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A Little Bit More Local

A Little Bit More Local

The good burghers of Melbourne’s inner southeast aren’t exactly spoilt for choice when it comes to craft beer venues. But those that they do have, such as The Local Taphouse St Kilda and Chapel St Cellars, are so good any beer lover would happily welcome them in their neighbourhood. And now the …

June 22, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Winning Out West

June 21, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Clearly not content with taking a swag of prizes home from Melbourne last month, WA’s brewers have been at it again, picking up a host of trophies at the Perth Royal Beer Show. Serial winners Feral and Nail added to their already bulging cabinets, the former picking up The Premier’s Trop…

Getting Stoned In Byron

June 17, 2011 by Crafty Pint

In times past, breweries were all about stone and wood. Brewing was done in wooden vessels that couldn’t be heated directly, so those ingenious brewers dropped in superheated rocks to boil their beer. These were known as stein beers. Breweries these days are all about steam and stainless stee…

Australia's First Cicerone

June 15, 2011 by Crafty Pint

As beer gradually regains respect around the world as something far more than just a social lubricant, there are increasing numbers of folks dedicating themselves to helping others understand it better – its history, its complexities, its suitability for many an occasion. Among them is Brian F…

Good Beer Week's Back!

June 15, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Hold onto your hats, folks: Good Beer Week is back. After exploding onto the Aussie beer scene in rather spectacular fashion last month, the weeklong celebration of all that’s good about beer in Australia today will return bigger and better next year. It all kicks off in Melbourne on May 12 and wi…

Warming Up For Winter

June 14, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Although us craft beer lovers still want to see greater recognition for quality beer in the mainstream media, The Crafty Pint’s conversation with top UK beer writer Pete Brown at his splendid local in London the other night suggests we should be thankful for what we have. Even in a country wit…

Our Man In: Belgium Pt 2

June 13, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Wasting no time at all on his trip through Belgium, Boatrocker Brewing founder Matt Houghton continues to delve into the country’s beer history. So we’ll waste no time either and let him tell you that he’s discovered… Where have you been? Poperinge, Westvleteren, Oostvleter…

Beer Week Out West

June 10, 2011 by Crafty Pint

WA’s brewers are never shy when it comes to reminding their brethren in other states that theirs is the birthplace of the current wave of craft brewing in Australia. So while Good Beer Week in Melbourne might be the biggest yet to take place in the country, it started in the same year WA&rsquo…

Bendigo's Beer Frontier

June 8, 2011 by Crafty Pint

It seems odd that a city of more than 100,000 people situated so close to Melbourne can be described as a craft beer desert. Yet, with little more than a couple of bars and a single pioneering restaurant doing anything to promote Australia’s burgeoning craft beer scene, that’s the story …

Our Man In: Belgium Pt 1

June 7, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Imbued with the confidence of a man whose latest beer has just picked up the only gold medal for packaged lagers at the Australian International Beer Awards and who was one of the small band of beer lovers that got Good Beer Week off the ground, Matt Houghton set off on the thankless task of touring…

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