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Bells Beach Brewing Brewer

Bells Beach’s surfing credentials are known far and wide. The Rip Curl Pro has been held there continuously since the 1960s and tourists regularly flock to the beach – and the surrounding Surf Coast region – for a dip, surf and wipe out. However, as anyone who’s spent time there over the years…

Urban Alley Brewery Brewer

Early in 2016, a beer called Once Bitter Urban Ale first appeared in bars across Melbourne under the Collins Street Brewing banner. It was the first release from a brewing company created by Ze'ev Meltzer, who'd decided it was time to start leaving the corporate life behind and switch focus. The journey…

Five Barrel Brewing Brewer

Wollongong is a changing city. Built on the blue collars of smelting and heavy manufacturing, those industries that bought middle class prosperity are in decline, though hardly dead yet; you can still catch a whiff of them each time the open coal carriages roll through town or the smoke stacks of the…

Capital Brewing Co Brewer

As the home of politicians and public servants, Canberra has often suffered from something of an image problem. Yet, despite many Australians’ distaste for the political class (not to mention the city’s many roundabouts), more recently a new image of the nation’s capital has begun to take shape. It…

Foreigner Brewing Co Brewer

There’s something uniquely appealing about a brewery that brings together the traditions of the Czech Republic with contemporary Melbourne. Historically speaking, the former is the birthplace of pilsners and considered one of the most important beer cultures in the world. While Melbourne doesn’t…

Loch Brewery & Distillery Brewer

We’d wager there’s plenty of folks out there who have been lured into the world of craft beer after being handed a new beer by a work colleague. For the couple behind Loch Brewery & Distillery, Craig Johnson and Mel Davies, their path to making beer followed that familiar path. Albeit with a whisky…

Hop Nation Brewer

It has been said before that winemakers love beer more than wine, whether it be for reasons of speed of production, or simply for a change of pace. Two such winemakers, Sam Hambour and Duncan Gibson, have taken that to its logical conclusion, and have now set up shop brewing beer in the back streets…

Balter Brewing (CUB) Brewer

To balter is to dance artlessly without particular skill or grace, but usually with enjoyment. It’s also the name of the Gold Coast brewery opened by a quartet of Australian surfing legends and some mates, with a trophy-winning brewer at the helm to ensure that when it comes to the beers there’s…

Stockade Brew Co (Tribe) Brewer

Stockade occupies a unique space in the Australian craft beer scene. To understand it you need to go back a few years to the time of Australian Independent Brewers (AIB). AIB was based in Smeaton Grange, around 60 kilometres southwest of Sydney, and was a large contract brewer before it fell into…

New England Brewing Co Brewer

You might not easily find the New England region on a map. But trace your eyes along the New South Wales coast to the area near Coffs Harbour, then draw west a few hundred kilometres towards the interior, and there you’ll find a series of towns with names like, Uralla, Armidale, Guyra and Glen Innes.…

Moon Dog World Venue

If there has been as much pre-launch hype and wall-to-wall coverage surrounding a new venue opening in Melbourne in recent years – especially one with craft beer at its heart – as was dedicated to Moon Dog World, we'd love to know. Then again, if there's been a new venue opening in Melbourne…

White Oaks Saloon Venue

More than a century ago, White Oaks was an American town awash with people, booze and revelry. The discovery of gold turned the outpost located towards the middle of New Mexico into one with a booming population, where tents sprung up faster than they could be counted, and led to White Oaks becoming…

Kirk's Pub Venue

Long before Melbourne was synonymous with laneway bars and restaurants, the Kirk name was at the centre of the city’s fledgling retail and hospitality worlds. From the 1840s, Kirk’s Bazaar – the strip running north from Bourke Street between Queen and Elizabeth – was a thriving horse trading…

Liquor Shed Bottleshop

It began with a potato. No, seriously. Stick with us, as it’s hard to tell the story of the Liquor Shed without talking about potatoes. Why? Because the parent operation that began next door to the cavernous Jandakot retailer is the Spud Shed, a large scale, “farm to customer”…

Whitehart Bar Venue

Late on Christmas Eve 1974, much of Darwin’s population was facing up to Cyclone Tracy, a storm that tore through the city, ensuring it would never look the same again. Many fled the cyclone and never returned, but for those who did, they needed a replacement for the pubs destroyed by Tracy. Thankfully,…

Stockade Barrel Room Venue

There are so many facets to the Stockade Brew Co story that it’s difficult to pick a place to start. So why not with their bar and barrel room in Marrickville? After all, it may well be the best part yet, the physical embodiment of everything the business has strived to become over the years.  This…

