Australia is finally shedding its image as home to mass-brew lager and tinnies. They benefit from having New Zealand on their doorstep so have access to wonderful Hop growing lands and fresh hops. Breweries like Little Creatures and Stone & wood are leading the charge to new frontiers. A country not held back by tradition, they are letting the easy-going and outdoor lifestyle influence the beers they make. Predominantly producing refreshing tropical fruity hop forward beers, Australia are also making waves with heavyweight stouts and porters as they jump headlong into creative beer making using their vast natural space to grow some wonderful traditional ingredients that they infuse with local specialties to make interesting and new beers all the time.