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FogHorn Brewery Brewer

Over the past decade and more, there have been few brewers who have put out as many great beers in as many different styles as Shawn Sherlock. While head brewer at Murray's, he was named Australian Brewer of the Year in recognition of a mastery of brewing that saw beer lovers clamouring for everything…

Edge Brewing Project Brewer

As Australia’s beer industry continues to grow, there’s a lot to be said for having a close knowledge of what the beer scene looks like in other countries. The rise of craft beer is an international affair and local brewers with their fingers on the pulse of beer across the globe are well placed…

Little Rivers Brewing Co Brewer

A few years ago, on a Crafty Pint trip around Tasmania, it was impossible not to notice a new brewery's name popping up seemingly wherever we went. Whether it was pouring on tap or found in the hands of the customer in front of us as a bottleshop, Little Rivers had certainly wasted little time making…

Staves Brewery Brewer

Australia’s fondness for supporting the underdog is well known. Put your humble, hardworking person up against the might and power of the establishment and you know where the neutral’s heart is most likely to lie. That underlying attitude is one of the many reasons craft beer has found such a fast…

Tallboy and Moose Brewer

Quite often when you ask a brewery where the inspiration for the name came from, it’s a throwback to their beery roots or a pun built on the foundation of brewing. For Dan Hall and Steve Germain of Tallboy and Moose, their inspiration becomes instantly apparent upon meeting. Yet, despite Dan’s…

Old Wives Ales Brewer

In an industry where spinning yarns and sharing tales over ales are par for the course, it seems strange that nobody had used such stories in the naming of their beers before. But, thanks to one particularly ambitious home brewer and his cohorts at the Merri Mashers homebrew club, you can now quite…

KAIJU! Beer Brewer

It's well documented that the rise of craft beer and the popularity of hop forward beer styles have led to frequent hop shortages. Globally, the growers of certain New World varieties are unable to keep up with demand. And it's fair to say the situation could be far worse too. How? Well, if every…

The Public Brewery Brewer

Like Field of Dreams, minus Kevin Costner and the schmaltz, The Public Brewery is living proof that if you build it they will come.  Prior to the multifaceted venue opening, the closest we came to encountering craft beer in this neck of Melbourne's outer east was making a couple of batches of homebrew…

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…

Venom Brewing Brewer

The first time we encountered Joel Drysdale, he was walking up the path to Crafty Towers bearing a four-pack of Moo Brew Imperial Stout bottles. As introductions go, it's up there. Later, we crossed paths regularly in his guise as "The Beer Dude" for Tooborac Hotel & Brewery, charged with getting the…

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…

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…

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…

Brewhouse Brisbane VenueBottleshop

Perched on the cusp of Woolloongabba and South Bank, on the corner of Stanley Street and Annerley Road, Brewhouse Brisbane represents everything a pub should be. There’s no defined or predictable demographic, there are brews to comfort the lager lovers and excite the beer geeks, they show all…

Hops To Home Bottleshop

The nature of commerce in the 21st century is that people can now get their chosen vice – whether it be shoes, books, scented candles, or even animal shaped onesies – over the internet. That shift does not stop at the threshold of a bottleshop either. As a result, a number of beer stores have extended…

The Dog Hotel Venue

When rumours surfaced in the latter part of 2015 that someone had bought the Duke of Gloucester in Randwick and planned to turn it into a specialist beer pub with 50 taps, some of the reaction in the local beer scene went along the lines of: “50 taps? Randwick? Are you serious!?!” Despite a few…

NOLA Adelaide Venue

Swinging jazz beats, Cajun deep fried chicken, Creole soul food, fine whiskies, Louisiana cocktails and 16 rotating taps serving local, interstate and international craft beers: it’s fair to say NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana) has brought a heady, intoxicating mix to Adelaide’s now thriving bar scene.…

Beer DeLuxe Darling Harbour Venue

Beer DeLuxe has come a long way from its roots in Melbourne, both literally and figuratively. The flagship Fed Square venue has long been a beacon for beer lovers, having achieved everything from being awarded Australia's Best Beer List to becoming Good Beer Week's Festival Hub. When new owners took…

