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Doodling For Dough

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 …

November 4th, 2010 by Crafty Pint


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…


Home and Hosed

November 1st, 2010 by Crafty Pint

The second Australian National Homebrewing Conference took place in Melbourne over the weekend. Hundreds of delegates from across Australia and further afield gathered at the William Angliss Institute for masterclasses, beer dinners, competitions and talks from many of the biggest names in homebrewi…


Beelzebub Reborn

November 1st, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Of all the barrel-aged beers to roll out of Victoria’s breweries last year, perhaps the most exciting was Holgate’s Beelzebub’s Jewels. Taking their 8% Belgian Dubbel style Double Trouble as its starting point, it spent several months in French Oak pinot barrels from Curly Flat Win…


Beer & Food: Offally Good Part I

October 28th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

The official launch of Chris Badenoch’s book, The Entire Beast, took place last night. It’s the former Masterchef / current Iron Chef / future Josie Bones owner’s guide to using pretty much every part of an animal in the kitchen – with recipes either featuring beer as an ingr…


Pint of Pumpkin, Please

October 28th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Either The Crafty Pint timed this East Coast trip remarkably fortuitously or there’s so much innovation going on in Australia’s craft breweries these days that there are unexpected treats waiting around every corner. Because just over 24 hours after helping out with the brew of Stone &am…


Crafty In The Press

October 27th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

The other day, an Age article on some of the more unusual beers currently available in Victoria drew 45 comments when it was posted online – a pretty impressive tally and hopefully an indication of how many people are becoming interested in hunting down new beer experiences. If you missed it, …


Fed Sq Winners Are In

October 27th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

The results of the People’s Choice Awards from last week’s Fed Square Victorian Microbreweries Showcase are in. They’re a way for the beer drinking public to have their say on who’s impressed them over the two days. And, with 1,800 people through the Atrium last week, there w…

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