S04E01 – AWOL Series, The Founding Story of AWOL

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The Operating Brewery podcast is back for Season 4. This season is all about our new Barrel-aged beer project, AWOL. In Episode 1 we go into the story on how AWOL came to be. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or Android. Click here to access all episodes of the Operation Brewery Podcast. Mentions AWOL taproom and tours Black …

Press Release: Black Hops Launches AWOL, Queensland’s First Dedicated Barrel Aged Beer Taproom

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Gold Coast, Queensland: April 2021 Award winning Gold Coast craft brewery Black Hops are opening Queensland’s first dedicated barrel aged beer taproom, known as AWOL. Barrel aged beers are made using an ancient brewing technique which results in the fermenting beers being transferred to oak barrels that have previously stored wine or spirits. They are then left to age for …

GABS Hottest 100 Wrap Up: Getting G.O.A.T. Into The Top 5

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The GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beer countdown is the biggest ‘people’s choice’ craft beer poll in the country, with 1000’s of beers from all over Australia vying for the chance to claim a place within the pantheon of the favourite craft beers in the land. This year’s countdown took place on Saturday, 23 January, and the vibe across our …

Our First Truly Wild Fermented Beer, Made by the Creek in the Gold Coast Hinterland

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If you’ve followed our story recently you may know that Black Hops founders Govs, Eddie and myself recently went off the beaten track on an overnight, ‘not so covert’ mission to brew a wild fermented ale. With the pending launch of our AWOL barrel aged beer brand and taproom, we wanted to tap into an ancient brewing technique known as …

Water Chemistry Part 2: Maintaining Consistency Across Our 3 Breweries

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Back in 2018 we wrote a blog post called Water Chemistry: The Science of Brewing an Epic Beer, where we talked about the importance of water in the brewing process. Despite being plain on the eye and palate, water is actually a complex chemical beast, consisting of salts, ions and minerals, that must be analysed and tweaked during the brewing …

Why You Should Drink Hoppy Beer Fresh

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When it comes to craft beer, the saying ‘drink fresh’ is a good adage to drink by. And this is especially the case when it comes to beers that contain a strong hops flavour profile, such as Pale Ale’s, Hazy’s & IPA’s. Previously on the blog we’ve published an article called ‘How To Make Sure You Are Drinking The Freshest …