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…

Blackhearts & Sparrows Bottleshop

Blackhearts & Sparrows started out as a home for boutique and obscure wines but, in a reflection of the nation’s changing drinking habits, has increasingly become one of the best places to unearth good beer. They might still call themselves wine purveyors, but their stores across Melbourne – and,…

Catchment Brewing Vulture IPA Beer

For many of us, hearing the name “Vulture Street” is a throwback to one of Powderfinger’s best albums. It’s more energetic than their previous albums, and it’s easy to sing along and feel the fun they must’ve had while recording it. (While Rockin’ Rocks is fine, feel free to skip straight…

Bad Shepherd The Almighty 2019 & Passionfruit Sour Beer

The Almighty has long been one of Bad Shepherd's most highly-anticipated seasonal releases and one of their best. And, as it leaves the Cheltenham brewery once more for 2019 – complete with Hop God on the cans – that's the case again. It's another tightly wound IIPA, sitting at just 8.5 percent ABV…

Venom Brewing West Bendigo IPA Beer

At 2019's Bendigo On The Hop, we ran a couple of IPA blind tastings for attendees. As ever with such things, the results varied from session to session; after all, we all have different palates and different tastes. No beer on the lineup attracted such wildly differing opinions among attendees, however,…

FogHorn Brewery Young Americans IPA (cans) Beer

In 2015, the NSW Government made a bizarre decision to remove the last three stations on the Newcastle rail line and replace the service with on-street light rail. While it definitely had nothing to do with opening up a large swathe of prime land for development, there was a lot of uncertainty as to…

Homestead Collabs ft Dimattina & Rodney's Bait & Tackle Beer

On the back of the Vanilla Porter that appeared earlier in winter 2019, Homestead Brewery have followed up with another dark beer, this time a **Coffee Stout** local roaster Dimattina, charged with selecting the blend. The result is a beer with fresh coffee aromas and a creamy sweetness, balanced with…

Stockade Brew Co Mr Fruju NEIPA Beer

In the few short years since Australian brewers discovered New England style IPAs, the trend has been explored and experimented with and altered and adapted, and finally found a spot in the regular lineup of a number of well-respected breweries. Mr Fruju fits comfortably in Stockade’s range of fruity…

Stockade Brew Co Flight Path Pale Beer

Flight Path replaces Chop Shop as the pale ale in Stockade’s core range from mid-2019. While the muscle car on the label has been supplanted by a jumbo jet in a sky of blue, don’t be worried - this is no jet fuel. It’s slightly higher in alcohol than its predecessor, but it drinks without a hint…

Stockade Brew Co Refreshing Ale Beer

Refreshing Ale is the lightest of the Stockade’s core range launched mid-2019, and the most easy-drinking by far. While it’s technically an ale, it feels like a lager with a touch of New World influence. The aroma brings just enough notes of red apple, passionfruit and lemon to draw you in, where…

Hawkers IPA 2019 Beer

The launch of the new look Hawkers core range is completed by this IPA. As with their new Pale Ale, it's a leaner and hoppier affair than the original bottled Pale and IPA with which the brewery launched in 2015. Out go some of the specialty malts to reduce the beer's sweeter side, in come more hops. On…

Wayward Brewing Discovery Series: Balthazar 2019 Beer

Joining the two Ripassos as launch beers in Wayward’s Discovery Series is Balthazar, an imperial stout aged for six months in ex-Jack Daniels whisky barrels. The base beer was built upon expertise gained in using dark malts in the development of Coffee & Donuts, their 2019 GABS release. As expected,…

Green Beacon Bought By Asahi News

Asahi's shopping spree in the Australian beer world continues apace with today's news that they've acquired Green Beacon. The move comes hot on the heels of last month's announcement of their intention to purchase CUB plus craft brands 4 Pines and Pirate Life from AB InBev. Rumours have swirled…

