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Beer Awards: Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Show

There are familiar names on the two main trophies at this year's Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Show. The medalists and trophy winners were announced last night (19/9/2014) and saw Sydney's Redoak follow up last week's Supreme Champion Beer title at the International Beer Challenge in London wit…

September 20th, 2014 by Crafty Pint


Beer In The Valley

September 18th, 2014 by Crafty Pint

Not too long ago, it seemed that pretty much every brewery in Australia was falling over itself to add a cider to its range, whether brewed in-house or paid for and badged accordingly. Now, however, the boot appears to be on the other foot with local cider makers entering the beer world.A few weeks …


Out Back

September 16th, 2014 by Crafty Pint

It’s not just beer styles being bastardised in the craft beer world these days. It seems that increasingly the lines between bars and bottleshops are being blurred too. In Victoria in particular, where the likes of drink-in bottleshops such as Mordialloc Cellar Door and Chapel St Cellars have been…


Craft Beer Awards Need U

September 15th, 2014 by Crafty Pint

Next month will see Australia’s first Craft Beer Awards take place in Sydney. They have been launched by the Craft Beer Industry Association (CBIA), a national association representing craft breweries in Australia. With submissions closed, they have received 277 beer entries from 80 breweries – …


Stockings & Spice

September 12th, 2014 by Crafty Pint

Admittedly, you are opening yourself up to all sorts of danger when inviting a whole bunch of brewers into your home to brew a collaborative beer for which there is only a loose concept, plans to design it on the hop, and an instruction to the visiting brewers to “bring along anything you might li…


Australia Reigns Supreme

September 10th, 2014 by Crafty Pint

Australian brewers have taken out the two most prestigious trophies at the world’s largest package beer competition. For the second year running, Sydney’s Redoak won the Supreme Champion beer award. Last year, it’s sublime Special Reserve barrel-aged barley wine took the top prize with the 201…


James Halliday Article - Those Crafty Kiwis

September 8th, 2014 by Crafty Pint

Given we’ve just filed our next feature for James Halliday’s Wine Companion Magazine, this time looking at the reevaluation of lagers in the craft beer world, it must be time to pluck another past article from the vaults.Last time around, we revisited our piece on what we view as the Third Wave …


Setting Up Homestead

September 8th, 2014 by Crafty Pint

One of Australia’s most highly regarded brewers is set to return to the beer scene after a hiatus spent scouring the country for a new adventure. And he is doing so at the helm of a brand new brewery that means serious business. And by serious business, we mean serious, with the owners becoming th…


Riders On The Storm

September 3rd, 2014 by Crafty Pint

These days, if you want to catch drinkers' eyes from the off, chances are you’ll plump for something overloaded with hops, high in alcohol, aged in a barrel or based on an obscure style. New Melbourne-based brewing company Barrow Boys decided to do things a little differently, however: they launch…


Hoppier Dogs

September 1st, 2014 by Crafty Pint

Having celebrated turning three with four days of festivities in Sydney and its hometown of Nowra, one of Australia’s most out there breweries is bigger, older and wiser. Well, the first two at least. After all, how many of the fans of the weird and wild beers that have spewed forth from HopDo…

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