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Craft Beer Is Hot!

Not too long ago, the question “What are your favourite five Aussie craft beers?” would probably have illicited one of two responses: “What’s a craft beer, mate?” (with the explanation followed by “What are ya? A poofta or something?”) or “Are there re…

November 2nd, 2010 by Crafty Pint


Home and Hosed

November 1st, 2010 by Crafty Pint

The second Australian National Homebrewing Conference took place in Melbourne over the weekend. Hundreds of delegates from across Australia and further afield gathered at the William Angliss Institute for masterclasses, beer dinners, competitions and talks from many of the biggest names in homebrewi…


Beelzebub Reborn

November 1st, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Of all the barrel-aged beers to roll out of Victoria’s breweries last year, perhaps the most exciting was Holgate’s Beelzebub’s Jewels. Taking their 8% Belgian Dubbel style Double Trouble as its starting point, it spent several months in French Oak pinot barrels from Curly Flat Win…


Beer & Food: Offally Good Part I

October 28th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

The official launch of Chris Badenoch’s book, The Entire Beast, took place last night. It’s the former Masterchef / current Iron Chef / future Josie Bones owner’s guide to using pretty much every part of an animal in the kitchen – with recipes either featuring beer as an ingr…


Pint of Pumpkin, Please

October 28th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Either The Crafty Pint timed this East Coast trip remarkably fortuitously or there’s so much innovation going on in Australia’s craft breweries these days that there are unexpected treats waiting around every corner. Because just over 24 hours after helping out with the brew of Stone &am…


Crafty In The Press

October 27th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

The other day, an Age article on some of the more unusual beers currently available in Victoria drew 45 comments when it was posted online – a pretty impressive tally and hopefully an indication of how many people are becoming interested in hunting down new beer experiences. If you missed it, …


Fed Sq Winners Are In

October 27th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

The results of the People’s Choice Awards from last week’s Fed Square Victorian Microbreweries Showcase are in. They’re a way for the beer drinking public to have their say on who’s impressed them over the two days. And, with 1,800 people through the Atrium last week, there w…


From Keller To Seller

October 26th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Fresh is best when it comes to beer. And never more so than when dealing with a kellerbier. It’s a German style of lager – literally translated as cellar beer – that’s served totally unfiltered, resulting in a cloudy beer, with hops added just before it’s delivered to t…


Fed Sq Showcase Roundup

October 24th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

As the doors opened at 4.30pm on Wednesday afternoon and people started flooding in to the Fed Square Atrium, the Holgate Brewhouse team pointed out that The Crafty Pint had a stand next to theirs. It was an unexpected bonus, given we thought we’d arranged for an ad in the booklet and nothing …


Thunderstruck

October 21st, 2010 by Crafty Pint

It’s no secret that a new brewery under the Thunder Road banner has been under construction in Brunswick for some months now. However, the team there has been keeping things so close to their collective chest that details have been little more than sketchy rumours. However, they’ve pulle…

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