Late in 2018, word spread that FogHorn, the highly-rated Newcastle brewpub was up for sale. In truth, it was a case of one founder looking to get out and the other, head brewer Shawn Sherlock, looking to the future. And now he is.
As Felons launches on Brisbane's river edge and with Soapbox and Stone & Wood coming to Fortitude Valley in the coming weeks, Mick Wust caught up with all three brewers and found them all keen to shout loud about the local beer scene.
Five years after it brewed its last beer in the city, the Sydney Brewery has returned to its roots with the opening of a new brewery in Surry Hills.
Brisbane is set to get another brewery as Stone & Wood eyes up a spot in Fortitude Valley to open a brewpub that will act as a home for its Brisbane team from early 2019.
The beer lovers of Brisbane can prepare to party like it's 1823 as a new brewery venue takes shape on the edge of Brisbane River, underneath the iconic Story Bridge. Mick Wust called in to meet the Felons as they took delivery of their tanks.
For years, the Australian industry has followed the lead of its American counterpart. So what can we learn from a beer culture that's far more ingrained than ours and has fought many of the battles facing local brewers and beer lovers today?
There's been no shortage of new breweries opening in and around Brisbane in recent years. But, with its Scandinavian influences and no core range policy, Range Brewing looks set to stand out from the crowd, as Mick Wust discovers.
He was winning awards for his beers before he was legally allowed to buy one before setting off to learn to brew in Germany – and trying to shake things up with his own brewing company. Now back in Australia, at the helm of Melbourne's Burnley Brewing, we catch up with Michael Stanzel.
When the family that owned the Clifton Hill Hotel decided to move it from being an Irish pub with TAB to inner-city brewpub, we doubt they envisaged it would lead to the development of a sour beer program. We caught up with the brewer that started taking it in that direction.
As in 2017, we attempt to peer into the future and decipher where the industry is headed and what issues are likely to dominate the coming 12 months. From independence and education to packaging and brewpubs, here's our thoughts on what lies ahead.