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The Weekend Series: five must-try meat-alternative products

You’re seeing it in our cafes, bars and restaurants, and more and more on our grocery shelves – vegan-friendly and plant-based products are becoming a part of the norm. While many of us in The Weekend Edition office are still carnivorously inclined, we’re supportive of any environmentally sustainable and ethical change in our food industry. Meat-substitute products are becoming more prevalent as a part of home cooking, but which ones are the best? We’ve assembled a hit list of five meat alternatives that are well worth trying. more

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A Melbourne company has just released the world’s first-ever cannabis gin
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A Melbourne company has just released the world’s first-ever cannabis gin

There was a time in history when cannabis was written off pretty heavily – the plant was demonised, misrepresented and seemingly always associated with negative imagery. Thankfully, times have changed and public perception is slowly but surely shifting – people are beginning to come around to the many positive uses of the plant across food, medicine, textiles and more. The Cannabis Company is a Melbourne-based outfit that is leading this innovative charge towards change, having just released the world’s first-ever gin distilled using cannabis terpenes. more

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Seven suds to sip – Newstead Brewing Co. introduces its Brewer’s Half Dozen just in time for Christmas
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Seven suds to sip – Newstead Brewing Co. introduces its Brewer’s Half Dozen just in time for Christmas

Folks, the festive season is fast approaching and that means that we have to get our thinking caps on when it comes to gifts. If you’re buying for a beer lover in your life – whether it’s your dear old dad, your next-door neighbour or that dude you barely know whose name you picked in the Secret Santa draw – Newstead Brewing Co. has come up with the perfect solution for your gifting woes. What do you get the beer boffin who has everything? A Brewer’s Half Dozen, of course! more

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In the spirit – Four Pillars releases its annual limited-edition Christmas Gin right on cue
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In the spirit – Four Pillars releases its annual limited-edition Christmas Gin right on cue

The first weekend in November really cements the reality that we are officially at the pointy end of the year – it's all downhill from here. It's also the time of year when much-loved Australian distiller Four Pillars releases its annual Christmas gin, which goes on sale this Saturday November 3. Last year it sold out within weeks, so consider this a friendly warning. more

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Smith & Deli-cious is the cookbook packed with (amazing) vegan versions of your favourite snacks
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Smith & Deli-cious is the cookbook packed with (amazing) vegan versions of your favourite snacks

If you’re still labouring under the misapprehension that vegan food just isn’t that good, you’ve obviously never paid a visit to Smith & Deli. The insanely popular Melbourne haunt has been feeding earthlings and fooling carnivores for years with its mouth-watering meals and treats, with people lining up around the block to get a taste. The masterminds behind this premier plant-based dining destination have been generous enough to reveal their secrets (read: pure sorcery) in the form of their new cookbook Smith & Deli-cious: Food from our Deli (That Happens to be Vegan). more

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Jimmy Brings arrives in Brisbane to solve your BYO blues
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Jimmy Brings arrives in Brisbane to solve your BYO blues

Summer barbecue weather is fast approaching, and Jimmy Brings is set to make it a cracking social season. After much anticipation, the alcohol delivery service launched in Brisbane this week, offering its express service to 29 lucky suburbs. If you’ve never met Jimmy Brings before, trust us – you’re going to love him. more

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The Weekend Series: be your own barista with these instant specialty coffee goodies
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The Weekend Series: be your own barista with these instant specialty coffee goodies

Don’t get it twisted – we’re never going to give up our barista-made coffee completely. The joy of sipping an expertly made cuppa is nearly unparalleled, but for convenience sake we’re open to the idea of getting a comparable caffeine hit at home or at work. Specialty coffee is expanding into the realm of instant brew – we're talking DIY brew kits, pods and sachets, which means we don’t need to spend energy grinding, brewing and pouring on our own whenever the energy levels dip. Here are some ingenious products that will bolster your coffee game considerably (and sustainably) – just don’t let the crew at your local coffee joint find out! more


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Push the button – Pod & Parcel delivers smart, delicious and eco-friendly coffee pods
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Push the button – Pod & Parcel delivers smart, delicious and eco-friendly coffee pods

