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Undercover VB Knocks Off Craft Award

Hipsters cry foul as VB proves which is the Very Best.

No matter which way they try to spin it, the Craft Beer hipsters of Australia were put back in their box recently at the Surry Hills, Sydney Craft Beer Festival, when their doyens voted VB the convincing winner of Best Beer at the festival.

The self proclaimed “Experts” on beer were totally embarrassed, and exposed as wankers when their pallets exposed them to the truth. A truth that Bevans have alway known … That VB stands for “Very Best”.

Below is a full report courtesy of    STANLEY WORTHINGTON | Sydney Correspondent |Betoota Advocate

Be sure to click the link after reading the report and see the comments.

VaucluseBitterCarlton & United Breweries, a subsidiary of Foster’s Group in Melbourne, have today confirmed that the winner of last month’s Sydney Craft Beer Festival was in fact one of Australia’s oldest and highest-selling beers – Victoria Bitter.

The undercover infiltration of the October 24th festival took out number one place by an undeniable margin and in turn embarrassed the entire craft beer community of Australia.

Rebranded under the trendy guise of Vaucluse Bitter, the judges and punters could not stop talking about this ‘amazing beer from a tiny microbrewery in Sydney’s east’. However, those present at the Festival in Surry Hills were completely unaware that they had been made for fools in a bold marketing ploy by one of Australia’s biggest brewers.

After sending in two undercover sales reps to the festival to offer tastings in a quiet corner of the Giant Dwarf theatre in Surry Hills Cleveland street, VB presented itself as a family recipe created by ‘two brothers from Byron Bay’.

The revelations have enraged all that were present on the day, with the competitors embarrassed to lose to a mass-produced ‘corporate beer’ and many venue-owners left red-faced after having stocked their venues with ‘Vaucluse Bitter’ taps.

surryhillscraftAll present at the festival were fooled by VB’s cunning strategy
Victoria Bitter (more commonly known as simply VB) is Australia’s only billion dollar retail beer brand, selling the equivalent of one slab every second. At one time VB sold twice as much as any other full strength beer and was the only Australian beer brand that is in the top 3 sellers in every state. Victoria Bitter held the highest market share of all beer sold in Australia for more than two decades. It is these kinds of mass-produced products that many micro-brewers feel are a dying breed when it comes to Australian beer. VB have proven that this is not entirely true.

The espionage was a simple yet clever intrusion to the contrived community of capitalist hipsters. The VB logo was changed to look less professional with a cartoon-style version of the original branding. The red and green colours were swapped and ‘Victoria’ was replaced with ‘Vaucluse’ – presenting the beer as the product of basement microbrewery from Sydney’s East, created by ‘two brothers from Byron’.

The undercover logo (right) was not too different to the original (left)
Inner-west craft beer enthusiast and former microbrewer, Banjo Clementé, was one of five judges on the day – he has since spoken out about the embarrassment.

“It is just so typical of these big corporations, they couldn’t cop the idea that our microbreweries might begin to compete with them on the main stage… they had to come in and cut us down to size,”

“Looking back, I was mainly impressed mainly by Vaucluse Bitter as a rags to riches story, it wasn’t necessarily about the taste, turns out they weren’t as cool as I thought.”
Clementé has explained that the ‘suits’ from Cartlon & United went the whole nine yards to fool Sydney’s hipsters by wearing plain T-shirts from Rivers and torn jeans.

“They even grew their beards out, they looked the part. It’s disgusting see the lengths these corporate pigs go to keep us down,”

“They won by fluke, we are interested in a recall.”
A spokesperson from SAB Miller, the parent company to Carlton & United was very keen to give comment this morning

“It just goes to show how much of a joke this microbrewery ‘culture’ is. Everyone knows there is only one way to tackle a hard earned thirst,”

 “We won this round, and we will win again. This craft beer bullshit is just a phase. Long live the green demons.”

Bathurst 2013 .. Camp BevanLand

Changes all around for Bathurst 2013 on The Mountain.

bathurst 2013 .. Mount PanoramaAs we pack the vehicles for our annual trek to The Mountain, I take a moment to reflect on what lies ahead over the next week.

Nissans, Mercs and the “Car of the future” aren’t the only changes on The Mountain at Bathurst 2013.

