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Oktoberfest Roundup

When The Crafty Pint lived in Munich many moons ago, it was unlucky / lucky enough never to attend the Oktoberfest (depending whose view you listen to). Those who have been suggest that the number of Aussies attending account for around 90% of attendees.* Perhaps that’s why the idea has taken …

October 1, 2010 by Crafty Pint


Your Local Bottleshop

September 29, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Their two bars already turn over 200 different beers on tap every year and now the Local Taphouse empire is to expand into the realm of take home beers. The team behind the St Kilda bar has already been telling people about their plans to knock through into the building on one side of the current si…


Beer & Bites

September 28, 2010 by Crafty Pint

The local market is always a good place to sample tasty produce: a little cheese, the odd pickle or two – and now beer. Matilda Bay will be setting up shop in Melbourne’s Prahran Market and Sydney’s Eveleigh Market next month (October) to offer shoppers the chance to try their beer…


Mornington Opens Friday

September 27, 2010 by Crafty Pint

Australia’s newest brewery will open its doors to the public for the first time this Friday. The Mornington Peninsula Brewery will be pouring an American Pale Ale, English Brown Ale and Belgian Witbier from 3pm, accompanied by woodfired pizzas. As reported on The Crafty Pint earlier this mont…


Grand Final - Great Beer

September 25, 2010 by Crafty Pint

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 recognise o…


Taphouse Retains Title

September 23, 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 21, 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 20, 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 17, 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 17, 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…

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