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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…

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…

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 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…

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…

Wolf Of The Willows & Ale Of A Time Southern Brut IPA Beer

They've been busy, um, wolves down at their Bayside brewery in recent weeks. This is the third new can we've had from Wolf Of The Willows in a month, all featuring artwork by their illustrator buddies BySequence and Studio Worldwide, and the second of them to involve collaborators. This time around,…

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,…

Wolf Of The Willows The Woodsman Amber Ale Beer

In this day and age, when most beers are supercharged versions of what they would have been in the past (and by past we mean any time up to the last decade), it can be easy to forget how things used to be. How beers like amber ales used to be, as the name would suggest, predominantly about the malts…

Clifton Hill Brewer's Series: Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout Beer

You'll often read or hear about the importance of dealing in subtleties when playing with flavours – particularly big flavours – in beer. And when it comes to big in beer imperial stouts are up there, as is the potential impact that can be gained by ageing one in a barrel previously used for bourbon.…

Help Us Get Blind: XPAs News

For our first blind tasting of 2019 we're going to take a look at XPAs. Sure, it's a category that remains open to interpretation but plenty of people are brewing and drinking them so it seems only right – especially as the first time we looked at such beers there were hardly any in existence. To…

Hottest 100 Kiwi Craft Beers Of 2018 News

In a display of dominance generally only enjoyed by the pervasive architects of our digital economy, Garage Project have crushed the field to tally 25 beers in the GABS Hottest 100 Kiwi Craft Beers of 2018. The pageant of colourful beers from the Wellington brewery was led by the malevolently named…

Crafty Crawls: The Frankston Line News

The very first Crafty Crawl to appear on this site featured a public transport route – the 86 tram in Melbourne. That most famous of the city's trams has only gone on to become better and better over time. Yet, who would have thought the train line connecting Melbourne with the long-suffering butt…

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…

Best New NSW Beers Of 2018 News

Before attempting to justify the makeup of this list, let’s get the excuses out of the way.  There’s no way any one person can try every new beer made in this state. The place is too damn big and there are too many breweries making too many beers for it to be anything close to manageable. That…

The Story Of: Pacific Ale News

It's the middle of 2007 and three mates are gathered in the kitchen of a house in the Melbourne suburb of Surrey Hills. They're surrounded by 45 different bottles of beers. It's a motley lineup, one that stretches from Czech pilsners to Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, from Mountain Goat…

Getting Blind With Crafty: NEIPAs News

Well, that was an interesting one. For our final blind tasting panel of 2018, we looked at one of the beer styles that has burst into unlikely prominence in the past couple of years: New England style IPAs or NEIPAs. It's a type of beer that's been much debated and in many different ways. It seems…

Help Us Get Blind: NEIPAs News

Having brought our blind tastings back from a hiatus earlier this month, we're closing out 2018 with another looking at NEIPAs. To whittle the list down to a manageable number, we're asking you to help by voting for your favourites.. As with previous tastings, the beers must be available in package…

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…

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…

Help Us Get Blind: Mid-Strengths News

Following our Golden Age Of Mids? feature, we're bringing our blind tastings out of hibernation to see who's doing such beers the best. We're getting a panel together in early November and want your help picking the lineup.Given we sampled "session sours" earlier in the year, we're keeping this…

The Golden Age Of Mids? News

There’s never been a better time to be in the market for a lower alcohol beer. Where once your choice was between a lager from one of the major brewers or one of a tiny number of light beers from smaller producers, today there are brewers adding flavoursome beers at 3.5 percent ABV or lower to their…

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…

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…

Crafty Crawls: The 86 Tram Pt II News

When we launched our Crafty Crawl series with a trip along Melbourne's 86 tram route, we were able to just about squeeze all the bars and brewpubs we thought you should check out into the one article. But, such is Melbourne's growing appetite for craft beer, having one article for the country's…

World Beer Cup Winners 2018 News

Brewers in separate pockets of Australia are toasting success this afternoon, after three Australian breweries took out medals at this year's World Beer Cup in Nashville, Tennessee. The winners in this year's competition – the biggest of its kind in the world – are James Squire, WA's…

Crafty Crawls: The 19 Tram News

Way back when we launched the Crafty Crawl series, it started out on one of Melbourne’s most iconic tram routes: the 86. And, while it's doubtful you'll find many public transport routes with such a plethora of good beer venues as that one* anywhere in the world, it's not the only line in Melbourne…

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…

Brew & A: Ben Simmons News

When Ben Simmons was finishing a degree in music, he got a job at a Thirsty Camel. There’s nothing too remarkable about that: students looking for income unrelated to their studies is pretty commonplace. That said, this Thirsty Camel was a little different to most.  Being attached…

Good Beer Week 2019 (VIC) Event

Australia's biggest annual celebration of good beer returns for a ninth time in May, as Good Beer Week takes up residence across Melbourne and Victoria for another ten day extravaganza. You can look forward to all manner of events with fun at their core, expand your beer knowledge in the company…

WA Beer Week 2018 Event

WA Beer Week is by far the longest-running of all such festivals in Australia and has been gathering momentum in recent years. The lineup for 2018 is as diverse and colourful as you could hope for, taking in parties, new beer releases, dinners, golf, blind tastings and much more besides. It kicks off…

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…

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 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…

Sydney Beer Week 2018 Event

Sydney Beer Week returns to venues across the city this October, with a typically kaleidoscopic lineup of events. You can view the full program and plan your week of action here. It kicks off with the Opening Gala at the Australian National Maritime Museum on October 26, heralding 130…

Brewer's Reserve #2 Launch at The Clifton Hill Brewpub Event

Considering Clifton Hill Brewpub's first Brewer's Reserve took out top spot in our recent blind tasting of session sours, the next release is likely to be one worth grabbing. The second beer in the series is a Brett Rye Saison that has been ageing away in pinot noir barrels for six months before…

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…

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…

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