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Tooborac's New Brews

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…

September 5th, 2011 by Crafty Pint


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 …


Showing Off - Updated!

August 29th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Updated September 7, 2011 following changes to schedule. October’s Fed Square Victorian Microbreweries Showcase is set to expand out of the Atrium, although plans to hold a third, late night session on the Thursday evening have been scrapped due to a range of logistical issues for both brewer…


Beer & Food: Beer vs Wine Dinner at The Courthouse

August 27th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

The Courthouse Hotel in North Melbourne is one of very few venues in Australia where you can satisfy an urge for fine dining, fine wines or exquisite craft beers under one roof. It’s had a good beer selection for years – well before most venues offering a similar standard of food and win…


Show Us Your Tackle

August 24th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

With the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand just around the corner, excitement is mounting around the country* as the Aussies prepare to mount an assault on the trophy they last won in 1999. To mark the occasion, the Portland Hotel in Melbourne’s CBD decided to create a one-off brew. It’s so…


Hop To It

August 23rd, 2011 by Crafty Pint

A year on from experimenting with high alcohol versions of some of his brewery’s standard beers, Prickly Moses brewer Steve “Hendo” Henderson has turned his attention to playing around with hops. With Otway Estate – the home of Prickly Moses beers – due to host its annu…


Feeling Seedy

August 18th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Back in the days when they were just starting out in the beer world, back when they still delivered their beers in person, Mountain Goat founders Cam Hines and Dave Bonighton struck up a friendship with the manager of Troika, a bar in Little Lonsdale Street that was one of the first brave enough to …

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