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7 Feet High

There’s a term that wine-drinkers love to throw around. It’s a term that exists as the tipping between point wine-drinker and wine-snob. Terroir. For the uninitiated, ‘terroir’ refers to the specificity of place. That is, wines are made authentic, and in a way better, when they encapsulate the soil, climate, weather, and topography of a…

Oxidizing

Beer – like most products – is negatively impacted by age. With each week in the bottle, chemical changes are happening which affect the flavour of your favourite brew. There is a consensus amongst many that beer is – for lack of a better word – indestructible. Sure, it may have been thrown around, shaken-up,…

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The ‘Cleanskin’

Robert Frost famously wrote: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less travelled by’. Today, those words resonated like never before. I believe, as a beer-drinker, that you need to challenge yourself, your taste buds, your will to imbibe different liquids. I don’t mean with hop-fuelled palate-killers either. Nor…

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Kooinda Inkblot Salted Oatmeat Stout

Kooinda Brewery aren’t your everyday ‘run-of-the-mill’ brewers. I mean, they began life as Australia’s first ever residential licensed brewery, with the family in-ground pool used a heat exchanger to cool their first pale ales as they transferred to the fermenter. Take a second to read through that again. I know right?! Belgium can keep its…

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Rogue Mango Astronaut Ale

There’s been many an occasion walking into a bottle shop that a brew from Rogue Brewing Company has caught my eye. After all, if any brewery specializes in outlandish coloured bottles that brashly refuse to sit quietly on the shelf like a good little beer it’s the boys from Oregon. *Your honour, this is an…

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Hop Temple

To the best of my knowledge, Ballarat has been crying out for a craft beer bar; with distinguished drinkers throwing the type of metaphorical tantrums expected from a belligerent toddler at the lack of ‘hip’ drinking establishments – fists clenched, feet kicking, raging against the machine of bland beers. Admittedly I’m no expert on the…

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Brewer For A Day

“Timing is key, y’know”. Josh Staines – one of the brewers at Malt Shovel – is keeping a careful eye on the temperature gauge to make sure the boil isn’t too vigorous. He notes down the time the wort starts to boil to ensure hops are added at the correct time in order to maximize…

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Art Attack!

The world of craft brewing is crowded. And growing. In Australia there are now well over 100 microbreweries, with more launched each month. Either in redesigned abandoned warehouse spaces or plying their trade ‘gypsy-brewing’ (renting equipment in established breweries), each addition to the brewing landscape makes it harder to stand out, harder to find a…

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Summer Lovin’

“One of these beers is not like the other; one of these beers just doesn’t belong. Can you tell me which beer is not like the other, by the time I finish my song?” Currently there exists a truly outlandish amount of beer creations begin thrown up by brewmeisters around the world, which can sometimes cause a general…

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Canadian Cherrywood

It used to be a simpler time for brewers. All you really needed to throw together to be respectable was a draught, a bitter and – if you felt particularly adventurous – a mid-strength. These days it’s just a tad different; and I blame the Americans. Back in 1981, the American-style Pale Ale was developed…