This week we were invited along for a tour with Scott from Aussie Brewery Tours. Visiting a couple of breweries and a cidery, we got out of the city for a look around the Yarra Valley. Scott talks us through the history of Aussie Brewery Tours, as well as what it's like running a tourism business in the beer industry. We also chat to a guest of the tour and get his take on gose, blueberry wine and cider.
This episode features journalist and author Stan Hieronymus. In Australia for the Australian National Homebrew Conference, we took the chance to chat to him about beer trends, homebrew and his most recent book Brewing Local. Given the breadth of his knowledge, we only just scratched the surface, but fortunately he has four books worth for you to check out.
This week we start at Hop Nation in Footscray, before throwing to White Rabbit in Geelong. We sit and talk all things White Rabbit with the head brewer Jeremy Halse. Since moving from Healesville, they have expanded their barrel aged program and Jeremy tells us about the direction he would like it to go. We learn about life under Lion ownership, life in Geelong, and get some insight into their range and history. Other than that, we talk some absolute garbage about toast, crowd surfing and television. All in all, a great episode.
We are hanging out at Stomping Ground this week and chatting to head brewer Ashur Hall, and co-founder Guy Greenstone. Many Australian listeners would know Guy as half of the team behind the Local Taphouse and GABS festivals. We get to the bottom of why a brewpub, why the name, and what the team have planned for the future. No show notes for this one, as it's all Stomping Ground.
This week we chat to Shandy from Riders Brewing Co. A two year old Melbourne based brewery they have been quietly doing their thing without much fanfare. However, with capacity soon to triple, we get the lowdown on their beers and plans. We also talk about IPA and whisky, skateboarding, and (as usual) share some ill informed opinions about the machinations of local breweries.
This week, we re-visit Bad Shepherd brewery. After first visiting in February, we come back as they launch their biggest beer so far and hear about they journey. After exceeding expectations so far, Dereck and Diti are still unsure what path Bad Shepherd will take for the future. However, they are already exceeding their business plans. As well as that, we tell a terrible joke, talk jazz, Two Birds expansion, awkward RnB singers and heaps of beer stuff.
This week we visit Beer Mash in Collingwood. The hybrid bottleshop/bar started life as a growler store. Now Shayne Dixon has turned it into a combined bar, bottleshop and will soon be joined by an upstairs cocktail bar. Shayne tells us about Beer Mash, and how a store can benefit from being in a competitive area like Melbourne's Smith St.
This week we pull a podcast from the archives. Somewhat of a lost episode, recorded just before Good Beer Week, Beth Skyped in and talked all about her favourite beer, and how she got to be in charge of NZ's premier beer festival. In addition, we have some (up to date) news, and recommendations.
This week we visit Clever Polly's in North Melbourne. It's a small wine bar that specialises in out-there and unique wine, sake, beer and spirits. From Georgian amber wine, to Italian rum. We learn about the owner, Lou, and she tells us the ethos behind the bar. We also ask stupid questions such as "what does biodynamic mean" and "what is orange wine?". If you want to know those answers, then best you listen.
This week we visit the Belgian Beer Cafe here in Melbourne. We speak to their manager and Belgian Cultural Ambassador, Nick Claus, about what they are up to at the venue. We also learn the story behind why there are so many Belgian Beer Cafes around that are all different; and find out a lot about Belgian beer culture.