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Two Birds Brewing Warrior Woman 2021: Juicy Pale Ale Beer

It's not hard to work out why Two Birds call their annual International Women's Day release Warrior Woman. But it is the sort of name that suggests any beer under the banner should have a little fire in its belly. So, what of 2021's release, one that's very much in a style *du jour*? It's tagged a…

Red Hill Brewery Kolsch Beer

A few years ago, we did a Getting Blind With Crafty tasting of golden ales (remember when they were the rage?). One of the beers on the lineup was Red Hill's Golden Ale. It was their biggest seller and one that had been around longer than most, after all. At the same time, it wasn't a golden ale as understood…

Sauce Brewing 12 Hayz of Xmas Beer

Pursuing the mantra that too much of a good thing is folly, Sauce is ushering in Christmas with a mini celebration of a form of beer for which it’s becoming increasingly known, which is to say: hazy. Indeed, they began the week in which the celebration is launched with their Bubble & Squeak taking…

Wolf Of The Willows XPA (Cans) Beer

Melbourne's Wolf of the Willows was one of the first Australian breweries to release an XPA. Indeed, they launched with the XPA, explaining that for them the style meant: "extra pale in colour with extra hop aroma and flavour". It went on to take top spot in an XPA/session IPA Getting Blind With Crafty…

Tallboy & Moose & Carwyn Cellars Dark Side Of The Moose Beer

For the most part since they first opened the doors of their Preston brewpub, Tallboy & Moose have focused on making tight and generally lower ABV beers. That's certainly not the case here. Dark Side Of The Moose is the first imperial stout they have brewed since their We Make Beer days and the biggest…

Black Hops East Coast Haze Beer

What's in a name? If you delve into the backstory of Black Hops' new (sorta) core range hazy pale, rather a lot. You can [check it out on their blog](https://blackhops.com.au/how-east-coast-haze-went-core/) – a tale that takes in weather patterns, surfing, plenty of discussions, a name change, and…

Smiling Samoyed Hop Bandit NEIPA & Hibiscus Saison Beer

Kate and Simon at Smiling Samoyed are signing off for 2018 with a couple of limited releases that, in their own way, reflect trends from the past 12 months. In the one hand, you got a NEIPA, in the other a beer featuring flowers that's the so vivacious in colour it'll turn heads. The former is **Hop…

Hargreaves Hill R.I.S. 2017 Beer

Hargreaves Hill's Russian imperial stout, R.I.S., has long been one of the big beers we look forward to when it makes its occasional appearances. It's tended to be among the larger (11 percent ABV plus) and fiercer of locally brewed imperial stouts, not holding back on its roasted and bitter characters,…

Stomping Ground Watermelon Smash Beer

Collingwood brewery Stomping Ground launched its first tinnies over the festive period with flagship brew Gipps St Pale and Midsumma Festival collab PRIDElweiss. Now, while the mercury is still (mostly) high, they've sent their first seasonal out into the world. And it's a beer that's very much of its…

Fixation Brewing Obsession Session IPA Beer

The mystery beer referred to in our December 2017 blind tasting write up? That was this, a session-minded addition to the Fixation lineup of IPAs. Slotting in as the little sibling to the brewing company's flagship IPA, Obsession is a session IPA (also referred to on the label as "where extra pale ale…

Getting Blind With Crafty: American Pale Ales News

The rapid expansion of the craft beer industry has been a wonderful thing in oh so many ways. But it doesn't half make running our blind tastings something of a mission – especially when looking at pale ales. As outlined when we opened the voting round for the latest Getting Blind With Crafty sessions,…

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…

Getting Blind With Crafty: Hoppy Reds & Ambers News

After a longer than planned hiatus, we finally reconvened a blind tasting panel at the weekend for the return of the popular Getting Blind With Crafty series. For the uninitiated, this is where we pick a beer style, gather a panel of knowledgable beer sorts and ask them to assess beers in a competition…

Getting Blind With Crafty: How We Judge – 2021 Update News

We've been conducting blind tastings at The Crafty Pint since late 2012, both in-house and as public events across the country. They're always a lot of fun, frequently enlightening, and provide a great workout for the senses. As we get them underway for 2021, we've tweaked the way we source and judge…

