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 →

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 →


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 →

Dean’s Diary: Day Two At The ANHC

October 29, 2014

DAY TWO: Dear Diary, Day 2 kicked off with a talk on parti-gyle brewing by John Keeling of Fuller’s Brewery in London. It’s an old English method of getting two brews from one batch of grain. It was rather quiet save for the occasional popping of a Berocca lid. After that Tina Panoutsos from CUB Read More →

Dean’s Diary: Day One At The ANHC

October 29, 2014

DAY ONE: Dear Diary, Well, Day 1 of the conference is over and I’ve learned a lot. In particular I’ve learned not to say I’m from Qld; none of the locals have heard of it. We started off with a talk by Vinnie Cilurzo. He owns Russian River Brewing and he spoke about using Brettamyces Read More →

The Grainfather

The Grainfather

October 13, 2014

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the first in-country demo of the Grainfather, the new semi-automated all-grain brewing system from Imake.  And let me say right at the beginning, this is likely to take AG brewing into a whole new era.  If making great tasting beer right from the base ingredients sounds like what Read More →

My Jim Jam Lager

August 18, 2014

In preparation for the next Staff Meeting, when the beer style will be Lager, I finally got down a brew over the weekend. After the success of the my last two malt extract brews, I thought I would try a lucky third time. Originally, I was thinking I might try something a bit out there, Read More →


Your Local Home Brew Club

August 11, 2014

The other week, I had the pleasure (and honour) of attending my home brew club’s annual general meeting. I’m a member of the Brisbane Amateur Beer Brewers (BABBs). It has a membership of about 65 members from all walks of life and of all standards. There is even one brewer who is a coeliac, so Read More →

Croft Brewing- Brisbane’s Latest Brewery

July 12, 2014

On Sunday, I had the honour of being invited to the launch of Brisbane’s latest brewing company, Croft Brewery, started by Gavin Croft. The launch was held at the Zuri Bar in Fortitude Valley. It’s a bar that I can honestly say I would never have entered but for this event – rich, opulent and Read More →

My Bacon Beer…

June 26, 2014

Recently, I have posted a couple of items on our Facebook page about making a bacon beer and there has been quite a deal of interest, so I thought I would expand on it a bit. At the beginning of the year, I thought it would be good to have a regular brewing competition amongst all Read More →

Home Beers

May 30, 2014

So, two beery things happened last week that made me happy. Firstly, while checking out my local BWS I made a great little discovery. I should mention again my local BWS store – although it is a supermarket chain, the manager at the store in Tarragindi has made real efforts to stock some interesting beers. Read More →

My Experience at BeerMatt’s Masterclass

April 28, 2014

Brewers Choice ran a Facebook competition asking followers to post their favourite beer or beer ingredients for the chance to win a ticket to BeerMatt’s Introduction to Beer Masterclass held on the 5th of April.  We caught up with Scott S (the winner) afterwards and asked him about his experience at BeerMatt’s Masterclass. Matt is Read More →

Happy Beer Time!

April 28, 2014

This week, rather than being Mr. Negative, I can write about two beers that made me feel happy.The first beer was another Rare Breed from one of my favourite breweries – Mountain Goat. These guys make great regular beers, but also do occasional ‘Rare Breed’ limited editions. The last two that I have had (Rye 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 launch

March 28, 2014

This is a somewhat overdue write-up of the launch of Brewsvegas, the week-long celebration of craft beer in Brisbane that is on this week.  I attended the launch breakfast on Sunday at Tipplers’ Taps and a great launch it was too.  The Tippler’s chefs did some beautiful meals.  I had blood pudding flavoured croquets which Read More →

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

Citra Hops – Fruit Salad in Your Beer

March 3, 2014

We’ve just stocked fresh Citra hops in our stores and I thought I might try a couple of commercial brews to get some quick firsthand knowledge of what Citra tastes like.  The only beers I can find on sale at the moment to try the Citra hop are the Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA and an Read More →


Extract Brewing – Why, How and When?

January 28, 2014

Home brewing is a hobby that can be as easy or as complicated as you want to make it.  However, as the level of technicality increases, the steps are small and incremental.  You can learn at your own pace as you experiment and the only thing to fear is too much beer!  If you’re already Read More →



December 10, 2013

The results are out for this year’s competition winners! Thank you to everyone who participated and submitted your entries (12 in total). We had a very high standard of entries which were enjoyed thoroughly by our judges.   The results are as followed (drum roll please): 3rd Place – Maxwell Nooyen 2nd Place – Daniel McGuire 1st Place Read More →

oka tree

Oak In Your Beers?

December 4, 2013

As a way of continually raising the brewing standards of our staff, we have been running a brew comp amongst all the stores each month, using a set ingredient or theme.  Last month, the ingredient was oak and we had two standout beers, great for this time of the month – Keelan’s Oaked Irish Red Read More →


Christmas Has Arrived At Wacol

December 4, 2013

Last Saturday, we held a Christmas Beer and Food demo at Wacol and an awesome event it was, even if I say so myself.  The demo was basically staged like a barbecue, with everyone sitting down enjoying the food and beers while I talked them through it.   On arrival, everyone was greeted with a Read More →