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Malt Shed Brewer

When the Malt Shed opened in Wangaratta midway through 2017, brewing’s arrival in the rural city represented something of a return to form. During the 1880s, when the population of Wangaratta was roughly 20 times smaller than it is today, the regional centre had not one but two breweries making beer…

Burnley Brewing Brewer

Back when they were at university together, Neil Mills and Phil Gijsbers decided to start a café. It’s an unusual brewery origin story but, then again, Burnley Brewery is a little unusual. In the years that followed, Phil started a few more cafés and Neil eventually ended up entering the world…

White Brick Brewing Brewer

Brisbanites are notoriously unwilling to travel to get anywhere. Apart from commuting, most people resist driving more than 15 minutes to get somewhere – if it’s farther away than that, it’s too much hassle. (Sorry, Grandma.) And, as the population keeps sprawling outwards, more people are…

St Andrews Beach Brewery Brewer

In a country in which craft beer continues its seemingly inexorable rise, breweries are beginning to appear in all manner of unlikely spots. While reimagining an old warehouse in an industrial corner of town still seems to be the primary mode of transformation, beer tourists can discover much else on…

Endeavour Tap Rooms Brewer

They told everyone they’d have a place like this one day. Not everyone believed them. After all, Ben Kooyman, Andy Stewart and Dan Hastings had been hawking Endeavour Beer, the brand they launched in 2010, for more than six years with few outward signs of their ongoing search for a place to put a…

Frenchies Bistro & Brewery Brewer

Our first rendezvous with Vince de Soyres and Thomas Cauquil happened underground. It was in 2014, in the cellar of Naremburn’s Flat Rock Brew Cafe where the pair – Vince the brewer and Thomas the chef – served up a memorable degustation with colourful pairings that shone through the dim light…

Brewhouse Margaret River Brewer

Open a brewery. Down South. Somewhere around Margaret River. Yep, that’d be the life. For the three families behind Brewhouse Margaret River, this “If you build it, they will come” tale has become a thriving validation of vision and belief. It’s also one that’s well on its way to becoming…

Shedshaker Brewing Brewer

Long ago, Castlemaine’s claim to fame was the local abundance of two valuable resources: gold and beer. Despite the town retaining so many of its historical buildings, those particular reasons for being had long since gone; the gold had all been mined and the last brewery closed its doors in 1925. Prior…

Wildflower Brewer

As the Australian craft beer world becomes ever more crowded with breweries, it’s increasingly difficult for new businesses to stand out from the crowd. Wildflower is one of the most unique to open in recent times. Started by American expat Topher Boehm and Australian brother in law Chris Allen,…

King River Brewing Brewer

Just like the wider High Country region it calls home, King Valley is a beautiful place to visit. And, just like its neighbouring valleys, it has much to offer visitors, whether their intention is to explore nature, enjoy outdoor pursuits or indulge their senses with fine local produce. Unlike some…

The Retreat Hotel Venue

There are few spots to enjoy a pint quite like the front bar at The Retreat. It’s a space soaked in both character and history, where the stained-glass detailing above the well-worn bar and the walls lined with photos of bygone Melbourne create the feeling you’ve travelled back to an earlier point…

Bottlemart Margate Bottleshop

It’s a bottleshop in a shopping centre – not traditionally the sort of place you’d expect to find shelf upon shelf of beers from across the country, let alone imperial stouts from America, fruited Berliner Weisse from New Zealand, and Trappist tripels from Belgium. It’s also in Margate, a coastal…

Stein's Taphouse Venue

“Welcome to Stein’s Taphouse. We specialise in beer. We serve Australian craft beer.”   As welcomes go, that which  greets guests arriving at this American style taphouse in the heart of the Barossa is one to have beer lovers salivating. It’s a welcome that’s likely to be followed…

Great Ocean Road Brewhouse Venue

Drinking locally brewed craft beer in the heart of a “paradise by the sea" would be a dream holiday for many people. And, since 2015, it’s a dream that’s been a reality for the streams of tourists travelling the Great Ocean Road each year.  The Great Ocean Road Brewhouse, situated on the…

Vintage 72 Bottleshop

Rosanna Village is one of those shopping strips that tends to favour small businesses over major chains. Little cafés, florists and milk bars all help make Rosanna feel like a small country town, despite it being only a half hour train ride from the CBD. Located in Melbourne’s northeast, this…

