The Crafty Pint News Crafty Pint newsen-AUEvents Wrap 24.06.16 it seemed that June was a particularly busy month for beer events across the country, a quick flick back through the calendar showed it wasn’t really. Which is to say it was, but no busier then May, April or March. As the Prime Minister might say, there’s no better time to be a beer lover in Australia.  Before we reach the halfway point of the year there’s the small matter of the...Wed, 22 Jun 2016 23:35:21 +1000Wild Things the end of May, Panhead Custom Ales stunned many in the beer world with the announcement that the business had been purchased by Lion. Never ones to miss an opportunity, fellow Wellingtonians Garage Project chose the moment to make an announcement of their own.  While their words may have mirrored those of Panhead founder Mike Neilson, the message was rather ...Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:56:59 +1000Flying High In The Southern Highlands a craft beer scene that is close to nonexistent and a local population amongst the oldest, if not the oldest, in the country, the Southern Highlands doesn’t stand out as a place you’d want to set up a brewery. Yet that's where you'll find one of the youngest in Australia – one that’s thriving even before it’s had a chance to properly launch. Cameron James and Ben Twomey have o...Sun, 19 Jun 2016 22:06:55 +1000Down On The Beer Farm has been brewing three hours south of Perth in what is increasingly turning into the Margaret River beer region. The number of breweries operating on the 120 kilometre stretch between the Capes of Leeuwin and Naturaliste has now reached double figures, more than enough to justify the launch of a brewery-only bus tour. Among those to open their doors to the publi...Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:59:36 +1000Who Brews Blanche? first time The Crafty Pint met Vince de Soyres it was in the bowels of the Flat Rock Brew Cafe. He had just moved down to Sydney from Port Macquarie, where he'd been brewing at the Little Brewing Company, and was about to take charge of the brewing beneath the Naremburn venue.  Offering Vince the gig proved to be an inspired choice for Flat Rock's owners as he quickly...Sun, 19 Jun 2016 23:28:15 +1000The Evolution of Beervana looking back at her first Beervana as festival manager last year, Beth Brash likens the experience to a “traumatic labour”. “You’re leading up to this huge thing and it’s building up and up, with extreme amounts of pain and tears," she says. "But when the day arrives you’re holding this beautiful baby named Beervana in your arms and crying that it’s the greatest thing tha...Fri, 17 Jun 2016 09:26:27 +1000Crafty Cabal Update – 17/06/16 The Crafty Cabal officially launched earlier in the year and a series of follow up launches and events beginning to appear across the country, we're starting fortnightly roundups of what's new here on Crafty, alternating with our regular New Events wraps.  To the uninitiated, the Cabal is the place for people who want to support The Crafty Pint in more ways than...Fri, 17 Jun 2016 12:05:05 +1000Getting Blind With Crafty: IPA (Part I) couple of years ago, you'd often hear people comment that everyone was brewing an IPA. Yet, were you to scour the fridges and shelves of the country for Australian brewed IPAs, you'd find them few and far between. Sure, there were plenty appearing as limited run seasonals, but the style that was setting the States alight hadn't quite sunk its teeth into the Australian market. But, jus...Wed, 15 Jun 2016 09:05:15 +1000Where Art Meets Science Meets Art new team at Indian Ocean Brewing Company know their beers please the palate, as evidenced by a swag of medals at last month's Australian International Beer Awards. But, in an ever more crowded marketplace, it takes more than well made beers to get ahead. So now they’re trying to catch the craft beer drinker’s eye too. Five months after settling into the head brewer position at ...Tue, 14 Jun 2016 09:27:57 +1000The Past, Present & Future Is Bright this time last year, we marked the tenth anniversaries of two of Victoria's longest established microbreweries, Red Hill and Bridge Road Brewers. Today, it's the turn of one just a short drive along The Great Alpine Road from Bridge Road to celebrate its first decade in operation. Bright Brewery is doing it in style too, choosing the day to unveil two new brewers and an...Thu, 09 Jun 2016 22:07:54 +1000