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Beer Week Out West

WA’s brewers are never shy when it comes to reminding their brethren in other states that theirs is the birthplace of the current wave of craft brewing in Australia. So while Good Beer Week in Melbourne might be the biggest yet to take place in the country, it started in the same year WA&rsquo…

June 10th, 2011 by Crafty Pint


Bendigo's Beer Frontier

June 8th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

It seems odd that a city of more than 100,000 people situated so close to Melbourne can be described as a craft beer desert. Yet, with little more than a couple of bars and a single pioneering restaurant doing anything to promote Australia’s burgeoning craft beer scene, that’s the story …


Our Man In: Belgium Pt 1

June 7th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Imbued with the confidence of a man whose latest beer has just picked up the only gold medal for packaged lagers at the Australian International Beer Awards and who was one of the small band of beer lovers that got Good Beer Week off the ground, Matt Houghton set off on the thankless task of touring…


The Parramatta Pioneers

June 6th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Slowly but surely, craft beer is creeping across the country. From Wagga to Toowoomba, Forrest to the far north, there are microbreweries and pubs with craft beer taps cropping up at a fair rate as brave souls decide their local area is ready for something better. And soon the people of Parramatta w…


Trans-Tasman Beer Love

June 2nd, 2011 by Crafty Pint

If the craft beer world isn’t careful, people are going to start suspecting that the famed Aussie – Kiwi rivalry is nothing but a sham. We’ve had Kiwi brewers heading for home post Good Beer Week with messages of love for their Aussie brethren trailing in their jet streams, Aussie …


Milking The Cow

May 31st, 2011 by Crafty Pint

When you have the likes of Sierra Nevada’s Steve Grossman saying the craft beer scene here is as good as that in the States, it could be easy to get carried away when in reality there’s still a long way to go. It’s great that by parachuting him into Melbourne for the first Good Bee…


Blog of the Month: A Great Set Of Tipples

May 31st, 2011 by Crafty Pint

While we avoid rating beers on The Crafty Pint, preferring instead to talk about them and leave you to make up your own mind, it doesn’t mean we’re opposed to the idea. Especially when it’s done in such a straightforward manner as it is on the Great Set Of Tipples blog. None of thi…


Far From Bitter

May 30th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

As his friend and brewing mentor Brendan Varis walked off stage clutching Feral’s third straight Champion Ale trophy at the 2011 Australian International Beer Awards, Jeremy Good heard the presenter announce there was only one nominee for Champion Lager. “I switched off and started look…


Plenty To Crow About

May 27th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Given his brewery had only been operating a month, Craig Wealands thought long and hard about sending a keg of his Vanilla Milk Stout off for judging. Sure, he reckoned it was a pretty good beer, but the Thirsty Crow – a family affair he’d opened with his mum and dad in his hometown of W…


Hawk Your Wares Here

May 26th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

As you may have noticed, we’ve had a couple of ads up on The Crafty Pint for the past few weeks. With no mysterious silent backer, no trust fund to pillage and all attempts at alchemy having proved as fruitless as the time we attempted to glue the Geography teacher to his chair but forgot to u…

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