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Getting Back To Basics

A few years ago, a group of students in Hobart started the Tasmanian Beerfest, an event designed to celebrate their local brewers. As it gained in popularity, it reached a point where it had outgrown their original intentions, so they sold it and started anew with a smaller festival. The Tasmanian M…

September 27th, 2011 by Crafty Pint


Ballarat's Beer Bash

September 22nd, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Back in the day, Ballarat Bertie was one of the Victorian beer industry’s iconic characters, a cheeky chap with bushy ‘tache and apron who beamed out from cans of Ballarat Bitter. That beer and the brewery that made it are long since gone, although the city’s ties to beer remain. T…


New Hope On Excise?

September 21st, 2011 by Crafty Pint

A fresh call for changes to the tough tax regime faced by the country’s craft brewers was put in front of politicians this week. Greens Deputy Leader Christine Milne raised a motion in Parliament calling for amendments to be made to existing legislation that would ease the levels of excise tax…


Sydney Craft Beer Week

September 14th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

For the past couple of years, one of the most enjoyable – and eye-catching – events surrounding the Australian International Beer Awards in Melbourne has been the Hair of the Dog Breakfast. Run by the guys behind BeerMen TV (above), it does exactly what is says on the tin: offer breakfas…


Ready For The Off

September 13th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

The program has been finalised for Newcastle’s first Craft Beer Week, with 17 events taking place across 11 venues between November 21 and 27. The Hunter Beer Co, based nearby in the Hunter Valley, has also rescheduled its Oktoberfest for the weekend beforehand for anyone keen to get a little …


Grab Your Lederhosen

September 9th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Aussies seem to have a weird fascination with Oktoberfest. When the original hits Munich, there are tents you can hit up where the Bavarians appear to be outnumbered by the Antipodean contingent, while every year seems to see more and more sprout up across Australia. To be honest, it’s not har…


Beer Travel: Bendigo

September 6th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

When British beer writer Pete Brown visited Bendigo a few years ago while researching Three Sheets to the Wind – his quest for the meaning of beer – he had what can perhaps be best described as a mixed experience. He enjoyed the town, in particular the hospitality of the locals, but fail…


One Year. 100 Brews.

September 6th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Mornington Peninsula Brewery doesn’t celebrate its first birthday until October 1 yet today, when brewer Andrew “AG” Gow pours grain into his mash tun, he’ll be embarking on the brewery’s 100th brew. Exactly one year to the day from when he made the first ever beer at t…


Tooborac's New Brews

September 5th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

A few months ago, we brought you word that a new brewer had taken over the reins at Tooborac Hotel & Brewery. And it seems that Chris Haren has wasted little time putting his own stamp on the beers at the old bluestone hotel just over an hour north of Melbourne. The old recipes for the brewery&r…


Spring Has Sprung

September 2nd, 2011 by Crafty Pint

So, another winter has passed, one in which we were sustained by the finest array of big, dark beers ever to come out of Australia’s breweries. Now, we wait to see what treats the brewers have in store for us as the weather warms, no doubt an array of Oktoberfest / Marzen beers, a smattering t…

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