Articles by James Smith

Gimme Shelter

Gimme Shelter

The buzzing beer scene in South West WA is to gain another new brewery, with construction work beginning this week on Shelter. We caught up with director and head brewer Jason Credaro to find out more.

August 16, 2019 by James Smith


Hawking No More

August 6, 2019 by James Smith

In less than five years, Hawkers and the brewery's CEO Mazen Hajjar have made quite the impact on the local beer industry. As they close one chapter of their story and start another, we caught up with him for a chat.


Best New Beers Of 2019 – So Far

July 29, 2019 by James Smith

With so many beers released across Australia every week, there's arguably never been more need for a mid-year wrap of the best to date. So, which new releases have impressed the most in the first six months of 2019?


Melbourne Airport Lands A Brewery

July 8, 2019 by James Smith

Melbourne Airport is to get its own brewery, with Stomping Ground set to open their third venue there this coming summer. It's part of a revamp of the airport's offering designed to showcase Melbourne's food and drink scene.


Drink Easy – A New Breed Of Award

July 3, 2019 by James Smith

Central to the craft beer revolution has been a tearing up of rule books and challenging of norms. Now, a new awards competition covering beer, wine, cider, spirits and non-alcoholic drinks plans to do the same.


Bridge Road Splits From Australia

May 9, 2019 by James Smith

Bridge Road Brewers have issued a Declaration Of Independence, forming a micronation on the grounds of their brewery under the name Brewland.


The (Pint of) Origin Story

May 8, 2019 by James Smith

When Good Beer Week 2019 kicks off, it will feature Pint of Origin for the eighth time. Before we forget too much about our little slice of the festival, we thought we'd reminisce with participants old and new.


Boatrocker: Ten Lessons From Ten Years

April 4, 2019 by James Smith

April 2009 sees Melbourne brewery Boatrocker celebrate ten years of brewing. They've gone from early gypsies to barrel-ageing innovators, so we asked them to reflect on what their first decade has taught them.


Getting Blind With Crafty: XPAs

March 25, 2019 by James Smith

Is it just a marketing term? Are XPAs just pale ales or session IPAs by another name? Either way, there's plenty around so we took on more than 20 of them in another Crafty blind tasting.


Brewmanity Go On Another March

February 27, 2019 by James Smith

After raising more than $35,000 for Fight MND with their first Beer March, the team at Brewmanity is preparing to go again, enlisting around 30 venues on the East Coast for a month-long fundraiser. We caught up with the duo behind it.

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