The Crafty Pint News Crafty Pint newsen-AUBrew & A: La Sirène Ben one of the brewery's founders and its driving force, Costa Nikias is the person most readily associated with La Sirène, the Melbourne based "urban farmhouse" brewery that specialises in French and Belgian influenced beers, including a broad range of saisons and sours. In 2016, he was joined at the Alphington brewery by Ben Turley (above), a brewer who had previously been plying ...Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:46:07 +1000Cabal Update – 23.09.16 to round up what's new in the past fortnight for Crafty Pint supporters who've joined our beer lovers bonus scheme, The Crafty Cabal. After a flurry of events over the past few months, we've got a little hiatus on that front although will be locking in our plans for Cabalistas at WA Beer Week in the coming days so that should be revealed in our next update – as will details of th...Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:58:36 +1000High Hopes in July, the CBIA’s annual Craft Beer Awards saw some familiar names further cement their place as breweries to watch and beers to drink. The fact that Pirate Life Brewing was 2016’s Champion Large Brewery probably surprised few, while other trophy winners included long established Little Creatures, Murray's and Stone & Wood. Yet there were some lesser known names that appeared on ...Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:25:13 +1000Aussie Beer Blogs: The Year of Beer it's best to keep things simple. And that's a reasonable way to describe the idea that got Tim Smith into writing about beer. A fairly recent convert to the world of craft beer, the Port Macquarie resident decided to make his exploration of the wider beer world something of a challenge: a challenge to document his adventures in beer over the course of a year and a challenge ...Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:14:30 +1000Beer Food: The Chuck Norris of Collingwood There are two crucial members of The Craft & Co team you probably haven’t heard of. Quite possibly the hardest working members of staff at the Collingwood restaurant-deli-bar-brewery, they have been with the company since before the venue even opened its doors in 2015.  Their names are Rocky and Chuck Norris. They spend every day in the kitchen. And they are the sourdough s...Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:47:49 +1000Who Brews as Mr Banks? Mornington Peninsula is becoming quite the craft beer destination. Where once Red Hill were the lone representatives, today you'll find a growing number of breweries and venues and bottleshops supporting them – as well as more of all three dotting the route to the Peninsula from Melbourne. The ranks are swelling again as new kids on the block Mr Banks Brewing Co set up shop in Seaford....Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:07:39 +1000Crafty Crawls: Chapel Street & Surrounds At long last, life is getting easier for beer lovers south of the Yarra as more bars and restaurants start to take a walk on the crafty side. Along Chapel Street and its surrounds, places like Ladro TAP and The Windsor Alehouse are lining up impressive tap lists showcasing beers from across the Australian and international beer worlds. Combine that with classic beer...Sun, 18 Sep 2016 13:19:47 +1000Topping Up At The Billabong wasn’t the nod from the Perth Royal Beer Show judges that has led to Alan Proctor toasting at the new Billabong Brewing bar. Sure, adding a few more trophies to an already well stocked cabinet has sated Alan’s thirst for quality brews. However, he rates winning a battle with City Hall as his best achievement of 2016. He fought the law and the law lost. Bill...Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:39:13 +1000Australian Beer Festivals 2016/17 It wasn’t so long ago that beer festivals were fairly few and far between in Australia. Now, even in the depths of Winter, you’d be unlucky to go a week or two without being able to hunt down a major beer event somewhere across the country.  And, as the number has grown, so has the variety – gone are the days where all you might expect to find was a...Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:19:12 +1000Events Wrap 16.09.16 Let's kick off with all things Bavarian by rattling through the major Oktoberfest events taking place across the country over the next few weeks.  As you read this, the Boatrocktoberfest! weekend has begun in Braeside with the-beer-formerly-known-as-Hoppbier taking its place on tap amongst some German legends. The Empire Hotel is eschewing Germ...Fri, 16 Sep 2016 01:03:53 +1000