Articles by James Smith

The Story Behind La Sirène's Recent Closure

The Story Behind La Sirène's Recent Closure

La Sirène have been locked out of their brewery and forced to close their bar indefinitely after traces of asbestos were found in buildings at the Melbourne Innovation Centre. They're unsure when they'll reopen with cleaning set to last into 2023.

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Red Hill Brewery Goes On The Market

November 23, 2022 by James Smith

One of the country's longest-established breweries could be yours as Red Hill founders Karen and Dave Golding have today put their Mornington Peninsula brewery on the market just shy of 18 years after their poured their first beers.


Going Green: Revolution In The Riverina

November 18, 2022 by James Smith

There are many people who have changed the nature of beer and brewing in Australia over the years. Yet what's happening in the Riverina region of NSW feels as transformative as anything else happening in the industry right now.


Wayward & Batch Join Forces As The Local Drinks Collective

October 19, 2022 by James Smith

Wayward and Batch have today announced the formation of a new collective of independent breweries they hope will give them greater firepower to compete with the multinational beverage companies dominating Australia.


Consolidation & Cooperation: Where To For Indie Beer?

October 19, 2022 by James Smith

Today's launch of the Local Drinks Collective by Wayward and Batch adds another layer of nuance to the local brewing industry. We look at what lies behind it and whether we'll see more cooperation and consolidation among small brewers.


Akasha To Open A Sydney Barrel Room

October 17, 2022 by James Smith

They're best known for their mastery of hops, but the team at Akasha are set to showcase a rather different side to the brewery. We called into the soon-to-open Akasha Barrel Room in Leichhardt to get the lowdown.


The Indies 2022 Winners

October 14, 2022 by James Smith

White Bay claimed Champion Beer for their Lager at the 2022 Indies, a night on which Moffat Beach continued their remarkable run of form, and Jade Flavell of The Wheaty won a Champion Brewery trophy and the Services To Industry award.


Dainton Open A Second Taphouse In Melbourne

October 12, 2022 by James Smith

Following a successful crowdfunding campaign earlier in the year, Dainton Beer have taken over the former home of The Public Brewery in Croydon. It opens under the new owners for the first time this evening.


Bar La Sirène Opens In Alphington

October 4, 2022 by James Smith

More than a decade after moving into a warehouse in Melbourne's inner northeast, the farmhouse and wild ale specialists at La Sirène have opened their doors to the public. We called in for a chat, beer, food and champagne.


Stomping Ground Bought By Good Drinks

August 19, 2022 by James Smith

Good Drinks, the company that includes beer brands such as Gage Roads, Atomic and Matso's, has bought Stomping Ground. The 100 percent acquisition sees the ASX-listed company expand its portfolio and establish a foothold in Victorian.

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