Staves & Wayward Top Sydney Royal Beer Awards News

Tiny Glebe brewpub Staves took out Best NSW Beer for their Pale as well as Champion Draught Beer at the 2019 Sydney Royal Beer Awards, with Wayward claiming Champion Packaged Beer for their Raspberry Berliner Weisse. The long-running competition, which also features cider, received its largest number…

Crafty Crawls: Toowoomba News

A city of contrasts, Toowoomba sits at the crown of the Great Dividing Range, 700 metres above sea level overlooking the Lockyer Valley. From the interactive museums to the 150-plus parks and gardens, it's a city that attracts all walks of life.  In recent years, it has become home to…

Modus Operandi: Five Years In Five Beers News

Do you remember where you were when you drank your first Modus Operandi beer? This nostalgic writer was at The Scratch’s Weekend of Darkness in 2015, where one of the beers was a Russian Imperial Stout aged in Lark whisky barrels from a young brewery down near Sydney. Drinking that beer was like being…

Crafty Crawls: Geelong News

Geelong may have taken a little time to embrace craft beer but these drinkers have a growing range of options whether they’re seeking out beer bars or local breweries. From the tiny Barrabool Hills Brewing Company (home of Cockies beer) through to the might of Little Creatures, Geelong’s…

Aussie Export: Dave Rooney News

The tourism pull of small breweries, whether they're in the inner suburbs or regional centres, is an oft-repeated mantra among those who tout the benefits of craft beer. Tour companies with the sole purpose of guiding drinkers to good beer venues and bars can be found across Australia and, when…

Beer Travel: The Breweries Of The Sunshine Coast News

The Sunshine Coast is known for many things: a beautiful climate, stunning beaches, great surf, its spectacular Hinterland. If you're heading there as a family, there's Australia Zoo, the Big Pineapple and the odd theme park to keep you entertained. Heck, thanks to the Russell Crowe's jockstrap and the…

Brew & A: Keegan Steinbacher News

Since the launch of their first beers at their panoramic brewery home at Cape Naturaliste in South West WA almost a decade ago, Eagle Bay Brewing have established themselves as a key player in the Western Australian brewing scene.  Next year sees the family-run operation mark ten years…

Beer Nuts: Kelly Whyte News

For someone with such a strong passion for beer, who has brought her enthusiasm to beer scenes in two states, we're not sure how Kelly Whyte hasn’t been featured in our Beer Nuts series already. She could only be described in terms of the sort of super-fan that attends almost…

Crafty Crawls: Melbourne CBD – South News

Back in 2016, when we published our first Crafty Crawl guide to the best beery spots in Melbourne's CBD, we wrote: "you may not know that the pipes in Melbourne CBD are slowly but surely filling with craft beer."  Three years on and "slowly but surely" has increased in pace somewhat as a…

Crafty Crawls: Wollongong News

When it comes to the history of craft beer in Australia, Wollongong always gets overlooked. When people want to talk about the breweries that helped drive craft beer since the turn of the Millennium, they’ll throw out names like Mountain Goat, Feral and Little Creatures. But you’ll never hear…

Brew & A: Stu Grant News

  In Tasmania’s busy beer market, gypsy outfit Ocho has managed to stand out from the crowd since launching. Stu Grant released the first beers under the Ocho banner shortly after he started brewing at Van Diemen at the end of 2015, selling direct to customers via the brewing…

Crafty Crawls: Petersham News

The slowly gentrifying, Inner West suburb of Petersham is home to a great number of classic pubs, many of which have stood for decades. Only recently have a few of these embraced craft beer, spurred by the growth of breweries and bars in the surrounding suburbs of Marrickville and Newtown.  No…

Oscar & Glenn: Rocker, Skater, Brewers News

The past few decades have seen the Australian beer scene transform from monochromatic to kaleidoscopic. As some point, each of us has had our eyes opened to the sheer variety of beers available: the different styles, different colours, different flavours. But this vast array of drinking options isn’t…

Getting Blind With Crafty: XPAs News

When we held our last blind tasting – a look at New England style IPAs – it was noticeable just how much discussion took place before, during and after the beers were presented. It went on longer and delved deeper than in any of the previous Getting Blind With Crafty tastings we've held…

