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Tooborac Hotel and Brewery

Tooborac Hotel and Brewery

A bluestone, ironstone, and granite edifice stands like a beacon amongst the pastoral fields in central Victoria. This is the Tooborac Hotel, which had been built to support the local community in the gold rush days of 1857 and is listed with the National Trust. Some of the most dramatic changes at Tooborac ever since the gold rush ended have perhaps been in recent years. The ramshackle pub had been sitting idle for three years, when … Read entire article »

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Cellaring Your Beer

Cellaring Your Beer

All beers undergo flavour changes over time. Whether that is a good change or not will depend on the beer style and the flavours you desire. Beers with flavours that develop well over time are usually those with higher alcohol, higher bitterness levels, darker malt colours, and those that are secondary fermented in the bottle. Bitterness and hop characters diminish over time, and beer compounds slowly oxidise. This can produce raisin, prune, and sherry flavours. Beers that … Read entire article »

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Brookes Beer Bendigo

Brookes Beer Bendigo

“A home brewer who got out of control.” That is how Melissa Church describes how her partner, Doug Brookes, came to have his own brewery. After almost three years of thought and planning Doug’s aspiration of becoming a professional brewer was fulfilled in July 2013 when Brookes Beer became operational. The brewery is located in an industrial food park in Bendigo, which was originally an abattoir for Mayfair hams. The abattoir closed in the late 1980s … Read entire article »

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Barrow Boys Stormy Lager Review

Barrow Boys Stormy Lager Review

Barrow Boys Brewing are a new brewery that are just starting out. Their brewer is former West Australian, Ashley Hazell. Ash spent just over seven years working in various roles at Little Creatures when he decided to throw his hat into the ring with Justin Trail. Together they have found some business partners to help get the new brewery off the ground. Not yet having a brewery of their own they contract brewed their first batch … Read entire article »

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Coopers Special Edition 2014 Vintage Ale

Coopers Special Edition 2014 Vintage Ale

Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale has become a great example of beer that is especially brewed to cellar. The Vintage Ale was first brewed in 1998 and Coopers have made a batch nearly every year since then. Each year the brewing team develops a new recipe with differing flavour nuances. Fortunately, Coopers have been kind enough to give me some samples and also invite me to their launch event, which was held at Le Bon … Read entire article »

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