Beer O’Clock Australia
Episode 16 - COVID-19 & The King of Beers

Episode 16 - COVID-19 & The King of Beers

May 11, 2020

Show Notes

News Items (0:30)

  • General COVID-19 discussion
    • QLD good, SA bad
  • Prancing Pony's Run In with SA Police
  • More Awareness for Local Breweries
  • Dans & Coles Both Pass Measures to Assist Small Producers
  • CO2 Shortages in the US
  • ACCC Approve Asahi Takeover of CUB
  • ABAC Complaints Down in Quarter 1
  • Founders First Increase Their Stake in Jetty Road

What We're Drinking (20:46)

  • 3 Ravens Black 
  • Lockdown Beers
    • Getting into routine
    • Supporting local breweries & bottleshops
    • Digging into the cellar
  • Westside Ale Works, The Foreigner Brewing Company
  • Quarantinnies
  • Mountain Culture
  • Deeds Grisette Follow Up
  • Mr Banks Straight to the Fudge Room
  • One Drop Hazy IPA
  • Stomping Ground Hatch Pot
  • Frexi Smokey Sour

Ranking of Lagers (44:37)

  • This month we add "The King of Beers"; Budweiser from the USA.
  • The new rankings are as follows:
    1. Pilsner Urquell (Czech Republic)
    2. Tennent's (Scotland)
    3. Carlsberg (Denmark)
    4. Quilmes (Argentina)
    5. Kingfisher (India)
    6. Gullmack (Norway)
    7. Sapporo (Japan)
    8. Birra Moretti (Italy)
    9. Corona (Mexico)
    10. Steinlager (New Zealand)
    11. Heineken (Netherlands)
    12. San Miguel (Philippines)
    13. Cantina (El Salvador)
    14. Stella Artois (Belgium)
    15. Tusker (Kenya)
    16. Budweiser (USA)
    17. Skopsko (North Macedonia)
    18. Tiger (Singapore)
    19. Karlovacko (Croatia)
    20. Singha (Thailand)
    21. Red Stripe (Jamaica)
    22. Vonu (Fiji)
    23. Cusquena (Peru)

Due to some poor planning & our enforced social distancing we didn't have a cellar this month. Hopefully we've kept you up to date with some of the newer interesting beer releases as well as some news. I've had a busy few weeks at work but hope to be pumping out some more Year of the Local posts shortly. In the meantime emails to either gus.norris7@gmail.com or our new address angus@beeroclockaustralia.com. You can now also reach Dylan at dylan@beeroclockaustralia.com. Stay safe everyone!

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Episode 15 - The End’s Not Near, It’s Here

Episode 15 - The End’s Not Near, It’s Here

April 17, 2020

Welcome to another episode of the Beer O'Clock Australia podcast. It's our first podcast that we've done remotely, so apologies if there are a few teething issues- although Dylan's done a really good job of editing as usual & we're happy with the results. We'll fine tune the process over the next couple of episodes while we keep trying to bring you content whilst still confined to our respective houses.

If this is your first time listening to a Beer O'Clock Australia podcast, welcome! We change the segments up a little each month, however most months we'll discuss some of the latest news from the beer world, we'll talk about some beers that we've been enjoying over the last month & we'll crack something interesting from my cellar.

This month we covered the latest COVID-19 beer related news as well as some news from before the world changed irrevocably. We discussed our work trip to the Gold Coast, which involved a lot of beers after the actual work got done, talked about some local new beers & added a new beer to our Ranking of Macro Lagers. We finish off with a Cellar segment with a twist, as we obviously couldn't be in the same room to share a beer.