Getting Blind With Crafty: Imperial Stouts Revisited News

Of all the blind tastings we've done at The Crafty Pint over the years, there was arguably none more eagerly anticipated – by both tasters and readers – than our look at imperial stouts in 2013. Four years later, we returned to the biggest, blackest and boldest of beer styles for another round…

Getting Blind With Crafty: Mid-Strengths News

A few weeks ago, we published The Golden Age Of Mids? and asked whether we're entering a golden era for mid-strength beers in Australia. There are more available than ever before and brewers are managing to find ways to pack them full of character too. As a follow up, we decided to dust down our Getting…

Getting Blind With Crafty: Imperial Stouts News

The most anticipated Blind Tasting yet in the short history of Crafty Pint Blind Tastings did not disappoint. Over several hours on Saturday, some of the biggest, blackest, boldest and booziest beers ever brewed in Australia were served up in flights of three to an eager tasting panel, producing the…

Getting Blind With Crafty: Session Sours News

Let's be honest. Even at a time when the very concept of beer styles is being challenged more than ever before – when battles can be fought around the parameters of session IPA or XPA, for example – you'd have one heck of a fight on your hands convincing someone "session sours" was a…

Getting Blind with Crafty: English Ales News

Given The Crafty Pint was founded by someone born in Burton-upon-Trent, home of the English pale ale and source of the brewing term “Burtonisation", there's an undeniable soft spot for ales from that part of the world at Crafty Towers. They may be as trendy as the proverbial sandal-and-socks combo,…

Getting Blind with Crafty: IPA (Part II) News

Such is the popularity of IPA in Australia right now that even spread over two sessions, focusing solely on New World style "straight" IPAs and with a few examples we were unable to source, part II of our Blind Tasting still saw 22 beers presented to the panel. Taken together with part…

Getting Blind With Crafty: Hazy Pales News

A new year brings a new start for The Crafty Pint's blind tastings. While the format remained mainly the same for our look at the increasingly popular hazy pale style – which you can read about here – there were a couple of changes. We switched the manner in which we source beers to better reflect…

Getting Blind With Crafty: IPAs News

After a couple of lager-centric panels to kick off what are now monthly Blind Tasting Panels, the third showdown saw a sharp shift in direction into the beer style that is probably closest to the hearts of more craft beer lovers than any other: IPAs. As our resident beer lover panel member (who may well…

Getting Blind with Crafty: Saisons News

There was an interesting build up to the most recent Crafty Pint Blind Tasting Panel. In our hunt to gather a solid collection of Australian and top international versions of the Saison style, we found ourselves collecting one bottle left in a paper bag – hidden outside the front of a house – and…

Getting Blind With Crafty: Pint of Origin Pale-Off News

The latest Crafty Pint Blind Tasting Panel was one with a touch of Good Beer Week about it. With the festival imminent – and amongst its attractions the expanded Pint of Origin state-by-state showcase – we decided to pit Aussie against Aussie (with a mere hint of overseas flavour to remain consistent…

Getting Blind With Crafty: XPA / Session IPA News

Let's face it: 2014 was a bit of a wash out for Crafty Pint Blind Tasting Panels. The popular, once-regular feature from 2013 suffered last year, with only one panel being convened on porters. So we've made a commitment to ensure we run them every six weeks or so throughout 2015, starting with a look…

Getting Blind With Crafty: Porter News

After a six-month hiatus instigated by a combination of incapacitation at Crafty Towers, a disgusting workload and then the inexorable passage of time, we finally got the Blind Tasting show back on the road at the weekend. Literally on the road too, taking it to Temple where one of the regular panelists…

Getting Blind With Crafty: Brown Ales News

What with things having turned cooler for most of Australia, for the fifth Crafty Pint Blind Tasting Panel we decided it was time to turn towards the darker realms of the beer world. And, with the star of the Sh!t Beer Geeks Say! video having debuted on the panel last time around, it seemed only right…

