Articles by James Smith

CUB Buy Balter

The rumours swirling around the beer industry have turned out to be based in reality as CUB today confirmed they've added Balter to a stable already containing the likes of Pirate Life and 4 Pines.

December 5th, 2019 by James Smith


Crafty's Advent Calendar: Joel Beresford

December 4th, 2019 by James Smith

​We head west on day four of Crafty's Advent Calendar and into the arms of Joel Beresford, a man who via Cellarbrations Carlisle and The DTC has put wonderful beers and a passion to learn into the mouths and minds of thousands.


Crafty's Advent Calendar: Dave Bonighton

December 3rd, 2019 by James Smith

Would the beer scene in Melbourne look like it does today without Mountain Goat? Highly unlikely. In day three of our end-of-decade Advent Calendar series we feature one half of the duo that helped build a beer city.


Crafty's Advent Calendar: Jayne Lewis

December 2nd, 2019 by James Smith

For day two of our end-of-decade Advent Calendar, we turn to a trailblazer of the local beer world. Jayne Lewis is one half of the duo that founded Two Birds Brewing and has an influence that spreads far beyond that brewery's Nest.


Crafty's Advent Calendar: Brad Rogers

December 1st, 2019 by James Smith

As a momentous month for beer in Australia comes to a close, we look back and forward with 25 people who've helped shape the industry in our spin on a beer advent calendar. First up, Brad Rogers of Stone & Wood.


Black Hops' Nightmare Before Christmas

November 15th, 2019 by James Smith

Black Hops have announced a product recall like no other. It's the beer they'd brewed for Christmas Day in Beer Cartel's advent calendar and has been sent to thousands of homes this week.


Holgate's New Taproom Opens As They Enter Decade Three

November 12th, 2019 by James Smith

As they enter their third decade of brewing, Paul and Tash Holgate are as busy as ever. As their long-mooted Taproom & Visitor Centre opens, we chatted to Tash about the milestones and future plans.


Sauce To Open Brewpub In Cairns

October 23rd, 2019 by James Smith

Marrickville hazemeisters Sauce are heading north. They're to open a brewpub in the heart of Cairns in the middle of 2020, thanks to a new partnership with "craft accelerator" Founders First, who are already invested in Jetty Road and FogHorn.


Balter Top Australia's Biggest Craft Beer Survey

October 17th, 2019 by James Smith

Balter have been voted Australia's best brewery in the biggest ever survey of craft beer drinkers. More than 23,000 people took part in Beer Cartel's annual survey, which is now in its fourth year.


Brew & A: Bright's Reid Stratton

October 16th, 2019 by James Smith

As Bright Brewery prepare to launch their first "Mystery Beer" we caught up with head brewer Reid Stratton. The recent signing from New England Brewing Co has a fascinating past take in Jolly Pumpkin and musical squeaks and farts.

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