 

Show Notes

 

News Items

  • COVID-19 Causes Chaos with the Beer Calendar
    • Everything is cancelled
  • Industry Pulling Together
    • Carwyn Cellars Quarantinnies
    • East Coast Canning - Kegs to Cans
    • Beer Together
    • Keeping Local Alive
    • Matthew Beggs' Spreadsheet link
    • Breweries Making Hand Sanitiser
  • Pregnancy Warning Labels Scrapped
  • ABAC Tightened Compliance
  • Broo Record More Losses (Is this still news?)
  • Hop Products Australia Open New Facility
  • Hop Nation Release J-Juice to Replace Jedi Juice
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What We're Drinking (19:30)

  • Gold Coast Trip
    • Madocke
    • Gold Coast
    • Black Hops
    • Balter
  • Madocke Cherry Beer
  • Deeds Fear & Loathing in Brewsvegas
  • Deeds Grisette
  • Hop Nation Melbourne Fog & Hop Nation 7 Clouds
  • La Sirene Farmhouse Red 
  • Augustiner Maximator
  • General Quarantine Beer Chat

Ranking of Lagers (44:37)

  • Slowly this down for obvious reasons; this month we slot Stella Artois into the rankings
  • The new rankings are as follows:
    1. Pilsner Urquell (Czech Republic)
    2. Tennent's (Scotland)
    3. Carlsberg (Denmark)
    4. Quilmes (Argentina)
    5. Kingfisher (India)
    6. Gullmack (Norway)
    7. Sapporo (Japan)
    8. Birra Moretti (Italy)
    9. Corona (Mexico)
    10. Steinlager (New Zealand)
    11. Heineken (Netherlands)
    12. San Miguel (Philippines)
    13. Cantina (El Salvador)
    14. Stella Artois (Belgium)
    15. Tusker (Kenya)
    16. Skopsko (North Macedonia)
    17. Tiger (Singapore)
    18. Karlovacko (Croatia)
    19. Singha (Thailand)
    20. Red Stripe (Jamaica)
    21. Vonu (Fiji)
    22. Cusquena (Peru)

Noz's Cellar (55:18)

  • We're delving into both of our cellars this month
  • Noz has a Wildflower Amber Batch 24
  • Dylan has a Wildflower Amber Batch 23
  • Compared to tasting notes

That's it for another month on the Beer O'Clock Australia podcast. Considering the challenges thrown our way I think this turned out pretty well. We've got some new equipment in bound, which should make our next episode sound a little cleaner as well as giving us the option to record interviews out & about if we go down that route in the future. As usual emails are welcomed with any comments/questions at gus.norris7@gmail.com

Remember it's always Beer O'Clock somewhere in the world!

Episode 14 - Before the World Shut Down

Episode 14 - Before the World Shut Down

March 27, 2020

What a difference a month makes! We recorded this episode in late February when the novel coronavirus COVID-19 was just starting to enter the consciousness. It's amazing how much our world has changed... In any case, I hope all of you out there are looking after yourselves & isolating appropriately. 

If this is your first time listening to a Beer O'Clock Australia podcast, welcome! We change the segments up a little each month, however most months we'll discuss some of the latest news from the beer world, we'll talk about some beers that we've been enjoying over the last month & we'll crack something interesting from my cellar.

This month we reverted to form. We covered the news (pre COVID-19), we discussed a couple of cracking new Victorian beer releases as well as our impending trip to the Gold Coast (which will be covered on the next episode). We added 3 more beers to our ranking of lagers, it's quite long this month after some debates were entered, as well as our Desert Island 6-pack reappearing in the form of beers released in 2019. As usual we finish of with a bottle from my cellar. Hope you enjoy the episode!

 Show Notes

News Items

  • Stomping Ground Airport Opens
  • Hard Seltzer Festival
  • Melbourne Uni's Electronic Nose for Beer 
    • We coudln't find the link! Apologies for those looking for it!
  • Killer Sprocket Opening in Bayswater
  • Wolf of the Willows Opening in Mordialloc
  • Ratebeer Awards

What We're Drinking (14:34)

  • We're off to the Gold Coast!
  • Deeds Kapurkova
  • Hawkers Late to the Party

Ranking of Lagers (20:20)

