Articles by James Smith

Help #emptythekegs

Help #emptythekegs

Much of Australia has faced lockdowns through 2021, making it difficult for breweries and venues to sell kegs. In response, one beer lover has launched the social media campaign #emptythekegs to help keep tap beer moving.

August 9, 2021 by James Smith


The Crafty Pint's Best Of 2021 – So Far

July 30, 2021 by James Smith

After skipping a year due to the madness of COVID, our Best New Beers – So Far mid-year feature is back. It's a little different this time around, reflecting the changing beer landscape, and so late it's barely mid-year for that matter...


Our Story: The Next Chapter

July 15, 2021 by James Smith

In the wake of allegations and articles documenting sexual assault, abuse and harassment in the beer world, work is ongoing to make positive, lasting change in the local beer and hospitality communities. We spoke to those driving it.


Postcards From The Edge Revisited

June 30, 2021 by James Smith

We hoped we wouldn't have to resurrect this series, but with most of Australia back in some form of lockdown or restrictions, we chatted to two Sydney brewers who've pivoted back into action since the weekend.


Who Brews Dangerous Ales?

June 7, 2021 by James Smith

As they work on a major brewery expansion at their home in Milton, NSW, we caught up with Dangerous Ales founder and head brewer Damo Martin to find out how he went from big wave-chasing chef to brewery owner.


Sailors Grave To Create Multimillion Dollar Dunetown

June 3, 2021 by James Smith

Sailors Grave are set to realise the long-held dream for a farmhouse style brewery, securing a $2.35m grant that will go towards the creation of Dunetown on the East Gippsland coast.


Going Green: Brew Rocket Launches

May 31, 2021 by James Smith

A new grant designed to encourage new brewing companies to put an environmental and/or social enterprise focus at the heart of their business has just launched. We spoke to the woman behind Brew Rocket to find out more.


Australian International Beer Awards Winners 2021

May 20, 2021 by James Smith

Dollar Bill proved hugely popular winners when they took out Champion Australian Beer at the 2021 Australian International Beer Awards as the beer industry gathered en masse again after missing out in 2020.


Getting Blind With Crafty: Pale Lagers 2021

May 3, 2021 by James Smith

Much has changed in the half decade and more since we last put lagers to the blind taste test. For one, there's bloody loads of them, but who's brewing them really well? We compiled an expert panel to find out.


A Day In The Life Of: A Technical Brewer

April 7, 2021 by James Smith

He gets to play around with new ingredients and techniques as much, if not more, than any brewer in the country, yet you'll never taste his beers. We spent A Day In The Life Of Ellerslie Hop's technical brewer Glenn Harrison.

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