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Perth’s newest brewery has opened to the public, its founder already having made a name for himself by winning a number of professional and amateur awards in the space of two years.
Blasta Brewing was founded by Steve Russell in the south-eastern suburb of Burswood, where he’s lived since migrating to Australia from Scotland 11 years ago.
Russell started out as a home brewer and originally had no intention of embarking on a commercial venture.
But his beers won multiple awards in amateur competitions, including a BrewDog competition he entered having only been brewing for four months.
In 2017 Russell also won best packaged IPA at the Perth Beer Awards with his first commercial release, Myway Grapefruit IPA.
“I started making more and more beer and instead of making one per week or one every two weeks, I was making one every two days,” he told Brews News.
The Blasta logo and name was inspired by his Scottish origins, ‘blasta’ being the Gaelic word for ‘delicious’, and the geometric unicorn symbol represents his background in engineering combined with the national animal of Scotland.
The venue includes an alfresco dining space, children’s play area, kitchen and coffee shop that is open from 7am daily, where people can drop off their growlers and have them ready by the afternoon.
“We wanted to get the patrons involved in what we’re doing so every second Tuesday is ‘prototype Tuesday’,” Russell said.
“People who like us on Instagram or Facebook will be randomly invited to come along. We’ll have about 12 people and they’ll help with the judging of the latest prototype beer, and help us design the next one for the next group to try.”
Blasta’s 350-capacity brewpub has eight taps pouring beers including its Tangerine Dreams wheat ale and Blastaweizen hefeweizen, which will be canned on-site using an ABE system.
Blasta is neighboured by Nowhereman Brewing and Northbridge Brewing, and open everyday from 7am to midnight.
Brewery openings are presented by Spark Breweries and Distilleries, the finest in-venue and production brewing systems available, with local design and support.
Brick Lane Brewing offical #Billy300 beer (middle)
Melbourne Storm announces that Brick Lane Brewing Co. has joined the NRL Premiers as the Club’s official beer sponsor.
The Melbourne-based Brick Lane Brewing Co has proudly signed on to a three-year partnership that will include Brick Lane beers being poured at marquee Storm events as well as post-game.
Brick Lane is a new and independent brewery based in Melbourne with strong ties to the local community and a commitment to pushing the boundaries of brewing and becoming the independent brewer of choice in Melbourne and further afield.
Melbourne Storm is always looking for new and innovative partners which makes for the perfect affiliation with Brick Lane.
“The chance to welcome new partners and new opportunities is always exciting. The craft beer sector is booming and having Brick Lane Brewing on board as our exclusive beer partner is a great result for our Club and fans,” Storm CEO Dave Donaghy said.
“We look forward to launching the partnership and see it continue to grow for the next three years and hopefully beyond.”
The launch of the partnership with Brick Lane Brewing Co. coincides with Billy Slater’s 300th NRL game for Melbourne Storm. This significant milestone in Billy’s career will be celebrated by creating a special edition #Billy300 beer which appeared in the dressing rooms after Saturday night’s game against the Wests Tigers.
In an added link with the Melbourne Storm, Billy is also one of the founders of Brick Lane.
Brick Lane Brewing Co Founder Paul Bowker said “Melbourne Storm and Brick Lane Brewing Co are founded in Melbourne and both have a strong community of local support. The Melbourne Storm’s values of respect and passion for their sporting community and their fans are aligned with those of Brick Lane Brewing Co and we are proud to be part of the Storm family”.
“This partnership is an exciting and long-term relationship for Brick Lane Brewing Co. We are also thrilled that Billy Slater as a founder of Brick Lane Brewing will be celebrating his 300th NRL game for Storm on the same week that this partnership has been announced.”
The Queensland Government has announced a plan to create a Queensland Craft Beer Strategy to support its growing small brewery industry.
Minister Cameron Dick discussed the Queensland brewing industry with Ballistic Brewing’s David Kitchen, Revel Brewing’s Jay Neven and Darren Magin from Newstead Brewing.
Announcing the decision during Brisbane’s craft beer celebration, Brewsvegas, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick met with a number of the region’s brewers to learn more about the industry and how the government can assist its future development.
The initiative appears to have been sparked by industry disquiet over the state government’s enthusiastic support in attracting BrewDog to the region despite having paid its local industry scant regard.
Despite years of campaigning for support on par with its wine industry, the only craft beer-related initiative instituted by the State Government to date has been the introduction of craft beer permits intended to allow small brewers to showcase their products at promotional events such as wine show. However, unlike the wine industry equivalent. the permits have been so limiting that brewers have found them unusable.