  • This week we had to slot in Steinlager (New Zealand), Skopsko (North Macedonia) & Karlovacko (Croatia)
  • The New Rankings are as follows:
  1. Pilsner Urquell (Czech Republic)
  2. Tennent's (Scotland)
  3. Carlsberg (Denmark)
  4. Quilmes (Argentina)
  5. Kingfisher (India)
  6. Gullmack (Norway)
  7. Sapporo (Japan)
  8. Birra Moretti (Italy)
  9. Corona (Mexico)
  10. Steinlager (New Zealand)
  11. Heineken (Netherlands)
  12. San Miguel (Philippines)
  13. Cantina (El Salvador)
  14. Tusker (Kenya)
  15. Skopsko (North Macedonia)
  16. Tiger (Singapore)
  17. Karlovacko (Croatia)
  18. Singha (Thailand)
  19. Red Stripe (Jamaica)
  20. Vonu (Fiji)
  21. Cusquena (Peru)

Desert Island 6-pack (46:18)

  • Best of 2019!
  • The cross overs this month were:
    •  Mr Banks The Drop #1, Quiet Deeds Survivor Type, 
  • Dylan's X individuals;
      • Cloudwater X White Hag Cairde Gan Teorainneacha, The Winston Black Rye IPA, Collective Arts Blackberry, Cherry, Lemon & Vanilla Sour, Black Arts Golden Ale with Mandarin 
  • Noz's X individuals;
      • Other Half X Monkish The La La, Blackman's Same Day IPA Super Hop, Lanikai Haleakala, Hawkers X Carwyn The Forgotten Casks
  • Honourable Mentions
    • Black Arts Biere de Coupage, Boatrocker DDH IPA, Mr Banks Once Upon a Time in Armadale, Mr Banks X Range Keep the Change, Quiet Deeds Slenderman, Littlebrew Raspberry Lambic, Alvarado Street So Delightful, Molly Rose Tretti Tre, Cheeky Pint Blueberry Raspberry Stout

Noz's Cellar (1:09:25)

  • Victory V12

    • Belgian Quadrupel
    • 12% ABV
    • Cellared for Ages (?5-7 Years)
    • Thumbs Up

There we have it guys, a little longer than we would normally like, but in these strange times it's probably not the worst thing to have a little more content than usual. Our podcast can now be found on Spotify, so if that's your preferred platform you're now able to switch over to that. As usual you can contact me at gus.norris7@gmail.com if you have any questions, thoughts or simply want to chat. Stay safe everyone & ....

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Episode 13 - Hottest 100 Special

Episode 13 - Hottest 100 Special

March 5, 2020

 Show Notes

If you're listening to this somewhere with access to a screen, I'd highly recommend having some of these links open:

Hottest 100: https://www.gabsfestival.com/h100-2019-aus-main-list

100-200: https://www.gabsfestival.com/h100-2019-aus-next-list

Indie List: https://www.gabsfestival.com/h100-2019-aus-indie-list

2019 Beers: https://www.gabsfestival.com/h100-2019-aus-new-list

Our Predictions (1:40)

100-91 (8:05)

90-81 (10:50)

80-71 (14:40)

70-61 (17:28)

60-51 (20:48)

50-41 (23:33)

40-31 (27:16)

30-21 (30:38)

20-11 (33:38)

Top 10 (36:34)

Overall Thoughts/Trends (47:45)

There we have it guys, hopefully you enjoyed our analysis of the Hottest 100 beers of 2019. As discussed in the podcast it's a poll that gets unfairly derided from certain sections of the craft beer community. I think it has plenty of merit, as it provides a good snapshot of what people outside the tiny inner bubble are enjoying.

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Episode 12 - Sales, Sales & More Sales

Episode 12 - Sales, Sales & More Sales

January 14, 2020

 Show Notes

News Items (0:15)

  • Balter Sale Discussion
    • Investors, Independence, Hottest 100, CUB Portfolio
  • Ballast Point Sale to Kings & Convicts
  • Little World Beverages Buy New Belgium
  • Anderson Valley Becomes Craftier?

