Brewers Crafting Independence

Meet the breweries dedicated to crafting beer their own way. From Beechworth in north-east Victoria to sleepy Byron Bay in NSW, we meet the couples, friends and families dedicated to turning their love of beer into a lifelong passion by supporting independence and their local community. BREWERS BALTER TO THEIR OWN BEAT The boys at…

Five Great, Rare Rums

Great spirits. Aficionados will argue for hours about the best malt whisky, the finest Cognacs, now even the top gins. But rum? Not so much. And yet a great rum is as deserving of inclusion in any debate on the best of the spirit world. Indeed, I have made it my mission to search out…

Explore: House of Lanson

SPONSORED The history of the House of Lanson began in 1760 when François Delamotte decided to create his own Champagne. In 1798, Nicolas-Louis Delamotte, a knight of the order of Malta, took over from his father and adopted the Maltese cross as the emblem of the brand. Today, the House proudly displays the distinctive red…

Kings, Celtics and Champagne: A Brief History

The earliest mentions of Champagne as a region date back to the 5th century (or possibly the 6th, depending on which authority one chooses to believe), when it was known by the Latin name of Campania, which means “land of plains,” with many noting how similar the district was to the Italian district of Campania,…

Go Explore: Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

SPONSORED Calling all food and drink lovers: with just under a month to go, we’ve skimmed the 300-long program of events, corralled our friends in the know and picked our top five events not to miss at this year’s Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Prepare to wine and dine amongst famous chefs and country winemakers…

New Brewery on the Block

Talk about marching into the den of the dragon and whacking it on the nose! Mind you, the dragon might not have noticed, but it is still a brave effort. Words by drinks writer, Ken Gargett Newstead Brewing Co. has established its new production HQ, and pub, in Castlemaine Street, Milton. Now that might not…

The Ever-Changing Chameleon: Four Pillars Gin

Has there ever been such an explosion of interest, the variety of production and general weirdness in the spirits world (as opposed to the spirit world) as there has been with gin over the last decade? No séance needed to predict that this is going to continue for some time. Words by drinks writer, Ken Gargett Why gin,…

Drink, Read, Love: Our Top 5 for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day – that most romantic day of the year when one has the chance to show their loved one just how much they care. Or, if you are sane, a trumped up, transparently cynical opportunity to delude the gullible and benefit florists, greeting card companies, chocolatiers and second-rate restaurateurs who think sticking a paper rose in…

Go Explore: Grampians Grape Escape

Head to the Grape Escape in one of Australia’s most scenic wine regions this May. The Grampians in Victoria will host the popular food and wine festival for the 27th year on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May. Meet the makers, graze through dozens of food trucks and wine stalls, get involved in master classes…

Go explore: Wellington

Our Kiwi neighbours always seem to be doing great things, often even better than us Aussies, and we’re not just talking about the All Blacks kicking our butts. We thought it was about time to take a look at New Zealand’s capital, the other ‘Harbour City’ across the Tasman, Wellington. Jump across the ditch and…

Go explore: Byron Bay

In Byron Bay, the pace of life seems to be turned down a notch or two. This is a place where shoes seem to be optional and where the eclectic mix of people, from the rich and famous to models, hippies, backpackers, entrepreneurs and the regular traveller, can all kick back together and embody everything…

Say Aloha to Lost Luau

Sydney rum lovers, get to Lost Luau this summer. Popping-up at 28 York Street from 1 December, this Hawaiian-themed pop-up bar will be serving tiki style drinks and island bites until the heat abates. Take a mini-vacation from work, and sip on tropical classic cocktails adorning pineapples, coconuts and umbrellas all afternoon or evening. Feeling hungry?…