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The Kosciuszko is the world’s richest country race.

Lion is pleased to be the naming sponsor of the world’s richest country race on Everest Day at Royal Randwick this October.

Racing NSW today announced the new $1.3 million race – The Kosciuszko. The race will be restricted to NSW country-trained horses, who will get a chance to compete on the biggest day of racing in Australia with more than $16 million of prize money on offer.

James Brindley, Managing Director of Lion Beer Australia, said Lion was proud to be associated with the Kosciuszko Race.

“Lion has a long association with racing in Australia, and our support for The Kosciuszko will continue this great tradition,” he said.

“We are particularly proud to be supporting country racing and country pubs, which are both integral to communities across regional and rural New South Wales.

“It is fitting that the race and the beer are both named after Australia’s highest peak – perfect to showcase the pinnacle of country racing and the very best in brewing.”

The race’s namesake is Kosciuszko Pale Ale, which was born at the Kosciuszko microbrewery in Jindabyne in 2009.

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This week on Beer is a Conversation Matt Kirkegaard has a long-over-due chat with brewer Michael Capaldo.

In a career spanning more than a decade Michael has gone from working as a packaging assistant with Little Creatures to a production brewing role with Gage Roads while completing a Graduate Diploma of Brewing through Edith Cowan University. He then took the reins as head brewer for Sydney Brewery and Lovedale Brewery where he led the team to winning trophies at the Australian International Beer Awards and Royal Sydney Show within it’s very first year of operation in 2014.

In 2017 Michael moved from the production side of the industry to take up a sales role at Hop Products Australia working to provide on-the-ground support to brewers across News South Wales and Queensland.

Enjoy the Conversation.

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For lease – Unique new venue opportunity with rooftop bar in Crows Nest

Currently being offered For Lease is a prime purpose built freestanding licensed bar/restaurant venue at 6-8 Falcon Street, Crows Nest, which is sure to become a landmark for the North Shore of Sydney.

The venue:

  • 293 patron capacity
  • property enjoys a high exposure corner location in the heart of Crows Nest
  • ideal location within Crows Nest entertainment and dining precinct
  • property is situated in between the Crows Nest Hotel and the recently completed Woolworths shopping complex which includes a multi level Council car park providing over 300 car parking spaces
  • benefits from an existing On Premises Liquor Licence allowing midnight trade
  • bus stop at the front door
  • character building with high ceilings, open layout and excellent natural light
  • easy loading access available via Willoughby Lane directly into the property
  • easily accessible from nearby North Sydney and the Sydney CBD
  • property is set to benefit from the transformation of the area and high rise development triggered by the construction of the Crows Nest Sydney Metro train station approximately 275 metres away
  • long term generous lease deal on offer

The property has previously been used as a restaurant/bar with all services in place including air-conditioning, commercial kitchen services, grease trap, high capacity mechanical ventilation/exhaust system, toilet amenities, bin storage and dumb waiter elevator.

The existing building is approx 382m² configured over two levels which can be leased as is, however the property enjoys the benefit of a recent Development Approval permitting an innovative design for the adaptation of the existing roof top area to incorporate a roof top terrace area and additional mezzanine level (increasing the overall building area to 557m²) with the objective of creating both a unique and recognised venue for the area.

The property enjoys an easily accessible location and is well located to the new Crows Nest Sydney Metro train station, which is anticipated to improve transport links to the Crows Nest area as well as support a vibrant and active street character: https://www.sydneymetro.info/station/crows-nest-station

The venue is set to benefit from the transformation of the area and high rise development triggered by the construction of the Crows Nest Sydney Metro train station. Crows Nest was named as one of the 15 “New Priority Precincts” to be fast tracked for development and population growth: http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Plans-for-your-area/Priority-Growth-Areas-and-Precincts/St-Leonards-and-Crows-Nest

Crows Nest is on the cusp of undergoing a significant transformation, making the location especially worthy of consideration. Ideally located freestanding buildings in the area such as this are already becoming difficult to secure and will likely become increasingly difficult to secure as the area is redeveloped.

Interested experienced operators please email jamesfarr123@me.com or call 0402 918 321 or 0412 351 744 for further information.