This year will be Camp BevanLand’s 11th year at the great race. It’s worn many monikers over the years, from Camp Mud Dudds and Camp Queenslander to Camp Harden The Fuck Up, but eventually and for the last two years, since the launch of this website, it is now Camp BevanLand. At the track .. Thursday.

Our usual numbers were initially down this year, as some of our regulars, who shall remain nameless, decided that they had out-grown their bevanness, and decided they would pursue more moderate pass times.. knitting and such.

Never mind, they will still be able to boast that they were once on The Mountain in the great Camp BevanLand, and that once they were great warriors, even if people do doubt them. But many years from now, when they are sitting by the fire with a blanky across their knees (Maybe they are now??), staring off into the distance, drool at the corner of their mouth, they will ask themselves, Did I give it away to soon? Could I have gone perhaps just one more year? Was 2013 really the year I turned gay? Camp BevanLand Wednesday morning.

But I digress, Bathurst 2013 will go down as the year we found new friends from around the country, to share our annual adventure. Due to the size and logistics of our camp we need to have at least a dozen Bevans to help fund it. Or we could forgo the sites we have accumulated over 10 years and go back to one site, lugging tents, barbecues and tables from Qld. again. It didn’t take us long to decide that we would try to continue to live in the luxury to which we are accustomed.

So this year we opened the camp up to others who still have that Bevan spirit in there gut, and still feel a need to howl at the moon and bond with other Bevans. We advertised on Gum Tree and were deluged by people wanting to join the famous Camp BevanLand. In 2013 we will be joined by Pete and his boys from Victoria, Justin and his mate from Victoria, Matt and his boys from South Australia, Brad and his mate from WA and Reece from NZ via Mount Isa, together with our staunch bunch from Avaa .. Our chef on The MountainQueensland we will number 16. A league of states.

Another change this year will be that our good friend and Chef Extraordinaire, Andrew (Hava) Taylor, from our brother camp across the road, won’t be able to join us this year. Get well soon my brother.

Also this year we will be supporting our good friend Dirty Pierre, the international comedian, in his t-shirt sales for charity, our crew from last year appear in caricature on his t-shirts this year, so get down to – News On William, 80 William Street, Bathurst. Phone 02 6331 1402 and buy a shirt. Get in early because they go fast.

Bathurst 2013 will be another great year, and be recorded in the legend which is BevanLand. Much motor racing, piss drinking, story telling, scuberizing, character assassination of absent friends, hard rocking and so it goes. Another legendary year on The Mountain.  

Camp BevanLand – Bathurst 2012

BevanLand Photo Gallery Below.

The 2012 Supercheap Bathurst 1000 has been run and won. The race, which unfolded in perfect Bathurst weather, cool and fine, will go down in history as one of the best on The Mountain.

Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell from the Vodafone Team constructed an almost flawless endurance race to just manage holding out two new stars on the rise in David Reynolds and his co-driver Dean Canto, from Team Bottle-O.

However this post is not about the race but the week spent on The Mountain by a group of Queensland Bevans in and around their camp, appropriately known as Camp BevanLand.

Although this camp was named Camp Bevanland only this year, it was established 10 years ago by its founders, Pez and Rusty. Many of the current team have been members for several years, or have drifted in and out over the years, but Pez and Rusty are the only members to have made every trip. It was appropriate that their 10th anniversary fell on the 50th anniversary of the great race. A double celebration.

Over the 10 years, although we have had small arguments and disagreements, mostly alcohol fueled, the camp has never had a serious altercation or disruption. All members at all times have melded into a great team of mates and all know that they can walk back into the camp whenever they want to once again experience the freedom and ridiculous antics of male bonding on The Mountain.

This year however we experienced our first serious disruption in 10 years. One new “Probie” (Probationary Member) decided that he would try to run the camp his way without consideration for the rest of us. He thought that his monitory contribution to our common funds entitled him to run his own race, but he didn’t count on the strong bond and culture that the rest of the team has built up over the years. We eat together, we drink together, we play together and we are idiots together, it is how we have evolved, we are a team, and you must earn your place in it. The end result was that he left the camp halfway through the week (His Choice). The success of this camp over the years, I believe, has been that the monitory cost of each year is not seen as bill paid for services, but a contribution made by a group of mates who all pull their weight for the good of the camp.

