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Islands of Gold

It was a mix of old and new at the recent Sydney Royal Fine Food Show’s beer competition. The old: Matilda Bay picked up its usual trophy for the Alpha Pale Ale (but will it mean they start pushing their best beer more widely?) and picked up another for the Redback Original. The new: Illawarra…

March 5, 2012 by Crafty Pint


A Crafty Half Dozen

March 1, 2012 by Crafty Pint

Over the course of the past few months, The Crafty Pint has spent a lot of time on the road, making its way around dozens of craft breweries and the best bottleshops and beer bars in the land. And, slowly but surely, we’re finding the time to compile listings for those venues. Today, we add a …


The South West Beer Festival 2012

March 1, 2012 by Crafty Pint

When the Western Australian Brewer’s Association (WABA) made its long-talked-about WA Craft Beer Showcase a reality in November last year, it seemed that Kevin Costner’s limited wisdom had finally born fruit. ‘Build it and they will come,’ he once suggested in Field Of Dreams, an…


Brew & A: Van Dieman

February 29, 2012 by Crafty Pint

It’s been a while since we dusted down the old Crafty Brew & A feature. Not our fault necessarily – it seems you lot are drinking so much craft beer that our beloved brewers don’t actually have time to sit down and write back to us. Still, like that crow on your windowsill that…


Diggin' The Quarie

February 27, 2012 by Crafty Pint

A couple of years ago, The Crafty Pint made a first visit to Freo’s Sail & Anchor. The onsite brewery was no longer pumping out beers and the place felt a little tired, as if it was the end of an era and this pub with a preeminent position in Australia’s craft beer history was on its…


The Scandinavian Invasion

February 24, 2012 by Crafty Pint

They’re like buses, these Scandinavian brewers. You wait an age for one to come along and then you get three at once. Mind you, they make much better beer than buses. In fact, at the minute they’re making better beer than pretty much anyone, so it’s with open arms we welcome them t…


20 Days To Go!

February 21, 2012 by Crafty Pint

We’ve had big beers, sweet beers, smoked beers and spicy beers. We’ve had beers for summer, beers for winter, beers for love and beers for the bitter. We’ve had straight humour, toilet humour, dodgy puns and pure poetry. And as of today, we’ve got just 20 days left for you to…


Enter The Beer Cave

February 16, 2012 by Crafty Pint

Our prehistoric ancestors lived in them, Batman had one and Nick Cave actually is one by legal deed. But what exactly is the attraction of caves? They’re generally dark, dirty, full of terrifying insects and, if movies can be relied upon for accuracy, a hibernating bear. So there was slight c…


New Bay Watch

February 13, 2012 by Crafty Pint

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But as he prepares to take over the reins at Southern Bay Brewing, Steve “Hendo” Henderson (above right) is confident he can. The Geelong based brewery is perhaps better known for some of the beers it brews under contract for others, …


AIBA Deadline Looming

February 10, 2012 by Crafty Pint

Last year it was the turn of Americans Moylan’s and Brooklyn Brewery to take out the major trophies and for WA to claim domestic dominance with the state’s breweries picking up five gongs. Now, with little over three months to go until the winners of the 2012 Australian International Bee…

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