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Hold Tight Sydney!

In little more than a week, the fourth Sydney Craft Beer Week kicks off. It goes without saying that this will be the biggest yet as the festival has grown every year. But it's really the biggest yet, with the program bursting through the 100 events milestone, barely pausing for breath and cracking on to surpass 120.

October 7th, 2014 by Crafty Pint


The Great Keg Robbery

October 2nd, 2014 by Crafty Pint

Making it as a craft brewer isn't easy. There's huge investment involved (particularly if you decide to open your own brewery). You're going up against big business with greater economies of scale and vast reach, trying to get your product into venues that often don't understand it and face a less t…


Register for GBW 2015

October 1st, 2014 by Crafty Pint

It may be more than seven months away but already registrations are open for next year’s Good Beer Week festival in Melbourne and Victoria. The festival organising committee today opened registrations online, inviting anyone wishing to take part to submit their ideas by October 31. You can read th…


Drinking God's Tears

September 23rd, 2014 by Crafty Pint

We'd last seen Dave Adams at around 4am on October 3, 2010, as we savoured the afterglow of Collingwood's premiership flag on what paint-stained clothing later revealed to be an as-yet-unfinished trophy presentation platform in Gosch's Paddock. Several months later, sat in the crowd at Collingwood's…


Beer Awards: Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Show

September 20th, 2014 by Crafty Pint

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…


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…

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