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Beer Angels

We’ve always held an appreciation for beer angels, those mystery creatures who watch out for those who’ve had one too many and guide them miraculously back home at the end of the night (even if sometimes they allow you to fall asleep on the train until you’re in the middle of bugge…

February 23rd, 2011 by Crafty Pint


Good Beer Week

February 22nd, 2011 by Crafty Pint

For a few years now, there’s been a feeling that the craft beer industry has been gaining traction in Australia. But as we approached the end of 2010, there was more than just a buzz surrounding it – in fact, The Crafty Pint lost count of the number of people who were consumed with a zea…


Crafty Films: The Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular

February 18th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Apparently, a picture says a thousand words, so could anything have been more appropriate for the Crafty Pint’s first venture into the world of the moving picture than a film shot at the inaugural Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular? An event at which many millions of words were spoken about bee…


Crafty Goes Filming

February 18th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

When we came up with the idea for The Crafty Pint, the ultimate aim was the promotion of Australian craft beer in all its many forms. Part of achieving that aim has been to provide a means of bringing together everything going on in the craft beer world in one place: brewers, their beers, bars, bott…


The Emperor's New Brews

February 17th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

They don’t mess about at Murray’s. If they can ratchet up the flavour another notch or three they will, whether creating one of the best lower alcohol beers to come out of Australia in the form of the Punch & Judy or getting all brett on their 750ml Anniversary Ale releases. It&rsquo…


Feral's UK Takeover

February 16th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

You may already be aware that at some point in the coming months WA’s Feral Brewing will be handed the keys to The Local Taphouses, taking over all 20 taps with its beers. But it seems that taking over a couple of bars is not enough – they’re after the world. Well, the UK anyway. T…


New Brewer At Tooborac

February 15th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

It’s all change at Tooborac Hotel & Brewery, with new brewer Chris Haren making the step from passionate home brewer to professional. James and Val Carlin, owners of the beautiful bluestone hotel on the Northern Highway just south of Heathcote, invited him to take over the brewing side of …


The Tipping Point For Taps?

February 15th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

With craft beer bucking the overall trend of falling beer sales in Australia and gaining traction in more and more corners of the country, there’s been much talk recently of the industry reaching tipping point, or the moment of critical mass. In other words, as the growing number of breweries,…


Calling All Beer Bloggers & Writers

February 14th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

As those of you who frequent the interwebs and read the weekly Crafty newsletter may have ascertained, there is in existence a body going by the rather grandiose name of the Australian Beer Writers Guild. I use the term grandiose as the Guild has been, to this point, little more than a fairly loose …


Truly SpecTAPular

February 13th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

They came. They saw. They concurred: the inaugural Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular was a soaraway success. The biggest event of its kind held at The Local Taphouses had a queue of 65 people waiting outside the St Kilda venue before the doors opened and a lineup that stretched past two shop fronts …

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