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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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: Coping With COVID-19 Part I News

“Broad strokes – it's shit, feels very flat, cut off, isolated…” As I was figuring out how to write this article, I asked members of The Crafty Pint team – a number of whom live in locked-down Melbourne – to share privately how their mental health had been affected during the COVID-19…

The Big Issue: Coping with COVID-19 Part II News

In part one of this two-part exploration of mental health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mick Wust spoke to people throughout the industry and a health expert about the unique way the events of the past few months have impacted people in and around the beer industry. Here, he speaks…

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…

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