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The Monkey Bar Venue

The Central West NSW city of Dubbo, around five hours drive inland from Sydney, is much like many other regional centres. The soil is red, the people are warm and welcoming and, up until 2017, craft beer was scarce – at least until husband and wife team Tim and Cass Smith opened The Monkey Bar, a venue…

Bad Shepherd Peanut Butter Porter 2020 Beer

They've gradually been transitioning their beers into cans for quite some time now. And, as we move through 2020, they've been getting rather bolder with them too. Exhibit 1: the return of Peanut Butter Porter, which first appeared in black and tan cans as entry nine in their Brew Crew Series last summer…

BentSpoke Brewing Co Descent 19 Beer

Given his history at the Wig & Pen, there would have been an expectation when BentSpoke opened in Canberra that Richard Watkins would be set free to unleash an array of the experimental and the unlikely upon drinkers. Yet, while visitors to the brewery's Braddon HQ have been able to try a multitude of…

Feral & Old Faithful Walrus Tears Beer

An American BBQ joint, an ex-Captain America artist and a shower beer blogger walk into a brewery. No, really, they did and the result was no half cooked idea or rush at opportunism. Instead, Walrus Tears is a poised lemon and rosemary gose that celebrates the flavours of low and slow cooking. The…

Cheeky Monkey Hop Flinger IPA Beer

As far as images you might want to associate with things you're planning to put in your mouth, a monkey flinging poo probably isn't that high on your list (unless you're a subscriber to niche websites). But, for their latest limited release in cans, Margaret River's Cheeky Monkey has decided to go there,…

Hargreaves Hill Old Brown Beer

In his brewery's 11th year, Hargreaves Hill founder Simon Walkenhorst reckons they've made their best beer yet. The Old Brown was snuck out at a few places during Good Beer Week but most of the kegs were held back until the noise had died down a little. It's another beer, like those just released by…

High Country Brewers Rule 47 Collaboration 2014 Beer

The beauty of a beer writer joining a brewery in a marketing role: they love the opportunity to exercise their writing talents. Case in point is James Davidson, former Beer Bar Band blogger and Brews News contributor now ensconced happily at Bright Brewery in the Victorian High Country, which hosted…

Hargreaves Hill / Bodebrown Lupolado Bock Beer

Last year, a travelling Tasmanian beer blogger who had written a piece for The Crafty Pint before setting off around the world called in to Bodebrown, a small craft brewery in southern Brazil. They'd recently won the Best New Exhibitor title at the 2012 Australian International Beer Awards and made Adam…

The Collaborators: The Post Project News

On an evening in early February 2011, one of the few gatherings of the Australian Beer Writers Guild took place in Josie Bones, the beer-centric Collingwood restaurant opened by Masterchef contestants Chris Badenoch and Julia Jenkins. …

Brew & A: Caolan Vaughan News

Think Stone & Wood and the first thing that will come to mind is Pacific Ale. The brewing company launched in Byron Bay a decade and a bit ago is much more than that, of course. Among its many parts is the Counter Culture series of beers, launched in 2019 with the ridiculously good Killer Kween…

Australians Join Brewgooder's Global Gathering News

It was November last year when Brewgooder launched their Global Gathering campaign. Their mission was to bring together hundreds of breweries across the world to use craft beer help supply clean drinking water to some 100,000 people in need. Breweries would design their own beers and release…

Best New ACT Beers Of 2019 News

It's been an up and down year for the beer scene in the ACT. On the one hand, you have the two big-hitters, BentSpoke and Capital, continuing on their upward trajectories – kicking goals when it comes to the quality of their beers and expanding their reach (in particular BentSpoke) and, in the case…

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…

Behind Bars: Beer Cartel At Ten News

“When we bought the premises in 2011, we had sixty craft beers in stock; nowadays we have about a thousand. When we first moved in, the craft beer was just a small portion of the warehouse; now all the warehouse is craft beer.” Beer Cartel started with mission: to make great beer accessible to…

Beer Travel: Auckland News

Despite being New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland has always trailed Wellington and Christchurch when it comes to the title of the country’s best place to be a beer drinker. But the past few years, and an initiative launched in the past few months, has the place known as the City of Sails quickly…

The Booze World's Crowdfunding Barassi Line News

Close to a year ago, equity crowdfunding became available for proprietary limited companies in Australia – that is, businesses with a limited number of shareholders. You can read about it in our feature on the financing of brewing companies here. Since then, a number of breweries have turned…

Our Man In NZ: The Yeast Starters News

Yeast. It is arguably beer’s most important ingredient; without it, beer would not exist. But brewers’ options for sourcing high quality pitches of liquid yeast are almost nil in New Zealand.  Now, however, the duo behind Froth Technologies are hoping to change that.  When he lined up…

