18 Year Olds and Beer Bars

October 31, 2016

This weekend, I had the pleasure of taking my newly 18-year-old daughter out for drinks.  It was just her and I at home for the weekend, so I thought I would make the most of it.  The downside of it all was that as she is still on her Learners, I was designated driver.  None Read More →


White Lies launch brewery bar on Brisbane’s south!

October 18, 2016

Last week, I had the great pleasure of sharing a beer with Lee from White Lies Brewery to celebrate a significant moment in Lee’s and all Brisbane Craft Beer drinkers’ lives – White Lies Bar is now fully licensed. Like most applications for breweries and bars in Brisbane, Lee’s DA and License took far longer Read More →


Success and two new breweries

October 6, 2016

The last couple of weeks have seen a major change in the beer consumption landscape in my life, due to a major success. And as a result of that, visiting other breweries, such as Black Hops at Burleigh, have now become a much more pleasurable event. So starting with the success – if you have Read More →

One brewery, two sours and a great bar.

August 29, 2016

This week, I had the opportunity to try a couple of really lovely sours. They are a beer style I really want to enjoy, but I have not always had success with the ones I’ve tried. This week was different. With a free Saturday night, my wife and I planned to head out to a Read More →

Sacchrymyces Bar 2

Announcing… Ballistic Beers.

June 14, 2016

It’s been quite a while since I last wrote a blog. There’s lots of reasons why, from some major changes in my life to simply not getting around to it. One of the major reasons is that as of the beginning of this year, I have been setting up a brewery – Ballistic Beer Co. Read More →

The tasting paddle at 10 Toes Brewery

Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Break

April 26, 2016

Last week, I had the pleasure of dropping into the 10 Toes Brewery, a new venture set up by Rupert Hall at the back of Alexandra Headlands  on the Sunshine Coast. Rupert has set up a very tidy brewery over recent months and is now open for business.  Rupert was a former engineer and everything Read More →

Catchment Brewing

Catchment Brewing – Another reason to visit West End

January 6, 2016

Tonight, I dropped into one of Brisbane’s newest breweries, Catchment Brewing, at West End.  West End is already a bit of a fave spot for me, with BOSC, which sells the best gin cocktails I have tasted and Brisbane Brewing Co, an on-site brewery and bar.  Now, there is another reason to drop into West Read More →


Every man’s dream…nearly – XXXX Brewery

December 16, 2015

Recently, I received an invitation to attend an event that nearly every re-blooded Queensland male would give one of his proverbials for.  In the interests of performing my professional duties fully, though with some trepidation, I accepted the invitation and turned up at the venue as instruBted. So, what was the event you ask?  I Read More →


A Little Thrill In Every Glass

November 12, 2015

I have mentioned previously that one of the things I like about craft beer is the complete lack of sameness you get.  Every bottle you purchase, despite the generic style label (Pale Ale, IPA, Stout) can be something completely different as each brewer wends his own magic into the beer. Open the bottle, and there Read More →

Good vs. Great – Battle of the Dark Beers

July 24, 2015

I’ll put it right out there now – I am a bitter beer wimp. I may have said this before but my recent foray into dark beers has confirmed it. Many years back, I tried Guinness at the Brisbane Irish Club. I was drunk as 10 men and didn’t enjoy the beer. A year or Read More →


Saisons, Farmhouse Ales and Reds

May 21, 2015

When is a good beer not good?  When you are drinking it at entirely the wrong time!  Recently, I ‘invested’ in two beers, a La Sirene Farmhouse Red and Holgate Farmhouse Ale.  Both, at the upper end of the price for a beer, are, no doubt, lovely beers, the pick being the La Sirene.  I Read More →

The Pumpyard

May 5, 2015

So, I am back from deepest, darkest Africa after finishing my race, and off my self-imposed beer diet. It’s a real joy to be back drinking quality beers again – soft drinks are too sweet, milk makes you fat and water gets pretty boring after a while. The first venue on my list of catch-ups Read More →

brisbane brewing co

Brisbane Brewing Co.

February 2, 2015

  Just a quick note to say that I have visited the newly opened Brisbane Brewing Company bar at West End and highly recommend it. This was only the second night the bar was open and it was chockers! The vibe was great, food looked good and six of Simeon’s beers were on tap. BBC Read More →


Brewhouse Brisbane

December 22, 2014

I had a really pleasant Friday afternoon last, in the company of Simeon Bonetti, the brewer for Brewhouse Brisbane.  Not only did we get to share a few cold beverages at Archive, but I got to talk about some exciting new things happening with Sim. Number one, and a heads up to all aspiring brewers, Read More →

3 birds

Three Birds, One Stone

December 3, 2014

The other Brother In Law (BIL#2) was in town recently, and so I and my regular Wednesday night drinking partner, BIL #1, headed out to introduce BIL#2 to the joys of craft beer. BIL#2 is of Italian heritage and is more likely to scoff a red wine than a beer, but we thought we would Read More →


The Charming Squire

October 22, 2014

On Thursday, I thought I would check out the Charming Squire, the new James Squire bar at South Bank. The bar is situated, very conveniently, right next to the South Brisbane Train Station. It’s very large, modern and for a Thursday, booming. There’s big open bar space, outdoor seating, a more cosy drinking area, a Read More →

Tomahawk bar

Tomahawk Bar

August 25, 2014

                    This is just a short blog today to say welcome and thank you to the Tomahawk Bar at South Bank. I have been a bit slow getting there as they opened in April, but I have finally made it. For a beer bar, this is Read More →

Newstead Brewing

May 12, 2014

I have finally got my Wednesday night excursions organised again, and Newstead Brewing was top of my list of places I needed to visit. What is exciting is that every time I think about where I should go, there is at least one more new venue that has sprung up, to visit. Newstead Brewing is Read More →

A Tale of Two Breweries

April 11, 2014

This week it’s a quick review of six beers, four from Mornington Peninsular Brewery and two from Australian Brewery.  All six are good beers that I would happily give anyone. So first the brewery under the microscope today is Mornington.  I  tried the IPA, Brown, Porter and Hefeweizen, which covers most of the MP standard range Read More →

Brewsvegas (Part 2)

March 28, 2014

So, last night I got out to a couple more Brewsvegas events.  First stop was Scratch to witness a battle royale – a competition between the grandfather of beer bars in Brisbane (The Scratch) and the young upstart (Tippler’s Taps).  As you would expect from these two great bars, this was no ordinary contest of Read More →