First up are some matters of urgency for The Crafty Pint’s merry band of supporters around the country. At the time of writing, there are just three out of 25 places left for the exclusive free tour and tasting for Crafty Cabal members at Moon Dog’s new brewery, a handful of places left at the Crafty Pint IPA Blind Tasting at The Dutch Trading Co in Perth next weekend and a few spots left on the exclusive and not-open-to-the-public Feral/Nail brewery tour & tasting.
If you prefer less interaction and education and simply want free beer, Cabalistas in Melbourne are invited to the otherwise trade-only launch of Mornington Peninsula’s Hop Culture Session IPA at Beer DeLuxe on Monday. And members can still join us (and bring a mate) to our bar shout/official Crafty Cabal WA launch at the DTC too.
Existing supporters can register for the above within their member's passports; if you'd like to be part of the fun, you can sign up here.
Moving onto non-Crafty Pint-related events, you’ll need to be swift to reserve a place at The Grain Store’s Christmas dinner where, this year, Santa will be swinging by the northern beaches to pick up beer from Modus Operandi. As of yesterday, the Mona Vale brewery is stocking its Sonic Prayer IPA in cans, while Fury & Son is releasing an IPA today, and new inner west gypsy brewer (and soon-to-be brewery) Sauce launches its first beers, including a double IPA, tonight.
Also from today, WA Beer Week springs into action and brings with it a gamut of events that kick off in earnest with the Freo BeerFest. If you’re in South Australia you’ll be able to enjoy a pint and a flute at Beer & Bubbles while another festival on the horizon is that of Warners at they Bay which is celebrating a milestone tenth year.
The Local Taphouse is channeling State of Origin when the team from each of the Sydney and Melbourne venues chooses their favourite home state beers to pit against those from their sister venue. Following that, they’re welcoming brewer Scotty Hargraves from Balter into the house for the November Ale Stars – an evening that will see a brand new Balter brew hits the taps.
In birthday news, NOLA Adelaide is turning one with a first birthday beer fest at which they’ll be pumping up the number of taps, Bad Shepherd is turning one while that same brewery will also be host when Wolf of the Willows turns two with a tap takeover. The Catfish is celebrating its third birthday with another edition of the all-in poker pub crawl, which, this year, includes four new beers brewed specifically for the occasion with some local legends; meanwhile, Red Hill celebrates its tenth anniversary by serving up all ten of its Ten Red Beers range at the cellar door.
For their forthcoming fourth birthday, the Flat Rock Brew Cafe has gone back to the family farm, harvested the barley and will be using it in their English IPA birthday beer. And, in between times, you can look forward to their latest Cask Ale Day and/or Beer and Whiskey pairing evening.