The Crafty Pint News Crafty Pint newsen-AUBehind Bars: Monkey Bar Dubbo Back in the middle of 2016, we ran a feature on Tim Smith. He'd taken a rapid tumble down the rabbit hole, going from his first experiences of craft beer to running a blog, The Year In Beer, through which he was documenting his efforts to try a different beer every day for a year while enticing his wife, Cass, into the wide world of beer too. It was a trip that was kickstarted by a firs...Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:45:23 +1000Starting A Brewery: If I Could Turn Back Time Over the years, we've run various articles looking at the trials and tribulations involved in establishing and running a brewing company. Two years ago, there was a two-parter featuring the thoughts of five brewery owners at different stages of their careers followed by people from other parts of the industry; last year, we picked the brains of brewery owners all still in their first year of ...Wed, 18 Apr 2018 01:00:17 +1000BrewCon 2018 Program Announced The program for the rebranded Australian Craft Brewers Conference and Craft Beer Awards – now BrewCon and The Indies – has been revealed, with the Independent Brewers Association (IBA) lining up some high profile international guests alongside local representatives. The events, which incorporate a trade expo as well as the conference and awards, take place at Sydney’s Australian Te...Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:54:30 +1000Ten Years Of Seven Sheds, A Lifetime Of Beer This month sees Tasmanian brewery Seven Sheds celebrate ten years of beers (plus the odd mead and melomel) at its Railton home. The brewery, hop garden and cellar door is run by Willie Simpson and Catherine Stark and regularly showcases local producers and beer's history – sometimes via forgotten ingredients or by recreating iconic journeys – through its steadily expanding rost...Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:00:56 +1000Crafty Cabal Update - April 2018 With Easter behind us, it's time for an update from The Crafty Cabal, our beer lovers bonus scheme for readers who want to support The Crafty Pint and get heaps of good stuff in return. Before we start, if you put your name in to win tickets to the Yarra Valley Beer & Cider Festival, one of the many GABS sessions, or Tasmania's Fresh Hop Festival, make sure you've checked your inbo...Wed, 11 Apr 2018 07:49:56 +1000Beer Travel: Yarra Valley It may not be the world’s most impressive – or clearest – river but the Yarra has long been the lifeblood for much of Victoria. While the parts of the river closest to Port Phillip Bay pick up a green hue, further upstream in the Yarra Valley the river maintains its majestic brown and still brings a richness to the area. Well before white people arrived in Australia, the area’s regular flood...Fri, 13 Apr 2018 01:15:26 +1000The Collaborators: Clint Weaver If you’ve ever opened a copy of Froth, enjoyed a can of CoConspirator’s Matriarch, or stepped inside Port Melbourne’s The Hack and liked what you’ve seen, you have Pocketbeagles to thank. More specifically, you've got the man behind the design studio, Clint Weaver to thank. While Clint’s work is now found inside a growing number of pubs, bars and bottleshops, his first serious foray into ...Thu, 12 Apr 2018 02:29:46 +1000Hops From On High When The Crafty Pint last caught up with Southern Highlands Brewing, Ben Twomey and Cameron James had just started brewing in a small barn in Sutton Forest. Since then, the brewery has hit some rather larger milestones. For one, in November last year, the Southern Highlands Taphouse opened, giving them a home for their beers in Moss Vale, about five minutes down the road from ...Tue, 10 Apr 2018 18:28:40 +1000A Beer Drinker's Guide To The Commonwealth Games A great part of sport’s appeal is its ability to create moments of glory (or disaster) for supporters to enjoy (or suffer). And great moments are worth enjoying not just once, but reliving and retelling over and over – particularly if you were there in the flesh. The Commonwealth Games are well underway on the Gold Coast, giving home supporters and the tens of thousands who’ve travelled ...Wed, 11 Apr 2018 18:51:25 +1000Who Brews At Deepwater? Our Who Brews...? series usually focuses on new or recently opened brewing companies. But, for many people in the local beer world, there will be a sense of familiarity about the latest entry. Deepwater launched in 2016 and started ramping up production in 2017, but one of the main people involved has played a role in driving craft beer in both Brisbane and the west of Melbourne dating back ...Mon, 09 Apr 2018 14:51:36 +1000