Getting Blind With Crafty: Christmas Ales News

“All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth. All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth…” Or in the case of a Christmas blind tasting, how about a classic coming out on top (to prove why classics are classics) and for there to be a jaw-dropping surprise at the top of the results table…

Getting Blind With Crafty: Saison Revisited News

Saison is a style that's much loved at Crafty Towers, one that's a favourite of many brewers and also a beer that chefs and sommeliers like to work with due to its subtle complexities. It's also a style that is seen a little more each year in Australia, both in terms of straightforward interpretations…

Getting Blind With Crafty: Pale Lagers News

For our final blind tasting of 2015, we looked at a style that's becoming increasingly popular with Australian craft brewers: pale lagers. We lined up 26 different beers from brewers big and small. Of these, 25 came from Australia, with one international classic there as a benchmark. In all cases, they…

Getting Blind With Crafty - IPA Blind Tasting At Bendigo On The Hop (VIC) Event

We love hosting blind tastings and have been doing so for years. We also love attending Bendigo On The Hop – and in 2019 we're combining the two. If you've got a ticket for the sold out festival on August 31 then you could add a bonus feature to your day and join us for one of our Getting Blind With…

Getting Blind With Crafty at Sydney Beer Week – SOLD OUT! Event

For Sydney Beer Week 2018, we're bringing our popular Getting Blind With Crafty event to The Oak Barrel. These blind tastings give you the chance to taste some amazing beers using just your senses – with no preconceptions as to the beer or brand in your glass, you'll find out what you really…

Getting Blind With Crafty In Public: Reds & Ambers (VIC) Event

Join The Crafty Pint as we take our blind tastings public in the company of Tallboy and Moose. Starting in June 2017, the plan is to host a public blind tasting featuring the top rating beers from the most recent Getting Blind With Crafty tasting on the site. We'll invite 30 paying guests to join…

Getting Blind With Crafty at WA Beer Week III – Sours Event

For the third year running, we're heading back to The Dutch Trading Co for a blind tasting as part of WA Beer Week. After IPAs in 2016 and India Red Ales in 2017, this time we're focusing on the venue staff's favourite part of the beer spectrum: sours. We'll be presenting a diverse collection of sour…

Getting Blind With Crafty In Public: Imperial Stouts Event

Join The Crafty Pint as we take our blind tastings public once more in the company of Tallboy and Moose. We're inviting 30 paying guests to join us to sample nine of the top beers in our most recent blind tasting, which featured imperial stouts. Space is very limited with tickets for the…

Getting Blind With Crafty In Public: Sours Event

Join The Crafty Pint as we take our blind tastings public once more in the company of Tallboy and Moose. We're inviting 30 paying guests to join us to sample as many of the top beers from our most recent blind tasting we can get our hands on. This time around it was session sours. Space…

Getting Blind With Crafty In Public: APAs Event

Join The Crafty Pint as we take our blind tastings public once more in the company of Tallboy and Moose. We're inviting 30 paying guests to join us to sample 12 of the top beers in our most recent blind tasting, which featured American pale ales. Space is very limited with tickets for…

Crafty's Pint of Origin Blind Tasting Pale Off Event

The Crafty Pint is heading to Hobart for the inaugural Beer Lovers Week. And while there we'll be taking our [Blind Tasting Panels](/features/post/getting-blind-with-crafty-imperial-stouts/) public for the first time. We're running a Pint of Origin style "Pale Off" at [Tattersalls Beer & Food Hall](/beer/bar/tattersalls-beer-food-hall/)…

Crafty Cabal Exclusive: Blasta Brewing Tour & Tasting (WA) Event

Friday evening brewery tours are becoming something of a ritual for The Crafty Cabal at WA Beer Week now. Following Feral and Nail in 2016 and Nowhereman last year, we're inviting supporters who've signed up to our beer lovers bonus scheme to join us at Blasta in Burswood on November…

The Crafty Pint's IPA Blind Tasting at The DTC Event

We love hosting blind tastings and run them regularly with industry experts for our Getting Blind With Crafty articles. And now we're heading to Perth to host one as part of WA Beer Week. It's taking place at The Dutch Trading Co from 4pm on November 19 when we'll be lining up some of the…

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