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A Craft Beer Dive

It wasn’t too long ago that there were plenty bemoaning the narrowing of choice for craft beer lovers in Brisbane with the loss of some tap freedom at the city’s Platform bar. Since then, Nectar bottleshop has closed too but, conversely, the likes of Bitter Suite have opened, making a so…

December 2nd, 2011 by Crafty Pint


From the Australian Real Craft Brewers Association

December 2nd, 2011 by Crafty Pint

A couple of weeks ago we published an open letter to the craft beer community from the people behind Craft Beer Limited, an association created with the aim of bringing together craft brewers and other industry people across Australia. They had published the letter in response to an article in the S…


Joining The Pack

December 1st, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Last weekend, another brewery joined the swelling ranks of Aussie micros. The Black Dog Brewery held its South American-themed launch at Taminick Cellars, a winery in Victoria’s north, at which founder and brewer James Booth unveiled his first four beers. For James, who’s also resident w…


The Liquid Lounge

November 23rd, 2011 by Crafty Pint

A few months back, when we were putting together the concept for the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival’s first ever beer and cider MasterClass sessions, we took a call asking if we’d be interested in a filming a short piece to camera. Caught off guard, we agreed and found ourselves head…


Home Sweet Home

November 21st, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Sweetwater is on the move. The microbrewery in the Victorian Alps has been based at the Annapurna Estate winery since opening in 2009, with the brewhouse located in one of the wine sheds and the bar nestled alongside the winery’s cellar door overlooking rows of vines. But now owner Peter Hull …


Take Two

November 16th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

So, after 27 years without a national body to represent them, Australia’s craft brewers now have two. In the week that we reported on the launch of Craft Beer Limited (CBL) – an organisation that had been using the working name Australian Craft Brewers Association during its formative mo…


An Open Letter to the Craft Beer Community from Craft Beer Limited

November 16th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Since publishing this comment piece on the current situation regarding the formation of a national association for craft brewers in Australia, we have been contacted by Craft Beer Limited. They were planning to send an open letter to members of the craft beer industry and, on the back of the discuss…


Good Beer Week's Back!

November 11th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

OK, so it’s still six months away, but they say time flies when you’re having fun so it’ll be upon us in no time at all. Returning to Melbourne from May 12 to 19 for another massive celebration of good beer and everything that goes with it, Good Beer Week 2012 will be everything this year’s …


What's Up, Doc?

November 10th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Eagle-eyed dwellers of the more esoteric realms of Australia’s craft beer world may have noticed something missing amid the flurry of spring releases: there was no beer from Doctor’s Orders. The absence of a new seasonal beer from one of the newest and more unusual of the country’s…


Gimme More More More

November 9th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

The craft beer revolution in Australia has been keeping plenty of Canadians busy in recent months. Brewery manufacturer DME has had its hands full keeping up with orders from Down Under, with the new brewhouses at Mountain Goat, McLaren Vale and 4 Pines rolling off the production line hot on the hee…

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