The Crafty Pint News Crafty Pint newsen-AUBeer Nuts: The Beer Drinkers rapid rise in popularity of Instagram over the past couple of years has seen many people take their love of craft beer social via the medium of photography. For most, it's a case of snapping whatever's in front of them and sharing. For some, effort goes into setting up the shots: obscure angles; mood lighting; toy figures. For all, there's an element of showing off.For The Beer Drinkers, it...Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:09:06 +1000Beer Travel: Wellington annual migration of Aussie beer lovers to Wellington for Beervana is over for another year. Among those who made the trip was former Wellington resident Kerry McBride, who swapped her hometown for Melbourne a year ago. While there she caught up with some of the people driving the scene to find out what it is that makes Wellington's beer scene so very special.If you are looking for proof of ...Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:40:45 +1000Respect you were to draw up a list of people who deserve acknowledgement for their roles driving beer in Australia to where it is now, there's every likelihood Brad Rogers and Jamie Cook, two of the founders of Stone & Wood Brewing, would feature. The former has a brewing pedigree that takes in many of the best beers to come out of Foster's / CUB in the past two decades (all, sadly, pretty much ...Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:05:47 +1000Beer Travel: Ballarat could be forgiven for not visiting chilly Ballarat especially in winter. However, if you’re in the region and decide to bypass the Goldfields, you might just be missing out. Why? Because the city’s craft beer scene, as with more and more of Australia, is on its way up.Steadily, over the past five or so years, Ballarat has started to embrace the craft beer scene, with a number of events, ven...Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:27:31 +1000Bottling The Farm you were to rate each state's breweries for interest or quirk factor, it's a good bet that Tasmania would register the highest average score. There's Moo Brew's arty labels and associations with MONA and Seven Sheds' passion for showcasing offbeat local producers and historical tales, not to mention to Two Metre Tall's wild ride in the Derwent Valley. And then there's Van Dieman, based on a ...Fri, 21 Aug 2015 10:09:24 +1000Throwing Open Their Robe weekend will see the throwing open of a robe in South Australia. But there will be no need to avert your eyes, especially if you're on the search for new and unusual beer experiences. Sunday sees South Australia's newest microbrewery open its doors, as Robe Town Brewery welcomes guests to view its unique setup for the first time.The grand unveiling, which will feature beer sampling, wood g...Thu, 20 Aug 2015 09:17:19 +1000Overt Ops all started over a beer – as great ideas often do. From the formation of an idea to the formulation of an Eggnog Stout, the journey from home brew to brewery had begun. The home brewers were three mates: Michael ‘Govs’ McGovern, Dan Norris and Eddie Oldfield. And their brewery goes by the name Black Hops Brewing, a name laced with some irony given their mission to build a brewery could well ...Wed, 19 Aug 2015 09:39:14 +1000Getting Blind With Crafty: Stouts's been a long, cold winter – at least as long and cold as any winter in Australia can be called while maintaining a straight face. As such, it's likely more and more of you have been looking at the darker reaches of beer lists and bottleshop fridges when making your beer selections in recent months.So, for our latest Blind Tasting, we decided we should do the same and opted to line up stouts...Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:28:08 +1000Brooklyn Down Under 1988, Brooklyn Brewery founder Steve Hindy was busy sending out the first cases of Brooklyn Lager and spreading the message of flavourful beers from one neighbourhood bar to the next.Around the same time in South Australia, Coopers was already well over a century old. The ale-focused brewery that had survived the country's rationalisation into a small number of lager brewers (albeit adding i...Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:44:23 +1000The Great Craft Beer Taste Off away the branding, personalities and public image of a brewery and could you pick their pale ale or stout from a lineup?Forester’s Hall is offering punters the chance to find out via a blind tasting of 34 different craft beers later this month. Not content with simply putting everyone’s tastebuds to the test, they have upped the ante and turned it into a Trans-Tasman taste competition too...Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:39:55 +1000