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Newstead Brewing Co Brewer

The beer scene around Brisbane and South East Queensland has utterly transformed itself from a place of few microbreweries and even fewer places in which to drink a craft beer to one of the most vibrant and diverse in Australia. Playing a major role in that transformation since opening the doors of its…

Wolf of the Willows Brewer

When launching a brewery, sometimes staring down the barrel of brewing history at the great names that have come before you can be an intimidating task. How to reach those heights when you’re only just stepping away from brewing in your own back yard? But Wolf of the Willows founders Scott and Renae…

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…

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…

Bad Shepherd Brewer

It takes a particular set of skills – and a lot of hard work – to set up a brewery and restaurant in a spot very few beer people would have visited – or indeed had cause to visit – and then have people lining up for tables in the first week. But for anyone who makes the trip to Cheltenham brewpub…

Brick Lane Brewing Brewer

They say it takes a village to raise a child and the African proverb certainly runs true for breweries. For Brick Lane, their village was on the smaller side when 25 founders came together to launch the brewery in 2017. But among them were some big names from the world of sport – Billy Slater,…

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…

Exit Brewing Brewer

Cast your eyes over the opening salvo of beers from Exit Brewing and it’s easy to conclude they’re only too eager to plunder all parts of the world for inspiration. There’s a couple of saisons, a Scotch ale, some US-inspired hop bombs and not one but two variations on the theme of stout. It…

Grifter Brewing Company Brewer

The Grifter Brewing Company of today is immeasurably different to the one that Trent Evans, Matt King and Glenn Wignall launched in 2012. Back then they were simply three friends mixing up home brew recipes in the kitchen with little ambition to be brewers. But timing and circumstance saw them presented…

Homestead Brewery Brewer

Western Australia is not only regarded as the birthplace of the modern craft beer scene in Australia, it is home to some of the most spectacular microbreweries in the country. From Little Creatures on the waterfront in Fremantle to many of the breweries that call the Margaret River region home, there…

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…

Morrison Brewery Brewer

Presumably, every home brewer in Australia would like to have a family like Paul Morrison's. Having displayed talent for the art of brewing by picking up medals at competitions in his home state of Tasmania and in Melbourne, his dad suggested he should consider doing it commercially. By 2011, along with…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Wayward Brewing Co Brewer

For several years Peter Philip was one of Sydney’s most archetypal gypsy brewers. He’d brew small test batches at his house, hoard homebrew, fine-tune recipes then head to a local brewery to borrow a bit of tank space and release a commercial batch under the Wayward Brewing label. He certainly got…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Hopheads Altona VenueBottleshop

Build it and they will come might be the mantra central to classic heartstring-tugging flick Field of Dreams but it’s not just Kevin Costner’s character who's driven by that vision. Australia’s beer industry is filled with people who share that same dream, whether it’s small breweries in quiet…

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.…

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…

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…

New England & Batch Brewing Country Cousins Black and Gold Beer

In 2015, New England Brewing teamed up with Young Henrys on a beer called Country Cousins. It saw the same recipe brewed at each brewery and the two outcomes displayed some big differences, as you might expect when one brewery (NE) has open top fermenters and the other doesn't. The Country Cousins project…

Newstead & Croft Brewing Once Were Warriors Beer

Newstead and Croft Brewing have been at it again, heading into the brewery to knock out a fifth different kettle sour. Once again they've plundered the world of movies for its title too, although following the druggy and psychedelic prior choices: Fear & Loathing, The Naked Lunch and so on, here it's…

Newstead & Croft Sour Series: Fear and Loathing Beer

One imagines there was a fair amount of fear around South East Queensland when the weekend's storms battered all and sundry, while there could be a spot of loathing among those who suffered worst at the hands of the gold ball sized hail and ferocious winds. Indeed, The Scratch's cry of "Pucker Up" for…

Newstead Brewing The Outpost American Stout Beer

Newstead's brewpub setup must be one of the most heavily frequented by other brewers. With most of their core range production handled under contract, at least until their large second site is up and running in the coming months, they're free to play around at home – and play around they do, not just…

Newstead & Croft Sour Series: Naked Lunch Beer

Naked Lunch is the title of a drug-fuelled cult novel by William Burroughs, one that spawned a film by David Cronenberg as well as an [awesome track by Bomb The Bass](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trbvx1U6Ry8) featuring Justin Warfield (given a sweet twist in a [remix](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62_rRSCHO_Q)…