The Year of Local (18:20)

  • 3 Breweries To Visit (At time of recording)
    • Contract Breweries All Completed
    • I did manage to finish despite Alchemy opening!
  • Geelong & Surrounds Overview
  • The Worst Brewery of the Year?
  • Thunder Road & Temple
  • Yarra Valley

Ranking of Lagers (36:20)

  • This week we had to slot in Cantina (El Salvador), Singha (Thailand) & Birra Moretti (Italy)
  • The New Rankings are as follows:
  1. Pilsner Urquell (Czech Republic)
  2. Tennent's (Scotland)
  3. Carlsberg (Denmark)
  4. Quilmes (Argentina)
  5. Kingfisher (India)
  6. Gullmack (Norway)
  7. Sapporo (Japan)
  8. Birra Moretti (Italy)
  9. Corona (Mexico)
  10. Heineken (Netherlands)
  11. San Miguel (Philippines)
  12. Cantina (El Salvador)
  13. Tusker (Kenya)
  14. Tiger (Singapore)
  15. Singha (Thailand)
  16. Red Stripe (Jamaica)
  17. Vonu (Fiji)
  18. Cusquena (Peru)

There we have it for another episode of the Beer O'Clock Australia Podcast. As usual you can hit me up at gus.norris7@gmail.com or at our new Facebook page, if you have any questions or feedback. We're hoping to get a couple of special episodes out to you in the next few months, so stay tuned on the podcast feed for those. In the mean time I'm going to keep plugging away on The Year of Local posts, if there are any breweries you'd like to see prioritised let me know & I'll see what I can do!

Remember it's always Beer O'Clock somewhere in the world!

Episode 11 - From Rutherglen to Hawaii

Episode 11 - From Rutherglen to Hawaii

November 13, 2019

Show Notes

 

News Items (1:16)

  • Green Beacon sell to Asahi
  • Independent Brands Australia become an ABAC Signatory
  • Beer Cartel Survey results
  • Phil Sexton returns to Matilda Bay - new brewery to open in Healesville
  • Lion to launch a Hard Seltzer
  • Aether Brewery founders to split
  • The Tasting Paddle - Quick News Segment
    • MoonDog World
    • Sailors Grave @ Mikkeller Beer Celebration Tokyo
    • Tinnies win World Beer Awards Medal
    • Pirate Life Perth Brewpub
    • Liberty Brewing Cleanup at NZ Beer Awards

Ranking of Lagers (20:47)

  • This week we had to slot in San Miguel (Philippines), Quilmes (Argentina) & Red Stripe (Jamaica)
  • The New Rankings are as follows:
  1. Pilsner Urquell (Czech Republic)
  2. Tennent's (Scotland)
  3. Carlsberg (Denmark)
  4. Quilmes (Argentina)
  5. Kingfisher (India)
  6. Gullmack (Norway)
  7. Sapporo (Japan)
  8. Corona (Mexico)
  9. Heineken (Netherlands)
  10. San Miguel (Philippines)
  11. Tusker (Kenya)
  12. Tiger (Singapore)
  13. Red Stripe (Jamaica)
  14. Vonu (Fiji)
  15. Cusquena (Peru)

What We're Drinking (33:56)

  • Hawaii Trip
    • Maui, Honolulu Beerworks, Waikiki, Lanikai, Inu Island
    • Village Bottle Shop
  • High Country
    • Byramine Homestead, Buffalo, Rutherglen, Billson's, Bridge Road, Bright, Malt Shed

Noz's Cellar (54:13)

  • Maui Black Pearl (2019)
    • Rum, Bourbon & Brandy Barrel Aged with Coconut
    • Imperial Porter
    • 12% ABV
    • Cellared since August 2019
    • Thumbs Up

There we have it for another episode of the Beer O'Clock Australia Podcast. As usual you can hit me up at gus.norris7@gmail.com or at our new Facebook page, if you have any questions or feedback. We deliberately kept this episode relatively free of Year of the Local stuff as we've got a special episode that is recorded but yet to be released, so keep us in your podcast feed for that! Until next time...

 

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Episode 10

Episode 10

August 30, 2019

 Show Notes

 

News Items (0:30)

  • CUB sold to Asahi - $16bn
  • Little Creatures Geelong Expansion
  • ABAC Jedi Juice Ruling
  • Royal Adelaide Beer & Cider Award Results
  • Stomping Ground 3! Opening a Brewery at Melbourne Airport
  • Capital Brewing Opening a Bar at Canberra Airport
  • Zwanze Day Locations Announced
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Alcohol Free Beers (18:35)

  • Heineken 0, Hollandia 0.0, Weihenstephaner Alkoholfrei Hefeweizen, Adnams Ghost Ship Alcohol Free, Carlton Zero, Erdinger Alkoholfrei 

