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Brew & A: The Kooinda Crew

When they started out in 2008, the Kooinda team’s tale was the epitome of the craft beer dream: four families pulling together to find the time and money to build a tiny brewery in a suburban backyard. On this small system, cooled by water from the backyard pool, they produced a fantastically …

October 11th, 2010 by Crafty Pint


Tasting Times Ahead

October 10th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Terrible pun aside, it does seem the opportunities for people to sample new beers are growing. A friend of The Crafty Pint sent in some photos of the inaugural Matilda Bay Beer ‘n’ Bites at Prahran Market this weekend, which saw brewers from the Garage Brewery in Dandenong offer free sam…


Otway Gets X-Rated

October 8th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

They always seem to be chasing new experiences down at Otway Estate. Already home to one of the biggest ranges of beers under the Prickly Moses and Otway banners, barely a moment seems to pass without a new special rolling out the brewery doors: the Golden Nugget Ale, a barrel-aged Strong Ale &ndash…


The Beer Frontier

October 7th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

No doubt many of you who tuned into the adventures of Oz and James on SBS’s Drink for Britain as they toured the UK supping beers aplenty on their search for the drink that defined Britain sat there thinking: “We should do that for Australia.” Then, whaddya know, up pops a show on …


Ale Lovers: Get Pumped!

October 6th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Anyone who’s visited the UK and toured its pubs will no doubt have enjoyed a pint or two of real ale poured from a traditional beer engine – you know, the sort with the long wooden handle that gives the publican’s arm a workout every time he pulls a pint (not that you’d know …


Beer & Food: Salmon and Strawberry appetiser

October 5th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Anyone that’s picked up a bottle or three of Red Hill’s Temptation might want to give this a try – it’s the recipe for the dish that was matched with it at a beer dinner at St Kilda’s Circa restaurant (the one mentioned in Crafty’s tasting notes). Devised by Matt…


Cider Season

October 4th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

If the culmination of the country’s two biggest winter sporting competitions over the weekend wasn’t confirmation enough that Spring has sprung, the arrival of a new cider in readiness for the summer should do the trick. True South, the brewery in the Bayside Melbourne suburb of Black Ro…


COMPETITION: Win free passes to the Fed Square Microbreweries Showcase

October 3rd, 2010 by Crafty Pint

If there’s a better way to sample a load of the best new brews coming out of Victoria, we’ve yet to discover it. So it’s little wonder the past couple of Microbreweries Showcases at Melbourne’s Fed Square have sold out of tickets so fast people have been turned away at the do…


Blog of the Month: eat, drink, stagger

October 3rd, 2010 by Crafty Pint

If there’s one thing The Crafty Pint likes to be, it’s fair to one and all. So, having had Beer Blokes as the first featured blog, it’s time to redress the balance. We’re not saying Prof Pilsner – the author of Beer Blokes – is the sort of unreconstructed male cha…


Beer & Food: Carbonnade of Beef from the Courthouse Hotel

October 2nd, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Judging by the growing number of beer dinners indicates, the pairing of beer and food is becoming ever more popular, aided by the likes of high profile characters like Paul Mercurio and Chris Badenoch bringing the concept of cooking with beer to TV audiences. So we thought it would be a good idea to…

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