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Crafty Crawls: Fortitude Valley

The beast that is Fortitude Valley is ever evolving, so we've updated our Crafty Crawl through this dodgy and frequently delightful part of Brisbane in order to guide you to the best craft beer breweries and bars.

2020: The Year In Beer - Queensland

Take a break from complaining about 2020 to celebrate with the annoyingly optimistic Mick Wust as he looks over a year of beer in Queensland.

Crafty Crawls: Toowoomba

As the fifth Brewoomba approaches, we take a tour of the best beer spots in Toowoomba, the regional city that's welcomed two new breweries and another crafty venue in the past 12 months.

Brew & A: Headricks Lane

Rockhampton gained its own brewery this year. Headricks Lane launched in March and Matt Aitken wasted little time calling in to catch up with head brewer Alex Taubert.

Beer Travel: The Breweries Of The Sunshine Coast

Not that long ago, the Sunshine Coast was home to just one brewery. Now, there's more than a dozen of one sort or another dotting the coast and Hinterland and more on the way.

Brew & A: Ken Friend

He went from homebrewing in the Air Force to trainee brewer to head brewer in just a year. Now settled in at the helm of 4 Hearts in Ipswich, we invited Ken Friend to be part of our Brew & A series.

Brew & A: Hannah Honnef

She grew up helping her dad on the family winery before a trip to Germany sparked a passion for beer,leading Hannah Hontef to build a brewery at Ocean View Estates. We dropped in to find out more.

Crafty Crawls: North By North East

There's been plenty of focus in recent years on the bars and breweries of Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. But the northern 'burbs have been enjoying their own crafty revival too.

Who Brews With Sea Legs?

He was studying in Colorado as it was experiencing its craft beer boom so now, years later and on the other side of the world, Jon Fuchs has persuaded his mates to join him to become part of the Brisbane boom.

Brewing On The Banana Farm

Spend time in South East Queensland talking about new and interesting beers and it's not long before Currumbin Valley Brewing comes up. We joined Smokey and Luke on the former's banana farm to find out why.

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Gold Coast Brewers Dominate Queensland's Beer Awards

It was another day of triumph for Gold Coast brewers as Burleigh Brewing, Black Hops and Balter all picked up trophies at the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show Beer Awards, with Burleigh's new Bock taking out Champion Beer.

Black Hops II Launches

The milestones keep flying past for Black Hops Brewing with the opening of their second brewery and venue on the Gold Coast the latest.

Brewed For Brendale

When we ran our Best New Queensland Beers Of 2018 feature, there was an honourable mention for a tiny brewery in Brisbane's northern suburbs. We soaked up the welcoming locals vibe at Brendale Brewing Co to find out more.

Best New Queensland Beers Of 2018

At the end of another momentous year for beer in Queensland, we look to pluck the shiniest gems from a grotto's worth of gems in our 2018 Best New Beers feature, ably stewarded by Mick Wust.

Beeries Winners 2018

The wider Brisbane beer community came together last night for the annual celebration going by the name The Beeries. There were popular wins aplenty on a night Cameron Dick MP was christened the "Minister for Craft Beer".

Who Brews Baffle Beers?

Since 2015, Baffle Creek has been introducing the people of rural Queensland to German style lagers as well as rather less traditional ales. We spoke to the German couple behind the brewery for our Who Brews...? series.

Crafty Crawls: Brisbane's West End

Brisbane's West End (and the adjoining parts of the city) is awash with great beer venues these days. Heck, there are even breweries that call the 'burb home. So we made the area a focus of a Crafty Crawl – and have since updated it with even more goodness.

Toast Of The Townsville

The beer scene in Queensland has exploded into life in the past few years but, long before the current flood of new breweries, Townsville got its own brewery. As it approaches legal drinking age, we chat to its founder and head brewer.

Who Brews Bravo Beers?

It's been almost eight years since we launched The Crafty Pint yet this is the first time we've come across Aussie brewers who were inspired to start brewing by traditional the Scottish beer style 80 shillings. Meet Brisbane's Bravo.

Crafty Crawls: South Brisbane & Beyond

Much is made of the growth in breweries in and around Brisbane, but the bar scene is no slouch either. So, less than two years after publishing a South Brisbane/West End Crawl, we've had to divide and conquer, creating two where there had been one...


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Who Brews 4 Brothers Beers?

Inspired by the success of 4 Hearts Brewing in Ipswich, former train driver Adrian Cubit decided to bring brewing back to Toowoomba. The brewery named after him and his three brothers just turned one, so we got in touch to find out more.

Brewing By Design

There's been no shortage of new breweries opening in and around Brisbane in recent years. But, with its Scandinavian influences and no core range policy, Range Brewing looks set to stand out from the crowd, as Mick Wüst discovers.

Who Brews At Deepwater?

He's got a strong track record when it comes to bringing good beer to places where there was little to be found. And now former Archive and The Park Werribee man, Isaac Zietek, has joined his father-in-law to bring beer to the people of NSW's Northern Tablelands.

QLD Govt Launches Craft Brewing Strategy

As the fifth Brewsvegas draws to a close, Queensland brewers have been given a boost by the state government with the announcement that a Queensland Craft Brewing Strategy will be drawn up to help the industry's expansion.