Scouting Report (34:05)

  • Grand Ridge, Bullant, Two Rupees, Urban Alley

Desert Island 6-pack (44:50)

  • Australian NEIPA's
  • There were no crossovers this month!
  • Dylan's 6 individuals;
      • CoConspirators The Matriarch, Brendale Industrial Haze, Feral Biggie Juice, Sauce Pazy Hale,  Mash Little NEIPA, Mornington Squid Rising
  • Noz's 6 individuals;
      • CoConspirators The Distributor, Hop Nation Jedi Juice, 3 Ravens/Hop Nation Juicy Jedi, 3 Ravens Galaxy Juicy, Fixation The 86, Mr Banks The Drop #1
  • Honourable Mentions
    • 3 Ravens Juicy, The Mill I Can't Believe It's Not Juice, Westside Weekend Juicy, Bojak Calypso, Modus Operandi Gadzooks, Bonehead Phaze Out Phaze In, Beer Farm Boonta, Beer Land New England Pale Ale. 
 

The next episode is being recorded any day now, so we should have another episode up for you very soon. We've been asked to change the way we name our episodes, as Apple don't want 100's of shows titled "Episode X", so if you have any thoughts on how we should name them going forward we'd love to hear from you. If you've got anything you'd like us to discuss or if you just have some feedback or questions please email gus.norris7@gmail.com. Until next time..

 

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Episode 9

Episode 9

July 17, 2019

Show Notes

News Items (00:30)

  • Westvleteren begin selling beer online
  • Omnipolloscope waxed can
  • Perth Royal Beer Awards - notable results
  • Southern Bay social media issues
  • Ballast Point barrel program being scaled back
  • Stomping Ground Moorabbin to open

Scouting Report (12:45)

  • The Year of Local wrap up
    • 115 Grill & Brewhouse - not open for lunch on weekends...
    • Moon Dog, Fixation, Molly Rose, Bonehead, Henry St, Flying Horse, Sow & Piglets, Salt, Clifton Hill

Ranking of Lagers (25:50)

  • This week we had to slot in Corona (Mexico), Tiger (Singapore) & Tusker (Kenya).
  • The New Rankings are as follows:
    1. Pilsner Urquell (Czech Republic)
    2. Tennent's (Scotland)
    3. Carlsberg (Denmark)
    4. Kingfisher (India)
    5. Gullmack (Norway)
    6. Sapporo (Japan)
    7. Corona (Mexico)
    8. Heineken (Netherlands)
    9. Tusker (Kenya)
    10. Tiger (Singapore)
    11. Vonu (Fiji)
    12. Cusquena (Peru)

Desert Island 6-pack (36:42)

  • Imperial Stouts (Russian, American, Milk etc.)
  • The cross overs this month were:
    •  Victory Art Brew Ivan, 
  • Dylan's 5 individuals;
      • Founders Imperial Stout, Founders CBS, Boatrocker Ramjet, To Øl Liquid Confidence, Evil Twin Even More Coco Jesus
  • Noz's 5 individuals;
      • Hoppin' Frog B.O.R.I.S The Crusher, Founders KBS, Firestone Walker Parabola, De Struise Black Albert, Evil Twin Even More Jesus
  • Honourable Mentions
    • To Øl Pineapple Express, Dieu du Ciel Peche Mortel

Noz's Cellar (47:36)

  • De Cam Nectarine Lambiek
    • 40kg of Nectarines per 100L
    • Nectarines vs Peaches? 
    • 6.0% ABV
    • Cellared since May 2019
    • Thumbs Up

Thanks again for listening guys, hope you enjoyed the latest episode. As usual you can get in touch with us by emailing; gus.norris7@gmail.com or Beeroclockau on social media. We managed to keep this episode under an hour, let us know if there's a particular length you like - the more rambly ones or the shorter, sharper ones like this episode. There will be plenty of The Year of Local posts popping up over the next few weeks as we try and make up some ground on a task that seems to get bigger by the week!

Remember it's always Beer O'Clock somewhere in the world!

