On the Shelf: “Huxtabrew” by Huxtaburger

“It’s official. We did it. Our own beer. Introducing HUXTABREW!!!,” announced the Huxtaburger team via social media just a few weeks ago, heralding a big step for the loved Melbourne burger chain. The brand has long been a go-to for Melbourne burger fiends, and a sharper focus on their alcoholic offerings can only strengthen that status, with extra points for actually having the dedication to launch their very own bottled beer.... Read More | Share it now!

On the Shelf: Stolen Smoked Rum

Caribbean-sourced, Florida-bottled, New Zealand’s Stolen rum made waves a few years ago with a distinctive Coffee & Cigarettes flavour, but now they are pushing in an entirely new direction: rebranding as the world’s first smoked rum, maintaining a similar taste but toning down the sweetness and lifting the smokiness. ... Read More | Share it now!

On the Shelf: Graham Norton’s Own Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015

British talk show host (and truly one of the only entertaining ones out there) Graham Norton has been dabbling in a completely different trade as of late, partnering with inventive New Zealand winemaker Invivo to produce his very own Sauvignon Blanc. This isn’t the first time a celebrity has gone hands-on with the wine business, but so far cynicism doesn’t seem be playing a part, with the wine going on to sell over 400,000 bottles in the six months since its release. This has obviously caught the attention of wine distributors across Australia, and so ubiquitous alcohol hub BWS have come on to sell the wine exclusively across the country. ... Read More | Share it now!

On the Shelf: “Chocolate” by Kirsten Tibballs

Australian pastry chef Kirsten Tibballs enjoys a sterling reputation across around the globe, no doubt fueled by the title of “Queen of Chocolate” that follows her around wherever she goes. She has won gold medals at international pasty events, judged chocolate competitions in Paris and Japan, and has well and truly become one of Australia’s most anticipated chocolatiers. It’s then with great enthusiasm we went along to the launch of latest book, Chocolate, where the focus couldn’t be more obvious.... Read More | Share it now!

On the Shelf: Mr Black x Campos Panama Geisha Coffee Liqueur

Now that they’re very well established and have a high repute behind them, awarded Australian coffee liqueur Mr Black have once again teaming up with the legendary Campos Speciality Roasters for a special collaboration brew, their second in less than a year. In December of last year we took a look at the first collaboration between the two brands – which is still very much in high demand, or so I’m told; now they have gone and taken this whole thing to the next level, sourcing what is currently the most highly sought after coffee bean in the world – Panama Geisha – to create a premium edition Mr Black that will be very limited in availability. We got to try some at a recent event held at Neil Perry’s famous Rockpool Est. 1989 – one of the last brunches ever for the iconic restaurant, before they close and re-open as Eleven Bridge.... Read More | Share it now!

On the Shelf: Doritos x Pizza Hut BBQ Meatlovers Corn Chips

Two years ago Doritos and Pizza Hut partnered up to offer Australians a limited edition Doritos Crunch Crust Pizza, a relatively well-received shot at collaborative junk food that was successful enough to warrant another team-up between the brands, even if it was divisive in taste – a corn and pepperoni aftertaste? no thanks. This time around, roles have been switched and Doritos have welcomed Pizza Hut to their realm with the BBQ Meatlovers Corn Chips, said to capture the flavour of the pizza hub’s popular BBQ Meatlovers pizza. For lovers of junk food, there could be nothing sweeter than the prospect of bite-sized slices of their fav pizza in crunchy form – emphasis on the word ‘sweet’.... Read More | Share it now!

On the Shelf: Johnnie Walker Green Label (Re-Release 2016)

Around 10 years ago Johnnie Walker introduced their Green Label blend into the market and it remained one of the most well-received expressions for the iconic Scotch Whisky, until it disappeared. The blended malt whisky was somewhat of an outlier in JW’s core range, but nonetheless it was loved for it’s complex profile and, when it was made exclusive to the Taiwan market in 2012, demand to bring it back was fervent.... Read More | Share it now!

On the Shelf: Little Creatures “The Hotchkiss Six” (Limited Release)

Little Creatures answered the summer sun with the excellent Dog Days as part of their seasonal release series, but winter has demanded something very different from the famous craft brewers. Blowing in with the furious winds is a domestic stout by the name of The Hotchkiss Six, a dark link back to one of the original single batch beers which was known as The Dreadnought, named for a battleship which sailed around in the early 20th century. On board the Dreadnought was a six calibre gun referred to as “The Hotchkiss”, hence the name.... Read More | Share it now!