That is all I want to write on that matter, except to say that the incident was put behind us on the very night that it happened, and we put all of our energies into having the usual, fucking robust good time. Below I outline how we prepare for our annual event and discuss this years frivolities. There is also a gallery of photos depicting the week for your perusal.

Although we start thinking about the next year’s event on the way home from the current, serious preparations begin in March when we receive the first bit of Bathurst excitement for the year, in the form of the “first right of refusal” on the camping spots that we had for the previous year. Of course we take up the option without hesitation by paying the fees. If you miss the deadline or decide not to grab your sites, they are put out to the public in April and you lose them. We’ve grown from one 8 x 10 meter site to 4 consecutive sites now. It took a few years to secure the sites either side of the original one (244) as they were left free each year by people giving them up, but now we control a good chunk of The Mountain. We are right behind Camp Cuntox, directly across the easement from our best Bathurst mates and about 100 meters from Skyline.

Our mates are a group of blokes from NSW and Victoria in a similar size camp to ours. We have been great mates over the 10 years and look forward to heaping shit on each other every year. We criticize each other for perceived impediments in our characters, such as being born on the wrong side of the border (The Victorians are no chance), losing the state of origin 7 times in a row (Once again the Victorians are no chance, welll, neither are the New South Welshmen for that matter). You are ridiculed for driving and/or supporting one make of car over the other (Fords don’t fair well), and a persons perceived sexual orientation is often called into dispute as well as the state of ones mental health …. well you get the picture.

Once we secure the sites it’s time to contact all of the possible contenders for the October pilgrimage and secure their deposit to help pay for the sites and our marquees for the camp. It is at this time we can ascertain our numbers for the trip which will govern the size of the equipment we hire for the camp, although we usually hold off as long as we can to confirm our hire equipment needs to accommodate the stragglers and procrastinators in our team. But eventually by about August/September we know who is coming and order the gear.

We get marquees, tables, and large barbecue from Mac’s Hire in Orange. They go up to The Mountain on the Monday before the race and set up the marquees from a mud-map we send of the compound and when we arrive on Tuesday afternoon the beautiful vista of Camp BevanLand greets us as we reach the top of The Mountain. (See photo gallery)

We bring in (in order of importance) Beer, eskys, ice, food, cooking utensils and something to sleep on. We greet our long-lost brothers from the adjoining camp,  some of whom arrived on Sunday, and as they help us to unload, we crack open a tinny and by dark we are set up, relaxing with a beer around a roaring fire.

As there is no racing activity until Thursday we spend Wednesday fine tuning the camp, shopping for essentials such as more beer, food, wood for burning  etc. and devote a fair bit of time to drinking heavily and playing loud music, dominated by AC/DC and generally having a fat time.

Our troops usually arrive in dribs and drabs. This year, 6 on Tuesday, 6 on Thursday and 2 on Friday. This plays a bit of havoc with the daily food allocations during preparation for the week. We don’t have power for refrigeration in camp, we keep everything cold with ice. Therefore all our meat is cryovaced in packs so that melting ice water doesn’t spoil the food. This fact was behind the fracas with our errant “Probie”.

Each night of course is a celebration for the new arrivals and much drink and frivolity ensues,  which means that  the blokes that arrive on Tuesday   have plenty of practice at drinking heavily.

As the old saying goes, “What happens on The Mountain, stays on The Mountain”. However, to gain insight into Camp BevanLand, Bathurst 2012, I have prepared a gallery of shots below to give you a feel for a fucking great time and a fitting celebration of 50/10 years on The Mountain. May we have many more.

Click on the first photo to run the gallery.

World Record Burnout Video

Summernats 2013 World record Burnout.

World Record Burnout Summernats 2013A feature of Summernats 2013 was the staging of a World Record Burnout attempt by 69 cars or 138 tyres.

The Guiness World Record was smashed by the 69 cars as the let loose 35,000 horse power or 26,000 Kw.

Events Co-Owner Andy Lopez said.

