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Good Beer Week Pt III

Well, this is fun! We’ve been a little busy here at Crafty Towers for the past couple of days and it seems we’re far from alone. Monday night saw the launch of The People’s Pint at Temple Brewery & Brasserie, with Leo Hede, the inventor of the Double Hoptendre from Brisbane, guest of honour at…

May 16th, 2012 by Crafty Pint


Good Beer Sunday

May 14th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

From barrel-aged stouts for breakfast in Bendigo to Japanese delights in North Fitzroy, Sunday was the day Good Beer Week really started to spread its wings for 2012. Add in Mother’s Day bonuses for mums visiting Red Hill, Thunder Road and the Great Australasian Beer Spectapular plus beer and …


Good Beer Saturday

May 13th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

You having fun yet? From the buzz in the air and online, it would seem you are. Yesterday was the first official day of Good Beer Week after GABS kicked off on Friday, with the Brooklyn Brewery Degustation Dinner offering punters some great – and very rare – beers and Holgate and 3 Raven…


And. We're. Off!

May 12th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

Yes! Good Beer Week 2012 is underway. And the nation knows about it after The Project dropped in to the second session of the Great Australasian Beer Spectapular yesterday evening to announce the opening of the festival. It was featured in the Metro Roundup section of the show, with presenter Em Rus…


Beer Travel: A Journey Into Hops

May 10th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

The year was 1824. Beethoven was still alive and composing his symphonies, though you’d need to hear them live because radio wouldn’t be invented for about another eight decades. In that year, the MCG of today would have quite comfortably accommodated the entire population of Australia. Th…


Craft Beer Pioneer

May 9th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

A man described as “one of the grandfathers of Australian craft beer” and “one of the original real characters in brewing in Australia” has passed away overnight. Geoff Scharer, founder of Scharer’s Little Brewery in Picton, NSW, was a pioneer who was looking into setti…


World Beer Cup Winners

May 7th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

Australian brewers have tasted success at the World Beer Cup, collecting two golds and two silvers at the event described as “The Olympics of Beer Competition”. Golds went to Queensland’s Burleigh Brewing for its HEF in the South German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier category and S…


One Week To Go!

May 5th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

Seven more sleeps… Seven more sleeps… Yes, not long now until the planning, preparation, talk and bluster ends and Good Beer Week 2012 explodes into life. This time next Saturday, Holgate will have thrown open its doors for the sold out Bull and Raven Cask Off, the beers for the sold o…


Chapel's Broad Church

May 4th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

Melbourne’s Chapel Street is like the city itself in microcosm. Start at the Toorak Road end and it’s high end boutiques, higher heels, sleek convertibles and sleeker hairdos. Head towards the Bay and it gets grungier and – to the residents of Crafty Towers at least – more in…


When Old Meets New

May 2nd, 2012 by Crafty Pint

One is the world’s oldest existing brewery, a place of legend that has created beers that are the very definition of their style. It is known by drinkers in every corner of the globe and in its thousand years has only ever made one beer with another brewery. The other opened its doors to the p…

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