Duff’s award-winning beer to be tapped at Bitter & Twisted

RAISE YOUR GLASS: Stuart Duff will unveil Dusty Miner’s special Black Rye PA at Bitter & Twisted on Saturday. Picture: Jonathan CarrollIN this flavoursome era of craft beer, one of the last bastion of mainstream brews would surely be the mining industry. A hard-earned thirst, needs a big cold beer, and all that jazz.
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However, Aberglasslyn underground fitter Stuart Duff is casting off those old stereotypes with his award-winning Dusty Miner Craft Brewery. In two years the home nano-brewery has won silver medals for itsBlack Bon3s Dark Ale, a tribute to Maitland Blacks Rugby Club, at the Sydney Beer and Cider Awards 2015 and this year’s Australian International Beer Awards.

“I started grain-brewing 15 years ago and with the craft beer scene becoming what it was, I said to my wife [Cathy] I’d like to do it,” Duff said.“So she said find some people, other than my friends, to try it and I got some good reviews, so she let me go and buy a brewery.”

Duff still worksas aunderground fitter at Wambo Mine, but hopes to one day brew full-time. And he’s getting closer to that dream.Eight bottle shops and three pubs stock his range, thatincludes,Shaftman Pale,Stook IPA,Undercut Msa and 3 Daughters Red, which Duff said is“like my girls;it’s intriguing, feisty and sometimes sweet.”

Duff will be pouring his Dusty Miner dropsat theBitter & Twisted Boutique Beer Festival this weekend at Maitland Gaol, plus a special one-off Black Rye PA.

It’s brewed with rye grain in a black IPA before bourbon oak chips were added tothe fermenting process.

“Barrel-aged beers have been coming out for the last six months or more, so people have been ageingthem in old bourbon, whiskeyorwine barrels to get the actual flavour out of the barrel,” Duff said.“I didn’t have a barrel or the time to age it, so I’ve used bourbon oak chips in the fermenter.”

It’s an exotic ale that will turn heads at Bitter & Twisted, but is Duff converting many of his old pit buddies away fromTooheysand VB?

“Some are starting to try new things, which is good, but there’s still some guys who are old school and it’s hard to change those blokes,” he said.“The younger blokes are willing to try new beers.”

This year’s Bitter & Twisted will be the 10th edition of the popular event. Sydney’s award-winningStockade Brew Co and Modus Operandi will both debut this year and Newcastle’s Apple Truck Cider will have an individual stall for the first time. Saturday is sold out, but tickets are still available for Sunday.

Melbourne CupEverything you need to know

TOMORROW is the first Tuesday in November which means it’s Melbourne Cup time.
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But if you’re not a keen horse racing fanand have no clue who you should be cheering for on the day, don’t worry –we’ve got you covered.

First up let’s take a look atwho is actually running in this year’s Melbourne Cup.The final 24-horse field is here.

And if it’s the one time of the year that you place a bet and you’renot sure who you should place your hard-earned cash on –we’ve got you covered with these tips.

Or perhaps this willhelp you decide:

Or if you believe in the power of pets – Maremma guard dog Amor has picked a favourite for you. Read more here.

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Fashions on the fieldNot sure what to wear to that Cup function you’ve got on tomorrow? Well ladies, we can tell you stilettosare out. Read more here.

Think you know who’s going to win?So you’ve been reading the previews on the horses and following their progress throughout the season?In fact you’re pretty sure you know who’s going to take home the Cup.Then be sure to take in part our poll and let us know:

Where are all the celebrities at Melbourne Cup Carnival 2016?Gigi Hadid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Upton, Snoop Dogg, Paris and Nicky Hilton, Enrique Iglesias, Geri Halliwell, Mischa Barton, Solange Knowles, Eva Longoriahave all made celebrity appearances at the Melbourne Cup Carnival down through the years.But it seems organisers are happy to stick with local talent for 2016.

That is apart from nine-time Olympic gold medallistUsain Bolt, who is on theCrown Melbourne marquee guest list for Oaks Day. Read more here.

Woods emerges from the wilderness to win stableford

BEST PERFORMER: Justin Sutton was the best performer of the locals during last weekend’s 2016 NSW Country Championships at Goulburn. He’s teeing off with fellow competitors Brad Croker of Goulburn and Charlestown’s Michael Wade. Photo: Paul ThomasLocal accountant and renowned Parkes businessman Peter Woods certainly struck with a vengeance last Saturday when members of the Parkes Golf Club contested the Totally Workwear sponsored 18 hole Stableford.
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Woods, who hasn’t graced the winner’s podium in over fouryears, certainly found excellent form last weekend when he returned a great 41 points to take the winner’s spoils from new member Luke Clarke on a countback.

