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Beer Review – Rocks Brewing Conviction Series

Beer Review – Rocks Brewing Conviction Series

A few months ago Rocks Brewing launched their Conviction Series Pale and IPA beers in cans. The beers were released in time for Sydney beer week last year. So, it was a nice surprise to get a couple of samples delivered to my house this week. I hadn’t tried either of these Rocks beers before, so I looked forward to doing a review. Pale Ale – 3.5% Appearance – It pours a cloudy gold colour with a coarse … Read entire article »

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Review – Hawthorn Brewing Beers

Review – Hawthorn Brewing Beers

Recently I mentioned the Hawthorn Brewing Discovery pack and how it was like a tasting paddle, but in a box. Not long after that Hawthorn’s Andrew McCall dropped by with a sample box of the Discovery Pack for me to try. I have tasted all of these beers over the year. But it was good to get to try all the beers at once, including the latest recipes and contract brewing company. There are still a … Read entire article »

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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 »

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Beechworth Pale Ale – Bridge Road Brewers

Beechworth Pale Ale – Bridge Road Brewers

The Beechworth Pale Ale is brewer Ben Kraus’ flagship beer. It is a typical modern Australian pale ale light and easy to drink with lots of New World hops. Availability and quality of hops and barley varies from season to season. Like many other craft brewers, Ben will regularly adjust the recipe to suit these seasonal changes. It pours a light head with small foam bubbles and has a golden yellow colour with just a hint … Read entire article »

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Fancy Pants Amber Ale – Mountain Goat Brewery

Fancy Pants Amber Ale – Mountain Goat Brewery

Amber ale is the style of beer that changed the way Cam and Dave at Mountain Goat Brewery viewed beer. It started them on the journey that has led them to own one of Australia’s most successful craft breweries. A few years ago they went back to the drawing board and created an amber ale that would be refreshing and sessionable but still have rich malt and hop flavours. The result was Fancy Pants. Originally released in … Read entire article »

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Mountain Goat Summer Ale

Mountain Goat Summer Ale

Mountain Goat Summer Ale is a delightful light and easily drinkable beer. It is packaged in a can, making it just right for the beach, BBQs or camping. Just remember that you’ll only get to enjoy all the flavour if you drink it out of a glass. It pours cloudy yellow with an orange tinge and has a coarse white head. The aroma is of mango and passionfruit. It has a light fruity body and tastes … Read entire article »

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Two Birds Golden Ale Review

Two Birds Golden Ale Review

Two Birds Brewing is the handiwork of two West Australian ‘birds,’ Jayne Lewis and Danielle Allen. Jayne studied viticulture at Curtin University before working as a wine maker for a few years. A turning point came when Jayne started brewing beer at Little Creatures in Fremantle. In 2010, Jayne was brewing at Mountain Goat in Melbourne and Danielle was working in marketing in Sydney, when they decided to go on holidays to the USA. After some … Read entire article »

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Leader Of The Pack IPA – Black Dog Brewery

Leader Of The Pack IPA – Black Dog Brewery

James Booth is a fourth generation wine maker from Taminick in North East Victoria. Most wine makers will readily admit that it takes a lot of beer to make a good wine. Maybe that’s why James started brewing his own beer. With the support of his father, Peter, they decided to make these tasty homebrews available to the public. So at the end of 2011, you could buy his small batch brews at the cellar door … Read entire article »

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The World’s Strongest Beer – 67.5 Percent Snake Venom

The World’s Strongest Beer – 67.5 Percent Snake Venom

The World’s strongest beer is called Snake Venom, and has an alcohol content of an astounding 67.5%. It is brewed by Brewmeister, which is a small brewery in the town of Keith, in the North East of Scotland. Scottish whiskey buffs will recognise Keith as the home of Chivas Regal. Lewis Shand and John McKenzie founded Brewmeister in 2011. They had spent their younger years brewing beer at home before they came up with the plan … Read entire article »

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Hawthorn Brewing Golden Ale Review

Hawthorn Brewing Golden Ale Review

Andrew McCall wound his way through the busy city traffic to drop of a six-pack of Hawthorn Brewing’s latest beer, their Golden Ale. Fortunately, the 15-minute parking spot out the front, which is always full, was vacant as if it too was eager to see Andrew. Hawthorn’s new brew is a Blond Ale, with some wheat to give it a dry finish, similar to some of the other successful Golden Ales on the market. The beer … Read entire article »

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