ANHC 2012 announced

   Posted by: admin   in beer, Homebrew

This is one of those moments of things just happening at the right time. I was having a conversation with one of the crew from @WyeastLab about… well… yeast… and they mentioned catching up at @anhcthree . when they mentioned this I checked the website, and there was no mention of a 2012 ANHC (Australian National Homebrewers Conference). I hit up the website and sent them an email asking if there was to be another ANHC, and got a quick response from Jeff saying he was just updating the website.

So huzzah, http://www.anhc.com.au was announced today and the site is now live.

Check it out here… http://www.anhc.com.au/index.php/8-news/14-and-we-re-back


A bit of a smoker fest

   Posted by: admin   in Uncategorized

Folks who know me will understand some of my fascination with slow food, slow cooking and homebrew & craftbeer. Something that has evolved out of this is an exploration of the world of smokers and smoking. I’ve had a smoker since Christmas and have been running through some serious experiments attempting to understand the world of smoking meats.

So on a recent trip to Molalla, OR (USA) I was stoked to discover that the folk I was staying with were avid smokers, and had been running their current smoker for the last 15 years. Inspired, and armed with some tried and true Oregonian recipes, I have returned inspired to crank up my smoker and give it a hiding.
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Extending the microbreweries excise refund scheme

   Posted by: Wobbles   in beer, craftbeer

I spotted a tweet by Ben from Bridge Road Brewery earlier pointing to the changes in the exise refund for breweries.  Just thought I should repost the actual excerpt for folks interested in the changes.

RT @NakedNed: Excise relief for all brewers, = benefit to small craft brewers http://www.budget.gov.au/2012-13/content/bp2/html/bp2_revenue-09.htm

> excerpt from http://www.budget.gov.au/2012-13/content/bp2/html/bp2_revenue-09.htm

Extending the microbreweries excise refund scheme

Revenue ($m)

  2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15 2015‑16
Australian Taxation Office ‑2.5 ‑2.5 ‑2.5 ‑2.5

The Government will extend the current microbreweries excise refund scheme by increasing the maximum refund amount from $10,000 to $30,000 and removing the current production eligibility threshold of 30,000 litres of beer, with effect from 1 July 2012. The amendments will allow breweries to receive an excise refund of 60 per cent of excise paid, up to a maximum amount of $30,000 per financial year. They will also ensure that the refund does not penalise successful local breweries as they expand their production.

This measure is estimated to have a cost to revenue of $10.0 million over the forward estimates period.


Build your own Kegerator / Keezer

   Posted by: Wobbles   in Homebrew

Serious props to the lads over at http://www.northernbrewer.com/ for this very informative video.  Covers all the steps, and some good tips that I had not thought of.

So I had been in LA for the night, and none of my meetings (the real reason I am in the USA) had come through, so I was at a loose end.  Fortunately the international jetsetter @beermule suggested that if I had a car, I should jump in the car and head on down to Newport Beach. He also put me in touch with @BrewCoBrewer Derek who is the Brewer at @NBbrewco

At this stage I was keen to get out of Hollywood so I jumped in the rental and trekked down to Newport Beach.  It was only about 45mins in traffic so it seemed I had managed to avoid the infamous LA traffic that everyone complains about.  Derek was kind enough to give me a tour of their brewery and then take the time to talk me through a tasting flight of their beers.  It is always cool to be able to chat with the brewer while you are drinking their beer. I particularly enjoyed the Village Idiot IPA & the Me So Hoppy Double IPA, though the absolute standout of the set was the One Step Beyond Sour.  Every taste was a mouth puckering moment, but I just couldn’t stop drinking it.  Such an epic beer, and worth the drive just for that.

