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An Elegantly Craftd Renaissance

Craftd brought stylish glassware to many beer lovers' homes. Now, the company is reborn after a pair of mates in WA bought the business from its founders and relaunched it with a new look range.

Brewers Take A Cold Dip

Haze and DDH might be here to stay but brewers are trialling new ways to brew punchy, hoppy beers. We caught up with two Australian brewers taking cues from America to brew "dip hopped" and "cold IPAs".

Who Brews Phat Beers?

Phat Brew Club joined WA's impressive beer industry this year but their origin goes back six years to when six mates got together to brew. We caught up with the team to find out more as part of our long-running Who Brews? series.

The Dark & Disgusting Minds of The Scratch

No one's ever accused the folk at The Scratch of being normal. Their festivals have cult followings, and the videos they make to promote them can be downright disgusting. We sat down with manager Becca King to find out more.

Brewmanity Find A Home In South Melbourne

After a four year search, Brewmanity have finally unveiled plans for their brewery and taproom, which is scheduled to open in South Melbourne in early 2022. We caught up with co-founder David Neitz to find out more.

Something Good Lands In Traralgon

Ten years after he first imagined opening his own brewery in his hometown, and following stints at breweries in Edinburgh and the Netherlands, Jimmy Krekelberg will finally open Good Land Brewery in Traralgon this Friday.

Who Brews South Yeast Beers?

South Yeast Brewing is a family affair that's also one of the latest breweries to call the New South Wales south coast home. As part of our long-running Who Brews series, we caught up with the twins behind the operation.

Bowden Brewing Launching In Adelaide

The last kegs might have rolled out of West End's Thebarton brewery, but a new Draught is set to rise a few hundred metres away. We called into Bowden Brewing for a chat ahead of their launch this week.

A Frothy Expansion In The South West

WA's South West hosts a heaving beer scene these days and set to add to the local beer offering is Froth Craft Brewery, who are opening a second brewery in Bunbury. We caught up with the founders of the Exmouth-based operation to find out more.

Two Birds: Ten Lessons From Ten Years

Two Birds Brewing celebrate ten years of beers in 2021, after a decade of blazing a trail through the Australian beer industry. We invited the founders of the country's first female-owned brewing company to reflect on the journey so far.

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Postcards From The Edge Revisited

We hoped we wouldn't have to resurrect this series, but with most of Australia back in some form of lockdown or restrictions, we chatted to two Sydney brewers who've pivoted back into action since the weekend.

Who Brews Kick Back Beers?

Kick Back launched in the beachside town of Aldinga in the middle of winter, but the cold weather hasn't stopped them packing in guests since they opened. We caught up with one of South Australia's newest breweries to find out more.

Blasta Secure $1m Government Grant

The good news keeps coming for Perth brewery Blasta after the trophy-winners secured a $1 million Federal Government grant to help fund the construction of a second brewery.

The Collaborators: The Vanilla Man

With adjunct-laden beers, particularly pastry stouts and sours, consumed in ever greater numbers by Australian drinkers, we met with Natural Vanilla’s Owen Henderson, one of Australia’s largest suppliers, to talk all things vanilla.

Newstead Open A Taproom At Brisbane Airport

Brisbane Airport is the latest to take a crafty turn, with Newstead Brewing opening a taproom at the Domestic Terminal, marking another major partnership for the Queensland brewery.

Who Brews Smart Brothers Beers?

The Smart Brothers were born in England, but started brewing after moving to Australia. We chatted to them about their small batch operation on the Mornington Peninsula where they look to blend both their homes in one.

Aussie Beerstagrammers: beers.2.review

The latest in our series focusing on the best of Australia's Beerstagrammers returns to Victoria's Surf Coast, where Guy Southern chats to the mates behind @beers.2.review.

Stone & Wood Is The New Beer Of The Wallabies

Ahead of the Wallabies matches with France, Stone & Wood have announced their Green Coast Lager has become the rugby union team's official beer, meaning it will be available at all upcoming tests.

The Big Issue: Skills Shortage

It goes without saying that the COVID pandemic has created huge problems for the local beer and hospitality industries. One issue it's exacerbated is a skills shortage, both when it comes to brewing and running venues.

Beer Basics: Waters Ain't Waters

It might seem like the most mundane of beer's four main ingredients, yet in his latest Beer Basics guide to the world of beer and brewing, Molly Rose founder Nic Sandery argues it's one of the key elements that turns a good beer into a great one.

Who Brews Precinct Beers?

The Gold Coast's transformation into one of the country's most exciting craft beer hotspots has been little short of remarkable. We got in touch with the team at one of the region's freshest, Precinct Brewing in Miami.

Unbridled Joy For Blasta At Perth Royal Beer Awards

Blasta continued their impeccable run at the Perth Royal Beer Awards by taking out Champion Beer for the second year running while adding Champion Large Brewery and Best IPA to their swollen trophy cabinet too.

Mighty Craft To Buy Mismatch In $47m Deal

Mighty Craft continue to snap up craft breweries and other alcoholic beverages, today announcing plans to acquire the Adelaide Hills Group, which includes Mismatch Brewing, in a $47m buyout.

Looking On The Bright Side

It might not be the 15th birthday weekend they had planned, but the team at Bright Brewery have a lot to be cheerful about. We caught up with owner Scott Brandon to discuss the brewery's impressive history and what's around the corner.

Capital's B Corp Journey

Capital Brewing are on track to become the latest Australian brewing company to achieve B Corp status. We chatted to the man driving the process for the Canberran brewery.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.