Bill Bell, owner of Bell’s Hotel, Melbourne’s only brewpub, inherited the place from his parents, who purchased the pub in 1933. He vividly remembers the bad old days of Australian drinking—when pubs (until the early 1960s) were forced to close at 6:00 p.m. and customers would chug four or five pints before being required to... View Article
Full Pints - Travel Features Pubbing in Ireland July 1, 2000 - Julie Johnson
In American cities, it seems that every time you turn around, someone has opened a new Irish bar. So many authentic bar fittings have been shipped from Ireland to equip the new bars that you might be forgiven for wondering if any pubs are left intact back home. Riding the same wave of popularity that... View Article
Full Pints - Travel Features Australia's Indies Carve Out a Niche July 1, 2000 - Martin Morse Wooster
The regional independents occupy the healthiest niche in the brewing industry today. While micros and brewpubs are folding almost as fast today as they popped up in the early and mid-1990’s, and while big commercial breweries scramble for gimmicks to boost flat sales, the regional independents continue to grow, though carefully.