Articles by James Smith

Brew & A: Sow & Piglets

It's named after an iconic tourist spot, is found in a hostel, and the Sow & Piglets team are already working on a new brewery venture in regional Victoria. We sat down with the German brewer behind their traditionally-minded beers.

February 17, 2020 by James Smith


Hawkers To Build A Brewery Bar

February 10, 2020 by James Smith

As they prepare to turn five, Hawkers are setting out to build a bar at their Reservoir home. The intention is to use the proposed 170-capacity venue to showcase more experimental releases.


Australia's First Airport Brewery Takes Off

February 6, 2020 by James Smith

The Stomping Ground brewpub at Melbourne Airport – Australia's first airport brewery – is up and running, with the first beer to go through the brewery their version of the Resilience Beer for bushfire relief.


Unfinished Mead Business

January 17, 2020 by James Smith

Having moved from beer writing to brewing, Willie Simpson is planning another change of tack as he turns 70: a return to mead. And kayaking. And sourdough baking. And astronomy. And...


Through The Looking Glass III

January 1, 2020 by James Smith

After a hiatus in 2018 (for reasons I can't recall) we're back with our New Year's Day look ahead at what the future might hold for the local beer world: what to look out for and where we might be headed.


Crafty's Advent Calendar

December 27, 2019 by James Smith

If you'd like to check out our look back at the 2010s in Advent Calendar form, here's all 25 entries gathered in one interactive PDF. Open it in Acrobat to see who's behind each door and click each one to be taken to that day's entry.


Crafty's Advent Calendar: Phil Sexton

December 25, 2019 by James Smith

He kicked the contemporary craft beer scene in WA in the early 80s and recently announced his return to Matilda Bay on a mission to reclaim its lost iconic status. We close out of end-of-decade series with Phil Sexton.


Crafty's Advent Calendar: Wheaty Jade

December 24, 2019 by James Smith

From within the four walls of a corner pub in Thebarton, Jade Flavell, her colleagues and staff have not just blazed a trail for beer and beer venues in Australia but inspired and influenced thousands too.


Crafty's Advent Calendar: Will Feral

December 23, 2019 by James Smith

He was a crap sales rep but turned out to be a bloody good brewer and these days leads the weay for Feral following the WA brewery's sale to CCA. He's also a goose's best friend; on day 23 of our Advent Calendar it's Will Irving.


Best New Victorian Beers Of 2019

December 23, 2019 by James Smith

Whether you're hot for hazies or have a passion for the puckering, there was much to enjoy from Victorian brewers in 2019. Such beers dominate our list, joined by a couple of lagers and a rich stout.

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