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Sydney Craft Beer Week

For the past couple of years, one of the most enjoyable – and eye-catching – events surrounding the Australian International Beer Awards in Melbourne has been the Hair of the Dog Breakfast. Run by the guys behind BeerMen TV (above), it does exactly what is says on the tin: offer breakfas…

September 14th, 2011 by Crafty Pint


Ready For The Off

September 13th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

The program has been finalised for Newcastle’s first Craft Beer Week, with 17 events taking place across 11 venues between November 21 and 27. The Hunter Beer Co, based nearby in the Hunter Valley, has also rescheduled its Oktoberfest for the weekend beforehand for anyone keen to get a little …


Grab Your Lederhosen

September 9th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Aussies seem to have a weird fascination with Oktoberfest. When the original hits Munich, there are tents you can hit up where the Bavarians appear to be outnumbered by the Antipodean contingent, while every year seems to see more and more sprout up across Australia. To be honest, it’s not har…


Beer Travel: Bendigo

September 6th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

When British beer writer Pete Brown visited Bendigo a few years ago while researching Three Sheets to the Wind – his quest for the meaning of beer – he had what can perhaps be best described as a mixed experience. He enjoyed the town, in particular the hospitality of the locals, but fail…


One Year. 100 Brews.

September 6th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Mornington Peninsula Brewery doesn’t celebrate its first birthday until October 1 yet today, when brewer Andrew “AG” Gow pours grain into his mash tun, he’ll be embarking on the brewery’s 100th brew. Exactly one year to the day from when he made the first ever beer at t…


Tooborac's New Brews

September 5th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

A few months ago, we brought you word that a new brewer had taken over the reins at Tooborac Hotel & Brewery. And it seems that Chris Haren has wasted little time putting his own stamp on the beers at the old bluestone hotel just over an hour north of Melbourne. The old recipes for the brewery&r…


Spring Has Sprung

September 2nd, 2011 by Crafty Pint

So, another winter has passed, one in which we were sustained by the finest array of big, dark beers ever to come out of Australia’s breweries. Now, we wait to see what treats the brewers have in store for us as the weather warms, no doubt an array of Oktoberfest / Marzen beers, a smattering t…


Blog of the Month: Frozen Summers

September 2nd, 2011 by Crafty Pint

We’ve been a little slack on the featured blog side of things recently, with a couple of months passing since the last. So how about making up for lost time by featuring a man who not only writes a blog, but also films short beer reviews, experiments with beer in the kitchen and records beery …


We Are One!

September 1st, 2011 by Crafty Pint

One year old, that is, in case you thought this was going to be some sort of Maharishi-inspired cry of universal love. Yes, 12 months have passed since we received word that the full site was live, leading to a mad scramble to locate a laptop and spread this exciting news to the world (well, the han…


Ton Up In Tassie

August 31st, 2011 by Crafty Pint

For more than two decades, he was best known as the country’s foremost beer writer. Then, in 2008, Willie Simpson joined the ranks of those he writes about by opening Seven Sheds in northwestern Tasmania, a brewery and meadery specialising in traditional ales, meads and melomels that has just …

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