Articles by James Smith

Postcards from the Edge No.6: The Rocky Reality

Postcards from the Edge No.6: The Rocky Reality

For all that businesses are scrambling to survive in these drastically altered times, the reality is that no one knows if they'll make it out the other side. We spoke to Hamish Coates of Rocky Ridge about heartbreak and uncertainty.

March 29, 2020 by James Smith


Brew & A: Caolan Vaughan

March 26, 2020 by James Smith

They might be best known for their Pacific Ale but the Counter Culture series has been exciting beer geeks since launching last year. Overseeing brewing of all Stone & Wood beers is Caolan Vaughan, so we invited him for a Brew & A.


Postcards from the Edge No.3: Quarantinnied

March 25, 2020 by James Smith

It's amazing how fast things can happen when the pressure's on. The team at Carwyn Cellars has created a special Canvent featuring 24 Victorian brewers in just a couple of days so people can enjoy beers together apart.


Postcards From The Edge No.1: Cherry Cheer

March 23, 2020 by James Smith

As the beer and hospitality industries adapt to the new reality, there are some inspiring examples around. We joined The Cherry Tree crew as they launched their home deliveries by bringing cheer to the streets of Richmond.


Keeping Local Alive

March 18, 2020 by James Smith

The restrictions on social gatherings and movement imposed in the fight against COVID-19 will have serious impacts on the beer, hospitality and events industries, among others. We look at how we can try to help them survive.


Sparkke To Fire Up In Melbourne

March 7, 2020 by James Smith

The female-led Sparkke Change will be bringing their unique brand of social activism through alcoholic drinks to Melbourne later in 2020. As they prepare to launch two new beers, we chatted about their grand vision.


Latest News From The Crafty Cabal - March 2020

March 5, 2020 by James Smith

We know it's only three weeks since the last of these but we've been busy, not least in launching the long-mooted new look Crafty Cabal homepage. We've also added a stack of events and giveaways so high time for an update.


The Galaxy's The Limit

February 27, 2020 by James Smith

Demand for Aussie hops shows no sign of slowing, with Hop Products Australia this week opening a new processing facility in the Victorian High Country yet already looking at further expansion well into the future.


The Matchmaker Of Deliciousness

February 18, 2020 by James Smith

It's rare to come across a chef eager to praise beer's qualities over wine, let alone one operating at the level of Rob Kaboord, now back in Melbourne at the pop-up Lekker! after four years helming Quay in Sydney.


Brew & A: Sow & Piglets

February 17, 2020 by James Smith

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.

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