Beer is a Conversation: Ben KrausRadio Brews News add
This week’s guest is no stranger to listeners of the Radio Brews News Channel, Ben Kraus.
Back in 2005 Ben convinced his partner Maria to move from the Tirol region of Austria to Beechworth and open was was then called a microbrewery. Ben now says it was a pretty bold and naïve move for a couple of 24 year olds with $15000 as starting capital. However, 13 years later Bridge Road Brewers is going strong and is a community hub in its hometown of Beechworth, not to mention a mainstay of the national craft beer movement.
Ben is also a director of the Independent Brewers Association and is still outspoken on issues of craft, tap contracts, provenance and much, much more… all of which we canvass in this wide ranging discussion.
Enjoy the conversation.
Good Brews Week Episode 175Radio Brews News add
Beer is a Conversation: Kris DomagalaRadio Brews News add
A lot of great stories come out of the Australian International Beer Awards each year and none more so than this week’s guest.
Pete Mitcham recently caught up with Kris Domagala, who brews with our good friend Steve ‘Hendo’ Henderson at little known Melbourne Brewery, Brownstone Microbrewery. Brownstone surprised many - including Kris - when it was awarded the Gary Sheppard Trophy for best new exhibitor and a Gold medal for Kris’ pale ale at the recent awards.
Craft brewing is an industry that inspires many a homebrewer to say, I want to do that, and in many ways Kris typifies the journey that many of them are on in following their passion.
A programmer and app developer by profession, Kris has immersed himself in the beer world as a long-time member of the Brisbane Amateur Beer Brewers club, where he also served as Brewmaster, not to mention won awards for his brews. He has stewarded at the Qld Amateur Brewing Championship and the AIBAs, and done work experience at breweries in Qld and his new hometown of Melbourne.
He recently put his programming career on hold and divides his time brewing at Brownstone and working the bar at Stomping Ground while he makes plans his own brewery.
Enjoy the conversation.
Good Brews Week Episode 174Radio Brews News add
This Good Brews Week Pete and Matt are joined by Dr. André Sammartino to discuss the beer news of the week.
André is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management & Marketing at the University of Melbourne and his main research interests are at the intersection of international business and strategic management. His recent projects have looked at the geographical reach of multinationals, reconfiguration of international competitive advantages, and the cognitive processes of individual executives making international decisions.
He was the right guest in the right week as this week we look at:A first-of-its-kind coastal shipping service for craft brewers Andre's own article: Despite our growing taste for craft brews, smaller beer makers face a huge disadvantage $15-million brewing collaboration centre announced for Brisbane
Beer is a Conversation: Nick BootsRadio Brews News add
A little over a month ago the Federal Government announced changes to the excise system that will see the excise brewers pay on smaller keg formats fall to match that of the traditional 50 litre kegs.
This had been lobbied for by small brewers for several years, and was touted to have a range of benefits across things such as workplace health and safety, beer freshness and the range of venues stocking keg beer.
Given how long brewers had been lobbying for the change, the response from some brewers was quite surprising, with many expressing a range of concerns about the negative effects the change will have and whether smaller formats would be used at all.
This week on Beer is a Conversation Matt Kirkegaard chats with Nick Boots, General Manager Kegstar Australia and New Zealand. With the changes 12 months away, Kegstar will be paying very close attention to whether there is already demand for smaller kegs and what uptake might be.
Nick speaks about whether he thinks we will see a flood of one-way kegs from overseas, and a range of other keg trends taking place here and overseas in an attempt to divine what impacts the excise changes will have for brewers.
Enjoy the conversation.
Good Brews Week Episode 173Radio Brews News add
This Good Brews Week, Pete and Matt discuss the beer news of the week, including: Stone & Wood adds Packaged On dates to its beers... and why that is news. Beer Cartel have created a list of Top 50 beers to add to all of the other 'best' lists...but does it help? The growing discussion around mental health in the beer industry, and how it's reported.
Beer is a Conversation: Owen JohnsonRadio Brews News add
This week on Beer is a Conversation, Hop Products Australia released their 2018 Hop Harvest Report. Matt delves into the report with Sales and Marketing Manager Owen Johnson.
The 2018 harvest saw a 10.4% increase in yield over 2017, but even that was 10% below expectations. Owen explains why that was, what hops are in demand and what they forecast for the future.
Stay tuned at the end for a bonus chat with Jeremy Moynier, Stone Brewing's Senior Manager of Innovation and Supply Chain. James caught up with him to discuss how American brewers are using Australian hops.
Enjoy the conversations.
Good Brews Week Episode 172Radio Brews News add
This week we are joined by guest host Nicolette Gillman. Nicolette has spent almost a decade working in the beer industry, as a Craft Beer Ambassador for Lion and more recently as Victorian Sales manager for Pirate Life. She joins us to discuss the news of the week, post Good Beer Week. Your Mates enter the Shark Tank Brewers should be creating experiences, not just beers Chris McNamara departs IBA
Beer is a Conversation: Tony MageeRadio Brews News add
This week on Beer is a Conversation, James speaks with Tony Magee, who founded Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, California in 1993.
Spearheaded by its top selling IPA, Lagunitas underwent two decades of phenomenal growth, becoming one of the biggest names in American craft beer. Magee sold a part share of the business to Heineken International in 2015 and the remainder not long after that.
In this interview, he reflects on the sale as well as Lagunitas’ impending rollout in Australia, amongst many other topics. Enjoy the conversation.
