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Meet Long Rays – the Brisbane-born mixer making happy-hour drinks an all-Australian affair
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Meet Long Rays – the Brisbane-born mixer making happy-hour drinks an all-Australian affair

It only takes a quick glance at the shelves of any independent bottle shop to realise Australia's craft-spirits scene is in the best shape of its life. Our burgeoning distillery industry is producing world-beating tipples at a rapid clip, proving the potency of our country's botanical bounty. Looking to match the quality of our spirits is Long Rays – an independent beverage brand born under the Queensland sun that is designing distillery-vetted and bartender-approved mixers that eschew synthetic additives in favour of home-grown ingredients – elevating and enhancing vodka sodas and gin and tonics forever. more

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VoVos, Crackles and Gaytimes galore – chocolatier Koko Black unleashes a nostalgia-laden collection
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VoVos, Crackles and Gaytimes galore – chocolatier Koko Black unleashes a nostalgia-laden collection

There’s something undeniably charming about the classic Australian snack landscape. A combination of nostalgia, simplicity and straight-up deliciousness has cemented some truly incredible culinary creations into our country’s treats canon. Show us an Aussie that doesn’t go gaga for a Gaytime, loopy for a lamington or wacky for a Wagon Wheel and we will eat our collective hats! It is within this timeless selection of sweets that beloved artisan chocolatier Koko Black has found its latest inspiration, launching a limited-edition Australian Classics collection that will delight your tastebuds while igniting some serious throwback feels. more

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Get a little taste of Paris with OLALA's French food experiences delivered to your door
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Get a little taste of Paris with OLALA’s French food experiences delivered to your door

Summer sojourns may be off the menu for the foreseeable future (thanks again, COVID), but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy a little taste of Paris thanks to OLALA's French-food boxes. Loaded with everything you need to create a top-notch French feast including step-by-step recipes, quality French foodstuffs and even a Spotify playlist to set the mood. Bon appétit! more

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Off the leash – BrewDog's Brisbane-brewed beers go national
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Off the leash – BrewDog’s Brisbane-brewed beers go national

It's a hard unit of measurement to gauge, but if we had to record the levels of excitement that surrounded the opening of BrewDog's Murrarie HQ in November last year, the readings would be off the charts. The arrival of the Scottish-born brewing giant sent reverberations across the country's craft-beer community, but only from this week has Australia at large been able to sample the flavours of BrewDog's Brisbane-brewed bevvies. The hop heads at BrewDog have just launched an Australian e-commerce site, meaning that folks outside of Brisbane can snag the brewery's Aussie range in the comfort of their own home. more

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Smoothies in a cinch – sort your morning mix with help from Persys and Co
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Smoothies in a cinch – sort your morning mix with help from Persys and Co

Spring is just around the corner and with it comes a whole host of fresh seasonal fruit to devour. To us warm weather means it's smoothie season, but if you don't have the time to pop to the farmer's markets to stock up, or can't spare time to wash, chop and freeze your haul to avoid spoilage, allow us to introduce you to Persys and Co – a brand-new distributor of ready-to-blend smoothie packs chock full of Australian fruit and veg. The brainchild of a Brisbane-based sibling duo is looking to shake up our routines – so if you're eager to make the smoothie process even smoother, have a gander at what these 'whizz' kids (pun intended) are whipping up. more

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Big taste without big consequences – Big Drop Brewing Co. brings its low-alcohol brews to our shores
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Big taste without big consequences – Big Drop Brewing Co. brings its low-alcohol brews to our shores

In a perfect world, the advent of spring would come with an influx of social occasions rapidly filling up our social calendars. Picnics, barbecues, parties – sometimes many of these events land on the same day (there are only so many weekends to go around). When you're busy being a social butterfly, it helps having a beverage that won't have you stumbling from one soiree to the next, or too hung over for round two the next day. Big Drop Brewing Co. – one of the world's leading producers of ultra-low-alcohol craft beers – is arriving in Australia this week, debuting its heralded range of frothy beverages that are perfect for sustained summer sipping without the ensuing sore head. more

