Beer review – Edge Brewing Company

Edge Brewing Company Angry Pirate IPA 330ml $5.31 To tweak this strong IPA (6.8 per-cent alcohol), Melbourne’s Edge Brewing included rum-soaked oak chips in the conditioning tank. The medium gold–orange coloured ale holds its head forever and delivers feisty, malt and hops flavours with quite an astringent, dry finish that probably includes hops, oak and […]

Stone and Wood’s new heartbreaker

In late September Byron Bay’s Stone and Wood brewery released its fourth ale under the Mash Collective label – dedicated to beers designed largely by non-brewing creative people. The new Heart Breaker ale combines ideas from NSW mid-north-coast chef, Clayton Donovan, guitarist and songwriter, Darren Middleton, and brewing industry graphic designer (and home brewer), Damian […]

Beer review – Sierra Nevada and Croucher

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen 355ml $3.65 America’s Sierra Nevada brewery captures the Bavarian wheat beer style extremely well. The abundant white head, yeast haze and fruity-spicy aroma encourage a big mouthful. The palate delivers on the promise, with flavours reflecting the aroma and a smooth, full palate, cut with zesty, lemony freshness. Croucher Brewing Company […]

Bruge to get three-kilometer beer pipeline

Belgian plans to build a three-kilometre beer pipeline ups the ante in the age-old conundrum of keeping beer lines clean. If some pubs struggle to keep a few metres gleaming inside, how is the De Halve Maan brewery to manage three kilometres? In late September, De Halve Maan announced plans to build the underground pipeline […]

Wine review – Lark Hill, Serafino, Madfish, Freeman, Mount Majura and Hardys

Lark Hill Gruner Veltliner 2014 $45 Lark Hill Vineyard, Lake George Escarpment, Canberra District, NSW Even in the difficult 2014 season, Austrian variety gruner veltliner made an outstanding wine at Canberra’s highest vineyard. The Carpenter family call 2014 “one of the most challenging vintages to date”. Frost and unsettled spring weather disrupted flowering, reducing the […]

Wine review – Hardys and Soumah

Hardys Chronicles “The Gamble” Limestone Coast Chardonnay 2014 $15.99 The press release sketches a tenuous connection between Hardys “The Chronicles” range and the company’s nineteenth-century founder Thomas Hardy. In fact, this is a thoroughly modern, realistically priced wine, made by people who also make one of Australia’s finest chardonnays, Eileen Hardy. Grapes are sourced from […]

Beer review – Green King and Fraoch

Green King Abbot Ale 500ml $6.33 Suffolk-based Greene King brews beer runs pubs, restaurants and hotels across the UK. Their mid-amber coloured Abbot Ale offers fruity and malty aromas and flavours on a generous, warm palate. After a few sips, a refreshing bitterness begins to build, offsetting the malt sweetness delciously. Fraoch Heather Ale 500ml […]