Everyone’s heard of Triple J’s Hottest 100, but did you know there’s a Hottest 100 countdown for beer?

Australia Day: what seems to be the end of the festive season and the last of the drinking spree for a while. Kids heading back to school shortly after, bills coming in from the Christmas expenses, and any summer fun coming to an end. Then the reality of work knocking at your door.  
The same weekend of Australia Day, Triple J...

In your latest fix of boozy knowledge — this time we’re looking at the history of ale. Plus, our pick of the best new local brews with a point of a difference to quench your thirst this summer.

If you’ve been following these write-ups from issue to issue, you’ll be a beer wiz by now—and schooling all the beer questions at trivia nights and dinner parties!

I recently read an article talking about beer sales being down in Australi...

Before you say you don’t like wheat beer, you need to read this! There are so many colours and styles available — next time you’re in a good beer pub or brewery, put your tastebuds to work.  

“I don’t like wheat beer!” I hear people say this so often. It’s the same as, “I don’t like chardonnay” or “I don’t drink merlot”.

I’m here to tell you, you probably haven’t found one you like yet. I’ve tried some amazing merlots from the...

The days are shorter, the mornings are crisp - the coldest season is now upon us. Yes, winter is here. Now is the time to batten down the hatches, get the slow cooker out and enjoy some nice big reds that have been in the cellar collecting dust. Or, for some of us, choose a large delicious dark ale can sip us sweet lullabies to sleep.  

These bigger, bolder beers collect dust right beside the Cabernet Sauvignon in the cellar an...

Gold Coast favourite Stone & Wood Brewing Co. has been going strong for a decade. ORM finds out what all the fuss is about.

Craft beer has blown up over the past few years with breweries opening every week to match the demand. I moved to the Gold Coast four years ago and there was only one brewery around. Now we have five to choose from on our doorstep and even more within an hour’s drive north, south, or inland to the Mount Ta...

Beer can be used to complement food just as much as wine. Here’s how.

As you dive further into the world of beer, you quickly realise you can match food with beer just the same as you can food to wine. In fact, beer can complement food better in some circumstances, as it can hold up to salt, whereas wine cannot.

If you have ever been to a wine dinner where the chef has made a perfectly matched dish to complement a wine and you h...

You’re probably thinking about a bunny hopping in the field right now, or maybe a kangaroo, but I’m not talking about that kind of hop – I’m talking about the hops that go into beer. Yes, the English language is stupid and there should be a different word for it altogether, but here’s what hops is all about.

Hops are an integral part of brewing a beer. There are four main ingredients in beer: water, malt, yeast and, yes, hops....

Craft beer is a trend that looks set to continue to soar in popularity. If you haven’t joined the club yet, it’s time – and you don’t even need to travel far to get tasting.

Craft beer and burgers, craft beer and dumplings, craft beer and live music, craft beer and… There is no doubt that craft beer is a continually growing industry and not just in Australia, this is an internationally growing market. 

Australia is following clo...

January 11, 2018

So, what is beer? When you ask people, a lot of people (older gentlemen in particular) answer ‘well it’s 95% water.’ They don’t necessarily know the rest, but that is true! Essentially, beer is 95% water mixed with hops, yeast and malt. Sometimes some spices or fruit added to the mix.  Simple right? Not quite.
Beer is a very diverse alcoholic drink that has been around for centuries and when you dig deep into the history, it i...

April 10, 2016

Australian drinkers are becoming more discerning in their tastes. There is increased demand for more taste, a purer product and a move to a cleaner, greener lifestyle. Salt Bar is leading the way by embracing the cultural shift and helping to drive the growth in the craft beer market, right here on the Coast.  

They’re the new breed of beer drinkers – a discerning bunch who, if you offered them a mainstream brew, might well te...

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