“The Guinness World Record burnout attempt has already gone down as one of the biggest moments in the history of the Summernats, and we’re proud to be able to share what it was like to be there on the day with the rest of the world through this official video. We’d really like to thank all the drivers, staff and sponsors for making this incredible event happen. We wouldn’t have been able to do it with out you guys. ”

Below is the now famous Video.

Next year Summernats will be held

Best Aussie Pies

Best Aussie Pies?Where are the Best Aussie Pies?

Help us rank the Best Aussie Pies by letting us know about the best pie shops you’ve come across in your travels.

Enter as many shops as you know using the form below and we will add them to the state lists.

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Enter the details of the pie shop on the above form. We will enter your information onto the list, come back (Usually next day.) and rate the shop.

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Go to the home page and choose a state from the drop down, under “Best Aussie Pies” on the top menu.

This is a very important service to Bevans all over Australia, because, as you know, when you need a good pie, you need a good pie. And as the website is mobile enabled, Bevans everywhere will be able to look up your entries and check out the rating and choose the Best Aussie Pies in the area.

It is important that when you register your Best Aussie Pie picks, you list what you think are the “signature” products at that shop. Whether it might be their sausage rolls, their pepper steak, their pie and peas etc.

With your help, it is our goal to become the go to, Best Aussie Pies experts in Australia, so as to be of assistance to Bevans, travelers and pie eaters all around this great pie eating country.

Please tell your friends about this site, and encourage them to add their favorites to the list as well.

When you are sitting in the pub or having a beer anywhere, when the conversation turns to the Best Aussie Pies, as it does, remember to make a list and let us know. And don’t forget to register with BevanLand and rate any of the pie shops you know, EVEN THE PIE SHOPS YOU DON’T LIKE.

With the aid of this list, Bevans will be able to arrange their holidays and travel to try as many Best Aussie Pies as they can. So get registering, do your bit.

 

 

VB Back To Full Strength

VB .. “For a hard earned thirst”.

Victoria Bitter fans rejoice as Carlton and United Breweries decide to return their favourite brew to full strength and flavour.

In 2009 CUB decided in their wisdom, slightly tainted with greed I suspect, that they would drop the alcohol content of their biggest brand down to 4.6 percent so as to save tens of millions of dollars in government excise.

However as any chemist or brewer worth their salt will tell you, if you reduce the alcohol content in a beer, you will affect the taste. It won’t taste as robust.

Now whether VB drinkers actually could taste the difference or if it was just perceived once they were aware of the drop in alcohol content, many of them were disgruntled enough to change brands, and after 19 years at the top as Australia’s favourite beer VB was recently pipped by it’s closest rival XXXX Gold.

As XXXX Gold is only 3.5 percent alcohol per volume (Mid Strength), it is doubtful that the unhappy former VB drinkers switched to that brand. It is more likely that they dispersed to other full strength brands. However this did effect VB’s market share significantly.

After many thousands of complaints over the past 3 years, CUB will now restore VB to it’s former glory as a 4.9 percent beer and would hope to draw the previous loyal drinkers back to the fold.

The giant brewer will not increase the price of VB and in another win for the long time fans they will bring back the origional livery and packaging as well as the long time slogan “For a hard earned thirst”.

As Pez, a long time VB drinker said to me yesterday. “Fuck yeah! It’s supposed to be For a hard earned thirst not  For a half earned thirst.”

Things are now as they should be. Boony would be proud…

 

Lowndesy Does It Again!

Victory for Lowndes and Luff at Sandown.

Craig Lowndes is King Of Sandown after his 5th Sandown 500 win and his 8th 500k enduro win including Phillip Island and Queensland Raceway. He applied continual pressure to championship leader and team mate Jamie Whincup until he cracked on lap 141, running wide on turn two giving lowndes the race lead and he was never headed.
Then on the 159th lap at turn 8 Winterbottom ducked down the inside of Whincup pushing him of the track and relegated him to 3rd. Officials will look at the incident but he may well get away with a racing incident result.

Lowndes’partner Warren Luff achieved his first V8 Supercar podium. In a post race interview he praised the 888 Vodafone team and is excited about their prospects for Bathurst in three weeks.

