Bendigo's Cambrian Hotel is a fine example of how to embrace the modern beer world without losing touch with heritage, combining good local beer with good food and warm hospitality in a pub altered little from its gold rush origins.
Bendigo has come a long way on the beer front in recent years with a growing number of good beer venues, a brewery and festivals including the unique walking affair that is the annual Bendigo on the Hop.
With the fourth Bendigo On The Hop approaching, we caught up with the city's sole commercial brewer, Doug Brooke. Now into his fifth year at Brookes Beer, and active in the wider industry, we picked his brains about the challenges of being small, independent and regional.
Bendigo has arguably the most developed craft beer scene of any city outside the state capitals. In large part, that's down to Bendigo Beer, the group promoting better beer there since 2011. Ahead of its latest festival, we chat to one of its founders.
We've got a whopper of an update for you from inside The Crafty Cabal, featuring winners, VIP passes, a special sign up incentive, more events and a pile of new deals and offers at venues and breweries.
We've got another party, another competition and our first "get in quick" exclusive event for you in the latest update from The Crafty Cabal, the beer lover bonus scheme for supporters of The Crafty Pint.
For the first Brew & A feature since the relaunch of The Crafty Pint, we head to Bendigo where Doug Brooke talks classical music, megabrewers, getting old and cocaine.