Oldfield Cellars – Gosford Bottleshop

Even those with little more than a passing interest will have noticed that the craft beer scene across New South Wales has, in recent years, been expanding wildly in all directions like a raging bull. In general, that’s meant it has become far easier to find a good local drop, with the distance you…

Freddie Wimpoles Venue

In contemplating what you might look for in a craft beer venue, few people would think to put taxidermied deer heads and political references at the top of their must have list, but St Kilda’s Freddie Wimpoles manages to deliver on both so well that you couldn’t imagine it any other…

Clifton Hill Brewpub VenueBottleshop

There can be few industries in which adaptability is more important for longevity than hospitality. It's a trait in evidence at the Clifton Hill Brewpub, which operated as the Clifton Hill Hotel until the end of 2013. The suburban Melbourne corner hotel has been under the same family's stewardship for…

International Beer Shop Bottleshop

For many years, a multitude of drinking delights lay inside the unlikely setting of an old suburban milk bar in the Perth suburb of West Leederville. There, the worn, creaking floor boards supported the craft beer faithful who flocked to one of the only West Australian venues selling a broad range of…

Saint John Craft Beer Venue

For years before Adelaide’s bar scene began waking up to the good stuff, beer loving travellers would return from visits to the city like explorers who had chanced upon the Holy Grail. The cause of their epiphany was The Wheaty, the Thebarton pub that would regularly attract declarations along the…

Endeavour James Blonde Beer

When staff member Andy won the naming rights for a beer in Endeavour’s Something with Staff series, he didn’t hesitate: “James Blonde.” And that’s how this Belgian blonde style beer ended up on tap #7 in the Endeavour Tap Rooms. Or rather, tap 007. James Blonde is as smooth and classy as…

Barrel Farm By Blackman's Sour & Sour NEIPA Beer

Barrel Farm is a new side project from Torquay's Blackman's Brewery, where the brewers get to indulge their love of Old World blending and brewing. Apparently, inspiration dates back to a first visit to Cantillon in 2012 and, seven years later, has been launched with two beers. You wouldn't mistake…

Nomad Brewing Surfside Lager Beer

If you were asked to pick a defining thread that runs through the brewing history of Nomad, you'd likely plump for their fondness for showcasing native ingredients. Or maybe you'd go for their love of collaborating. Certainly, while they've released a few pale ales of a more line and length nature over…

Brewhouse Margaret River Sour and the Passion Beer

Brewhouse Margaret River can fly a little under the radar in the craft beer world, but that isn't to say they're not holding their own against the other brewers in the South West of WA; their on premise sales are significant and they've done a great job in capturing the family market in a region drowning…

White Brick Brewing Flinders Ale Beer

With a BBQ festival approaching at his brewery in Brisbane's north, White Brick’s Adam Gibb decided to release a smoked blend of his popular mid-strength ales. Using a specialty smoked malt, he designed an easy-drinking brew with the aim of accompanying the magnitude of BBQ offerings at the brewery's…

Modus Operandi Wippa Snippa Beer

With the move from 500ml to 375ml cans, Modus have made it easier for their fans to grab a four-pack off the shelf for a quiet night in. They’ve made it easier again by adding Wippa Snippa to their core range at the same time. Some of us remember this beer’s ancestor from 2016, the Whippa Snipa…

Cheeky Monkey Cheeky Nannup Beer

In a world full of craft beer collaboration, it can be difficult to capture the attention of your average beer fan. In recent times we've seen an array of collaborative efforts, from the mild to the very, very wild. And here's another, with Cheeky Nannup a rarity in Australian brewing: a collaboration…

Pirate Life & Limeburners Barrel-Aged Stout 2018 Vintage Beer

The debut Hindmarsh Collection release for Pirate Life began nearly three years ago. Clearly these things take time, however the relationship cemented between the brewery and Limeburners distillery, regarded as one of the world’s best, quickly evolved through mutual admiration and respect, and more…

Indian Ocean Get Pitted Beer

It’s fun to imagine the way in which the phrase “get pitted” was heard in the brewhouse when this beer was imagined. Perhaps it was said joyously at the idea of brewing a NEIPA with Belgian yeast or maybe it was said in disbelief at the idea of hand-pitting 200kg of stone fruit. Either way, the…

Hawthorn Brewing Company The Local Australian IPA Beer

Hawthorn's original Australian IPA was one of the first such beers released on these shores, making use of a quartet of Tasmanian grown varieties to deliver a fruity, juicy hop hit. And, while the new look version – The Local that debuted late in 2018 – is built upon a new malt backbone and has switched…

