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The Weekend Series: five non-alcoholic alternatives to wet your whistle
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The Weekend Series: five non-alcoholic alternatives to wet your whistle

Whether you’re a non-drinker, the designated driver, on a health kick, pregnant, not in the mood or even just hungover from the night before – we know that up until recently, your non-alcoholic alternatives kinda sucked. Your options were either swamped with sugar or dull and tasteless. But not anymore. We welcome in the new wave of non-alcoholic spirits and wines to get the party started (but keep the party-guilt away). more

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Craft Cartel Liquor launches beer subscription service
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Craft Cartel Liquor launches beer subscription service

An empty beer fridge is a disturbing sight, but now you can rest easy knowing a new pack of hand-selected hops will be heading your way without having to do a thing. The beer brain behind Sydney’s legendary Craft Cartel Liquor store is now sending his picks around the nation, with the launch of an online craft beer subscription service. more

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True blue – Australia finally has a beer brand called Tinnies
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True blue – Australia finally has a beer brand called Tinnies

The Australian vernacular is a vast and beautiful thing – through a collective love of nicknames and shortening every word possible, we’ve managed to create a lexicon that is entirely our own. One of the most beloved words in our language is ‘tinnie’ – as soon as someone says it you can practically hear the crack of the pull-tab, feel the ice-cold exterior and taste the crisp brew encased within. It’s only natural that someone would see the golden opportunity to name an actual beer brand after this beloved term, and it’s finally happened – make room in your esky for Tinnies. more

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Jazz up your fridge with Condimental – a delivery service for pickles and preserves
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Jazz up your fridge with Condimental – a delivery service for pickles and preserves

Honestly, can you imagine a world without punchy relishes, zingy pickles or spicy salsa? Absolutely not. Condiments make everything taste better and deserve top priority in your fridge, right next to the cheese. It's important to keep your line-up of accompaniments exciting and delicious, which is exactly what Condimental – a curated delivery service for pickles, preserves and ferments – is here to do. more

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Return of the choc – iconic candy bar Polly Waffle to be resurrected
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Return of the choc – iconic candy bar Polly Waffle to be resurrected

With all of the ten-year photo challenges going around, it’s a perfect time to reflect on how much has changed over the past decade. If you were a chocolate fan in 2009, you were probably mourning the recent discontinuation of iconic chocolate bar Polly Waffle. We know, it’s been a hard ten years since that fateful day, but behold – the sun shines again! South Australian confectionery company Robern Menz has purchased the Polly Waffle brand from Nestlé, heralding a return of the candy in the foreseeable future. more


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Stone & Wood’s Pacific Ale heightens the flavours of summer
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Stone & Wood’s Pacific Ale heightens the flavours of summer

In case you hadn’t heard, Byron Bay brewery Stone & Wood is celebrating a significant milestone this year – the tenth anniversary of its flagship beer the Pacific Ale. The beverage responsible for turning Stone & Wood into one of the country’s best beer producers is being tinned for a limited time, which is cause to celebrate. What’s a celebration without food? We’ve broken down what morsels will pair best with an esky full of Pacific Ale cans this summer. more

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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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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 enjoyed a renaissance this year, it’s time to make room for a new bread-based hero. We’re calling it right now – 2019 is set to be the year that the muffuletta takes over Australia. Originally created in New Orleans, this multi-layered meaty delight has recently had a taste in the Australian spotlight thanks to Sydney’s A1 Canteen – 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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Pours for paws – The Good Beer Co launches Pale Tail in support of the RSPCA
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Pours for paws – The Good Beer Co launches Pale Tail in support of the RSPCA

Two of our greatest loves – beer and animals – have finally come together for the greater good. This weekend marks the official launch of Pale Tail, a socially responsible brew from The Good Beer Co that supports the RSPCA QLD to help fund their vital work to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome animals in need across the state. Yep, you can truly make a difference just by sinking a beer. 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 rage 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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Fill up your fridge with fresh produce from The Farm at Nobbys
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Fill up your fridge with fresh produce from The Farm at Nobbys

As much as we could easily (and happily) eat out for every meal, there are days and nights when we're forced to cook. While there is plenty to eat and drink in Nobby Beach, most of us would have overlooked the beachside hub if we were on hunt for fresh produce to take home. Well, friends, The Farm at Nobbys is here to fill the void – and your fridge. 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