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Have you been to the supermarket lately? Once upon a time, the displays at the ends of the aisles were filled with chocolates and coca-cola, but these days there is a new player creeping into that space, non-alcoholic beer.And I am not talking about the stuff that you used to pick up next to the non-alc champagne that you drank at the Christmas table as a kid. Old brands in that space like Holsten or Kaliber are being challenged by a raft of newcomers, brewed by everyone from Heinken and Budweiser, to local craft breweries Upflow and Nort.Paul Bowker is CEO of Brick Lane Brewing, and they have introduced a new 70's vibe upstart to the category, Sidewinder. When retro vibes and modern lifestyles collide, that's where you will find the new refreshment-inspired non alcoholic beer from Sidewinder.With these new additions to the lineup, and a category that looks like it is going gangbusters, it seems there is a hell of a lot to talk about. Can Paul convince this Coke Zero and Lime Mineral Water drinker to switch to a non-alc beer…let's see!!If you want to check out these new beers, go hereSidewinder LifeWant to help spread the craft beer gospel?Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTubeRate, Review and Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify...click the link on your phone and scroll to the bottomOr Follow/Subscribe on your favourite podcast player
There is a point that craft breweries get to in their growth trajectory, the one where the founders have realised that they need a little bit of extra funding to fully realise their potential. That'w where we find Akasha Brewing Co right now.Founded in 2015 in Sydney’s Five Dock, Akasha has helped spearhead Australia’s blossoming love affair with high quality, hop-forward beer, rapidly becoming one of the most celebrated and successful independent breweries in the country.With a nationally recognisable brand, a stellar core range of highly awarded, eminently sessionable beers, and an expanding roster of limited release seasonal projects that push the art and science of brewing to new heights of invention, Akasha is now poised to expand.To realise their dreams, Dave and the Akasha team have decided to embark on a crowdfunding campaign to raise the required funds. They are calling it the inner circle and are very excited about how it can take Akasha to the next level volume-wise, and tick a bunch of other strategic planning boxes for them.Dave jumped on the mic with me to talk it all through.If you are interested in registering for the crowdfunding campaign, you can do so belowhttps://equitise.com/offer/akashaWant to help spread the craft beer gospel?Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTubeRate, Review and Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify...click the link on your phone and scroll to the bottomOr Follow/Subscribe on your favourite podcast player
Tasmania has a bit of a history with lagers…both of the big guys down have battled for 100 odd years to see who is best. More recently, Tasmanian drinkers have rediscovered their love of lager, brewed by the new wave of craft breweries in this state, and they are liking what they are tasting.I guess that's why a brewery such as The Albert can afford to model their whole business plan on them…lagers of every colour. I'm not sure if it's because I have done hazy’s to death, or that I'm getting grumpy in my old age, but there is something about a lager right now that I am just loving. Add the fact that The Albert has recently pumped out another favourtie of mine, a mid strength lager, and I am, in heaven! The new Albert Blue has been my beer of choice for the last few months down here, and now it seems that you mainlanders are now going to get a taste of it.Head Brewer, JJ King, has worked his way around a few mainland breweries, and has now settled in Tasmania to brew Lagers at The Albert...enjoy the chat!Check out The Albert Brewery hereWant to help spread the craft beer gospel?Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTubeRate, Review and Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify...click the link on your phone and scroll to the bottomOr Follow/Subscribe on your favourite podcast player
The Northern NSW region has a deep brewing history...it's the birthplace of a little brewery called Stone and Wood, you might have heard it? But a few minutes south of that brewery, in Balina, is another one that has now been kicking around for about 4 or 5 years, Seven Mile Brewing…have you heard of that one?Started by a father and son duo in 2017, this is a truly family-run brewery, which sounds totally awesome, buuuut may have also been a bit tricky at times...we get to that!This is a great chat with Matt, where he opens up about how Stone & Wood came to his rescue one time, what he learned from his time with Dave Padden, how 4 Pines helped him understand the business, and some of the personal challenges he has faced along the way.A ripper of a chat!Check Out Seven Mile's Beers HereWant to help spread the craft beer gospel?Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTubeRate, Review and Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify...click the link on your phone and scroll to the bottomOr Follow/Subscribe on your favourite podcast player