Woods’ last victory was some 50 months ago and ironically wasn’t a single event but a fourball with the late Mike Richardson.

Playing off a 31 handicap, Woods will now find his handicap has been reduced.

Saturday’s ball winners saw Luke Clarke head the list on 41 with Ron Hetherington close behind on 40 while on 39 were Matt Lawryk, Terry Walsh, Tony Hendry and Michael Kable while Todd Jayet survived the countback on 38 points to gain the remaining ball.

In the Nearest the Pins saw Laurie Wakefield take out the Idle Rite Tyrepower 1st Hole at 310cms, and local mayor Ken Keith snared the Griffins Leading Edge 4th Hole and the Money Hole award at 320cms.

Tony Hendry shot the shot of the day to finish just 103cms from the pin on the Dirt Doctor Landscaping 6th Hole, while Robert Cheney fired a birdie two after his shot to Harvey Norman 11th Hole came to rest 322cms away.

On the tough Westlime 15th Hole, Garry Phipps earnt two balls courtesy of Westlime when he finished 341cms from the flag.

The remaining two awards of the day saw Mark Job in a big comeback to golf, finishing 365cms from the flag on his second shot to claim the Parkes Ready Mixed Concrete sponsored 9th Hole.

On the PJL Groups 18th Hole in two shots saw Tony Hendry victorious at 380cms.

CLUB PRESENTATION NIGHTMembers are urged to book their tables for the club’s annual presentation night that will be held this Saturday, November 5 at 7pm.

A delicious smorgasbord meal will be provided for a minimal cost of $25per person and live music will also be there for members to dance to.

NSW COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS & REGIONAL TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIPSThe NSW Country Championships were held over the weekend at the Goulburn Golf Club.

And despite battling tough conditions that saw extremely quick greens and several holes that had hazards and tight fairways, the entire Lachlan Valley team performed creditably with Forbes champion John Betland the best individual when he finished on 147 in 15th place.

Reigning club champion Justin Sutton was best of the locals as he finished on 153 after rounds of 79 and 74.

The district team which appeared solid on paper finished in ninth place in the Regional Teams Championships with Parkes being represented by Sutton, Mitch McGlashan and Cameron Butler.

Forbes players filled the remaining three places with Betland joined by his brother Steve and the-up-and-coming Lee Grierson.

NSW FOURSOMES CHAMPIONSHIPSReigning Parkes Foursomes Champions Peter Dixon and John Green will travel to Campbelltown Golf Club this weekend to contest the NSW Foursomes Championships.

Members wish them all the best in a game that friendships are truly tested.

PYBAR HANDICAP CHALLENGEThe final of the Pybar Handicap Challenge will be held on Sunday, November 13, at 9am.

The field will comprise the following players Brian L. Hogan, Vic Gaidzionis, Tony Hendry, Cameron Butler, Wayne Butler, Colin Barker, Ian Phipps, Lachlan Buesnell, Troy Thomson, David Stevenson, Mitch McGlashan, Garry Phipps, Ross Smith, Matt Lawyrk, Peter Magill, Michael Dellaca, Joey Van Opynen, Robert Hey and Chris Goodie.

Reserves are Michael Smith and Bernard McCabe.

Players listed above must inform the captain of their intentions to play by this Saturday otherwise they will be replaced.

THIS WEEKEND’S COMPETITIONSThis Saturday, the men will contest the finals of the Parkes Betta Home Living Medal of Medals, as well as the Griffins Leading Edge Putter of Putters competitions.

These will be run in conjunction with the Telescope Tyres & Batteries November Monthly Medal which sees Food Service Central as the sponsor of the A, B and C Grade Handicap awards.

The Veterans handicap award is sponsored by Troy Thomson, Peter Magill, David Stevenson and Robert Cheney, and Griffins Leading Edge will provide the trophy in the putting competition.

The ladies will contest an 18 hole multiplier for the Kaye Jones trophy and will play an 18 hole Stableford for Vanessa’s Wool ‘N Craft trophy tomorrow.

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South Coast Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo

This weekend is your chance to get out and see all the latest caravan and camping products and equipment in the biggest and longest running caravan and camping expo in Southern NSW.
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“The South Coast Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo is the best place for people from the South Coast, Snowy and Canberra regions to see a full range of caravan and camping products, all in one place,” Caravan & Camping Industry Association (CCIA) NSW, CEO Lyndel Gray said today.

