Author Archive for Dan

  1. How to make sure you are drinking fresh beer

    More often than not, the answer to drinking good beer, is drinking fresh beer. So in this blog post we discuss the 4 main factors that can cause good beer to go bad. We also give you a few pointers on what you can do to make sure the beer you buy tastes like it’s meant to.

  2. Eggnog and Assault Trifle home brew competition winners announced

    In November 2016 we had an email come through asking for the recipe for our Eggnog Stout, as the fella was keen to home brew it for some family Xmas drinking. It got us thinking, we had on our hands 2 very traditional Xmas beers. Assault Trifle & Eggnog Stout. In a cunning attempt to […]

  3. Eddie’s dad’s home beer tap system will make you re-evaluate your life’s priorities

    We all know, every man’s dream is to have cold fresh beer on tap in the comfort of his castle. Well some of us dream and some of us do. That’s what we love about Eddie’s dad Martin, he’s a doer. In this post, he takes us through his extremely boss system for drinking black hops beer on tap at home.

  4. Xmas beer comp: Brew Eggnog Stout or Assault Trifle better than us and win cool shit (recipes included)

    With Xmas only 5 weeks away we got thinking, let’s share our 2 most Christmassy recipes and put out a bit of a challenge.

    Have a crack at brewing these 2 beers, send us a bottle and win some sweet prizes.

  5. Craft beer prices: how much does beer cost to make?

    We often get asked how much it costs to brew our beer, so in this post we go into all of the costs associated with making one of our most popular craft beers, Beach House.

  6. What is Gypsy Brewing?

    In this post we talk about gypsy or contract brewing, in particular what it is, how we made it work for Black Hops and factors to consider if you are looking at making the jump from home brewing to commercial brewing.

  7. [PRESS RELEASE] Operation Brewery book launched: three guys’ journey from drinkers to brewery owners

    This is a press release for the launch of our book Operation Brewery, which tells the story of our journey from craft beer drinkers to brewery owners.

  8. Chinese commercial brewing equipment, six months on

    Three months ago we opened the doors to Black Hops after a solid 12 months of planning and setup. Since our first brew on 18 June we’ve been brewing regularly on our commercial brewing equipment sourced from China. We cover the story of our startup and the equipment at great lengths in our upcoming book, Operation […]

  9. Silver lining series 1: I Heart Lager collab with 4 Hearts Brewing

    As per our motto of being ‘the least covert operation in brewing’, we want to share all of our brewing stories with you, both good and bad. Brews don’t always go according to plan, but as we’ve found out, sometimes this can be a good thing! We’ll be doing a series in the blog, on […]

  10. Black Hops August update: upcoming events, what’s on tap and beers coming soon

    It’s been an exciting past few months for Black Hops with the launch of our brewery and taproom in Burleigh last month. Here is an update on some events we are part of, the current beers on tap and upcoming brews. Events Dan Norris guest speaker, Startup Grind, Brisbane: Thursday 28 July from 5pm Black […]