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When Worlds Collide

It never rains, but it pours. Yesterday, we had a story about Australia’s first two collaborative brews in Epicure – both to be tapped at GABS on Saturday. And today, we can reveal that the country’s first international collaboration is taking place in Melbourne next week. Followi…

February 9th, 2011 by Crafty Pint


The Great Beer Debate

February 8th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

In The Crafty Pint’s short life, we’ve noticed that people like a bit of debate when it comes to beer. Whether it’s just arguing over who makes the best, what is or isn’t craft beer – even whose round it is next – beer and banter go hand in hand. So why not make a…


Hobart's Holy Water

February 4th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

We’ve all been to pubs we really like. Often we’ll go back to them. Sometimes we’ll tell our friends to go there too. At a push, we might even write something nice about them for strangers to find. But only very rarely does someone become so filled with inspiration that they decide…


Aussie Beer Geek Heaven

February 2nd, 2011 by Crafty Pint

The final lineup for next week’s Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular has been announced. And it has to be the most outrageous collection of Aussie-brewed beers ever to appear in the same place at one time – homebrewer Christmas parties notwithstanding. With all manner of weird and wonderfu…


The Interstate Beer Off

January 31st, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Living in Melbourne, it’s easy to believe craft beer’s making huge inroads into the Aussie beer drinking market. But, while it’s an industry that’s growing fast as the major beer brands suffer, Victorian beer lovers are spoilt for choice compared to most of their interstate b…


H100: Beer's The Winner

January 28th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Well, what a palaver! A light-hearted poll to get people talking about craft beer turns into a spiky bun fight. Who’d have thunk it? While the debate continues elsewhere on this site, with comments ranging from the angry to the measured, the befuddled to the informed, we’d like to say on…


The Hottest 100 Revealed

January 26th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Well I never. WTF! Knock me down with a feather. And other assorted idioms. Who saw that coming? That being the news that Little Creatures Pale Ale has been usurped at the top of The Local Taphouse’s Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers poll for the first time in three years by McLaren Vale’s …


Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers 2010: The Full Rundown

January 26th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

You’ve seen the top ten, so what about the rest? Here they are from one to 100. You’ll have to agree it’s a pretty colourful selection and, as a snapshot of where the Aussie beer market is today, confirmation that we live in exciting times. 1 McLaren Vale Ale 2 …


Hopinators Hit Hobart!

January 25th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

A man walks into a bar. And spots a great big towering Hopinator. In Hobart. Crammed with hops and malt. On the bar. For $4.50 a pot. Seriously, who needs a punchline in a situation like that? Not The Crafty Pint, that’s for sure. Why would you when you’ve got further evidence of the gro…


The Rainbow Reborn

January 21st, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Just over a month after the King brothers waved goodbye to the much-loved Lambs Go Bar, their new pub, Fitzroy’s historic Rainbow Hotel, has reopened its doors following extensive renovations. Tucked away just off Brunswick Street, the pub has been under their control since late last year but …

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