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Hawthorn’s Tasting Paddle In A Box

Hawthorn’s Tasting Paddle In A Box

Hawthorn Brewery is saving us time by providing a choice selection of their beers in a box. Just like a tasting paddle, but in a carton. It contains five of their popular regulars, and New World Lager, which is the newest Brewshed series beer. The Discovery Pack will be available at First Choice, BWS, Dan Murphy’s and independent liquor stores while stocks last. Check out the box at your local bottle shop or you can read the … Read entire article »

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Coopers Sparkling Hits The Big Screen

Coopers Sparkling Hits The Big Screen

Coopers Sparkling Ale is coming to a cinema near. No, not a feature length movie, but a new ad campaign. The ads feature the pouring of a glass Coopers Sparkling Ale from a beer tap. It is set to the Billy Joel’s hit song ‘Just The Way You Are.’ It’s a fitting song for a beer that has remained relatively unchanged for over a century. The 1977 hit song for Billy Joel’s album ‘The Stranger’, emphasises … 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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Healthy Drinking Culture

The amount of alcohol and type of drink people consume is strongly influenced by the laws and drinking culture of their region or country. Sociologists tell us that Australian binge drinking culture partially stems from efforts to curb drinking. During the First World War, in an effort to get men home from the pub early, most Australian states introduced six o’clock closing. (West Australia was the only state that missed out.) In theory, men would go to the pub at five o’clock after work, have a beer with his mates, and be home with the wife just after six. However, it turned into an hour-long attempt to drink as a possible before the beer stopped. By the time six o’clock closing was abolished in the mid 1960s (for most states) the damage … Read entire article »

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Lamb Shanks Braised in Amber Ale

Lamb Shanks Braised in Amber Ale

Serves 6 Preparation Time 30 to 40 minutes Cooking Time 4 to 4 ½ hours Springtime is a great time to enjoy life, as the days get longer and warmer. It is also a great time of year to enjoy lamb. Here is a beautiful recipe that uses amber ale and lamb shanks. Just remember to plan ahead, because you need to cook it for over four hours. Ingredients  6 frenched lamb shanks (make sure you get some good quality … Read entire article »

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Endeavour True Vintage Beer Review

Endeavour True Vintage Beer Review

The boys at Endeavour Beer have a great philosophy. They noted that wines have seasonal variations, each vintage is cellared and savoured for its own idiosyncrasies, and yet this does not happen with most beers. So they are openly promoting the year of vintage, this being the year that the ingredients were harvested. Andy Stewart, brewer, prides himself in sourcing the best locally grown ingredients for his beers, after visiting and consulting Tasmanian hop and … Read entire article »

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Lashing Out

Lashing Out

Chuck Hahn is one of Australia’s elder statesmen of beer, so the opportunity to meet him again is not one to be lightly missed. When offered the opportunity to have lunch with Chuck and James Squire’s head brewer Tony Jones it was eagerly accepted. The occasion was to publicize One Fifty Lashes, the new permanent addition to the James Squire range. This Australian style pale ale was introduced, a few months prior, on tap at limited … Read entire article »

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Mornington Peninsula Brewery celebrates

Mornington Peninsula Brewery celebrates

Despite having to dump their last brew, Mornington Peninsula Brewery are celebrating. There are a few reasons for their joy. Perhaps the main reason is that they have now been able to extent their liquor licensing operating hours. The extension allows them to be open on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, public holidays, as well as later on Sundays. Matt Bebe, Managing Director, explained that there are no plans to open regularly on the two extra weeknights, … Read entire article »

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Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Ale & Rosemary

Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Ale & Rosemary

Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Ale & Rosemary Serves 6 (depending on the size of the leg) Rating 4/5 Difficulty 2/5 This recipe uses a leg of lamb that has been boned and butterflied. To get a butterflied leg of lamb, will usually require a visit to your local butcher, who will debone and butterfly it for you. This is great as the weather turns warmer, because it’s possible to cook it on a covered BBQ rather than in … Read entire article »

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Lobethal Bierhaus (South Australia)

Lobethal Bierhaus (South Australia)

Lobethal Bierhaus In 1851 a brewery was set up in the picturesque town of Lobethal. It was an instant hit and spawned the hop growing industry in the region. However, after almost 20 years it closed and eventually became the Onkaparinga Woollen Mills. The wheel turned once more, as the mills closed its doors and Alistair Turnbull and Phil Jones had the bright idea of turning part of the old mill buildings into a brewery. After walking … Read entire article »

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