Episode 8

Episode 8

June 14, 2019

 Show Notes

 

News Items (0:45)

  • Dogfish Head & Boston Beer Co Merger
  • Untappd Festival
  • Quiet Deeds Transparency 
  • Rochefort Abbey - Lhoist Berghman dispute
  • BrewDog Update
    • Marketing job interview issues
    • Brisbane brewery
  • Independent Brewery Association Seal - 12 months since launch
  • Coopers launch an XPA
  • AIBA Results
  • Sierra Nevada Resilience Project - Less than 50% of donations received 

Good Beer Week 6-Pack (32:54)

  • Crossovers;
    • The Winston Black Rye IPA, 
  • Dylan's 5 individuals;
    • Molly Rose Insuperable, 8 Wired Lokomotiv Merlot, Burnt Mill Heliacal Rising, Cantillon Kriek, Eden Prickly Pear Sour
  • Noz's 5 individuals;
    • Offshoot Grip It,  Bridge Road x Mikkeller Dark Harvest, Amundsen Marshmallow Psycho Bourbon BA, Holgate Beelzebub's Jewel (2016), Westmalle Tripel  
  • Honourable Mentions
    • Bonehead Phaze Out/In, Feral Watermelon Warhead

The Ranking of Lagers (58:29)

  • This week we had to slot in Kingfisher (India), Cusquena (Peru) & Sapporo (Japan).
  • The New Rankings are as follows:
  1. Pilsner Urquell (Czech Republic)
  2. Tennent's (Scotland)
  3. Carlsberg (Denmark)
  4. Kingfisher (India)
  5. Gullmack (Norway)
  6. Sapporo (Japan)
  7. Heineken (Netherlands)
  8. Vonu (Fiji)
  9. Cusquena (Peru) 

Noz's Cellar (1:11:22)

  • Stumblefoot Questhaven 
    • Barrel Aged Sour Ale with Apricots & Peaches
    • 8.5% ABV
    • Cellared since January 2015
    • Thumbs Up

There we have it guys, hope you enjoyed the latest episode of the Beer O'Clock Australia podcast. As usual we'd love to hear from you if there are any questions or things you want us to talk about. You can send your questions through to gus.norris7@gmail.com or you can hit us up on Instagram, which we're less active on than we probably should be. 

 

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Episode 7

Episode 7

May 24, 2019

 Show Notes

 

News Items (1:00)

  • Coopers win Maltser of the Year @ Global Brewing & Supply Awards
  • First GABS Brisbane
  • Gage Road's Atomic Project finally launching at GABS Brisbane
  • BrewDog's Brisbane brewery scaled back
  • Gage Road raised $6m for a new canning line
  • Malt Shed & Malt Shovel settle their IP dispute
  • Bucket Boys Crowd Funding
  • Boatrocker turns 10, Exit turns 5

 

What We're Drinking (11:55)

  • Other Half & Cloudwater Tap Takeover @ Mr West
  • Dylan's Singapore Trip
    • Level 33 - Worlds Highest Microbrewery
  • Blackman's Same Day IPA

The Ranking of Lagers (18:25)

  • Brand new segment - basically trying to rank the worlds macro lagers
  • We started off with 6 - but future segments will be limited to 3
  • Current rankings:
  1. Pilsner Urquell (Czech Republic)
  2. Tennent's (Scotland)
  3. Carlsberg (Denmark)
  4. Gullmack (Norway)
  5. Heineken (Netherlands)
  6. Vonu (Fiji)

Scouting Report (48:32)

  • Brewery Visits
    • Jetty Road, Mr Banks, Hack, That Little Brewery, Beach Hut, Bojak, Brownstone, Dainton
  • Year of Local Update 

Noz's Cellar (1:03:58)

  • Goose Island Gillian
    • A saison based beer with white pepper, strawberry & honey
    • Cellared since June/July 2017
    • Thumbs up

It's a bit of a longer episode this month as we launched a new segment. Hopefully you guys like the podcast. Now that I'm finally recovered from Good Beer Week I'm hoping to punch out a heap of Year of Local posts, but we'll see how we go. The next podcast will be being recorded in the not too distant future so keep an eye out in a few weeks. Until next time.

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