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Fortitude Brewing / Noisy Minor Brewer

Fortitude is one of the four virtues of antiquity. It means strength, endurance and the ability to confront fear, uncertainty and intimidation. Fortitude is steady, reliable and unwavering. Fortitude is solid as a rock… or, in the case of Fortitude Brewing, solid as a mountain. “An accountant…

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…

The Goods Shed Venue

On either side of the border between New South Wales and Victoria, separated by the Murray River, lie the twin towns of Albury and Wodonga. The latter, somewhat unfairly, has always lived in the shadow of the former, being slightly younger, smaller and home to fewer bars.  But, as most younger…

Staves Negative Tests, Positive Vibes & Lost At Sea & Frankie Beer

**Negative Tests, Positive Vibes** Smoked Pineapple & Lime Nitro Sour... Flies in the face of winter. Flies in the face of COVID-19. Flies into your face. Expect a solid sour tang, with lime acidity cutting through the pineapple flavour. The smoke is only gentle, like the charred effect on a slice…

Cheeky Monkey East Coast IPA Beer

The weekly sum of new 2020 releases can challenge the purchase decisions of even the most "checked in" beer fan, so the arrival of a new core range beer seems almost gleefully avant-garde or, at best, blindly optimistic, even if it’s hazy. And that would be the case here, if there wasn’t a longer…

KAIJU! & Thin Man Brewery Mortal Wombat IPA Beer

With borders closed and COVID-19 running rife through much of the planet, it's not really an ideal time to be creating an international collaboration. But if the pandemic has proven one thing it's that brewers are a bloody resourceful bunch. Thus it was that, following an introduction by a member of…

Blackman's Brewery Needs More Simcoe Beer

Normally, Blackman's on road legend Luke ensures their Same Day IPA releases arrive at Crafty Towers on the same day they're packaged so we can tell you about them ASAP to aid those seeking the freshest of hop hits. The release of Need More Simcoe was exactly the same, but with one small issue: there…

Bad Shepherd Unicorn Beer & Lumberjack IPA Beer

As is becoming increasingly apparent, not only have we reached a point at which the role of ABAC – the [Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code](https://craftypint.com/news/2174/the-big-issue-cracking-the-code) – has become a weekly discussion point but we seem to have moved beyond that to a place in…

Rocky Ridge Kenny Wagon Wild Zebra Beer

Rocky Ridge's first charity beer, Kenny Wagon Wild Zebra, is one very close to the brewery’s heart. McKenzie Spalding – aka Kenny Wagon - is the daughter of one of the Rocky Ridge team and is currently undergoing treatment for Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that affects the bones and connective tissue,…

Sailors Grave Breakfast Stout Beer

With hindsight, it was surely only a matter of time before Sailors Grave was going to address the issue of the drunken sailor. The brewery's name and nautical stylings almost demand it and their reimagining of traditional children's book illustrations throughout their branding seems a good fit for bringing…

Mash Brewing Little NEIPA Beer

Mash Brewing’s arrival into the turbid wort water of 2017’s style *de jour* sees a fresh take from the Swan Valley crew: a mid-strength New England IPA. This inspired iteration – one recently undertaken by Melbourne's Tallboy and Moose too – resolves the classic lack of body that plagues the…

Hop Nation J Juice Beer

Before Jedi Juice, Hop Nation had already proven to be a brewery that know their way around an IPA. The Chop is one of the best loved of those coming from Melbourne breweries and is but one of many variants they've released in their relatively short lifespan. For the 2017 GABS Festival, they added another:…

Willie The Boatman Wet Willie & Aye Aye Captain Beer

Given they decided to call their wet / fresh hop NEIPA Wet Willie, it's perhaps a surprise the double IPA released by Willie The Boatman around the same time didn't come with the prefix Big. Then again, the punsome title it bears is rather smarter and far less smutty, suitable for a beer of its tight…

The Big Issue: Quality News

As the craft beer industry and the audience for its beers grows, is there anything more crucial to its ongoing success than quality? With more people than ever before stepping away from mainstream beers to try something new, their first experience needs to be a good one otherwise they may be put off…

The Big Issue: Beer Quality News

From popping bottles and exploding cans to beers turning dark through oxidation or arriving at venues uncarbonated, there have been plenty of examples of beers leaving local breweries not quite right in the past year or so.  Sure, when there are thousands of new, often experimental beers being…

The Big Issue: The Canned Wagon Pt II News

Earlier in the week, we examined the phenomenal renaissance being enjoyed by cans in the beer industry. Part one of our Big Issue feature looked at the history of beer in cans and spoke to some of those who have helped bring them back to prominence. Today, Marie Claire Jarratt delves deeper in the company…

The Big Issue: Branding Revisited News

We looked at branding in a Big Issue feature on the site two years ago. But, with so many new businesses entering the market since then, existing ones relaunching and the phenomenal rise of canned beers providing a broader canvas upon which brewers can set artists and designers to work, it's timely…

The Big Issue: Ownership News

When was the last time a week passed without news breaking of a major brewery taking a significant stake or complete ownership of a craft brewer, either here or overseas? As the tectonic plates of the global beer industry continue to shift as never before, such moves happen with growing frequency. So…

The Big Issue: Skills Shortage News

Wind the clock back to March last year, to the moment breweries and venues across Australia shut their doors, and were you to draw up a list of the issues the pandemic was likely to cause you'd probably have come up with a fair few before landing on "skills shortage". Keg sales vanished,…

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…

The Big Issue: Cold Comfort News

It’s an adage as old as craft beer itself: beers are almost always best kept cold, especially hoppy ones. Unlike their hardy, pasteurised big brewery peers, you're best to treat them like milk; under 5C sounds about right. Yet, while the discerning beer drinker ensure they buy their…

