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The Year Of Living Precariously

A year ago today, news that Ballistic Beer Co had entered voluntary administration sent shockwaves through the local beer world. Here, we take a look back at the carnage that has followed in the 12 months since.

Who Brews Village Days Beers?

Given the rise in brewing hubs across the city, you'd be forgiven for all parts of Sydney were well covered for local beer. But Village Days found an area in need, opening in Gladesville and leaving North Shore locals glad they did.

Creating A Winning Brewery Experience

Breweries have transformed warehouses into social spaces and created new kinds of hospitality experiences. But what makes a good brewery venue and what do founders think about before they start building?

Growing With Intention

Craft beer is a fast-paced industry in which small breweries tend to be nimble operations. Now, in a time of economic uncertainty, many are adapting and changing, but what's it like to change course? And why do it?

A Full Colour Life: From Brewer To Leader

Most people open a brewery or become brewers because they love making and drinking beer. Yet, as businesses grow and careers progress, brewing can play second fiddle to management tasks requiring very different skills.

Hip Hops Hooray: Brendale Gets A New Brewery

After countless delays, Hip Hops Brewers are about ready to open in Brendale. Owner Shaun Reeves told us about his 21 tap venue set to host live entertainment and be a place for locals to relax and create.

The Boxer and the Brewer

A veteran brewer with an overflowing trophy cabinet is now at the helm of Boxer Brewing, started by a winery on Mount Tamborine. Take a deep dive into what can happen when a champion brewer and winemakers rub shoulders.

Aussie Hops: An International Perspective

Australian hops can ignite plenty of passion among local brewers but they're not alone. Overseas, the likes of Galaxy are often in high demand. With hop harvest underway, we asked some international brewers for their thoughts on our hops.

Tar Barrel: Old Dog, New Tricks

After three years, the links between Tar Barrel and Mornington Peninsula Brewery are no more. As owner Matt Bebe makes a fresh start where he began, we chatted to him about staying local and the lessons learnt along the way.

Who Brews Hedonbar Beers?

It was while travelling they decided to start a brewery, and a beer label in Hong Kong that gave them their name. We caught up with the couple behind Hedonbar as they prepare to open their brewery and taproom on the Yorke Peninsula.

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Who Brews Method Brewery Beers?

It takes a particular set of skills to set up a new brewery but when it comes to Newcastle's latest, the founders feel like they've been building towards it for some time. We caught up with the folks at Method Brewing to find out about the method behind the Islington brewery and beers.

Jarrah Boy Brings Native Ingredients To The Fore

A new Sunshine Coast-based brewing company showcasing native ingredients is set to launch later this month. Jarrah Boy is the latest venture from Dale Vocale, an Indigenous chef, entrepreneur and proud Monero Ngarigo man.

Exit Australian Brewery. Enter Esker Beer Co

The Australian Hotel & Brewery is entering a new era with the launch of Esker Beer Company. The new name and design was picked to better connect the longstanding brewery with their surrounds in Sydney's outer northwest.

Who Brews Full Circle Beers?

Small breweries cropping up in all manner of places but few as impressive as Bridgetown's grand hotel. We caught up with the Full Circle crew who brew out of The Bridgetown Hotel in the small town three hours from Perth.

Stomping Ground Bought By Good Drinks

Good Drinks, the company that includes beer brands such as Gage Roads, Atomic and Matso's, has bought Stomping Ground. The 100 percent acquisition sees the ASX-listed company expand its portfolio and establish a foothold in Victorian.

Valhalla To Open A Brewery In Geelong

Valhalla Brewing have spent six years making beer without a home of their own. That's set to change in March next year, now that owner Scott Hunt has signed a lease on a space in North Geelong’s Federal Woollen Mills precinct.

3 Ravens To Open A Perth Brewpub

3 Ravens have announced plans to build a home in WA as well as upgrading their brewery home in Thornbury. We caught up with head brewer Brendan O'Sullivan and general manager Nathan Liascos to find out more.