Gold Coast Brewers Dominate Queensland's Beer Awards News

It was another day of triumph for the Gold Coast's brewers as Burleigh Brewing, Black Hops and Balter all picked up trophies at the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show Beer Awards. Burleigh's new limited release Bock took out Champion Beer at the awards at Brisbane Showground today (March…

The Big Issue: Withdrawing The Line News

The last six months have seen a clutch of beers and ciders taken off shelves across Australia for quality-related issues. In November last year, Newstead’s Johnno Apple Cider was recalled due to concerns that secondary fermentation might cause cans to burst, a process Moon Dog then went through in…

Kveik – Something Borrowed, Something True Blue News

In this article, we delved into the history of the Norwegian farmhouse yeast kveik. It's a recent arrival on these shores and one that's set to cause a stir thanks to its rather incredible properties: capable of fermenting at a whopping 40C or taking a mere 24 to 48 hours to finish fermenting.  Yet…

Kveik – Something Old, Something New News

You may have heard of this mysterious Norwegian brewing ingredient already. If you haven’t, you likely will soon. But just what is “super-yeast” kveik? Is it true it can fully ferment a beer in 36 hours? Is it somehow related to kriek, the cherry lambics originating in Belgium? Can it really…

Brew & A: Jack Beavis of Woolshed Brewery News

The Woolshed Brewery occupies an enviable spot on the banks of the Murray. For close to a decade – this August marks ten years since the first brew – it has been watering locals as well as visitors to the Riverland region of South Australia. Jack Beavis is the man responsible for most of…

Who Brews On Kangaroo Island? News

When travelling to a destination named Kangaroo Island one would expect to see kangaroos. And, of course, one does, along with seals, penguins, goannas, remarkable rocks, vibrant blue beaches and the many other attractions that keep tourists busy.  What you're less likely to expect in a…

Beer Nuts: Ode To The Road News

Australia's vast, wild and untamed countryside has long acted as a magnet that encourages exploration and expeditions.  For the earliest white explorers, those journeys could last a far shorter time than planned and leave a far smaller number of explorers by the end. Today, caravans,…

Crafty Cabal Update - February 2019 News

With 2019 now in full flight, it's time for the first update for the year from The Crafty Cabal, our beer lover's bonus support scheme. And it's a juicy one! We've got a couple of exclusive beer events and a Sydney bar shout coming up, festival tickets to give away and beer to…

All In Goodieson Time News

There's been plenty of buzz around the South Australian craft beer scene in recent years – and with good reason too. Not only has the state experienced rapid growth in breweries as well as the arrival of some fine beer venues, but some of its breweries have gone on to garner national attention. One…

Crafty Crawls: The Frankston Line News

The very first Crafty Crawl to appear on this site featured a public transport route – the 86 tram in Melbourne. That most famous of the city's trams has only gone on to become better and better over time. Yet, who would have thought the train line connecting Melbourne with the long-suffering butt…

Who Brews Hop Hen Beers? News

The Yarra Valley has long been known as a top destination for wine lovers but, over the past decade or so, the area has developed a trail for those interested in local beer. The likes of Watts River, Hargreaves Hill and the recently relaunched Detour (which was until very recently Napoleone…

Crafty Dozen – January 2019 News

After a little rush to start the year and with more waiting in the wings, it's time to round up the most recent new additions to our brewery, venue and bottleshop directories with a dozen (plus two) stretching from Albany in WA to a trio in Brisbane.It's a roundup that takes in regional brewpubs,…

Locals Heroes News

For all that contemporary craft beer culture was built in large part upon beers that strove to be distinct from mainstream offerings, as the industry has matured, a growing number of breweries have sought to entice new drinkers with beers mere degrees from those that still dominate consumption…

Beer Travel: The Adelaide Hills News

Adelaide is a unique city in the sense that, if you're caught up in the buzz and bustle that's part and parcel of being a capital city, there are quiet escapes a short drive away in pretty much any direction you choose. A sunny day off is easily filled with laid-back pleasures, be it…

Brew & A: Jack Purser News

The Indian Ocean Brewing Co – or Indi Brew, as it's often called – has been producing beers at its waterfront location on the northern outskirts of Perth for well over a decade now. But the manner in which it's been doing so has changed rather drastically in the past three years. Where once almost…

