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Heroes and Villains Brewer

These days, you’ll find Heroes & Villains growing into their Osborne Park brewery, yet the story stretches back more twenty years, of which the past few have seen head brewer Shannon Mizen’s dream realised in liquid beer gold. Like many, Shannon began homebrewing as a means to save money, and…

Fixation Brewing Co Brewer

Around 2014, we'd often hear refrains along the lines of: "Everyone's got an IPA these days." Yet it didn't take much investigation to discover that, a few exceptions apart, this was far from the case. Sure, there were plenty of one-off or occasional draught only releases hitting taps, but in terms of…

The Craft & Co Amphora Tripel Beer

The Craft & Co’s Amphora Tripel is one of a few firsts for the small Collingwood outfit. It’s the first of the brewery’s beers to be released into bottleshops and also the first Australian beer brewed with clay to be bottled too. Having brewed Australia’s first amphora beer as a limited run…

The Craft & Co Signora Amphora Beer

Never heard of an amphora? If not, you wouldn't be alone, particularly when taken in the context of modern day brewing. They are large clay vessels once used regularly for fermenting wine and, on occasion, beer. As craft beer culture has fired up experimentation globally and brewers have looked for new…

Heroes and Villains Feel The Fiori IIIPA Beer

Having mates in symbiotic industries has not only helped Heroes and Villains' Shannon Mizen land upon an early brewery location, but now his caffeinated connection drips through this substantial West Coast IPA. “We had several conversations about the idea of a collaboration over the years, and this…

Fixation Brewing The 86 Hazy IPA Beer

They're not calling it a New England IPA as such, but one of the beers prepared for the launch of Fixation's brewpub, The Incubator, is a hazy IPA that sits closer to such beers than anything else they've released to date. Taking its name from the iconic tram line that runs past the venue's front door,…

Fixation Brewing The Fix (Bottles) Beer

It was while hosting a hop masterclass featuring various brewers, hop growers and sellers that we heard a panellist get straight to the point as to why American style IPAs have become so popular – and continue to grow in popularity. It's a pretty simple theory and one with which it's hard to argue:…

Heroes and Villains Beer Of The New Age (BOTNA) Beer

The beer that started it all. Well, commercially at least. Beer Of The New Age not only nods at a certain rock band, but is also a reflection of changing tastes. The modern pale ale malt base includes golden naked oats, Maris Otter, pilsner and a touch of CaraMunich for good measure, keeping the malt…

Heroes and Villains Attention Seeker Oat Loaded IPA Beer

Oat loaded IPA, you say? Well, that’s what Heroes and Villains’ main man Shannon Mizen has to say, although this latest entry in their limited release Villains series could just as well be considered in the oat cream IPA realm, and, despite the name, Attention Seeker does almost the opposite for…

Fixation Mighty Boy, 100, Blues For The Red Sun & Social Space Beer

When they sent samples of their August Incubator quartet, the Fixation team suggested an order in which to try the beers (not that I was planning on taking on all four at once, of course). It's the order they're listed above, but for the purposes of this write-up let's start at the end. Why? Because…

Fixation Brewing Totally Rad, Don't Brett On It & Paw Paw Pow Beer

Fixation’s Collingwood home has well and truly been living up to its Incubator name, with head brewer Sam Bethune averaging a new beer every week. So you can’t exactly blame him for contorting his IPAs into all kinds of different shapes. Of the latest trio, let’s start with the lightest and…

Fixation Brewing The Fix Beer

When this new venture between Stone & Wood and former Mountain Goat rep Tom Delmont launched last year, it was with the aim of brewing nothing but IPAs. So, having already built a reputation on the back of their flagship IPA, they're sticking to their word and following up with this double IPA. It's…

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…

The Story Of: Moon Dog Black Lung News

The Story Of... is a series in which we pay homage to notable Australian craft beers. They could be trailblazing beers that have redefined the scene, iconic beers with a place in history or beers that simply stand out from the crowd for one reason or another. Over the past couple of years, we've turned…

