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Aussie Exports: Mike Roberts - Cru Brewing Systems

Mike Roberts has spent more than a decade brewing in Australia and Canada, currently working for Cru Brewing Systems. After running into him at a distillery, Will Ziebell caught up with the former Mountain Goat brewer for a chat.

Crafty Crawls: Teneriffe & Newstead

Join us on a Crafty Crawl through some of the first Brisbane inner 'burbs to embrace the good stuff. We may not know exactly where New Farm, Teneriffe and Newstead start and end, but we know where to find good beer.

All Aboard For Pint of Origin 2024

We're only a week into March but it's always good to have something to look forward to – so here's the 21-strong lineup for Pint of Origin. The festival returns to May for a 12th time from May 10 to 19.

Crafty Crawls: Outer North Brisbane

Brisbane's outer north, much like the city has a whole, has found itself teeming with places in which to enjoy craft beer. Here, Matt Aitken serves as our guide to the craftiest spots to call into in the north and around Moreton Bay.

Crafty Crawls: Hobart – The Breweries

Tasmania and its capital are wonderlands when it comes to delicious things and that's certainly true for beer. Here, Jono Outred serves as our guide to the breweries of Hobart where you can enjoy a bounty of locally-brewed beers.

Crafty Crawls: WA's South West Part II

In the second instalment of our Crafty Crawl guide to the beery treats dotting the Margaret River region of Western Australia, we head south, visiting sprawling breweries and diverse venues along the way.

Tim's Bucket List Beer Trip For MND

“Life’s too short to drink crap beer.” When Tim Eggert was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, he decided to get out and enjoy the time he has left by visiting breweries and raising awareness of MND.

Crafty Crawls: WA's South West Part I

WA's vast South West is one of the best places to explore thanks to its beaches, diverse scenery and wineries aplenty. Better yet, the region is awash with local beer too, as we explore in an updated two-part Crafty Crawl.

Crafty Crawls: Newcastle Part II

It's time for part II of our Crafty Crawl guide to the breweries, beer venues and bottleshops of Newcastle. Here, we start in Hamilton and end with views of the football stadium, traversing an area that's now home to five breweries.

Crafty Crawls: North Melbourne

North Melbourne has never been short of boozers, but it didn't offer as much for the craft beer drinker as many of the city's other inner 'burbs. That's all changed now – there's even a small brewery – as Will Ziebell discovered.

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Parachilna Brew Project: Brewing In The Flinders Ranges

The Flinders Ranges are among the most spectacular, magical and spiritual places in Australia. They're also pretty remote. Yet, thanks to the family who've run the Prairie Hotel for 32 years, the region now has its own brewery.

Crafty Crawls: WA's South West Corridor

WA's South West is a popular holiday destination awash with wineries and breweries. These days, however, even the journey down to the region is paved with beer so here's a guide to the best beers along the South West Corridor.

8 Wired's Wild Success

8 Wired beers have been found – and much-admired – across Australia for well over a decade now. After the brewery claimed both top trophies at the 2023 NZ Beer Awards, Michael Donaldson chatted to founder Søren Eriksen.

Crafty Crawls: Milton & Paddington

Milton and Paddington have evolved as venues have come and gone and grown over the years. So it makes sense this Crafty Crawl has evolved too. As spring 2023 unfurls, here's an updated guide to the good beer found there.

Crafty Sprawl: Sunshine Coast Venues & Bottleshops

To wrap up our guide to the best of beer on the Sunshine Coast, we ducked into the bars, restaurants and bottleshops dedicated to showcasing good beer. Spoiler: it was at a lot of places.

The Local Taphouse To Open At Melbourne Airport

The team behind trailblazing craft beer venue The Local Taphouse are set to open a bar at Melbourne Airport. It's their second joint venture there, following the launch of a Stomping Ground venue in early 2020.

Crafty Crawls: Sydney's Northern Beaches

Sydney's Northern Beaches are often called The Insular Peninsula but word has spread about the sheer number of local breweries that call the area home. Let us be your guide as we traverse the coast and backstreets in this Crafty Crawl.

