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Who Brews Dangerous Ales?

As they work on a major brewery expansion at their home in Milton, NSW, we caught up with Dangerous Ales founder and head brewer Damo Martin to find out how he went from big wave-chasing chef to brewery owner.

Brick Lane Plan $50 Million Expansion

Melbourne's Brick Lane have their sights set on a major expansion, with the brewery investing $50 million to give them the capacity to brew up to 20 million litres a year.

Sailors Grave To Create Multimillion Dollar Dunetown

Sailors Grave are set to realise the long-held dream for a farmhouse style brewery, securing a $2.35m grant that will go towards the creation of Dunetown on the East Gippsland coast.

Communitinnies Return As Victoria Locks Down Again

As Melbourne's lockdown is extended, and Victorians face their own restrictions, Hop Nation have brought back their collaborative Communitinnies boxes, first launched during the early days of the pandemic.

Who Brews Campus Beers?

After taking over a defunct brew-on-premise business in Canning Vale, a group of mates launched Campus Brewing earlier this year. We called in to taste some beers and chat about inspirations and future plans.

Going Green: Brew Rocket Launches

A new grant designed to encourage new brewing companies to put an environmental and/or social enterprise focus at the heart of their business has just launched. We spoke to the woman behind Brew Rocket to find out more.

Who Brews Hudson Brewing Beers?

Hudson Brewing was launched late last year by a husband-and-wife team keen to bring local beer to their adopted community. We caught up with Richard Hudson to find out more about the brewery located in Brisbane's bayside.

Brouhaha's Brewery Boom

The Sunshine Coast is set to welcome a new brewery in the coming months, with Maleny's Brouhaha Brewery announcing expansion plans. We caught up with co-founder Matt Jancauskas to find out what's in the works.

Her Story

The craft beer industry likes to hold itself to high standards, yet sexist behaviours and attitudes persist. Here, a woman raped by a brewer after a beer event tells her story and calls for impactful and lasting change.

Our Story

In this companion piece to Her Story, we examine what needs to happen on an individual, societal, workplace and industry scale to tackle the issues of sexism, sexual assault and gender inequality.

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More Facebook Beer Pages Removed

Boatocker Brewers & Distillers business page and the popular Beer Thread group have become the latest to disappear almost overnight from Facebook. We spoke to both to find out more.

Australian International Beer Awards Winners 2021

Dollar Bill proved hugely popular winners when they took out Champion Australian Beer at the 2021 Australian International Beer Awards as the beer industry gathered en masse again after missing out in 2020.

Robe Town: Bigger. Still Unique

When it first started brewing with fire and hay back in 2013, Robe Town was a brewery that truly stood out from the crowd. The family-run operation has since expanded – and continues to do so – yet continued to plough a unique furrow.

BecauseWeCAN: GABS 2021 Edition

The Crafty Pint kicked off the BecauseWeCAN series in April as a means of examining some craft beer's weirdest releases. Now, with the a festival that celebrates outlandish beers returning for 2021, we've taken the concept to GABS.

Brew & A: Jum Ryan

Moving from Singapore and Hong Kong to brew in Alice Springs is one of the more unlikely moves you'll come across. Ahead of their tap takeover at Miss Moses as part of Good Beer Week, we chat to Jum Ryan, who swapped Little Creatures for the Red Centre.

Pint Of Origin 2021 Preview – Part II

When Good Beer Week returns for its tenth outing this May, Pint of Origin will be back too. The Crafty Pint's pocket of the festival has been an ever-present since 2012 and this year is appearing at 14 top Melbourne pubs and bars.

Good Beer Week: Ten Years Of Beers

When Good Beer Week kicks off on Friday, the festival will finally turn ten – a year later than planned. To mark the occasion, we took a trip down Memory Lane with some of those involved in building and enjoying it over the past decade.

The Collaborators: Good Ale Forever

Eden Brewery have always supported good causes since launching in 2017. These days, that work includes Good Ale, a pale ale launched in partnership with Forever Projects that sends funds to help families in need in Tanzania.

Pint of Origin 2021 Preview – Part 1

When Good Beer Week returns for its tenth outing this May, Pint of Origin will be back too. The Crafty Pint's pocket of the festival has been an ever-present since 2012 and this year is appearing at 14 top Melbourne pubs and bars.

Brew & A: Currumbin Valley Brewing

As GABS returns after a year of cancellations, we catch up with the duo behind the People's Choice winning beer from 2019, Smokey and Luke of Currumbin Valley Brewing.

Is Fresh Always Best?

Fresh is best is a mantra we hear often in the beer world but can a beer be too fresh? Packaging shock is common parlance in the wine world but rarely raised in beer, while hazy, hoppy beers can perform better later too.

Trash To Treasure

Each year, Australia wastes a gargantuan amount of food. But breweries across the country are finding ways to try reduce this waste and, in the process, are building further value into our agricultural system.

Who Brews SixTwelve Beers?

SixTwelve Brewing was opened in late 2020 by husband and wife team Brad and Alle Reid. We got in touch to find out more about the brewpub operation for our long-running Who Brews...? series.

Getting Blind With Crafty: Pale Lagers 2021

Much has changed in the half decade and more since we last put lagers to the blind taste test. For one, there's bloody loads of them, but who's brewing them really well? We compiled an expert panel to find out.

Ramblers Bring Brewing Back To Hawthorn

Hawthorn is a Melbourne suburb that boasts an early claim to craft beer but in recent years it hasn't seen the same spread of local breweries compared to many other inner-city neighbourhoods. Ramblers Ale Works are set to change that when they open the doors next month and we caught up with the two Bens behind the brewery to find out more.

