Travel : Sydney to Brisbane by train

I was up early next morning , walked across to the railway station from my hotel. The trip out of Sydney was incredibly picturesque , leafy suburbs gave way to lush forest and then suddenly we were in a tidal striking river valley called the Hawkesbury River that looked like a cross between the Marlborough…

Travel: Melbourne to Sydney by Train

After Melbourne I was to head to Brisbane to spend some time in the trade with Adam from A&K who distribute our beer in Queensland. I decided to take the train. I enjoy train travel , I like seeing something of the countryside , the chance to perhaps meet and talk with fellow passengers, the…

Travel : Melbourne Day 5

Day 5 started with an early rise and a uber up to Smith St to breakfast with John at a smart cafe. Then a day of trade visits with liquor buyers and bar managers. We drove through the leafy brick lined streets of North Melbourne and explored a number of very good specialist liquor stores….

Travel : Melbourne Day 4

After early morning coffee and pastry from Mimolette and a walk to look at the iconic music pub the Windsor Castle which was a block or two from the Windsor Ale House I headed down to met Shane at The Bach , a kiwi themed cafe in St Kilda / Balaclava for brunch. I went…

Travel: Melbourne Day 3

After the average brunch on Sunday I started Monday by visiting a little parisian style cafe just along from the Windsor called Mimolette . The coffee was good and they had good quality French pastrys . Afterwards I visited the local Coles for a few supplies and then Ubered out to Rumble Coffee to catch…

Travel: Melbourne Day 1

After a hectic week with everything in the brewery breaking and Jane finishing up for her travels I finally got my house in order for Phil to dog sit , picked up a pull up banner from our stand at Brewday and made my flight to Melbourne. I ended up sat next to a middle…

Travel : Brussels with the Neilsons

Saturday I woke went down onto the street and bought a coffee and pain au chocolat from the sandwich shop at the foot of the hotel. I walked over to the Church of Notre-Dame de Bon Secours which was ringing its bells and had my breakfast on the street below. I then headed back to…

Travel : Yorkshire to Brussels

Friday I woke , breakfasted at the pub and headed off for a last walk around Hebden. The sun was back out , the morning crisp and Hebden was immodestly picturesque. I walked down the canal and took in the narrow boats. Had a coffee and then headed for the train station. A quick train…

Travel : Vocation brew day Cragg Vale and Hebden Bridge

Thursday I woke after a strange dream filled nights sleep. A combination of all the homelessness I had seen and some odd open plumbing system on the toilet cistern that created dripping water noise all night resulted in me dreaming I was sleeping rough. I pulled myself together , went for breakfast in the small…

Travel : Heading up North

Weds I packed my things , said goodbye to Stu and Fritha and headed north by train for Yorkshire. Once in London I got onto my Leeds train and as I sat in the isle seat waiting to leave I felt a whack on the back of my head. A distinctive voice said sorry and…