The Crafty Pint News Crafty Pint newsen-AUBeer Nuts: Leith Booker Beer Nuts is an occasional feature we run that shines a spotlight on people who take their passion for good beer to the extreme – and sometimes beyond. Here, we step inside the beer cave of Leith Booker. The 36-year-old expat Kiwi has managed to well and truly ensconce himself in the local beer scene in recent years. Since taking on the role of Beer Buyer and Website Director at Nillumbik Ce...Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:22:07 +1000Something's Brewing On Southbank For decades, Melbourne’s Southbank Promenade has been home to myriad restaurants and bars each trying to find its own distinct way to lure the throngs of tourists and locals through the door. This week, Hopscotch unveiled one of the most novel approaches yet: ensuring the unmistakable aroma of beer being brewed wafted through its doors and over the Yarra. The former World Bar & Restaurant wa...Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:20:37 +1000Beer Travel: Greece Last time we heard from Storyteller Spinks, he was in Turkey. He's since moved on to Greece, where he's ensured plenty of time on his travels has been spent in the company of people working in and writing about the country's nascent craft beer scene. “Pino kai metho," one of my favourite Greek folk songs begins: “I drink and get drunk.” There’s plenty of that going on in Greece and, just i...Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:42:07 +1000Events Wrap – 23.06.16 It would appear that winter has been fully welcomed within the beer world, with events all over the country seemingly timed to coincide with the Winter Solstice and capitalise on the propensity for people to drink warming dark beer when it’s dark and cool outside. But, if you missed ‘em on the darkest day itself, fear not as there are still plenty in the pipeline.  Before we get to thos...Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:20:20 +1000The Australian Craft Beer Survey Returns to understand more about the beer world we live in? So does the team at Beer Cartel. A year on from the first Australian Craft Beer Survey, they're back with the 2017 edition, aiming to see how tastes are changing and create a better understanding of where craftier Australian palates sit. The 2016 survey was completed by 6,500 people – you can read the results here – making it by far...Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:52:08 +1000Brew & A: The Innovative Goat A few years back, we were taking photos at a bottleshop that had requested a listing on the site. While there, a young woman came in to pick up fresh growler supplies. We had a chat about beer and went our separate ways. Some time later, our paths crossed again – and again and again – usually at Good Beer Week events or at breweries, until one day we bumped into the person we now knew to be ...Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:23:52 +1000Our Man In NZ: Beer Camp Heads South New Zealand’s biggest beer festival Beervana is to host Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp festival in a Southern Hemisphere exclusive. With fellow American big hitter Lagunitas, now part of the Heineken empire, also pouring in the country’s bars, there’s an ever-increasing presence f US breweries in the Australasian market. Ahead of the follow up to our recent article looking at AB InBev’s entry int...Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:52:22 +1000A Sporting Chance? It’s something of a truism in Australia that if you want to watch top level sport up close you won’t be drinking craft beer. Sponsorship agreements, licensing restrictions and the somewhat conservative nature of professional codes seem to have held craft beer’s steady rise at bay. Yet there are signs that things could be changing. Back in April, news of Colonial Brewing Co’s partnership with...Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:10:47 +1000Is The Tide Turning On Tax? Look around the world today and you see societies becoming increasingly polarised – between left and right, rich and poor, secular and religious. At home, you need look no further than Parliament House where, over the past decade, relations between the two major parties – not to mention some highly vociferous minor parties – have descended to frequently bitter levels. Yet, yesterday evening ...Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:11:23 +1000Getting Blind With Crafty: Hoppy Reds & Ambers After a longer than planned hiatus, we finally reconvened a blind tasting panel at the weekend for the return of the popular Getting Blind With Crafty series. For the uninitiated, this is where we pick a beer style, gather a panel of knowledgable beer sorts and ask them to assess beers in a competition style setting. You may wonder why we do this, given there are state-based competitions in ...Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:20:36 +1000