Alternatively, if this opportunity is not for you and you refer this opportunity to a suitably experienced operator, providing you were the first to introduce the property to them, we will pay you a referral fee of $10,000 in the event they lease the property (just CC us in on your referral email to them for our records).

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A seven year itch has resulted in an award-winning lager for Eagle Bay Brewing Co at this year’s Perth Royal Show Beer Awards.

With seven years of experience behind them, Head Brewer and Co-Founder of Eagle Bay Brewing Co Nick d’Espeissis, said it was time to freshen up the brewery’s core range.

Nick admitted that the idea, albeit a little crazy, was to come up with three additional lager styles and present them, along with the existing Vienna lager, to the public to vote on.

“We wanted to bring this one to the people, because lager is such a people’s beer,” he said.

“It was really great to see beer lovers come out and put their opinion to the vote.”

“Lagers are summer beers that are easy-to-drink and best enjoyed with a bunch of friends.”

“But they’re are not all created equal. We wanted to try a few options that played on different flavours and aromas.”

The resulting beers included a Munich helles lager, a pilsner and a rye-based new world lager. They were served at a variety of local venues that serve Eagle Bay’s beers,including The Firestation, Petition Beer Corner and Mane Liquor Car Park festival.  

Of the 1,200 recorded votes, the new world lager took out the number one spot. Brewed with European new world hops. Nick said that he liked the idea of a new world European hop to challenge the more traditional European lager styles.

When Eagle Bay began brewing seven years ago, the core range included a Kolsch, an American Pale Ale, an English Mild, an ESB and the Vienna Lager, as well as a seasonal release.

Depending on the successes of his seasonal releases, Nick has rotated beers in and out of the core range. Having replaced the ESB with a Black IPA and the English Mild with an Amber Ale last year, Nick said that he’d felt a “seven year itch” and thought it time to work on the lager category.

“We wanted to keep our offerings fresh in the public eye, and changing things up everyone now and again is a good thing.”

“I think that lager has always been prominent in the lives of the Australian beer drinker.”

“It’s always nice to give your own personal take on what that Australian beer style could be, or what the people that come to your brewery would like.”

“Lager for me, is a slightly more difficult thing to produce and do it well, but therein lies the challenge as a brewer.”

“It’s always good to challenge yourself,” Nick said.

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This week on Good Brews Week Matt is playing the role of Pete Mitcham who is overseas. He is joined by Zoe Ottaway from Totem Marketing and Steve ‘Hendo’ Henderson from Rockstar Brewer to discuss the beer news of the week.

This week sees us discuss:

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It was a happy homecoming to WA for a few of the State’s brewing alumni at last night’s Perth Royal Beer Show Awards.

Pirate Life, based in Adelaide but spearheaded by Sandgropers Jack Cameron and Jared Proudfoot, dominated the event by taking out the Beer and Beef Club Champion Beer for its Mosaic IPA.

And 3 Ravens, the Melbourne operation led by west coast-trained Brendan O’Sullivan, was deemed to be the Best Small Brewery in show.

There was also considerable success for locally-based brewers in the awards, which featured a 23 per cent increase in entries this year. Judges tasted around 700 beers.

Former Colonial lead brewer and Bintani’s current boss of Sales, Products and Development, Justin Fox, was again this year’s Head Judge. The awards are conducted by the Royal Agricultural Society of WA.

New players in the industry were also rewarded.

Blasta Brewing, which opened in Burswood three month ago, won Best Pale Ale (Draught) for its Grimster Rocks.

South West’s Margaret River Brewhouse, which has been open only 18 months, took home the champion trophy in the Stout/Porter (Draught) category after its Panther Cream impressed the judging panel.

And Hopped Up Brewery, based in the northern Perth suburb of Wangara, was deemed Best New Exhibitor. Hopped Up has had its Impala Pale Ale and Bavarian Lion Wheat Beer on WA shop shelves for six months.

Nail Brewing Australia continued its successful run by taking home the trophy for Best Reduced Alcohol beer (packaged) with MVP (3.4%). The same beer won a similar trophy at the Australian International Beer Awards in May.

