The “Ahh” Moment – Burleigh Brewing’s Hassle Hop

Let me set the scene for you: It’s 6pm. The sun is just beginning to set over Far North Queensland. The Townsville temperature is sitting at 29°C, but in the shade, it’s a slight bit cooler. Surrounded by tropical plantation and chirping cockatiels, you sit down and dip your feet in the pool. The water is still warm from the days sun, but not so much that it’s not soothing. Then, you crack it; the perfect beer, for the perfect evening. An involuntary “ahhh” escapes your lips. This is the life. It can’t get much better than this. Continue reading

(Unofficial) Craft Beer Rising in Townsville

Some of you may have noticed a lack of information about “Craft Beer Rising” in my previous postings. I will admit, it’s due to a slight twinge of  bitterness and resentment. This doesn’t come from anything that the CBR14 crew did or any lack of interest in the events; quite the contrary. It stems from jealousy. You see, on the morning of Feb 22, I was on Qantas flight QF970 heading to sunny Townsville and have been here ever since. With a noticeable lack of good venues up here, it’s easy to see why I might harbour a bit of ill-will towards you lucky folks who got to attend the phenomenal events hosted across the country. Continue reading

Lonely Pint: A Brisbane Beer Travel Guide – Cartel

While I was on my travels to various places around the world, I thought to myself ‘Wouldn’t it be great if I had a Lonely Planet style book that would tell me where to go for a good drop?’. There are plenty of websites out there to find that information, but what I wanted was the hard facts; opening times, number of taps, variety, food etc. With that question still lingering in my mind, I decided to start up the “Lonely Pint” (see what I did there…) and highlight, in a travel guide fashion, the great places to drink in Brisbane. If you are new to this fair city, here on vacation, or just new to the whole Good Beer scene and would like to know where to go to explore deeper into it, this will hopefully be helpful.

This week, the quirky Cartel Bar on Caxton Street is our destination.

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What Happens in Brewsvegas, Stays in Brewsvegas

I, along with countless others, sat today with bated breath awaiting the release of the Brewsvegas calendar. After some “We’re a bit delayed this morning” tweets, the line-up was released and the flood gates of excitement were opened.
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Lonely Pint: A Brisbane Beer Travel Guide – Kerbside

While I was on my travels to various places around the world, I thought to myself ‘Wouldn’t it be great if I had a Lonely Planet style book that would tell me where to go for a good drop?’. There are plenty of websites out there to find that information, but what I wanted was the hard facts; opening times, number of taps, variety, food etc. With that question still lingering in my mind, I decided to start up the “Lonely Pint” (see what I did there…) and highlight, in a travel guide fashion, the great places to drink in Brisbane. If you are new to this fair city, here on vacation, or just new to the whole Good Beer scene and would like to know where to go to explore deeper into it, this will hopefully be helpful.

My favourite venue in the Valley is where we head this week: Kerbside.

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Lonely Pint: A Brisbane Beer Travel Guide – The Scratch

While I was on my travels to various places around the world, I thought to myself ‘Wouldn’t it be great if I had a Lonely Planet style book that would tell me where to go for a good drop?’. There are plenty of websites out there to find that information, but what I wanted was the hard facts; opening times, number of taps, variety, food etc. With that question still lingering in my mind, I decided to start up the “Lonely Pint” (see what I did there…) and highlight, in a travel guide fashion, the great places to drink in Brisbane. If you are new to this fair city, here on vacation, or just new to the whole Good Beer scene and would like to know where to go to explore deeper into it, this will hopefully be helpful.

Today, we look at a place where I first whet my “craft” chops: The Scratch

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