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Aunty Jacks Brewer

Thanks in large part to the gold rush, Ballarat is a city with a long connection to beer and brewing. As one of the wealthiest places on Earth for a period, it became not just a grand city, but one awash with pubs; at one time, you’d have found hundreds of watering holes scattered throughout the booming…

AVNGE Brewing Brewer

Craft beer drinkers tend to spend a lot of time talking about the liquid they’re enjoying, but the can that carries that liquid matters plenty these days too. Indeed, a can or a tap decal tends to be the first interaction anyone has with a beer, so eye-catching artwork to help your brand stand out…

Balter Brewing (CUB/Asahi) Brewer

To balter is to dance artlessly without particular skill or grace, but usually with enjoyment. It’s also the name of the Gold Coast brewery opened by a quartet of Australian surfing legends and some mates, with a trophy-winning brewer at the helm to ensure that when it comes to the beers there’s…

Bells Beach Brewing Brewer

Bells Beach’s surfing credentials are known far and wide. The Rip Curl Pro has been held there continuously since the 1960s and tourists regularly flock to the beach – and the surrounding Surf Coast region – for a dip, surf and wipe out. However, as anyone who’s spent time there over the years…

Bonehead Brewing Brewer

We all make bonehead decisions sometimes. But not all bonehead decisions need to be bad ones. And you’re unlikely to find a better example of that than Melbourne’s Bonehead Brewing. Sure, Travis Nott and Anthony Dinoto’s decision to leave their respective careers behind to create a brewery…

Bravo Brewhouse Brewer

There is something intensely gratifying in the surprise that comes with finding good beer in places you are not expecting it. But, as tastes have changed and ergo good beer can be found in airports and stadia, surprises are hard to come by. Enter Bravo Brewhouse, located within Kedron-Wavell Services…

Burleigh Brewing Company Brewer

“We’re in Burleigh Heads, which is absolutely the best place in the world.” This is a big call, considering Brennan and Peta Fielding’s brewing journey started in beautiful Hawaii – where Brennan grew up on a sailing boat – and included Japan and USA along the way. But from the moment…

Curly Lewis Brewer

Bondi is a name that’s recognised across the world; for many overseas, the inner Sydney suburb perfectly encapsulates the vision that comes to mind when they think about Australia. But while the iconic beach, panoramic views and metronomic surf don’t require any introduction, introducing locally-brewed…

Five Barrel Brewing Brewer

Wollongong is a changing city. Built on the blue collars of smelting and heavy manufacturing, those industries that bought middle class prosperity are in decline, though hardly dead yet; you can still catch a whiff of them each time the open coal carriages roll through town or the smoke stacks of the…

Hard Road Brewing Brewer

At one point during our chat at their brewery taproom in Melbourne’s east, Lein Jenkins points out how surprised he and wife Angie were to discover the name “Hard Road” hadn’t already been taken by another brewing company. If you’ve spent time in and around the beer world, you’ll understand…

Little Creatures Geelong (Lion/Kirin) Brewer

For a long time, Geelong proved something of a mystery to people in the craft beer world. Despite being a large city only an hour away from Melbourne, the city driving the craft beer revolution in Australia, its people seemed strangely impervious to the lure of the good stuff. A few small breweries came…

Mixtape Brewing & Bar Brewer

Eighteen taps, 50-plus wines, arcade games, ancient ales, gluten-reduced beers, board game nights… Mixtape certainly know how to stand out on Sydney’s ever-busier Inner West Ale Trail. Opened in February 2022, the Marrickville brewbar is the brainchild of husband and wife tag team, Jason Newton…

Noodledoof Brewer

If you’re going to open a brewery in a part of Australia where craft beer has barely taken hold, you may well decide to play things safe when it comes to naming your business. Maybe you’d adopt the name of the town or region where you’re setting up, or plump for a prominent local landmark or…

Philter Brewing Brewer

Few breweries have burst onto the craft beer scene quite as triumphantly as Philter. A mere four months into existence, with only two beers to their name, the brewing company took home one of the most coveted titles in Australian beer – Champion Pale Ale at the 2017 Craft Beer Awards. It turned out…