Other trophy winners were –

  • Hopco Trophy for Champion Large Brewery – Lion
  • Edith Cowan University Trophy for Best Lager Packaged – Lion, James Boags Draught
  • Cryer Malt Trophy for Best Lager Draught – Eagle Bay Brewing Co., Lager
  • Container Refrigeration Trophy for Best Pale Ale Packaged – Pirate Life Brewing, Pirate Life Mosaic IPA
  • Royal Agricultural Society of WA Trophy for Best Dark Pale Ale Packaged – Boston Brewing Co., The Right
  • Royal Agricultural Society of WA Trophy for Best Dark Ale Draught – Innate Brewers, Bullet Proof Black
  • Edith Cowan University Trophy for Best Stout/Porter Packaged – Colonial Brewing Co., Porter
  • Hopco Trophy for Best Stout/Porter Draught – Brewhouse Margaret River, Panther Cream
  • Clancy’s Fish Pub Fremantle Trophy for Best Reduced Alcohol Draught – Riverside Brewhouse, Sour Cherry Ale
  • Royal Agricultural Society of WA Trophy for Best Wheat Beer/Belgian Packaged – 3 Ravens Brewery, Wild Ravens Golden Sour
  • Cryer Malt Trophy for Best Wheat Beer/Belgian Draught – Artisan Brewing, 2017 Quad
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The challenges of keeping an edgy and distinctive brand in a crowding market while staying within marketing guidelines have been highlighted through a series of recent marketing issues.

CUB-owned Pirate Life has deleted a series of social media posts this week, after suggestions the brewer was potentially targeting children through its posts. The Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code Scheme (ABAC) has also made a number of adverse findings against craft breweries for marketing identified as ‘potentially targeting minors’.

Pirate Life was criticised on social media for a post from the recent Beer and BBQ Fest that showed a person who had received a Pirate Life tattoo, together with a child’s hand sporting a Pirate Life logo as a temporary tattoo. The photo was accompanied with the caption, “Shout out to all of the legends, big and small, who continue supporting us! The commitment is real.”

Pirate Life’s deleted Facebook post

Brews News referred the issue to CUB and a spokesperson issued the following statement.

“We take responsible marketing very seriously and the post has been removed.”

The posts were removed prior to any complaint to ABAC, but other breweries have recently fallen foul of the voluntary code in a series of findings that could have a significant impact on beer-naming trends and marketing.

Last month, Western Australia’s Cheeky Monkey Brewery had a complaint against it upheld by the ABAC Adjudication Panel, over the naming of its Ri-beer-na Berliner Weisse.

An anonymous complaint was received claiming that the beer’s packaging mimics the branding of Ribena – “a drink targeted at children, could be mistaken as Ribena by a child, which is dangerous and has the appearance of a children’s drink”.

The Cheeky Monkey label subject to the complaint

Responding to the complaint, Cheeky Monkey pointed out that it was clearly stated, front and centre, in large text that the product is a “beer” and states the ABV in the bottom centre of the can to prevent any confusion.

“Therefore, I believe there to be no strong or evident appeal to minors,” the company said in its response.

The adjudication panel noted that the code “provides that an alcohol marketing communication including product names and packaging must not have strong or evident appeal to minors. Strong or evident appeal might arise if a marketing communication uses imagery designs or motifs that are likely to appeal strongly to minors or that create confusion with confectionary or soft drinks”.

It found that the product name and packaging was in breach of the ABAC standard, noting:

  • The product name is clearly a parody of the well-known blackcurrant-based soft drink, Ribena;
  • Ribena would generally be regarded by a reasonable person as a drink primarily targeting children;
  • The product packaging resembles Ribena in the use of purple colouring and depictions of blackcurrants;
  • The product packaging adopts a font style for the name which is identical or very similar to that employed on Ribena products;
  • While a reasonable person would likely understand the product to be a tongue in cheek play on the Ribena name the product packaging does create a potential confusion with the children’s drink Ribena; and
  • Taken as a whole, the similarity in the packaging’s design, colouring, and use of the font for the name would be taken as having a strong or evident appeal to minors.
Questions have been raised about Dainton Beer’s Skittle-Brau in the wake of earlier ABAC findings.

With parody advertising an increasing trend amongst breweries looking for an attention-grabbing label or interesting beer angle, the panel’s decision potentially causes issues for other breweries.

