The Crafty Pint News Crafty Pint newsen-AUMads For Aussie Beer’s really quite remarkable when you think about it. Less than four years ago, the three friends behind the Grifter Brewing Company were home brewers cooking up beer recipes in their kitchen. Now, over the coming weeks, a beer they made will be enjoyed alongside food cooked by chefs from one of the world’s best restaurants. Those chefs are from Noma, the Danish restaurant voted best in the...Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:41:09 +1100Drinking History invitation to contribute information on the Australian Sparkling Pale Ale style to a show on America's Brewing Network led one Sydney man on a voyage of discovery. Home brewer of 18 years Peter Symons (pictured above at the Noel Butlin Archive in 2012) decided to delve further into Australia's brewing past, not so much into the people, breweries and businesses that have been covered before b...Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:03:15 +1100Who Brews Norman, Brian & Randy Daniels? an early exploratory brewery and bar tour of Sydney, back before The Crafty Pint was launched, the places in which you could find a decent selection of craft beer were few and far between. One of the lone outposts was also somewhat unexpected.Yulli's was (and still is) a 100 percent vegetarian restaurant in Surry Hills. At the time, it only had a small number of taps, but what was pouring th...Tue, 02 Feb 2016 20:45:19 +1100Arrogant Bootlegging Bastards first time Michael "Brookesy" Brookes took a brewery tour at Stone Brewing in Escondido in 2009, he stuck a Bootleg Brewery bumper sticker onto a window of one of the offices. The following year, the head brewer at Margaret River's longest established microbrewery returned and was amazed to see the sticker was still in place."I thought that was pretty cool," says the self-confessed West Coa...Tue, 02 Feb 2016 10:11:52 +1100A Glimmer Of Hops ever more breweries popping up all over Australia, hops have become an increasingly sought after commodity. A steady supply of these little green flowers (or their processed forms) that contribute aroma, flavour and bitterness to beer is crucial for brewers; without their chosen varieties it's hard, if not impossible, to maintain supply and consistency from batch to batch. Yet hop shortage...Mon, 01 Feb 2016 09:46:40 +1100Beer Travel: Hunting Down The Hottest 100 after the results of the Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of 2014 poll had been announced, Dan "Crafty Kev" McEvilly set himself the challenge of trying them all. As a result, we invited him to feature as one of our Beer Nuts.A year on, having landed a gig writing about beer for Froth magazine along the way, he tells us about his mission and how the beer world rallied to help his cause.Wh...Thu, 28 Jan 2016 10:50:59 +1100Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of 2015: Analysis again, the Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers results have led to much debate, with some up in arms at the success of some bigger brand beers – some even suggesting a rigging of the poll to favour bigger breweries or the organisers' new partners in promoting the poll this year, Dan Murphy's. Who doesn't love a conspiracy theory, hey?There were some clear winners and some surprises too. And, wh...Sun, 24 Jan 2016 12:34:05 +1100Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of 2015: The New Kids the winners in yesterday's Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of 2015 countdown were three breweries new to the list in 2015. Pirate Life and Hawkers Beer both launched in 2015, exploding out of the blocks with great beers and plenty of it to go around (albeit not enough as both have expanded significantly already and have more tanks coming.Meanwhile, Big Shed Brewing Concern enjoyed a great ...Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:41:45 +1100Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of 2015: The Results, there you have it: a change at the top for the first time since 2011 as Stone & Wood Pacific Ale usurps Feral's Hop Hog. Yet the biggest story in this year's GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers may well be what's happened in their wake with Pirate Life Brewing, who only released their first beer on March 1 last year, taking out spots three, four and 11. It's quite an incredible achievemen...Tue, 26 Jan 2016 09:48:48 +1100Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of 2015: Infographic results of the Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of 2015 are out with Stone & Wood Pacific Ale taking top spot for the first time in four years and Pirate Life storming the top five in its first year in existence. As in 2014, we've done some number crunching so we can present some of the keys stats and trends to you in handy Infographic form.You can check out the full rundown as well as the cl...Tue, 26 Jan 2016 13:55:29 +1100