The Story Of: Korben News

The Story Of... is an occasional series on The Crafty Pint that's traditionally delved into the backstory of iconic and cult beers. It's been a while since we last ran one – and we may well expand it to include more than just beers in the future.For now, however, the series makes a comeback with the…

The Story Of: Watermelon Warhead News

"All men are created equal," said Thomas Jefferson rather famously, presumably intending to include "and women" if only he hadn't spilt his morning tea over that bit of his cue cards. But does the same apply to beers? Or are some beers greater – whatever that means – than others? For…

The Story Of: Bridge Road Brewers Chevalier Saison News

Back in 2005, Bridge Road Brewers was a small outfit in Beechworth, brewing beers out of Ben Kraus’ parents’ shed. Craft beer was still a relative novelty in Australia, certainly a far cry from where it is now, and with few independent breweries operating throughout regional Australia. Far…

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 Story Of: Boatrocker Ramjet News

For the second in our series looking at the story behind some of the coolest, most iconic or most sought after beers in Australia we ahowcase Boatrocker's Ramjet. The imperial stout has only been around a couple of years but has blown away pretty much everyone who has tried it. The beer even has…

The Story Of: Little Creatures Pale Ale News

If you ask Australian craft beer drinkers – or brewers, for that matter – to name their beer epiphany, Little Creatures Pale Ale would crop up in more stories than most. Indeed, we'd wager that a survey of all drinkers – at least those with a few years of discernment under their…

The Story Of: La Sirène Saison News

Traditionally, saisons were brewed by the farmers of the Wallonia region to be consumed in the warmer months. So, as the mercury starts to rise across Australia, we decided to feature a brewery that has put French and Belgian inspired farmhouse ales at the heart of everything it does as part of our…

The Story Of: Little Creatures Rogers' News

This week saw Little Creatures release a new Single Batch beer. Reinhold is a Sticke Altbier head brewer Russ Gosling describes as a German cousin to the brewery's mid-strength staple Rogers'. Here, Ross Lewis from The Sip, travels back in time with one of the Rogers in whose honour the beer…

The Story Of: Mountain Goat Hightail News

This month sees Mountain Goat turn 19, which means its first beer, Hightail, is also turning 19. A year on from the brewery's purchase by Asahi, we spoke to its brewer, Dave Bonighton, about the beer then and now, and the many other Goat beers it's inspired. When was the beer first conceived? Probably…

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…

A Day In The Life Of: A Festival Volunteer News

Beer festivals, for the most part, wouldn’t function without volunteers. It’s that simple. While there’s the romantic notion of volunteers enjoying a beer with brewers at the end of the festival and taking home some of the leftovers (and there’s some truth to this), the reality is usually…

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 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,…

A Day In The Life Of: A Venue Manager News

What's it like to work in the beer industry? As the local beer world expands at a rate of knots, the opportunities grow too. Our Day In The Life Of series aims to give readers a peek behind the scenes to understand what goes into making the industry tick. This time around, the focus is on venue managers,…

Felons To Storm Brisbane News

In 1823, after a month lost at sea, a few convicts stumbled upon what is now the Brisbane River: tired, hungry and, most of all, thirsty. A riverside brewery would have been just the thing to lift their spirits, but, alas, they were 200 years too early. As of October 2018, however, people down at the…

Aussie Beerstagrammers: All Of The Beers News

He grew up in Perth but it wasn’t until Matt Kukura hit the UK ten years ago that his beer journey began. This epoch also included a career change that saw him rubbing shoulders with giants of the beer world at an esteemed East London pub and, as result, falling down a beery rabbit hole. Or, as he…

A Day In The Life Of: A Beer Judge News

Next month, brewers and beer experts from across the globe will make their way to Melbourne to take part in the Australian International Beer Awards judging for 2017. It's the second largest beer awards of its kind in the world and leads into one of the biggest celebrations of good beer anywhere in…

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…

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