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Four Pillars unveils a palate-pleasing olive-leaf gin
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Four Pillars unveils a palate-pleasing olive-leaf gin

As distilleries around the country turn their attention towards creating pretty-hued sweet sips in line with current trends, the boutique Victorian-based Four Pillars is doing things a little differently and has created what could very well be the world's first olive-leaf gin. The savoury swill is guaranteed to have you dreaming of Mediterranean getaways and sojourns by the seaside, which is as close as we can get to a European adventure for the foreseeable future so we'll take it! more

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Enjoy a little taste of Melbourne's food scene with high-end staples from Co-Lab Pantry
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Enjoy a little taste of Melbourne’s food scene with high-end staples from Co-Lab Pantry

One of the things we missed the most during the craziness of 2020 was the experience of sharing really good food with excellent company. The silver lining – if there was one to be found – was that after a few too many baking fails, we have a newfound appreciation for culinary wizards that keep our favourite kitchens running. Sure, talent is one thing but ask any chef anywhere and they'll tell you that the secret to every amazing dish starts and ends with quality ingredients. To put it bluntly, you can't polish a turd. If you are eager to up the ante in the kitchen and want to invest in some quality pantry staples, you need Co-Lab Pantry in your life. more


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Sip better with Notwasted's curated selection of minimal-intervention natural wines
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Sip better with Notwasted’s curated selection of minimal-intervention natural wines

Once upon a time, your wine selection was basically red or white. Nowadays, if you peruse the wine list of your favourite restaurant, you're likely to come across a plethora of 'new' varieties including orange, skin contact, pet-nat and biodynamic – but what the heck does it all mean? To keep you up-to-date with cultural currency, Notwasted is here to help you navigate the wild (and tasty) new world of natural and minimal-intervention wines, and deliver them to your door. more

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Sip (almost) guilt-free with HALO's low-sugar, low-carb spiked kombucha
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Sip (almost) guilt-free with HALO’s low-sugar, low-carb spiked kombucha

If you've grown a little bored of beer, can't be stuffed with cocktails and dare we say, even a touch weary of wine – there's a new player on the ready-to-drink beverage scene that's brewing up a refreshing alternative that is low is sugar, carbs and calories but high in taste – can you guess what it is? It's called HALO Alcoholic Kombucha and it's here to help you sip a little lighter. more

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Taste Groovin the Moo with a tin of Cattleyard Brewing Co.
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Taste Groovin the Moo with a tin of Cattleyard Brewing Co.

If you've been to a Groovin the Moo festival back when mass gatherings weren't banned, singing wasn't outlawed and Footloose was just a movie, you've probably cracked a tin or two of Cattleyard Brewing Co. as you partied in the paddock. Sadly, since COVID-19 has cancelled fun, the Cattleyard Brewing Co. team were forced to rethink their operations and the silver lining, fellow beer fiends, is that now you can now enjoy a frothy at home and relive the glory days. more

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Get a spoonful of nostalgia with a side of health courtesy of crum.
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Get a spoonful of nostalgia with a side of health courtesy of crum.

Remember sneaking into the pantry as a kid with a tablespoon (because teaspoons were for suckers) and eating Milo straight out of the tin? Who knows if it was the fear of getting caught or the immediate sugar rush but either way, it tasted so damn good. Inspired by these universal childhood memories, Heidi Briggs set out to recreate the experience just sans the guilt. The result is crum. more

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Get a box of cheesy goodness delivered to your door thanks to Mould Cheese Collective
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Get a box of cheesy goodness delivered to your door thanks to Mould Cheese Collective

Okay, we'll come right out and say it – we love cheese. In fact, we spend a disproportionate amount of our days thinking about, talking about and eating cheese. Whether it's a bitey blue, a creamy camembert or a gooey goat's cheese – it's all gouda (sorry, couldn't resist). If you too possess a deep love for cheesy goodness, we're willing to go out on a limb and suggest you might also appreciate the Mould Cheese Collective – a monthly delivery of happiness to your door.  more