Uitgang Bar & Beer Garden Venue

Anyone who has spent time in the company of Fraser "Frase" Rettie and Craig "Grum" Knight, the duo behind Melbourne-based gypsy operation Exit Brewing, will know they are gregarious, men of the people sorts. Such a description can also be readily applied to their mate David Pike, someone whose relationship…

Empress Craft Beer VenueBottleshop

If you pay even the slightest bit of attention to what's going on in the craft beer industry in Australia, you'll have noted a rising tide in Tasmania. After years in which the number of breweries in the state remained steady, from around 2015 onwards that steadiness was replaced by a stampede as, almost…

Up in Smoke Venue

While there’s no shortage of suburbs across Australia undergoing rapid change, few can lay claim to the kind of reinvention Footscray has been experiencing. The traditionally working-class suburb has seen an explosion of new bars and restaurants over the last few years, becoming something of a hub…

Saccharomyces Beer Café Venue

For folks fixated on finding tasty treats, South Brisbane’s Fish Lane is quickly becoming a reliable source. Spanning four blocks back from Grey Street to Manning Street, you could almost forget you’re in Brisbane’s busiest tourist precinct.  The area has undergone a rejuvenation; once dominated…

Capital Brewing & ONA Roasters First Tracks Imperial Stout Beer

It's a beer with a background story that runs to a few chapters. Then again, First Tracks is a beer that tells quite the story of its own. So let's start at the very beginning... The OG First Tracks was Capital's first ever seasonal release: a coffee-infused 5.2 percent ABV stout conceived with their…

Hop Nation Pastry Stout Series Beer

The end of lockdown hasn’t just meant businesses are running a little closer to normal but punters dining out again have a few things to remember too. Was it a medium-rare or rare steak you used to order? The attempts at home were mostly chargrilled. Chips and salad or veggies and mash? And do you…

Hop Nation The Kalash 2020 Bourbon & Whisky Editions Beer

Hop Nation's The Kalash was first released by the then recently-opened brewery for GABS in 2016, with the main vintage each year sticking to the tried and true method of filling bourbon barrels with Russian imperial stout. There have been other versions – tweaks to the recipe, the use of different…

Ballistic Beer Lager Beer

This is for anyone who enjoys a beer cleaner than your grandma's pride and joy china cabinet. Ballistic’s core range Lager is a no fuss German-style pilsner, drinking crisp with a healthy bitterness throughout. It’s straw gold, clear as a crystal ball, and tastes like chewing on soft bread fresh…

Hop Nation Site Fermentation Project Lapin 2019 Beer

This time last year, Hop Nation released Lapin under their Site Fermentation Project banner: a blend of cherries and their foedre-aged sour blonde ale. It returns for winter 2020 but has taken a slightly different route to this point. The beer still features organic Lapin cherries from Mark’s Farm…

Beerfarm Shirazzaweiss 2020& Bubblina ft Tallboy & Moose Beer

Shirazzaweiss, the seasonal release from Beerfarm and LS Merchants that coincides with the South West grape harvesting season, is a hotly anticipated blend of beer, wine and mateship that's been given a third release in 2020. After an outstanding sophomore version that captivated drinkers in 2019, this…

Balter Brewing Bunker Buster Beer

It’s important to appreciate the little things. Recently, I’ve been asking people: “Is there anything you’ve liked about lockdown?” For some, it’s more time with family; for others, more time to play video games, or read books, or bake treats; for others, no commute; for others, lower…

Hop Nation Melbourne Fog Beer

There's been many a beer make the transition from keg to can during the pandemic and you can add Melbourne Fog to the list. The pale ale started out as a collab between Hop Nation and Melbourne's Whitehart Bar and sits within the brewery's ever-growing canon of hazy, hoppy releases. It's a combination…

Hop Nation 'Ray Lemon & Lime, Peach & Watermelon & Mint Beer

Remember that time when the arrival of hard seltzer on these shores was a matter of lively discussion for many? Back when things live music and sport were still a thing. Feels like a loooooong time ago, yet it's actually only 78 days since we published [The Alcopopalypse Cometh](https://craftypint.com/news/2332/Hard_Seltzer_The_Alcopopalypse_Cometh).…

Dainton Brewing Pandemic Punch & Rye-Solation Beer

When the COVID-19 lockdown hit and venues closed their doors, breweries, bars and pubs were forced to find innovative ways to get through their kegged beer. At Dainton – as we wrote about [here](https://craftypint.com/news/2373/postcards-from-the-edge-no-15-pandemic-punch) – they decided to blend…

