Beer & Cider

2015 AIBA Champions Collaborate on Limited Edition Beer

Champion Large, Medium and Small Australian Breweries of last year’s Australian International Beer Awards have begun producing the 2016 Collaborative Beer, scheduled to be unveiled at the 2016 AIBA Presentation Dinner during Melbourne’s Good Beer Week, Thursday 19 May. The Collaborative Beer is an initiative conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, the organisation … Continued

March 3, 2016

Tasmanian Cider Producers Get Ready for Mid-Winter Fest

The Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest is set to return for its third year this July, running between Friday 15 – Sunday 17. Over the three days, festival goers and local cider producers will celebrate the history of Tasmania’s ‘apple valley’ by reenacting pagan traditions used in the cider producing regions of south-west England. The festival will be located … Continued

March 2, 2016

Malt Fiction Releases Second Brew

South Australian brewing company Malt Fiction has released its second brew and first in can. Session Ale follows its older brother ’13’, the first beer launched by Malt Fiction in February last year. The beer is made from all natural ingredients and the brewery has added Amarillo hops to make it slightly bitter, but fruity and session-able. As … Continued

February 24, 2016

New Kegstar Appointments

Kegstar announced two new appointments this week as the keg rental and collection business prepares to expand globally. The company had already announced at the end of last year that it would be branching into Europe after one of its existing investors Brambles offered to acquire 100 per cent of the company, providing investment for … Continued

February 16, 2016

Rekorderlig Cider Releases Latest TVC

Rekorderlig Cider has released its latest TVC Silver Skaters, bringing to life its first ever global brand campaign. The new ad sees Australia’s number one cider brand take a slightly unusual, more authentic approach towards its Swedish heritage, with a scene that will certainly make you look or think twice. Set on the Torneträsk Lake, two unlikely bearded skaters, named after Rekorderlig … Continued

February 15, 2016

Asahi in Peroni Deal as Oceania Hits Targets

Asahi has proposed to acquire Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime beer brands from Anheuser-Busch InBev, subject to the completion of AB InBev’s acquisition of SABMiller. Asahi’s Oceania division has meanwhile increased its earnings ratio up to seven per cent of revenue for the financial year ended December 31. The Japanese company announced the €2.6 billion deal … Continued

February 11, 2016

Poll Indicates Next Big Thing in Craft Beer

India Pale Ale’s dominance of the GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers poll is arguably the first sign that Australian craft beer drinkers may follow the US in embracing the somewhat polarising beers of this style. In the US, IPAs accounted for less than eight per cent of the craft category in 2008, according to off-premise scan … Continued

February 11, 2016

Coopers to Launch Carlsberg Mid in Australia

Carlsberg has chosen Australia to be among the first markets globally to launch its new Carlsberg Mid 3.5%. The beer will be managed by Coopers Brewery and distributed through Premium Beverages. Coopers will also brew Carlsberg Mid locally, at its Regency Park headquarters. National Sales and Marketing Director, Cam Pearce, says the brewery believes there’s … Continued

February 10, 2016

Australian International Beer Awards Open for Entries

The 2016 Australian International Beer Awards – Australia’s largest annual beer competition – is now open for entries. Entries should be submitted online at and will close on Thursday 24 March. Brewers this year could stand to win from a number of 30 trophies, including the inaugural New World Pale Ale Trophy, which will recognise … Continued

February 9, 2016

Lion Managing Director Comments on Redundancies

39 redundancies from Boag’s Brewery in Launceston were announced this week, following Lion’s decision to move around 20 million litres of annual brewing volume from the site to the mainland. James Brindley, Managing Director of Lion Beer, Spirits & Wine Australia has said that the decision is not something the company has taken lightly. “This is … Continued

February 9, 2016