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The Big Sale: Is It A Big Deal?

The Big Sale: Is It A Big Deal?

Last week's announcement that Stone & Wood's founders had agreed to sell their business to Lion sent shockwaves through the industry. But, as the dust settles, what has really changed for indie brewers and those who buy indie beer?

September 16, 2021 by James Smith


Lion Buys Stone & Wood

September 9, 2021 by James Smith

In news that will send shockwaves through the local beer community, Lion have today confirmed the acquisition of Stone & Wood as well as associated brands in the Fermentum Group, including Fixation and Two Birds.


What Next For Indie Beer?

September 9, 2021 by Crafty Pint

The sale of the Fermentum Group to Lion raises a number of question, not least what it means for the indie beer sector. We've been speaking to people in the beer industry to see what they make of the move.


Fermentum To Lion: The Founders' Tale

September 9, 2021 by James Smith

Following the sale of the Fermentum Group to Lion, we chatted to co-founders Ross Jurisich and Jamie Cook to get more on how they reached this point.


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.


Indie Beer Gets Its Own National Day

September 4, 2019 by James Smith

October 26, 2019, is to become the inaugural Indie Beer Day, with supporters of independent Aussie beer encouraged to raise a glass in support of the local industry.


Have Your Say On Australian Beer

July 4, 2019 by Crafty Pint

The fourth edition of Beer Cartel's annual Australian Craft Beer Survey kicks off today, seeking to create a snapshot of trends within the local beer world. It's the biggest survey of its kind and you're invited to take part.


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 Big Issue: Ownership Revisited III

August 27, 2018 by Crafty Pint

Close to 100 brewing companies have licensed the IBA's independence seal since its launch in May. We contacted the US Brewers Association, whose campaign inspired it, to find out how they are driving the message in the States.


The Big Issue: Ownership Revisited II

June 26, 2018 by Crafty Pint

Last month, we returned to the topic of ownership. Then, we sought the views of people predominantly operating in the independent sector. Here, we follow up with the views of those who own or work for formerly independent beer brands that are now part of larger businesses.

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