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There are many ways of starting a new business. You can spend years carefully plotting every step, drawing up reams of business plans, running projections through computers, seeking advice from far and wide. Or you can decide that it’s time to let the head rule the heart and, to quote The Craf…

January 21st, 2014 by Crafty Pint


The Cask Bar's Calling

January 17th, 2014 by Crafty Pint

Here at Crafty Towers, we love a good pun. Or a bad pun, if we’re perfectly honest. We love real ales too, what with the site’s founder being born in Burton-upon-Trent, home of the pale ale, and being weened on cask beer. It’s something you don’t see a great deal of in Austra…


Show Us Yer Bottles

January 16th, 2014 by Crafty Pint

Time for a shout out. As readers of our weekly newsletter will be aware, The Crafty Pint’s founder has been commissioned to write a book on Aussie beer for the publishers of James Halliday’s wine writing. The process is already well underway with deadlines rather tight. Much of the book…


Change Must Come

January 15th, 2014 by Crafty Pint

As the Alabama 3 made abundantly clear in the world’s finest ever Country ‘n’ Western, pro-Communism, techno banger, Mao Tse Tung Said: “Change must come through the barrel of a gun.” And so it is for Melbourne icon, the GB (or Great Britain Hotel if we’re being f…


Walking The Walk

January 13th, 2014 by Crafty Pint

“We’ve talked the talk. Now it’s time to walk the walk,” says Jade Flavell as we discuss plans for her forthcoming brewery. It’s a fair point. When any brewery opens people will have high hopes and expectations for its beers. But when the brewery in question is being op…


Craft Beer Rising is Go!

January 9th, 2014 by Crafty Pint

Registrations are NOW OPEN for anyone wishing to hold an event on our forthcoming national day in celebration of Australian craft beer. On February 22, 2014, The Crafty Pint is inviting brewers, venues, beer lovers and their yet-to-be-converted mates to come together to raise a glass or three in hon…


Crafty's 50 Of 2013

January 7th, 2014 by Crafty Pint

There’s not long to go now until voting closes for the Hottest 100 Craft Beers of 2013. The deadline for the sixth annual poll run by The Local Taphouses and supported by The Crafty Pint and Brews News is 11.30pm on January 16. We’re sure that most of you will have made your selections b…


The Monks Of Margs

January 6th, 2014 by Crafty Pint

Walking into the brewhouse at Colonial Brewing in Margaret River there is an unmistakably familiar atmosphere, one that is probably unique considering it’s a relatively new brewing team. Paul Wyman (above left) has only just joined as assistant brewer while Justin Fox (above middle) has been in…


The Year in Beer 2013: Victoria and Western Australia

January 3rd, 2014 by Crafty Pint

For our final look back at the year that was we posed questions to some faces old and new in the country’s two craft beer big hitters, Victoria and WA (although NSW is coming up fast on the rails…). Among those reflecting on another huge year are the folks at Mornington Peninsula Brewe…


2014: Shit's Gettin' Real

January 1st, 2014 by Crafty Pint

The first day of the year is always one for looking forward with hope and in high spirits (tempered only slightly by the dustiness that comes with seeing out the previous one with two bottles of Auld Bulgin' Boysterous Bicep). And for anyone involved in craft beer in Australia – brewers, venue…

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