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’tis the season…

As the mercury drops and the days become shorter, I yearn for a tipple that warms the cockles of my heart. No longer the season for light salads, alfresco meals or iced teas, no sir. ’tis the season for meat-laden stews by the fire, layered clothing, pale skin and beers as dark as the afternoon sky. … Continue reading

Matilda Bay – Long Shot

[tweetmeme] Well it’s been nearly 2 months since my last post. Now, if I may speak over the deafening roar of those disappointed at the news of my return, I’d like to explain the reasons behind my sabbatical. On May 5th 2010, my wife and I welcomed the arrival of our first child – a … Continue reading

‘Hef’ Hefeweizen

[tweetmeme] Another day, another hefeweizen tasting, or so it would seem. This time, I’m road-testing Burleigh Brewing Co’s latest offering, Hef. If you’re a regular reader of FoodstuffMelb, you may recall that I previously tasted another offering from the team at BBC, Bighead Beer. Thankfully, Hef’s label isn’t adorned with creepy big-headed babies in nappies, … Continue reading


[tweetmeme] It’s not every day you come across a beer called ‘pig-dog’, so when Schweinhund was recommended to me at my local Prince Wine Store I found it hard to resist. Schweinhund is brewed by Brewboys, a microbrewery in metropolitan Adelaide, South Australia. I am yet to taste anything by these boy who brew, who … Continue reading

Bighead Beer

I must confess I bought this beer to try on one premise and one premise alone. The creepy, big-headed baby in a nappy on the label. Well that and the fact it’s “australia’s First No carb beer” [sic]. After all, I’m a sucker for marketing. Babies in nappies aside, Bighead is a product of Burleigh … Continue reading

Boatrocker Brewing Co.

In a quest to drink my way around the microbreweries of Victoria and beyond, I stumbled across Boatrocker Brewing Company’s, Alpha Queen. Boasting the tag-line: “Highly Hopped Ale”, the Alpha Queen is one hell of a matriarch. Brewed with the use of NZ Super Alpha hops and finished with Cascade, the Alpha Queen is a … Continue reading

Little Creatures Dining Hall

Another day, another trip to Fitzroy’s Little Creatures. First and foremost, I must confess I love this place, therefore my opinion may be slightly bias. However in saying that, Little Creatures can, and does, stand on its own two feet. Located on Brunswick Street in Melbourne’s more arto precinct, Little Creatures is effectively a beer … Continue reading

Mata Beer

Whilst on a visit to the South Melbourne markets, I happened across a little NZ beer called Mata. Apparently meaning rawness, freshness or edge, Mata delivers three beers in its range, namely the “palate cleansing, spritzy fruit ale” Feijoa, the Manuka: a “smooth, clean tasting golden coloured ale, edged with a hint of NZ’s native … Continue reading

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