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…

Newstead Brewing The Zoo v.5.0 Beer

Over the past few months, we'd been a little surprised at the lack of limited release beers from Newstead given how often they tended to fly out of their original Doggett Street home. But, we figured, they've been pretty damn busy: settling into the new Milton facility, launching the core range in cans,…

Wolf Of The Willows Acidulus II Beer

Given they were one of the earliest adopters of the now ubiquitous XPA title for one of their beers (their first, no less), we shouldn't be surprised to find Wolf of the Willows potentially angering traditionalists by being one of the first locals* to bring another new "style" to the Aussie beer scene.…

Newstead Brewing Tokyo Face Plant Beer

It's a beer name that instantly suggested: "In joke" and a read through the tasting notes provided by Newstead Brewing would seem to confirm it as something along those lines. Tokyo Face Plant is a collaboration between the brewery and one of Brisbane's best bottleshops, Craft Wine Store, in Red Hill,…

Newstead & BrewCult Milk & Two Pineapples Beer

Another collaboration from Newstead Brewing and one that is kind of a tribute to the collaborator too. In hooking up with Hendo from BrewCult, they've offered a nod and a wink to one of his past glories, the GABS People's Choice winner from 2015: Milk & Two Sugars. Where that was an espresso'd and lactosed…

Best New Beers of 2015: Victoria News

Victoria has long been the state with the greatest number of microbreweries and, in Melbourne especially, has led the way in terms of craft beer in venues too. Yet recent years have seen other cities and states creating quite the buzz while Victoria, Good Beer Week's global appeal notwithstanding, has…

Best New Beers of 2015: ACT News

With Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania in the bag, we're coming towards the end of our Best New Beers of 2015 state-by-state roundups. This one is a little different from the others in that it comes from a territory and also that the panel has presented a top five rather than…

Best New Beers of 2015: Queensland News

We should probably start the year by publishing a forward looking article, but we've still got our final Best New Beers of 2015 piece to run. This time it comes from Queensland where, after a few aborted attempts to pull together a panel featuring some of Brisbane's bloggers, our main man in the state,…

Best New Beers of 2015: Tasmania News

With just a few days left until Christmas, it’s time for us to kick off our annual look back at the best beers of the year just gone. As in previous years, we’re focusing solely on new beers released for the first time in the past 12 months, although this can include new versions or vintages of previous…

Best New Beers of 2015: South Australia News

The beer scene is booming in South Australia. Recent years have seen an explosion of new brewing companies – big and small – and there is a growing number of venues supporting them.Crafty Pint SA Matt King gathered a panel of beer aficionados (all bearded, of course), who together drew up a list…

Best New Beers of 2015: Western Australia News

We're (almost) at the halfway mark in our look back at the best new beers released across Australia in 2015. This time we move to WA, where two of our regular contributors, Pia "girl plus beer" Poynton and Guy "Goodtimes Craft Beverages" Southern joined two local beer experts to select their pick of…

Best New Beers of 2015: New South Wales News

As 2015 draws to a close, so too – nearly – does our seven part look back at the year in beer. Today's Best New Beers of 2015 focuses on New South Wales, where a panel compiled by Nick O came together to nut out the new beers that had impressed them most over the past 12 months.You can read our wraps…

Best New Queensland Beers of 2016 News

This is a difficult topic. Individual palates are different and experiences surrounding the consumption of a good beer can vary immensely. It’s contextual.  A keg of your favourite brew could just as easily (albeit cruelly) be rolled off a cliff by your best mate who hated the sight…

Best New WA Beers of 2017 News

Last year’s Best New WA Beers list commented on the growth of WA venues supporting new WA draught only releases. In 2017, this trend has accelerated with more than half of this list’s beers released at festivals, venues and growler filling outlets. Put simply, the best of the West continues…

Best New WA Beers Of 2019 News

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 SA Beers of 2016 News

A new beer release can be an exciting prospect for anyone in the craft beer community in more ways than one. At the moment of inception, it can send the brewer excitedly reaching for their pilot kit; once fully formed, it can have eager venue managers pursuing the…