“With over 100 exhibitors and hundreds of caravans, motorhomes, campervans and camper trailers on display, along with the latest products and accessories, it’s an unmissable event for anyone who loves a caravan or camping holiday.”

The Expo, taking place at Mackay Park, Batemans Bay, will mark its 15th year providing a fantastic one-stop-shop for caravan and camping products in the area.

“There is so much to see and do at the South Coast Expo, from the huge range of products to the experts on hand to answer all your questions and with fantastic food, free kids entertainment and free onsite parking – it’s a great day out for anyone.

Don’t forget you have a chance to win over $3000 worth of great prizes in our Passport competition including:

1st Prize

A “Fair Dinkum” Single Carport, proudly provided by Southern Coastal Sheds and Garages.

2nd Prize

800lb Pro Series Weight Distribution Hitch, proudly provided by Camden Caravan NSW.

3rd Prize

Outback King Single Swag, proudly provided by Bluewater Campers.

The South Coast Camping and Holiday Expo is on at the Mackay Park in Batemans Bay from Friday to Sunday, November 4 to 6. It is open from 9am – 4pm daily and tickets can be purchased at the gates on the day.

Adult tickets are $15, Concession $10 and children 16 and under are FREE when accompanied by an adult.

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Letters to the editor/reports

Guest: Naracoorte 4WD president Peter Flavel (left), Diane Hevey and guest speaker Wayne Hevey.4WD meetingNaracoorte SA 4WD Club held its third annual meeting last month. In three years, the club has grown to 54 families enjoying the camaraderie and fellowship of like-minded people whiletravelling around Australia to places most people only dream of.
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The club averaged one trip a fortnight with many local trips to Beachport, Robe, Little Desert, Ngarkat and Pyrenees and longer trips to Tasmania, Otway Ranges, Cape York, Fraser Island and the Simpson Desert.

The club isnow focussing on one day trips to local places of interest. Longer trips planned include the “high country” in January and Western Australia and the Kimberleyin May.

Fines master Lew Haynes gave members a good laugh during the year raising $300 for the RFDS. David Steadman, Chemmart, matched this amount at the annual meeting.

The club was also very active in the promotion of four wheel driving in the community with a float in the annual Christmas parade, putting the four wheel driver’s perspective on the Lucindale Area School’s project on “Four Wheel Driving and the effects on the environment”.

Members manned the gates and promoted the club at the Naracoorte Show and the Rotary 4WD expo, did track clearing at the Coorong National Park and did marshalling at the Moorex Sprint Rally.

Guest speaker at the annual meeting was Wayne Hevey, CEO of Four Wheel Drive Victoria, and his wife Diane. Wayne spoke on the future directionof 4wding and the need to work ever closer with parks and government bodies.

The club executive for 2016/17 is: president Peter Flavel; vice-president David Steadman, secretary Jackie Muecke, treasurer Ray Hillier, trips coordinator Eric Matters and catering Lew Haynes.

Club meetings on the third Thursday of the month at the anglers clubrooms, Park Tce, start with a sausage sizzle at 6pm and meeting from 7pm.

Show letter disappointsI am writing in regards to L J Brown’s letter “Show a disappointment” in last week’s Herald.

Firstly, not only is your letter incredibly critical, but extremely negative as well. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but why would you choose to insult whilst pulling a community event to pieces?

There are many people involved with putting on such a community event and while it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, there were still many people voluntarily involved to help the weekend run for the benefit of our community.

Secondly, since when was the attitude that if something is poorly, we should perhaps forego it? This year was the 153rdannual Naracoorte Show, and I can’t think of another local event that has been running near that length of time or has more tradition and involvement of Naracoorte’s history associated with it.

No, I am a strong believer that if you don’t like the way something is done in your own backyard, you jump in, boots and all, and offer your help, not sit back and throw stones. Perhaps, L J Brown, you might consider contacting the organising committee to see what you can do to impact this event in a positive way.


Should mining continue?Should mining continue? Should we continue mining coal to keep power costs down and so protect our standard of living? Or should we stop mining coal to safeguard the environment and so protect our standard of living?

What does “standard of living” mean anyway? What is “living” for? What are human beings for? What does — and what doesn’t — constitute “being human”? Can we summon up the energy to find out and perhaps do something?

ARNOLD JAGO,Nichols Point.


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