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Great Barrier Beer Launches in Cans – Yes We Can Save the Reef!



Brisbane start up, The Good Beer Co, Australia’s social enterprise beer company, has launched a new Great Barrier Beer for the Australian Marine Conservation Society with a call to action to all Aussie beer drinkers: Yes We Can Save the Reef!

Continuing their work with national environmental charity, the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS), The Good Beer Co has launched a rebranded Great Barrier Beer in cans to help raise funds for the AMCS and their vital work to protect Australia’s national icon, the Great Barrier Reef, from the threats of climate change and pollution.

The “Australian Lager” will be brewed with all Australian ingredients for The Good Beer Co by award winning independent craft brewery Ballistic Beer Company in Brisbane.

Ten percent of the price every keg and carton sold will go directly to the AMCS to help fund their work to protect the Reef.

The new branding, featuring a watercolor painting using water from the Great Barrier Reef, was done for The Good Beer Co by Brother & Co in Brisbane who worked pro bono in support of the social enterprise and the cause.

The new Great Barrier Beer was launched at the Beer InCider festival on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd of September where it raised over $1,000 for the Australian Marine Conservation Society, and at a special event for supporters at Ballistic West End Bar on Wednesday 3rd October.

QLD Minister for Innovation and Tourism, Kate Jones MP, pulled the first beer and launched a pre-order crowd-fund campaign for the first batch of the new Great Barrier Beer in cans.

The Good Beer Co Founder James Grugeon said he was excited to be relaunching the popular beer in cans with new branding a new brewery partner and a new style of beer.  “This is a great Australian beer for a great Australian cause. Good beers drinkers at Beer InCider loved the beer and they loved that it is helping the Australian Marine Conservation Society protect our Great Barrier Reef from climate change and pollution too. We can’t wait to get it out there.”

Darren Kindleysides, AMCS CEO said: “We already know that Great Barrier Beer is a brilliant and simple way to get our important message out there and to raise funds for our work to protect the Great Barrier Reef. Our Reef needs all our help right now. Every time someone drinks a Great Barrier Beer they are raising a glass to a better future for our Reef.

Ballistic Beer Company Head Brewer, Lachy Crothers said: “We’re stoked to be brewing this revolutionary good beer for a good cause for The Good Beer Co. It’s an absolutely cracking Australian Lager made with all Australian ingredients, just perfect to be enjoyed in the Queensland summer that’s coming!”

The Good Beer Co will be making the new Great Barrier Beer available in cartons via a special pre-order crowd-fund campaign –

And from early 2019, Great Barrier Beer will be available through The Good Beer Co website and, potentially, at previous stockists of Great Barrier Beer including Woolworths (BWS)  as well as through a special campaign targeting supporters of Australia’s national icon and action on climate change and pollution.

For more information visit the Good Beer Co website by clicking here.

Marine Life & Conservation

Jeff chats to… Rowen Hemsley-Harding, third place winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)



In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Rowen Hemsley-Harding, third place winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition. The See you at the Sea Festival was an online film festival created by young people, for young people.

Rowan’s film – Ocean Art and Facts – can be seen here:

Fourth in a series of six videos about the competition. Watch the first video HERE with Jenn Sandiford – Youth Engagement Officer with the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – to find out more about the Competition. Each day this week we will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.

For more information please visit:

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NUPG Lockdown Best of…



Usually the January NUPG meeting involves a guest judge coming to Manchester to talk through the very best images members had taken in the previous 12 months. However, this year, due to COVID19 restriction many of the members had not had the chance to dive. The NUPG committee decided to change the rules a little. So this year members judged a series of Best of the Century images online and were also invited to take part in a lockdown underwater bath tub category.

There were five categories for members to enter. Here are the winners of each…

British and Irish Close Up

Octopus in St Abbs Marine Reserve by Mike Clark

British and Irish Wide Angle

A Basking Shark off the coast of Cornwall by Nick Robertson-Brown

Overseas Close Up

A squid at night in the Lembeh Strait in Indonesia by Ken Byrne

Overseas Wide Angle

Hammerhead Sharks in the Red Sea by Justin Beevor

Under Bath Water

Lockdown fun in the tub by Caroline Robertson-Brown

The next NUPG meeting will be held on Monday 8th February and the guest speaker is John Bantin.

For more information on the NUPG please visit their website by clicking here.

Header image: Lionfish hunting in the Red Sea by John Spencer

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