Social media has recently thrown up a number of other examples that potentially raise similar issues, including Dainton Beer’s Skittle-Brau and Cherry Gripe, brewed in collaboration with Clare Valley Brewing Co.

Dainton Beer’s Dan Dainton told Brews News that he didn’t think there was an issue, but took it seriously.

“It’s one of those things; it’s a beer. It’s sold in liquor stores and isn’t targeted at kids,” he said.

“I’d get it if it was being sold on supermarket shelves, but there is no way we are targeting it towards kids.”

“I’ve got kids and I am well aware of the issues with children and I would hate to see this as being seen as irresponsible.”

Kaiju Krush has changed the label of Krush, apparently to have it ranged by ABAC signatory retailers

While the code is voluntary and has no power to compel changes to marketing to non-signatories, signatories include major retailers Woolworths Liquor Group and an adverse determination against a non-signatory’s beer can see it taken off the shelves or a participating retailer.

It is understood that this saw Melbourne brewery Kaiju change the packaging for their successful Kaiju Krush!

Other breweries to fall foul of the code include Gage Roads, which was found to have included images of minors in a social media post and Lion’s 5 Seeds Cider for including a photo of a person under 25 in their social media post.

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Strap yourselves in for Beer is a Conversation this week, you’re in for a ride.

Matt was lucky enough to chat with Pink Boots founder, Teri Fahrendorf recently at BrewCon. Teri’s background as a brewer is of considerable experience and the beginnings of the Pink Boots Society is a must hear story. The conversation was so engaging and interesting that Matt and Teri ended up chatting for almost two hours.

We’ve broken up the podcast into 3 sections, all available now, so you can listen at your leisure.

The first part covers Teri’s background and career, the second, Pink Boots and how that came to be and then Teri’s current position as the first Malt Innovation Centre Manager for Great Western Malting Company in Vancouver, Washington.

If you’re heading to Portland, you can stay in Teri’s Brewmaster’s Cottage.

Enjoy the chat with Teri and let us know your thoughts.

If you like what we do at Radio Brews News you can help us out in a number of ways.

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You can also review us on iTunes or your favourite podcasting service.

Tell us what you think about what’s going on in the beer industry by emailing us at producer@brewsnews.com.au.

All letter writers will receive a brews news bottle opener, and our good friends at Beer Cartel sponsor our letter for the week. We will choose an email, a tweet or a comment each week and Beer Cartel will send you a mixed six-pack plus a Brews News bottle opener.

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For lease – Unique new venue opportunity with rooftop bar in Crows Nest

Currently being offered “FOR LEASE” is a prime purpose built freestanding licensed bar/restaurant venue at 6-8 Falcon Street, Crows Nest, which is sure to become a landmark for the North Shore of Sydney.

The venue:

  • 293 patron capacity
  • property enjoys a high exposure corner location in the heart of Crows Nest
  • ideal location within Crows Nest entertainment and dining precinct
  • property is situated in between the Crows Nest Hotel and the recently completed Woolworths shopping complex which includes a multi level Council car park providing over 300 car parking spaces
  • benefits from an existing On Premises Liquor Licence allowing midnight trade
  • bus stop at the front door
  • character building with high ceilings, open layout and excellent natural light
  • easy loading access available via Willoughby Lane directly into the property
  • easily accessible from nearby North Sydney and the Sydney CBD
  • property is set to benefit from the transformation of the area and high rise development triggered by the construction of the Crows Nest Sydney Metro train station approximately 275 metres away
  • long term generous lease deal on offer

The property has previously been used as a restaurant/bar with all services in place including air-conditioning, commercial kitchen services, grease trap, high capacity mechanical ventilation/exhaust system, toilet amenities, bin storage and dumb waiter elevator.

The existing building is approx 382m² configured over two levels which can be leased as is, however the property enjoys the benefit of a recent Development Approval permitting an innovative design for the adaptation of the existing roof top area to incorporate a roof top terrace area and additional mezzanine level (increasing the overall building area to 557m²) with the objective of creating both a unique and recognised venue for the area.

