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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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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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Newtown, Publican -

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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Perth, Publican -

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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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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