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How Beer Is Made

Beer: in essence just water, grain and yeast – usually with a bunch of hops added – yet capable of being tailored into all manner of weird and wonderful concoctions. With a history stretching back thousands of years, it’s both a drink to enjoy with mates and something that’s play…

August 29, 2010 by Crafty Pint

More Beer for Melbourne

August 26, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Frankly, Melburnian beer lovers are a lucky (spoilt?) little bunch. Certainly that was the view of plenty of out-of-towners at last week’s Beer Lover’s Guide To Australia launch. The most beer bars, the most breweries, some of the most adventurous brewers. Well, as if that wasn’t …

Blog of the Month: Beer Blokes

August 25, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Anyone who’s a regular at beer events around Victoria will have come across Prof Pilsner: wise-cracking beer dinner host, restaurant manager, beer blogger and all round top bloke. He also gave The Crafty Pint lots of lifts to pubs when his leg was busted so we won’t hear a bad word said about hi…

Newton's Third Beer Law

August 16, 2010 by Crafty Pint

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. So said Sir Isaac Newton, a man whose most famous moment of inspiration suggests he was more of a cider man, but whose Third Law could easily be applied to the Aussie beer scene – at least if recent experiences are anything to go by. On c…

Beer Shakes!

August 9, 2010 by Crafty Pint

The crazies at Denmark’s Mikkeller brewery are doing their best to redefine the concept of breakfast beer with their superb dark range and, courtesy of the boys at, May’s Beer & Brewer Expo even witnessed a Beer Breakfast. Now, thanks to the guys at Beer DeLuxe and Mountain Goat, you …

Bright Ideas

August 4, 2010 by Crafty Pint

It doesn’t seem that long ago that putting beer into a champagne bottle seemed radical. Yet this week Epicure, in Melbourne’s Age newspaper, ran a Crafty Pint penned piece on the appearance of growlers in Australia, with bottleshop Slowbeer now offering takeaway draught beer in handy 2l glass ju…

Extra Special Bottles

August 1, 2010 by Crafty Pint

A couple of years ago, word began spreading about a new Victorian beer that was exciting the noses and palates of all who had tried it. With huge, fragrant hop aromas seldom found in Australian beers at the time, a thick, toffee-like malt body shot through with passionfruit and a distinct hop bitter…


July 22, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Hands up who’s heard of a braggot before? Not many, I’ll wager. And not surprising, really, given it’s a mead-ale hybrid with origins in Medieval England. A few homebrewers out there may have tried their hand at one, a number of US craft breweries knock them out on occasion, but generally it…

A Shot In The Dark

June 20, 2010 by Crafty Pint

The days are getting shorter, the coats longer, the rain steadier and the beers darker. So Matilda Bay has opted to bring out its first coffee beer since Crema, one of the first limited release brews to roll through the Garage Brewery’s doors after production was moved to Dandenong in 2005. L…

Welcome to The Crafty Pint

April 29, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Aussie beer. Once nothing more than a byword for cold, fizzy and functional. Today, undergoing the most incredible transformation since The Beatles discovered LSD and grew beards. From Freo to Hobart, Beechworth to Byron Bay, craft brewers are creating exquisite beers that are challenging tradition…

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