One thing I know for sure is that this craft beer industry we love so much doesn't stand still for long. Venues that start off small, blow up, styles that were once a must-have on the tap list have been replaced with the next big thing. And, as breweries mature, they tweak their business models and plans, often resulting in a re-brand.All-Inn Brewing has been around since 2012, a little suburban brewery that started out as a labour of love for its founder, Harley Goodacre. He has a modest budget and had to do whatever it took to make his dream a reality, repurposing old milk vats and turning a humble shed into a much-loved brewery.These days, those milk vats have been replaced by shiny stainless, and just in the past few weeks, the beer on shelves has also had a bit of a facelift, which is one of the topics covered in this chat with All-Inn Brewing's COO and Head of Sales, Luke Phillips.Check Out All-Inn's Beers HereWant to help spread the craft beer gospel?Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTubeRate, Review and Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify...click the link on your phone and scroll to the bottomOr Follow/Subscribe on your favourite podcast player
150 Episodes...Whaaat? How did that happen?When I finished the episode with Aaron, I thanked him for his open and honest chat, and for shedding a light on the other side of starting a brewhouse...the food. Often on these podcasts, we focus on the beer, because that is what we all love. But we also love food, and for brewpubs, you aren't going to be too successful if you can't serve both.So anyway, that's a long way of saying this chat was really interesting to me and a bit of a breath of fresh air. This is the story of the Margaret River Brewhouse, a little place 3 hours south of Perth in the middle of some of the most breathtaking scenery in this country. It's a story of 3 guys and their partners who had a dream and how they navigated their way through the tough times, the successes, and the decision of what to do once they had achieved the goal the 3 of them set out when they started.Check out MRB's beers hereWant to help spread the craft beer gospel?Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTubeRate, Review and Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify...click the link on your phone and scroll to the bottomOr Follow/Subscribe on your favourite podcast player
Thanks to the wonders of the interwebs, two dudes who love beer, but were 4000km from each other, we able to catch up and talk about their love of...well a lot of different things, and then we got on to the beer!Tyler Little from Froth Craft Brewery is an all-around great dude, and I thoroughly enjoyed finding out about his journey from British Columbia, Canada to Exmouth, Western Australia...a lazy 13-hour drive North of Perth. The Western Australian Craft Beer scene is spread far and wide, and this is just another example of one of the gems you will find in it if you have the time to go looking.By the time you listen to this, Tyler will have begun the 13+ hour drive South to Bunbury to begin working on Froth 2.0. Such exciting plans, such an interesting dude...enjoy the chat.Check out Froth's Beers hereWant to help spread the craft beer gospel?Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTubeRate, Review and Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify...click the link on your phone and scroll to the bottomOr Follow/Subscribe on your favourite podcast player
An old mate of mine used to say, "every day is a school day", and this episode proved it to me once again.On this episode, I have invited Sean Johnson, mead maker at Erosion Meadery and Brewery in Western Australia, to give us a crash course in Mead, Mead 101 if you likeUntil I did this interview, I had absolutely no clue about Mead. How about you? To be honest I thought it was just something the Knights of the Round Table drank, because beer hadn't been invented. But then I think I saw them drinking it in that documentary about dragons, Game of Thrones, so thought it must be real! And you know what, it bloody is!!!But don't listen to me, I am obviously an idiot! But this idiot learned a lot in this episode, and got to taste a few a-grade meads!Enjoy!!Check out Erosion Meadery's Store HereCan artwork as mentioned in the chatWant to help spread the craft beer gospel?Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTubeRate, Review and Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify...click the link on your phone and scroll to the bottomOr Follow/Subscribe on your favourite podcast player
