The Crafty Pint News Crafty Pint newsen-AUEvents Wrap 09.11.16 The end of the year is nigh and with it comes one final splurge of beer events across the country. Strangely, considering the time of year, there are few events of a particularly festive nature in the Crafty Calendar at present, but if all you want for Christmas is a new beer or a tap takeover, you're very much in luck.  The fun begins at Hotel Sweeney's, which is ja...Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:19:15 +1100Brew & A: Cowaramup at 10 River has long been home to a sizeable number of brewing companies. With more opening at an ever greater rate in recent years, both there and across the wider South West, it must be the most populous of any non-metro region of Australia.  Bootleg was the first open more than two decades ago, but another of the mainstays of the region is Cowaramup. It's one you...Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:55:05 +1100Show Us Your Stats times every year we get approached by people asking where they can find reliable and detailed stats about the Australian craft beer industry. It's the sort of information that we'd love to be able to dip into once in a while too. Yet the answer has always been that there's little of genuine value on offer, particularly when you're talking about the smaller, independent en...Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:45:08 +1100Tour de Brew don’t have to look far to find a beer lover who also spends a fair bit of their time in the bike saddle, especially in Victoria. With a cycling scene packed with competitions, meets and weekend trips for the cyclist – whether of the road, track or mountain persuasion – more and more often there is a brewery waiting with a cold beer at the end of it.  Kerry McBride speaks to people at&...Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:28:18 +1100Beer Nuts: Matt Kirkey Nuts is our semi-regular feature focusing on people taking their love of beer to extreme levels. People such as Matt Kirkey, a Canadian who moved to the warmer climes of Australia a few years ago.  Earlier this year, the 35-year-old quit his job this year to travel the world interviewing beer people and trying brews for an upcoming beer book, Beer Around The ...Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:39:28 +1100Hoppy Christmas Gifts 2016 do you give to the beer lover at Christmas? Beer. Or things related to beer, of course. Already, some of you will be working your way through your craft beer advent calendars. But, with the festive season upon us, here's a roundup of some of the beery gifts on offer from local breweries and beer businesses for those still wondering what to place under the tree (or down their throats) come...Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:55:56 +1100Who Brews Co-Conspirators Beers? There must be something in the water that they serve during Merri Masher meetings. Although, considering it’s a homebrew club, the likely refreshment is probably beer, so maybe it's the water they use to brew that contains something special, because they are proving fertile ground for new commercial operations. One can only hope that, whatever it is, they aren’t getting it out ...Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:24:43 +1100Dead Ahead In 1986, Blair Hayden, as part of a consortium, did something fairly unremarkable: he bought a pub. It was in The Rocks, the area where Europeans first settled in Sydney and which is now arguably Australia’s most photographed suburb; this is the point where the city’s sublime Harbour Bridge begins arching northwards and, in tandem with the inimitable Opera House, forms the most iconic of...Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:45:26 +1100Cabal Update - 2.12.16 whole year has passed since our subscription service, The Crafty Cabal, was launched into the beerosphere. In that time, we've given away well over $10,000 worth of festival tickets and beer to subscribers, poured 25 kegs at our events (not to mention that donated by others), and put up more than 100 offers for Cabalistas all across the country. Then there's the priva...Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:25:19 +1100The Big Issue: Crowdfunding Pt II this week, we ran the first part of our look at crowdfunding in the Australian craft beer world. It's something that has become an increasingly popular method of raising capital, for projects big and small and for both new businesses and those that are already established. Part one looked at what crowdfunding is, how it is being used locally and where it's heading. Today, Will Ziebell ...Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:58:59 +1100