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Welcome to The Monk

I would give all my fame for a pot of ale ~ wise William Shakespeare words from Henry V.

As Australians what would we give for our love of craft beer?

The Monk is probably Australia's best craft beer resource, with guides on styles of beer, how beer is brewed, and most importantly where to savour the best craft beer in Australia!

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Ode to Craft Beer

Craft Beer is one of man's great loves. You may even call it a hobby, as it's easy to find passion in craft beer.

After a long day's graft there's nothing quite like a craft beer. Be it at a hipster bar in a Melbourne alleyway, a swanky Sydney bar, or from the bottle-o on the corner.

Whether an IPA, Blond, or Bock, to me they all taste good, those deliciously wonderful cold beers.

Craft beer's in Australia are on the rise, with new breweries springing up all the time. With quirky names and quirky flavours, leave the decadence for the prestigious wine connoisseurs who spit in a bucket, and revel in the beer like the true working man you are.

At The Monk you and I are alike.

Cheers 🍻

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What is the best champagne in Australia?

What is the best champagne in Australia?

Did you know Moet Chandon is the most mispronounced Champagne in Australia? Yes, that’s right – it’s actually pronounced (in a French accent) moh-wet chan-dowh. Anyway, what’s the best champagne in Australia I hear you ask? Luckily I’ve written a guide to make this easy for you, breaking it down (most importantly) into a...

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Premier Cru vs Grand Cru? The real truth!

Premier Cru vs Grand Cru? The real truth!

Some would say a great glass of champagne will remain forever etched into your memory forever. The basics: What does cru mean? Q: If my champagne bottle has “grand cru” or “premier cru” on the label, and a price tag to match, what am I actually paying for? When we use cru to describe Champagne,

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A wine cellaring guide – tips to get it right!

A wine cellaring guide – tips to get it right!

In this wine cellaring guide I’ll give you the top tips from Classic Cellars in Melbourne, plus how to get the most from your cellar and process. My mother always said “Wine cellaring is an artform, and if you don’t plan to get it right, there’s no point bothering at all”. Of course, she would

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How to export wine from Australia

Exporting wine from Australia is very strictly controlled in order to protect the reputation of Australian wine in the international marketplace. Australian government control of wine exports Three levels of control have been instituted by the Australian Government to ensure that minimum standards are maintained. These are Export Licensing...

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Are the best wines from the Orange Wine Region?

Are the best wines from the Orange Wine Region?

Thinking of visiting the Orange Wine Region in NSW? Here’s a guide to the wines of the region.

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Horny hubbie? How a craft beer gift pack can fix all your “headaches”!

Horny hubbie? How a craft beer gift pack can fix all your “headaches”!

Looking for the perfect gift for a craft beer lover? Look no further than our list of the best craft beer gift packs in Australia!

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Is Saison beer sexy?

Is Saison beer sexy?

I’ve never had a problem enjoying beer. But it hasn’t been the same for my other half. I found myself wishing my other half could find the same enjoyment in beer as I have done, and thanks to the Saison beer style, this is how I made that possible! Sure there have been some beer

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What is beer?

Beer is an alcoholic drink produced from fermentation of malted barley and wheat. The sugars found in the starch of the cereal is fermented to produce the alcohol, and the taste comes from differing concentrations of barley and wheat in the drink itself.