It was gonna take a special guest to get me to put down my beer, change out of my boardies and get back into the studio...that person is Denham D'Silva from Barossa Valley Brewing.This bloke is an energetic and charismatic craft beer lover who started his journey back in the 90's in the USA. Fast forward 30 years and he has experienced all the ups and the downs that this industry can throw at you...and he stuck with it.In this interview, he shares his latest ideas: an app called Agora and a beer he co-designed with the amazing team at the Australian Institute for Machine Learning. They collaborated to create a neural network that developed the recipe for "Rodney" the A2IPA.Artificial Intelligence and Craft Beer...is it the future, well let's see what Craft Beer's "Will Smith" has to say about it!Enjoy the chat!Check Out Barossa Valley Beers HereWant to help spread the craft beer gospel?Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTubeRate, Review and Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify...click the link on your phone and scroll to the bottomOr Follow/Subscribe on your favourite podcast player
She is one of the new breed of talented young beer lovers who are entering the craft beer industry, bringing fresh new ideas and a positive attitude that is rather infectious. The industry is getting older, and so are the people who work there. Change is coming fast for this industry, and I, for one, think that if the industry's future is in the hands of people like Bronte O'Donoghue, everything is gonna be great!Described as an old soul or wise beyond her years, she is quickly blazing an impressive trail through the industry. She started her career at Western Australian OG Brewery, Feral, and now she is Head of Marketing for another iconic brewery, Eagle Bay Brewing Co.She is a storyteller by trade, and a natural on the mic, two traits that make my job as an interviewer so easy!Thank you to another outstanding Western Australian, Pia Poynton, for the heads up about this fantastic young marketer.Enjoy the chat!Shop for Eagle Bay Brewing Co. BeersWant to help spread the craft beer gospel?Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTubeRate, Review and Subscribe on Apple Podcasts...click the link on your phone and scroll to the bottomOr Follow/Subscribe on your favourite podcast player
I love hearing beer drinkers argue about which state or region has the best craft beer in the land. Marrickville, Margaret River, Collingwood, Hobart, South Coast NSW, The Gold Coast, Adelaide Hills...every state has a craft beer mecca these days, and it gets me bloody excited!Personally, I feel like, in recent times, Victoria has really been shouting loudly about having some of the best beer around. Names like Brick Lane, Hawkers, Fixation, Bodriggy, Deeds, Molly Rose, Hop Nation, and Kaiju...the list goes on and on. And recently, I fell across another one to add to that list, Braeside Brewing. About 50 minutes South East on the Nepean is where you will find this little brewery, situated sort of on the banks of the Mordialloc Creek. I've never been there, no idea what the creek looks like, but it sounds charming,Celebrating their second anniversary recently, Braeside Head Brewer Charlie Thompson joined me to tell me all about the charm of that little creek...and more!Shop for Braeside Brewing beers hereWant to help spread the craft beer gospel?Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTubeRate, Review and Subscribe on Apple Podcasts...click the link on your phone and scroll to the bottomOr Follow/Subscribe on your favourite podcast player
All I have to tell you about this one is that I was lucky enough to get a tour of Hamish's Rocky Ridge Farm Brewery and I recorded our conversation to share with you.Hamish is a bloody ripping bloke, and I just let him share his thoughts and stories from the last two years...and then he shared a few details on some of the fun stuff he has coming up!Buy Rocky Ridge Beers HereClick here to see the photos and videos I took during the chat💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥Short Cuts are anything that you, me, we, the craft beer community, want them to be. Effectively, these are short, sharp conversations that won’t fill a regular episode length. Think of things like new beer announcements, brewery updates, short stories or even crowdfunding pitches.If you know of someone with something to share, or even if you want to yourself, shoot me an email at beerhealer@internode.on.net, or find me on Facebook or Instagram.Want to help spread the craft beer gospel?Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTubeRate, Review and Subscribe on Apple Podcasts...click the link on your phone and scroll to the bottomOr Follow/Subscribe on your favourite podcast player
