Articles by James Smith

Crafty's Advent Calendar: Scotty Hargrave

Crafty's Advent Calendar: Scotty Hargrave

Along with his Balter co-founders, Scotty Hargrave has been part of the biggest story at the end of a big year. Here's what the head brewer has to say about the past decade and his thoughts on the industry now and to come.

December 17, 2019 by James Smith


Crafty's Advent Calendar: Kate & Shev

December 16, 2019 by James Smith

They're the dictionary definition of work hard, play hard and continue to make an indelible mark on the Melbourne and wider Australian beer community. Behind door 16, it's the irrepressible Kate and Shev.


Crafty's Advent Calendar: Mick Cameron

December 14, 2019 by James Smith

After careers that took in bars, brewing and distribution here and overseas, Mick Cameron, son Jack and his best mate Red Proudfoot launched Pirate Life, a brewery that had instant impact before selling to AB InBev.


Crafty's Advent Calendar: Pia Poynton

December 13, 2019 by James Smith

She's worked in bars, repped for breweries, helps run the Pink Boots Society in WA, ran one of the country's most prolific beer blogs. But Pia Poynton is also one of those people who just makes the beer world better.


Crafty's Advent Calendar: Corey Crooks

December 12, 2019 by James Smith

He was raised in a family of publicans and has taken what's in his blood to help turn his hometown of Newcastle into a craft beer city. We chatted to Corey Crooks of the 100 percent independent Aussie beer venue The Grain Store.


Crafty's Advent Calendar: Peta Fielding

December 11, 2019 by James Smith

Long before the Gold Coast became nationally recognised as a home of good beer, there was a couple trying to sell their beers to locals. Thirteen years on, here's Burleigh co-founder Peta Fielding reflecting on the change.


Meet The New GABS. Same As The Old GABS

December 11, 2019 by James Smith

As voting opens for the GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Beers of 2019, we introduce the man who took over both festival and poll earlier this year, Mike Bray, and find out where he plans to take the two in the coming years.


Crafty's Advent Calendar: David Cryer

December 10, 2019 by James Smith

It's time for a trip across The Ditch on day ten of our Advent Calendar, not for a New Zealand-themed entry in the series but to catch up with a man whose work will have made it into many of the beers you've enjoyed.


Crafty's Advent Calendar: Paul and Tash Holgate

December 9, 2019 by James Smith

Paul and Tash Holgate recently celebrated twenty years as an independent, family-run brewery. It makes them one of the longest-established brewers in Australia so we asked them to be part of our end-of-decade series.


Crafty's Advent Calendar: Stephen Nelsen

December 8, 2019 by James Smith

Stephen Nelsen has been integral to the rise of the craft brewing industry in his home state of SA and his influence crosses state lines too. We spoke to the former Brewboy for day eight of our end-of-decade Adventy Calendar.

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