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Independent Brewers Association Launches New Website

The Independent Brewers Association (IBA) has launched a new-look website at the start of a busy few weeks for the body representing the country's indie brewers.

Pint of Origin 2024 Consumer Survey

Pint of Origin 2024 is in the bag. Before we start looking ahead to the next one, we'd love to hear from those of you who took part: What did you enjoy the most? Did you grab a Passport? What could we do better in the future?

Stone & Wood Win Big At The Australian International Beer Awards

Stone & Wood's Hinterland Big Pale won Champion Australian Beer at the 2024 Australian International Beer Awards on a night when Brick Lane, KAIJU!, King Road and Dollar Bill picked up the Champion Australian Brewery titles.

Deeds Brewing To Cease Operating

Deeds Brewing, their Glen Iris taproom and spirits brand Future Proof Distilling are to cease operating. The decision to wind down the business follows the appointment of Deloitte as voluntary administrators in March.

Who Brews As The Malt Man?

It was while travelling around Australia that Eric and Kirsty Blue decided to turn their Bodalla café into a small brewery. Benedict Kennedy-Cox dropped in for a drink and a chat at one of the country's smallest operations.

Moffat Beach Top The Royal Queensland Beer Awards Once Again

Moffat Beach have once again left an awards ceremony with arms full of trophies, including by securing the Grand Champion Beer at the Royal Queensland Beer Awards. It continues a remarkable run for the brewers, while Stomping Ground, Slipstream and Hiker were among the other major trophy winners.

Talking Local Beer Day With Aussie Beer Voyage

The host of Aussie Beer Voyage, Adam Schell, invited The Crafty Pint onto the show for a chat about Local Beer Day ahead of the event on February 24.

Celebrate Local Beer On Local Beer Day

The lineup for the inaugural Local Beer Day is live, with events taking place across Australia on February 24. Beer lovers can now search for their nearest event – and there's still time for breweries and beer venues to sign up.

GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of 2023: Analysis

We've taken a deep dive into the GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers to see what trends and insights the 2023 countdown reveals in our annual analysis feature.

Gage Roads Expand Their Surf Team & Release New Film

​Gage Roads have brought more members of the local surfing world into the business: Jacob Wilcox and Bronte Macaulay. They will also release their first surfing film, Fins & Tins, next week.

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The Best Of Beer 2023: New South Wales

​​All aboard! It's time to leave Victoria behind and head north to New South Wales to find out who and what stood out from the crowd in the second instalment of our Best Of Beer 2023 series.

Running With Thieves Exit Administration & Aim For National Expansion

South Freo-based brewing company Running With Thieves has exited voluntary administration, with the new ownership team aiming for national expansion in 2024.

Help Us Get Blind: Influencer Beers

For our last blind tasting of the year, we figured we'd have a bit of fun and do something a little different from the norm. With so many celebrity and influencer-tied beers on the market, we figured we'd put them to the test.

Be Part Of Pint Of Origin 2024

The Crafty Pint's annual celebration of the wide world of beer, Pint of Origin, returns to Melbourne from May 10 to 19 next year. If you'd like your venue to be involved, we're currently taking expressions of interest.

WA Brewery Running With Thieves Goes Into Administration

Western Australian brewery Running With Thieves, which operates as a brewery, distillery and venue in South Freo, has gone into administration but the brewery says they continue to trade as normal.

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.

8 Wired On Top At NZ Beer Awards

8 Wired won two top gongs at the 2023 New Zealand Beer Awards: Overall Champion NZ Brewing Company and Champion New Zealand Beer. Garage Project claimed a hat-trick, with a third straight Champion Large Brewery trophy.

Epic En Route To Australia

One of New Zealand's craft beer pioneers, Epic, went into liquidation last week. As new owners for the influential are sought, the brewing company's longstanding Aussie importer has assured local fans more Epic is on its way.

Help Us Get Blind: Fridge Fillers

It's been a while between drinks but, after a longer-than-planned hiatus, we're bringing our blind tastings back. First up: less a style, more a vibe (OK, price point), we're putting budget-busting beers to the test.

Barossa Valley Brewing Clean Up At SA's Beer Awards

Barossa Valley Brewing picked up four trophies at the 2023 Royal Adelaide Beer & Cider Awards, although the Best Beer In Show trophy is heading interstate to WA after Nowhereman's Rhapsody XPA was judged the top drop.


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Pint of Origin 2023 Consumer Survey

Pint of Origin 2023 appears to have been another success, as we brought beers from across the planet to some of Melbourne's best beer venues. But how was it for you? And how can we make it even better in the future?

Australian Beer Industry Diversity Survey 2022

The first Industry Diversity Survey was carried out by Beer Agents For Change in 2021. The group, which is working towards a more divers and inclusive industry for all, published the results of its second survey in May 2023.

Drinks Marketplace Kaddy Goes Into Administration

Kaddy, an online marketplace connecting Australian drinks producers with retailers and venues, has gone into voluntary administration. The news comes in the same week that online retailer Boozebud entered administration too.

Pint of Origin Merch – Available Now!

Pint of Origin returns to Melbourne from May 12 to 21, with almost 1,000 different beers from across the planet set to hit taps at 20 Melbourne pubs and bars. And now festival fans can get their hands on the first ever official merch.

Get Your Hands On The Pint Of Origin Golden Passport!

Pint of Origin returns to Melbourne from May 12 to 21. It's bigger than ever, with around 1,000 beers hitting taps at 20 of the city's best pubs and bars. And you don't have to wait that long to get involved – there's a Golden Passport up for grabs!

