The Crafty Pint News Crafty Pint newsen-AUOur Man In NZ: Kiwi Hops Even if you have never had New Zealand brewed beer, you likely would have tasted the essence of the place when drinking brews from giants like BrewDog, Sierra Nevada and Green Flash. The country’s hops are famed across the world for their flavours and aromas, described as anything from "tropical fruit salad" to "post-coital armpit".   Our Man in New Zealand, Jono Galuszka, heads to...Wed, 24 May 2017 10:00:30 +1000Brew & A: Mornington's Barrel Man Earlier this month, Mornington Peninsula Brewery released the first beer from its barrel program, the luscious Old Pumping Station, a take on their Imperial Stout aged in Shiraz barrels. Overseeing the program is young brewer Kristian Martin.  The program may have sent just one beer into the world thus far, but there are many more barrels already filled with a wide range of beers waitin...Tue, 23 May 2017 09:57:07 +1000Australian International Beer Awards Winners 2017 If anyone was still clinging to any vestiges of doubt that the Balter project was merely a celebrity endorsed gimmick, last night's Australian International Beer Awards in Melbourne should have seen those doubts obliterated. Little more than a year after releasing its first beer, the Gold Coast brewery that counts surfers Mick Fanning, Bede Burbridge, Joel Parkinson and Josh Kerr among i...Thu, 18 May 2017 20:55:32 +1000The Big Issue: Weird Beers Belly button fluff. Whale vomit. Carrots. Not three things you'd expect to see in a sentence together. Or, indeed, in a beer. Yet, in the past couple of years, it's beers featuring those ingredients that have garnered media attention across the world – far more than pretty much any other beers released in Australia in that time. The three beers – by 7 cent, Robe Town and 4 Hearts respectivel...Fri, 19 May 2017 00:28:36 +1000Independence Day Australia's small and independent brewers today voted "overwhelmingly" to remove large brewers from their national trade body in a move that has been widely expected for the past few months. It means that what was the Craft Beer Industry Association (CBIA) becomes the Independent Brewers Association. The decision was confirmed at a meeting this morning in Melbourne, at which it was announced...Thu, 18 May 2017 11:53:30 +1000The Secret Brewer: Price Wars Pt II There's a price war going on in the craft beer industry in Australia as set out by The Secret Brewer in this article. It raised a number of concerns and ideas that have been regularly discussed throughout the industry over the past couple of years. But is that the whole picture? Was The Secret Brewer right? We've spoken to other brewers, one of whom has suggested that the question shoul...Tue, 16 May 2017 16:35:21 +1000Cocktails On Tap the Australian craft beer industry continues to grow, one likely side effect is its continued encroachment into areas of dining that had once been unexplored by beer and brewers. While pairing food with beer has been championed by many Australian breweries, chefs and sommeliers, particularly in recent years, less have spent much time exploring beer as an ingredient, be that in restaurants or...Wed, 17 May 2017 12:41:33 +1000The Secret Brewer: Price Wars If you’re involved in craft beer in any way beyond having the occasional pale ale at your local, chances are you’re aware of the ongoing discussion around tap contracts and market access. In its most simple terms, contracting taps is the practice of a brewing company and venue entering into an agreement to sell certain products while excluding others. This has been at the centre of an investi...Tue, 16 May 2017 09:59:47 +1000Aussie Exports: From Melbourne To Tallinn Good Beer Week in 2016, if you called in to the Canadian Pint of Origin venue, you may well have been served by Rob Dooley. Twelve months on, after three years as manager at Beer DeLuxe Hawthorn, he's working for a brewery in Estonia. Rob (above left) is now brewery assistant at Sori Brewing in Tallinn and here tells us about life, beer and brewing in the Baltics as our latest Auss...Mon, 15 May 2017 10:39:00 +1000Who Brews Shifty Lizard Beers? The word Stone is already one with well established connections in the beer industry, most notably the San Diego based home of Arrogant Bastard and one half of the name of one of Australia's biggest, Stone & Wood. However, another Stone is entering the fray as brewer Lee Stone launches Shifty Lizard Brewing Company in South Australia.  Perhaps unsurprisingly he didn't fancy trying to la...Mon, 15 May 2017 14:36:28 +1000