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BentSpoke: Ten Lessons From Ten Years

BentSpoke Brewing are celebrating ten years since their story kicked off but the couple behind it, Richard Watkins and Tracy Margrain, have long been involved in the local beer scene. As they mark the occasion, we caught up with the Canberra brewers so they could teach us all Ten Lessons From Ten Years.

Stone & Wood Win Big At The Australian International Beer Awards

Stone & Wood's Hinterland Big Pale won Champion Australian Beer at the 2024 Australian International Beer Awards on a night when Brick Lane, KAIJU!, King Road and Dollar Bill picked up the Champion Australian Brewery titles.

Changing The World One Bag Of Regen Malt At A Time

“We wanted to use beer as a catalyst for change.” We examine how one ingredient – malt made from regeneratively grown barley – can make all the difference, and why Stone & Wood are so eager to showcase it to punters and brewers.

Quiz Meisters Celebrate 20 Years With Crafty Collaborations

After two decades spent bringing beer and trivia together, Quiz Meisters invited nine breweries to create some truly unique beers. We chatted to the company's founder and Tallboy & Moose about the marriage of craft beer and quizzes.

Modus: Ten Lessons From Ten Years

Modus celebrate a decade of beers this weekend. Over that time, they've followed a path that's very much their own. Here, founders Jaz and Grant Wearin look back, sharing some of the lessons learned along the way.

Bitter Phew: Ten Lessons From Ten Years

From lockout laws to lockdowns, running a Sydney bar has presented plenty of challenges over the past decade, yet Bitter Phew continues to stand tall. As the institution turns ten, we chatted to co-founder Aaron Edwards.

TWØBAYS: Five Years In Five Beers

Since 2018, TWØBAYS have been on a mission to broaden the beer offering for people who can't consume gluten. On their fifth anniversary, founder Richard Jeffares walked us through some of his favourite beers to date.

The Catfish: Ten Lessons From Ten Years

The Catfish is Melbourne's one and only home of cheesesteaks, blues and craft beer, each delight made better when enjoyed together. As the iconic Fitzroy bar turns ten, we walk down Memory Lane with founders Kieran and Mike.

Brew & A: Marcus Cox

Marcus Cox marks 20 years in brewing this year. We chatted to him about a career spanning the earliest days at 3 Ravens, launching breweries both sides of the Pacific, major trophies, and rescuing a brewery from floodwaters.

La Sirène's Reservoir Renaissance

Just 371 days on from opening Bar La Sirène in Alphington, Costa and Eva Nikias opened Bar La Sirène in Reservoir after a wild year of sudden closures, existential crises and, ultimately, a desire to keep the dream alive.

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Alice Springs Brewing Co: Five Years In Five Beers

As he and his team prepare to embark on a multi-day fifth birthday celebration, we chatted to Alice Springs Brewing Co founder Kyle Pearson about a half decade in which "a bit of a hobby" has become an NT destination.

Ale Stars: 15 Years & Still Going Strong

It's an achievement to keep anything going for 15 years, let alone a midweek event at a pub, so hats off to all involved in Ale Stars, the beer appreciation night at The Local Taphouse. Take a trip down Memory Lane with some of them.

Blasta: Five Years In Five Beers

As Blasta turn five this weekend, it's a chance to reflect on a trophy-filled start to life driven by relentlessly high standards. Yet, with huge plans for the year ahead, founder Steve Russell is just as keen to look to the future.

Founder Jayne Lewis To Leave Two Birds

Jayne Lewis, who founded Two Birds Brewing with long-time mate Danielle Allen in 2011, is set to leave the game-changing operation in the coming weeks.

Capital Brewing: Five Years In Five Beers

It's been an impressive 2022 for Capital. Their green credentials have shone brightly and it also marks five years since their Fyshwick brewery opened. To mark the milestone, we invited them to head down Memory Lane.