Newstead Forges An Old Alliance

It's 90 years since Sir Charles Kingsford Smith made the first trans-Pacific flight. To mark the occasion, Alliance Airlines has had one of its aircraft specially decorated and created a new collaboration beer with Newstead Brewing.

Best New Queensland Beers Of 2017

We head to the Sunshine State to find out what our panelists thought were the best new beers released by Queensland brewers in 2017. There were so many, the ten became 11 – and even then there's some honourably mentions too.

All Inn Goes All Out

All Inn Brewing was one of the first of the new wave of Brisbane breweries to open. Now, five years on, the Banyo operation has unveiled a new look, new beers and eye-catching new tinnies too.

Who Brews Slipstream Beers?

The brewing scene in and around Brisbane continues to expand. In recent months, Slipstream launched its first beers and is now opening the cellar door bar at its brewery in the south of the city. Here's founder Deale Stanley-Hunt to tell us more.

Who Brews Ballistic Beers?

When your name suggests an intention to go big, it doesn't hurt to walk away from your first major beer awards laden with gold. That's what happened to young Brisbane brewery Ballistic Beer Co. We find out more...

The Beers Really From Up Here

There's been plenty of talk about the rise of craft beer in Queensland in recent years. For the most part, it's been centred around the state's South East but, as Will Ziebell finds, it's gaining a toehold in the Far North too.

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Stepping Up

Newstead Brewing is deep into stage two of its development, building a large brewery close to XXXX and launching a project to study Brisbane's indigenous yeasts. In a broad-ranging interview, Judd Owen speaks to founder Mark Howes and new head brewer Dr Kerry Claydon.

Best New Queensland Beers of 2016

As we near the end of the year, we head to Queensland for another look back at the best new beers released in 2016. The result is a list containing debut beers, fruit, barrels and much more besides.

Aussie Beer Blogs: Food Grog Blog

It was only supposed to be a means of sharing recipes, but a beer filled trip to Wellington saw one Brisbane beer geek's blog become morph into something else. A year on from its launch, we ask Jamie to tell us all about Food Grog Blog.

Brew & A: Green Beacon

It's a big year for Green Beacon. The Brisbane brewery came close to winning an AIBA Champion Brewery trophy, won at the Craft Beer Awards and has started work on a production brewery. Here's the man behind their beers.

Serendipity on the Sunshine Coast

We meet the man heading up Brouhaha on the Sunshine Coast, a man who sent off a job application from Hong Kong airport in hope and ended up overseeing the expansion of London's Beavertown Brewery.

The Latest Dozen

Each time we've added another dozen breweries, venues and bottleshops to our directory, we like to gather them in one place so you know they're there. So here's 12 new listings featuring good beer folks from Queensland, NSW, Victoria and South Australia.

Burleigh Brewing 2.0

Burleigh Brewing has been flying the flag for microbrewing in Queensland for close to a decade. And today the Gold Coast brewery officially opens the doors to its new venue. James Graham caught up with head brewer Brennan Fielding to find out more.

A Farmer's Tail

Beard and Brau started out in an Adelaide warehouse. But its owners, Chris and Tanya, always dreamed of a more rural life. Today, they have it, running an award-winning environmentally-focused farmhouse brewery in South East Queensland.

Beer Travel: Hunting Down The Hottest 100

At the denouement of the Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of 2014 poll, Dan "Crafty Kev" McEvilly set himself the challenge of trying them all. A year on, he tells us about his mission and how the beer world rallied to help his cause.

Toowoomba Becomes Brewoomba

The Spotted Cow in Toowoomba was one of the first Queensland venues to embrace better beer more than a decade ago. Now it's one of three venues joining forces to create the city's first craft beer festival, Brewoomba.

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Breaking Out The Beers

Earlier this year, we revealed that four of Australia's to surfers were planning to open a brewery on the Gold Coast. As Balter's opening moves closer, we catch up with their trophy-winning brewer to see what he has planned.

Setting The Gold Coast Free

The Gold Coast is set to welcome its first ever craft beer focused festival when Free The Hops lands at bars over ten days next month. James Graham spoke to some of those involved to find out more.

Overt Ops

Black Hops by name, anything but Black Ops by nature. A trio of Gold Coast brewing mates is sharing their journey from home brewing to gypsy brewing to owner towers of shiny stainless – warts 'n' all.

Surfer's On Tap

The craft beer revolution that has swept Brisbane is working its charms along the Gold Coast too. Now even Surfer's Paradise has a 32-tap venue pouring mainly craft beer to call its own.

The Latest Crafty Dozen

Time for another of our regular roundups of the breweries, bars and bottleshops added to The Crafty Pint's directory in the past few weeks.

Aussie Beer Blogs: Brews & Bacon

After a rather lengthy hiatus, we're bringing back our semi-regular focus on Australian beer bloggers. Albeit in this case, a Canadian blogging as Brews & Bacon in Australia.

Man About Town

We catch up with Brisbane man about town Gavin Croft as he prepares to launch his first beers under the Croft Brewing banner. It comes after years working in and around the beer industry and sees him launch with the pink and fruity Saison Grenade.