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Australian brews with a German accent

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Raise a stein to the Bavarians, who perfected the art of brewing a few hundred years before Australia was colonised and enshrined the process into law to make sure it never strayed too far from the essentials: malt, hops, yeast and water.

Know your beer
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Know your beer

Introducing... the Crafty Bavarian The first cab off the rank for this new brewery operation is the Crafty Bavarian range, which is staying true to the German brewing traditions that have influenced brewing processes for centuries. They launched with a lager, a blonde, a hefeweizen and a pale ale, to ensure they paid homage to the German roots of the brewing company while also making sure they were making sessionable beers for the Australian climate. The Crafty Sisters The Crafty Sisters is the international range of beers from the Urban Brewing Co that boasts more passport stamps than a 20-year-old back-packer. For Latin lovers they brewed a Mexican-style lager for afternoon sessions that require a cold, refreshing beer. Japan’s growing craft beer scene infl uenced the Japanese-style pilsner that has a soft, fruity aroma and a clean fi nish. And since no round-the-world trip is complete without a European stopover, they added an Italian golden lager and an Italian pilsner to their stable to bring holiday vibes to every get together.

Beer and food pairings
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Beer and food pairings

There aren't many dishes that can't find their perfect match in a hoppy ale, a cleansing lager or a malty brew. Don't believe us? Give these a try.

Walking the hop line
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Walking the hop line

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The legacy of German brewing
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The legacy of German brewing

We should all raise a stein to the Reinheitsgebot because, 500 years later, Germany's bier purity law is inspiring Australian brewers to make their best beers.

The rise of the session ale
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The rise of the session ale

The term session ale is relatively new one in the world of local craft beers, but it’s a term we are starting to see a lot more often, and it signals a change to our local beer scene.

Mini-breaks in brewery towns
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Mini-breaks in brewery towns

Pick a holiday-worthy destination that boasts a quality craft brewery and enjoy the best of both worlds - Australia is full of them.

Meet the crafty Bavarian
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Meet the crafty Bavarian

Did you know that the Löwenbräu Keller, now known as Munich Brauhaus, has been serving Bavarian fare and tall beers in Sydney for 40 years? In the oftentimes-cutthroat Sydney hospitality scene that’s a near miracle, and Dom Dighton has been there for most of it. Dighton, 50, has been working for the Urban Purveyor Group (UPG) for 25 years, wending his way up from the cellars at Löwenbräu to become the General Manager Urban Beverage Operations, and the hospitality group’s resident beer professor. But his love for quality brews goes back even further than his tenure at the Sydney hospitality juggernaut. Like many fresh-faced school-leavers, Dighton took off to Europe when he was 20 and found himself at Oktoberfest. He was so enamoured with the famous Bavarian craft beer festival that he went back the following year with friends, and by his mid-twenties Dighton had settled into a role at the famous Sydney Bavarian-themed restaurant and bar. Not long after that, in 1998, the Bavarian Hospitality Group’s import licence expanded to include bottled beers as well as kegs for their venues, and Dighton was offered the opportunity to head up the new venture. “The chief executive at the time, John Szangolies, said ‘Dom, I need someone to go out and sell this beer. Would you be interested?’ I said ‘yes, but I don’t really know anything about beer’. So he sent me down to the University of Ballarat to do a one week live-in intensive short course in malting and brewing. It gives you a top

What goes into the perfect schnitzel?
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What goes into the perfect schnitzel?

If there’s one thing that UPG knows how to do, it’s schnitzel. With a portfolio of ten Bavarian Bier Cafés, two Munich Brauhaus bier halls and a new fast casual spin-off, the Bavarian, they get a lot of practice at flattening and crumbing cutlets before frying them to a golden crisp. 

Craft beer venues in Sydney
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Craft beer venues in Sydney

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Craft beer venues in Melbourne
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Craft beer venues in Melbourne

Our southern neighbour is famously warm over summer so if you're planning a mini-break make sure you keep these venues in mind for when you need frosty refreshment.

The Bavarian and Fratelli Famous
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The Bavarian and Fratelli Famous

We realise being spoiled for choice is a nice problem to have, but sometimes you really just can’t decide if you want a schnitzel and a stein or a pizza and wine. Fortunately there are people out there who understand that these decisions can cripple the  best-laid dinner plans, and have decided to solve this culinary conundrum with a dual venue.  That’s right, folks; the famous Bavarian Bier Cafés and Fratelli Fresh are joining forces to create a quick-fire Bavarian-Italian dining hub.

El Camino Cantina
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El Camino Cantina

As one of the oldest parts of the city, the Rocks has sandstone ale houses and haunted terraces to spare, but they've been low on Tex Mex party vibes, until now. El Camino Cantina has just opened down on Argyle Street, and they're packing as much neon signage, hot sauce and frozen Margaritas as they can into the old Ananas site. The menu is all about tasty hot pockets in shapes and sizes, so you've got tacos, fajitas, quesadillas, nachos, enchiladas and burritos. 

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