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Hops and Beer

Whenever anyone mentions brewing beer, often the thought of “hops” follows on. Yet many Australians are not entirely clear what hops are or what purpose they serve in beer production. Hops In the middle ages, beers were made with a variety of secondary ingredients added (often weeds and herbs), designed to add flavour and help preserve the final product.  Some of the ingredients back then were “rough” to say the least and many today might be considered to be harmful!...

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Lockout Laws, Licensing and the 21st Century

Many Aussies who have travelled abroad wonder why it is that restrictive licensing practices apply in parts of Australia which would be unthinkable in some other countries. The 1916 riots Many of us will have learned in school about the 1916 military riots in Sydney that are sometimes called “The Liverpool Beer Riots” or “The Battle of Central Station”. In case you missed that lesson, the said riots started when some soldiers became upset at the extension of the hours...

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What do you know about Tins / Cans of Beer?

In Australia, the “tinny / tinnie” has gone down into legend in terms of it being a source of beer and the most familiar face of beer dispensing systems (we’re using the term loosely there).. Across Oz, the word “tinny” wasn’t exclusively applied to canned beer.  It was and still is used to describe almost anything made of tin or aluminium although receptacles for food and drink are perhaps the most common example of the use of the word. The...