Articles by James Smith

Unfinished Mead Business

Having moved from beer writing to brewing, Willie Simpson is planning another change of tack as he turns 70: a return to mead. And kayaking. And sourdough baking. And astronomy. And...

January 17th, 2020 by James Smith


Through The Looking Glass III

January 1st, 2020 by James Smith

After a hiatus in 2018 (for reasons I can't recall) we're back with our New Year's Day look ahead at what the future might hold for the local beer world: what to look out for and where we might be headed.


Crafty's Advent Calendar

December 27th, 2019 by James Smith

If you'd like to check out our look back at the 2010s in Advent Calendar form, here's all 25 entries gathered in one interactive PDF. Open it in Acrobat to see who's behind each door and click each one to be taken to that day's entry.


Crafty's Advent Calendar: Phil Sexton

December 25th, 2019 by James Smith

He kicked the contemporary craft beer scene in WA in the early 80s and recently announced his return to Matilda Bay on a mission to reclaim its lost iconic status. We close out of end-of-decade series with Phil Sexton.


Crafty's Advent Calendar: Wheaty Jade

December 24th, 2019 by James Smith

From within the four walls of a corner pub in Thebarton, Jade Flavell, her colleagues and staff have not just blazed a trail for beer and beer venues in Australia but inspired and influenced thousands too.


Crafty's Advent Calendar: Will Feral

December 23rd, 2019 by James Smith

He was a crap sales rep but turned out to be a bloody good brewer and these days leads the weay for Feral following the WA brewery's sale to CCA. He's also a goose's best friend; on day 23 of our Advent Calendar it's Will Irving.


Best New Victorian Beers Of 2019

December 23rd, 2019 by James Smith

Whether you're hot for hazies or have a passion for the puckering, there was much to enjoy from Victorian brewers in 2019. Such beers dominate our list, joined by a couple of lagers and a rich stout.


Crafty's Advent Calendar: Steve & Guy

December 22nd, 2019 by James Smith

They met across a St Kilda bar in the early years of the century and have gone on to help shape the local beer industry through venues, festivals, a brewing company and more. Behind door 22 are Steve Jeffares and Guy Greenstone.


Crafty's Advent Calendar: Kris Miles

December 21st, 2019 by James Smith

From a bottleshop in Brisbane to hop-infused spirits in Melbourne then MONA and finally a pub and brewery, Kris Miles has taken on many roles in the local beer world. Here he is on day 21 of our end-of-decade Advent Calendar series.


Crafty's Advent Calendar: Sam Füss

December 19th, 2019 by James Smith

If you've been involved in the local beer industry over the past decade or two, you'll have a story or three to tell involving Sam Füss. The multiple trophy-winning brewer from Philter joins us for day 19 of out Advent Calendar.

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