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Ferry Aged Beer

The journey made by strong, hoppy pale ales from British breweries to the mouths of colonials in the British Empire in India is the most famous in beer’s long and colourful history. Not just because it showed the great lengths to which the Brits would go to keep their people merry but because …

June 4th, 2012 by Crafty Pint


Sydney Steps Up

June 1st, 2012 by Crafty Pint

One of the great sights at this year’s Good Beer Week was the arrival in Melbourne of so many interstate and overseas beer lovers, including a fair few from New South Wales. A notable absentee, however, was the crew behind Beermen.TV who were unable to attend to host the Hair of the Dog Breakf…


Five And Fighting

May 31st, 2012 by Crafty Pint

On May 22, 2007, the independent state representative for Port Macquarie, Rob Oakeshott, officially opened a new brewery in the city. At the time, it just seemed like just another case of a local official opening a local business. Yet as they mark their fifth anniversary, Warwick and Kylie Little, t…


Good Beer Week: Star Spangled Canners

May 29th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

When it comes to craft beer role models, it’s hard to look past our friends in the USA. Over the past few decades, they have turned their industry from essentially nothing into the largest in the world. Many of the pioneers from those early days have gone on to become giants of the craft beer s…


From Little Things...

May 28th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

Whether Paul Kelly will feel moved to mark the occasion with a song is questionable, but for those of us keen to see the craft beer revolution spread into every corner of Australia, this promises to be a big week for Ballarat. The Mallow Hotel will be unveiling six new craft beer taps on Thursday, t…


Ravens Still Raving?

May 25th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

The ad on Grays Online leaves no room for doubt: “Complete Brewery Closure”. And certainly the messages of surprise and commiseration passing around the Victorian craft beer world this week at the apparent demise of 3 Ravens – one of Melbourne’s longest established microbrewe…


Wigging Out

May 23rd, 2012 by Crafty Pint

He may have a beer named “The Judges Are Still Old Codgers” in their honour but that hasn’t stopped Richard Watkins, the brewer behind Wig & Pen’s beers, taking home one of the major trophies at the Australian International Beer Awards. The Canberra brewpub was named Cham…


Good Beer Week End

May 19th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

And now the end is near / And so I face the final curtain / My friend I’ll say it clear / I’ll state my case of which I’m certain / I’ve lived a life that’s full / I travelled each and every highway / And more, much more than this / I did it my way. Old Blue Eyes was fond of a beverage or…


Feral On Fire

May 18th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

There would be a danger of it becoming boring if it weren’t for the fact that not only are his beers brilliant, but Feral head brewer Brendan Varis is also as unassuming, generous and humble a guy as you’ll find in the brewing industry. And given it’s an industry low on ego and hig…


Good Beer Week: The Bishop vs The Pope

May 17th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

“I really hate beer,” she says. From the seriousness of her expression and the tone with which she is stating her opinion, you’d be a fool to doubt her. Coming at the end of a beer versus wine dinner in one of the Good Beer Week venues where we’re hoping to showcase beer to …

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