If you’re a java junkie, you will no doubt be familiar with some of the struggles it entails. Having access to high-quality coffee is an expensive habit, not to mention the effort that it can sometimes take to track down a good brew. Like most coffee addicts you probably have access to a machine that takes pods, but we all know that even the better options o the market don’t really compare to a barista-made brew. Good news, folks – Pod & Parcel heard you and has come up with an incredible solution. more

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Colour pop – how blue nail polish is helping to combat a global epidemic
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Colour pop – how blue nail polish is helping to combat a global epidemic

Anyone who is fond of statement pieces or accessories knows that even the smallest details can start a conversation. Whether it’s a pair of earrings or some loud socks, sometimes the little things that make a look pop are the things that get people talking. The legends at the Polished Man movement have cottoned on to this notion and are harnessing the power of a point of difference to start a national conversation about violence against children – and the team at East 9th Brewing has jumped on board to spread the message. more

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Bittersweet sips – get a flight of bottled negroni delivered to your door
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Bittersweet sips – get a flight of bottled negroni delivered to your door

Can you imagine life without negronis? We'd rather not even try. If you too are an appreciator of this classic Italian aperitif, then hear this – you can now get a tasting flight of pre-bottled negronis from around Australia delivered to your door. That's six different negroni styles from various boutique bars and distilleries, all made by hand before being bottled (or tinned) and shipped for your sipping pleasure. more

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Say cheese to Brisbane’s new charming charcuterie delivery service
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Say cheese to Brisbane’s new charming charcuterie delivery service

If you’re anything like us, putting together the perfect charcuterie platter is a crucially important task. To do it right you need to source the best goods and that means that you might need to make a few stops around town. If you need to impress with a primo platter but don’t have the time to dash from shop to shop, we suggest reaching out to the team from Say Cheese, a handy service delivering cheese platters to the inner-city suburbs of Brisbane. more

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The colour of beer captured in a new brew by East 9th Brewing
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The colour of beer captured in a new brew by East 9th Brewing

If the craft beer world has taught us anything, it’s that beer comes in all tastes and colours. That being said, the kind of golden colouring that most ales possess is what we usually attribute to the beverage when we consider it. East 9th Brewing has taken the cheeky step of trademarking the colour of beer. Didn’t think it was possible? Well, think again buddy. The brewers have linked up with street-art outfitters Ironlak to capture the ideal colouring, then recreated it, canned it and distributed it for all beer lovers to enjoy. more

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Wish you were beer – Brewquets brings boozy gift bouquets to your door
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Wish you were beer – Brewquets brings boozy gift bouquets to your door

What gift do you buy for the person who has everything? Forget socks or vouchers – a beautiful bouquet of beer is where it’s at. This is not a drill – beer bouquets actually exist. Brewquets is the local Queensland business behind this hoppy gift idea, which sees Australian craft brews and treats lovingly packed in hessian drawstring totes and shipped to lucky people around the country. Sometimes, it’s good to let the beer do the talking. more

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Expand your knowledge and your liquor cabinet with a whisky subscription from Whisky Loot
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Expand your knowledge and your liquor cabinet with a whisky subscription from Whisky Loot

Whether you're a self-professed whiskey expert or just an eager social sipper that knows your single malts from your blends, the world of whisk(e)y is gathering more and more popularity. Lads and ladies alike have developed a keen appreciation for the fine spirit and while there is plenty of choice out there, it's always the hard-to-find bottles and drops from small-batch distillers that we're most keen to get our lips on. Here's the solution – a boutique whisky subscription service called Whisky Loot. more

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Beans to beers – Fonzie Abbott swaps to hops for its range of craft brews
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Beans to beers – Fonzie Abbott swaps to hops for its range of craft brews

When you think about it, the similarities between craft-beer brewers and coffee roasters is extensive – both endeavour to create the perfect depth of flavour, both love boutique ingredients and both have a bottomless well of enthusiasm and a desire to attain perfection. What happens when a coffee roaster tries its hand at brewing beer? Well, just ask the team at Fonzie Abbott. The popular caffeine merchant has just unveiled a range of craft beers for locals to lose their minds over. more