Brewed For Brendale News

You might not have heard of Brendale. It’s a small industrial suburb in the northern suburbs of Brisbane. It’s synonymous with wholesalers, the steel industry and the South Pine electrical substation. What it may also soon be known for is beer. Meet Ryan and Elsie McCausland, the husband and…

Beer Nuts: Dave Croft News

Visiting a new country, city or town – or even revisiting one – is often a cause for celebration for beer geeks. Whether making a trip for work or pleasure, each new journey offers the opportunity to become acquainted with an area's local beer scene. And there are few who clock up…

The Best Of The Crafty Pint In 2018 News

No media organisation worth their weight in clickbait rounds out the year without republishing a list of their top stories of the year. Then again, given our writers covered more ground across the Australian beer world than ever before to share the stories of an industry in arguably the most exciting…

Best New NSW Beers Of 2018 News

Before attempting to justify the makeup of this list, let’s get the excuses out of the way.  There’s no way any one person can try every new beer made in this state. The place is too damn big and there are too many breweries making too many beers for it to be anything close to manageable. That…

Big Years In Beer – 2018 News

It's been a big year for beer in Australia, but some have had bigger years than other. Here, we invite people from each state and territory who've had momentous years in one way or another to reflect on the past 12 months. ACT – Richard Watkins & Tracy Margrain of BentSpoke Brewing Co   Awards…

Good Beer Week 2019 (VIC) Event

Australia's biggest annual celebration of good beer returns for a ninth time in May, as Good Beer Week takes up residence across Melbourne and Victoria for another ten day extravaganza. You can look forward to all manner of events with fun at their core, expand your beer knowledge in the company…

Cabal Exclusive: Mutant Masterclass at KAIJU! Event

Over the past couple of years, one of the most common requests we've had from Cabal members is for an event at KAIJU! So here it is. Cabalistas can join us at the brewery in Dandenong South on April 6 for an insight into all things KAIJU!, including their plans for the recently-launched Mutation Program. Head…

Beers To The Bush Returns To Dubbo (NSW) Event

The team at Dubbo's The Monkey Bar has been hard at work bringing quality beers to their locals and as part of that mission launched Beers to the Bush Last year. The festival's returning in 2019 and will see 17 independent breweries and cideries head to the regional city to showcase some of…

Blizzard & Feathertop Barrel-Aged Sour Launch At Porepunkah Pub (VIC) Event

Fans of barrel-aged sour beers who find themselves in Victoria's High Country over the Australia Day long weekend are in for a treat.  The Porepunkah Pub has teamed up with Blizzard Brewing, from Dinner Plain, to launch The Loose Stave.It's a beer that's been aged in oak barrels…

Wayward Can Launch Parties (Syd/Mel/Bris) Event

New beers, new format, new artwork – after months in the making and brewing, the Wayward range has had an overhaul and will henceforth be strutting about in tinnies that’ll have you drifting wistfully into dreams of the golden age of travel and adventure.  The new / new look core canned range…

KAIJU! & Kirk's Launch Their Smokey Collab (VIC) Event

Last year, KAIJU! founders Callum and Nat Reeves travelled to Bamberg to explore the German city's unique beer culture.They returned with a desire to replicate the rauchbier style made famous by Bamberg brewers like Shlenkerla.And they ended up creating that beer in conjunction with Melbourne's Kirk's…

Capital Tap Room's First Birthday Party (ACT) Event

To mark the first year since its Fyshwick taproom opened, Capital Brewing Co is throwing one big birthday bash. There will be live music on the beer garden stage all day (stay tuned for announcements), free brewery tours and a specially brewed birthday beer. Bring the whole family along…

Hill Farmstead Showcase At Beermash (VIC) Event

Hill Farmstead is one of the world's most sought after breweries, with some in America often planning holidays, making detours and travelling hours to try some of its beers.But, if you fancy trying some of those beers without having to book in such a trip, there's hope... If you want to try three of…

Destination Unknown With Wayward (NSW) Event

Back in March, Wayward asked drinkers to embrace their own wayward side and travel with the brewery to an unknown destination. In September, Destination Unknown returns with the Camperdown brewery once again transformed into a secret location from around the globe. Last time, it was Japan, and this…

Tank 6 Vertical Tasting at Batch Brewing (NSW) Event

It takes time to make Tank 6, the Batch Brewing Company’s annual Russian Imperial Stout. They start it in summer and let it sit in a tank – tank number six, naturally – for six months before releasing it in the depths of winter. And, when they do release it, they also tend to slip some aside…

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