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Australia's Craft Beer Festivals

Australia is home to beer festivals of every size and shape. This page is updated with details of the best of them, along with freebies for Crafty members.

July 25th, 2014 by Crafty Pint


Craft On The Rise

July 24th, 2014 by Crafty Pint

New figures just released from a nationwide survey seem to support what we know: craft beer is on the march. Figures from a pool of approximately 20,000 Australians questioned about a range of habits by Roy Morgan Research indicate that the number of people in Australia over 18 drinking a “cra…


Melbourne's Top Pubs

July 22nd, 2014 by Crafty Pint

Several of Melbourne’s top craft beer venues were among those honoured at the inaugural Time Out Melbourne Pub Awards. Pub of the Year went to The Terminus in Fitzroy North, People’s Choice went to The Local Taphouse St Kilda and Best Beer List went to the startling success story that is…


Beer Me In, Scotty

July 21st, 2014 by Crafty Pint

Technology has been used to enhance beer tastings in Australia before. Venues such as The Local Taphouse St Kilda have beamed in brewers and experts via Skype or other means to take part in their appreciation sessions from wherever they are in the world. But now a Sydney bottle shop is planning to t…


Barossa Beer Is SA's Best

July 19th, 2014 by Crafty Pint

An IPA from a brewery located in the heart of South Australian wine country has taken out the top beer prize at this week’s Royal Adelaide Beer Awards. The Canis Majoris from Barossa Valley Brewing, named after one of the largest stars in the known universe, won the Most Outstanding Beer in Sh…


A Very Crafty Beer Book

July 17th, 2014 by Crafty Pint

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…


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…

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