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Beer is the world's oldest recipe and by far the most popular alcoholic beverage on the planet. We drink five times more beer than wine and we regard it as part of our cultural identity. But how much do we really know about it?

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  • The once archetypal beer drinker though has transformed into a much more discerning character reflected by the recent surge in sales of premium and imported beers. We meet Australia's largest independent importer of beer, Franck Berges 'recently crowned a Knight by the Belgian Brewer's Guild - to see what the trends are and the future predictions for this booming market. Australia's foremost Belgian beer expert, Olivier Massart, tells us why the most passionate beer drinkers are already prepared to pay $28 a bottle for the ultimate nectar made by Trappist Monks.

  • With their low-yield, high quality products, small regional producers are meeting the demands of a more sophisticated marketplace and beer has joined the queue - small breweries offering unique, full-flavoured, full-bodied beers. It's boom time for hand-crafted beers. We visit the key industry players - like Bootleg Brewery - who are taking wine producers head on with high quality beers. We also visit start up micro-brewers Bug Ocean to see first hand what challenges face first-time commercial brewers. While in the west, we learn the secrets behind the success of one of Australia's best pub breweries, Fremantle's Sail and Anchor.

  • Their campaign to take barbeque cooks back to school is part of a gastronomic revolution that has swept beer along in its wake. We join their new age barbeque class that shows men how to cook moderncuisine and how to match particular beers with particular foods. Beer and food matching has become a buzz topic in gastronomic circles. Multi-award winning chef Tim Pak Poy is an uncompromising epicurean - quality is everything and beer is no different. Tim is preparing his new season beer list and has asked acclaimed brewmaster Bill Taylor to help match styles with various dishes. Bill is one of the world's leading authorities on beer and its relationship to food. We check his recommendations and learn why what food, goes with what beer.

  • After touring their beer-filled house, we follow them to the 25th Anniversary 'Canathon' where beer can collectors from all over the world gather to swap andtrade. Beer can collectors are just one example of people afflicted by 'Beer mania.' From the Latin 'bibere' - to drink - this ubiquitous beverage has developed its own sub-culture. Collectors of cans, bottles and memorabilia, home and pub brewers, beerjudges, brewing historians and plenty more are fascinated by the wider world of the amber.

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