The Big Issue: On A Wing & So Rare News

Travel back in time to the dim and distant past of, well, all the way to 2014 and you'll encounter a time when there was much discussion around the pros and cons of imported beer. Plenty of grey imports of dubious age were landing on these shores, while some worried that fascination with these…

The Big Issue: Private Label Beers News

Walk into a bottleshop owned by one of the country's major retailers and the shelves are likely to be stocked with more craft beer than ever before. But it's not just offerings from indie brewers or the homegrown and acquired craft brands of the big brewers filling the shelves and fridges – the…

The Big Issue: Brewer Shortage News

As the number of breweries in Australia continues to rise rapidly, it's not just competition for taps and shelf space that is intensifying. A shortage of experienced brewers is creating a headache for many of the country's smaller operations too. Stories of brewery owners "tapping up" employees of other…

The Big Issue: Drinking News

Let’s face it: working in the beer industry is a pretty sweet gig. You’re frequently surrounded by fun people in an environment that is based, more or less, around delivering good times to people via the means of flavoursome drinks, often in cool surrounds, with those drinks also possessing the…

The Big Issue: Exploitation News

The agreed line is that craft beer is a resoundingly good thing. And that working in the industry means you're the luckiest person alive. Yet what happens when someone's goodwill or eagerness to be part of it is exploited beyond all reasonable limits? Here, Kerry McBride peers beneath the…

The Big Issue: Sexism News

It was about two years ago I first noticed it happen. A Sydney brewery had just released a new beer I wanted to try, so I headed over to my local pub on a quiet Thursday afternoon. When I got there, the place was nearly empty, apart from a group of men in the brewery’s merchandise and another person…

The Big Issue: Ownership Revisited II News

Back in May, on the day the Independent Brewers Association (IBA) was launching its seal, we returned to the topic of ownership, one we'd first addressed in depth in late 2015. Between those articles, several other Australian brewing companies had been acquired by bigger operations: 4 Pines and Pirate…

The Big Issue: The Future Of Beer Fests II News

After Brewsvegas limped to its conclusion in 2020, with attendances reduced and events cancelled as pre-shutdown COVID restrictions tightened seemingly by the day, the Australian beer events calendar was pretty much wiped out. Months later, festivals did return in parts of the country that escaped…

The Big Issue: Who Owns Your Beer? News

Does independence matter? Or is the current discussion around ownership, as one brewery owner put it to us recently – although rather more pointedly, doing more harm than good to the industry? Shouldn't everyone brewing and selling beer be focused on quality instead? Is creating a…

The Big Issue: Ownership Revisited III News

Back in May, the Independent Brewers Association (IBA) launched its independence seal. The aim is to provide focus for the association's drive to encourage more drinkers to support local, Australian owned brewing companies. As of last week, 86 of the IBA's members had licensed the seal – chances…

The Big Issue: Crowdfunding Pt II News

Earlier this week, we ran the first part of our look at crowdfunding in the Australian craft beer world. It's something that has become an increasingly popular method of raising capital, for projects big and small and for both new businesses and those that are already established. Part one looked at…

The Big Issue: Cracking The Code News

Whether it's can designs deemed likely to appeal to minors or social posts encouraging excessive drinking, the local beer world has been keeping ABAC – the Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code – busy over the past year or so. Cheeky Monkey were reprimanded for their Ri-beer-na release and are currently…

The Last (Of The) Jedi at Hop Nation (VIC) Event

Of the many cases adjudicated upon by ABAC to get drinkers' heckles up, that concerning Hop Nation's Jedi Juice has been arguably the most hecklesome. After being told the can design didn't pass muster, the Footscray brewers have been working their way through existing stock prior to a relaunch. (Read…

BrewCon 2021 - CANCELLED Event

On July 27, the Independent Brewers Association (IBA) made the decision to cancel BrewCon due to issues with the venue and border closures, below is a note from the IBA to its members. The Indies will move online mid-October and be held in a similar fashion to 2020. ---------------- To our…

Beer Wars Melbourne Screening Event

The first of two screenings of *Beer Wars*, the American documentary about the US beer industry and the various battles going on between big and small, this one takes place at [The Local Taphouse St Kilda](/beer/bar/local-taphouse-st-kilda/). As well as the screening, there will be a brewer panel there…

Carwyn Collaborational 2020 – At Home Event

UPDATE (25/10)Well, that was a blast. Who'd have thought a beer festival at home could be such fun. Thanks to everyone involved in making it happen and everyone who played along at home.If you want to catch up on the day's chat – live and pre-recorded – jump on the link below. The timestamps for…

Beer Wars Sydney Screening Event

The second Aussie screening the American documentary *Beer Wars*, a film about the US beer industry and the various battles going on between big and small, this one takes place at [The Local Taphouse Darlo](/beer/bar/the-local-taphouse-darlinghurst-nsw/). As well as the screening, there will be a brewer…

Nomad's "I Remember My First Check-In" Untappd Beer Launch (NSW) Event

It's been ten years since the Untappd app began melding the new addiction of online social networking with the more classic addictions of drinking booze and oneupmanship.  And regardless of whether or not you personally love it for its ability to bring beer drinkers…

East Coast USA Showcase at Carwyn Cellars (VIC) Event

If you thought an East Coast showcase meant choosing between a thousand shades of hazy IPA, you'd be wrong. At least you would in this instance, for here it's geography over style.  Carwyn Cellars' East Coast Showcase is a relatively rare glimpse into the world of breweries from the far…

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