Who Brews On Magnetic Island?

Magnetic Island is home to scenic beaches, stunning hikes, and a slower pace of life. Soon it will be home to a brewery too. We caught up with the head brewer of Maggie Island Brewery to hear what they have planned.

Waiting To Be FOUND.

FOUND. is an ambitious brewery and hospo project set to start taking shape in Perth later this year. We caught up with Steve Finney, the ex-Little Creatures, Feral, Gage Roads and Otherside man who's been working on his vision for seven years.

Little Bang Bought By SA Pub Group

What one of the brewery's founders called "the worst-kept secret in South Australia" is no longer secret. The fast-growing Duxton Pubs Group has bought Little Bang Brewing in a move that sees a highly-rated SA brewer join the Stepney business too.


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Catchment Buy Fellow QLD Brewery Fortitude

Catchment Brewing have acquired Fortitude Brewing Co and their offshoot brand Noisy Minor as part of ambitious future growth plans. The West End-based operation is targeting ten venues and more brewery brands.

Brew & A: Stuart Taylor of Homestead

As he sets about making his mark on Homestead's beers, we caught up with Stuart Taylor in the Swan Valley to chat about his journey from front of house to helm of brewhouse, uncool hops, early Hop Hog, and stupidly-patterned pants.

Who Brews Merino Beers?

Merino Brewery clearly take great pride in their region, putting its pioneering role in the Australian wool industry at the forefront of their business since opening in February. We caught up with them to find out Who Brews Merino beers?

Follow The Brightstar

After years spent working overseas and soaking up the beer cultures of Germany and New England, Gareth and Megan Parker have opened their dream brewery. We called in to check out the shiny new Brightstar in Adelaide.

Grassy Knoll Become The New Seekers

A new brewery is set to open in the Gong this weekend, except it's not quite new. Seeker Brewing sees Grassy Knoll founder Jeff Argent take over the space that previously housed Bulli Brewing for a new joint venture.

An Alliance Forms In The South West

South West WA has long been home to one of Australia's most vibrant craft brewing scenes. And now many of the region's brewers have come together to form an Alliance with the aim of achieving even more as a collective.

No Good Beer Week Or BrewCon In 2022

Sad news for beer lovers and many in the beer and hospitality industries today with the announcement that Good Beer Week won't be going ahead in May. The Independent Brewers Association have also postponed BrewCon to 2023.

Who Brews In The Woolstore?

Sitting in a WA brewery's beer garden watching people of all ages – and their dogs – have a great time saw Kylie and Chris Ind pledge to bring those vibes to Mount Gambier. Now, with the Woolstore Brewery, they're doing just that.

Who Brews Parched Beers?

Carl Hallion's dream of owning a small bar blew up into the reality of a two-storey brewpub in Brisbane's West End. Here, we find out all about the beers and the brewpub from Carl himself in this instalment of Who Brews...?

The Social Brewers: Beer In The Blood

Small breweries have been turning suburban industrial estates into community hubs for years so when Beau Curtis realised his local area didn't have a brewery of its own, he decided to do fix it, creating The Social Brewers.

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Who Brews As Brewcha Libre?

Just two-and-a-half years ago, Ryan Walker wasn't even into beer, then a gift of a homebrew kit changed everything. As he prepares to launch his first two beers, we chatted to him about his Mexican wrestling-themed brewing company.

Local Brewing Co To Open Clifton Hill Taproom

Melbourne-based Local Brewing Co are set to move into a home of their own in coming months. The brewing company with a focus on driving sustainable social change has today unveiled plans for a Clifton Hill taproom.

A Vision For Indie Beer

Late last year, Young Henrys co-founder Richard Adamson was elected chair of the Independent Brewers Association. As the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the industry, we chatted to him about his vision for indie beer.

Who Brews Five Aces Beers?

Adam Sheehan was inspired to start a brewery while running a High Country bar. Late in 2021, after overcoming a series of challenges and a name change from Outlaw Brewing to Five Aces, he finally opened the doors of his Gippsland brewpub.