The Collaborators: AC Hops

AC Hops was launched late in 2019 by a couple with little experience in growing hops but a lot of ideas about farming and passion for craft beer. Following their latest harvest, we caught up with Victorian growers.

Who Brews & Distils In Nagambie?

Nagambie's a popular destination for Melburnians seeking a weekend away, best known for its impressive lake and surrounding wineries. For close to two years, it's become known as a spot for craft beer and spirits too.

Follow The Beer Pioneer

William Buckley's tale of survival is one that's stuck with Australians thanks to one iconic phrase. Now, a Melbourne comedian is tracing Buckley's path while visiting as many local breweries as he can.

BecauseWeCAN Vol.1

BecauseWeCAN is a new series on The Crafty Pint that puts some of the most out there beers under the microscope, looking at how and why they were brewed, and whether they achieve their unusual goals.

Stone & Wood Confirm $50m Brewery Expansion

Stone & Wood today confirmed plans for a $50m brewery expansion at their Northern Rivers home. The proposed two-year project includes a 200 hectolitre brewhouse and a visitors centre.

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Thinking Drinking

A trio of uni mates have been bringing skills picked up in their studies to the world of brewing. Now, after honing their talents as part of Monash Uni's Brewlab, they're releasing beers with innovation at their heart to the public.

Doors To Dunnies Part II: Meet Me At The Bar

In his ongoing mission to find out what makes a great boozer great, Luke Robertson moves from the doorway to the bar, heading back in time to Pompeii and back again to the modern era of polished timber and glazed lava.

The Lager Renaissance

Once shunned by many in the craft beer world, lagers are enjoying something of a quiet renaissance. Graham Frizzell takes a look at why, and asks what makes a great lager for the discerning contemporary drinker?

Black Hops Go AWOL

The Gold Coast has added another notch to its brewing belt with the opening of the region's first barrel room. AWOL sits behind Black Hops' original home in Burleigh Heads and is already home to more than 100 barrels.

Who Brews Working Title Beers?

As they complete their four-day, four-venue launch party, we caught up with the best mates behind Brisbane's Working Title Brewing Co for our Who Brews...? series.

Dr Benny's Crafty Fixes: Cheap Mates

Ever found yourself in an awkward situation involving beer? Stuck in a quaffable quandary and can't see a way out? Worry no more as help is at hand... Meet Dr Benny, here to fix your every crafty dilemma.

Beer Travel With Bright Eyes

How long do you think it would take to visit every single one of Australia's hundreds of breweries? Chelsea Bright is embarking on a mission to do just that – and plans to hit her target by Good Beer Week 2023.

The Collaborators: This Is My Boomstick!

Boomstick Glassware blend a love for craft beer, pop culture and collaboration into the design of unique creations from which you can enjoy your favourite crafties. We chatted to the small team behind the project to find out more.

Who Brews Rare Bird Beers?

They've known each other for 30 years and all brewed at home before joining forces to release beers commercially as Rare Bird Brewing. We got in touch with the tiny Hurstbridge operation to find out more.

Brew Dudes: Agents Of Chaos, Laughter & Beer

We often feel that a few drinks can make us funny but fortunately for the Brew Dudes, their craft stands apart from craft beer. As they reach the halfway mark of their Melbourne International Comedy Festival show that's dedicated to beer, we caught up with the duo behind the outfit to find out more.

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A Day In The Life Of: A Technical Brewer

He gets to play around with new ingredients and techniques as much, if not more, than any brewer in the country, yet you'll never taste his beers. We spent A Day In The Life Of Ellerslie Hop's technical brewer Glenn Harrison.

Who Brews Bucketty's Beers?

They hoped to open a brewpub in their hometown of Bucketty's, but when council rejected their plans took the good times to Brookvale. We caught up with the man behind the Northern Beaches' newest brewpub.

Going Green: Bright Bins

Bright Brewery have long put sustainable practices at the core of their business and are now looking to take a recycling initiative nationwide.

Where's The Craft Beer Crew Gone?

One of Australia's most popular Facebook beer groups disappeared over the weekend, leaving its founder at a loss as to what happened.

The Nomads Hightail It Into Mudgee

The family behind Nomad Brewing and Experienceit Beverages have opened a second brewery in collaboration with a group of locals. Three Tails Brewery and Smokehouse opened in Mudgee – their "home away from home" – on Good Friday.

Behind Bars: The TapHouse Townsville

Some thought they'd have to put Great Northern on to survive. Nine hundred craft beers through their taps later, it looks like the TapHouse Townsville crew backed the right horse after all.

Help Us Get Blind: Lagers Round II

Blimey, there's a lot of lagers out there these days. We've locked in most of the spots for our pale lager blind tasting but we reckon we can squeeze in a few more. So, it's over to you to decide which ones...

We're Going On A Beer Hunt

Beer tourism is an oft-touted economic benefit of the rise of local breweries. Now two suburban areas with more local beer than most have invested in the establishment of local brewery trails with support from local government.

Who Brews Nice Guys Beers?

Melbourne is home to many suburban breweries with Richmond one that's played an essential role in the development in craft beer for decades. It's now home to Nice Guys, which brings a new aesthetic to the local beer scene.

Help Us Get Blind: GBW IPA Special

With the return of Good Beer Week comes the return of our Pint of Origin IPA Blind Tasting Championship. And, once again, we're inviting our lovely readers to help us choose the beers that will be on the lineup.