsidiary SPC to relaunch the new look Pressman’s Cider.

Pressman’s Cider now boasts refreshed packaging and has been brewed using apples sourced from the Goulburn Valley exclusively for...

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Holgate announces new national sales manager

Independent Victorian craft brewer Holgate Brewhouse announces the appointment of a new National Sales and Marketing Manager.

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Smart ideas for Beervana

Have you started your pilgrimage to Beervana yet? Here's some smart ideas to help you on your way...

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Crown Golden Ale sponsors Caulfield Cup

By James Atkinson

Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) has made a statement of intent for Crown Golden Ale, with the brand having taken naming rights to the Caulfield Cup for 2014.

Along w...

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Short Film Competition with “craft beer” as focus launches

Hop Flicks is a new short film competition and will be part of the inaugural Sip & Savour – craft beer event set to take place from 25-26 October 2014.

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Entries for the Craft Beer Awards close next week

Time is running out for entries to be submitted to the inaugural Craft Beer Awards.

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10,000 Pints of Pleasure

What to do with over a tonne of malted barley, 25kg of hops and some 300 packets and vials of yeast? Making 10 000 pints of beer is a good start!

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White Rabbit adds Belgian Pale Ale

By James Atkinson

A Belgian-style Pale Ale has become the third permanent beer in the White Rabbit range.

Now available nationally on tap and in pack, the beer reflects White Rabbit’s imaginative history of mixing old world brewing techniques with new world thinking to deliver a unique craft beer experience, the brewer s...

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Local brewer receives big cheers for national business success

Stone & Wood Brewing Company has been named the Regional Award winner at the 2014 Telstra Australian Business Awards.

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Lion's XXXX Gold up three per cent

By James Atkinson

The weighting of Lion’s portfolio towards mid-strength and other growth segments has assisted it to ride out challenging market conditions, the brewer says.

Lion this month reported that volumes across its total Beer, Spirits & Wine business in b...

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Gage Roads to extend own beer range

By James Atkinson

Gage Roads Brewing Co has announced a re-branding and extension of its proprietary craft beer range in time for the summer sales period.

Although its Atomic Pale Ale, Sleeping Giant IPA and Gage Pils 3.5 have performed well, overall sales for Gage Roads’ proprietary range declined 16 per cent in comparison to the prior year's volumes, the brewer informed the market yesterday.

"This decline was largely due to Gage Premium Lage...

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Sydney Craft Beer Week to host Craft Beer Awards

By James Atkinson

The Craft Beer Industry Association has announced the inaugural Craft Beer Awards will be held during Sydney Craft Beer Week in October.

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Stockade beer success won't affect our contract customers: Brewpack

By James Atkinson

The rapid growth of Stockade beer, contract beverage manufacturer Brewpack’s own brand, will not be at the expense of the company’s contract customers, assures CEO Anton Szpitalak.

Szpitalak told TheShout that 12 months after its launch, Stockade now has about 50 tap points in Sydney, most o...

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Aussie beer market's tough: SABMiller

By James Atkinson

Carlton & United Breweries' net producer revenue declined by six per cent for the first quarter ended June 30, parent company SABMiller announced overnight.

Group net producer revenue (NPR) comprises group revenue less excise and similar taxes.

SABMiller said the poor result in Australia reflected a volume decline of three per cent and a decline in NPR per hectolitre.

"The soft volume and price performance was driv...

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TheShout brews Beervana collaboration beer with Young Henrys

By James Atkinson

Mega Mega White Thing, a beer created by Sydney’s Young Henrys in collaboration with TheShout, is one of more than 250 beers that will be available at next month’s Beervana festival in Wellington, New Zealand.

Mega Mega White Thing is a 5.8 per cent ABV ‘White Stout’ using this year’s crop of Motueka and Wai-iti hops as the Kiwi elements of the beer required for Beervan...

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Craft beer subscription service launches

By James Atkinson

A new craft beer subscription service with an emphasis on limited release beers has sent out its first beer boxes to customers in recent weeks.

Beer Days offers beer boxes containing eight, 12 or 16 craft beers for sale on a one-off basis or as a monthly or quarterly subscription - with prices starting from $54.95.

With craft beers now widely available in bottleshops, Beer...

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Beer gongs for Coopers, Nail and Barossa

Craft brewery Barossa Valley Brewing has taken out top honours at the 2014 Royal Adelaide Beer Awards, winning the Most Outstanding Beer in Show trophy for its India Pale Ale 'Canis Majoris'.Œ

The super-strong beer, which has an alcohol level of eight per cent, was also named Champion India Pale Ale and Champion South Australian Exhibit.Œ

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Carlton Draught rolls out heritage cans

Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) has released Carlton Draught cans in retro packaging, in celebration of the brand’s 150th anniversary.

Carlton Draught marketing manager Mick McKeown said the replica white cans have been released as a tip to the history and heri...

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Fledgling brewer beats SABMiller trademark claim

By James Atkinson

Sydney's Wayward Brewing has won a two-year battle with SABMiller India to register the Wayward trademark for beer in Australia.Œ

SABMiller India claimed Australian consumers would be confused by the Wayward name because it was too similar to that...

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Two Birds Brewing opens Melbourne HQ

by Suzan Ryan - editor, bars&clubs

Three years after Two Birds Brewing hit the craft beer scene as Australia’s first female-owned and operated brewing company, the brewers have officially opened the doors to their brand-new brewery and tasting room, The Nest, in the Melbourne suburb of Spotswood.Œ

The Nest provides visitors the opportunity to view the brewing process, taste the rotating range of Two Birds beers - brewed on site - and take home br...

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Arvo fends off CUB for best lager gong

By James Atkinson

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) and Casella’s fledgling brand Arvo 51 fought off several household name beers to be declared Best Lager/Pilsener at the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show.

Carlton & United Breweries’ Matilda Bay subsidiary picked up a gold medal in the Bohemian Style Pilsener category with its Bohemian Pilsener scoring the same (17 out of 20) as Arvo did in the European Style Lager category, but it was Arvo that was judg...

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Sydney brewing beer and cider show

By Clyde Mooney – editor Australian Hotelier

The Sydney Royal Beer and Cider Show is gearing up for 2014, announcing a stellar line-up of judges for the two-day event in September – plus a last chance to enter.Œ

The judging panel will be headed up by industry stalwart and head brewer at the Australian Brewery Neal Ca...

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Arvo fends off CUB for best lager gong

By James Atkinson

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) and Casella’s fledgling brand Arvo 51 fought off several household name beers to be declared Best Lager/Pilsener at the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show.

Carlton & United Breweries’ Matilda Bay subsidiary picked up a gold medal in the Bohemian Style Pilsener category with its Bohemian Pilsener scoring the same (17 out of 20) as Arvo did in the European Style Lager category, but it was Arvo that was judg...

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Glenn Cooper retires from Coopers Brewery

By James Wells

Glenn Cooper has announced that he has stepped down as Coopers Brewery sales and marketing director and will be replaced in the role by Cameron Pearce.

Cooper informed the trade of the announcement at the launch of the 2014 Vintage Ale at the best selling Coopers venue in the country – The Steyne Hotel in Manly...

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Cooper declares 2014 "best vintage ever"

By James Wells

Coopers chairman Glenn Cooper has declared his company’s new 2014 Extra Strong Vintage Ale as “one of the best beers” he has ever tasted.

The 2014 Vintage is the 14th released in the product line since its launch in 1998 and continues the hop-driven characteristics of previous vintages by utilising four separate...

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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 »