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Beer is a Conversation: Chris Kelly

This week on Beer is a Conversation, Matt is joined by Chris Kelly from East Coast Canning. Chris established Australia’s first mobile canning business, and now operates three mobile lines and services across Australia’s East Coast.


Radio Brews News Episode 162

This week on Radio Brews News Pete, Matt and James are live from Byron Bay after a trip to Stone & Wood. They discuss Stone & Wood’s trademark appeal, another brewer who has trademarked the colour of beer and the Queensland Government’s plan for craft beer.


Radio Brews News Episode 161

This week on Radio Brews News Pete and Matt are joined by marketing guru Zoe Ottawa. They discuss Brewdog’s recent marketing fail with their “Pink IPA” and why Malt Brewing had to rebrand as Revel.



This week on Beer is a Conversation, we have a long chat with Greg Koch, co-founder of San Diego’s Stone Brewing. Brews News first chatted with Greg back in 2010 when he was actively campaigning against the grey importing of Stone beers into Australia. At that time many drinkers took the view, “what’s the harm? Sure the beer isn’t always great - but it will still be good and at least I get to taste the great beers of the craft brewing world.” But Greg slapped that argument down with the...


Radio Brews News Episode 160

This week on Radio Brews News guest host Steve ‘Hendo’ Henderson from Rockstar Brewer shares his views on date coding and why Greg Koch from Stone Brewing backtracked on his earlier decision not to sell Stone in Australia.


Radio Brews News Episode 159

Pete Mitcham and Matt Kirkegaard are joined by guest host Pia Poynton from Girl + Beer to discuss the news of the week, including whether governments are sending mixed messages about alcohol.


Beer is a Conversation: Steve Carpenter

This week on Beer is a Conversation, James Atkinson and Pete Mitcham are joined by Steve Carpenter, Chief Operations Officer at Yakima Chief-Hopunion, a global hop supplier headquartered in Yakima USA. His family has been growing hops in the Yakima Valley since 1869, so it’s fair to say the business of hop growing is in his blood. He talked about current trends in the hop sector and the challenges facing growers in a rapidly evolving craft beer market. Enjoy the conversation.


Radio Brews News Episode 158

This week on Radio Brews News we welcome Pete Mitcham back and get his thoughts on the BewDog announcement as well as discuss the other news of the week including the Pirate Life grant and sporting sponsorships.


Radio Brews News Episode 157

This week on Radio Brews News the editorial team are joined by Cassie O’Neill, Australia’s first female certified Cicerone and Stomping Ground brewery’s sales representative, to discuss the beer news of the week.


Beer Is a Conversation: Steve Drissell

This week on Beer is a Conversation we have the last interview from our recent swing through Sydney' inner-west breweries and feature our conversation with Steve Drissell of Sydney’s Staves Brewery. Hidden away in a back alley in Glebe, Staves is one of Sydney’s more unique brewery venues, featuring English-style pub atmosphere and a live performance space that is well known on the city’s music and comedy circuit. Staves has continually impressed with its idiosyncratic line-up of beers,...


BrewDog's Brisbane

This is a special edition of Radio Brews News. Today Scottish brewery BrewDog has announced Brisbane will be the home of its new Australian brewery. The Queensland capital beat out rival Newcastle - and even South Australia - for the brewery’s attention. Brews News had the chance to sit down with BrewDog’s Australian Director - their Top Dog as she is known - Zahra Prior, and co-founder Martin Dickie for a quick chat about the brewing company’s plans, why they chose Brisbane and also a...


Beer is a Conversation: Mick Bain

This week on Beer is a Conversation we have our second last interview from our series of interviews in Sydney's inner West. This time our conversation is with Mick Bain of Sydney’s Royal Albert Hotel. A longtime hospitality professional, Mick bought the Albert in 2011 and has since turned it into one of Australia’s top craft beer venues. A passionate advocate for independently brewed beer, Mick has also recently taken a minor stake in West Australian brewery Beer Farm. He’s never short...


Radio Brews News Episode 156

Thanks to Cryer Malt, this week on Radio Brews News the editorial team discuss the beer news of the week. We discuss the biggest story of the week, the results of the GABS Hottest 100 Craft Beers, including: Ale of a Time’s social media highlights Having spent too much time discussing the Hottest 100 with great seriousness, we then discuss how craft beer culture has become social shorthand for taking things too seriously, as explained in this article from Good Beer Hunting. You can...


GABS Hottest 100 Live Countdown

Welcome to a special podcast from the Australian Brews News team. Thanks to Bintani, we ran a live broadcast of the last two hours of the GABS Hottest 100 craft beers of 2017. We broadcast live from Balter, who ended up being named #1 in the poll. We chose Balter early in the voting process, well before the results were known, which turned out well for the show. While we managed to keep the show pretty on track despite a number of planned and unplanned guests dropping by the studio,...


Beer is a Conversation: Topher Boehm

This week on Beer is a Conversation we continue the series of interviews that we recorded during our swing through Sydney’s inner -west last December and we meet Topher Boehm from Wildflower Brewing and Blending. In an increasingly congested craft beer market it can be hard for a business to be unique, but Topher is doing a great job of standing out from the pack. Wildflower isn’t a brewery, Topher works with his friends down the road at Batch to make the wort he uses before taking it to...


Radio Brews News: Episode 155

On Radio Brews News the Brews News editorial team discuss the beer news of the week. This week Pete, James and Matt discuss: 49 new breweries in 2017 Are local breweries killing local bars? Watchdog clears Angry Cock cider Lion confirms MOCU closureIt's a good beer, Brent And much, much more. And finally, don't forget we will be counting down the last two hours of the GABS Hottest 100 live on Mixlr. You can either download the Mixlr app to listen on the go or listen and join the...


Beer is a Conversation: Matt King and Glenn Wignall

This week on Beer is a Conversation we join Matt King and Glenn Wignall of Sydney’s The Grifter Brewing Company in their brewery bar in Enmore, Sydney. Starting out in 2012 as a gypsy brewer, The Grifter has since opened its own brewery and taproom where the guys are turning out some great beers in what is undoubtedly one of the country’s most visually appealing venues. Matt Kirkegaard, Pete Mitcham and James Atkinson visited just before Christmas to find out a bit more about The...


Beer is a Conversation: Chris Sidwa / Andrew Fineran

This week on Beer is a Conversation we join Chris Sidwa and Andrew Fineran in the bar at Batch Brewing Company. It’s been two years since we last chatted with Batch on Radio Brews News. This time we visited the brewery just before Christmas for a glass of their raspberry farmhouse ale Chapeau, and chatted about topics including the evolution of the Marrickville locale, where they first established a beachhead for craft beer in late 2013. Over that time two mates making beer has grown to a...


Radio Brews News Episode 152

On Radio Brews News the Brews News editorial team discuss the beer news of the week. This week, our last Radio Brews News for 2017, we also look at the highs and lows, bests and worsts of 2017 and look ahead to 2018. We also look at one big story for the week, James' story about brewers’ corporate tax contributions. Beer is a Conversation will continue over the break with interview from our recent travels through Sydney's inner west. The Radio Brews News team wishes all of our listeners...


Beer is a Conversation: Haydon Morgan

This week we join Haydon Morgan at the Malt Shovel Brewery in Sydney. Haydon recently took over the reins of the home brewery of the James Squire brands from Chris Sheehan. Having attained the highest level of brewing qualification offered by the Institute Of Brewing and Distilling, Master Brewer, Haydon joins Malt Shovel from the Tooheys brewery in Sydney, where he worked in roles including technical brewer, as well as acting head brewer. We talk about his plans for Malt Shovel,...


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