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The Tipping Point For Taps?

With craft beer bucking the overall trend of falling beer sales in Australia and gaining traction in more and more corners of the country, there’s been much talk recently of the industry reaching tipping point, or the moment of critical mass. In other words, as the growing number of breweries,…

February 15th, 2011 by Crafty Pint


Calling All Beer Bloggers & Writers

February 14th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

As those of you who frequent the interwebs and read the weekly Crafty newsletter may have ascertained, there is in existence a body going by the rather grandiose name of the Australian Beer Writers Guild. I use the term grandiose as the Guild has been, to this point, little more than a fairly loose …


Truly SpecTAPular

February 13th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

They came. They saw. They concurred: the inaugural Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular was a soaraway success. The biggest event of its kind held at The Local Taphouses had a queue of 65 people waiting outside the St Kilda venue before the doors opened and a lineup that stretched past two shop fronts …


Calling All Hop Heads

February 10th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Dry-hopped, wet-hopped, late-hopped, mash-hopped. However beer can be hopped, it’s happening for the third running of the Paddy’s Brewery beer festival. The brewery in Sydney’s west has brought this year’s event forward from October to April 30 to coincide with the release of…


When Worlds Collide

February 9th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

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…


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…

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