Articles by Judd Owen

Drink Up – Bushfire Relief's Global Brew

Well over 200 breweries across the planet have brewed a version of the Australian Resilience Beer in support of bushfire relief. Judd Owen spoke to those involved here and overseas – while lending a hand with one of them too.

March 5th, 2020 by Judd Owen


Who Brews Sausage Queen Beers?

March 2nd, 2020 by Judd Owen

Killer snags, boss beers and mid-period Madonna... Judd Owen caught up with Chrissy Flanagan, the self-anointed Sausage Queen of Australia who also runs a brewing company of the same name (and a record label for good measure).


Who Brews Cooks River Beers?

February 11th, 2020 by Judd Owen

The duo behind Cooks River were the second winners of Frenchies' Brewers Got Talent competition, which has enabled them to launch their brand. We caught up with Ben and Nathan to find out more.


Best New NSW Beers Of 2019

December 21st, 2019 by Judd Owen

Fruit sours, hazybois, coffee beer, barrel-aged blends and breakfast in a glass... You'd never accuse this roundup of the best new beers from NSW brewers in 2019 of being boring.


One Year. Five Beers. Nine Fingers

August 20th, 2019 by Judd Owen

His entry into commercial brewing was unusual – the prize for winning a homebrew competition was to brew a 2,000 litre batch and receive 12 months of mentorship. A year on, we caught up with David of Nine Fingers.


Saison D'Être

May 30th, 2019 by Judd Owen

Many brewers love them, their characteristics are ideal for Australia's climate, they offer diversity and are wonderful with food. So why are saisons proving a harder sell than most in today's beer world?


A Critical Hit: Beer & Games

April 23rd, 2019 by Judd Owen

Dedicated gamer and homebrewing beer geek Judd Owen looks at the flourishing bond between those two worlds in the company of the owners of Brisbane's Netherworld and Sydney's 1989.


The Most Importantest Beers of 2018

December 1st, 2018 by Judd Owen

What's the best thing about December? No, not the impending summer holidays, the festive season or the music festivals. It's the torrent of Best Of lists. And we're getting in quick this year at The Crafty Pint.


The Big Issue: Drinking

October 30th, 2018 by Judd Owen

Working with beer is a dream job: free-flowing deliciousness, fun people and cool places. But alcohol is also a poison and working long or odd hours and being surrounded by beer poses challenges too.


Crafty Crawls: The Breweries Of Marrickville

October 26th, 2018 by Judd Owen

Two years on from publishing our Crafty Crawl guide to Sydney's Inner West, things have grown so fast we're having to revisit it. Here's a new hyper-local one focused on Marrickville with a broader Crafty Sprawl to follow.

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