MEET: Ollie Margan from Maybe Mae

Ollie Margan

Ollie Margan is the young gun who runs and co-owns Maybe Mae and Bread & Bone; the moody cocktail den and its big brother grill restaurant in Adelaide’s Peel Street. “I guess I was somewhat pre-programmed to end up doing what I do now,” Ollie tells us. Originally from the Hunter Valley, Ollie grew up in a restaurateur/winemaking family. Really, it’s a wonder he’s not permanently over the limit, with booze like that in his blood. We had a quick yarn to find out how things are ticking along down south…

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GOOD BEER WEEK Survival Guide

Hold on to your hats, Melbourne GOOD BEER WEEK is almost upon us. Luckily, we’ve been training for this since last year. That’s right, ’training’. Strengthening our drinking arm. Repetitively. Every day. Circuit training between event locations. Working on our Personal Bests. And most importantly working with our man on the ground, Ryan Kemp, to compile this itinerary for GBW with built in pitstops to ensure your stomach is lined, your caffeine levels topped up and your sanity maintained. This is not a drill.

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TASTE: Bloodwood's Pine Mushroom & Walnut Tart

Pine mushroom tart

Back before the streets of Newtown were paved with burgers and fancy gelato, there was Bloodwood. Eight years ago, they were the first swell of what would be a wave of exciting new places to eat and drink in the area. As chef and co-owner Claire van Vuuren describes, “The area has changed from a place where a great community of people lived but often went elsewhere to eat and drink and party…Now diners from all over Sydney come here and we a have thriving community of locals who live, work and eat (and drink!) here. We all support one another and places like bloodwood have grown as part of and with the other venues in the area.”

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MEET: James Young from Cherry Bar

James Young Cherry Bar

Man comes into some money, buys his favourite bar in the world. It’s the sort of thing dreams are made of, or if not a dream, maybe a feel-good comedy script from the ‘80s starring Ted Danson. But it is the true story of James Young and how, after a rich and varied career, he came to take over Cherry Bar 12 years ago. As Young explains, “I’ve been a lawyer, I’ve done breakfast radio, I managed RRR radio station, I ran an advertising agency, I’ve had music labels, I’ve managed bands, but I’ve always just been very, very passionate about live music. About 12 years ago when I sold my advertising agency, for the first time in my life I came into a bit of money and decided to buy my favourite venue in the whole entire world - Cherry Bar - just to make sure I could always get in.”

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LISTEN: Sacred Blue Records launch

International trade negotiations between Indonesia and Australia are looking pretty freaking sweet right now, at least in the music department, thanks to Sacred Blue Records. The new label is the brainchild of Melbourne’s Tom Hulse and Rektivianto Yoewono, lead singer of Indonesian rock band The Sigit. Together they’re bridging the gap in underground Indonesian rock n’ roll and kicking things off with a knees-up at Baha in Rye Victoria, hosting a bill of Indo and local acts. We encourage all within a 1000k radius to get there. In the meantime we tugged on the collar of Tom Hulse to get the inside word…

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LISTEN: Record Store Day

It’s no secret that independent record stores have been on the endangered species list for awhile. As a result, ten years ago Record Store Day was born, an international movement sparked by a shitty compressed mp3 world. This year’s RSD takes place on April 22. And while, in a perfect world EVERY DAY would be record store day, until then we’re happy to help give things a nudge in the right direction.

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MEET: Dean Bruce from The Courty

Back when we were a young spring chicken of a brewery (OK, we are still a spring chicken, but back when we were an even springier chicken), The Courty were on the receiving end of some of the very first kegs that rolled out our brewery doors. They were also the first place to pour Newtowner. So as we celebrate another trip around the sun, we thought it would make sense to corner Dean Bruce from Newtown stalwart The Courty for a chat. Plus, we were all ready to get the dirt on any doping scandals within their famous crab racing but Dean assures us it’s just good clean fun.

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MEET: Olivia Hosking from The Lucky Shag

Get your mind out of the gutter, not THAT kind of shag. This Perth bar is named for the resident cormorants who hang out round the jetty. These birds know what’s up, The Shag occupies one of the most primo waterfront positions in town. Olivia Hosking’s been enjoying the scenery for seven years now but we chose a week where she was really busy overseeing some renovations to give her a Young Henrys grilling. To be fair, it was more of a gentle sauté …

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VIEW: Glenno Smith Art

In February our beloved brewery cat Blackie was hit by a car. Within a couple of hours we’d received a message from Glenn Smith aka Glenno. Unprompted, he had produced a faithful rendering of Blackie and posted it to Instagram saying, “This is a portrait of Blackie...a much loved cat that always smooched about people down at Young Henrys brewery. I don't know how she died, but it sucks and drawing this cheered me up. I'm lucky I can draw my way to better thoughts.” (Of course we agreed such a thoughtful tribute deserved pride of place on a t-shirt for the staff to remember her by.) 

This is fairly typical behaviour of Glenno. The artist/musician/beer lover has been a part of the Young Henrys family since the very early days. Along with curating numerous exhibitions, he's behind many of the t-shirt designs immortalising some of our most treasured characters  - the gents and ladies of Old Fashioned Love, the Beer Wizard, the Hops Man (and of course Blackie). We chatted, fittingly over ‘The Black Cat’ black rice ale, about art and music, and life and death, about cats with necrotic tails and how drawing is like “accidental yoga”…

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MEET: Penny Hewlett from The Golden Barley

On a scale of wheat to chaff, it’s clear which end The Golden Barley sits on. The exterior is a Tooth & Co stunner from 1939, and tucked away behind it is one of the best beer gardens of the Inner West. We met up with publican Penny Hewlett, who runs the GB with her husband Andie, and chatted about what it’s like to actually live at the pub (rather than it just seeming like you live at the pub). When we asked about noise she said, “If I can’t hear anything I’m more worried because there aren’t enough people having a good time.” Instant legend status. 

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