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 →

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 →


Craft Beer – Experiencing it first hand at Brewsvegas 2016!

April 5, 2016

Brewsvegas 2016 is over for another year, and thanks to the huge efforts of a few craft-beer industry persons, another fantastic success.  This year, Brewers Choice participated in Brewsvegas by running a hands-on session, teaching people how to make beer.  I have to say, when the idea was first raised for us to do a Read More →


Which breweries changed my mind about light beers? Find out.

March 10, 2016

I haven’t written a lot lately because I’ve been flat out with other work commitments.  But recently, and accidentally, I have had the need to buy some light beers.  Generally, I buy beers based on flavour and style and don’t really pay attention to the alcohol in them unless, of course, the beer is unbalanced Read More →

Paradox of Choice

The Paradox of Choice

February 2, 2016

While on my post-Christmas break, I had plenty of time to do some reading, including a book called ‘The Paradox of Choice – Why more is less’.1. The author raises some interesting questions about why, in this day and age when we have more freedom and more choices, we are less happy than when we 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 →


It doesn’t have to be all about the hops.

November 24, 2015

This weekend, I had an excellent time drinking a range of really, really good beers from my new favourite bottle shop at Greenslopes. To give you some idea of a) the array of beers I drank, and b) the range of beers available at my bottle-o, I drank, in roughly the order listed, the following: 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 →

Beard Beer

Hits and Misses – Rogue’s Beard Beer

September 29, 2015

Rogue’s Beard Beer + Garage Project. I have mentioned previously that Rogue is one of my favourite brands from the States.  However, I had a beer from them recently that prompted me to ask ‘Why bother?”  That was the Sriracha HOT Stout beer.  Well, a sucker for marketing, I have also now tried the Beard Read More →

Knocks your socks off - But not in a good way!

Specialty Beers – Rogue Sriracha Beer + Mountain Goat Seedy Goat

September 3, 2015

Over the last week or so I’ve had some special beers, including two from favourite breweries: Mountain Goat in Australia and Rogue in the States.  And in that batch there have been, for me, both hits and misses. The first beer I tried had me wondering ‘Was it really worth the bother?’.  Rogue’s Sriracha HOT Read More →

quiet deeds lamington

Sometimes they listen – Quiet Deeds Lamington Ale

August 25, 2015

A little over a year ago, I wrote a blog called ‘The good, the bad, and the ugly” covering the Quiet Deeds range of beers. As you can guess from the title, I was not very complimentary.  My dissatisfaction with the Quiet Deeds range wasn’t that they were bad beers, but that they seemed to Read More →

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Last of the Winter Beers

August 10, 2015

Tonight, I have to get organised and write about my last tilt at winter beers before it gets warmer.  The urgency is due to the large collection of empty bottles sitting next to the sink, which my wife is getting a little annoyed about! This foray into darker beers has been educational, as it has 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 →

Bacchus Brewing: Brumalia

June 25, 2015

Finally, back in the proverbial saddle, blog wise and what better way to kick it off than a winter afternoon tasting a heap of dark beers. A few Saturday’s ago, I had the pleasure for finally getting down to Bacchus Brewing’s new bar in Capalaba.   Capalaba is not exactly close to me, but I finally Read More →


Eating humble pie at the ACBC

June 25, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Australian Craft Brewers Conference (ACBC) hosted by the Craft Brewers Industry Association in Melbourne and had a most informative experience.  As you know many of the tastings I write about are totally subjective – what I taste, whether it is a nice beer.  At the same time, 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 →