The Crafty Pint News Crafty Pint newsen-AUCrafty Crawls: South West WA Part I The South West of Western Australia is increasing fertile ground for beer lovers. With so many breweries and good beer venues to explore, Guy Southern set off for a weekend break down the coast to put together an extended Crafty Crawl featuring much of the best the region has to offer. Here's part one – or should that be day one? Time your visit to one of the most famed and spectacular par...Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:36:39 +1000Box Clever The fourth Bendigo On The Hop festival is approaching fast and looks likely to be another sellout. Among those showcasing their beers will be the city's sole commercial brewery, Brookes Beer. Founded by Doug Brooke and Melissa Church in a former abattoir on the city's outskirts, Brookes is now into its fifth year. During that time, the owners have explored many avenues to get their beer in...Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:36:33 +1000Beer Travel: Yorkshire Earlier this month, we published the third in a series of travel pieces by young brewer Nic Sandery, who set off around the globe seeking inspiration from beer, brewing and the cultures surrounding it that he could pour into forthcoming operation Molly Rose Brewing. That third article found him in Bamberg – following past articles from Japan and North Carolina. Today, we run the fourth ...Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:34:08 +1000The Collaborators: Binary Beer Sometimes inspiration hits when you run out of beer. Or, more precisely, because you run out of beer. That sad state of affairs was the spark that led to Michael Burton wanting to create an easy way to dodge the drama of an empty keg. “I was heavily into homebrewing and found that my kegs always ran out of beer at the most inopportune of times – when you’ve got mates over,” he say...Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:25:04 +1000Getting Blind With Crafty: Imperial Stouts Revisited Of all the blind tastings we've done at The Crafty Pint over the years, there was arguably none more eagerly anticipated – by both tasters and readers – than our look at imperial stouts in 2013. Four years later, we returned to the biggest, blackest and boldest of beer styles for another round of Getting Blind With Crafty. Back in 2013, the number of locally brewed versions was relatively li...Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:02:21 +1000West City Brewing For Sale West City Brewing has become the latest small Australian brewing company to be put on the market. The three owners are looking for someone to take over the gypsy operation after one of the founders left to focus on other businesses. West City Brewing was launched by homebrewers Bevan Dalziel and Fergus McGregor in August 2015, sparked in part by the West Side Beer Drinkers Facebook group sta...Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:17:12 +1000Canvas. Comic Strip. Can. This week, we revisited the hot topic of branding, interviewing the designers working with breweries such as Pirate Life and Feral and chatting to Cheeky Monkey about their recent relaunch. Today, continuing that theme, Ross Lewis chats to a WA designer exploring the potential of cans as well as a brewery owner and an American illustrator whose label and can designs are among the most eye...Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:16:54 +1000The Big Issue: Branding Revisited We looked at branding in a Big Issue feature on the site two years ago. But, with so many new businesses entering the market since then, existing ones relaunching and the phenomenal rise of canned beers providing a broader canvas upon which brewers can set artists and designers to work, it's timely to revisit the topic. In the first of a two-part series by the site's trio of WA writers,...Tue, 08 Aug 2017 17:52:29 +1000Getting Into The Spirit It may seem like the distant past for some, but it wasn’t too long ago that the Australian beer and spirits industries were rather homogenised affairs. Local producers were scarce and the determining factors behind what they offered drinkers were typically price and alcohol percentage. Granted, even today those two things still go a long way towards defining the market, yet drinkers also...Tue, 08 Aug 2017 10:52:48 +1000Big Beer Monopoly Ask Dr Ina Verstl to describe herself and she will unfurl an array of titles and adjectives: storyteller, foreigner, journalist, listener, outsider, world traveller.  Ina, along with co-author Ernst Faltermeier, penned a book about the globalisation of the beer world, narrowing in on the giants of the industry, AB InBev in particular. The book, The Beer Monopoly: How brewers bought...Fri, 04 Aug 2017 10:53:15 +1000