Modus Operandi: Five Years In Five Beers News

Do you remember where you were when you drank your first Modus Operandi beer? This nostalgic writer was at The Scratch’s Weekend of Darkness in 2015, where one of the beers was a Russian Imperial Stout aged in Lark whisky barrels from a young brewery down near Sydney. Drinking that beer was like being…

Kveik – Something Borrowed, Something True Blue News

In this article, we delved into the history of the Norwegian farmhouse yeast kveik. It's a recent arrival on these shores and one that's set to cause a stir thanks to its rather incredible properties: capable of fermenting at a whopping 40C or taking a mere 24 to 48 hours to finish fermenting.  Yet…

Kveik – Something Old, Something New News

You may have heard of this mysterious Norwegian brewing ingredient already. If you haven’t, you likely will soon. But just what is “super-yeast” kveik? Is it true it can fully ferment a beer in 36 hours? Is it somehow related to kriek, the cherry lambics originating in Belgium? Can it really…

Beer Nuts: Ode To The Road News

Australia's vast, wild and untamed countryside has long acted as a magnet that encourages exploration and expeditions.  For the earliest white explorers, those journeys could last a far shorter time than planned and leave a far smaller number of explorers by the end. Today, caravans,…

Best New ACT Beers Of 2018 News

Within the ACT, 2018 has felt like a year of consolidation for the local beer industry, but also one in which brewers have been extending their reach within the community via sponsorships and events. In the wider region, however, there have been plenty of new breweries pop up – although that's…

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…

Best New SA Beers Of 2018 News

Progression and new birth seem to be the common themes for South Australia in 2018. Growth in the sense that there were more than 230 new releases in 2018, which is 80-plus more than 2017. And it wasn’t just the list of beers that grew, with a number of breweries expanding – some into larger…

Best New Beers Of 2018: An Introduction News

As in previous years, we'll be ending 2018 with a look back at the best new beers released in the past 12 months. We'll do this via articles featuring the top ten from each of the states plus a top five from ACT. While the small but growing number of brewers of the Northern Territory…

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…

The Most Importantest Beers of 2018 News

Congratulations, friends, we’re almost there! Ding, dong, merrily on bloody high, it’s the beginning of List Season! And here at The Crafty Pint we take lists more seriously than any other publication. The 10 best Best beers of 2018, of 2018? Mate, this isn’t amateur hour. Of course! Critics'…

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,…

Wildflower's Foggy Morning At Bitter Phew (NSW) Event

'Tis a new month, meaning there are new Wildflower releases. Head to Bitter Phew to try the new Foggy Morning, which is made using 100 percent Stringy Bark smoked malt from Voyager Craft Malt.  Wildflower's Topher Boehm describes it as "a truly campfire, morning ash experience... the…

Craft Beer Fight Club at Dove & Olive: Valentinnies Day special Event

The much-loved Craft Beer Fight Club at the Dove & Olive – where brewers compete beer-for-beer and the audience decides on the winner – is taking on a slightly different format for 2016. Well, the format is actually much the same but they're condensing the action and putting something of a grand…

Ale Stars at Local Taphouse St Kilda feat. Martyn Cornell Event

Australia's most popular monthly beer appreciation night, Ale Stars brings together beer lovers, quality beers, delicious bar food, guest speakers and prizes in what must be one of the most entertaining ways to learn about everyone's favourite drink. With a theme for each evening: sometimes a style…

Ale Stars at Local Taphouse Darlinghurst feat. Martyn Cornell Event

Australia's most popular monthly beer appreciation night sees beer lovers indulge in themed tastings featuring the best beers from across the world. Sometimes featuring live link-ups with international brewers, almost always hosting a guest brewer in person and ' barring natural disaster or an act…

Beer Blokes Evening at Club Kilsyth Event

For all the buzz surrounding craft beer around inner Melbourne, you don't have to go too far to run out of options. It's a situation that's starting to change and one man that's been on a mission to facilitate that change is Peter Mitcham, aka [Prof Pilsner of the Beer Blokes](/features/post/blog-of-the-month-beer-blokes/). A…

Beer vs The World at The Courthouse Event

A Crafty Pint presentation of sorts, this sees us hook up with Scott Thomas, chef and owner of the [Courthouse Hotel](/beer/bar/courthouse-hotel/) in North Melbourne, for a top notch dinner where we pair exquisite food from chef Julian Hills with beer and other types of alcoholic drink in a battle to…

Beer Blokes Oktoberfest Dinner Event

Anyone who regularly attends beery events in and around Melbourne will probably have chanced upon Prof Pilsner, author of the [Beer Blokes](http://beerblokes.blogspot.com/) blog, first Crafty Pint [Blogger of the Month](/features/post/blog-of-the-month-beer-blokes/) and host of the regular Beer Blokes…

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