Beer Styles

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Beer Styles
Brewing With Tradition: Wheat Beer's Rich History & Modern Appeal

Classic wheat beers like Weissbier and Witbier are few and far between in Australia, at times polarising consumers. Here, we explore what these styles are, where they come from, their common ingredients, and how they taste.

Snappy 'n' Hoppy: The Rise of West Coast Pilsner & Cali IPA

Leaner, crisper styles of hoppy beer are growing in popularity. We spoke to some of those exploring West Coast pilsners and California IPAs to find out where they've come from and where they're going.

For The Love Of Japanese Rice Lagers – Part II

In part two​ of his look at Japanese rice lager, Mick Wüst chats to some of the brewers playing around with the style and considers just where such beers sit within the contemporary Australian beer landscape.

For The Love Of Japanese Rice Lagers – Part I

“For us, it’s the pinnacle of beer. We’re just trying to do it justice.” Japanese-style rice lagers are showing up all over Australia these days. But what exactly are they? Mick Wüst explores the local appeal.

Building A Beer Cellar – On Any Budget

Did you receive the gift of fancy beer for Christmas? Or are you keen to start amassing a beer cellar filled with barley wines and Belgians? Then join us to find out how to start hoarding liquid gold – whatever your budget.

The Matchmakers: Festive Season Pairings

For our final 2023 edition of The Matchmakers, the team at Molly Rose has come up with something a little different. No recipe this time, rather a selection of founder Nic Sandery's favourite pairings for classic festive fare.

Getting Blind With Crafty: Influencer Beers

For our final blind tasting of 2023, we figured we'd do something a little different: with several new beers on the market associated with bands, brands or other famous figured, we decided to put them to the test.

The Matchmakers: Pairing Mussels With Witbier

The third entry in our Matchmakers series on beer and food pairing features a twist on a Belgian classic: mussels and witbier with the introduction of a fragrant vegan green curry.

Getting Blind With Crafty: Mexican Lagers

For our Mexican lager blind tasting, we veered a little from our usual approach and included some of the biggest names in the world alongside the Aussies. The big question: could a local hero claim the crown...?

Su Legno: Something New From Something Old

As the craft beer industry develops, there can be a tendency to feel like too many breweries are following the same hoppy and hazy path. Su Legno are a new Adelaide outfit forging their own path with a passion for wood.

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The Matchmakers: Pairing Food With Radlers

For the second entry in The Matchmakers series on beer and food pairing, the team at Molly Rose looks forward eagerly to summer, with a refreshing radler designed to go hand-in-hand with all-inclusive satay skewers.

Cerveza: Is The Next Big Thing In Beer ... Beer?

You've probably heard the word "cerveza" more than usual in recent weeks, and you'll hear it more in the coming months. But what exactly is it? And why are some brewers predicting a summer of cerveza?

The Matchmakers: Pairing Food With Dark Ales

Drink good beer? Enjoy good food? Then you're going to love The Matchmakers, our new monthly series exploring beer and food pairing in the expert company of Nic Sandery and Ittichai Ngamtrairai at Molly Rose.

Getting Blind With Crafty: Budget Busters

Looking for a crafty drop to fill your fridge that isn't going to break the bank in these straitened times? We lined up a bunch of budget-busting beers for a blind tasting with a difference.

Backing Beer: Australia's Cicerone Community

Paul Daley has spent the best part of a decade advocating for beer. Now, he's launched the Australian Cicerone – Certified Professionals Community with some of the country's top beer advocates to better promote the industry they love.

The Story Of: B2 Bomber

When Bridge Road Brewers first released their B2 Bomber in 2010, the imperial Belgian black IPA was unlike anything else. It remains an oddity to this day so, as Mach 13.0 lands, we asked brewery founder Ben Kraus how it came to be.

Eagle Bay Leap Through Hoops... Slowly

Eagle Bay have launched Hoops, a years-in-the-making series celebrating wild ferments, barrel-ageing and patience. We chatted to brewer Keegan Steinbacher about the passion project launched with a little help from 3 Ravens.

