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Boatrocker Brewery Brewer

Regular readers of The Crafty Pint will know all about Boatrocker already. Launched as a brewing company back in 2009, with its beers brewed at Southern Bay, its co-founder Matt Houghton has written a series of features about the trials, tribulations and excitement of starting a brewery (read them [here](/features/post/starting-a-brewery-the-boatrocker-story-pt-iv/)).…

Boatrocker Dank & Juicy IPA Beer

Boatrocker continue along the path of giving some of their beers names that are as much descriptors as mere titles, as Dank & Juicy IPA follows the likes of Dank & Bitter and Sterk & Donker into the fold. They've been on quite a tear with IPAs in 2019 and, if you've been following along at home, you…

Boatrocker Vintage Kriek & House Red 2019 & Apricot Wild Ale 2019 Beer

The Boatrocker brewers have been plundering their barrel stock and blending away to create three new releases – two new vintages of past beers and one a fruited sour that's been cellared for three years. Starting with the new new beer, **Vintage Kriek** is a blended wild ale aged on Morello cherries…

Boatrocker Coffee Brown Beer

They already have plenty of stouts in their oeuvre so when adding another dark beer to their winter 2019 offering Boatrocker looked elsewhere. Their gaze landed up England, specifically the country's brown ales. They also infused the beer with whole roasted coffee beans, but it's the English hops and…

Boatrocker Ramjet 2019 Beer

Of all the beers released in Australia each year, there are few that need an introduction less than Boatrocker's Ramjet. So let's cut straight to the chase with the 2019 version of the Starward barrel-aged imperial stout. On the booze front, it's been reined in from last year's [13.4 percent ABV monster](https://craftypint.com/beer/5418/boatrocker-ramjet-2018)…

Boatrocker Nexus IPA Beer

Boatrocker have come relatively late to the world of the hazy IPA, albeit there was the Jeepers Creepers sour NEIPA towards the start of 2019. So, given the brewery's reputation – not to mention their fine recent run on the hoppy beer front – you can imagine there was some pressure to get it right.…

Boatrocker G, K & W Australian Wild Ales Beer

Boatrocker co-founder Matt Houghton has doffed his cap to family members in the past and is at it again with a duo that forms part of three Australian wild ales released at the same time. The family member this time around is grandfather George Kingsley Sutton, who the labels tell us was variously an…

Boatrocker DDH IIPA Beer

We might still be in February but Boatrocker is closing in on double figures for new releases this year – or, at least, new releases and repackaged oldies. And, while there are the sort of barrel-aged beers for which the brewery has become best known among those new releases, there's a focus on hop…

Boatrocker Jeepers Creepers TDH SNEIPA Beer

If you wanted to put out a beer that ticked as many boxes as possible when it comes to current trends in the craftier parts of the beer world, you'd struggle to come up with one that outdoes this. It's not just an IPA, but a New England style hazy IPA. Not just that, it's sour too. And, completing the…

Boatrocker Kiwi Hop IPA Beer

Boatrocker is best known these days for its Belgian style ales, big, malty beasts and fruity blends. Yet it started out with the hop driven, yet still malty, Alpha Queen and has always had the odd pale ale and IPA floating around its core range over the years. And thus it is that the fourth Boatrocker…

Boatrocker Pilsner (cans) Beer

Pilsners have made irregular appearances in the Boatrocker lineup over the years. Hoppbier picked up an Australian International Beer Awards gold back in the brewery's earliest days and evolved into the Beer Garden Pilsner later on, so called as its inception can be traced back to brewery co-founder…

Building Moon Dog's World News

I can’t remember exactly when it was. Presumably midway through 2010, not long before The Crafty Pint was about to go live.  I was in Carwyn Cellars, chatting to then store manager James Greenfields and, while the specific date isn’t that important, it’s worth adding a little context.…

Boatrocker: Ten Lessons From Ten Years News

This weekend sees Matt and Andrea Houghton mark ten years since they founded Boatrocker. Back in the company's earlier days, as they were moving from contract brewing to their own brewery in Braeside, we worked with Matt on a series looking at the challenges of starting a microbrewery. So, as…