Best New Tasmanian Beers of 2016 News

This gig is getting tougher. If you’d made me compile a list of my favourite Tassie beers released a few years ago, it’d be finished in half an hour. Nowadays, though, working out which crafty concoctions deserve a mention in the best of the Tasmania’s brews for 2016 has taken many weeks,…

Best New Queensland Beers Of 2017 News

Queenslanders are notorious for their copious beer consumption. But no longer are they all content to stick to monochromatic cans and decals (and flavours). Now, they cry for something other than just volume – they cry for quality, variety and innovation. New breweries are popping up faster…

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 WA Beers of 2016 News

Looking back at the past 12 months in the Western Australia beer scene, 2016 was a year that saw the growth of double IPAs and the rise of the XPA and niche sours. Interestingly, amid a whirlwind of perceived beer fads, the year also saw one of the state’s most iconic, hop focused craft breweries…

Best New NSW Beers Of 2016 News

In a global context, 2016 was the year when the power grab in the boardroom of the beer gods reached a crescendo. That the world’s biggest beer company, AB InBev, devoured the second biggest, SABMiller, is not entirely astonishing. That the new company is, by some estimates, responsible for making…

Best New WA Beers Of 2018 News

Phew! What a year! If your head is spinning, don't worry as you're not alone. It seems likely 2018 will be remembered as the year that WA beer arrived in a big way. Yes, there’s plenty more to come, but already there are telling signs the market is changing – and rapidly. It’s been a year…

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 Victorian Beers of 2016 News

Christmas is approaching, which means it's Best Of time in publications the world over. And, while we tend to avoid list-based articles on The Crafty Pint as much as possible (despite the fact the human psyche seems drawn to them like flies to moths to a lightbulb), this is one time at which we happily…

Best of NSW Showcase at The Alehouse Project Event

Having kickstarted its around the states series of Australia's best beers in WA late last year, The Alehouse Project heads to the opposite coast to kick off 2015.The venue has lined up beers from 19 of the state's growing band of breweries, including some that haven't been seen on tap in Victoria before.The…

Font of Darkness 2015 at The Wheaty Event

If you're afraid of the dark, you best stay away from The Wheaty this July as they usher in the sixth incarnation of their Font of Darkness. July 1st will kick of a sacrificial rite whereby 60 dark beers from 30 breweries are ushered towards the tap font and poured for your pleasure. Be prepared to explore…

Pint of Origin 2015 Event

For the fourth Good Beer Week in a row, The Crafty Pint is delighted to be involved in the Pint of Origin.This time around, between May 16 and 24, nine of Melbourne's finest good beer-supporting establishments will become home to brews and brewers from the six Aussie states plus the USA, Europe and New…

The Alehouse Project New Years Eve 2015 Event

If you like your year to end with a beer and a bang, look no further than Brunswick East where The Alehouse Project is putting on something special. As with previous years, brewers have produced exclusive, one-off beers (and ciders) just for this night. For your part as a ticket-holding punter, you get…

The Dark Side of Beer 3 at The Alehouse Project Event

“Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely.” So goeth the words of Pulitzer Prize winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, but it's highly unlikely she was talking about beer. However, we are – and an awful lot of good, dark beer at that. Form Monday 13 July through to Sunday 26 July, The…

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…

Craft Beer Rising 2015 Event

After a cracking first event in 2014, Craft Beer Rising returns to Australia to celebrate local beer from local brewers at the best local venues.The national day in celebration of the amazing things taking place across Australia was instigated by The Crafty Pint last year and saw 100 Risings take place…

South West Craft Beer Festival 2015 Event

The south west region of WA is blessed with a ridiculously large number of microbreweries – a number that continues to grow too.And the best and easiest way to see what they're all up to is to visit the annual South West Craft Beer Festival.In 2015, it returns once more to the beautiful grounds of…

NZ Craft Beer Symposium 2015 Event

Last year, The Catfish hosted a Waitangi Day celebration in conjunction with a crew of Kiwi beer lovers and with the support of the City of Wellington and the city's Beervana festival. It went off like a rocket and is back. And bigger too.The Catfish is once again hosting an event to mark New Zealand's…

Good Beer Week Gala Showcase 2015 Event

Beer lovers will be able to sample new brews, meet new brewers and get their hands on the Official 2015 Good Beer Week program when the Gala Showcase returns in March.The event will see 23 (now 24) Australian breweries showcasing their wares at the event's flash new venue, Fitzroy Town Hall, on March…

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