The meeting with brewers was coordinated by the Independent Brewers Association, which is progressing the development of the strategy with the department. It is expected that the strategy will encompass a range of training, planning and development, and tourism initiatives.
Independent Brewers Association acting CEO Chris McNamara applauded the move.
“This is a very exciting development in Australian independent brewing as it is the first time that an Australian state Government has committed to developing an all encompassing strategy for the industry. We look forward to working with Minister Dick and his department to grow the industry in Queensland,” he said.
While the government’s intention to create a strategy was announced, it was not accompanied by a timetable for development of the strategy.
The announcement capped off a successful week of lobbying by the local brewers. Earlier in the week a number of brewers met with the Chair of the Parliamentary State Development, Natural Resources and Agricultural Industry Development Committee, Chris Whiting MP, to share some of their beers paired with the dinner and discuss the industry.
Full media release below.
Queensland craft brewers have support on tap
Queensland’s craft brewers will close out Brewsvegas 2018 with plans for a new government strategy to support the industry’s expansion.
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick shared a beer today with several craft brewing industry figures at Newstead Brewing Co’s Newstead brewery to help shape a plan to strengthen the government’s role in supporting the industry.
Mr Dick said the Palaszczuk Government recognised the benefits that local craft brewers offered to the economy and would tailor a Queensland Craft Brewing Strategy to the industry’s needs.
“Year after year, craft brewing has been the fastest growing segment of the beer market – a trend that we’re only seeing accelerate,” he said.
“Craft beer production in Queensland is estimated to be worth around $62 million per year and growing, and our state’s market share of the sector in Australia has risen by around 2.8 per cent from 2016 to 2017.
“More than 13 per cent of the 516 independent breweries in Australia can be found in Queensland, and no less than 22 new breweries have opened in our state in just the last 12 months alone.
“The success of joint programs like Brewsvegas, now in its fifth year of celebrating local brews with events across Brisbane, is evidence of the craft brewing sector’s creativity, strong local supporter base and willingness to collaborate to grow in Queensland.
“The Queensland brewing industry has asked for support to achieve their fullest potential, and I want them to know we are listening and that I’m keen to work with our brewers to sustain their growth and maximise the industry’s wider benefits.
“Brewers with innovative and exciting new tastes and an accent on local ideas and regional flavours are multiplying across Queensland from Currumbin to Port Douglas.
“This government is committed to our manufacturing industry, small businesses and innovation, with a range of programs available to support growth in all three of these areas.
“There is more that can be done to target our support for this young industry and I will be working across government and with craft brewers to ensure our strategy addresses local needs and encourages local investment and jobs.”
Scottish craft brewer BrewDog cited the emerging potential of Queensland’s craft beer industry as a key factor in their recently announced decision to locate their first Australian operation in Brisbane and indicated their intention to collaborate with local brewers, which Mr Dick said the government supports.
“Queensland boasts more than 70 home-grown craft brewing operations and award winners like Balter and Green Beacon, not to mention the excellent brews here at Newstead Brewing, are more than a match for anything produced elsewhere,” he said.
Preliminary consultation with industry will commence immediately, with a draft strategy expected to be released for consultation in the second half of this year.
The process will be led by the Manufacturing and Industry Development team within the Department of State Development. Senior officials will work with industry leaders to set the parameters of the plan which will be developed as a result of this consultation. It is envisaged this plan will include mentoring and training opportunities for new entrants to the industry.
Independent Brewers Association CEO Chris McNamara said he was pleased the Queensland Government is stepping up to support local craft brewers.
“The independent brewing scene in Queensland is young, vibrant, brimming with great ideas and ready to grow quickly, making this the perfect time for the government to become involved and ensure the conditions are right to facilitate that growth,” he said.
“It’s a welcome sign of how seriously the Queensland Government takes this industry and its potential.”
Newstead Brewing CEO Mark Howes said Queensland brewers’ big selling point lay in doing things their own way.
“The craft scene here may not be as mature as it is in some other states, but that’s led us to continuously innovate and strive to be the best,” he said.
“Having the Queensland Government come to the brewing community and ask what we need to get our beers to wider markets more competitively is a positive step for us.”
Mr Dick said that the economic opportunities from craft brewing would extend into tourism and events such as Brewsvegas.
“Beer tourism is becoming big business globally, with increasing numbers of people making regional brewery visits a factor in their travel choices,” he said.
“Tapping into that new flavour, alongside Queensland’s already vibrant palate of attractions, will be a win for everyone in our state – no matter their drink of choice.”
*The author was a participant in the meetings that occurred this week.