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…

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…

Best New Victorian Beers Of 2018 News

A bloodbath. That's how we've heard Battleground Melbourne described more than once in the past 12 months when it comes to the challenge of securing tap points – and then keeping them. More venues might be opening up their taps, but the vast majority remain contracted – and not just to the…

The Vinification Of Beer News

As anyone who’s ever taken a bottle of La Sirène’s Fleur Folie into a BYO wine-only dumpling place well knows, the lines dividing beer and wine are converging. Sure, the phenomenal growth of glamorously utilitarian cans and a relentless desire for novelty are taking beer in other directions too,…

The Gypsy Lifestyle News

At a time when multinationals are buying local breweries and other beer businesses, indies are snapping up other indies, hospitality groups are buying or launching their own beer brands and new breweries continue to spring up almost weekly, there's much discussion as to how the Australian beer…

Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of 2017: Analysis News

It only takes the briefest of glances down the GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of 2017 list for a few stories to leap out at you: the new number one, the utter domination of hops – particularly in the top ten – and so on. But drill down a little deeper and look at how the list has evolved…

A Day In The Life Of A Barrel Room: Goose Island News

For all the hype and noise surrounding the beer it produces, it’s remarkable how quiet Goose Island’s Barrel House is. From the outside it appears so unassuming too. You’d never guess that this single storey warehouse a little west of the Chicago CBD is home to one of America’s largest beer…

Getting Into The Spirit News

It may seem like the distant past for some, but it wasn’t too long ago that the Australian beer and spirits industries were rather homogenised affairs. Local producers were scarce and the determining factors behind what they offered drinkers were typically price and alcohol percentage. Granted,…

The Golden Goose: On Beer's Frontier News

Last year, the world’s largest beer company, Anheuser-Busch InBev, merged with the second largest, SABMiller. It was the biggest deal the beer world has ever seen. In fact, at greater than USD$100billion, it was among the largest acquisitions in history in any industry. For the average Australian…

Beer Travel: The Other High Country Beer Trail News

Many of those who enjoy hunting down locally brewed beer on their travels will be aware of the High Country Brewery Trail. It’s the ever-expanding route beer lovers can follow through (well, kind of up and down and in and out of) the Victorian High Country, stopping at the region’s many small breweries.…

Two Birds II News

To the dismay of millions around the globe, British stuffiness meant that one of the unlikely heroes of 2016 – Boaty McBoatface – never came to life; the organisation that had opened the naming of a new research vessel to the public opted for the hideously sensible David Attenborough instead*.…

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: The Canned Wagon Pt I News

Last year saw plenty of craft beer trends come and go, but nothing seemed to grow in popularity quite like canned beer. In 2016, the number of Australian breweries putting beer into cans more than doubled from the previous year, while the number of beers available in cans to make last week's GABS Hottest…

Behind Bars: Joel Beresford News

In no time at all – just 18 months at the time of writing – The Dutch Trading Co has become a major port of call for Perth’s craft beer explorers. The venue has managed to strike the perfect balance between craft beer hub and relaxed, convivial environment. And at the helm…

The Crafty Pint’s Top Stories of 2016 News

We've completed our look back at the year just gone via 2016's Best New Beers (according to our panels, at least) and had a look at what the year ahead may hold. But, as the craft beer world prepares to launch into another big year, we've got one more reflective post for you. This time, we take…

Through The Looking Glass News

There are more breweries and brewing companies in Australia than at any time in the country's history. Brewers are making a phenomenally kaleidoscopic range of beers, and quality, for the most part, is on the up. Beer lovers can indulge their every whim at more venues and festivals than ever before too.…

The Big Issue: Gotta Catch 'Em All News

As beer collecting and rating sites gain traction in the craft beer community to the point that it’s a borderline addiction for some, it seems all too apt that Pokémon has returned to the collective consciousness. Rare beers, barrel-aged versions and special releases abound, and the Pokémon battle…

Starting A Brewery Part I News

More people than ever are hoping to open their own brewery or brewing company in Australia. But turning a dream into reality isn't easy; in fact, it's bloody hard work. What's more, there are so many things to consider aside from whether you can brew a good beer and come up with a cool name for…

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