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The Year In Beer: NSW

This year appears to be the one in which the sleeping giant of NSW began to stir. Sure, the Lord Nelson has been banging the craft beer drum for a quarter century, The Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst has been winning plaudits for a couple of years and the likes of Murray’s, Schwartz, Red Oak, th…

December 15th, 2011 by Crafty Pint


The Year In Beer: VIC

December 13th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

What a year it’s been. While much of the rest of the world has been at war, suffering from natural disaster, rioting or waiting for its economy to implode, craft beer in Australia has gone from strength to strength. Existing breweries are expanding at a rate of knots, newcomers are arriving on…


A Very Beery Christmas

December 12th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Less than two weeks to go and, if you’re anything like those of us at Crafty Towers, you won’t have made too much progress with Christmas prezzie buying. So, if you’ve got a beer-lovin' someone special in your life, or want to drop some hints so that friends and family know what to…


Hoppy Days

December 9th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

With their big new brewery just a couple of months away from being up and running, the brewers at 4 Pines have been planning for the future of the little system that brewed the beers that kick started the whole venture. The original 500 litre brewhouse, tucked in a corner of their bar and restaurant…


Happy Birthday To True

December 7th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

True South’s mission to irrigate the Bayside beer desert with craft beer marks its second anniversary today. The brewery and restaurant opened in a converted mechanic’s garage on the beachfront in Black Rock back in 2009 and, after a short delay securing its license to brew, poured its f…


A Craft Beer Dive

December 2nd, 2011 by Crafty Pint

It wasn’t too long ago that there were plenty bemoaning the narrowing of choice for craft beer lovers in Brisbane with the loss of some tap freedom at the city’s Platform bar. Since then, Nectar bottleshop has closed too but, conversely, the likes of Bitter Suite have opened, making a so…


From the Australian Real Craft Brewers Association

December 2nd, 2011 by Crafty Pint

A couple of weeks ago we published an open letter to the craft beer community from the people behind Craft Beer Limited, an association created with the aim of bringing together craft brewers and other industry people across Australia. They had published the letter in response to an article in the S…


Joining The Pack

December 1st, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Last weekend, another brewery joined the swelling ranks of Aussie micros. The Black Dog Brewery held its South American-themed launch at Taminick Cellars, a winery in Victoria’s north, at which founder and brewer James Booth unveiled his first four beers. For James, who’s also resident w…


The Liquid Lounge

November 23rd, 2011 by Crafty Pint

A few months back, when we were putting together the concept for the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival’s first ever beer and cider MasterClass sessions, we took a call asking if we’d be interested in a filming a short piece to camera. Caught off guard, we agreed and found ourselves head…


Home Sweet Home

November 21st, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Sweetwater is on the move. The microbrewery in the Victorian Alps has been based at the Annapurna Estate winery since opening in 2009, with the brewhouse located in one of the wine sheds and the bar nestled alongside the winery’s cellar door overlooking rows of vines. But now owner Peter Hull …

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