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Craft Beer H100: Mt Goat

Craft Beer H100: Mt Goat

Votes are pouring in for this year’s Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers poll – and choosing just five does appear to be proving tricky. One friend of Crafty restricted himself to beers he’d tasted for the first time in 2010 and, apparently: “It’s still bloody hard”. …

November 19, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Lambs Go Bar Gone

November 18, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Rumours have swirled for some time that one of Melbourne’s iconic beer bars was under threat. The leaseholders of the Lambs Go Bar, in Fitzroy, were aware that the building’s owner was considering taking it in a different direction and now those rumours have become fact, with their lease…

Beer & Food: Double Trouble Chicken

November 18, 2010 by Crafty Pint

We’re delighted to bring you our first homespun recipe, courtesy of Crafty reader Jenn Davidson, wife of November’s Blogger of the Month James and a fairly recent convert to the world of craft beer. Inspired in part by Masterchef and by visits to Australian microbreweries where they were…

East Coast Cruisin' Pt II

November 17, 2010 by Crafty Pint

If losing one’s grip on the concept of time is one hazard of an ambitiously scheduled road trip, so is the need to take in sights at warp speed. The drive up to Mount Tamborine from the Gold Coast is truly stunning, with incredible vistas unveiling themselves at every turn. But, having left By…

A Taste Of The Exotic

November 15, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Drinkers in Melbourne will be able to get a taste of something a little different later this week when a pop-up version of the Shebeen Bar opens. Taking its name from the illicit bars that sprung up in South Africa during apartheid, the full version is due to open in Melbourne’s CBD in 2011, s…

Craft Beer H100: Bridge Rd

November 12, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Voting is underway in the latest Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers poll as beer lovers across Australia pick the beers that have made the biggest impression on them in 2010. It’s the third time The Local Taphouse has run the poll, with the top 100 to be announced on Australia Day next year. This…

Beer & Food: Offally Good Part II

November 12, 2010 by Crafty Pint

With Josie Bones just weeks away from opening, what better time to whet your appetite for crazy meat dishes washed down with awesome beers? So, as promised earlier, here’s the second of the recipes from Chris Badenoch’s new book The Entire Beast. Enjoy! Lamb’s Kidneys in their own…

Fleshing Out The Bones

November 11, 2010 by Crafty Pint

It’s a journey that’s taken in Masterchef, Iron Chef, the Beer Masons and scurrilous tabloid column inches, but one that’s finally nearing its end. The body of the bar is in place, the industrial aircon unit’s about to be bolted to the ceiling, the kitchen’s sparkly and…

Not So Little Creatures

November 10, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Congratulations are in order as today marks the tenth anniversary of the launch of Little Creatures. On the morning of November 10, 2000, the doors of the Freo brewery were opened to the public for the first time. Well, sort of… “We were going to open at 10, then pushed it back to 11 a…

Taphouse On Top Again

November 10, 2010 by Crafty Pint

The Local Taphouse in St Kilda has been named Australia’s Best Beer Bar in the inaugural Beer & Brewer magazine Best Beer Venue Awards. It completes a double for the Local Taphouses after the Darlinghurst site picked up Best Specialty Beer Venue at Bartender Magazine’s Australian Bar…

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