Articles Comments

Rick Besserdin » Breweries

Cheeky Peak Brewery

Cheeky Peak Brewery

A brewery that also sells homebrew equipment sounds like the road to economic ruin for many a visitor, but that’s exactly the danger you run into when dropping into Cheeky Peaky Brewery. After a couple of beers, spending thousands on the latest stainless steel gear sure would sure seem like a good idea. Cheeky Peak was originally a ‘U Brew It’ store, before being bought by its current owners and transformed into its current format. The … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breweries

Black Dog Brewery Revisited

Black Dog Brewery Revisited

It has been a few years since we visited James Booth at Black Dog Brewery in Taminick, North East Victoria. His latest update is the addition of a canning line. James has progressed from the 50 litre pilot brewery to a beautiful Italian Lainox steam Il Mastro Birraio. The brewery is now very well equipped with a row of five Lainox fermenters, CIP (Clean In Place) system, bottling line and a new ABE canning line. The canning … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breweries

Social Bandit Brewing

Social Bandit Brewing

Open the door to Social Bandit Brewing and you are struck by the magnificent gleam coming from the polished brass of the brewery. The Austrian made Salm brewery is the centrepiece of the building and commands attention like a fire on a dark night. Social Bandit is the creation of Jeff and Jeanette Whyte. Previously Jeff had owned the Jamieson Brewery, and even continued brewing there for a while after selling. He eventually took to the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breweries

Rutherglen Brewery

Rutherglen Brewery

Rutherglen is a long established centre for wine and good food, so when chef Gavin Swalwell and partner Fiona Myers set up their restaurant Taste@Rutherglen, they wanted to build on that foundation. For Gavin, it was only logical that the drink offerings would include quality beer, and what better way to assure quality than by brewing your own. Taste is located in a 150 year-old historic building on Main Street. It quickly became a fine dining … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breweries

Pushing The Barrow – An Interview with Dean Romeo from Barrow Boys Brewing

Pushing The Barrow – An Interview with Dean Romeo from Barrow Boys Brewing

Quality and substance are needed for a long term future in the beer industry, according to Dean Romeo from Barrow Boys Brewing. Dean spent an hour or so with me, discussing the liquor industry, craft beer, Barrows Boys and their forthcoming beer dinner at the Astor in Carlton. Dean started working in the alcohol industry at a winery, before landing a hospitality job at the Little Creatures cellar door, in Fremantle. It was an enjoyable job that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breweries, Dining, Featured

Cascade Brewery

Cascade Brewery

Picturesque Cascade Brewery is one of the most iconic breweries in Australia. You may have seen photos showing its historic façade rising from the midst of dense Tasmanian bushland. What’s it like to take a tour of the brewery? The tour itself begins across the road from the brewery at ‘Woodstock’, the visitor and brewery function centre. Inside the function centre were many historic pictures and objects. The centre itself was the traditional site of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breweries

Shout Out On A Coopers Billboard

Shout Out On A Coopers Billboard

Propose to your girlfriend or simply shout out to a mate on a digital billboard thanks to Coopers Brewery. In what sounds like a fun program, Coopers have paid for access to 45 high-profile APN digital billboards in Australia. Individuals can then choose from a message and timeslot to shout-out to someone. If you’ve always wanted to propose in a grand way or simply tell someone they are a legend then this is an ideal way … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breweries

Napoleone Brewery

Napoleone Brewery

Napoleon Brewery is set in amongst the picturesque hills and wineries of the Yarra Valley. With an apple orchard on one side and a vineyard on the other, it is quickly apparent that beer is only a part of the business. Michael Napoleone originally began his first apple orchard almost 70 years ago. The business now includes over 60 hectares of orchards and is managed by Michael’s two sons, Joe and Michael. The first grapevines were … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breweries

Rebellion Brewing – O’Brien’s

Rebellion Brewing – O’Brien’s

John O’Brien and Andrew Lavery both suffered from coeliac disease that prevented them from enjoying their regular glass of beer. With nothing available at the time to fill that need, John started brewing his own beer from gluten free ingredients. After many trials, he finally settled on a good recipe. He then teamed up with Andrew and came up with a plan to brew it on a commercial scale. This would help fill their own … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breweries

Red Duck Brewery

Red Duck Brewery

Red Duck Brewery is the handiwork of Scott Wilson-Browne. Scott is a graphic designer who began brewing beer on a commercial scale around ten years ago. Originally brewing from his home at Lake Purrumbete, he moved his 600L Brewhouse to the outskirts of Ballarat in late 2011. At the front of the brewery is a small cedar door tasting room. Here he keeps a selection of most of the beers that he still has available. Behind … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breweries

Switch to our mobile site