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Aussie Beer Geek Heaven

The final lineup for next week’s Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular has been announced. And it has to be the most outrageous collection of Aussie-brewed beers ever to appear in the same place at one time – homebrewer Christmas parties notwithstanding. With all manner of weird and wonderfu…

February 2nd, 2011 by Crafty Pint


The Interstate Beer Off

January 31st, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Living in Melbourne, it’s easy to believe craft beer’s making huge inroads into the Aussie beer drinking market. But, while it’s an industry that’s growing fast as the major beer brands suffer, Victorian beer lovers are spoilt for choice compared to most of their interstate b…


H100: Beer's The Winner

January 28th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Well, what a palaver! A light-hearted poll to get people talking about craft beer turns into a spiky bun fight. Who’d have thunk it? While the debate continues elsewhere on this site, with comments ranging from the angry to the measured, the befuddled to the informed, we’d like to say on…


The Hottest 100 Revealed

January 26th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Well I never. WTF! Knock me down with a feather. And other assorted idioms. Who saw that coming? That being the news that Little Creatures Pale Ale has been usurped at the top of The Local Taphouse’s Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers poll for the first time in three years by McLaren Vale’s …


Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers 2010: The Full Rundown

January 26th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

You’ve seen the top ten, so what about the rest? Here they are from one to 100. You’ll have to agree it’s a pretty colourful selection and, as a snapshot of where the Aussie beer market is today, confirmation that we live in exciting times. 1 McLaren Vale Ale 2 …


Hopinators Hit Hobart!

January 25th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

A man walks into a bar. And spots a great big towering Hopinator. In Hobart. Crammed with hops and malt. On the bar. For $4.50 a pot. Seriously, who needs a punchline in a situation like that? Not The Crafty Pint, that’s for sure. Why would you when you’ve got further evidence of the gro…


The Rainbow Reborn

January 21st, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Just over a month after the King brothers waved goodbye to the much-loved Lambs Go Bar, their new pub, Fitzroy’s historic Rainbow Hotel, has reopened its doors following extensive renovations. Tucked away just off Brunswick Street, the pub has been under their control since late last year but …


The Latest Flood Appeals

January 20th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

The ongoing efforts to help Queenslanders recover from the floods continue to attract support from the Aussie beer industry. After last week’s fundraising drives from the likes of Stone & Wood and True South, they keep on coming. We added details of the White Rabbit / Giant Steps / Innocen…


Happy. Happier. Happiest.

January 19th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

If you live in Melbourne, like going to pubs and have an eye for a bargain, chances are you’ll be aware of The Happiest Hour, a website set up by a pair of students in 2004 with the intention of telling you where to find cheap beer, wine, cocktails and food in the city’s pubs and bars. F…


Moovin' On Up

January 17th, 2011 by Crafty Pint

They already have the sexiest beer bottles in the land and produce some exquisite beers with which to fill them – and now Moo Brew has opened a rather splendid bar in which visitors to Tasmania can sample their full range, alongside Moorilla Estate wines and some choice imported beers. The new…

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