SURE Brewing Brewer

“Fancy a beer?” “Sure!” “OK if my mate joins us?” “Sure!” Language is a wonderful thing, capable of expressing so many sentiments, alive with nuance, and so essential to pretty much every element of human life we’d be lost without it. And, as four letter words go, “sure”…

Tallboy and Moose Brewer

There’s something special about the part of Melbourne where Thornbury and Preston meet. Whether you want to call it Thornbury North or Preston South, it’s an area that’s become one of Melbourne’s most interesting, with cafés, band rooms, bars and restaurants all making the suburb a place locals…

Beermash VenueBottleshop

Melbourne has a habit of ensuring restaurants, bars and pubs never rest on their laurels, with a cooler, fancier or more exciting venue seemingly always on the verge of opening just down the road. In such a city, adaptation and evolution are the best ways to keep yourself on the radar. This is a method…

Bo Gurks Venue

Bo Gurks might be a nonsensical phrase but spend just a moment inside the Melbourne bar and bottleshop bearing the name and you’ll quickly discover just how serious the crew behind are about everything they do. Located in the bayside suburb of Edithvale – directly over the road from…

Brewski VenueBottleshop

Not too long ago, Caxton Street in Brisbane was known colloquially to some as CaXXXXton Street. Every single one of the strip of bars, clubs and restaurants a short walk from the city’s Suncorp Stadium had a Lion contract. Had someone suggested it would become home to one of the easiest craft beer…

Freddie Wimpoles Venue

In contemplating what you might look for in a craft beer venue, few people would think to put taxidermied deer heads and political references at the top of their must have list, but St Kilda’s Freddie Wimpoles manages to deliver on both so well that you couldn’t imagine it any other…

Harold's Food & Liquor Bottleshop

The name's a dead giveaway but bear with me on this: when we visit convenience stores, it tends to be for the convenience. Whenever you rush in to grab a quick snack, an easy meal or an ice cream, the quality and provenance of what you rush back out with seconds later is unlikely to be the first thing…

Heartbreaker Venue

“Go to Heartbreaker.” Such is the pull of the Melbourne CBD bar that this is a phrase suited to almost any occasion.  Visiting Melbourne? Go to Heartbreaker. Wondering where to meet everyone before a gig? Go to Heartbreaker. Still out at 2am and keen to kick on? Go to Heartbreaker. In…

Liquor Shed Bottleshop

It began with a potato. No, seriously. Stick with us, as it’s hard to tell the story of the Liquor Shed without talking about potatoes. Why? Because the parent operation that began next door to the cavernous Jandakot retailer is the Spud Shed, a large scale, “farm to customer”…

Moon Dog World Preston Venue

If there has been as much pre-launch hype and wall-to-wall coverage surrounding a new venue opening in Melbourne in recent years – especially one with craft beer at its heart – as was dedicated to Moon Dog World, we'd love to know. Then again, if there's been a new venue opening in Melbourne…

Near & Far VenueBottleshop

It’s no easy thing to create a bar capable of standing out in an area that is quite literally one of Melbourne’s best known drinking destinations. Yet, when Near & Far opened on Brunswick Street towards the close of 2019, it immediately filled a gap in a suburb famed…

Saccharomyces Beer Café Venue

For folks fixated on finding tasty treats, South Brisbane’s Fish Lane is quickly becoming a reliable source. Spanning four blocks back from Grey Street to Manning Street, you could almost forget you’re in Brisbane’s busiest tourist precinct.  The area has undergone a rejuvenation; once dominated…

Terminus Hotel Venue

It wasn’t too long ago that Fitzroy North’s Terminus was still operating as a hotel, the sort of hotel where the long-term residents living upstairs wouldn’t think twice about shuffling into the bar in dressing gown and slippers for a few pots of Draught. What a difference a change of ownership…

The Ambrose Bar Venue

The humble golf club, not a place usually synonymous with craft beer. That said, do golfers like a beer? It’s a resounding yes on that. But what do they like drinking? Fiona Williams, manager at the Ambrose Bar set out to find out. First established in 1926 in a small shed on the outskirts of Toowoomba,…

