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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…

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…

Brewhouse Margaret River In The Pines NEIPA Beer

The recent creative run from Brewhouse Margaret River brewery has brought them to one of the styles of the moment, the NEIPA. That said, the brewery has taken some licence with their expression in creating a beer that leans a little closer to a classic IPA than the trubby examples that threaten to hold…

Nail Brewing Red (Cans) Beer

Originally released in late winter 2014, the benefit of hindsight now sees Nail Red as something of a watershed moment for John Stallwood and co at Nail. The Bassendean brewery’s trophy cabinet was already bulging with accolades from its first near fifteen years of operation but the market had by that…

Noisy Minor Red Ryeding Hood Beer

This American red ale loaded up with a fair whack of rye malt has been around since the earliest days of Fortitude / Noisy Minor and returns in big can format summer 2018/19 as part of the "Box Of Noisies" put together by the brewery team, alongside ANZUS IPA and Swooping Saison. It's a beer in which…

Noisy Minor Swooping Saison Beer

What will become of the saison in Australia? There are many, many brewers for whom it is a favourite style, able to be both subtle and complex, to offer up an array of aromas, flavours and textures, suitable for pairing with almost any food type you can imagine. Yet, at the same time, it's a style that's…

Wolf Of The Willows Pacific Sour Beer

At the sours blind tasting we held as part of WA Beer Week in 2018, it was fascinating to see where different attendees' preferences lay, from those who enjoyed those of a hoppy and low acidity bent to those who were all over the fruit and others that were looking for the funk. And, with this new "tropical…

Grifter Brewing Co Pearly White Beer

They’ve made a lot of different styles of beer at Grifter but, until now, never a witbier. Then again, upon reflection, few in Australia make them. Wheat and oats are used widely, but so much as a means of showing them off in the style of beer that puts them so front and centre. That makes Pearly White…

Wolf of the Willows PILS Beer

Wolf of the Willows' green tinnie is tagged as an Australian pilsner. With good reason too. It's brewed with all Aussie malts and locally grown Enigma hops too. Yet were you presented with the liquid in a glass and given no prior briefing you could just as easily believe you'd been given a pilsner from…

Wolf of the Willows & Lark Distillery Imperial JSP Beer

In a world in which the release of barrel aged beers seems to be a weekly occurrence, The Barrel Exchange Project is a meeting of malts with a difference. The collaboration between Wolf of the Willows and Lark Distillery saw the Wolf brewers head to Tasmania to select six Lark barrels to be shipped across…

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,…

Brewhouse Margaret River Küttback Kolsch Beer

When not referencing the owners in naming of their beer lineup, it makes sense that Brewhouse Margaret River would use surfing terms; the region's worldwide big-break reputation is partly built on the earlier surfing settlers of the 60s and 70s who found the secluded beaches and waves by carving paths…

A Critical Hit: Beer & Games News

Beer and games: a concept so simple and inherently complementary it’s difficult to imagine why it’s taken so long to become a thing. Indeed, it’s especially baffling in Australia where, according to The Digital Australia study, 67 percent of Australians play videogames. For those playing at home,…

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…

Now That's Good Drinking News

“Alcohol is a great conversation starter. How often when you're enjoying a drink with a friend or stranger do you start solving the problems of the world?”Agi Gajic, Sparkke For years, philosophers have grappled with the question: What makes a beer a good beer? (If this doesn’t sound true…

In Memoriam: Benji Bullen News

This weekend sees the team at KAIJU! host a fundraiser for Beyond Blue at the brewery. The event is in honour of a beer lover, rep and barman who took his own life late last year. Here, KAIJU! co-owner Callum Reeves pays tribute to Benji Bullen. Nat and I met Benji Bullen when we were just…

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…

Women In Drinks News

"Women in drinks are not an anomaly or a quirk – we are a very real part of this industry…"Jayne Lewis – Two Birds Brewing Most of us look forward to the day when conversations about gender in the craft beer industry are no longer necessary when gender – along with sexuality, race,…

Behind The Hottest 100 Kiwi Beers Of 2018 News

The results of the third GABS Hottest 100 Kiwi Beers were announced at the weekend. Our Man In NZ, Jono Galuszka, spoke to some of the people making the stories in this year's poll. McLeod's The scent of hazy hoppy things has truly entranced New Zealand beer drinkers, with the broad style making…

Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers Of 2018: Analysis News

Maybe there's as much of the data nerd as the beer nerd within the Crafty team but we do enjoying taking the Hottest 100 results and seeing what, if anything can be surmised. And here's what we came up with from the 2018 results. Get out the vote From the very start, when it was just a bit of fun…

The Best Of The Crafty Pint In 2018 News

No media organisation worth their weight in clickbait rounds out the year without republishing a list of their top stories of the year. Then again, given our writers covered more ground across the Australian beer world than ever before to share the stories of an industry in arguably the most exciting…

Big Years In Beer – 2018 News

It's been a big year for beer in Australia, but some have had bigger years than other. Here, we invite people from each state and territory who've had momentous years in one way or another to reflect on the past 12 months. ACT – Richard Watkins & Tracy Margrain of BentSpoke Brewing Co   Awards…

Unfamiliar Territory News

Back in January, we ran an article on the beer scene in and around Darwin. With a new brewery on the way, we wrote, "it means 2018 may be the year in which there will be enough beers brewed there to be able to include all six states and both territories in our end of year roundups." Close…

The Incubators: Batch Brewing News

This is a story of stories. Of influence and invisible threads. Mostly, though, it's about two people and their brewery.  Chris Sidwa and Andrew Fineran are not from around here but five years ago, in December 2013, they opened a brewery here, in Marrickville. Back then they had this idea that…

RateBeer Looks To The Antipodes News

One of the world’s better known – and oldest – beer rating services, RateBeer, is expanding its operations in Australia, with the intention being to use the country, as well as New Zealand, as a testing ground for the next stage in its evolution. The expansion has seen RateBeer establish…

Aussie Beerstagrammers: Slybeer News

Instagram is becoming an increasingly important tool for many businesses. In the beer world, it's also the platform being embraced by a new form of beer blogger, where words are secondary to photography and artwork. Some beerstagrammers are embracing the opportunity with both arms (and a clutch of cameras,…

Going Green: Carbon Reduction News

There's a good chance you've been been hearing a lot about this thing called climate change and how we all have to do something about it. Well, instead of grabbing a beer and waiting for things to blow over, Batch Brewing Co owner Christopher Sidwa and the brewery's bar and supplier relations…

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 Story Of: Hop Hog At Ten News

In 2008, the field was wide and open for those who’d already launched a brewery in Australia. But, if you were living within that world, your view was probably far more myopic.  Back then, the challenges of gaining shelf space and taps – not to mention fighting to have craft beer recognised…

Black Mark For Black Hops? News

The naming of and promotion surrounding a new release from Gold Coast brewery Black Hops has come in for fierce criticism, described as sexist and even "rapey" in nature and, according to one brewer that has contacted The Crafty Pint, represents "a new low for Australian craft beer". The…

Going Green: Grants News

What would you do for $50,000? Jump on a game show? Sit glued to Sunrise each morning and hope when the cash cow calls it's your phone that rings? If you’re a brewery owner, how does doing a bit of paperwork then buying some equipment you need sound? The potential of government grants to help…

Balter Top 2018 Craft Beer Survey News

The mantle of craft beer's top dog appears to have been passed, with the 2018 Australian Craft Beer Survey placing Balter as the country's best. It follows the Gold Coast brewery's number one spot for its XPA in the most recent GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers poll, making it back-to-back victories…

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…

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…

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