More people drinking Aussie craft beers

Australian craft beers continue their expansion as consumption of mainstream beer declines. In the five years from March 2010 to March 2014, the proportion of Australian adults drinking local craft beer in any four-week period increased from 3.5 per cent to 5.7 per cent, according to Roy Morgan Research. In the same period the proportion […]

Wine review – Soumah, Grant Burge and De Bortoli

Soumah Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2013 $33–$35 The Butcher family owns vineyards in the Gruyere-Coldstream sub-region of the Yarra Valley and created the acronym Soumah (south of the Maroondah Highway) as its brand name. Wines released under this label include Savarro (savagnin blanc), pinot noir, pinot grigio and shiraz. Even in the warmer 2013 season Soumah […]

Beer review – Blue Moon Brewing Co

Blue Moon Brewing Co Belgian White 330ml $3.99 Coca-Cola Amatil imports Blue Moon from Coors Brewing Company, a division of Canadian Molson Coors Brewing Company. The pale lemon colour, cloudy appearance and sturdy white head are all consistent with the Belgian wheat style. It is, perhaps a little rounder and less refeshing acidic than Hoegaarden […]

Pikes winery turns to brewing

Popular Clare Valley winemaker, Pikes, expects to open a brewery alongside its wine cellars in December. Alister Pike, son of found founder Andrew Pike, says the family expects to complete the new building on schedule and already has most of the brewing equipment warehoused in Victoria. A recently hired brewer, due to join Pikes in […]

Driving the mighty Kimberley

For a long time my wife Jill and I had wanted to visit Western Australia’s remote Kimberley region – and in July this year we did. We flew out of a frosty Canberra morning and arrived in Darwin’s friendly dry-season heat at lunchtime. We collected our Apollo four-wheel-drive camper, stocked up on food and wine […]