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Goat On Goat

It’s not uncommon for breweries to celebrate anniversaries with a new beer. Indeed, it’s not uncommon for them to celebrate with a party and a new beer, maybe even more than one party. For Cam and…

The Crafty Planner: October 29 to November 4

As we prepare to bid farewell to Oktober with the last of its Germanic fests, there’s no need to feel down as there’s a host of quality craft beer events taking place across the land. From…

Newcastle Gets Craftier

Of all the festivals to get off the ground last year, few did it as well as Newcastle’s inaugural Craft Beer Week. Created by Corey Crooks from The Albion Hotel and Mark Mead from the Warners at the…

Howling Injustice!

Anyone who’s been to the Great Northern in Carlton North will be aware of what a great beer pub it is. Since being taken over by ex-Feral man Al Carragher a few years back, the classic suburban corner…

Go West! (Part Two)

Of all the jobs in the world, travelling around the breweries that call the Margaret River region home must be one of the more enjoyable. And that’s just what girl + beer Pia Poynton has been doing in…

Register For GBW 2013!

Australia’s biggest beer week is coming back for more! The third Good Beer Week will take place across Melbourne and Victoria from May 18 to 26, 2013. And if you want to take part, then NOW is the…

James Halliday Article: Collaborations

This week sees the launch of the latest edition of the James Halliday Wine Companion Magazine in which there is an article on winemakers who brew by Crafty Pint founder James Smith. As such, we felt it…

The Crafty Planner: October 22 to 28

By any standards, this is a monstrous week for craft beer in Australia. Sydney Craft Beer Week is underway, the Victorian Microbreweries Showcase returns to Fed Square along with a beer to mark the venue’s…

The Pull Of The River

If you were to base your idea of Sydney on postcard images, it'd be tempting to believe the city is entirely localised within a pretty little harbour cove containing an Opera House and a Harbour Bridge.…

Women of Beer Brew Day 2012

Beer – it’s a man’s drink for a man’s world. Hell, you’ve only got to look at the marketing to know that much, right? Well… no. Back in medieval times it was the women who did the lion’s…

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Back To Basics

It’s not long now until the third Australian National Homebrewing Conference kicks off in Melbourne. A veritable feast of all things brewing and beer, featuring everything from international star guests…

Syd's New Brews Pt II

Yesterday we looked at a bunch of new beers that will be appearing during Sydney Craft Beer Week, including those from 4 Pines, HopDog BeerWorks, Riverside Brewing and Southern Bay. Today, with just three…

Syd's New Brews Pt I

Fancy a pint of something brand new when Sydney Craft Beer Week rolls around? If so, ready your thirst because by our count you should be able to seek out a couple of newbies each day. Many of the new…

The Crafty Planner: October 15 to 21

For many people, any planning involving craft beer this week is going to be centred around which events to hit up at Sydney Craft Beer Week. With our sixth preview going live on the site today and our…

Go West (Part One)

The Margaret River region is home to more microbreweries than any other part of Australia. From slick operations with a love of traditional European beers to family-run affairs and the odd quirky spot,…

The Crafty Planner: October 8 to 14

Take your pick! From coast to coast, there’s a veritable cavalcade of craft beer activity this week, with Oktoberfests continuing and plenty of other goodness, from chances to meet brewers and beer…

Changing The Guard

The man behind Australia’s current favourite craft beer, the Pacific Ale, has been appointed as the new Chief Judge for the country’s biggest beer awards. Brad Rogers, head brewer and co-founder (and…

Blog Of The Month: girlplusbeer

The Crafty Pint first came across Pia Poynton when she was working at Five Bar, one of very few venues in and around Perth that’s showing any real support for craft beer. Since then, she’s moved south…

Help From Our Friends

Anyone involved in the craft beer world will be aware of how important the internet has been and continues to be in making this the most exciting time in beer’s long history. Whether it’s bringing…

Red Letter Day

It’s common practice for breweries to mark anniversaries with a beer, whether brewing a new beer every birthday like Bridge Road, tweaking an Anniversary Ale like they do at Murray's or saving it for…

The Crafty Planner: October 2 to 7

Wherever you turn in the beer world at the minute, there’s a good chance you could be confronted by a man in lederhosen, a woman in a dirndl, a pretzel the size of your head, a glass of Marzen bigger…

SCBW Is Rockin'

In this week’s preview of Sydney Craft Beer Week we head to the place that kick-started Australia’s fondness for a drink… When British colonists first turned up in Australia in the late 1700s,…

Ale O'Clock

Twenty four hours in a day. Twenty four taps at Ipswich’s new home of craft beer, Alehouse 24. Coincidence? Yes or no, are the beer-loving locals going to care? We think not, now that this shrine to…

What's In A Name: The Yeastie Boys

For the latest in our series of pieces looking at the importance or otherwise of beer names, we take a trip across the Tasman to the home of the Yeastie Boys. They’re a pair of brewers with a tendency…

Tripel Strength

They’ve already hosted home brewing legends from the States, held a series of sold out, high quality dinners, and helped set hundreds of Aussie home brewers on the path to brewing better beer. But for…

