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Beer Cave, a newly christened tasting room above the Beer Cartel’s Artarmon store. It’s a well-suited environment for a beer tasting and  the focus rightly becomes the beer. Beer Cartel like Thorny Devil broadens people’s horizons, showing them the amazing results that are achieved through the chance to slow things down, provide ultimate care and exacting detail to every step of the process, and lovingly pour our hearts and souls into each glass. Pete and Señor Throm personally oversee the fermentation and brewing of every batch, after all. This level of mindfulness is what differentiates Thorny Devil craft beers from those mass-produced cans lining store shelves, and it’s what our beers are all about.

Our prehistoric ancestors lived in them, Batman had one and Nick Cave actually is one by legal deed. But what exactly is the attraction of caves? They’re generally dark, dirty, full of terrifying insects and, if movies can be relied upon for accuracy, a hibernating bear.


So there was slight consternation when Geoff Huens and Richard Kelsey, owners of Beer Cartel, sent word that they were about to open their cave, one which had lain dormant for years. Who knew what may have been lurking in those murky depths? But then they assured us there was nothing to fear, and clarified that their Bear Cave was in fact a Beer Cave. At which point this suddenly became cause for urgent investigation.

As it turns out, the Beer Cave refers to the newly christened tasting room above the Beer Cartel’s Artarmon store. And, we must say, for a cave it’s remarkably light, welcoming and roomy – it even has a fu ball table. It’s a well-suited environment for a beer tasting, centred around a large table with seating around the outside of the room, which means the focus rightly becomes the beer and the conversation.

To call it a ‘tasting’ may be a little unfair in that it might conjure up thoughts of an opportunistic sip of something new while you’re on your way in or out of a liquor store. This is more of an experience, taken deliberately slowly and thoughtfully to allow time for adequate digestion and discussion. The official title was the much more catchy ‘Sip & Sample’.

A large part of the fun comes from the range of people contributing to what becomes a fairly open forum: Geoff and Richard, the audience and a representative from the featured brewery – in this case the perfectly amicable Devon Tong from New Zealand’s Moa Brewing Company – all participated freely in the beer banter, leading to plenty of healthy, but not heated, discussions. As with the grand unveiling of any new project, there was a degree of uncertainty from Geoff and Richard as to how things would go. But due in no small part to their own efforts, they needn’t have worried. They orchestrated a great experience for their guests, notably with the food they had prepared personally to compliment the beer – no doubt having had to sample the beer many times beforehand just to ensure the flavours matched perfectly.

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