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Hops: A Puzzle

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NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking

1. You are going to make up a quiz! To create this crossword puzzle you need to use the following information.

Look at the following video from Landline 16 July 2016 (17 mins) or read the article in ABC News

ABC News
2. Read "A Brief History of Hops in Beer"

Hops History
and, the Brewing Process

Brewing Process


3. You are to write 20 clues about

  • New information from the articles

  • Definitions about how is beer crafted

  • the types of hops involved

  • the history of hops and beer making,

  • as well as anything that interested you in the articles

3. Use these 20 clues and the answers to create a Crossword Puzzle using an online puzzle maker

Puzzle maker

4. Try your crossword out on other students in your class who have read these three articles. You try out two other crosswords! How did you go?



When is "hand-crafted" really just crafty marketing?

High SchoolSecondary

Ethical Understanding Australian Curriculum General Capability: Ethical Understanding


1. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, "Handcrafted" is - made using the hands rather than a machine.

This definition is difficult to apply to the beer industry. The Craft Beer Industry Association has come up with their own definition of craft beer:

"The Craft Beer Industry Association is the national industry body for craft brewers in Australia and membership is open to all Australian craft brewers (A brewer based in Australia producing less than 40 million litres of beer per annum.)

There are five categories of membership for brewers.

These are:

National Craft Brewers: Craft brewers who have a strong presence in all markets. Volume: 5 – 40 million litres pa

Regional Craft Brewers: Craft breweries that have a strong regional base and are developing a presence outside their home market. Volume: 300,000 – 4 999 999 litres pa

Microbrewers: Small scale craft breweries. They may have an on-site bar but the majority of sales are off-site. Volume: 50,000 – 299,999 litres pa

Nano and Pub Brewers: Small scale breweries that may be attached to a hospitality venue where the majority of their sales are on-site. Volume: up to 49,999 litres pa

Contract Brewers: Brewers that do not own a brewery or have an excise licence." (Source: CBIA)

2. But what about... 

The following article from The Conversation 21 September 2015 explains the recent complaints to the ACCC about Byron Bay Beer Reading

The Conversation

Following recent complaints against the craft claims of Byron Bay Beer, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said:

“We judged that any reasonable consumer would think that it was brewed in Byron Bay by a small Byron Bay brewing company.”

But the beer “was a actually brewed by Carlton and United Brewery [CUB] out of its large Warnervale brewery.”

David Hollier, president of the Australian Real Craft Brewers Association, said craft beer drinkers believe they are “supporting authentic small, independent… local family-owned breweries. The big two brewers have capitalised on that”.

But CUB was fined A$20,400, and similar cases are emerging overseas.

3. The Conversation 7 June 2013, provides a detailed account of the trends in craft beer industry. Reading

The Conversation

Read the article, analyse and report your findings to the class.

4. As a class, discuss the following "Should the bigger breweries be allowed to call any of their products "Craft Beer"? What would be your definition of a craft beer?



"If you don't have a beer you're not a man' - rural workplaces made more dangerous by drugs and alcohol

 High SchoolSecondary

Personal and social capabilityAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability

NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy

1. Read the following article from The Conversation 19 July 2016 Reading

The Conversation

2. What do you think about the findings from your own experience? How much do Australians use beer and alcohol generally as social capital?

3. Discussion

With a partner, discuss the statement/heading:

"If you don't have a beer you're not a man"
Do you believe this? Why? Why not?

4. How would you find out if your observations can be backed up by evidence? As a class, discuss how you would survey your local community. Use SurveyMonkey to develop your survey.

Survey Monkey

5. What are your findings?  Is this statement 

'If you don't have a beer you're not a man'
true for your community?


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