The property enjoys an easily accessible location and is well located to the new Crows Nest Sydney Metro train station, which is anticipated to improve transport links to the Crows Nest area as well as support a vibrant and active street character: https://www.sydneymetro.info/station/crows-nest-station

The venue is set to benefit from the transformation of the area and high rise development triggered by the construction of the Crows Nest Sydney Metro train station. Crows Nest was named as one of the 15 “New Priority Precincts” to be fast tracked for development and population growth: http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Plans-for-your-area/Priority-Growth-Areas-and-Precincts/St-Leonards-and-Crows-Nest

Crows Nest is on the cusp of undergoing a significant transformation, making the location especially worthy of consideration. Ideally located freestanding buildings in the area such as this are already becoming difficult to secure and will likely become increasingly difficult to secure as the area is redeveloped.

Interested experienced operators please email jamesfarr123@me.com or call 0402 918 321 or 0412 351 744 for further information.

Alternatively, if this opportunity is not for you and you refer this opportunity to a suitably experienced operator, providing you were the first to introduce the property to them, we will pay you a referral fee of $10,000 in the event they lease the property (just CC us in on your referral email to them for our records).

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Lion yesterday announced it has made a major play within the UK beer market this week, acquiring a 100 per cent stake in London-based Fourpure Brewing Company.

Brothers Dan and Tom Lowe – who will stay on in their respective roles of CEO and Brand Ambassador following the takeover – established Fourpure in 2013. The value of the transaction was not disclosed.

Fourpure sits on a 2km stretch in South East London known colloquially as the “Bermondsey Beer Mile,” currently home to nine breweries including The Kernel and Brew By Numbers. It recently invested £2m (A$3.56m) in a four-vessel, German-designed GEA brewhouse, as well as additional fermentation space that brings its total available capacity to 60,000hl.

The expansion means that of London’s current total of 114 breweries, it’s now the fourth largest in the city, behind Fuller’s, Camden Town and Meantime respectively.

The news of Fourpure’s acquisition won’t come as a surprise to industry spectators. The Lowe brothers have always played a straight bat with their brand, putting a great deal of focus on mainstream markets such as the UK’s largest grocery chain, Tesco.

Consumers may also not be overwhelmed to hear of the deal. Unlike some industry peers, Fourpure has not relied on building a great deal of emotional investment in its brand.

The same can’t be said of fellow London brewery Beavertown, which three weeks ago sold an undisclosed minority stake to Heineken for a reported £40 million (A$71m.)

Beavertown founder Logan Plant (son of Led Zeppelin frontman Robert) had relied on something of an anti-multinational rhetoric in the past. This apparent u-turn, coupled with consumer attachment to the brand, caused considerable backlash on social media. There was evidence of this within the industry too, with 46 of the 90 breweries booked for its Extravaganza beer festival pulling out in the wake of the deal.

Fourpure CEO Dan Lowe’s approach to the acquisition was refreshing, compared to previous takeover announcements that have often relied on reassuring consumers that nothing would change.

“We’re not going to say nothing will change,” Dan Lowe told Good Beer Hunting.

What would be the point of doing it if nothing was changing?”

Londoners are no strangers to brewery takeovers. Meantime was acquired by SAB Miller in April 2015 before being divested to Asahi only a year later, when Miller merged with industry giant AB InBev.

ABI then snapped up Camden Town Brewery in December 2015, before Denmark’s Carlsberg made its move acquiring London Fields Brewery in July 2017. As well as Beavertown, Heineken also acquired a 49 per cent stake in South London’s Brixton Brewery in November 2017.

While the niche consumer may move on from the likes of Fourpure and Beavertown – as they in turn shoot for mainstream growth – this opens up room in the market for smaller independents.

It’s not just London breweries that will look to capitalise on this either, with breweries from outside the city such as Bristol’s Moor and Manchester’s Cloudwater just two examples of outsiders opening taprooms and distribution centres in the city.

With Fourpure now nestled within a portfolio that includes Little Creatures, Panhead Custom Ales and Emerson’s, Lion will be confident it has the tools at its disposal to make a serious play within the UK craft beer market. It will be interesting to see how the multinational balances the needs of its new acquisition against increasing activity for its Little Creatures brand in this territory. All eyes will now be on Lion as it looks to position itself within the UK market.

Matthew Curtis is a freelance beer writer and photographer based in London, UK. He is the UK Editor for Good Beer Hunting.

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