Crafty Pint / 31.08.12
From the beaches of Western Australia to the streets of Launceston. From a British inn in Melbourne to a brewery that makes more than 100 beers in a year. From men with lustrous beards to a former ice cream factory. From cardiac surgeons to $300 imports…
If there’s one thing to be said for the craft beer scene, it’s nothing if not colourful, featuring as many different characters and different approaches to brewing and serving beer as there are beer styles. It’s something that’s abundantly clear as we welcome 17 new breweries, bars and bottleshops from across five states onto The Crafty Pint today, each with their own distinct personality but a shared dedication to improving the lot of the Aussie beer drinker.
Bacchus Brewing: Operating multiple small brewhouses in Brisbane and responsible for more beers in a year than most breweries will make in a lifetime.
Black Heart Brewery: A former champion home brewer and cardiac surgeon and his mate producing traditional styles from the ultimate backyard man shed.
Southern Bay: Previously best known for producing beers for others, Southern Bay’s now creating a roster of its own beers under the stewardship of Steve “Hendo” Henderson.
McLaren Vale: Their own brewery is finally up and running in Willunga, just a few kilometres from their VALE/INN venue.
Bullant Brewery: Victoria’s easternmost brewing outpost just outside Lakes Entrance.
Clancy’s Fish Pub Fremantle: The original Clancy’s, home of great beer and awesome fish dishes in the heart of Freo.
Clancy’s City Beach: The beer bar with possibly the most enviable spot in Australia, looking out over Perth’s City Beach on a fresh sunset every night.
East Of Everything: The team behind Bar None and the Gumbo Kitchen open a craft beer-focused venue in Melbourne’s east.
The Wilde: A slice of old England – and a smidgeon of Europe – in the heart of Melbourne’s Gertrude Street.
The Alehouse Project: A new 12-tap venture bringing great craft beers and a sweet beer garden to the people of Brunswick East.
Odyssey Tavern: If you build it they will come. OK, so the Odyssey’s owners didn’t build it, but they filled it with awesome beer and the people of Geelong and Torquay have come in droves.
The Scratch: Massive beards, oddball scrawlings, an obsession with toy soldiers and one of the fastest-evolving and colourful beer lists in the land.
The Spotted Cow: “Queensland’s original craft beer pub” had a beer sommelier before most Aussies knew such a thing could exist. A great pub for eating, watching sport or touring bands, and, of course, drinking beer.
Bitter Suite: Braden and Katherine Saunders returned to Brisbane from the UK and missed having a local pub. So they created one.
Crown Cellars: “WE ARE BEER GEEKS TOO” said the giant sign as we drove into Launceston. And so they are.
Mane Liquor: If you can’t find what you’re looking for among the 1,000-plus beers here, including some true rarities, then you’ll never be happy.
Carwyn Cellars Ivanhoe: The team behind the Thornbury bottleshop brings much needed craft beer relief to the people of Melbourne’s northeastern suburbs.
So there you go. The thousands of kilometres we traipse across Australia are with purpose other than hanging out with good people drinking good beer. Of course, there are still more to add and others who we’ve yet to visit, but hopefully we’re providing a resource that increasingly helps you find good beer wherever you are.
With more than 100 listings on the site now, we’re planning some tweaks, such as including the ability to filter the directory pages for breweries, bars and bottleshops by state and refining the existing search function. It turns out that in a couple of years we’ve created a veritable avalanche of content on the Aussie craft beer scene and we’re keen to make it as simple as possible for you to navigate. In the meantime, there’s always the searchable Map page if you’re planning your next trip or just feeling the need to satisfy a search.
Thanks to all of the above for joining the Crafty fold and also those who continue to support our efforts to help the Australian craft beer scene grow. We’re getting there!