Articles by Crafty Pint

Grand Final - Great Beer

Want to know how multi-talented Aussie beer people are? Then check out the Grand Final Breakfast on Channel 7 this morning. At some point, a comedy duo called Elbowskin will perform a song about the game. Anyone who’s ever enjoyed a pint at the Courthouse Hotel in North Melbourne might recogni…

September 25th, 2010 by Crafty Pint


Taphouse Retains Title

September 23rd, 2010 by Crafty Pint

The Local Taphouse has been named Best Specialty Beer Venue for the second year running at the Australian Bar Awards. It picked up the award at Bartender Magazine’s glitzy award ceremony in the Grand Ballroom at Sydney’s Hilton Hotel – the event that marks the culmination of Bar Sh…


Grand Final Beers

September 21st, 2010 by Crafty Pint

When Geelong and Hawthorn met in the 2008 Grand Final, the fridge and sinks where The Crafty Pint watched the match were filled with Cooper’s and Mountain Goat. Twelve months later and the vastly different beer lineup in 2009 was a pretty fair reflection of how fast the Aussie beer scene was c…


Brew & A: Bridge Road's Nardia McGrath

September 20th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Whatever the current VB ads might have you believe, beer is anything but an exclusively male world. Look around the bars and breweries of Australia and you’ll find female brewers and bar owners, Beer Diva-hosted beer dinners, female beer bloggers and an audience at beer appreciation nights lik…


How Beer Is Made 2

September 17th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

It’s been around for millennia and takes on all manner of guises, yet making good beer’s really all about understanding how to use four simple ingredients in harmony: water, grain, yeast and hops. In the second and final part of his feature “How Beer Is Made”, Holgate brewer…


Koo's A Big Boy Now?

September 17th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Theirs is one of the best stories among a multitude of good ones in the Australian craft beer revolution: a bunch of mates who liked good beer and spent every spare moment over several years pulling in favours from friends and family to build a tiny brewery in a backyard shed. The Kooinda tale encap…


Who Invited Brett?

September 15th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Brett. A good Aussie name. One you could imagine belonging to a larrikin. The sort of larrikin who’s generally a pretty good sort but might gatecrash the odd party. And when he does, it’s 50/50 if he’ll prove the life and soul or turn it into a disaster. Which is pretty much how F…


Our Man In: America

September 13th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

A trio of Aussie beer lovers, who work in various roles in the Melbourne beer world, recently embarked on a 25 day tour of American breweries and beer bars. One of them, Tom Delmont, reflects on some of the lessons learnt amid the many fine beers.


Australia's Next Brewery

September 9th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Chances are there were many grand plans concocted over numerous beers on the day the Hawks won the flag in 2008. Equally, the chances are that few were remembered the following morning, let alone actually became reality. So congratulations to Matt Bebe and friends for turning finals fever into a bri…


Brew & A: Holgate's Ian Morgan

September 7th, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Ian Morgan is Paul Holgate’s right hand man at the Woodend brewery. The one-time US Marine is also an avid student of the history of beer, as you’ll see from his two-part feature “How Beer Is Made” elsewhere on the site. But what set him on the road to becoming a brewer? Whe…

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