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Beer Week

Drinks with friends at Establishment Bar in Sydney City. 28 January 2011. AFR photo by Andrew Quilty. Generic: beer; wine; bar; pub; hotel; license; drink; drinking; booze; alcohol; binge; long lunch; friends, business.

Boutique brewers are making themselves heard on other fronts, with local brewers and sellers launching Canberra Beer Week in November.

Drink | | Thu Sep 19 09:13:59 EST 2013

Small brewers go bigger

TMM,October, 2012, beer pic by isamu sawa

Organisers of the Small Brewers Beer Festival, an event that thumbs its nose at the big brewers’ move into the boutique beer market, are holding a second event this month, this time at Exhibition...

Drink | | Thu Sep 19 09:13:58 EST 2013

Good for what ales you

Hargreaves Hill Pale Ale
Red Hill Hop Harvest

Sydney's annual craft beer week, from October 19 to 26, offers a comparison of Spiegelau glasses versus the rest.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Wed Sep 18 03:00:00 EST 2013

When spitting at the table is OK, or is it?

Time and place: Spitting wine at the dining table is unusual but not unheard of.

During dinner we sat adjacent to two wine-lovers who requested receptacles in order to ''spit out''. It was a tad off-putting to say the least.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Sep 17 03:00:00 EST 2013

Hops, steps and jumps

Yeasty boy: Beer judge Brad Rogers samples the spread.

With drinkers around the world exploring beer's subtle variety, the market for Australian flavours is growing in leaps and bounds.

Drink | Will Hawkes | Tue Sep 17 03:00:00 EST 2013

A chardonnay with the X factor

cheese and white wine

Despite splitting opinions, there's no denying this Tasmanian superstar is big on character.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Sep 17 03:00:00 EST 2013

Australia for the vinitourist

Henschke Winery, Barossa Valley, South Australia.

Do Margaret River's beaches beat the Barossa's big names? Here's a tally sheet of our top wine spots.

Drink | Jeni Port | Tue Sep 17 03:00:00 EST 2013

Yu just have to try and find it

Surprise: Davis Yu is branching out.

Restaurateur Davis Yu is opening a secret bar 'almost next door' to his venue Touche Hombre.

Drink | Hilary McNevin | Tue Sep 17 00:00:00 EST 2013

Wine no longer enough, buyers want the backstory

Red wine.

When it comes to exports, South Australia's Barossa reigns supreme over every other wine region in Australia.

Drink | Esther Han | Sun Sep 15 03:00:00 EST 2013

What to drink ... unusual varieties

Montepulciano is juicy, fresh and has loads of personality.

Try something different, with grapes from the ancient vineyards of Mount Etna to 'monte' from the Barossa.

Drink | Jane Faulkner | Sat Sep 14 03:00:00 EST 2013

Jesbergs offer final wine course of the year

Lester and Adrienne Jesberg hold their final wine course.

Drink | Kirsten Lawson | Wed Sep 11 09:42:38 EST 2013

Hang on, no hangover?

Chris Shanahan quaffers good food dinkus

Should reports of a hydrating beer be viewed with scepticism?

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Wed Sep 11 03:00:00 EST 2013

Are champagne flutes going out of fashion?

Champagne glasses

I read that shallow, saucer-shaped champagne glasses are making a comeback.

Drink | Wine agony aunt | Tue Sep 10 03:00:00 EST 2013

WA sweeps 2013 Boutique Wine Awards

Gralyn Winery

Western Australia is the big winner at this year's Boutique Wine Awards. The state's wineries won seven of the 13 top-of-class trophies, five of which went to the Margaret River region.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Sep 10 03:00:00 EST 2013

From the Barossa to a new port

Winemaker David Baverstock.

David Baverstock is a star of Portugal's wine scene, with a vision that goes beyond the celebrated national drop.

Drink | Jane Faulkner | Tue Sep 10 03:00:00 EST 2013

What to drink ... in spring

Chilled young riesling is the perfect drop for a warm spring afternoon.

Ring in the season of renewal with these light and vibrant drops.

Drink | Jane Faulkner | Sat Sep 07 03:00:00 EST 2013

Spice up teatime: A guide to chai

Chai tea.

Popular throughout parts of Asia, chai is becoming a mainstream presence on cafe menus and supermarket shelves in Australia too. Here's how to prepare it.

Drink | Kate Gibbs | Fri Sep 06 08:58:00 EST 2013

Australia on top of the world at Decanter wine awards

Neil McGuigan.

Raise your glasses: Australia has had its best ever year at the 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards, held on Wednesday night in London at the Royal Opera House.

Drink | Nick Miller | Thu Sep 05 10:22:50 EST 2013

Rum diary

A glass of rum, in New York, June 8, 2011.

Our story on boutique ruins making their way to Australia brought back memories for one Canberra reader.

Drink | Kirsten Lawson | Wed Sep 04 10:21:06 EST 2013

Just peachy

Kwencher pale ale
Kwencher clingston peach
Chris Shanahan beer Sept 4 13

Kwencher ales just right for quenching a hot start to spring.

Drink | Chris Shanahan | Wed Sep 04 03:00:00 EST 2013