Whitehart Bar Venue

Late on Christmas Eve 1974, much of Darwin’s population was facing up to Cyclone Tracy, a storm that tore through the city, ensuring it would never look the same again. Many fled the cyclone and never returned, but for those who did, they needed a replacement for the pubs destroyed by Tracy. Thankfully,…

Deeds & Beer Cartel The Syndicate Hazy IPA Beer

Beer Cartel have been bringing the world's beers to Aussie beer lovers for [more than a decade now](https://craftypint.com/news/2241/behind-bars-beer-cartel-at-ten). And, while Deeds haven't been around as long, in recent years they've been causing much excitement for many of those same beer lovers,…

Tallboy & Moose La Blanche & Pulpa De Oro & Hey Gang! & Zing Tang Beer

It doesn't seem that long since we last rounded up the new releases from Tallboy & Moose but, clearly, it's been long enough for them to release four new beers... **La Blanche** is only their second dip into Belgian waters, a witbier of sorts, albeit bigger and fuller in body than most. You'll pick up…

Moon Dog Dunbar's Dream Beer

An admission. There was a ripple of excitement at Crafty Towers when we first heard the name of Moon Dog's latest limited release. Knowing that, for all the silliness, there are some sharp and broad minds at the Abbotsford brewery, we figured it might be a reference to Yossarian's buddy from the novel…

Moon Dog & Rogue The Beard Down Under Beer

As soon as word arrived at GBW HQ in September last year from Rogue’s importer, Phoenix Beers, that John Maier was planning to head to Melbourne for Good Beer Week, the third Masterclass collaboration event wrote itself. Who else from the Melbourne scene would you pair the brewer behind beers as colourful…

Bridge Road Bar Series 1: Josie Bones Revolution Beer

A few weeks back, Bridge Road kicked off its Bar Series, a project that will see it invite staff from some of the country's top beer bars to come up with their idea for a beer then travel to Beechworth to brew it. Each beer is then sold at the brewery and all of the participating bars. You can read more…

Balter Brewing Figueroa Mountain West Coast Pilsner Beer

The third and final stop on Balter’s Mouth Holiday of the USA takes us to Figueroa Mountain Brewing on California’s Central Coast. Balter’s head brewer Scotty Hargrave visited California, FM’s head brewer Kevin Ashford visited the Gold Coast, and with Scotty’s hop noggin and Kevin’s lager…

Avnge Brewing Cloud Nine Beer

When it comes to hoppy beers, Avnge Brewing tend to play in the world of West Coasts, where IPAs are clear and bitter. Cloud Nine sees the brewing company get a little juicier and while I've never tried eating a cloud, the hazy IPA does seem to be as smooth and as soft as one. Hopped with Galaxy,…

The Mill x Molly Rose's Neighbourwood Beers Beer

Like any good neighbours, The Mill Brewery and Molly Rose don’t mind borrowing the odd recipe idea from one another, but here the Collingwood brewers have created beers that really represent their collaborative Neighbourwood. First up, the Molly Rose crew headed to The Mill where they brewed a traditional…

Wheaty Brewing Corps X Bridge Road Brewers X Ferveo Grisette Beer

The Wheaty crew have been collaborating with long term allies Bridge Road Brewers again, this time bringing new-to-the-scene Ferveo Brewing along. The man behind Ferveo is Tommaso Watson, who has a doctorate in fermentation microbiology and has been using his talents to start up a fresh yeast business…

Hepburn Springs Brewing Co Cold IPA Beer

When Nick Galik decided to test the recipes he'd been honing as a homebrewer on the wider world, he did so with a range of beers rarely seen pouring at Australia's craft brewpubs and beer bars. He's a fan of old world, traditional styles and that's what you'd find across the Hepburn Springs Brewing Co…

Behind Bars: Jac Morgan News

Dr Morse Bar & Eatery is a hidden gem within Melbourne’s bevy of craft beer bars – in spite of its close proximity to the heart of the city’s beating beer scene. This could be due to craft beer sharing the stage with coffee, casual dining and even disco at this multi-faceted Abbotsford local…

