What gives each beer it's distinctive taste, and which is better - bottles or cans? Become an expert in the interesting world of beer.

  • The yeast of our problems

    By Michael Donaldson, Chair of Judges, New World Beer & Cider Awards

    One of the most frequently asked questions in the beer world is “what’s the difference between ale and lager?” To be perfectly honest, these days, not much. But 500 years ago? Quite a lot.  see more

  • Bottles or cans - which is best?

    By Michael Donaldson, Chair of Judges, New World Beer & Cider Awards

    More and more brewers are putting their beer in cans, destroying the long-held belief that cans are the domain of cheap beer.  see more

  • IPA, APA, XPA – it’s exasperating

    By Michael Donaldson, Chair of Judges, New World Beer & Cider Awards

    Once upon a time the only letters you might have seen on a barrel of beer were XX. These days you’ll find IPA, APA, XPA, ESB … and yes, in the case of that famous Brisbane beer, XXXX.  see more

  • What’s that in my beer?

    By Michael Donaldson, Chair of Judges, New World Beer & Cider Awards

    Most beer still conforms to the so-called German purity law of 1516 – or reingheitsgebot – that dictates beer should feature only water, malt, hops and yeast.   see more

  • Hour of sour

    By Michael Donaldson, Chair of Judges, New World Beer & Cider Awards

    One of the stand-outs in the 2017 New World Beer and Cider Awards was the winner of the experimental and speciality category: Petrus Aged Pale.   see more