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Murray's Heads To Manly

Murray’s brewery owner Murray Howe has never been one to hold back when it comes to taking aim at the lack of craft beer outlets in Sydney – or the unwillingness of the city’s bar owners to walk away from the lucrative contracts on offer from the country’s brewing giants. And…

April 19th, 2011 by Crafty Pint


Four Weeks Til Good Beer!

April 18th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Thirty-plus official venues, more than 40 events, multiple beer dinners, a couple of beer lunches and a beer breakfast, tastings featuring scores of amazing beers, several new beer launches, ample opportunities to meet brewers from all over the world and Australia’s inaugural Great Beer Debate…


David. Meet Goliath

April 13th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

In the blue corner: the brewing behemoth that bestrides the Australian beer industry. In the red corner: the cheeky upstarts who are yet to commission their brewhouse and have teased the world with such delicacies as an Imperial Gingerbread Porter. And in the middle, keeping a close eye on proceedin…


Really Real Ale

April 12th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Up until now, if you wanted to taste genuine real ale on tap in Australia – real ale as defined by the UK"s Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) – you had one choice: head to the Wig & Pen in Canberra. That or the one pump that used to pour 3 Ravens beer at the sadly departed Lambs Go Bar. …


Brew & A: At the AIBA Judging

April 11th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

More than 1,100 beers have been submitted for the 2011 Australian International Beer Awards. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Melbourne on May 20, in the middle of the inaugural Good Beer Week, with 17 trophies up for grabs. Before we reach that point, there’s the small matter ju…


'Tis The Season To Moo

April 7th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Now that they’ve got their hands on a spangly new brewery, it seems the Moo Brew team is having a little fun. The Tassie brewers began pumping their range of Moo beers out of the new brewhouse a few weeks ago, leaving the former brewery at the Moorilla Estate headquarters to become a plaything…


Got Any Cask Wine?

April 6th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Let’s be honest. Who hasn’t been to a restaurant for dinner, perused a menu that gets your taste buds tingling, cast your eye over an exquisitely curated wine list, then turned to the beers only to be overcome by disappointment? Or should that read “only to have your suspicions con…


Blog of the Month: Back of the Ferry

April 1st, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Just like a micro bringing out a light beer, Crafty might be at risk of upsetting the purists here. Why? Because the first NSW blog we’ve asked to perform a show and tell doesn’t write exclusively about Aussie craft beer. Heck, they don’t even write about craft beer all the time. W…


An All Australian No. 1

April 1st, 2011 by Crafty Pint

“Humbled,” says Brad Rogers, when asked how he feels about his beer being named Australia’s Best Beer in the Critics' Choice poll announced today. The Stone & Wood Pacific Ale pipped Little Creatures Pale Ale and Feral’s Hop Hog to the top spot in the book counting down t…


Brand New Kooi

March 31st, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Whoever claimed it never rains but it pours might have had Kooinda in mind. The Melbourne mates who came to the craft beer world’s attention with a no-holds-barred American Pale Ale produced in their back yard kept us all waiting for beer number two. And waiting. And waiting. Then, finally, up…

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