Beer is a Conversation: Mike NeilsonRadio Brews News add
In this episode of Beer is a Conversation, James catches up with Mike Neilson, co-founder of New Zealand brewery Panhead Custom Ales. Originally a home brewer, Mike did his first commercial brewing stint at Tuatara Brewing Company, prior to launching Panhead in 2013. Panhead grew rapidly off the back of a distinctive and acclaimed line-up of beers, bringing it to the attention of New Zealand’s largest brewer, Lion, which acquired the company in 2016. Mike discusses the decision to sell and subsequent developments at Panhead, which is now brewing some of its beers at Lion’s Malt Shovel Brewery in Australia. Enjoy the conversation.
Good Brews Week Episode 170Radio Brews News add
This week on Good Brews Week Pete and Matt are joined by Marie Claire Jarratt to dissect a very big week of beer news.
In a week that has seen excise concessions to brewers in the budget, medals won at the World Beer Cup and the launch of the Independent Brewers Association’s Independence Seal we look at the news, the reaction and discuss what it all means.
Marie Claire, or MC as she is better known, is a full-time craft beer enthusiast whose side hobbies include writing about beer, including her blog New South Ales and The Crafty Pint and completing her PhD in experimental quantum physics. For her writing MC won the very first Champion NSW Beer Writer Award in 2016.
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Beer is a Conversation: ParrotDogRadio Brews News add
This week on Beer is a Conversation, James chats with with Matt Warner and Paul ‘Wattie’ Watson of ParrotDog Brewery in Wellington, New Zealand. They discuss their crowdfunding experience as well as the ParrotDog back story, and a preview of what the guys have coming up in 2018.
Beer is a Conversation: Jos RuffellRadio Brews News add
In this episode of Beer is a Conversation, James chats with Jos Ruffell, co-founder of New Zealand brewery Garage Project. They discuss the opening of their new cellar door, their diversification into winemaking, and their move to contract brew beers at a new facility in Napier.
Good Brews Week Episode 168Radio Brews News add
In today's episode of Good Brews Week (formerly known as Radio Brews News) Pete and Matt discuss the biggest stories of the week including: 4 Pines launch a Pacific Ale, Hargreaves Hill rebrand and we talk GBW, GABS and our discussion panel Logistics in a craft beer world.
Beer is a Conversation: Jim O'ConnorRadio Brews News add
This week on Beer is a Conversation, Matt catches up with Jim O’Connor, one of the founders of Queensland-based Fortitude Brewing Company.
It’s been quite a journey for Fortitude in the five years since they launched their Mount Tamborine-based brewery. Five years is a long time in the craft brewing world, and this is a a frank discussion about all he has learned in that time.
One of the relatively early arrivals in an industry that has seen a recent flood of new breweries, Fortitude is about to launch a major brand refresh and Jim shares how their experience has feed into the new look and range. We discuss marketing and branding and how Fortitude has had to deal with being mistaken for a Fortitude Valley brewery; popular beer styles and how Jim feels they came to lose their way in a branding sense as they pursued individually successful beers; and also how the brewing industry is very different to other businesses Jim has run.
It’s a fascinating and insightful chat about beer and the business of making it and what you learn along the way.
Radio Brews News Episode 167Radio Brews News add
In this episode of Radio Brews News, Pete and Matt are joined by Independent Brewers Association Chair, and founder of Endeavour Brewing - Ben Kooyman.
It’s been a big couple of weeks for the IBA, which has announced the program and presenters for BrewCon, its newly renamed conference; a rebrand of the craft beer awards to The Indies which is also now open to international independent breweries; and also a partnership to deliver the IBASafe brewery safety program.
We also catch up on the news of the week including:The never stale debate about beer freshness including our Good Beer Week panel looking at logistics in a craft beer world AB InBev-owned 4 Pines launches a bar at the Sydney Cricket Ground while simultaneously crowd-funding the next phase of Vostok Space Beer Rumours of yet more small brewery buy-outs prompting one brewery to issue a denial
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Beer is a Conversation: Brad Moran / Citrus (Sponsored)Radio Brews News add
This week, in addition to Brews News Week and Beer is a Conversation, we have something a little different.
We get lots of requests from businesses to appear as a guest on Beer is a Conversation, it is a great way to get information out to people working in or highly engaged with the beer industry. Ultimately we refuse most requests because we want the show content to be interesting for our listeners and self promotion rarely is.
Every now and then though we get a request that doesn’t really fit into one of our regular podcasts, and is promotional, but the topic is still something that we think will be of great interest to a section of our listeners.
This is one of those topics.
Because it’s not a topic we would normally run, it is sponsored content, but we think it’s also something that many of our listeners - particularly those who make and sell beer - will be greatly interested in.
Brad Moran is a former AFL footballer who is now an entrepreneur. He has started a number of online businesses, most recently a system that enables online liquor stores to create an auction for brewers to bid on search terms in that store to improve their ranking, much like they can do in a bricks and mortar store to get the coveted eye-level shelf. At the same time, Citrus balances relevance to the consumer to ensure that their online store searches are also meeting their needs.
It sounded like a pretty cool bit of technology that our many industry listeners, and even those with an interest in technology, entrepreneurship or the evolution of the beer market would find interesting.
Enjoy the conversation.
Beer is a Conversation: Simon WalkenhorstRadio Brews News add
In this episode of Beer is a Conversation, Pete Mitcham heads out to Hargreaves Hill Brewery to catch up with founder and somtimes classical pianist, Simon Walkenhorst.
Simon shares the story of Hargreaves Hill Brewery from its humble rural origins, to the loss of the brewery in the Black Saturday fires through to the present where they have just gone through a brand refresh.
Simon has witnessed the dynamic changes the industry has undergone over the last decade and has some keen insights into what it takes to maintain your brewery's identity as a multitude of new players join the scene.
It's a great chat about how to stay relevant in an ever-changing market.
Enjoy the conversation.