The Story Of: Moff's Summer Ale

How does a session IPA designed for easy beach drinking beat out both session beers and bigger IPAs for beer awards? None of us, including the brewer, seem to quite know the answer. But read about the beer that does it in The Story Of Moff's Summer Ale.

Shut Up And Drink Your Dessert: Pastry Beers Part 2

Pastry beers are everywhere now, like it or not. In part two of our deep dive, we explore their appeal: who's drinking them, the brewers' intentions and why they're still "real beer" – as well as the cost to your wallet and waistline.

Shut Up And Drink Your Dessert: Pastry Beers Part 1

Sweet, thick beers that taste like dessert used to be few and far between, but now it feels like they're everywhere. In the first of this two-part deep dive, we look at what pastry beers are, where they came from, and how they're made.


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The Story Of: Lark Imperial JSP

It's not hard to find barrel-aged beers in winter but Wolf of the Willows' Lark Imperial JSP still manages to stand out. As brewer and distiller celebrate the fifth vintage of their collaboration, we take a deep dive with Wolf co-founder Scott McKinnon.

No Alcohol: All Choice

There's a multitude of reasons why people seek out alcohol-free beers and the good news is that the choice has never been broader. Ahead of Dry July, we caught up with some of the people behind the more interesting non-alc beers.

The Wild Ones: Two Metre Tall

The Wild Ones is a series showcasing Australian brewers creating spontaneously fermented ales. Here we caught up with the couple behind the truly unique farmhouse operation that is Tasmania's Two Metre Tall.

Fourteen Years Of Fresh Hop Beers

The hop harvest is underway in Australia, which means fresh hop beers are on their way. One brewery has been brewing them longer than most: Bridge Road Brewers, so we chatted to co-owner Ben Kraus about 14 years of harvest ales.

BecauseWeCAN Vol.6: Sour Power

There's little in beer as divisive as sours: often people love ‘em or can’t bloody stand ‘em in any way, shape or form. So, for the sixth edition of BecauseWeCAN we tackle three of the kookier offerings to hit stores over summer.

The Collaborators: Denver & Liely

You may already own too many beer glasses but Carwyn Cellars hope to entice you to buy one more. They've teamed up with the glass designers at Denver & Liely to create a specialty beer glass for craft beer's finest.

Australia's Generation XPA

From humble beginnings – and no little confusion as to what they actually are – XPAs have made a pitch to be regarded as the modern Australian pale. We examine their rise from obscurity to uniquity.

Getting Blind With Crafty: Cold IPAs

Something a little different for our last blind tasting of 2021 as we tuck into an emerging style that's only been attempted by a small number of Aussie brewers. So, what did our panel make of the world of cold IPA?

BecauseWeCAN Vol.5: Crazy For Hazy

A hazy with no hops, another with next to no booze, and one with heaps of hops and heaps of booze... Welcome to the fifth instalment of BecauseWeCAN, our look at some of the more out there beers in Australia today.

Dr Benny's Crafty Fixes: Special Occasion Beers

Ever found yourself in an awkward situation involving beer? Stuck in a quaffable quandary and can't see a way out? Meet Dr Benny, here to fix your every crafty dilemma. This time: what to do with an overabundance of big beers.

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The Wild Ones: Van Dieman

​​The Wild Ones is a series showcasing Australian brewers creating spontaneously fermented ales. Following our launch piece last week, here we head to a farm in Tasmania to catch up with Van Dieman founder Will Tatchell.

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A spontaneously fermented beer won Champion Australian Beer at this year's AIBAs, and a number of Australian brewers are creating beers inspired by the lambics of Belgium. In The Wild Ones, we join them down the rabbit hole.

BecauseWeCAN Vol.4: Barrel-Aged Imperial Stouts

The colder months tend to bring out the beasts inside brewers, beasts that often take the shape of barrel-aged imperial stouts. Here, we take a look at three of the biggest and most unusual to hit Aussie fridges this winter.

