Archive for July, 2010

Brew Boys – Ace of Spades 5.9% Alcohol

Monday, July 26th, 2010

I have always been a big fan of the consistently high quality beers that Brew Boys produces. Two months ago I walked for an hour in the the winter rain to the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst to grab a pint of the Ace of Spades while they had a Brew Boys showcase on, and given the weather this beer didn’t disappoint one bit. The only problem was after tasting it was how was I going to get my hands on some more of the stuff? Luckily a friend had a few bottles spare so I was able to taste again and give it a proper review.

Matilda Bay’s New Winter Warmer Longshot

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Winter has well and truly arrived here in Australia with its cold winds and frequent rains, relief is thankfully on hand though with the release of Maltida Bay’s latest seasonal named “Longshot”. Its inception came after Matilda Bay head brewer Scott Vincent and gourmet coffee roaster Toby Smith started comparing stories about roasting malt and coffee beans over a beer.

Fosters Wine Business Now Known As Treasury Wine Estates

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Managed as four regional businesses in Australia and New Zealand, The Americas, Europe, Middle East & Africa and Asia. Treasury Wine Estates will become the new identity for the Foster’s Group Limited global wine business. Bringing together 12,000 hectares of vineyards, 20 wineries and 50 wine brands, Treasury Wine Estates will have some of the most popular and collected wines from Australia, California, France, Italy and New Zealand under its umbrella. With sales totalling over 35 million cases of wine annually, and revenues of over AU$2 billion Treasury Wine Estates employs over 4,000 winemakers, viticulturists, sales, distribution and support staff across in 12 countries.


SinghaBar Helps Your Office Celebrate Fridays In Style

Monday, July 12th, 2010
Premium Thai beer Singha is bringing back the SinghaBar competition for 2010, which will see offices around Sydney kick off Friday night drinks and help say farewell, or ‘sawadee’, to the past working week in true style.
For a chance to be the most popular person in the office, eager workers need to visit and describe a time they have been ‘transported’ in some way (mind or body) from their workplace. The most interesting answer will win a Friday office visit from the SinghaBar, fully stocked with cold Singha beer and accompanied by some Thai style nibbles.

The SinghaBar will make nine weekly office visits each Friday from 16 July, to winners who have entered via The prize provides a fresh and fun way to celebrate the end of a hard week at work with a cold Singha beer.
Inspired by the concept of being transported, the SinghaBar reflects Singha’s sense of travel and adventure. The mobile bar draws its influence from a luxurious travel case, yet is tough enough for a typical Friday scene of revelry.

Each week the Winning offices will be notified on Wednesday and can expect the bar to arrive for Friday festivities from 4pm.

Lord and Lady Hendrick’s announce the prizewinning purveyors of the peculiar

Friday, July 9th, 2010

On their inaugural visit to Australia, Lord and Lady Hendrick’s undertook an anthropological adventure to spread the word of Hendrick’s Gin and to acquaint themselves with bartenders in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Throughout June, they visited more than 77 bars and met over 90 bartenders along the east coast. Each bar was judged on their presentation and mixology skills of a Hendrick’s and tonic as well as their brand knowledge. The top scoring bar in each state won a sunrise hot air balloon experience for six people. The prizewinning purveyors of the peculiar, otherwise known as Hendrick’s Gin, were Zeta Bar, Gin Palace, X&Y Bar and Libertine.


Matilda Bay & Toby’s Estate Collaborate On New Winter Beer

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

The Matilda Bay Brewing Company has recently teamed up with the gourmet coffee brand Toby’s Estate to create their latest limited edition beer for this winter called Longshot. Born over a beer between Matilda Bay head brewer Scott Vincent and gourmet coffee roaster Toby Smith after comparing stories about roasting malt and coffee beans, Scott and Toby sat down with a selection of Toby’s best coffee beans to determine which would be most suited to Matilda Bay’s new coffee infused beer.

Longshot is a spiced, full-flavoured dark ale with notes of coffee and malt balancing to finish with a subtle hop bitterness. Beer drinkers will also enjoy a number of different roasted malts in Longshot. These give the beer wonderful flavours of toffee and chocolate that perfectly complement the coffee notes. Longshot also uses an ale yeast fermented at moderate temperatures which gives it a lift in the ester profile – the fruity character that’s found in some ales. With a coarse grind of the coffee beans and a cold extraction, the coffee was then added to the fermentation process and was carefully managed to keep the beer balanced.

Longshot is a challenging beer for the discerning beer drinker and is an ideal beer for food matching particularly with chocolate dishes and beef. Try Longshot with chargrilled Scotch fillet on a rosti stack with thyme mushrooms and sautéed spinach or 70% Belgian cocoa chocolate (the bitterness balances wonderfully with the coffee notes in the beer) in a decadent dark chocolate and pear tart.