Pink Boots Australia: Ten Years, Ten Beers & Hundreds Of Careers

Over the last ten years, Pink Boots Australia has been an essential community and support network for women and non-binary members of the beer industry. As the local chapter turns ten, we chatted to the not-for-profit's past presidents about its important role, what they're proud of and what they hope to see change.

17 Years Of The Brisbanest Beers

You'll find breweries in most parts of Brisbane these days, but long before the city's craft beer scene exploded a young couple decided to open a brewpub in the CBD. Seventeen years on, we joined them for a trip down Memory Lane.

Steph Howard's New Heights

She started out in the beer industry as a 20-year-old that didn't drink beer but has become one of the best-known individuals both here and in NZ. We sat down with Steph Howard as she steps into an even bigger role at Cryer Malt.

Nowhereman: Five Years In Five Beers

Five years ago to the day, Nowhereman opened the doors to their West Leederville brewpub for the first time. Here, the team reflects on five years of meaningful fun via five of their favourite beers.

David Cryer – 30 and Out

One of the most influential figures of the past three decades in the Australian and NZ beer industries has today announced his retirement. We chatted to David Cryer (and friends) about a stellar life in beer.


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Who Brews Beachport Beers?

Beachport Brewing are located in a small coastal community on SA's Limestone Coast where the founders have ambitious plans to put Beachport on the map, and to see their beer, spirits, grain and meat all feed into each other.

Philter: Five Years In Five Beers

Philter may only just turned five but somehow it feels like the brewing company has been part of the craft beer industry for longer. We caught up with two of the Sydney outfit's founders to walk us through their first five years in five beers.

Jan Bruckner: A Life In Brewing

For three decades, Last Drop Brewery has been serving traditional beers to WA's beer lovers and for the vast majority of that time, Jan Bruckner has been at the helm. As he marks 30 years in Australia, we reflect on a life in beer.

Who Brews at Auckland House?

What's green on one side, blue on the other, and shiny and pastel in the middle? Auckland House, that's what. Meet brewer Cam McMillan and hear the story of Gladstone's first microbrewery in this instalment of Who Brews...?

Aussie Exports: Australia's First Master Cicerone

Late last year, Shane McNamara joined a very small group of beer experts with the title Master Cicerone. As the first Australian to take on the title, he's also in a minority of one. We got in touch to find out more for our Aussie Export series.

Ballarat Notches 50 Years Of Teaching Brewers

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first postgraduate brewing course offered in Ballarat - and there's no sign of the course slowing down. We chatted to a few of the key figures from the past half century about its past, present and future.

The Big Sale: Is It A Big Deal?

Last week's announcement that Stone & Wood's founders had agreed to sell their business to Lion sent shockwaves through the industry. But, as the dust settles, what has really changed for indie brewers and those who buy indie beer?

Lion Buys Stone & Wood

In news that will send shockwaves through the local beer community, Lion have today confirmed the acquisition of Stone & Wood as well as associated brands in the Fermentum Group, including Fixation and Two Birds.

What Next For Indie Beer?

The sale of the Fermentum Group to Lion raises a number of question, not least what it means for the indie beer sector. We've been speaking to people in the beer industry to see what they make of the move.

Fermentum To Lion: The Founders' Tale

Following the sale of the Fermentum Group to Lion, we chatted to co-founders Ross Jurisich and Jamie Cook to get more on how they reached this point.

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Good Beer Week: Ten Years Of Beers

When Good Beer Week kicks off on Friday, the festival will finally turn ten – a year later than planned. To mark the occasion, we took a trip down Memory Lane with some of those involved in building and enjoying it over the past decade.

Stone & Wood Confirm $50m Brewery Expansion

Stone & Wood today confirmed plans for a $50m brewery expansion at their Northern Rivers home. The proposed two-year project includes a 200 hectolitre brewhouse and a visitors centre.