Brew & A: Mick O'Rance News

When Sunday Road first fired up their brewery in February, it was the culmination of a long road for Brad Walker.  A long-term homebrewer, Brad had hoped to find a home for his venture in Sydney's south far earlier but, unable to find the right site, he instead turned to gypsy brewing and released…

Beer Nuts: Deb Lieu News

As Australia's beer scene continues expanding and maturing and more money pours into the industry, there's still no shortage of people driven purely by passion to make their own unique mark. Sure, you'll find high net worth individuals investing in breweries but longtime homebrewers…

Brew With A View News

We hear plenty of stories of breweries growing in leaps and bounds, building huge production facilities, forging partnerships and making an impact on a national scale. On the flip side, we hear the occasional story of brewing companies or venues going under. But we hear far less about the quiet…

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…

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…

Baladin Rare Beer Tasting Event 2019 with Alvise Lunardi At Bucket Boys (NSW) Event

In what is turning into a yearly tradition, Bucket Boys is putting on a tasting event to showcase Italian brewery Birra Baladin. You may know Baladin as an innovative and groundbreaking brewery in Italy... or you may have heard of them for the first time in our recent Beer Travel article…

Bowlo Beer Fest 2019 At Bondi Bowling Club (NSW) Event

Beer and bowls - it's a pairing we don't hear about often enough but which is on the rise as more clubs of all kinds embrace the good stuff. Bondi Bowling Club is just such a place and The Bowlo Beer Fest is an annual reminder that these things go together like hops and malt. The Bowlo…

Tamworth BrewFest 2018 (NSW) Event

Tamworth may be best known as Australia's country music capital but, since 2015, its BrewFest has been aiming to lift the regional city's beer profile too. Held at the recently built Scully Park Regional Sporting Precinct, BrewFest invites breweries both local and national, large and small, into town to…

Father's Day Gift Ideas 2017 Event

If you're wondering what to get for your beer loving father, brother, uncle or grandfather, here's a few ideas... Do Dad Good This Father’s Day withThe Good Beer Company Join the Good Beer Company in their celebration fit for a ‘dad’ at The DOG in Randwick and The…

SuperBeast Cellar Tasting at HopDog (NSW) Event

Of all the esoteric limited release beers that comes of out HopDog BeerWorks, none is more revered in the realms of beer geekery than the annual SuperBeast.  Based on a barleywine style, the beer is never quite the same from year to year except in that it is always big, often…

Hottest 100 Countdown Official Events 2017 Event

The big reveal of the Hottest 100 Beers for 2016 is nearly here, so it’s time to plan how you're going to spend the day following it. There’s an extensive list of venues across the country hosting official events of many varieties, from tap takeovers to Australia Day barbecues to backyard cricket…

Battle Royale: Akasha versus Pirate Life (NSW) Event

Two of the foremost proponents of hoppy beers to have arisen in the local craft beer scene in recent years are set to go head to head, beer to beer, at the Royal Albert Hotel.  Over one evening, Dave Padden’s Akasha hop bombs will be matched on tap with the beers from Jack and Red's South…

Brewers Feast 2016 Event

We're barely out of summer 2015/16 but already the 2016/17 outdoor beer festival season is starting to take shape. Among the first to declare is a new event for Melbourne: Brewers Feast, which will take over the beautiful grounds of Abbotsford Convent for two days in October. It promises…

Bendigo on the Hop 2016 Event

Bendigo's unique walking beer festival returns in 2016 bigger, more diverse and more independent than before. The third Bendigo on the Hop takes place on August 20 and features 28 Australian brewers – six of them local to the region – showcasing 56 beers at ten venues across the city. As…

Brewed Laughter at The DTC Event

Part comedy show, part beer tasting and part game show, what's not to like about Brewed Laughter at The Dutch Trading Co?Throughout April, the Perth venue is teaming up with Vulture Culture for a series of Friday night sessions featuring a different comedian and six different beers.The…

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