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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…

Wild And Wise News

On a recent trip to the UK, family duties meant beer business had to be squeezed into small windows. But, with Good Beer Week hooking up with London as its Good Beer Mates partner city for 2018 – and strict instructions to bring back samples for a chef preparing a course for the Mega Dega – a…

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…

Designed Seal Delivered News

The national body representing more than 200 of Australia's independent brewing companies has launched a new campaign encouraging drinkers to support local brewers. The Independent Brewers Association (IBA) unveiled a seal of independence at Stomping Ground Beer Hall in Collingwood last night,…

The Big Issue: Ownership Revisited News

In 2015 there was no bigger story in the world of Australian beer: Mountain Goat, one of the darlings of the county’s independent beer movement and a flag bearer for an industry enjoying a remarkable renaissance, was sold to Asahi. The news sent shockwaves through the beer world.  People…

The Good Beer Run News

As far as beer people go, Steven Blaine is one of the nicest you’ll meet. Besides a career with Little Creatures and now as the National Beer and Cider Category Manager for on-premise wholesaler 100 Proof, he hosts Cicerone study groups in Western Australia, motivated by a desire to improve beer…

Big Budget Bonus For Brewers News

Australia's smaller brewers are set for a major windfall thanks to a proposal within next Tuesday's Budget. It is a result of Treasurer Scott Morrison's plans to end a two-tier system that sees brewers charged 40 percent more tax for using smaller kegs – and to increase the amount of excise…

Starting A Brewery: If I Could Turn Back Time News

Over the years, we've run various articles looking at the trials and tribulations involved in establishing and running a brewing company. Two years ago, there was a two-parter featuring the thoughts of five brewery owners at different stages of their careers followed by people from other parts of the…

BrewCon 2018 Program Announced News

The program for the rebranded Australian Craft Brewers Conference and Craft Beer Awards – now BrewCon and The Indies – has been revealed, with the Independent Brewers Association (IBA) lining up some high profile international guests alongside local representatives. The events, which incorporate…

The Collaborators: Clint Weaver News

If you’ve ever opened a copy of Froth, enjoyed a can of CoConspirator’s Matriarch, or stepped inside Port Melbourne’s The Hack and liked what you’ve seen, you have Pocketbeagles to thank. More specifically, you've got the man behind the design studio, Clint Weaver to thank. While Clint’s…

Hops From On High News

When The Crafty Pint last caught up with Southern Highlands Brewing, Ben Twomey and Cameron James had just started brewing in a small barn in Sutton Forest. Since then, the brewery has hit some rather larger milestones. For one, in November last year, the Southern Highlands Taphouse opened,…

The Educators: Being Better At Beer News

The tiny bubbles were the only clue. The beer had just been poured and they were everywhere – not just on top, where they should be, but clinging to the wall of the glass in vast clusters. With only a few patchy streaks completely clear of the fizz, the whole thing resembled a satellite…

Through The Looking Glass II News

A year ago today, we published Through The Looking Glass, an article addressing some of the underlying issues we saw in the beer world. Looking back at it now, with the intention of looking forward again, one thing stands out perhaps more than any other: no matter how fast things seem to be moving…

The Crafty Pint's Top Stories Of 2017 News

We live in an era in which much traditional media is dying a slow, drawn out death and a new form of media, in which journalism is less important than eyeballs, pageviews and clicks, is taking over. As respected guardians of the art of journalism scramble to survive – weighing up the risks of a paywall…

Kicking Goals News

The Australian cricket team might still take to the field in The Ashes with XXXX Gold as a major sponsor and many years remain on CUB's contract at the MCG, but bridges continue to be built between the craft beer world and the country's sports clubs. Following the release of a beer for Melbourne…

Pirate Life Sold To CUB News

Adelaide-based brewing company Pirate Life has been sold to CUB/AB InBev. The announcement was made by CUB this morning, with a spokesperson telling The Crafty Pint everyone at the company is "pumped" and that it will mean the business can progress more quickly with plans for a second brewery in Port…

More On The Pirate Life Sale to AB InBev News

While the reaction to today's announcement that Pirate Life Brewing has been bought by AB InBev may have been tempered somewhat by previous brewery sales and discussion within the industry that the Adelaide-based operation was a likely target for acquisition, it has still sent fresh shockwaves…

Igniting A Sparkke News

We've seen protest take many forms in recent times, be it Colin Kaepernick seemingly ending his career (and enraging The Donald) by taking a knee before NFL games in the states or the Aria-winning AB Original providing a focal point for the ongoing debate around Australia/Invasion Day with January…

Confusion Deposit Scheme News

You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who has a problem with a government introducing new legislation to reduce litter. Yet the New South Wales’ Container Deposit Scheme (CDS), due to come into force this Friday (December 1), has many of the country’s small brewers and distributors up in arms…

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…

Price Wars Revisited News

Back in May, we ran a two-part Secret Brewer feature on the escalating price war within the Australian craft beer industry. Then, it seemed to be confined mainly to the ultra-competitive Melbourne and Sydney markets but, according to a number of brewers we've spoken to, the situation has been spreading…

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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