Beer Swag Day: The Finalists! News

Right then. It's time to hand the reins over to the beer lovers of Australia to select the winner of the ultimate prize from the inaugural Beer Swag Day: the swag full of swag and year of beer! First up, thanks to everyone that got involved. There's the team that turned an idea – put forward…

Postcards from the Edge No.32: Keeping Hospo Alive News

When the country's leaders announced a lockdown was on its way, we witnessed scenes of panic. Bottleshops were cleared out, pasta and rice disappeared, and people were struck with a feeling of confusion as to where they could go and what exactly they could do.  As that confusion went…

Three Sleeps Til Beer Swag Day News

The local beer industry might have started to open up a little since Beer Swag Day was launched as part of the #keepinglocalalive campaign, but the road ahead remains rough and the recovery for the beer community we know and love will be long. So thanks to everyone who's already jumped on…

Postcard From The UK: Cloudwater News

"The real pain is to come." Up until a few weeks ago, if you were going to chat to Paul Jones, the founder of Cloudwater (pictured above right), you'd go in knowing to expect a wide-ranging conversation. It would in all likelihood veer broader and deeper than mere beer and brewing, but the chances are…

50 Days Of Shutdown News

The ability of time seemingly to bend, stretch, shrink and contort has been well documented over the past few weeks, ever since the reality of what life during the COVID-19 pandemic would mean became apparent. For some it might feel like months or years have passed, to others like it was last week,…

On The Frontline Of Online News

Home delivery, online stores and mixed cases are far new when it comes to ways to sell beer. But, as COVID-19 has kept taprooms and bars closed, there's been a renewed focus for many breweries on getting their beer directly into drinkers' hands.  As many have moved further online so too…

Show Us Your Swag! News

Since launching less than six weeks ago, the Keeping Local Alive campaign has taken on a life of its own. The message behind it is simple: support your local beer businesses in any and every way you can through the COVID-19 crisis so they have the best chance of making it out the other side. As well…

Who Brews Bondi Beers? News

When Beach Beer Bondi XPA came in at number 46 in the GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of 2019, the first word offered by many craft beer drinkers – particular those located far from the fabled beach – was: "Who?” The brewing company originally launched in 2018 as Ben Buckler…

Who Brews Blackflag Beers? News

Christmas may very well feel like a lifetime ago but *checks calendar* it was less than five months ago that many of us were descending on our family homes to share food, hug friends and relatives and spend many hours explaining to older family members they shouldn't believe every post they see…

Aussie Beerstagrammers: All Of The Beers News

He grew up in Perth but it wasn’t until Matt Kukura hit the UK ten years ago that his beer journey began. This epoch also included a career change that saw him rubbing shoulders with giants of the beer world at an esteemed East London pub and, as result, falling down a beery rabbit hole. Or, as he…

Postcards From The Edge No.1: Cherry Cheer News

The sounds of David Bowie belting out Let's Dance bounce off the walls of Swan Street as a man stands atop a white Ute in front of Coles, waving a giant red and white flag. A few feet to his right, an elderly chap crouches to unlock his shopping trolley from a lamppost as a beaming, bearded man races…

Keeping Local Alive News

Earlier this week, I went to update our event listing for High Country Hops, Bridge Road's annual celebration of the hop harvest in their region of Victoria, after it was cancelled.  I typed "high" into the page where we create events and underneath the entry for High Country Hops appeared…

My Bonny Lies Over In Fitzroy News

Brunswick Street’s reputation as a nightlife hub is well established but when it comes to wide and varied beer lists it's sat a fair way behind Smith Street in recent times. However, over a period of just a few months, Fitzroy's main strip has welcomed two new bars that put long walls of…

Downsizing: The Global Looking Local News

To brutally paraphrase HG Wells: no one would have believed in the first years of the 2010s that this country was ready to be filled with quite as many brewpubs as it is today. Sure, five or six years ago you could drink at plenty of breweries but, primarily, they were places of production not pints. In…

Crafty Crawls: Abbotsford News

As the home of CUB, Abbotsford’s association with beer comfortably stretches back more than a century. The brewery has long been a part of the suburb's story but, more recently, the beer choices in the suburb have grown increasingly diverse. Small breweries have increased the amount of local beer…

Crafty Crawls: Richmond News

If Richmond had a nickname, it would 100 percent be “The Sporty Suburb”. This place has ties to practically every massive sporting event in Melbourne, from the AFL, rugby and soccer to the cricket, tennis and basically every other non-aquatic sport you can think of (although – fun fact: Richmond…

