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Pinching That Beer Gut

It seems that pretty much everywhere he’s laid his hat, Gerard Meares has struck gold. He was the head brewer at Paddy’s, in Sydney’s West, when it was named Champion Small Brewery at the Australian International Beer Awards in 2004, and has picked up trophies for the Dirty Angel h…

August 5, 2011 by Crafty Pint


Newcastle Gets Crafty

August 3, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Of all the major cities outside the state capitals, Newcastle fares pretty well when it comes to craft beer. The Warners On The Bay bottleshop has a huge range of beer and has been doing a roaring trade on the growler filling system it installed recently that offers six beers at any one time. Hunter…


The Bridge To Norway

August 2, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Ben Kraus makes no secret of his love of saisons. Not only does he make one of the finest available on these shores as part of Bridge Road’s Chevalier range, he’s produced variants containing quince, elderflower and blueberries. What’s more, he’s just marked his brewery&rsquo…


Come Together

July 29, 2011 by Crafty Pint

During Good Beer Week, rumours started doing the rounds that talks were underway about forming a national association of craft brewers. And unlike those about Cliff Richard dying that circulate at Glastonbury every year, these were based in reality. With the craft brewing industry growing at a rate …


Crafty Films: 2011 Australian International Beer Awards

July 29, 2011 by Crafty Pint

One of the biggest events in the Aussie beer calendar is the Australian International Beer Awards. Well over 1,000 beers from across the globe were entered for the 2011 competition, with 15 trophies handed out at a Gala Dinner in Melbourne during May’s Good Beer Week. The Crafty Pint was ther…


Beam Me In, Scotty

July 28, 2011 by Crafty Pint

It’s no secret that the online world has played an important role in helping the craft beer community grow globally. Blogs, Twitter, forums and the like have helped beer lovers spread the word about cool new beers or interesting breweries in a way that the brewers themselves, for the most part…


Crafty Snaps: Barley's Angels Brew Day

July 26, 2011 by Crafty Pint

It’s been a big year for craft beer in Australia – and bigger still for women involved in the craft beer industry. Having set out their stall with the Victorian Women of Beer stage show during this year’s Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, then launched Sydney and Melbourne branch…


If You Build It...

July 25, 2011 by Crafty Pint

OK, we admit it. Sometimes here at The Crafty Pint we’re so busy waving our cheerleader’s pom poms and shouting about all the good things going on in the craft beer world that it takes a quiet word in our ear to remind us that there remain beer deserts all over Australia. Certainly, we w…


Dripping With Gold

July 19, 2011 by Crafty Pint

It seems the judges at the World Beer Championships are rather fond of the beers being brewed by Queensland’s Burleigh Brewing. The Gold Coast based brewery has just secured another gold medal at the competition run by Chicago’s Beverage Tasting Institute, this time for its Hef. The Germ…


Returning The Beer Love

July 17, 2011 by Crafty Pint

A few weeks back, you may recall a story about Mountain Goat recreating a beer from Christchurch’s Three Boys Brewing to be sold as a fundraiser for those affected by the earthquakes in New Zealand’s South Island. It was one of many gestures from within the beer community, such as Stone …

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