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Blog of the Month: Beer Bar Band

Beer, bars and bands. Is there a finer trio of activities on which to dedicate your spare time? Certainly not in the mind of James Davidson, aka jayelde, creator of the blog of the same name that’s dedicated to his three favourite social pursuits. Since launching in February of this year, it&…

November 9th, 2010 by Crafty Pint


The Best Of Aussie

November 8th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

They’ve taken drinkers to Canada, Germany and the States, assaulted their palates with hard-hitting hop bombs and warmed their cockles with roasted malts in winter. And now they’re heading home. Yes, for their next SpecTAPular, The Local Taphouses in St Kilda and Darlinghurst will be cel…


Brew & A: Red Hill

November 8th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

As a brewery, Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula produces beers in which the ingredients sit in perfect harmony with each other. Therefore it’s good to know that the brewers making them appear to have pretty much nothing in common (other than a love of beer). When not bickering over the ste…


Beer Tastings In The Age

November 7th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

As the mainstream media begins to devote more attention to what is happening in the world of craft beer in Australia, the opportunities for The Crafty Pint seem to be on the rise. This week, M magazine in the Sunday Age in Melbourne ran an article on beer tastings. It hasn’t yet appeared onlin…


Nail Bites Dog

November 5th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Proving it’s not just wacky Scots who can play the marketing game, WA’s Nail Brewing has laid claim to the title of world’s most expensive beer after selling a limited release bottle of its Antarctic Nail Ale – made with ice transported from the Antarctic – for $800. Th…


More Crafty Venues

November 5th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

According to the kind words that have been coming our way over the past two months, it seems you like what we’re doing here at The Crafty Pint. However, we’re aware that our bottleshops section has been looking more than a little threadbare, so it’s with great pleasure that today w…


Doodling For Dough

November 4th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

A while back, The Crafty Pint penned a piece for the Sunday Age about a new bar concept that would give people the chance to fund projects in the developing world by doing little more than having a drink. The Shebeen Bar – named after the ramshackle, illicit beer halls that sprung up in South …


East Coast Cruisin' Pt I

November 3rd, 2010 by Crafty Pint

There’s a scene in Steve Martin’s 1970s big screen debut, The Jerk, in which his character Navin R Johnson lies in bed next to his new love recounting their fledgling romance. “I know we’ve only known each other four weeks and three days,” he tells the sleeping woman ne…


Beer & Food: Black Forest

November 3rd, 2010 by Crafty Pint

OK, so other than the cherries added to the glass this isn’t strictly beer and food, but where else to file Crafty’s first beer cocktail? A couple of weeks back we brought you the news that Beer DeLuxe had introduced a new beer cocktail menu, incorporating beers and the ingredients of b…


Craft Beer Is Hot!

November 2nd, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Not too long ago, the question “What are your favourite five Aussie craft beers?” would probably have illicited one of two responses: “What’s a craft beer, mate?” (with the explanation followed by “What are ya? A poofta or something?”) or “Are there re…

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