Hottest 100 Kiwi Beers Of 2019: The Interviews News

While Garage Project and Panhead continue to fight it out for top spot, Jono Galuszka has looked elsewhere for stories amid the 2019 results in the GABS Hottest 100 Kiwi Craft Beers.  Here, he chats to the folks behind serial award-winners Deep Creek, Duncan's (whose Raspberry Ripple he can't get…

Behind Bars: Harts Pub At Ten News

Tell someone you want to catch a glimpse of the historical side of Sydney and they’ll direct you straight to The Rocks. It’s here that you’ll zigzag through cobblestone laneways, ascend to the next street by way of narrow stone staircases, read bronze plaques about convict-era construction in the…

Open For Business News

Many businesses in tourist regions have been impacted badly by the current fire season, and this includes small breweries and the venues that support them. Among the regions affected are those around Canberra. Mat Farrington is the man behind CanBEERra and has compiled a roundup of the businesses open…

The Beers Of The 2010s News

Look, we know what you all started thinking as our Advent Calendar and Best New Beers Of 2019 series drew to a close: if only we could get one more list-based article from The Crafty Pint then our lives would be complete. And who are we to deny our readers such pleasure? So, just as we felt the end…

Pint of Origin At Brewsvegas: March 15 Event

The Pint of Origin is back at Brewsvegas for its fourth year in Brisbane. Designed to showcase the best beers from Australia and the rest of the world, the concept first launched by The Crafty Pint at Good Beer Week in 2012 sees bars and pubs across Brisbane welcoming scores of brewers through…

Bushfire Fundraisers Event

Since bushfires began wreaking destruction across the country last year, many beer businesses have been hosting fundraisers and now there's a coordinated series of Beer For Bushfire Relief events taking place on January 18 and plans for a fundraising brew are well underway too. You can find out more…

Quiet Deeds Beer Launch & Tap Takeover At East Of Everything (VIC) Event

We've all said it before: "I think I'm just going to have a quiet weekend..." Does it count if we only drink Quiet Deeds all weekend? For the weekend of November 14 to 17, East of Everything are giving over their taps to one of their favourite breweries, Deeds Brewing.  There will be…

Pint of Origin GBW Events: May 14 Event

Pint of Origin has been The Crafty Pint’s corner of Good Beer Week since 2012. It’s there to showcase the best beers from Australia and the rest of the world, with bars and pubs across Melbourne welcoming scores of brewers through their doors too. As well as weeklong tap takeovers, venues are celebrating…

Pint of Origin At Brewsvegas: March 20 Event

The Pint of Origin - The Crafty Pint's corner of Brewsvegas - is back for its third year. It’s there to showcase the best beers from Australia and the rest of the world, with bars and pubs across Brisbane welcoming scores of brewers through their doors too. As well as weeklong tap takeovers,…

No Worries, Bro At Bitter Phew (NSW) Event

The Copenhagen neighbourhood of Nørrebro is known as one of the trendiest corners of Scandinavia. Famed for its bars, restauants and breweries, the suburb even has a hipster bridge called the Dronning Louises Bro . Bitter Phew is hoping to recreate a slice of the neighbourhood in Sydney by dedicating…

Set Sail For Kiwi Craft Beer Paradise Event

New Zealand is home to an incredible craft beer scene, as countless Aussie beer lovers who've made the trip across the Tasman can attest. And now there's an opportunity to experience the country, its beers, its breweries and its bars in luxurious style. Dave Phillips, founder of Dave's Travel and…

GABS Beer, Cider & Food Festival 2017 (Sydney) Event

We're not quite sure how they manage it, but each year the team behind GABS finds ways to step it up. And, in 2017, the unique event that combines container bars pouring festival specials with brewer stalls, all manner of entertainment, masterclass and madness, has stepped it up again. Key for beer…

GABS Beer, Cider & Food Festival 2017 (Melbourne) Event

We're not quite sure how they manage it, but each year the team behind GABS finds ways to step it up. And, in 2017, the unique event that combines container bars pouring festival specials with brewer stalls, all manner of entertainment, masterclass and madness, has stepped it up again. Key for beer…

Napoleone & Black Pearl Brownlow Ale Launch Event

The collaborations between high end bars and brewers continues to gather pace and go well beyond the brewing of a beer to be badged with the venue's name without acknowledging the brewer behind it.In Melbourne alone, we've seen ventures such as the Dainton / Everleigh Manhattan Ale and, more recently,…

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