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Taste of summer – Gelatissimo teams up with Bundaberg for ginger-beer gelato
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Taste of summer – Gelatissimo teams up with Bundaberg for ginger-beer gelato

The mercury is rising to record temperatures and air-conditioning units everywhere are being turned on full bore – electricity bill be damned! The scorching summer is sending all of us into a heat-stricken frenzy, manically searching for something to cool us down and restore our sanity. Well, a new partnership between Gelatissimo and Bundaberg Brewed Drinks is looking to provide the cool change we need in the form of some tantalising ginger-beer gelato. more

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Stone & Wood’s Pacific Ale gets the tinnie treatment to celebrate ten years of brews
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Stone & Wood’s Pacific Ale gets the tinnie treatment to celebrate ten years of brews

It’s hard to believe that it was ten long years since the first kegs of Stone & Wood’s now-iconic Pacific Ale rolled out of the indie Byron Bay brewery. The beer’s cult favourite status was cemented early on – the combination of big fruity hops, cloudy haze and a refreshing finish makes it the perfect potion for our steamy summers. To celebrate its anniversary, Stone & Wood is giving Pacific Ale the tinnie treatment with a permanent range of cans. more

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The Weekend Series: five rosés under $25 (that are actually really good)
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The Weekend Series: five rosés under $25 (that are actually really good)

Ahh, rosé – is there anything it can’t do? It’s safe to say our love affair with the pink-hued drop isn’t waning any time soon, and why would it? This summertime staple is a perfect drink for the warmer months. If you want to impress your pals at your next picnic or soiree, we’ve rounded up five killer bottles of rosé that taste bloody amazing and won’t cost an arm and a leg – because we love to help you look fancy without hurting your wallet. more

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Nothing like Nescafé – a Brisbane brewing legend launches Instant Specialty coffee
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Nothing like Nescafé – a Brisbane brewing legend launches Instant Specialty coffee

For anyone with functioning tastebuds, instant coffee is generally only turned to as a last resort – after all, it’s actually charitable to call the tinned stuff you buy in bulk at the supermarket ‘coffee’. It sucks, because the theory of being able to whip up a delicious brew in two minutes is pretty darn appealing – but how do you actually marry quality with convenience in the process? We’re in luck, because local Brisbane brewing legend Marcus Allison has cracked the code with his Instant Speciality coffee. more

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Stock up on pepperberry goats cheese from Meredith Dairy
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Stock up on pepperberry goats cheese from Meredith Dairy

It’s unlikely us Queenslanders would encounter wild pepperberries, seeing as its native to Tasmania. That won’t stop it being the spice of the season, especially if Meredith Dairy has anything to do with it. The specialty cheese and yoghurt outfit is using the pepperberry to imbue its goats cheese with an addictive and quintessentially Australian flavour. If you’re in charge of putting on the snack spread this festive season, this one is sure to please. more

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Clean eating made convenient – Nourish’d delivers hearty and healthy meals straight to your door
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Clean eating made convenient – Nourish’d delivers hearty and healthy meals straight to your door

Let’s be honest – in our extremely time-poor society, the struggle to eat well can be extremely real. For those willing to sacrifice half of a precious Sunday to meal prep, we salute you – but the rest of us would like something a little more convenient, thank you very much. If you’ve been looking for a speedy solution to your mealtime woes, the answer is here – Nourish’d has got your back with a whopping range of hearty, healthy and ready-to-eat meals delivered straight to your door. more

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The Weekend Series: splash out this Christmas with five boozy advent calendars
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The Weekend Series: splash out this Christmas with five boozy advent calendars

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me... an advent calendar that was a little bit boozy! Before long we’ll be counting down the days to Christmas, but while everyone else is looking for your run-of-the-mill chocolate-filled advent calendars, we’ve got our eye on some boxes packed with a little bit more Christmas ‘sprit’. Alcohol advent calendars are all the range this year, with types to suit any kind of drinker. If you’re a gin giver, beer hound or whisky lover, we’re sure you’ll love one of these five festive advent calendars. more


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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