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BeerSpace Launches

The efforts to educate Australians about beer are set to redouble next week with the formal launch of BeerSpace in Melbourne. Targeting everyone from craft beer novices to staff at fine dining establishments, the organisation has pooled experts from various areas of the beer industry who will be on …

July 10th, 2012 by Crafty Pint


The Crafty Planner: July 9 to 15

July 9th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

So what lies ahead this week in the world of Aussie craft beer? Plenty, as usual. For The Crafty Pint, there will be a first visit to the new Matilda Bay Brewery Bar and stops to see a few brewers and venues owners we’re keen to add to the site. That’s followed by a whistle stop trip to …


Beer Awards: The Royal Adelaide Beer Show

July 8th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

For the second year running, microbreweries dominated the trophies at the Royal Adelaide Beer Show. There was a changing of the guard, however, with McLaren Vale based craft brewery Goodieson (pictured above) the star of the show, picking up a swag of gongs as Lobethal Bierhaus had done in 2011. Oth…


Walkabout Sam

July 5th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

If you’ve spent much time immersed in Aussie craft beer culture, chances are you’ll have come across Sam Füss (above right with the Beer Diva at the Victorian Women of Beer event). She’s brewed from west coast to east, plying her trade at breweries as varied as Little Creatures …


Coast To Coast

July 4th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

Time to welcome some newcomers to the Crafty fold as the fruits of our travels from coast to coast over the past few months start to appear on the site. As readers of the Friday newsletter will know, between late 2011 and early 2012, we were on the road almost constantly, checking out breweries, bar…


Queensland Beer Week

July 3rd, 2012 by Crafty Pint

It’s that time of the year when humans and humpback whales alike flee the colder Aussie climes and head en masse to Queensland for sunshine and, in the case of the whales at least, a spot of breeding. This year, the humping humpbacks and sun-seeking southerners will be joined by a new breed, a…


Malaysia's Taps Takeover

July 2nd, 2012 by Crafty Pint

Despite the rapid growth in the local craft beer market in recent years, we still tend to get a little excited when a venue away from the capitals eschews the financial incentives of tap contracts and nails its flag to the crafty mast. Even the smallest of victories is worth celebrating given the lo…


The Crafty Planner: July 2 to 8

July 2nd, 2012 by Crafty Pint

Now that we have a dedicated events bod taking care of the Crafty Pint diary, it’s starting to fill out rather nicely. Brewers and venues are even remembering to take time out from brewing and hawking beer to tell us what they’ve got on the horizon too, which is also rather nice. So we t…


Golden 'Gong

June 29th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

What do you know about Wollongong? That it has the deepest port on Australia’s east coast? That, for some reason, it is home to the largest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere? That it has a Motorlife Museum? Until we visited, neither did we. Yet, remarkably, it’s all true. We also…


A Generous Pour

June 28th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

Considering Western Australia’s justifiable claim to being the home of Australian craft beer, the Perth CBD has always been an infuriatingly difficult place to find a locally brewed pint. OK, the Adelphi Steakhouse now has Hop Hog on tap and Venn Bar has a nice selection of craft beer in bottle…

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