The Crafty Pint may be based in Melbourne but we've made little secret of our fondness for Brisbane's beer community over the years. And it's there we return for this Crafty Crawl, taking in the delights of Milton, Caxton Street and surrounds.
Russian River Brewing Company - the home of Pliny the Elder - is one of the world's most admired breweries. Kerry McBride caught up with its owners to hear the lengths they go to so in keeping their fans sated and asks: "Will their beers ever make it to Australia?"
Any trip along the Great Ocean Road always came with the promise of natural beauty and jaw-dropping experiences – unless you were after good beer. Today, with a number of small breweries calling the region home, the situation is much improved.
It's a seriously bumper update for Crafty Pint supporters this week with heaps of new ballots and giveaways plus some new offers and a stack of signup bonuses for new members too.
River Cottage's Paul West recently collaborated with the team at Melbourne's Stomping Ground to create a beer to launch at a degustation at the Beer Hall. We chatted to him and Brewer Asher Hall about the partnership and also grabbed the recipes for the dishes presented on the night.
While the state's bigger names tend to grab the headlines, South Australia has seen a large number of smaller operations come to life in the past couple of years. One of them is the experimental, farm based Ministry of Beer.
There are few characters more colourful in the Australian beer community than Rosie Ensink – and not just because of her neon chameleon like hair. Here, Graham Frizzell delves deep into her beery obsession as she becomes our latest Beer Nut.
Hops tend to grab most of the craft beer world's attention when it comes to beer's core ingredients, but as more maltings – big and small – open across Australia, giving brewers new malt varieties to play with, the much-loved flowers may soon be sharing a little of the limelight.
Talk about dedication to the cause. Paul and Laura Cooke have taken a year away from teaching to tour Australia, calling in to as many breweries as they can, with Paul writing notes for every beer along the way. A true Beer Nut!
In part two of his guide to the beer-soaked delights of the South West of WA, Guy Southern head into the heart of the Margaret River region. There, amid the natural beauty, you find a wealth of small breweries and a passion for supporting local producers.