Crafty Sprawl: Sunshine Coast Breweries Part II

The Sunny Coast has far too many breweries to contain them all in just one article. Here, we continue our three-part guide to the Sunshine Coast, this time looking at the breweries in the upper half of the region.

Crafty Crawls: Wollongong

Sydneysiders sometimes poke fun at their southern neighbours but the amount of craft beer to enjoy in Wollongong is no joke. Let The Crafty Pint be your guide to the best places for a beer in a city that's worth the travel.

Crafty Sprawl: Sunshine Coast Breweries Part I

When you hear "Sunshine Coast", you think "beaches". But the Sunny Coast is a sprawling region that includes hinterland towns, cities and farms... and plenty of good beer. Our three-part guide to the region starts in the south.


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Crafty Crawls: Fortitude Valley

The beast that is Fortitude Valley is ever evolving, so we've updated our Crafty Crawl through this dodgy and frequently delightful part of Brisbane in order to guide you to the best craft beer breweries and bars.

Beer Travel: Denver's RiNo District

The Denver Nuggets waited a long time to become NBA champs but you don't have to wait long - or travel far - to find excellent beer in the Mile High City. Join Will Ziebell for a stroll through the city's RiNo district, soaking in the local beer.

Crafty Crawls: South Sydney

South Sydney is a diverse place in which industrial zones rub shoulders with residential and commercial hubs. As such, it's a perfect place to open a brewery – and plenty have, as you'll discover in this delicious Crafty Crawl.

Looking After The Lake, Man

Last week, Lakeman Brewing took out the Supreme Beer Award at the New World Beer & Cider Awards. Here, Michael Donaldson tracks the unique journey of the Taupō brewery from farming to making award-winning beers.

Ziebs' Final Letter From America

In the last of his Letters From America, posted as he awaited a boarding call in LAX, Will Ziebell reflects on a few days spent exploring the breweries of San Diego on a hunt for the perfect West Coast IPA.

Letters From America: Aussie First-Timers

More than 10,000 attended the 2023 Craft Brewers Conference, among them a number of Australians. Will Ziebell caught up with a few of the first-time attendees to find out why they were there and what they'd learned along the way.

Ziebs' Letters From America Part 2

With the Craft Brewers Conference and World Beer Cup wrapped up, Will Ziebell has moved onto Denver. Here, he reflects on his experiences in Nashville, the issues raised there, and the delicious IPA awaiting him in the Colorado capital.

Crafty Crawls: Newcastle Part I

Four years on from our first Crafty Crawl through Newcastle and the beer scene has evolved so much it now warrants two editions. First up, we take a tram then hit the pavement, heading east to west through the city's heart.

Getting Bigger In Japan

Collaborations have long been part of craft beer culture, and Pint of Origin 2023 will see one host venue take things to another level. We caught up with Benchwarmer founder Locky and his Japanese partners to find out more.

Ziebs' Letters From America Part I

Crafty Pint senior writer Will Ziebell is in the States for the Craft Brewers Conference but is taking the opportunity to do some exploring too. In his first missive, he reports back on his experiences in Nashville before the formalities start.

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Crafty Crawls: The Breweries Of Marrickville

Five years on from our first Marrickville Crafty Crawl and much has changed, while some has remained the same. Join Benedict Kennedy-Cox for a guided tour of the most brewery-soaked suburb in the land.

Aussie Hops: An International Perspective

Australian hops can ignite plenty of passion among local brewers but they're not alone. Overseas, the likes of Galaxy are often in high demand. With hop harvest underway, we asked some international brewers for their thoughts on our hops.

The Garage Project Story

Garage Project and their beers are much-loved on both sides of The Ditch, with the Wellington-based brewery making a mark on a global scale too. Here, Pursuit of Hoppiness editor Michael Donaldson explores their incredible story.