Longshot will be available only from Dan Murphy’s from 1 July 2010 and will be a limited release while stocks last and with only 5,000 cases of Longshot being produced, beer lovers will need to get in quick to sample Matilda Bay’s newest brew.

Burleigh Takes Gold

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Queensland’s Burleigh Brewing Co has proudly announced today its success at the Word Beer Championships in Chicago bringing home to Australia 2 gold medals. The two winning brew were:

Burleigh Brewing Co. My Wife’s Bitter.
Pale amber colour. Light toffee, toasted bread aromas follow through on a soft, supple entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with great balance and subtle hops on the chewy malt accented finish. A great interpretation of an English mild with a touch more sweet malt and spot on hops.
Awarded: Gold Medal
Judges Rating: 91 points (Exceptional)

Burleigh Brewing Co. Duke Pale Ale.
Brilliant amber colour. Nicely balanced toast, praline, and citrusy hop aromas and flavours on a crisp medium palate with a long, refreshing lightly piney hop finish. A spot on American style pale ale with seamless balance and an attractive fresh hop character.
Awarded: Gold Medal
Judges Rating: 92 points (Exceptional)

For more info on the complete Burleigh Brewing Co range be sure to check out their website at

About The Competition

Founded in 1994 the World Beer Championships is one of America’s oldest international beer competitions and was started by the Beverage Testing Institute (BTI). Beers are rated by judges using blind tastings on a 100 point scale and accolades awarded to brewers using a medal based system.

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Trophies Announced for the World’s Best Wines

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

The world’s most prestigious and influential independent wine competition, the International Wine Challenge (IWC), has unveiled the results of the 2010 Trophy and Great Value Wine Awards today at the Lords Nursery Pavilion in London. 111 wines were awarded a Trophy this year, along with 14 Great Value Wines judged for their style, availability and price.

Highlights for Australia include:

  • Australia came third in the country tally board receiving 12 Trophies
  • The International Shiraz Trophy went to Directors’ Cut, 2007 Heartland Wines, which in total received four Trophies (Australian Red Trophy, Australian Shiraz Trophy, South Australian Shiraz Trophy)
  • Four Australian wines were awarded a Great Value Wine Award: Moon Bridge Riesling 2009 Alliance Wine Australia; Waitrose Reserve Shiraz 2008 St Hallett Wines; Campbells Rutherglen Muscat NV Campbells and the Tamar Ridge Kayena Vineyard Botrytis Riesling 2007 Tamar Ridge

France had the honour of coming top for the second year running, with 21 wines being awarded a Trophy, followed by Japan’s Sake category (14) in second place and Australia (12) in third, closely followed by Portugal (11).  Meanwhile Germany, Italy and New Zealand were each awarded 8. Camel Valley is England’s champion for 2010, winning the English Trophy for the second year running with its 2008 Pinot Noir Rosé Brut and more importantly the Sparkling Rosé Trophy, beating a high calibre of international competition.

The Trophy stage is the final round for these award-winning wines. Having already achieved a Gold medal through the Challenge’s rigorous judging process, the wines are tasted once more by an elite panel of judges against other wines in the same category, to determine if they are worthy of a Trophy in addition to their Gold medal.

Chris Ashton, IWC Event Director says: “The IWC has once again given support to the international wine market with these respected and influential awards. Winning a Trophy or Great Value Wine Award gives a wine real prestige. It is a well-earned recognition of the dedication and commitment that has gone into producing a top quality wine and puts the producers on the wine map of the world.

“A wine wearing the IWC Trophy logo helps consumers to quickly and easily identify exceptional high quality wines at a price point to suit every budget. In turn this quick recognition from the logo delivers increased sales for the producers.”

This year saw the highest-ever number of countries entering the competition with 46 nations battling it out on the wine field. Global wine expert and TV personality Oz Clarke joined the formidable judging panel of IWC Co-Chairmen – Tim Atkin MW, Sam Harrop MW, Charles Metcalfe and Derek Smedley MW.

Highlights of this year’s Trophy results:

  • Former rugby star, Gérard Bertrand, celebrated a Trophy (La Clape Trophy) win with his Château L’Hospitalet ‘La Réserve’ 2008, France
  • A wine from the Nederburg estate, the official winery to the World Cup, enjoyed Trophy success (Western Cape Botrytis Trophy) with their Reserve Noble Late Harvest 2009, South Africa
  • German, Italy and New Zealand all won 8 trophies each

Co-Chairman Charles Metcalfe says: “The IWC is the world’s most carefully judged wine competition with judges rewarding faithfulness to region, country, variety and vintage. The competition at this final Trophy stage recognises true excellence and helps consumers identify at a glance some of the world’s best wines.”

For more information on the IWC and to see a complete list of all the winning wines please visit