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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 King Street Wharf 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,…

Tallboy & Moose DDH Nebula Beer

Tallboy and Moose’s DDH Nebula continues the brewery’s exploration of hefty hopping regimes in hazy beers, with the release sitting somewhere in the vast space that's developed between a pale ale and an IPA. After appearing in kegs in previous incarnations, the beer’s been given a nicely-timed…

Tallboy & Moose Pinkest Pink & Pukka Beer

Tallboy and Moose’s crowler machine has been a staple of the Preston brewpub since its early days, with punters leaving with a litre tinnie under one arm after trying one of the myriad beers on tap a regular sight. Since, for the moment, nobody can enjoy one of those beers in the brewery, that canning…

Bad Shepherd Poseidon IIPA Beer

The Almighty has long been one of Bad Shepherd's most sought after and top notch releases, a bold yet balanced double IPA bearing a hoppy, bearded god figure on the cans. But now it turns out there's someone more almighty than The Almighty as Poseidon, a triple IPA, makes his way from the brewery –…

Smiling Samoyed Imperial Hop Bandit NEIPA Beer

In late 2018, Smiling Samoyed released their first NEIPA, calling it Hop Bandit. Two years on, when the team sat down at the brainstorming table to devise ideas for a new limited release, they landed on the idea of bulking up the Hop Bandit and sending it into imperial territory. A clutch of hops were…

Newstead & Brisbane Distillery Company Juniper Juice Beer

When it comes to gin and juice, who did it better: Snoop Dogg, Lou Bega, or Newstead Brewing? I’m tempted to vote for Lou Bega, since he linked it to a beer bust… but he loses out since he failed to follow through and make a beer that captured gin and juice. Newstead, however, put their money where…

Newstead Brewing The Mayne Thing Golden Juice Beer

Newstead's core range beers are named after stories from Brisbane’s history, including Mayne Thing. But Mayne Thing is developing quite a history itself - to better service their customers, Newstead revisited it first to change it from a golden ale to a golden lager, and now to change it from a golden…

Newstead & Loop Growers Salt of the Earth Pickled Pilsner Beer

We all need to eat more vegies. We know that. So putting veggies in our beer makes as much sense as anything else. But this isn’t the primary reason Newstead joined up with Loop Growers; the brewery has jumped on board with the small farm’s sustainable ethos of closed loop farming. They send spent…

Wayward Brewing Ohana Tropical Gose Beer

“Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.” Perhaps the team at Wayward were thinking about this quote from Lilo & Stitch when they named this beer, knowing that it’s more important than ever that people look out for each other in the current climate. Or maybe they…

Boatrocker Sternweisse 2020 & House Red 2020 Beer

The other pair within the quartet of early spring releases we received from Boatrocker – along with Saison and Double Happiness – are new iterations of popular releases from their barrel program. In the case of **Sternweisse**, it's a beer that could [barely be more popular at Crafty Towers](https://craftypint.com/news/1980/Best_New_Victorian_Beers_Of_2018),…

Thunder Road Rosé Saison & Exotica 2 & Triple Hop Bomb Beer

Thunder Road's Brewhouse Series gives the Brunswick-based operation’s brewers the chance to explore colourful beer styles in equally colourful 440ml cans. Typically the brewery likes to send them into the would in a flurry, as is the case here as numbers seven to nine are released together. First…

Crafty Crawls: Sydney's Northern Beaches News

Saying you love Sydney’s Northern Beaches is sort of like saying you love Europe. Yes, when you look from the outside, you can see it as a whole, and enjoy its collective culture. But once you get there, you’ve got decisions to make. London, Paris or Berlin? Majorca, Santorini or Amalfi? Fjords of…

Latest News From The Crafty Cabal - March 2020 News

We know it's only been three weeks since the last of these but we've been busy, not least in launching the long-mooted new look Crafty Cabal homepage. It makes it easier to see what's available as well as what's coming up and makes the whole experience much smoother now we've completed the integration…

Who Brews Sausage Queen Beers? News

Who doesn’t love a bloody good snag? Sausages generally slot into that lovely category of things that even when they’re bad they’re still pretty good. And when they’re good, they’re transcendent. Why else would every Bunnings car park be so choccas every Saturday and Sunday? Let’s be honest…