Starting A Brewery: The Boatrocker Story Part II

At the start of the month, we kicked off a mini-series featuring Boatrocker Brewing and the tale of how founder Matt Houghton and his wife Andrea have set about moving from home brewing to owning a brewery.…

The Crafty Planner: September 25 to 30

From coast to coast, Oktoberfest is in full swing, keeping those Aussies who aren’t in Munich for the real deal content with lashings of Germanic beers, lederhosen, bagels and games. That’s…

Sydney Sees Red

When owners Karen and Dave Golding made the decision to close the cellar door at Red Hill earlier this year, there was a genuine outpouring of sadness within the local beer community. Yet, while it was…

What's In A Name: Feral Brewing

When we kicked off our mini-series looking at beer names – what makes a good one, how do brewers come up with them, does it matter, and so on – we mentioned Feral’s Hop Hog as one that worked so…

Brew & A: Bacchus Brewing

Among the new listings added to the site at the start of this month was one of the more idiosyncratic breweries in the land. Bacchus Brewing combines a huge home brew emporium with a multiple brewhouse…

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Bayside's Brewing

Victoria’s summer of beer is taking shape, with less than two months to go until Beers By The Bay lands at Mornington Racecourse to herald three outdoor beer festivals in little more than ten weeks.…

Women For All Seasons

It’s little over 18 months since the Victorian Women of Beer took to the stage at the Thornbury Theatre during the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. Since then, some of those on stage have helped…

The Crafty Planner: September 17 to 23

It was a quiet week in terms of craft beer events last week – at least according to the Craft Pint Events Diary – so we let the Planner take a week off to recharge the batteries. It looks like…

SCBW: Foreign Invasion

In the second of The Crafty Pint’s previews of the forthcoming Sydney Craft Beer Week, we look at some of the interstate and overseas brews and brewers making the journey to Sydney… Regardless…

Surprise Surprize!

We all enjoy surprises. Like finding a twenty dollar note in a pair of jeans at the bottom of the wardrobe or a bottle of imperial stout you thought long quaffed at the back of the beer fridge. Coming…

Beer Festivals: Willoughby Craft Beer Fair

For a long while, craft beer has been considered a sleeping giant in Sydney. But perhaps, finally, the giant has awoken from its slumber. There are increasing signs that it is rising and stretching its…

What's In A Name: Red Duck

Queen Bee, Ragnarok, The Ox, Ugly Duckling, Smells Like A Pony, Bear, Hop Bach, Canute the Gruit… When it comes to beer names, Red Duck tends to be as off the wall as it with the beers it brews.…

More Festival Action

Beer lovers have never been so spoiled for choice when it comes to festivals – especially if they live in Victoria. Following the success of this year’s inaugural Ballarat Beer Festival, the…

SCBW Previews: Newtown

With Sydney Craft Beer Week 2012 looming, The Crafty Pint will spend the next few weeks taking a peek at some of the events happening across the city. First up, we look at what’s going down in Newtown…. If…

What's In A Name: Moon Dog

Beer names. Do they matter? If so, why? And how do brewers come up with theirs? As we explained here, The Crafty Pint’s involvement in naming a couple of beers got us thinking about it. And rather than…

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What's In A Name?

Does the name of a beer matter? Are you likely to wander into a bottleshop or bar and be swayed into trying a beer because it has a name that catches your eye? Or do you want to know what style is coming…

Starting a Brewery: The Boatrocker Story

Ever wondered what it’s like to undertake the journey from home brewer to commercial brewer? As he stands on the verge of commissioning his own brewery, Matt Houghton, co-founder of the Boatrocker Brewing…

Home Brew To Pro Brewer

There’s no shortage of breweries in Australia these days. Or indeed brewing companies. Or people in the process of setting up a brewery. Or, at the very least, those talking excitedly about a future…

The Crafty Planner: September 4 to 9

OK, so we’re posting this a little later than usual this week, but according to the Events Diary, this week’s craft beer action starts in earnest across the land tonight. And there’s…

The Terrible Twos

Hey everyone – The Crafty Pint is two! Well, in all honesty, we turned two at the weekend, but Crafty Towers has been infiltrated by all manner of unpleasantries over the past ten days, with everything…

Beer Beer and More Beer

From the beaches of Western Australia to the streets of Launceston. From a British inn in Melbourne to a brewery that makes more than 100 beers in a year. From men with lustrous beards to a former ice…

Blog Of The Month: Ale of a Time

You may have come across Ale of a Time before. It’s been running for nigh on two years now, after all. If you haven’t, there’s a good chance you’ve come across its creator’s writing before anyhow.…

Bigger. Bolder. Brighter

Bright Brewery has always enjoyed one of the most pleasant locations of all breweries in Australia. To one side, the Ovens River flows – perfect for a cooling dip in the hot summer months – while in…

Buy A Brewery

Last time The Crafty Pint caught up with Warwick and Kylie Little, they left us hanging. “There’s something on the horizon. We just can’t tell you yet.” “It’s big news…

The Crafty Planner: August 28 to September 2

We knew there was something amiss when we noticed such a drop off in event listings from last week’s blockbuster to this week’s seeming drought. Nothing a friendly reminder to bar, brewers,…