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We get to explore and connect and learn. Uniting those who value meticulously curated brews. Knowing the difference between marketing fluff and something truly handcrafted—with our simple, homespun blends.
Beers Arriving in Australia
We’ve had craft beer arrive in Australia from the usual suspects in the recent years. Namely, North America and New Zealand. As well as some less expected places, including all parts of Europe, the Middle East and Japan. At Good Beer Week, Melbourne even welcomed a joyous band of Brazilian brewers to town. Coupled with crazy tales, fun beers and leaving behind the odd collaboration.
Now we can add Ireland to the list with beers. An addition to some of the rising stars of the country’s thriving microbrewery scene heading Down Under. Among them will be beers from World Beer Cup medal-winning Cork brewery Eight Degrees Brewing. A fast-growing operation set up by a Kiwi called Scott and an Aussie called Cam. They’ve been enticed to send their beers to Australia by an Irish couple who moved to Melbourne two years ago and, inspired by their adventures during Good Beer Week. Deciding to leave the corporate world behind and follow a craft beer dream instead.
Far Side Beers’ Something
Mairead Kennedy, who with husband Colm has just opened Far Side Beers in Camberwell were blown away by the extent of the industry. “I was ready for a change when we moved to Australia, after 19 years in pharmaceutical manufacturing, but I took the easy option after moving here and took a job in pharm.
“During Good Beer Week I started to formulate an idea that I wanted to do something in beer.”
That “something in beer” has since become the aforementioned Camberwell bottleshop and much more besides. The couple threw themselves into homebrewing and Mairead began studying for a postgraduate qualification in brewing under brewing guru Peter Aldred at the Federation University in Ballarat. By the time Far Side Beers opened in September, she’d walked away from her successful two decade career, assisted by a mentor from the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce with his own connections in the local beer and hospo world, to work full time at the tiny store and with plans in place to get the first major shipment of Irish craft beers into the country.
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