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The Crafty Planner: August 6 to 12

Another week, another cavalcade of craft beer events across the country. A week, in fact, that comes heavily loaded with events aimed at the ladies and ends with a couple of west coast beer degustations. Remember, if you’re doing something craft beer-related and would like to share it with the…

August 6th, 2012 by Crafty Pint


Stoking The Crafty Coals

August 6th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

Murray’s brews out of nearby Port Stephens. Warners at the Bay has long had one of the largest beer selections in Australia. The Albion Hotel has fast become one of the best beer pubs in the country. And the Hunter Brewing Co isn’t too far away. Despite that, Newcastle might not have been…


Big Things Brewing

August 3rd, 2012 by Crafty Pint

Last year, the James Halliday Wine Companion launched a bi-monthly magazine. The Crafty Pint was asked to contribute a feature on craft beer in Australia for the launch edition. The mission: tell the tale of the rise of the modern craft beer industry in 1200 words. In the end, we couldn’t do i…


Back To Ballarat

August 2nd, 2012 by Crafty Pint

It’s fair to say that the Ballarat Beer Festival took a lot of people by surprise last summer. Some of the brewers ran out of beer. Hundreds – possibly even a couple of thousand people – had to be turned away at the gate after capacity was reached. And even the organisers, despite …


East Of Everything

August 1st, 2012 by Crafty Pint

Of all the works in Michael Palin’s oeuvre, the TV drama East of Ipswich is probably among the least well known. Based on memories of his holidays in miserable British east coast holiday towns, enlivened by a sexual awakening courtesy of a young Dutch girl, its name was derived from an acknowl…


Crafty in the Press III

July 31st, 2012 by Crafty Pint

Over the nigh-on two years that The Crafty Pint has been up and running, we’ve taken the time out on a couple of occasions to wrap up all the Crafty-penned articles that have appeared elsewhere online. It’s been a while since the last one, but given today marks the appearance of a story …


Craft Beer Crusaders

July 30th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

Back in the 1980s, Saturday mornings in the Pint household were never properly underway until the opening bars of the MASK theme tune kicked in. It was, quite clearly, a poor man’s rip off of Transformers yet, equally clearly, had quite an impact at least one young mind. Not only is resentment…


The Crafty Planner: July 30 to August 5

July 30th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

Fancy parmas, a month of Goats, the opportunity for some trans-Tasman love (and a spot of Monty Python quoting), beer movies, events for the ladies and more – the week ahead in craft beer in Australia is nothing if not colourful. That said, the Diary’s not looking as full as surely it co…


Margs' Monkey Business

July 27th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

Driving from Perth to Margaret River takes less than three hours, which can make it easy to find yourself over-indulging in long winery lunches, strolling on postcard picture beaches or rambling on to some guy at a market stall who makes his own chutney. And, if you’re a bit of a beer nerd, yo…


Beer Travel: Raising The Bar In Sydney

July 27th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

A wonderful thing about history is the way it allows us to look back and pinpoint exactly when things changed. One moment things are following a particular path, then something happens to set things in another direction. It is applicable to so many situations, from the death of Archduke Franz Ferdin…

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