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Sip responsibly and hangover-free with zero-alcohol gin from Banks & Burbidge
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Sip responsibly and hangover-free with zero-alcohol gin from Banks & Burbidge

There are a plethora of reasons why you might be keen to give booze the boot – two-day hangovers, general health, financial gains and saving yourself from post-party remorse, just to name a few. Regardless of your 'why', up until fairly recently, non-alcoholic alternatives have, well, kind of sucked. Thankfully, as Bob Dylan once mused, the times they are a changin' and non-drinkers are no longer relegated to sipping sugary soft-drinks or bland beverages. The past few years have seen some excellent alcohol-free alternatives pop up on the market. One such option is Banks & Burbidge's alcohol-free gin, which looks and tastes like the real deal minus the drama. more

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Beer to botanicals – White Lies Brewing enters the spirit game with Ginesis
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Beer to botanicals – White Lies Brewing enters the spirit game with Ginesis

Even though 2020 has been a turbulent year, there's never been a better time to be a gin lover in Queensland. The last couple of years have seen several local operators launch well-received small-batch distilleries around Brisbane and the Gold Coast, including Winston Quinn, Brisbane Distillery, Fonzie Abbott and Grandad Jack's. Now Sumner-based craft-beer brewery White Lies Brewing is getting in on the action, releasing Ginesis – its debut range of craft gins – this Friday July 3. more

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The Stores Grocer unveils Queensland's first refillable wine dispensary
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The Stores Grocer unveils Queensland’s first refillable wine dispensary

The Stores Grocer in West End was already the stuff of turophile's sweet, delicious dreams thanks to a dedicated cheese room crammed with over 150 different blocks, chocks and wheels sitting pretty alongside delightfully fresh seafood, artisanal cured meat and no less than 20 different varieties of olives. What more could you ask for? Well, foodie friends, the fine folk at The Stores Grocer have upped the ante on sustainability and convenience, unveiling a refillable wine bottle station so now it truly is a one-stop shop. Go ahead, take all of our monies. more

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Set your alarm clock – Aldi is slinging $70 SodaStreams this Saturday
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Set your alarm clock – Aldi is slinging $70 SodaStreams this Saturday

Bubbles make everything better – parties, baths, champagne, water. If you're sipping still drinks like a sucker, make haste to your nearest Aldi on Saturday June 20 and nab yourself a SodaStream Spirit Machine for just 70 dollar bucks. The soda maker is part of the brand's Special Buys and if you've never experienced an Aldi run on drop day, well, you're in for a treat.  more

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Spice up your next dinner party with a Noch Noch Momo kit
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Spice up your next dinner party with a Noch Noch Momo kit

When you break it down, the dining-out experience is about more than just having someone else cook for once. We go out to enjoy the atmosphere and to bask in the collective energy of the restaurant in full flight. Sights, sounds and smells all play a part in making a night out special, which is hard to replicate when you're cooking at home. Noch Noch Momo is a new meal-kit concept that aims to bring a touch of that stimulating fun to your kitchen, providing everything you'll need for a memorable Nepalese feast! more

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Sip a G&T sans the sauce from Monday Distillery
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Sip a G&T sans the sauce from Monday Distillery

As a nation, Australians are among some of the heaviest drinkers in the world. If you find that statistic unsettling, you are not alone. Alcohol can not only have a detrimental impact on your overall health but also your mental wellbeing – after all, who hasn't had that feeling of instant remorse after doing or saying something stupid whilst under the influence? As a result, more and more Australians are opting to go booze-free for a bit (or for good) however, the downside to this healthy life-change is that you will be guaranteed to face some probing questions from well-meaning mates but also some fairly bland beverage choices. If you still want to enjoy the social side of drinking without the hangover, crack a bottle from Monday Distillery. more