If you have been listening for a while, you know I am a proud Tasmanian and I like to be able to tell the stories from down this way when I can. This one has been coming for a little while, the boys and I have had a bit of back and forth, trying to align our schedules. But, with a cancellation in my ultra-busy weekend social calendar, I was able to find my way to the "Valley of Love" to pay the lads from Welcome Swallow Brewery a visit.30 odd minutes north of Hobart in the Derwent Valley, in the historic town of New Norfolk, that was the location for this chat. At 10:30 am on Sunday, I sat down and shared a "Morning tea" beer with the founders of the Welcome Swallow brewery and taproom, Nigel Graham and Elias Eichler, to find out more about them.Welcome Swallow Facebook PageBuy BeerWant to help spread the craft beer gospel?Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTubeRate, Review and Subscribe on Apple Podcasts...click the link on your phone and scroll to the bottomOr Follow/Subscribe on your favourite podcast player
I was so happy to get a message from Nigel Ayling this week. He asked if he could jump on the podcast and record a Short Cut to tell everyone about a project he is involved with. You may know him as the founder of the Facebook Group, We Love Craft Beer, but in his working life, he is a marketer and always looking to get involved with beer-related projects.His latest project is the South Coast Ale Trail, and it is a ripper, so I was only too happy to help him promote it!South Coast Ale Trail FBSCAT WebsiteEmail SCAT💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥Short Cuts are anything that you, me, we, the craft beer community, want them to be. Effectively, these are short, sharp conversations that won’t fill a regular episode length. Think of things like new beer announcements, brewery updates, short stories or even crowdfunding pitches.If you know of someone with something to share, or even if you want to yourself, shoot me an email at beerhealer@internode.on.net, or find me on Facebook or Instagram.Want to help spread the craft beer gospel?Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTubeRate, Review and Subscribe on Apple Podcasts...click the link on your phone and scroll to the bottomOr Follow/Subscribe on your favourite podcast player
Hop Products Australia and Beer Cartel have teamed up again for another mixed 12 pack of amazing beers, made with some of the best breweries in the land! This time, instead of featuring a single hop (Eclipse last time), they are showcasing a new hop technology, LUPOMAX. LUPOMAX pellets come in a whole heap of different varieties (click below for more details) and the brewers have had a blast designing beers to showcase the individual hops characteristics that have been turned up to THE MAX with the LUPOMAX process.I made my way to Hops HQ to catch up with OJ in the boardroom.Order the Beer Cartel Lupomax Mixed 12 pack hereFind out more about Lupomax hereCheck out the latest news from HPA hereSupport the breweries who have brewed a beer for the pack:Akasha BrewingBatch BrewingBlack HopsDainton BrewingHobart Brewing CoHop Nation BrewingLittle Bang BrewingOne Drop Brewing CoOtherside BrewingSydney BreweryWhite Bay Brewing💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥Short Cuts are anything that you, me, we, the craft beer community, want them to be. Effectively, these are short, sharp conversations that won’t fill a regular episode length. Think of things like new beer announcements, brewery updates, short stories or even crowdfunding pitches.If you know of someone with something to share, or even if you want to yourself, shoot me an email at beerhealer@internode.on.net, or find me on Facebook or Instagram.Want to help spread the craft beer gospel?Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTubeRate, Review and Subscribe on Apple Podcasts...click the link on your phone and scroll to the bottomOr Follow/Subscribe on your favourite podcast player
Language warning, loud laughter warning, stupidity, and fun warning...geez this interview was a blast.A few of the OG's of Black Flag, Steve, John and Simon grabbed a few tinnies and their own personal fluffer/bar man and sat down to tell their story with me. I think this was the perfect storm for me with these interviews...a few lads that don't take themselves too seriously want to tell their story, have a few beers, take the piss out of each other, and eventually get to the point.I hope you enjoy this one, cos I certainly did!!!Get some awesome Black Flag Beers hereWant to help spread the craft beer gospel?Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTubeRate, Review and Subscribe on Apple Podcasts...click the link on your phone and scroll to the bottomOr Follow/Subscribe on your favourite podcast player
