The Crafty Pint News Crafty Pint newsen-AUThe Big Issue: Branding could be all manner of factors that sway your next beer purchase. You might be after something low in alcohol because you're driving or in the mood for something particularly hoppy or sour. Maybe it's based on a recommendation from a mate or a website, maybe it's driven by your love of a particular brewery: who they are, the way they present themselves, what they stand for. Or maybe it's ...Mon, 30 Nov 2015 18:54:02 +110040 Acres Brewing Mitchell’s story shares similarities with that of the people behind many other small breweries across Australia: a long term home brewer (25 years, in fact) with a professional background that required attention to detail changing direction to do something he loves, striving to create a great product that he and others will enjoy.But, as Bendigo Beer founder Trev Birks discovered in his ...Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:04:25 +1100Five Star Deluxe Treatment beer drinkers in Melbourne, the name Beer DeLuxe needs little introduction. In fact, for beer drinkers from anywhere who have been to Melbourne it probably needs little introduction. The flagship venue in Fed Square was turned into one of the best beer venues in the country by visionary management around the start of the decade, collecting awards for the Best Beer List in Australia along th...Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:50:48 +1100Beer Travel: Bushwalking with Beer returned to his home in Tasmania after touring the outer reaches of Northern Europe, whence he experienced beer in the Scottish Isles, Iceland and Copenhagen, wandering storyteller Bert Spinks has been out bushwalking. Here, he ponders the whys and wherefores of doing it with beer.This week I went bushwalking with two of my dearest mates: a couple of intellects, eccentrics, athletes, and...Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:01:01 +1100Who Brews Hair Of The Dog XPA?'s a common path to tread: that from home brewer to pro brewer. Even so, the story of the foursome behind Old Wives Ales is a little different from most.They met via the Merri Mashers, a home brew club that was only launched at the start of 2014 but proved to be one of the most proactive we've come across, reaching beyond the traditional world of home brewing and into the broader public spher...Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:04:28 +1100Bowling for Brews the capers in classic Aussie lawn bowls flick Crackerjack – very probably the greatest Aussie lawn bowls flick ever made – the story to be found at Flemington-Kensington Bowls Club these days isn't so much on the green. Instead, it's in the bar.While antics are yet to reach the comic heights of Mick Molloy’s lead character Jack Simpson, much like Simpson the management have certainly tak...Thu, 19 Nov 2015 09:41:50 +1100From Cellar to Shed just over nine years, Damon Nott toiled away, honing his brewing skills in one of the most unlikely breweries in Australia. Squeezed into a series of cave like cellars underneath the Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel in The Rocks, he navigated the ladders, low ceilings and intricately interwoven pipes to create the brewery’s famed English inspired ales.Fitter for the experience, Damon (above right)...Wed, 18 Nov 2015 09:00:03 +1100A Dozen More've added a dozen more new listings to our brewery, venue and bottleshop directories since our last roundup. So, as has become our habit, here they are collected in one place in case you missed them when they went live first time around.It's a roundup that covers all six Aussie states, from a beachside bar in Margaret River to Lonny's home of craft beer, from Fortitude Valley to Footscray, an...Tue, 17 Nov 2015 08:18:43 +1100A Pallet For Your Palates from a handful of beers from the bigger brewers, Australians haven't really made much of an imprint on the American beer landscape. Mountain Goat flirted with a spot of export, as much because they could rather than fired by any grand plan for world domination, while, in the past year, Tasmania's Two Metre Tall has been snapped up by the discerning Shelton Brothers and Bridge Road has sta...Mon, 16 Nov 2015 11:27:05 +1100Toowoomba Becomes Brewoomba, it was inevitable wasn’t it? With numerous beer events and festivals popping up in many corners of Queensland, it was only a matter of time before Toowoomba claimed one for themselves. And why not?Brewoomba – Toowoomba’s first ever craft beer festival – bursts into life tomorrow (November 14). It’s a collaborative project between the leading charges of three of the city’s more beer-centri...Fri, 13 Nov 2015 08:03:12 +1100