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Murray's Hit Melbourne

Murray's Hit Melbourne

There’s been rejoicing in bottleshop aisles this weekend as the first major delivery of beer from Murray’s, one of NSW’s finest breweries, arrived in Melbourne. They’re going one step further this week when, on Tuesday evening, brewery founder Murray Howe and head brewer Shaw…

October 17, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Beer cocktails

October 14, 2010 by Crafty Pint

From the people that brought you Mountain Goat malt shakes come Beer Cocktails! Yep, that’s right. The folks at Beer DeLuxe are continuing along their path to educate drinkers about beer in the most unusual and creative ways, this time with a mix of hop-infused spirits and the use of actual be…


October 13, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Come on down, James Davis, the winner of The Crafty Pint’s first competition. A pair of passes for next week’s Federation Square Microbreweries Showcase is winging its way to you now. To everyone else that entered, better luck next time. Speaking of which… Anyone who is attending…

Building A Temple To Beer

October 13, 2010 by Crafty Pint

It’s the quiet ones you have to watch out for*. And so it is that, after several months of radio silence and a conspicuous absence from taps and bottleshop fridges, the Temple Brewing team is preparing to unleash its well-guarded secret upon the world. The odd rumour here and a whisper there h…

Brew & A: The Kooinda Crew

October 11, 2010 by Crafty Pint

When they started out in 2008, the Kooinda team’s tale was the epitome of the craft beer dream: four families pulling together to find the time and money to build a tiny brewery in a suburban backyard. On this small system, cooled by water from the backyard pool, they produced a fantastically …

Tasting Times Ahead

October 10, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Terrible pun aside, it does seem the opportunities for people to sample new beers are growing. A friend of The Crafty Pint sent in some photos of the inaugural Matilda Bay Beer ‘n’ Bites at Prahran Market this weekend, which saw brewers from the Garage Brewery in Dandenong offer free sam…

Otway Gets X-Rated

October 8, 2010 by Crafty Pint

They always seem to be chasing new experiences down at Otway Estate. Already home to one of the biggest ranges of beers under the Prickly Moses and Otway banners, barely a moment seems to pass without a new special rolling out the brewery doors: the Golden Nugget Ale, a barrel-aged Strong Ale &ndash…

The Beer Frontier

October 7, 2010 by Crafty Pint

No doubt many of you who tuned into the adventures of Oz and James on SBS’s Drink for Britain as they toured the UK supping beers aplenty on their search for the drink that defined Britain sat there thinking: “We should do that for Australia.” Then, whaddya know, up pops a show on …

Ale Lovers: Get Pumped!

October 6, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Anyone who’s visited the UK and toured its pubs will no doubt have enjoyed a pint or two of real ale poured from a traditional beer engine – you know, the sort with the long wooden handle that gives the publican’s arm a workout every time he pulls a pint (not that you’d know …

Beer & Food: Salmon and Strawberry appetiser

October 5, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Anyone that’s picked up a bottle or three of Red Hill’s Temptation might want to give this a try – it’s the recipe for the dish that was matched with it at a beer dinner at St Kilda’s Circa restaurant (the one mentioned in Crafty’s tasting notes). Devised by Matt…

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