This conversation started months ago at GABS festival in Melbourne. Right before I made a quick escape as the city went into its 50th lockdown, I met a bloke by the name of Nathan Munt and he was peddling some pretty cool beers at his 3x3 in Geoffs Shed. If I remember correctly, it was his Barrel Aged Belgian Tripel that I tasted that day, which was delicious, and I made a mental note that I needed to get him on the podcast.Fast forward 6 months or so, Melbourne is finally out of that lockdown and things are racing ahead, and that mental note has come back to the surface...buried by many beers back at GABS, and clearly forgotten by me until I saw something pop up in my Insta feed to remind me. Seriously, I need a personal assistant to help me keep track of potential guests.But anyhooo, we made it in the end and I was really keen to hear more about Nathans brewery, King River Brewing, situated in the Victorian High Country, where, the air is clean, the food is amazing, the people are welcoming and the beer is fresh.So finally, here is our chat!King River BrewingWant to help spread the craft beer gospel?Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTubeRate, Review and Subscribe on Apple Podcasts...click the link on your phone and scroll to the bottomOr Follow/Subscribe on your favourite podcast player
Dollar Bill Brewing has just released a new series of beers...in cans!!! They call them the Storm Series and after taking one look at the labels on the cans, I was straight onto them to tell me more about it.It's been a while since I spoke with Ed & Fiona Nolle. In fact, it was at GABS, just after they won 2021 Champion Aussie Beer! They are great people, making great beers, and luckily for me, they were able to make time for me to have a chat with them!If you want to try these new Storm Series beers, find them here:Dollar Bill Brewing💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥Short Cuts are anything that you, me, we, the craft beer community, want them to be. Effectively, these are short, sharp conversations that won’t fill a regular episode length. Think of things like new beer announcements, brewery updates, short stories or even crowdfunding pitches.If you know of someone with something to share, or even if you want to yourself, shoot me an email at beerhealer@internode.on.net, or find me on Facebook or Instagram.Want to help spread the craft beer gospel?Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTubeRate, Review and Subscribe on Apple Podcasts...click the link on your phone and scroll to the bottomOr Follow/Subscribe on your favourite podcast player
Ladies and Gents, we’re back in the studio for another episode of the Pro, The Protege & The Hack. The last time the 3 of us got together to talk about beer, was back in May as we did a follow-up to our Christmas special. So yeah, we have been kind of shit at keeping up a regular recording schedule. To be honest, Ben and I kinda blame Dave for that, he nearly died this year, but that's a poor excuse.And it’s probably not gonna get much better, cos Ben’s wife just had a baby, so he is going through all that kid bullshit for the first time. And by bullshit, I mean all the wonderful stuff we get to experience as first-time parents.Enough bullshit, let's get into this.💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥Want to help spread the craft beer gospel?Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTubeRate, Review and Subscribe on Apple Podcasts...click the link on your phone and scroll to the bottomOr Follow/Subscribe on your favourite podcast player
The stories about the awesome craft beer industry I share on this podcast are wide and varied. For the most part, they are celebrating what is awesome about the industry or sharing stories of people chasing their dreams and having a great time doing that.This episode with Brad Bown from Left Barrel is a little different. It's one of how things aren't always easy, especially with a pandemic and bush fires throwing you a curveball. But, it's not all doom and gloom it's just telling it like it is, and I thank Brad for sharing his story with me and hope that others get a bit out of it.If you want to help out Left Barrel, jump on and buy a few beers from them.https://www.leftbarrel.com/shop Want to help spread the craft beer gospel?Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTubeRate, Review and Subscribe on Apple Podcasts...click the link on your phone and scroll to the bottomOr Follow/Subscribe on your favourite podcast player
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