Otherside To Open A Taproom At Perth Airport

Perth Airport is set to become a whole lot craftier this year, with Otherside Brewing announcing they are building a taproom inside Terminal 2. We spoke to the team about their forthcoming new Brewlounge.

Crafty Crawls: Penrith & The Blue Mountains

Mountain Culture have helped turn beer lovers' attention towards the Blue Mountains in fine fashion. But as local boy Benny Kennedy-Cox discovers, there's much more of a crafty bent to be found in Penrith and the wider region too.

Crafty Crawls: Darling Harbour & The Rocks

In the heart of Sydney and keen to enjoy some waterside views with a local beer in hand? Well, whaddya know... here's a guide to just that. Join us for a tour of the craftiest spots in Darling Harbour and The Rocks.

Crafty Crawls: Freo Beer-Ho II – Day Two

All aboard the Freo Beer Bus! Graham Frizzell completes his jaunt around Fremantle's beeriest haunts by hopping on the Blue CAT for a trip featuring a brewery-distillery, an OG crafty bottlo, a hotdog hotspot and more.

Crafty Crawls: Freo Beer-Ho II – Day One

Freo has long been recognised as the birthplace of today's craft beer culture in Australia. Now, following an explosion of new breweries and beer venues, it's better than ever for beer lovers seeking adventure.

Sam Sets Sails For Bali

One of Australia's best-known and most-awarded brewers is setting sail on a new adventure. Sam Füss is off to Bali to become chief brewer at Beaches Brewing Co Bali, where she hopes to help develop the exciting young beer scene.

Aussie Exports: Annette May

Three decades after moving to the US, Annette May has gone from someone who didn't drink beer to “that strange Australian woman with all that hair who knows a lot about beer” and now a Brewer's Association Mentor Of The Year.

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Find All The Good Beer With Crafty!

With travel on the cards again and venues getting back somewhere close to normality, we’ve been creating the most comprehensive guide to good beer in Australia. Now we're calling on you to make sure there's nothing we've missed.

South Coast NSW: Frothier Than Ever

The NSW South Coast is now home to a dozen breweries, leading one local to launch the South Coast Ale Trail. We chatted to him, and the founder of Dangerous Ales as they unveil their brewery expansion, about a region on the rise.

The Overland Corner Hotel Flowers Anew

There have been many heartwarming and inspirational tales to come from the beer world during the pandemic, but few as colourful as this. Here's how a Sydney family went from hitting the road to a houseboat to an historic pub.

Aussie Exports: Charlotte Feehan

During six months in Melbourne, Charlotte Feehan faced redundancies, a pandemic and a broken ankle. But despite that, it's still a city she loves dearly. Today, she's head brewer at Abandoned Brewery in NZ, which we feel makes her a fitting Aussie Export.

Newstead Open A Taproom At Brisbane Airport

Brisbane Airport is the latest to take a crafty turn, with Newstead Brewing opening a taproom at the Domestic Terminal, marking another major partnership for the Queensland brewery.

Follow The Beer Pioneer

William Buckley's tale of survival is one that's stuck with Australians thanks to one iconic phrase. Now, a Melbourne comedian is tracing Buckley's path while visiting as many local breweries as he can.

We're Going On A Beer Hunt

Beer tourism is an oft-touted economic benefit of the rise of local breweries. Now two suburban areas with more local beer than most have invested in the establishment of local brewery trails with support from local government.

Tell 'Em Benny Sent Ya

How does joining an award-winning comedy writer attempting to channel Anthony Bourdain on a tour of breweries (and beaches, big things, and kebab shops) sound? We caught up with the man behind new web series Benny Sent Ya.

Crafty Crawls: The Venues Of South West WA

The South West of WA has long been a hotspot for local breweries. These days, you won't struggle to find quality bars and bottleshops supporting the brewers of the region and further afield.

Crafty Crawls: Ballarat

Ballarat is a city with a fine heritage when it comes to beer and brewing. It's one that continues today, where pioneering experimentalists rub shoulders with blenders, brewpubs and classic boozers.