The Crafty Pint News Crafty Pint newsen-AUAustralian International Beer Awards 2015 Winners"Love is the answer. Love IS the answer," said a visibly moved Matt Houghton from Boatrocker Brewery, channeling the spirit of the late Rik Mayall as he accepted the trophy for Champion Small Australian Brewery at last night's Australian International Beer Awards. Golds for his Mitte Berliner Weisse and forthcoming barley wine Banshee helped Boatrocker take out the title.But it was the recipien...Fri, 22 May 2015 08:41:29 +1000Biting Back of the most memorable lines (among many) in Woody Allen's classic Annie Hall sees Alvy Singer opine to the eponymous Annie: "A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark."Events of the past 18 months suggested that the Aussie beer world may have its own dead shark too. A pair of mates h...Thu, 21 May 2015 10:40:39 +1000Podcast People : Brunswick Beer Collective number of Australian beer podcast seems to be steadily on the rise. One of the newest we've come across goes by the name Brunswick Beer Collective. Their social media feeds suggest they're getting fully into the swing of Good Beer Week so it seemed the perfect time to find out a little about the trio behind the show.They are Jeff Chee (above centre), Paul Kristoff (above left) and Chris Sho...Wed, 20 May 2015 11:33:15 +1000Craft Beer Heroes: Steve & Guy Local Taphouses in Melbourne and Sydney were among the first quality craft beer venues to open in Australia. They've hosted many innovative and Australia first events and helped inspire other venue operators.Their co-owners, Steve Jeffares (above left) and Guy Greenstone (above right), have contributed much more to the local beer scene too. Probably the most ambitious and driven duo in the ...Tue, 19 May 2015 10:20:11 +1000Time Out Melbourne Pub Awards Winners of Melbourne's craftiest venues took out trophies at the second Time Out Melbourne Pub Awards. Pub of the Year went to The Last Jar, who also collected Best Pub Food, while Publican of the Year went to the mates who turned the former Gertrude's Brown Couch into The Catfish. People's Choice, meanwhile, went to Beer DeLuxe Hawthorn while The Local Taphouse in St Kilda collected Best Beer Lis...Tue, 19 May 2015 10:40:50 +1000As Easy As Adelaide, Beer, Celebration craft beer industry continues to flourish in South Australia and now the people have another reason to cheer and celebrate. With the support and backing of a variety of local industries, the first annual Beer and BBQ Festival is set to launch in July 2015. This unique event will take place over three days, starting in the afternoon on July 10 with last drinks being called at 6pm on Sunday, ...Mon, 18 May 2015 12:37:27 +1000Crafty Six GBW Special #10: Gimme More More More then. Time for one last plunder of the Good Beer Week program for our tenth and final Crafty Six preview. And we've saved the biggest (in a way) til last with a look at six events ideal for people keen to get their hands on as many beer samples under the one roof at the same time as possible.Obviously, none comes bigger than GABS, which returns to the Royal Exhibition Building from May 22...Fri, 15 May 2015 07:46:10 +1000Bring The Love we go again: Good Beer Week is back! Tonight sees the festival kick off with the Opening Party at Beer DeLuxe in Fed Square in advance of the full program unfolding from tomorrow. Here at The Crafty Pint we've got a seriously busy week lined up, one that takes in degustations, Pint of Origin tours, masterclasses, blind tastings, awards and more besides. Hopefully you've got your week plann...Fri, 15 May 2015 08:17:16 +1000Boys n the Hub have gone full circle for Good Beer Week. Just a few short years ago, Beer DeLuxe provided the setting for a shared twinkling in the eyes between a group of friends – all of whom were passionate about craft beer. Fast forward to 2015 and the biggest Good Beer Week yet will see this central Melbourne beer mecca host the Festival Hub. As anticipation reaches fever pitch in advance of tomor...Thu, 14 May 2015 08:14:20 +1000Cali-borations of the most appealing parts of the modern beer world is its lack of borders. Brewers the world over share ideas and ingredients, or plunder the history of any country or region that takes their fancy in their quest to create the best beers they can. It has created a colourful melting pot full of hybrids, twists and collaborations, all of which will play a role when Good Beer Week arrives at...Wed, 13 May 2015 10:52:31 +1000