Gage Roads Freo Set To Open

Sixteen years after launching, Gage Roads are days away from opening their “spiritual home” on Freo’s Walyalup Waterfront. Guy Southern caught up with CSO Aaron Heary to find out what it means for them and WA's beer lovers.

Brisbane's Rising Brewtide

Brewtide is a new brewery venue created within one of Brisbane's most high profile new developments. We caught up with head brewer Gavin Croft to find out more about his plans for the brewing arm of Craft'd Grounds in Albion.

The Best Of The Territories In 2021

Time to wrap up our state by state by territories wrap of the year in beer that was 2021 with a look back over the past 12 months in the ACT and NT, a time in which the beer scenes in both territories have been expanding.

Best New SA Beers Of 2021

With Christmas approaching, we head to SA for the sixth of our features looking back at the past year in beer. Which beers stood out from the crowd, what impressed readers, and what can we look forward to in 2022?

Best New Victorian Beers Of 2021

For Victorians, 2021 was for too close a carbon copy of 2020 for comfort, but there were beer highlights aplenty. Here we look back on a year of great beer, close shaves, and brave leadership that shone through the lockdowns.

Best New Queensland Beers Of 2021

Borders have opened and shut, lockdowns have come and gone, but the beer scene in Queensland continues to go from strength to strength. Here we look back over 2021 to shine a light on the brightest beer moments of the year.

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Best New NSW Beers Of 2021

If you ignore the 107 day lockdown – or even if you can't – there's been much to enjoy and embrace in the NSW beer scene in 2021. Here, Judd Owen looks at the standout beers and highlight moments from the past 12 months.

Best New Tasmanian Beers Of 2021

For most Aussies, Tasmania has been off limits for much of 2021, which has allowed the island states brewers and beer lovers to get to know each other better than ever. Join us as we round up the year's standout beer highlights.

Best New WA Beers Of 2021

Yes, it's that time for The Crafty Pint team and friends to attempt the ever trickier task of encapsulating the best of Aussie craft beer for another year. And once again we kick off our annual Best Of series in Western Australia.

Last Call: Tell Us Your Beer Highlights Of 2021 And Win!

Have you enjoyed great beer, great breweries, great venues and great beer experiences in 2021? If so, we want to hear about it! Tell us what's impressed you the most in your local beer scene and you could win more great beer!

Blasta, Moffat Beach, Stomping Ground & Future Mountain Triumph At Indies 2021

WA's Blasta are once again toasting their awards success, with the brewery's wheat beer named Champion Beer at The Indies. The perennial award winners at Moffat Beach also had a huge night, as did Stomping Ground and Future Mountain.

Who Brews Freshie Beers?

Much noise has been made about the craft beer hub that is Sydney's inner west, but the Northern Beaches are home to a growing number of local brewers too. We caught up with the founder of the newest: Freshwater Brewing.

From Belgium To The Gold Coast: Madocke's Mission

Few would have foreseen the Gold Coast becoming a craft beer powerhouse, yet it most certainly has. And now, following the opening of Madocke's taproom, it's even home to a brewery specialising in classic Belgian beers too.

Young Henrys Founder Becomes IBA Chair

Following its AGM this week, the Independent Brewers Association has unveiled its new board. Richard Adamson of Young Henrys takes over as chair, joined on the board by members of Ballistic, KAIJU! and BentSpoke.

The Lord Nelson Set For Sale

For the first time in 35 years, Sydney's Lord Nelson is up for sale. We caught up with Blair Hayden, the man who turned it into a brewpub in the 80s, to find out what's next for him and one of the country's most iconic pubs.

Feral To Be Sold As Coca-Cola Exit The Beer Market

Just days after we reported one of Feral's original founders was to buy back the brewpub​ where the brand started comes the news the brand is to be sold. Owners Coca-Cola EuroPacific Partners (CCEP) have decided to exit the beer market in Australia.