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Ravens Still Raving?

Ravens Still Raving?

The ad on Grays Online leaves no room for doubt: “Complete Brewery Closure”. And certainly the messages of surprise and commiseration passing around the Victorian craft beer world this week at the apparent demise of 3 Ravens – one of Melbourne’s longest established microbrewe…

May 25, 2012 by Crafty Pint


Wigging Out

May 23, 2012 by Crafty Pint

He may have a beer named “The Judges Are Still Old Codgers” in their honour but that hasn’t stopped Richard Watkins, the brewer behind Wig & Pen’s beers, taking home one of the major trophies at the Australian International Beer Awards. The Canberra brewpub was named Cham…


Good Beer Week End

May 19, 2012 by Crafty Pint

And now the end is near / And so I face the final curtain / My friend I’ll say it clear / I’ll state my case of which I’m certain / I’ve lived a life that’s full / I travelled each and every highway / And more, much more than this / I did it my way. Old Blue Eyes was fond of a beverage or…


Feral On Fire

May 18, 2012 by Crafty Pint

There would be a danger of it becoming boring if it weren’t for the fact that not only are his beers brilliant, but Feral head brewer Brendan Varis is also as unassuming, generous and humble a guy as you’ll find in the brewing industry. And given it’s an industry low on ego and hig…


Good Beer Week: The Bishop vs The Pope

May 17, 2012 by Crafty Pint

“I really hate beer,” she says. From the seriousness of her expression and the tone with which she is stating her opinion, you’d be a fool to doubt her. Coming at the end of a beer versus wine dinner in one of the Good Beer Week venues where we’re hoping to showcase beer to …


Good Beer Week Pt III

May 16, 2012 by Crafty Pint

Well, this is fun! We’ve been a little busy here at Crafty Towers for the past couple of days and it seems we’re far from alone. Monday night saw the launch of The People’s Pint at Temple Brewery & Brasserie, with Leo Hede, the inventor of the Double Hoptendre from Brisbane, guest of honour at…


Good Beer Sunday

May 14, 2012 by Crafty Pint

From barrel-aged stouts for breakfast in Bendigo to Japanese delights in North Fitzroy, Sunday was the day Good Beer Week really started to spread its wings for 2012. Add in Mother’s Day bonuses for mums visiting Red Hill, Thunder Road and the Great Australasian Beer Spectapular plus beer and …


Good Beer Saturday

May 13, 2012 by Crafty Pint

You having fun yet? From the buzz in the air and online, it would seem you are. Yesterday was the first official day of Good Beer Week after GABS kicked off on Friday, with the Brooklyn Brewery Degustation Dinner offering punters some great – and very rare – beers and Holgate and 3 Raven…


And. We're. Off!

May 12, 2012 by Crafty Pint

Yes! Good Beer Week 2012 is underway. And the nation knows about it after The Project dropped in to the second session of the Great Australasian Beer Spectapular yesterday evening to announce the opening of the festival. It was featured in the Metro Roundup section of the show, with presenter Em Rus…


Beer Travel: A Journey Into Hops

May 10, 2012 by Crafty Pint

The year was 1824. Beethoven was still alive and composing his symphonies, though you’d need to hear them live because radio wouldn’t be invented for about another eight decades. In that year, the MCG of today would have quite comfortably accommodated the entire population of Australia. Th…

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