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Victorian microbreweries showcase

Check out locally made craft brews at Federation Square. This is an opportunity to meet the brewers and discover the secrets of the state’ s great beers. Try not to get bladdered, please.     Where:  When: Time: Cost:  The Atrium @ Fed Square 27th & 28th February 2008 4.30pm – 8.00pm Tasting tickets $25 (plus $2 deposit) -includes 20 tastings (60ml) and $5 food voucher

Victorian Microbreweries showcase

Check out locally made craft brews at Federation Square. This is an opportunity to meet the brewers and discover the secrets of the state’s great beers. Try not to get bladdered, please.     Where:  When: Time: Cost:  The Atrium @ Fed Square 27th & 28th February 2008 4.30pm – 8.00pm Tasting tickets $25 (plus $2 deposit) -includes 20 tastings (60ml) and $5 food voucher  

Friday night is local brew night

Friday night is local brew night

This place is only 5km from my front door by foot. But it is hard to find. Walk down Clarendon Street and turn first right after Market St. I know you are worried about ducking down a dark alley in South Melbourne. With its proximity to the Crown Casino this is brothel territory where winners celebrate (so the legend goes). But fear not. Down the alley on the left is a small non-descript warehouse with a roller door. The only […]

Nothing queer about alcoholic ginger beer

Nothing queer about alcoholic ginger beer

Politically correct ginger beer: what’s wrong with this picture?  Well Jeremy Clarkson is in trouble again. This time for describing a car as being “very ginger beer”. It didn’t matter that an audience member of Top Gear said it was a bit gay. Just that he used the rhyming slang. Well there is plemty of political correctness on this blog and this ginger beer here is straight up and down with one major twist – alcohol. In fact, it is […]

Beer: not foolproof

Beer: not foolproof

Beer not only tends to create fools but is meant to be foolproof. You know, just crack the can or bottle and swig it down. Or just visit a pub. Then this 5 litre monster lands on my doorstep. Wow, that reminds me of my student days although I never did manage ten pints – about five litres – in one session. I pull out the knob, twidle the thingy and the beers only dribbles out. I’m meant to piece […]

Social beer experiment

Social beer experiment

There is no copyright on recipes (in most of the world) as there is on words or software. Still, this was no barrier to the Copenhagen-based art collective Superflex to release an open source recipe for beer. Writing in Wired, Laurence Lessig the father of the Creative Commons license says: “What makes Free Beer free is the same thing that makes free software free: Its recipe is open and licensed freely. Anyone can make improvements. But anyone who distributes an […]

World cup beer round-up

Well big and little m’s efforts at World Cup and Plate of matching food and drink through the world cup put my efforts to shame. Of 32 countries they ate 24 different cousines in 31 days. Australia vs Italy. Italy wins. Lucky beer and the swollen liver. I’m losing it. Japan pisses all over Australia. England’s barmy beer too much for Paraguay Argentina’s beer fest overshadows Ivory Coast Trinidad and Tobago field a man’s beer against Sweden. I’ve still got […]

Beer world cup: Australia vs Italy

Beer world cup: Australia vs Italy

The trouble is that Australia just didn’t perform and for once the winner of this stage of the FIFA (Fuck I can’t Face Another) Beer World Cup. For this match I pitted Australian microbrewery drops with some mainstream Italian. First the Holgate Brewhouse Mt Macedon Pale Ale (4.5 per cent),a great local beer. But despite resting on it’s side for four hours since shooting (the pic) shot its load. Most of its contents frothed out of the bottle leaving less […]

World cup fever – probably caused by swollen liver and too much beer

World cup fever – probably caused by swollen liver and too much beer

The pressure of trying to match beers to the FIFA World Cup football is taking its toll. Remember I’m in the city that Jerry Seinfeld described as the arse end of the world – geographically speaking. Watching the world cup in Melbourne means very late nights and early mornings. My face is permanently embossed with the pattern of sofa fabric while somehow I have to remove a week’s worth on congealed drool from what was once a desirable object. And […]