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Good Beer Week: Around the Houses

Missing Good Beer Week? If so, we’ve got good news. In the form of photos. Roving photographer – barman – beer lover Michael Carlson took his trusty camera around to a number of the Melbourne events and venues throughout the week. He snapped portraits of many characters from the c…

June 28th, 2012 by Crafty Pint


Collaboration Crazy

June 25th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

Beer knowledge hasn’t always expanded as fast as the craft beer industry. And, while the world would be a terribly dull place if everyone was an uber-keen beer geek eager to analyse every nuance in their beer and discuss it with anyone within earshot*, it’s never good to enquire about a …


Beer Travel: The Beers They Are A-Changin'

June 22nd, 2012 by Crafty Pint

Regular readers of The Crafty Pint will be well aware of the activities of Bendigo Beer, a group of beer lovers who have helped turn their city from a virtual craft beer wasteland into a thriving regional hub into which more and more breweries are sending their beers. There is word of more than one …


Over The Hill

June 21st, 2012 by Crafty Pint

At The Crafty Pint, we’ve been lucky enough to visit most of Australia’s microbreweries. We’ve been to those with their own private beach, those with mountain views and those sharing grounds with wineries. Among our favourites is Red Hill, where the brewery, bar and cafe serving gr…


Full Steam Ahead

June 20th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

It seems there might be something in this craft beer thing, at least if the number of new festivals popping up all over the country are any guide. Where once the likes of the Australian Hotel’s annual bash in The Rocks, Bitter & Twisted, the Tasmanian Beerfest and various major brewery-bac…


Extended Family

June 19th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

If you were planning on introducing a beer into the Australian market, what style would it be? Put that question to a hardcore craft beer drinker and you would perhaps be greeted with a hop bomb, a lambic or an Imperial anything. But put it to the general beer drinking population and most will proba…


From Little Things...

June 18th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

The Australian beer scene has woken to the news this morning that Lion has made an offer for Little World Beverages – known for brands such as Little Creatures, White Rabbit and Pipsqueak Cider – and that the board of Little World Beverages has recommended that its shareholders approve t…


Beers By The Bay

June 13th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

It’s hardly the weather to be thinking of spending time on Port Phillip Bay, unless of course you’re a masochist. Yet, if you’re a beer lover and can cast your mind forward to what will hopefully be a splendidly sunny mid-Spring day, you should as the steadily expanding craft beer …


Lovely Jubbly

June 12th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

Let’s take a moment to say thanks for international travel shall we? Sure, national carrier Qantas looks to be going the way of the dodo and our government has a less than favourable take on those who prefer to do it on flimsy wooden boats, but where would our beer scene be without it, hey? Ch…


Perfect Harmony

June 7th, 2012 by Crafty Pint

The word ‘collaborate’ has been thrown about quite a bit lately. In fact, the word probably hasn’t had such wide usage since 1990 when Vanilla Ice had a number one hit after urging the world to “Stop, collaborate and listen”. In the first five months of this year, overseas b…

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