Articles by James Smith

The Crafty Pint's Biggest Stories Of 2021

The Crafty Pint's Biggest Stories Of 2021

From brewery sales to the rise of hazy pales, homebrand beers to wild frontiers, and winners to those tackling sinners, here's a look back at some of the biggest stories to appear on The Crafty Pint in 2021.

December 31, 2021 by James Smith


The Best Of The Territories In 2021

December 30, 2021 by James Smith

Time to wrap up our state by state by territories wrap of the year in beer that was 2021 with a look back over the past 12 months in the ACT and NT, a time in which the beer scenes in both territories have been expanding.


Best New Victorian Beers Of 2021

December 21, 2021 by James Smith

For Victorians, 2021 was for too close a carbon copy of 2020 for comfort, but there were beer highlights aplenty. Here we look back on a year of great beer, close shaves, and brave leadership that shone through the lockdowns.


Getting Blind With Crafty: Cold IPAs

December 8, 2021 by James Smith

Something a little different for our last blind tasting of 2021 as we tuck into an emerging style that's only been attempted by a small number of Aussie brewers. So, what did our panel make of the world of cold IPA?


Indies Trophies To Change Hands Following Audit

December 7, 2021 by James Smith

Four state champion trophies from the Indies awards in 2020 and 2021 are changing hands following an independent audit of results. Wildflower, Future Mountain and Mismatch are the new recipients as the audit continues.


A New Guide To Beer Ownership

November 24, 2021 by James Smith

We've been meaning to create an interactive version of our Who Owns Your Beer? infographic for some time. And, ahead of the 2021 Indies, we've finally made it happen, creating a version we can update with each and every sale.


Beer's Diversity And Discrimination Problem

November 16, 2021 by James Smith

A survey looking at diversity in the Australian beer industry shows there is much work to do for it to become truly inclusive. We spoke to the survey creators, Beer Agents For Change, about their mission to create a better beer world.


Slow Lane Triumph At Sydney Beer Awards

November 10, 2021 by James Smith

Slow Lane continue to rise through the ranks of top Aussie brewers at quite a rate. The Botany brewery added more trophies to their collection at the Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Awards, with Belgian tripel Threefold leading the way.


Now Tapped To Cease Operating

November 5, 2021 by James Smith

Free tap list app Now Tapped is to cease operating. Founder Angus Bremner, who launched the app in 2014 as a " bit of a hobby" says Untappd have cut off his access to their data without warning, forcing his hand.


Feral's Brewpub Comes Full Circle

October 25, 2021 by James Smith

Just weeks after Feral closed their Swan Valley brewpub, there's good news for WA's beer lovers. One of the original founders of Feral has taken over the site and will be opening a tavern and recommissioning the on-site brewery.

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