Time for our monthly update on goings-on with The Crafty Pint's beer club, The Crafty Cabal. And what a busy month it's been.
Wherever you are, inside or outside lockdown, there's a growing number of online deals we've recently added for members. With many breweries having moved to direct-to-customer sales through their websites, they'll be a big feature of the Cabal going forward too, as will online events.
Speaking of which, thanks to everyone who joined us for our first Virtua-Cabal event with 3 Ravens and thanks to head brewer Brendan O'Sullivan for being as informative and lovely a host as ever.
Before we get stuck into what's new, congrats to all the winners from our most recent case giveaways. Simon Keam, Sharon Page, Rob Boucher and Stacey Stirling each won cases of Fixation's flagship IPA, Kelly Whyte and Nic Van Dallen were successful in the ballot for mixed cases from Bright Brewery and Matt Aitken, Lachlan Mason, Andrew Welsh, David Harris and Dave Walls should each have received a case of Brick Lane's hoppy dark ale Revolver.
So, what's new?
Perth BeerFest Is Back
Perth BeerFest returns to WA on October 2 and 3, bringing another dazzling lineup of local brewers, entertainment, masterclasses and more. You can read about the festival here and thanks to the organisers, we've got a stack of passes worth $70 to give away.
Existing Crafty Cabal members can enter a ballot via their member's area and we'll pick winners at random on September 22. Or, if you're thinking about joining the Cabal or have a mate who is, you can get a pass as a signup bonus when you join here.
Given the current restrictions across the country, entries are limited to WA residents.
Virtua-Cabal Vol.2: Rocky Ridge
Rocky Ridge rose to prominence in a hurry in WA and have never looked back. In October, they're launching one of their most limited of annual releases and Crafty Cabal members can get their hands on the beer early to hear about it from the people behind it.
On October 17, we'll be beaming in head brewer Ross Terlick (or possibly brewery founder Hamish Coates - TBC!) and our main man out west, Guy Southern from Goodtimes Craft Beer, at 3pm AWST / 6pm AEDT for a live tasting of the beer plus two other "mystery" Rocky Ridge beers.
Register for the event now and you'll be sent a link to order the special beer pack; we'll send out a link to the stream closer to the time.
Given the impact of COVID-19 on postal services, we recommend Cabalistas order ASAP if they want to be part of the event fully prepared with beers in their fridge!
X Marks The Spot
As winter moved to spring, Canberra's Capital Brewing added a new XPA to their lineup. You can read about the beer here and if you want to get your hands on some fresh cans, the brewery has given us four cases to give away.
Enter both ballots through your member's area and we'll pick the Capital winners on October 7 and the Pirate Life winners on October 14.
We've added a whole stack of new deals recently, both online and in venues and breweries:
- If you're in Townsville, head into Tiny Mountain and enjoy two tasting paddles for the price of one.
- If you're in McClaren Vale, visit the Beresford Tasting Pavilion and grab a tasting paddle of Vale and Fox Hat beers and you'll get a second for free. If you want to buy those beers online, we've also set up a 10% discount on all orders.
- Sanctus Brewing opened in a beautiful part of Clarence Valley in northern NSW last year and Cabal members in the area can stop in for a free tasting paddle.
- Pirate Life are giving members a whopping 20% off orders from their online store.
- In Sydney's inner west, Willie The Boatman are offering a two-for-one deal on paddles too.
- If you want to try some of Deeds Brewing's myriad releases, Cabal members can enjoy 10% off all online orders.
- Cabal members in Melbourne's north who head into District Bottle Store and spend more than $50 on fine booze can walk away with a free Venom beanie.
- Head into Colonial Port Melbourne and save 10% on all six-packs and cases.
- Visitors to Beerfarm in the Margaret River region of WA can save 10% on takeaways. If you can't make it in, the same discount applies to online orders.
- Brisbane's Ballistic Beer have been kind enough to create Cabal deals for each of their three venues. Head into their Sailsbury home and enjoy a second beer for free, or head to the West End bar or Springfield brewpub for a free pint with your meal.
- At SA's Smiling Samoyed, you can get two-for-one tasting paddles every week plus a bonus bottle opener if you buy a bunch of beers to take home.
- There's 10% off purchases from Fury & Son's online store.
- Members can save 10% on Van Dieman's beers from their online shop.
- And you can save $10 on growler fills at Little Bang's brewery and get a free Galactopus stubby holder when you buy a case from them online.
Well, we make that 20 new deals added in just over a month, which is approximately $10 of the annual membership fee. Not bad going! Hopefully you're able to take advantage of at least one or two wherever you are and whatever your situation.
There's going to be loads more like this coming, plus more in-venue specials as things continue their return to normal, as we make sure a Cabal membership is the best money a beer lover can spend.
While we've got plenty in the pipeline, given we're working on a new look and a bigger and better beer club set to launch in November, if there's anything you'd like to see from The Crafty Cabal, drop us a line. We can't promise we'll deliver on every idea, but the more the merrier.
Until next we meet, online or in the flesh, stay safe – while #keepinglocalalive of course.