Asahi To Close Green Beacon's Geebung Production Brewery

Asahi today announced they would be closing Green Beacon's production site in Geebung, with the brewery's production moving to other Asahi sites and their original Teneriffe brewpub.

Catchment Lead Consortium Bringing Ballistic Out Of Administration

Catchment Brewing have become majority owners of Ballistic Beer in a deal that will see the latter leave voluntary administration and continue operation. Ballistic founder David Kitchen is to stay on as a shareholder and advisor.

Name The Pint Of Origin Beer And Win!

Pint of Origin returns from May 12 to 21, 2023, taking over 20 of Melbourne's best bars and pubs. We'll be unveiling the lineup before the end of March, and before then we're offering you the chance to own a piece of this year's festival!

Moffat Beach's Serial Winner Claims More Trophies

The serial trophy-winners at Moffat Beach Brewing Co have continued where they left off in 2022 with another haul of trophies at the Royal Queensland Beer Awards.

Ballistic Beer Goes Into Administration

One of Queensland's most high profile independent brewing companies has gone into voluntary administration. According to a filing with ASIC dated January 24, Ballistic Beer Co have appointed PKF Melbourne as administrators.

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The Best Of Beer 2022: The Territories

They’re far from being neighbours and you wouldn’t draw too many similarities between the ACT and NT either, but once again we’re running the Territories together as our Best Of Beer 2022 series draws to a close.

The Best Of Beer 2022: Tasmania

It's time to head south for the sixth entry in The Best Of Beer 2022 series as we cross the Bass Strait to check in on a busy year of openings – both new and from existing operations – and delicious beers from around Tasmania.

King Road IPA Scoops WA Beer Of The Year

King Road Brewing have scooped another major trophy for their IPA, with the much-loved beer from the farm-based brewery 35 minutes of Perth claimed the WA Good Food Guide Beer Of The Year for 2022 last night.

Be Part Of Pint Of Origin In 2023!

Applications are now open for any venue wishing to be part of Pint of Origin when it returns in May 2023. Make sure you get your application in before November 25 – we'll notify successful applicants in early December.

Pink Boots Australia: Ten Years, Ten Beers & Hundreds Of Careers

Over the last ten years, Pink Boots Australia has been an essential community and support network for women and non-binary members of the beer industry. As the local chapter turns ten, we chatted to the not-for-profit's past presidents about its important role, what they're proud of and what they hope to see change.

Beer Agents For Change Launch Second Diversity Survey

Beer Agents For Change have today launched their second Diversity Survey. The aim is to put together a snapshot of people's experiences in the beer industry with a particular focus on diversity, inclusivity and discrimination.

Colonial Brewing Co Becomes CBCo

Following controversy surrounding their name, Colonial Brewing Co have transitioned to become CBCo, with the decision made to "better reflect modern tastes" and help drive their continued growth.

Sydney Brewery & Wayward Triumph At Sydney Royal Beer Awards

A trio of past winners enjoyed more trophy success at the 2022 Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Awards. The champion beer trophies were claimed by Sydney Brewery, Wayward Brewing and the Australian Brewery.

The 2022 Australian Craft Beer Survey Launches

The largest survey of consumer trends and attitudes in the local beer industry is back. The Beer Cartel Australian Craft Beer Survey last took place in 2020, and this time has a focus on alc-free and GF beer plus purchasing habits.

No Alcohol: All Choice

There's a multitude of reasons why people seek out alcohol-free beers and the good news is that the choice has never been broader. Ahead of Dry July, we caught up with some of the people behind the more interesting non-alc beers.

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IBA Unveils New Look Indies Awards

Last year, an audit of recent Indies awards saw a number of state trophies change hands. It led to a review of the entire judging process, which has now concluded with significant changes including new categories and a mentoring program.

Men, Men, Men, Men, Manly Men, Men, Men

A year on from craft beer's #MeToo reckoning, Pink Boots Society president and Beer Agents For Change co-founder Tiffany Waldron asks just how much things have changed. And if the local beer industry remains very much a boys' club.

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.

A Good Week Of Beer

Good Beer Week is taking a breather in 2022 but some of Victoria's breweries and venues are running their events as planned. We caught up with some of those going full steam ahead to find out more.

Pint of Origin – One Week To Go!

Pint of Origin returns to Melbourne for a tenth time on May 20. With no Good Beer Week this year, we decided to go solo and have added some sweet new features to the festival. Check them out and get ready for #PoO22!

Aussies Win Big At US Awards

It's been a big week for Australian brewers and designers, with many claiming awards at the World Beer Cup and the Craft Beer Marketing Awards. We spoke to some of those celebrating adding to their trophy cabinets.

GABS: Making A Stand

Brewery stalls at festivals have gone from spill-spattered trestle tables to interactive experiences as brewers look to cut through the noise. Ahead of the first GABS of 2022, we asked 2021's Best in Show winners how they made a stand.

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.

Breaking The Bias

The theme of International Women's Day 2022 is #breakthebias. In this article, MC Jarratt speaks to some of the people doing just that in the beer industry about their experiences and how others can follow suit.

Behind Bars: Wilbury & Sons

Prahran and Moorabbin aren't the first suburbs that come to mind when you think Melbourne craft beer. Yet Byron Barrowclough has been working to broaden tastes in both. We had a chat with him as his latest bar, Wilbury & Sons, turns one.