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The Emperor's New Brews

They don’t mess about at Murray’s. If they can ratchet up the flavour another notch or three they will, whether creating one of the best lower alcohol beers to come out of Australia in the form of the Punch & Judy or getting all brett on their 750ml Anniversary Ale releases. It&rsquo…

February 17th, 2011 by Crafty Pint


Feral's UK Takeover

February 16th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

You may already be aware that at some point in the coming months WA’s Feral Brewing will be handed the keys to The Local Taphouses, taking over all 20 taps with its beers. But it seems that taking over a couple of bars is not enough – they’re after the world. Well, the UK anyway. T…


New Brewer At Tooborac

February 15th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

It’s all change at Tooborac Hotel & Brewery, with new brewer Chris Haren making the step from passionate home brewer to professional. James and Val Carlin, owners of the beautiful bluestone hotel on the Northern Highway just south of Heathcote, invited him to take over the brewing side of …


The Tipping Point For Taps?

February 15th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

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,…


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…

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