Ten Years Of Eagle Bay Brewing

Their brewery is one of the most spectacular in Australia, they're responsible for some of WA's best-loved beers, and today celebrate ten years since they poured their first beers. But does anyone know much about the Eagle Bay tale?

Bad Shepherd: Five Years In Five Beers

It's five years since Bad Shepherd opened their Cheltenham brewpub, a half decade of huge change in beer. We invited co-founder Dereck Hales to take a trip down Memory Lane via five of their beers.

WA Trailblazers Feral Turn 18

Feral are one of a few breweries you can say without any doubt changed beer in Australia forever. As they turn eighteen, and with co-founder Brendan Varis no longer involved, we chatted to the new team about the future.

Ten Years Of Crafty: In Ten(ish) Beers

It took The Crafty Pint's founder eight years to put his name on an article, but now we've forced him to open up about some of the beers and stories that have guided his time in the beer world.

Ten Years Of Crafty: The Big Ones

Lists. Bad news. Controversy. That's all people want, right? Thankfully, a perusal of the most read stories of the past decade on The Crafty Pint suggests you're a more discerning audience.

Ten Years Of Crafty: In Pictures

If a picture says a thousand words, then many millions have been spoken over the past decade in beer. Here's a collection of beers from the past decade. We could have run many, many more...

Ten Years Of Crafty: The Wobbly Boot

Today we kick off a series of features looking back over the ten years since The Crafty Pint launched. And where better to start than the start. Or, more accurately, before the start...

Ten BADASS Years Of Badlands

Ten years on from quitting his corporate job to start a brewery in Orange, Jon Shiner has released a unique series of beers under the BADASS banner. We caught up with him to find out more about a decade of doing it his way.

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Brew & A: Caolan Vaughan

They might be best known for their Pacific Ale but the Counter Culture series has been exciting beer geeks since launching last year. Overseeing brewing of all Stone & Wood beers is Caolan Vaughan, so we invited him for a Brew & A.

20 Years Of Nail

Few brewing companies in Australia have been around 20 years, few have picked up as many major trophies, and none has a story like that of Nail and founder John Stallwood. Guy Southern took a trip down Memory Lane.

The Beers Of The 2010s

You've had 25 articles looking back to at the past decade in Aussie beer, so what harm is one more? Here, our writers look at some of the beers that have helped shape the beer landscape.

Crafty's Advent Calendar

If you'd like to check out our look back at the 2010s in Advent Calendar form, here's all 25 entries gathered in one interactive PDF. Open it in Acrobat to see who's behind each door and click each one to be taken to that day's entry.

Crafty's Advent Calendar: Brad Rogers

As a momentous month for beer in Australia comes to a close, we look back and forward with 25 people who've helped shape the industry in our spin on a beer advent calendar. First up, Brad Rogers of Stone & Wood.

Gage Roads: Fifteen & Fizzing At The Bung

Since pouring their first beer fifteen years ago – a lager they're reinventing for the occasion – Gage Roads have carved out a unique path. Here, Guy Southern joins the WA brewery's "entwined peers" for a trip back in time.

Artisan Brewing: Five Years In Five Beers

They're one of the smallest brewing operations in Australia but Artisan and their Belgian-inspired ales punch well above their weight. As they celebrate a half decade of brewing, we look back over those five years via five beers.

The Collaborators: Bluestone Yeast

From brewing yeast pioneer Chris White to an Aussie startup looking to bring locally produced yeast to Aussie brewers, in this Collaborators feature we find out all about the brothers behind Melbourne's Bluestone Yeast.

Aussie Exports: Brent Soutar

In this Aussie Exports, we chat with globetrotter Brent Soutar about his brewing journey, and peek voyeuristically behind the curtain at his current employer, the world renowned Firestone Walker.

Building Moon Dog's World

Melbourne's Moon Dog have helped shape the local beer industry over the past eight years. As they prepare to open their outrageous new brewery venue, Moon Dog World, we joined the founders for a trip down Memory Lane.