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Long live goon! Level up your cardbordeaux game with these boutique boxed wines
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Long live goon! Level up your cardbordeaux game with these boutique boxed wines

There’s no point dancing around the obvious – boxed wine has a bad rep. Even reading the words “boutique cask wine” probably seems at odds with everything your youth has taught you about the humble goon sack. We’re here to tell you that vino in a box is making a seriously snazzy comeback – you can leave Goon of Fortune, Fruity Lexia (makes you sexier) and preservative hangovers of doom in the past! Some clever companies have cottoned on to the benefits of this humble Australian classic, so we’re here to walk you through the brave new world of grown-up goon. more

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The round-up: your guide to hard seltzers – the unofficial drink of summer
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The round-up: your guide to hard seltzers – the unofficial drink of summer

So, let's talk about seltzers. In particular, hard seltzers. It's pretty much being dubbed the unofficial drink of summer, but what the heck is a seltzer? It's pretty simple. It's boozy, fizzy water and it's starting to dominate the normally sugar-heavy and calorie-laden RTD market. Seltzers have been big business in America for a while, and it's now making waves in Australia, with a bunch of breweries and booze makers (from the big players to the local outfits) jumping on board to create their version of the carbonated sort-of-healthy sip. Traditionally, seltzers are 'brewed', kind of like beer, with fermented grain or rice creating the booziness – or there are some brands simply adding alcohol to fizzy water. Either way, these gluten-free, low-calorie, not-too-sweet sips are gathering steam, and it looks like they are here to stay. To help you navigate, we've popped together… more

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For your sip list – coffee guru Fonzie Abbott is dropping the sour beer of your dreams
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For your sip list – coffee guru Fonzie Abbott is dropping the sour beer of your dreams

After winning over the caffeine-loving populace with its brilliant brews, Fonzie Abbott turned its attention to brews of a different kind and launched into the craft-beer game in 2018. Since then, the crew have turned into a one-stop libation shop slinging Monday-morning hits of energy through to Sunday arvo sundowners but friends, there's a new beer on the horizon and we're told it's the stuff of dreams, sour dreams to be specific.  more

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Archie Rose and Gelato Messina have dropped a sweet series of ice-cream booze
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Archie Rose and Gelato Messina have dropped a sweet series of ice-cream booze

Do you remember the unbridled joy you felt as a kid when your mum or dad bust out the massive container of Neapolitan ice-cream from the freezer? It was the definition of happiness in a tub and whether you had a preference for the chocolate, strawberry or vanilla flavour (chocolate forever), we have some news that is going to give you all of the nostalgic feels. Sydney-based Archie Rose has joined forces with Gelato Messina to create a grown-up (read: boozy) version of the sweet treat in liquid form! 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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Mylk Bar Sweets is an online lolly shop for vegan candy and hello sugar high!
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Mylk Bar Sweets is an online lolly shop for vegan candy and hello sugar high!

Do you remember the sheer unbridled joy you felt as a kid when you were let loose in the lolly shop with your pocket money? Nerds or Hubba Bubba? Gobstoppers? Or maybe something of the chocolate variety – the choice was (is) pretty overwhelming. If you make the decision to go vegan, suddenly, you discover that many (most) of the sweet treats that grace the confectionary aisle of your local supermarket are riddled with sneaky ingredients that are in fact derived from animals or insects. The good news is that there's an alternative – plant-based folk, say hello to Mylk Bar Sweets – it's an online lolly shop dedicated to completely vegan sweets! 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, saving yourself from post-party remorse, you're designated driver, 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 as there are some excellent alcohol-free alternatives popping up. 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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Local chefs join forces on new at-home dining platform En Casa to bring DIY meal kits to your door
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Local chefs join forces on new at-home dining platform En Casa to bring DIY meal kits to your door

While it was essentially forced upon us, we've had to 'dine' at home more times in the last few months than ever before. Although restrictions are lifting, for a lot of us the idea of staying in and sharpening our culinary skills hasn't lost its shine and is something we'll continue to embrace. But how do we dine at home while still supporting local businesses, chefs and producers? There is a way.  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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Burleigh in a bottle – new Gold Coast-made gin brand Wildflower drops its first batch
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Burleigh in a bottle – new Gold Coast-made gin brand Wildflower drops its first batch

When the Gold Coast's newest distillery Wildflower Gin opened its doors, the first product it released wasn't gin. It was hand sanitiser. Just one week after the new Burleigh Heads spirit maker officially launched, the pandemic sent the entire world into lockdown. While at the time the soaring demand for sanitiser was inadvertently welcome, the team was itching to fire up the copper stills and put the juniper to work. As the weeks have passed, things are slowly but surely returning to (some form of) normal, allowing Wildflower to finally release its flagship Gold Coast-made gin to keen sippers. more

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The Weekend Series: move over cob – muffuletta is your new breadst friend
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The Weekend Series: move over cob – muffuletta is your new breadst friend

While the humble cob loaf has continued to enjoy its renaissance in recent years, it’s time to make room for a new bread-based hero. We’re calling it right now – winter 2020 is set to be the year that the muffuletta takes over Australia. Originally created in New Orleans, this multi-layered meaty delight is a deli-lover's dream – and we're ready to get on board. Sharing its name with the bread on which it’s made, the muffuletta is traditionally crammed with salami, ham, mortadella, Swiss cheese, provolone and (deep breath) a marinated olive salad. While this combination is legendary, we’ve tracked down five muffuletta variations that will have you kissing the tips of your fingers like an old-timey cartoon chef. 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