Crafty Crawls: South West WA Part I News

The South West of Western Australia is increasingly fertile ground for beer lovers. With so many breweries and good beer venues to explore, we set off for a weekend break down the coast to put together an extended Crafty Crawl featuring much of the best the region has to offer.  The article…

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…

Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers Of 2019: The Countdown News

The countdown for the twelfth GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers is done and dusted and Stone & Wood Pacific Ale is back on top. A record 35,500 people cast votes for their favourite five beers in what's grown into the biggest people's choice vote in the country. Congratulations to Stone & Wood,…

Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers Of 2019: Analysis News

For the first time this year, we provided a fair bit of analysis as the results were coming in, digging deep into the poll's twelve year history as we did so. You can find that here if your beer nerd desires can't be sated by our analysis of this year's results below. The twelfth Hottest 100 Aussie…

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…

Best New Tasmanian Beers Of 2019 News

Tasmania. Known to most as the Apple Isle or for its breathtaking natural beauty (and more recently, a little museum in the northern suburbs of Hobart). However, over time Tasmania is increasingly becoming known as a worthy destination for the Craft Beer Tourist™.  …

Best New Victorian Beers Of 2019 News

When kicking off this article last year, we talked about the Melbourne scene becoming a bloodbath for brewers looking to get their beers onto taps and into fridges – and then keep them there. It remains a challenging market, with many in the hospo world also doing it tough. There are breweries that…

Best New NSW Beers Of 2019 News

Well, that’s that. Another decade down the bloody gurgler. Except in New South Wales’ case: if we were to make this metaphor more accurate, there isn’t enough water left to carry this ten year stretch down any kind of plughole, let alone to emit any gurgle-like sound. Oh, and the sink is also on…

Best New WA Beers Of 2019 News

Crafty's Advent Calendar: Scotty Hargrave News

How fast things can change... When working out who to approach for this series, the person we're featuring today was head brewer and co-owner of one of the fastest-growing and best-loved breweries in the country. When we asked him if he'd be keen to get involved, then sent him the questionnaire…

Crafty's Advent Calendar: Mick Cameron News

The Pirate Life story is less than five-years-old, at least if you count the launch of the first cans of Pale Ale, IIPA and Throwback IPA as the starting point. Yet it's fair to say the trio who led the brewery's charge across the Australian beer landscape have crammed plenty into that time. And also…

Behind Bars: Beer Cartel At Ten News

“When we bought the premises in 2011, we had sixty craft beers in stock; nowadays we have about a thousand. When we first moved in, the craft beer was just a small portion of the warehouse; now all the warehouse is craft beer.” Beer Cartel started with mission: to make great beer accessible to…

Space Yeast, Rare Fruit & Roving Coolships News

Many Australians share a collective idea of Hawaii being purely about beaches and great surf but, just as we frequently remind tourists coming to these shores expecting little more than beaches and life-threatening beasts, there’s a lot more diversity to behold.  From blizzard-hit volcanic…

Who Brews Terra Forma Beers? News

“Every other beer brand seems to want own the sunset; we want to own the sunrise.” From the outset it’s clear what binds this new brewery, and it’s a vibe that lives well beyond the local pub. As Terra Forma ready their debut trio, Guy Southern spoke to Chris Nelson and Joel Pember, two…

Liberty Triumph At NZ Beer Awards News

New Zealand beer industry darlings Liberty Brewing celebrated their tenth birthday in style, winning the title of country’s best brewery at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards on Saturday night. The 13th edition of the event could have been renamed The Joe Wood Show, with Liberty’s founder (above…

Matilda Bay's Founder To Return News

NB: The original article we ran before speaking to Phil can be found below. Rumours that Phil Sexton was somehow involved in a new brewery in the Yarra Valley had been popping up on and off for months. And, given his position within the modern Australian beer world – the Godfather of Australian craft…

Crafty Crawls: Newcastle News

For years, Newcastle carried the stigma of a tough town blanketed by a thick yellow smog, where the locals rioted when the cops tried to shut down one of their pubs. Its streets were built on blood, sweat and Tooheys beers. Where the bar tiles were hosed down from the night before, ready for the shift…

Indie Beer Day 2019 Event

If you've been paying even the slightest bit of attention to the local beer industry in recent years, you'll notice a move away from "craft" to "independent" among the country's smaller brewers. In the wake of the acquisitions of some of Australia's most popular brewing companies by multinationals –…

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…

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