BecauseWeCAN Vol.3

Is your diet deficient in fruit and veg? Fear not, as we're back with another BecauseWeCAN look at some of the more unusual beers on the market, this time each featuring fruit or veg, plus some black tea and mica for good measure...

Something To Braggot About

With his latest collaboration with a local brewer hitting shelves – a braggot brewed with Seasonal Brewing Co – we caught up with the passionate homebrewer turned meadmaker Sean Johnson, of WA-based Erosion Meadery.

An Elegantly Craftd Renaissance

Craftd brought stylish glassware to many beer lovers' homes. Now, the company is reborn after a pair of mates in WA bought the business from its founders and relaunched it with a new look range.

BecauseWeCAN: GABS 2021 Edition

The Crafty Pint kicked off the BecauseWeCAN series in April as a means of examining some craft beer's weirdest releases. Now, with the a festival that celebrates outlandish beers returning for 2021, we've taken the concept to GABS.

Getting Blind With Crafty: Pale Lagers 2021

Much has changed in the half decade and more since we last put lagers to the blind taste test. For one, there's bloody loads of them, but who's brewing them really well? We compiled an expert panel to find out.

BecauseWeCAN Vol.1

BecauseWeCAN is a new series on The Crafty Pint that puts some of the most out there beers under the microscope, looking at how and why they were brewed, and whether they achieve their unusual goals.

The Lager Renaissance

Once shunned by many in the craft beer world, lagers are enjoying something of a quiet renaissance. Graham Frizzell takes a look at why, and asks what makes a great lager for the discerning contemporary drinker?

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The Collaborators: This Is My Boomstick!

Boomstick Glassware blend a love for craft beer, pop culture and collaboration into the design of unique creations from which you can enjoy your favourite crafties. We chatted to the small team behind the project to find out more.

The Story Of: Korben

For many people, Riverside's 777 was their first taste of a quality – and fresh – West Coast style double IPA in Australia. Its successor is Akasha's Korben (née D), which keeps growing in popularity. We traced its history with the man behind it.

Getting Blind With Crafty: Hazy Pales

They're hazy. They're pale. They're all the rage. But who's doing them well? For our first blind tasting of 2021, we got our hands on a stack of Aussie examples, amassed some expert palates, and put them to the test.

A Hazy Shade Of Pale

Hazy pale ales look set to be one of the styles of 2021 as more and more breweries add them to their core offerings and drinkers embrace their juicy, fluffy, fruity sessionability. But just what are they?

Getting Blind With Crafty: Non-Alcoholic Beer

For our first and only blind tasting of 2020, we went with a suitably 2020 lineup: non-alcoholic beers. They may well ruin the pun in the series title, but how do they stack up in front of our panel of industry experts?

Ten Years Of Crafty: Changing Tastes

Styles have come and gone, limited releases are a growing focus, and there's never been more choice for drinkers. Here, we look at just how far and fast tastes have changed since we launched The Crafty Pint.

Hard Seltzer: The Alcopopalypse Cometh?

Hard seltzer has taken the US by storm in the past few years and early examples are starting to appear here. But what is it, why has it exploded Stateside, and will it have the same impact with Aussie drinkers?

The Matchmaker Of Deliciousness

It's rare to come across a chef eager to praise beer's qualities over wine, let alone one operating at the level of Rob Kabboord, now back in Melbourne at the pop-up Lekker! after four years helming Quay in Sydney.

Down With The Sweetness?

From pastry stouts to milkshake IPAs and fruity cream sours, there's an argument to be made for 2019 being the year of the dessert beer. Mitch Wilkins spoke to people brewing and serving them about their sugary appeal.

Beer 'n' Spice & All Things Nice

No beer lovers trip to Bendigo is complete without a stop at Flight Bar for some spicy food and a restock of hot sauce. Now the owners have a burger joint too we caught up with them – and nicked their hot sauce recipe.