The Rivers Overrunneth

Little Rivers is the first new brewery to open in Tasmania in a few years. Located in the state's beautiful northeast, it's headed by a former winemaker who learned the brewing trade at Burleigh Brewing on the Gold Coast.

April 8th, 2014 by Crafty Pint

Turning Japanese

February 24th, 2014 by Crafty Pint

One of a growing number of new brewing companies to hit the ground running in Australia in the past 12 months was Melbourne-based Monster Mash. The beery wing of the enterprise that had previously launched Golden Axe cider, one formed by brothers Callum and Nat Reeves (above right and left respectiv…

Boomtime In Brewsvegas

February 11th, 2014 by Crafty Pint

The beer scene in Brisbane is unrecognisable from just a couple of years ago. First, a wave of new craft beer-supporting venues opened up to give locals an alternative, and more recently they have been followed by a spate of brand new breweries: Green Beacon, All Inn, Newstead, Fortitude/Noisy Minor…

Best Of The Batch

December 17th, 2013 by Crafty Pint

When Santa skimmed over this year'€™s naughty and nice list – moving swiftly past Lance Armstrong, the global intelligence community and the entire roster of the Essendon football club – he evidently paused next to the names Andrew Fineran and Chris Sidwa. What he obviously decided was that th…

Hey, We're The Monkeys

December 16th, 2013 by Pia Poynton

It'€™s not every Sunday that you get to sit down and talk to a pair of monkeys but that'€™s exactly what happened a couple of weeks ago. Alex Poulsen and Ross Terlick are the two new brewers at Cheeky Monkey, the brewery and cidery in Caves Road in Margaret River. They have taken over the reins …

Getting Blind With Crafty: Christmas Ales

December 16th, 2013 by Crafty Pint

“All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth. All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth…” Or in the case of a Christmas blind tasting, how about a classic coming out on top (to prove why classics are classics) and for there to be a jaw-dropping surprise at the top of the results …

Drinking In Style: Christmas Beers

December 13th, 2013 by Chris Brady

On the eve of our final Blind Tasting of 2013, resident Beer Scholar Chris Brady has taken another delve into the past so he can deliver another sermon of style. This time we’re looking at Christmas beers because, well, because it’s Christmas.

Getting Blind With Crafty: Golden & Summer Ales

December 2nd, 2013 by Crafty Pint

With summer upon us, it seemed only right to have a look at the smashable, quaffing end of the ale world for our latest Blind Tasting. That said, the choice of style (in a fairly loose sense) wasn’t met with unanimous joy by the panelists, with the reaction ranging from enthusiasm – “This will…

Drinking In Style: Golden Ales

November 29th, 2013 by Chris Brady

With summer approaching, we decided to look at the lighter end of the beer spectrum for our next Blind Tasting. As such, we opted for a rather loose collection of beers that fall under the Golden / Summer Ale bracket. And, as usually happens in these circumstances, we sent resident Beer Scholar Chri…

Anyone For Cricket?

November 25th, 2013 by Crafty Pint

Earlier this year Asahi Premium Beverages, formerly known as Independent Distillers, bought the Cricketers Arms Lager brand and it became the basis for an attempt to enter the growing craft beer market. Now they are solidifying their plans with two new beers: an IPA and a midstrength Lager called â…

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