If you have time while you are in LA, its worth a drive down to Newport Beach to check out the selection at Newport Beach Brewing Company.  They don’t bottle their beers so you can only drink them on site but I didn’t mind so much as the suitcase was already full of beer I am not sure of how to get back to Australia…

Cheers for Derek for showing me around.  You can find out more about @NBBrewCo at http://www.newportbeachbrewingcompany.com/

Oh, on the way back I decided to drop by Newport Beach.  The folks were way too pretty for me…


USA Trip. Part 2 – @Hangar24Brewery

   Posted by: Wobbles   in beer, craftbeer

So on the way back from Big Bear, I stopped in at a local microbrewery at the bottom of the hill called Hangar 24.  A few of the Big Bear locals had been raving about this beer called the ‘Hammerhead’ and had mentioned the brewery as a worthwhile visit so I took a short detour off the highway to get there.  One local looked up the address then told me not to bother because the brewery was ‘7 miles off the highway’, but then conceded it might be worthwhile since I was already some 8,000 miles closer than I was last week…

They have a great selection of beers there.  Their tasting flight comes with a selection of  8 beers setup in their recommended tasting order, and accompanied with a sheet of tasting notes that were very helpful.  I particularly like their California Spring Beer and their Chocolate Porter was pretty damn tasty as well.  One thing I was rather intrigued with was their keg system.  From the board it looked like you could buy either 20L or 50L kegs of their beer, with a service for cleaning & refilling much like we do with Growlers in Australia.   Whilst not likely, that would be something great to see some of our local breweries experiment with… #hope

So if you find yourself either on your way too or on your way back from Big Bear and in need of a refreshing beverage, Hangar 24 is well worth the short detour off the main highway.  It also helps that the tasty flight is under $10.  (I think it was around $8)

To find out more, check out their site http://www.hangar24brewery.com/ or you can follow them on twitter as @Hangar24Brewery



USA Trip. Part 1

   Posted by: Wobbles   in beer, craftbeer

Greetings from the US.  I have finally managed to slow down enough to get a few pics online and write a few words about the trip so far.

The flight was long and uneventful.  The beer selection on the plane was terrible (a choice of either VB or Pure Blonde) but that was to be expected.  I guess it was a futile hope that they would put one drinkable beer on the plane.

First stop was LA, long enough to grab a rental and head up into the hills.

The first incorrect assumption was that because I was heading to a small mountain town, that there would be little to no craftbeer.  WRONG… The first place I walked into was the local Vons (think small supermarket) which had a range of Craft Beer to more than satisfy most Aussie Craft Beer enthusiasts.  It was a great view of just how strong the local Craft Beer scene is here.

The next thing that got me was the price….

  To say that craft beer is cheap over here is an understatement.  I remember having a conversation with friends only a week ago about how Saison Dupont is such great value buying it at $16-ish per 750ml bottle – then I walk in and buy Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale for US$4.49…

It is at this point its fair to say we went a little bit silly.  Maybe it was the jetlag.  Maybe it was the altitude or the crisp mountain air, or maybe it was just that there was this range of amazing US CraftBeer in front of me, for crazily cheap prices and I had the realisation that I only had 2 weeks to taste as many beers as possible….

Hot tip: go easy when drinking at altitude.  even though Craft Beer doesn’t give you a hangover like normal mass produced beer might it still hurts.

If you make it up to Big Bear, check out a Beer & Wine store called ‘The Home of the Hangover’.  True CraftBeer fans with a fantastic selection of beer.  I even managed to find a little rarity there which i now have to figure out how to bring home with me….

So anyway, that was Big Bear, and the start to my US trip. I have chucked a few extra pics below.



Edit:  I just found a few additional photos on Facebook of me trying to explain Craft Beer to some friends of mine.




Matilda Bay – new brewery and a new beer

   Posted by: Wobbles   in beer, Uncategorized

Ok, so I should have posted this a few weeks back, but things have been a bit hectic.  A few weeks back, we were invited to check out Matilda Bay Brewery’s new digs in Port Melbourne, and to taste their new beer, IGP (or Itchy Green Pants).  The beer was tasty, the food was great and a good time was had by all.

Here are some pics taken on our visit to the new Matilda Bay Garage Brewery.  Plenty of fun.  Cant wait to get back in there.

Cheers to the crew from Matilda Bay for their fine hospitality on the day.


dodgy as, but I love it! the stealth beer can.

   Posted by: Wobbles   in Uncategorized

Just spotted this stumbling around the interwebs.  It’s dodgy as, (who drinks beer out of cans…) but its pretty clever.


I am sure I have met this bloke…

   Posted by: Wobbles   in Uncategorized

Just spotted this on the interwebs.  I’m sure I have met this bloke at some stage….