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 →

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 →


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 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 →


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 →

Chicks With Ales – June Event (By Sonya Franklin)

June 30, 2014

Chicks with Ales (CWA) – June outing @ Tomahawk Bar Thanks again to Brewers Choice for the opportunity to win some tickets to the latest CWA event. I managed to rope in a friend as my +1 and we were both keen to check out what a bunch of ladies drinking beers on a Sunday afternoon 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 →

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 →

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 →


Beer Festivals – Need More Fine Tuning

February 7, 2014

Last Saturday, I attended the Fluid Festival beer festival at the Pig and Whistle pub in the Riverside Centre in Brisbane.  This is the second year it has been held although only the first time I have been able to attend.  There were a range of beers and ciders from both local and national brewers 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 →


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 →

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Stewarts Journey Overseas

September 2, 2013

Happy Days, its holiday time!   I’m off to the U.K. for just over a month.   It’s been almost 5 years since I had a real holiday and this will only be my second time out of the country.   It will be my first “real” long haul flight –  I’m not really looking forward Read More →


The Queensland Home Brew Conference

August 7, 2013

  I know it’s been nearly three weeks since the conference, but when you spend so much time planning and organising an event like this, it takes nearly as much time to catch up on everything else afterwards. As I mentioned in my last post, the conference was a huge success – feedback from everyone Read More →


The Craft Beer Tsunami Has Crossed the Border

June 26, 2013

This week, I had two beers to write about, but have decided instead to talk briefly about the Pre-Launch party for Queensland Beer Week (QBW).  It was a small event of perhaps 20-odd people but in many ways a very significant event for Queensland beer lovers. Firstly, the fact that we have a Queensland Beer Read More →

QLD Brewing Clubs

March 20, 2013

Brisbane Amateur Beer Brewers (BABBs) – Holland Park Brisbane – Pine Rivers Underground Brewing Society (PUBS) – Petrie – Ipswich Brewers Union (IBU) – Ipswich – Ipswich Wine and Beer Guild (IWBG) – Ipswich – Lockyer Amateur Brewer’s Guild (LABG) – Laidley – Righteous Brewers of Townsville – Townsville – Read More →

Critics Choice Beer Judging Pt 9

March 17, 2013

It’s funny how once I have to actually pay attention to the craft beer scene out there and not just pick and choose a few beers most Friday nights, I start to notice just how many great craft beers there really are. There are a number of well known breweries I have not touched, particularly Read More →

Critics Choice Beer Judging Pt 8

March 15, 2013

So, we have finally arrived at my final round of test beers. These are just to check out a few to make sure that I haven’t missed any stand outs. Beer no. 1 is the Knappstein Reserve Lager. After yesterday’s moment of surprise that I hadn’t ranked this, today I have a new surprise – Read More →

Critics Choice Beer Judging Pt 7

March 15, 2013

Now we are starting to get to the end of what is available in my local’s beer fridge. The next double is from Endeavour, something of a quite achiever. I have hardly ever seen a write-up about the beers, and yet these are two good beers. These bottles even go to the extent of listing Read More →