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Far From Bitter

Far From Bitter

As his friend and brewing mentor Brendan Varis walked off stage clutching Feral’s third straight Champion Ale trophy at the 2011 Australian International Beer Awards, Jeremy Good heard the presenter announce there was only one nominee for Champion Lager. “I switched off and started look…

May 30, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Plenty To Crow About

May 27, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Given his brewery had only been operating a month, Craig Wealands thought long and hard about sending a keg of his Vanilla Milk Stout off for judging. Sure, he reckoned it was a pretty good beer, but the Thirsty Crow – a family affair he’d opened with his mum and dad in his hometown of W…

Hawk Your Wares Here

May 26, 2011 by Crafty Pint

As you may have noticed, we’ve had a couple of ads up on The Crafty Pint for the past few weeks. With no mysterious silent backer, no trust fund to pillage and all attempts at alchemy having proved as fruitless as the time we attempted to glue the Geography teacher to his chair but forgot to u…

Crafty Crawl Winners

May 24, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Here at Crafty, we’d like to think beer was the winner from the first ever Good Beer Week in Melbourne. But as the brewers got to win stuff, it was only fair to give you guys the chance to pick up prizes as well. The Crafty Crawl was a little bit of fun designed to help more venues get involve…

Beer Awards Winners

May 23, 2011 by Crafty Pint

It was a night of surprises – and familiar faces – as the winners of the 2011 Australian International Beer Awards were announced in Melbourne at the weekend. Serial winner Feral picked up the Champion Ale trophy for the third year running, with the Hop Hog regaining the crown it won in …

AIBA 2011 Trophy Winners

May 23, 2011 by Crafty Pint

Here is the full list of winners at the 2011 Australian International Beer Awards, announced at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on May 20, 2011. Only 15 of 17 trophies were awards this year as the judges felt none of the beers in the Low Alcohol Beer and Gluten Free Beer categories we…

Our Man In: London

May 20, 2011 by Crafty Pint

There’s no shortage of brewers in Australia who will tell you the inspiration to get started came while drinking pints of real ale in British pubs. The UK has a long and proud brewing history, with the likes of CAMRA helping keep traditions alive. Yet, even though it’s a country blessed …

Thundering Into Town

May 20, 2011 by Crafty Pint

The long wait is almost over. The old school trucks are bedecked in their bold livery, the snazzier-than-thou brewery is up and running, the brewers have purpose once more and the beer is about to be put out for public consumption. After a lengthy gestation period – it’s a year since the…

Crafty Crawl Kicks Off

May 17, 2011 by Crafty Pint

OK. So little over 24 hours into Good Beer Week and we’ve had some cracking entries for The Crafty Crawl as you can see above. We’ve also had a few queries raised about it too. We thought we’d made it as simple as we could and tried to explain it on the event guide but it seems the…

GBW: The Crafty Crawl

May 16, 2011 by Crafty Pint

As if lining up a whole seven days of events in celebration of the wonders of good beer wasn’t enough, here at The Crafty Pint we thought we should give you good people the chance to win stuff while enjoying Good Beer Week. So we spoke to the venues that are hosting events, a few other craft b…

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