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East Coast Cruisin' Pt II

If losing one’s grip on the concept of time is one hazard of an ambitiously scheduled road trip, so is the need to take in sights at warp speed. The drive up to Mount Tamborine from the Gold Coast is truly stunning, with incredible vistas unveiling themselves at every turn. But, having left By…

November 17th, 2010 by Crafty Pint


A Taste Of The Exotic

November 15th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Drinkers in Melbourne will be able to get a taste of something a little different later this week when a pop-up version of the Shebeen Bar opens. Taking its name from the illicit bars that sprung up in South Africa during apartheid, the full version is due to open in Melbourne’s CBD in 2011, s…


Craft Beer H100: Bridge Rd

November 12th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Voting is underway in the latest Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers poll as beer lovers across Australia pick the beers that have made the biggest impression on them in 2010. It’s the third time The Local Taphouse has run the poll, with the top 100 to be announced on Australia Day next year. This…


Beer & Food: Offally Good Part II

November 12th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

With Josie Bones just weeks away from opening, what better time to whet your appetite for crazy meat dishes washed down with awesome beers? So, as promised earlier, here’s the second of the recipes from Chris Badenoch’s new book The Entire Beast. Enjoy! Lamb’s Kidneys in their own…


Fleshing Out The Bones

November 11th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

It’s a journey that’s taken in Masterchef, Iron Chef, the Beer Masons and scurrilous tabloid column inches, but one that’s finally nearing its end. The body of the bar is in place, the industrial aircon unit’s about to be bolted to the ceiling, the kitchen’s sparkly and…


Not So Little Creatures

November 10th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Congratulations are in order as today marks the tenth anniversary of the launch of Little Creatures. On the morning of November 10, 2000, the doors of the Freo brewery were opened to the public for the first time. Well, sort of… “We were going to open at 10, then pushed it back to 11 a…


Taphouse On Top Again

November 10th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

The Local Taphouse in St Kilda has been named Australia’s Best Beer Bar in the inaugural Beer & Brewer magazine Best Beer Venue Awards. It completes a double for the Local Taphouses after the Darlinghurst site picked up Best Specialty Beer Venue at Bartender Magazine’s Australian Bar…


Blog of the Month: Beer Bar Band

November 9th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Beer, bars and bands. Is there a finer trio of activities on which to dedicate your spare time? Certainly not in the mind of James Davidson, aka jayelde, creator of the blog of the same name that’s dedicated to his three favourite social pursuits. Since launching in February of this year, it&…


The Best Of Aussie

November 8th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

They’ve taken drinkers to Canada, Germany and the States, assaulted their palates with hard-hitting hop bombs and warmed their cockles with roasted malts in winter. And now they’re heading home. Yes, for their next SpecTAPular, The Local Taphouses in St Kilda and Darlinghurst will be cel…


Brew & A: Red Hill

November 8th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

As a brewery, Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula produces beers in which the ingredients sit in perfect harmony with each other. Therefore it’s good to know that the brewers making them appear to have pretty much nothing in common (other than a love of beer). When not bickering over the ste…

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