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Food, Wine & Beer Fest

After flirting in past years with the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, craft beer made its first appearance on the official Masterclass lineup this year. In the wake of the event, we were told that the festival intended to have a greater beer presence in future years (which got Crafty thinking&he…

May 11th, 2011 by Crafty Pint


Dark Side Of The Duck

May 10th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

A braggot that combines mead and barrel-aged strong ale in a 14.3% concoction dating from Medieval times. An Egyptian bread beer. And a witbier / Berliner weisse hybrid made with rhubarb and raspberries. While there are a number of Australian brewers out there pushing the boundaries of what beer can…


Bright Beauty

May 9th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

The Crafty Pint is well acquainted with Jon Seltin. He’s the home brewer turned Bright brewer who has been turning out some fine beers, such as the MIA IPA, in his time in Victoria’s High Country. We know that he’s knowledgeable, enthusiastic, bearded, often brews at night in winte…


Crafty Folk: The Feral Tap Takeover

May 9th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Sadly, Crafty couldn’t make it to the Feral Tap Takeover – the event that saw all 20 taps at The Local Taphouses in St Kilda and Darlinghurst handed over to the WA brewer. Thankfully, we were aware that the current Crafty Blog of the Month crew were heading there on the first night so as…


Start Your Planning!

May 6th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

The official Good Beer Week guide is finished and good to go. Several thousand hard copies – A3 foldout maps that should fit snugly in your pocket – will be distributed around Melbourne and participating venues next week but if you can’t wait that long there’s a downloadable …


Once Upon A Time...

May 5th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

It seems weird to think that just ten weeks ago, Good Beer Week hadn’t even been invented, let alone grown into the rather impressive beast it is now, complete with its own theme song, specialty beer an' all. Back in those halcyon February days when Crafty wasn’t working 16 hour days for…


Blog of the Month: From Beer To Eternity

May 4th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

A bit of a change in direction here. While last month’s featured bloggers were a bunch of Sydneysiders casually documenting their drinks and pub visits in between surfing trips, this time it’s the turn of a couple of newcomers to the beer writing scene who have their focus set firmly on …


Feral's Taphouse Takeover

May 3rd, 2011 by Crafty Pint

It’s today, folks. The long-heralded takeover of all 20 taps at both Local Taphouse venues in St Kilda and Darlinghurst by WA’s awesome Feral brewery starts at midday. There aren’t many brewers in Australia who could fill so many taps with their beers – and even fewer who cou…


Turning Water To Beer

May 3rd, 2011 by Crafty Pint

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: beer has a lovely habit of bringing people together and making things happen. Things such as this, a song about the joys of good beer that comes to you just in time for Good Beer Week. It needs no introduction, but as we need to fill this spac…


Battle Lines Are Drawn

April 29th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

With little over two weeks to go until the inaugural Good Beer Week in Melbourne, the buzz is building nicely. Already two events are sold out – the Beermen.tv Hair of the Dog Breakfast and Brewers and Chewers at The Local Taphouse – and you’ll be able to pick up the rather fancy f…

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