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A Very Crafty Beer Book

In a couple of weeks, copies of 150 Great Australian Beers – Your Guide To Craft Beer and Beyond will appear on shelves across Australia. It is written by the founder of The Crafty Pint, James Smith, a situation which posed a minor dilemma at Crafty Towers. Namely, when you spend your life wri…

July 17th, 2014 by Crafty Pint


The Bigger They Are...

July 16th, 2014 by Crafty Pint

One of the new breed of high quality New South Wales micros is celebrating after coming out on top in a two-year battle with one of the world’s global brewing giants. SABMiller India, a subsidiary of the company that owns brands including VB and Carlton Draught, challenged Wayward Brewing&rsqu…


Getting Blind With Crafty: Porter

July 15th, 2014 by Crafty Pint

After a six-month hiatus instigated by a combination of incapacitation at Crafty Towers, a disgusting workload and then the inexorable passage of time, we finally got the Blind Tasting show back on the road at the weekend. Literally on the road too, taking it to Temple where one of the regular panel…


Drinking In Style: Porter

July 14th, 2014 by Chris Brady

After a rather lengthy break, we reconvened the Crafty Pint Blind Tasting Panel at the weekend for a look at porters. As ever, before publishing the results, here we have our Resident Beer Scholar, Chris Brady, delving back into the beer’s colourful and myth-riddled past to ascertain just what it …


Sylvanian Family Ties

July 10th, 2014 by Crafty Pint

There’s a minor obsession in the craft beer world with market share. Depending on who you believe, and which breweries you argue should be lumped in with the crafty crowd, in Australia the figure is generally considered to sit somewhere between one and four per cent of total beer consumption. W…


Taking On The Taps

July 9th, 2014 by Crafty Pint

Such is the rapid growth rate of craft beer today, it is enough of a challenge trying to stay up-to-date with every new Australian beer release, let alone the hundreds arriving from overseas. Thus, while many have considered trying to find a means of keeping eager beer lovers up-to-date with what is…


A Pint of Parma, Please

July 7th, 2014 by Crafty Pint

For the most part, the ever-growing band of people who have taken advantage of Cavalier’s “community brewery” is as you’d expect. The brewery based in Melbourne’s west, which allows others to buy and install their own tanks there and use their brewery, has attracted a c…


Good Beer Week '15 Dates

July 3rd, 2014 by Crafty Pint

The dates have been confirmed for next year’s Good Beer Week festival in Melbourne and Victoria. The organisers today announced that the fifth festival will run from May 16 to 24. Registrations for anyone wishing to run an event open on October 1 via the festival website. For the first time, G…


James Halliday Feature: The New Wave

July 2nd, 2014 by Crafty Pint

Having just sent off our latest feature to James Halliday’s Wine Companion Magazine – this one looking at the rise of communal / community (whatever we’re going to call it) brewing in Australia, we figured it was time to plunder an old article from the vaults. This time around, it…


Moving Home

July 1st, 2014 by Crafty Pint

The Australian National Homebrewing Conference is on the move. As the fourth conference approaches, the baton has been passed from the organising team in Melbourne to a crew in Canberra, who will take ANHC outside Victoria for the first time. Australia’s biggest gathering of home brewers and b…

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