Giulians 2nd Meet the Brewer and Putt for Cash evening was a great success! Congratulations to Allan Alvarez – the winning putt of the evening!

Thank you to all who attended and for those of you who couldn’t make it- here are some of the highlights.



The Brewer

So what happens when 2 American-born lacrosse players with a love of homebrew, meet halfway across the world?  They open a brewery in Sydney of course!  In 2013 Andrew Fineran and Chris Sidwa opened Batch Brewing Co, transforming an old panel-beaters workshop space in Marrickville into a brewery and tasting room – complete with polished concrete, black walls, mural art and an ethos of ‘we brew for you‘.  And brew is what they do.

Batch Brewing Company brews beer the traditional way, handcrafted and batch by batch.  Apart from a few regulars, the range changes every few weeks – so each batch is a limited release.  If you head to Batch Brewing Co’s website you can check out each their batches, past and present (all 169 of them!)

You can drop in to taste the latest batches and take home a growler (1.89L), a bomber (640ml) or a 4 pack (440ml cans) filled with the beer of your choice.   Batch also offer private brewery tours, where they will show you around, and share the science and art behind each Batch. Tours are on Saturday and Sunday at 12:30pm and 2:30pm by booking only, so email for more information and to book in.

The Beer

Tom Walker of Batch Brewing took us through some beers on the evening.  Four beers were for tasting – American Pale Ale, Trippy Hippie’s Voodoo Gold, Pash the Magic Dragon and Elsie the Milk Stout.  Scroll down for tasting notes and other information on each beer!

The evening’s beer selection.
Tom Walker from Batch Brewing introducing Adam Gittings to Batch beer.
Gary with a glass of Elsie and Phil with a glass of Voodoo Gold perhaps?

American Pale Ale, Trippy Hippie’s Voodoo Gold, Pash the Magic Dragon and Elsie the Milk Stout.

The Putting

Jorge, taking the first putt of the evening – and it was a close one!
Looking good!
Maybe next time Greg!
Is this the look of hope Lance?
Speed-racer Eugene.
Nice try Navodit!
Don’t worry Robin, no-one is watching!
No luck this time Phil!
Josh from the Four Seasons, channelling his inner Rambo? Unfortunately, it didn’t work!
Deep in concentration, little did Adam know Allan was about to wander on in!
Our serial late-comer has his 1st putt, within 2 minutes of stepping in the door.
Winner winner! Well done Allan.
Vini, trying to add a little tailwind to his putt…
…I’m thinking it didn’t work!
Action shot – better luck in November Nick!
No luck this time Mark!
Better luck next time Himalaya!
The closing putt of the evening – not even David could steal the prize from Allan.
Beer in one hand, a prize in the other!
What’s that old saying – winners are grinners?!

Thanks again to everyone who came along, and we look forward to seeing everyone at our next Meet the Brewer night (or maybe something different), which will be on Wednesday 14th November.  The pot will be reset to $500!

Please email if you would like to know more about our next event, or if you have any feedback, comments or questions.  We would love to hear from you.


By Alice | Posted on September 28, 2018

Visiting Sydney soon?  You may have already researched where to eat during your stay, but sometimes a brilliant wine list can help make the decision easier!

The Annual Wine List of the Year Awards, held last month, is the Oscars for restaurant owners and sommelier’s wine lists as they learn how their carefully constructed list stack up.  2018 was the 25th year of this award.

The most important part of the night is the all important “Glass” rating where restaurants find out if they have received 1, 2 or 3 Glasses, just as they do with “Chefs Hats” for their chefs creations in the kitchen.  Sydney is proud to boast 55 restaurants awarded with a 3 wine glass rating.

In addition there are dozens of other categories that cover individual states, city / country, by the glass, beer, sparkling, aperitif, digestive, wines from each state, to read the full 2018 list click here.  Scroll down to see the list of Sydney’s 3 Glass restaurants and the National Award Winners.


Aria Restaurant – Best Sparkling List 2018 – photo courtesy @jeymin.ny



Altitude, Aqua Dining, Aria Sydney, Ash Street Sydney, Balcon by Tapavino, Balla, Bambini Trust, Banksii Vermouth Bar, Bar H Dining, Bennelong, Bentley Restaurant, Bert’s Bar, Bibo Wine Bar, Cafe Sydney, Catalina, Century, Cirrus, Cut Bar and Dining, Dear Saint Eloise, Devine Food and Wine, Dolphin, Felix, Flying Fish, Fred’s, Fujisaki, Glass, Golden Century, Hubert, Icebergs, Love Tilly Devine, Manta, Momofuku Seiobo, Monopole, Mr Wong, Nomad Sydney, One Ford Street, Ormeggio, Oscillate Wildly, Pendolino, Pilu at Freshwater, Prime, Public Dining Room, Quay, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Rosetta Sydney, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Sake The Rocks, Sokyo, Sixpenny, Spice Temple Sydney, Tetsuya’s, Uccello, Wine Library, Yellow



BEST WINE LIST – Aria Brisbane

BEST NEW LIST – Dear Sainte Eloise


BEST LIST BY THE GLASS – Bentley Restaurant


BEST APERITIF – Devine Food and Wine


@devinefoodandwine – Best Aperitif Wine List 2018


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By Alice | Posted on August 14, 2018