As a national not-for-profit, the inGrained Foundation’s mission is to support grassroots, environmental and social charities in the local areas where funds are donated. By fostering long term partnerships and responding to urgent situations of need, it aims to create sustained positive change by directing funds to support the community where and when it’s needed.
Since 2013, Stone & Wood Brewing Co has operated a community program under the inGrained banner which has raised and donated more than $630,000 to a long list of not for profits, grassroots organisations and individuals in their communities.
With the establishment of the inGrained Foundation, a formal separate entity has been created, to which Stone & Wood Brewing Co has committed to annually donate $1/100L of beer brewed to the not-for-profit going forward.
In addition to the annual donation, the Northern Rivers independent brewery will partner with inGrained for their own events, such as their annual Open Day in Murwillumbah (14 April) and Festival of the Stone (9 June) raising funds for nominated local charities in the area.
The Managing Director for Stone & Wood Brewing Co, Ben Summons said, “The Foundation will now continue the great work our team have been doing towards achieving the vision of helping grassroots organisations make meaningful progress in the community.”
“We’re inspired by the idea of being a village brewery and giving back to the community, so supporting the people who support us has always been a part of how we do business. The inGrained Foundation will now manage our donations going forward, together with raising further funds to create social change,” Ben said.
A Director of the inGrained Foundation, Jasmin Daly said it plans to be a sustainable not for profit by investing a portion of the funds in ethical investments.
“We are focused on building a pool of funds, so that investment income can form a part of future funding streams. This means the community can rely on us to be helping out their future generations,” she said.
The inGrained Foundation will partner with aligned charities to create progress in their communities whilst also being able to provide timely support when the local community needs it most. In the future, a granting program will be established providing a mechanism for charitable organisations to apply for funding.
To find out more and keep up to date with the inGrained Foundation’s developments and community activity, check out their website www.ingrainedfoundation.com.au.
Sydney’s largest celebration of beer returns for 2018. SBW18 will run from 26th October to 4th November. The world-class celebration of beer will unite over 7000 beer lovers for a festival of food, beer, entertainment and culture across greater Sydney.
With the inaugural year organising the festival under their belt, the SBW team were thrilled with the success of SBW17 that saw over 7000 registered attendees across 136 events.
Featured events of SBW18 will include the SBW Opening Gala returning to The Sydney Maritime Museum, The Sydney Beer Awards and the hot-ticketed Hair of the dog breakfast where guests will indulge in a beer and food matching menu to round out the festival.
Festival events will be arranged into five streams – Food, Education, Activities, Showcase and Industry. Liam Pereira, Sydney Beer Week General Manager, is aiming to raise the profile of SBW in 2018 “as the local beer community continues to grow, we are looking to improve on previous SBW activations as well as develop new and exciting events that appeal to a range of beers fans including the beer styles they love and those they are ready to explore”.
Official registrations for venues open are opening soon and we encourage all licensed pubs, bars, clubs, breweries, brasseries, cafes, restaurants, art galleries and live music venues to register and be part of the largest celebration of beer in Sydney.
Any venues interested in participating can contact SBW who has staff available to assist with event development. Register @ www.sydneybeerweek.com.au
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How does Australian-brewed Guinness really compare?
Guinness brewed in Australia has never been more faithful to that produced in Ireland, the brewer says, but not everyone is convinced.
The common refrain that Guinness is at its best in Ireland is an “old wive’s tale”, Guinness ambassador Domhnall Marnell told Brews News.
“It’s something that people just believe without having the facts to back it up. When they leave the country they just expect that they won’t get a good pint because that’s what they’ve heard,” he said.
“The quality over here is almost the exact same as what we have in Ireland. If you took an Irish pint and put it right beside a pint here in Sydney, one that was served the right way, poured the right way, served in the right glass at the right temperature, you’d have a very hard time telling the difference. That’s my honest opinion.”
Totally different: Cassie O’Neill
But Ireland-born Cassie O’Neill, Stomping Ground brewery representative and a Certified Cicerone, says the Australian version bears no resemblance to that of Ireland.
“It’s a totally different beer. There is no comparison, I can’t drink it here. It’s the consistency, it’s so watery here and so acidic and bitter,” she said.
Cassie O’Neill of Stomping Ground
“When I went back home after living here for three years and I drank my first Guinness… it doesn’t even compare.”
Marnell, who was in Australia in the lead-up to St Patrick’s Day, says production quality and service standards have never been better for Guinness in Australia, though he acknowledges this may not always have been so.
“I think the case for a long time is that abroad, it was difficult to get a good pint and I’m not just talking about in Australia,” he said.
“I’m taking about 20 or 30 years ago… perhaps the quality wasn’t there, perhaps people weren’t keeping it at the right temperature or pouring it the right way.