Van Gisbergen Takes Pole At Sandown

The first enduro race for the V8 Supercar season will see Van Gisbergen and his co driver Luke Youldan both finished first in their respective sprint races to seal pole position for tomorrows race.

David reynolds and Dean Canto will start from second place on the grid while Gath Tander and Nick Percat are in third, in the the first Holden on the grid.

The sprints today were hard on the front runners in the championship with Jamie Wincup, Mark Winterbottom and Will Davison all falling victim to the sometimes wild driving of a committed pack.

This is Van Gisbergen’s first pole since coming to V8 Supercars.

Garth Tander, the first Holden driver past the post, sid in a post race interview that he was happy with the car and was looking forward to a good showing tomorrow in the 500 kilometer enduro.

Bathurst 2012 .. Preperations

Set For Bathurst 2012.

The annual trek to Bathurst’s Mount Panorama will hold more significance this year than in other years. We will celebrate 50 years of the great race and it will be the 10th year that Pezz and The Stang have graced “The Mountain” with their presence.

Bathurst 2012 will also mark the last year of exclusive Holden/Ford rivalry, as next year Nissan will join the fray. For all of those reasons it is a good year to be camping on top of “The Mountain”

Of course before we get there, a significant amount of preparation needs to be undertaken.

Book the campsites. These days it is always 4, side by side. Thanks to the V8 Supercars policy of first refusal on sites used the previously year, we always have the same sites.

How many in the camp this year and how many days will each person stay? It is vital to have numbers early so that we know how much sleeping cover we will need and how much food is needed to feed the team each day.

Book the Marquees and extras for the camp. These days we hire as much equipment as we can from locals for our week stay, so as not to have to haul it all the way from Brisbane by road. We hire two Marquees, one for kitchen and recreation and a larger one for sleeping quarters. With this we hire a large barbecue, trestle tables, and a portable lu. They set it up and pull it down. Another attractive aspect of hiring.

How will each person get there, and if they need sleeping bags etc. transported? This tells us who will be going by road from Brisbane, so how many vehicles we will need and what size. Some fly and make their own way over from Sydney (We usually take their gear for them”.

There will be 15 of us in the camp this year, all arriving in dribs and drabs. 6 or 7 of us will go by road on Monday and stay in camp for the week. Others will start arriving on Wednesday through to Friday/Saturday.

One of the best things about getting to “The Mountain” each year is catching up with old mates again. We have a team of champion blokes who camp across the road from us in a similar sized camp. They are out of Sydney, and if that is not enough reason for Queenslanders to give some cheek then some of them also drive Fords. It’ll be great to see Hava, Rollon, Anthony, Ollie and the boys again this year and have a couple of quiet beers.

On Race Day we combine our resources and setup camp on top of Skyline equipped with eskies, chairs, barbecue, big screen TV and portable marquee. We send the probies up there at 4am to set up and to claim our spot then get our backside trackside at around 8:30 and we are in for the day.

 

 

BevanLand

 

 Bevans are not Bogans.

Contrary to popular belief, this guy is not a Bogan.

Although it is difficult to distinguish between them from hair styles and dress there are a lot of differences between Bevans and Bogans.

First and foremost Bevans are predominantly found in Queensland and Bogans and Westies are from NSW. Following on from that, Bevans rejoice in the number 7, as 7 years is how long it is since NSW has won a State Of Origin series.

Bevans also have all of their front teeth, which cannot be said for their long suffering counterparts in NSW. Bevans tend to be a more affluent species; most being Tradies of some sort. Chippies, brickies, Sparkies and the like.

Although both species store iconic Australian motor vehicles in their front yards, Bevan’s cars tend to be parked in the driveway or the shed and have a well kept, proud appearance whereas Bogan’s vehicles are often found in a state disrepair with grass growing up around flat tires as their rusted bodies accumulate around the yards of their houses.

A greater number of Bogans tend to be unemployed and live in lower socio-economic suburbs, while most Bevans tend to be contract tradies with good incomes, families, two to three cars (One’s usually a ute), a boat, a shed and a mortgage.

Now I’m not saying that one is better than the other. As a Queenslander, I’m just pointing out the difference.

Although they have similar interests at times and tend to behave similarly when alcohol affected, they should never be confused as the same species. They are as different as Maroon and Blue.