Merry Christmas!

"A thousand thank yous" is a phrase commonly used during gigs by Wayne Coyne, lead singer of The Flaming Lips, a band with whom The Crafty Pint has shared many an adventure. Now, as we close in on the end of 2015, we're going a step further and wishing our readers a million thanks as you prepare for Christmas.

Why? Because we got an early Christmas present when we passed the million page views for the year earlier this month, the first time we've reached that milestone. We're not usually milestone sorts here but knowing that the articles we're posting pretty much every day of the year have been read more than a million times this year feels like something worth celebrating.

Without our growing band of readers (and, of course, the breweries, venues, bottleshops and other beer businesses that support us) there would be little point in The Crafty Pint's existence, so seeing the audience continuing to grow makes us warm and fuzzy inside.

So, in the spirit of Christmas, we thought we'd mark the moment by offering up a gift. Well, two in fact.

We recently launched The Crafty Cabal, the reader bonus scheme that will play a role in our plans to elevate The Crafty Pint's coverage of the Australian craft beer scene to a new level. If you'd like to be part of it and gain access to all the benefits it entails – read about them here – then maybe you can.

We've got two annual memberships (worth $99 each) up for grabs. To be in with a chance of winning, simply head to the Christmas photos we've posted on Facebook and/or Instagram and tag the person to whom you would like to gift one of those memberships. At midnight on December 31, 2015, we'll pick one of you at random and both you and the person you tag will become Cabalistas.

Competition rules can be found in the FAQs on the About page of the site.

Thanks for reading, good luck in the competition and a million Merry Christmases!

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