Australian and New Zealand Beer News


Steam Trains and Craft Beer. Check to see if it is on again in subsequent years.


A new event with 2013 being the second staging. Great music, lovely regional city and a huge range of beer and cider! Easy to get to by train from Melbourne.

Visitors to South Australia can now wet their appetites on an authentic Aussie Outback experience - the Flying Outback Pub Crawl which serves up stunning scenery and a refreshing way to meet the locals over some ‘amber nectar’ at favourite watering holes.

Goin’ Off Safaris has created an escorted tour taking in out of the way Outback towns in order to visit pubs for a natter with the locals (all legends with big personalities) over a cold ‘frothy’ and a hearty meal. The pint-inspired pit stops include Marree, Innamincka; Birdsville; William Creak - Australia’s most isolated pub; and Glendambo. There are departures dates throughout 2012 some of which coincide with key events like the Birdsville Races and the AFL Grand Final:

Tours depart from Adelaide in a spacious Fairchild Metro II turbo prop aircraft. Scenic highlights include low level flying over the ancient Flinders Ranges described as the region's backbone, the spectacular Coongie Lakes - listed as a Ramsar Wetland of International importance, and Lake Eyre, Australia’s largest lake replete with prolific bird life.

The tour also includes historic diversions such as The Dig Tree on Cooper Creek, one of the most famous and least visited rivers in Australia where the possessions of famous explorers Robert O’Hara Bourke and William John Wills were buried after their ill-fated attempt to cross inland Australia.
Melbourne International Beer Festival

Are you visiting Melbourne? Each May this vibrant beer festival is held in the historic Exhibition Building - where Australia was proclaimed independent of Britain.

Come to one spot and sample a large range of Australian and international craft beers.

Beer Walking Tour Melbourne

Dave Carswell from tour company Melbourne By Foot started Beer Walks around Melbourne.

The tour starts outside the Immigration Museum, where Dave serves up a rollicking history of Melbourne through the lens of the beer glass, with plenty of opportunities to stop and refresh along the way. Dave talks and walks us through Melbourne’s murky past – from corrupt pollies and bootleggers to the temperance movement.

Did you know Melbourne’s first newspaper was published in a pub, and Melbourne's first town hall meeting occurred in a booze house? (Fairfax journos and local councillors might argue not much has changed).

Stop's are made at places like the The Mitre Tavern in Bank Place, the city’s oldest continually operating pub, and you get to sample products from many Victorian microbrews.

If you want to learn a little more about Melbourne and its hoppy past look out for the next Beer Walk at Tours run every Thursday night at 6.30pm or by appointment.

Mt Buller Australia Beer festival

Saint-Petersburg. Beer FestivalThere is no need for snow to get the best out of Mt Buller and after a day of biking, abseiling, climbing, trekking, and horseriding across the mountain, Mt Buller is chilling its kegs and polishing the taps for the annual ‘Buller Beerfest’ from 30 January – 1 February 2.  Now in its third year, the Beerfest, held in the Village Square, provides you with the perfect opportunity to sample beers from some of the best microbreweries in Australia along with some of the most popular brand names on the market. 

A family friendly event for people of all ages, the Beerfest weekend is a celebration of laid back mountain life with free music and entertainment throughout the day under glorious sunshine.  Alternatively, the Buller Beerfest is the perfect boys weekend away, combining high adrenalin sports with the more leisurely pastime of beer appreciation.

Breakfast and Beer

The U.K. is famous for B&B Accommodation, Europe for their B&B 'Pensions'. Russia and India have 'Homestay'. Australia wanted to be different and we have 'Breakfast and Beer!

New Zealand Beer

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Visiting Dunedin in New Zealand?
Visit the Speights and the Emersons Brewery. Enjoy the tour and the drink!

Visiting Lake Wanaka and Cardrona (New Zealand)

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Try a 'Goat' ale!
If you are in Melbourne on a Friday the brewery is open in the evenings for beer, music and food!
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Visiting Christchurch in New Zealand?

Try the 'DuxLux' brewery and restaurant

Another Melbourne 'house of good repute'
3 Ravens Ale

World Wide Beer/Pub Walking Tours.

Sydney - historical Rocks Area Pub Tour.

Visiting the Marlborough region in New Zealand?

Try Moa in a Champers bottle!
New Zealand Whiskey
A natural 'chaser' for serious beer enthusiasts
Beer Map of New Zealand
Locate a brewery, brew pub or sales outlet. A new project
Beer Tours New Zealand

Wellington lunch time and evening beer tours.

List of some Australian Boutique Beers

Australian International Beer Awards Click to view
Beer Advocate Click to view
Beer Lovers' Guide to Victoria's MICROBREWERIES Click to view
Buffalo Brewery Click to view
Campaign for Real Ale Click to view
Grand Ridge Brewery Click to view
Hargreaves Hill Brewery Click to view
Holgate Brewhouse Click to view
Melbourne Pub Guide  Click to view
Rate Beer Click to view
Real Beer Australia Click to view
The Australian Good Beer Directory Click to view
The Bright Brewery is worth visiting just to meet its new publicity model!

Yarra Valley Cider and Ale Trail