“Lion have been taking care of distribution of the beer for the last five years or so and they’ve just been doing an absolutely fantastic job.
Guinness ambassador Domhnall Marnell
“I’ve been doing quite a lot of quality work with the bars since I’ve been here, and the standards are a lot better than I was expecting… to be completely honest I think the quality over here is at an all time high.”
Paddy’s Day beer from Stomping Ground
Stomping Ground has collaborated with Teeling Irish Whiskey on a beer that has been specially designed to be served in a boilermaker pairing at selected venues across Melbourne in time for St Patrick’s Day, Saturday March 17.
“It’s a delicious 4.5 per cent ABV coffee stout aptly called ‘Snakes Out’ (legend has it that St. Patrick was the person to rid Ireland of snakes!) which also uses beans from Proud Mary Coffee Roasters and will be available at selected pubs around Melbourne for St Patrick’s Day,” says Teeling’s local ambassador Martin Lynch.
“We became good friends with the Stomping Ground guys after meeting them at events around Melbourne and we were immediately wowed by their story and amazing beers.
“We both share so many synergies as two urban-based innovative producers, who have revived our respective crafts in inner-city suburbs, which had been former hubs of brewing and distilling but the industries had died out in recent times.”
The power of sour has overtaken us as we release one of our favourite kegged beers into tinnies, cue Citray Sour.
We initially produced this beer in keg only format at the end of last year as a one-off release when we came across a gorgeous looking locally grown parcel of oranges. However due to the overwhelming response by punters and along with our team’s enthusiasm to present a Farmhouse Sour in a can, the CITRAY SOUR was born. A long awaited sibling to our Farmhouse Style Pale Ale the URBAN PALE.
Weighing in at 4.5% ABV with a very simple malt bill, this super refreshing straw coloured Orange Farmhouse Sour Ale utilises the natural microbes that live harmoniously within the brewery’s walls to naturally sour this ale which is loaded with real citrus (grown right here in Victoria) to the maximum and of course is fermented with our signature La Sirène House Yeast.
The CITRAY SOUR very much represents everything we love to do here at La Sirène, namely creating world class Farmhouse Ales (including Saisons) which showcase the provincial nature and versatility of these diverse and delicious styles.
TASTING NOTES: Expect aromatics of creamy citrus with bright orange top notes, whilst on the palate it’s a fruity number that is unmistakably, mouth-wateringly sour with real orange citrus.
A long running dispute between two companies over brewing equipment assets was back before the Supreme Court of NSW this week.
Icon Brewing filed a summons in August 2017 seeking that its former packaging partner Boka Beverages be restrained from selling or dealing in any way with Icon’s brewing equipment.
Icon and Boka met in court on Wednesday March 14 for a directions hearing relating to the equipment matter, which is separate to the contractual dispute between the parties, for which judgment is still pending.
Icon alleges in a Statement of Claim dated October 2017 that its representatives attended Boka’s premises last August to inspect the equipment and found that a Keg Boy keg washer and filler was missing, as were laboratory equipment and a filtration unit.
The company is seeking “damages for the detention of/conversion of the equipment” from Boka, and costs.
Boka denies that it removed the abovementioned equipment in its defence filed in February 2018.
“To the extent that such debt is determined to be due and payable by [Icon to Boka], such amount is raised as a set-off against any claim against [Icon] found to be due and payable in these proceedings,” Boka’s defence says.
Passengers on Sydney ferries going to and from Circular Quay to Manly can now purchase beers from a 4 Pines Ferry Bar.
Harbour City Ferries awarded the bar contract to 4 Pines Brewing Company following a competitive tender.
The brewer will offer a range of canned products as well as non-alcoholic beverages and food items on the four Manly ferries Narrabeen, Collaroy, Queenscliff and Freshwater, seven days week.
The available 4 Pines beers include Indian Summer Ale, American Pale Ale, In Season IPA as well as Brookvale Union Ginger Beer.
Food will be available throughout the day and 4 Pines beers will be available from 4 to 8pm and on some ferries from 4 to 9pm.
“The move brings Sydney into line with ferry services around the world and Australia, offering a bar service,” managing director Martin Kearney said.
“Sydney ferries are popular with tourists and I am certain the prospect of an iconic Australian beer such as 4 Pines will appeal to many of them. It’s just the latest move by Harbour City Ferries to improve the customer experience on our ferries. Extra security will be on board during the peak times of operation,” he said.
“We have listened to what our customers want and believe the bar service on Manly ferries adds an enjoyable dimension to the journey of regular commuters and visitors to our city.”
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