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Never Mind The Molluscs

Never Mind The Molluscs

The Crafty Pint was invited to brew a beer for the Beervana Media Brew competition. Somehow we ended up creating a smoked imperial Belgian mussel and oyster stout. And somehow it came first with a perfect score...

August 14, 2012 by Crafty Pint

The Crafty Planner: August 13 to 19

August 13, 2012 by Crafty Pint

After a few jam-packed weeks, it’s looking a little quieter in the Aussie craft beer world this week. That could be because there’s the small matter of Beervana kicking off in New Zealand and dragging much of the beer fraternity over there, including The Crafty Pint team, where we’…

Seismic Grift

August 10, 2012 by Crafty Pint

At some point or another, we’ve all been taken in by a smooth operator. The kind with the friendly face, infatuating gaze and a knowing smile. They’ll invite you in, win your trust, then take the nose right from under your eyes. They are the conmen and swindlers of this world. They are th…

In The Mix

August 9, 2012 by Crafty Pint

“This is the only time you’ll ever see a brewer in a white coat,” says Crown’s head brewer Tully Hadley as he dons one for the 2012 Crown Ambassador blending session. “When the cameras are present.” He may have a point. The last time The Crafty Pint saw a brewer …

Foot and Mouth

August 8, 2012 by Crafty Pint

Long before Bane, Catwoman or the Joker, Batman faced an opponent of equal cunning. He didn’t have a cape, mask or penchant for crazy makeup, but John Pascoe Fawkner did have a ship called the Enterprize and a fierce determination. His battles with Batman, John, over the settlement of Melbourn…

Blog of the Month: Crafty Ramblings

August 7, 2012 by Crafty Pint

Given we have a website dedicated to craft beer to keep us busy and in regular attendance at breweries, bars and beer festivals all over Australia and, occasionally, further afield, it’s not often that we come across a beer blog that instils feelings of jealousy. It’s fair to say, howeve…

The Crafty Planner: August 6 to 12

August 6, 2012 by Crafty Pint

Another week, another cavalcade of craft beer events across the country. A week, in fact, that comes heavily loaded with events aimed at the ladies and ends with a couple of west coast beer degustations. Remember, if you’re doing something craft beer-related and would like to share it with the…

Stoking The Crafty Coals

August 6, 2012 by Crafty Pint

Murray’s brews out of nearby Port Stephens. Warners at the Bay has long had one of the largest beer selections in Australia. The Albion Hotel has fast become one of the best beer pubs in the country. And the Hunter Brewing Co isn’t too far away. Despite that, Newcastle might not have been…

Big Things Brewing

August 3, 2012 by Crafty Pint

Last year, the James Halliday Wine Companion launched a bi-monthly magazine. The Crafty Pint was asked to contribute a feature on craft beer in Australia for the launch edition. The mission: tell the tale of the rise of the modern craft beer industry in 1200 words. In the end, we couldn’t do i…

Back To Ballarat

August 2, 2012 by Crafty Pint

It’s fair to say that the Ballarat Beer Festival took a lot of people by surprise last summer. Some of the brewers ran out of beer. Hundreds – possibly even a couple of thousand people – had to be turned away at the gate after capacity was reached. And even the organisers, despite …

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