Articles by James Smith

The Future Is...?

Many venues in Victoria opened for the first time in 70 days today as restrictions elsewhere were eased further. Yet any celebrations will be tempered by the fact the road to recovery remains long and many won't make it to the end.

June 1st, 2020 by James Smith


Beer Swag Day: The Finalists!

May 25th, 2020 by James Smith

We've sifted through hundreds of posts from Saturday to anoint winners around the country. Now it's up to you to decide who'll win the swag full of swag and the year of beer from Fury & Son. Vote away!


Postcard From The UK: Cloudwater

May 14th, 2020 by James Smith

The UK has been hit even harder by COVID-19 than Australia. Ahead of his virtual Meet The Brewer this weekend, we chatted to Cloudwater founder Paul Jones about life as a brewer in the UK and what he thinks lies ahead.


50 Days Of Shutdown

May 11th, 2020 by James Smith

It will be a long time before we know the full impact of COVID-19. But on day 50 of the momentous decision to shutdown the country's venues, we asked people throughout the industry for their thoughts.


Postcards from the Edge No 25: Help Yourself

May 5th, 2020 by James Smith

The impact of COVID-19 has left many beer businesses striving to adapt. As part of the #keepinglocalalive campaign, brand designer Jessie Jungalwalla is pulling together a panel of experts to help guide people through.


Postcards from the Edge No.23: IsoMateship

April 30th, 2020 by James Smith

Staying connected with friends and family during these challenging times is crucial. And, as we approach May 8 – Mate Day to many – there are beer businesses doing what they can to facilitate this and support people's wellbeing.


Postcards from the Edge No.18: From Menulog To Menudog

April 21st, 2020 by James Smith

If you live around Carlton North you may have seen an unusual form of home delivery service in recent weeks. The Great Northern team have been sending beer and food out via their security dog and barman on skateboard...


Postcards from the Edge No.16: Isolation Degustation

April 16th, 2020 by James Smith

Many beer venues aren't just sending beer and food home through the shutdown, but looking to have fun with it, from "Isolation Degustations" in South Brisbane to classic pub Daily Deals in Port Melbourne.


Postcards from the Edge No.15: Pandemic Punch

April 15th, 2020 by James Smith

Many brewers have been left with returned or no longer needed kegs of beer thanks to the pandemic. At Dainton, they decided to blend a bunch of their orphan kegs to create two new beers, Pandemic Punch and Rye-solation.


A Keeping Local Alive Easter Message

April 10th, 2020 by James Smith

The message at the heart of the #keepinglocalalive campaign is simple. As we enter what will be a very strange Easter weekend, here's the Australian beer community to remind us why is matters.

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