Behind Bars: Oldfield Cellars News

It's getting ever easier to find a decent beer selection wherever you find yourself in Australia these days. Sure, there remain black spots for the discerning drinker, but they're getting steadily squeezed. The Central Coast is a region where, at time of writing, you can enjoy the beers and hospitality…

Behind Bars: Josh Edmeades News

Here at The Crafty Pint we've got a growing band of writers and contributors across Australia helping us provide coverage of the local craft beer scene that's made the site comfortably the most read beer news source in the country. Yet sometimes it's nice to hear from voices other than our…

Behind Bars: Mongrel News

When Gabs, Henry and Annie first called their business Mongrel, I wonder if they knew they’d need the tenacity of a tough mutt that could survive any circumstances. A week after the 2022 floods put their street underwater and caused a week-long blackout that kept away customers and caused them to…

Behind Bars: Dane Adkins News

In the outer Adelaide ‘burb of Semaphore, Sweet Amber Brew Café is doing its darnedest to bring craft beer to the people. As something a cultural hub for Semaphore and surrounding suburbs, the bar regularly hosts live music and art exhibitions, while on the beerier side of things they…

Behind Bars: Old Faithful Amos News

After spending any amount of time with Amos Polglaze it’s impossible not to be impressed by his passion. Passion for beer, music – metal in particular, quality food, stream of consciousness answers and profanity (dear reader, you have been warned). Luckily, as the resident "Beer Walrus" at Perth…

Behind Bars: Nick Pogonoski News

Beer lovers in Newcastle have been enjoying something of a renaissance in recent years. Venues like The Blind Monk and FogHorn Brewhouse are following in the footsteps of trailblazers like the Grain Store and opening the doors for beer exploration like never before, aided and abetted…

Behind Bars: Joel Beresford News

In no time at all – just 18 months at the time of writing – The Dutch Trading Co has become a major port of call for Perth’s craft beer explorers. The venue has managed to strike the perfect balance between craft beer hub and relaxed, convivial environment. And at the helm…

Behind Bars: Adam Lesk News

Last month's trip to Perth for the closing weekend of WA Beer Week was a fruitful venture. Not only did it allow time to catch up with the site's contributors in the west, call in on old friends and check out many of the newest, shiniest venues and breweries, but it offered a reminder too. It was…

Behind Bars: Big Ears News

"We just wanted a place in Geelong where you could drink Rodenbach Caractère Rouge." As far as goals go, it has to be among the noblest. And, as far as first impressions go, they don't get much better. It was with those words The Crafty Pint was introduced to Big Ears, a Geelong bar dedicated to good…

Behind Bars: Copper & Oak News

Brothers Jose and Nelio Pestana have a long-standing liquor retailing background, both here and in South Africa. Locally, their Copper & Oak bottleshop in Perth’s northern corridor was one of the early independent retailers north of the CBD to drive craftier beer options, a place from where they’ve…

Behind Bars: Hopheads News

Back in the early days of The Crafty Pint, Adrian Chong was one of those keen beer lovers we'd see at events across Melbourne. Since then, he's enjoyed one of the most unlikely tales of anyone involved in the local craft beer industry. He joined forces with relatives to launch Taps Beer Bar in Kuala…

Behind Bars: Wilbury & Sons News

Lucky, Lefty, Nelson, Otis and Charlie T and Jr. There might be more recognisable names when it comes to music but it's hard to think of a supergroup that rivals the above when it comes to the impressive careers of its players. To use their birthnames (actually, we wouldn’t be doing that either),…

Behind Bars: Miles Hull News

Our Behind Bars series normally focuses on what's happening at a moment in time in a particular part of the Australian beer community, as seen by someone behind the bar of a key venue or retailer. However, when the opportunity arrived to chat with someone who has help shaped Australian beer…

Behind Bars: The TapHouse Townsville News

Thinking back to the early days of sourcing beer for The TapHouse Townsville, owner Mark Rugg can’t help but laugh at the reactions he’d receive from certain sales reps.  “We were searching for beers to put on tap," he says. "We’d ring breweries and they’d be like, ‘Where’s…

Behind Bars: The Hive Bar News

Before Sydney's Inner West beer boom began, The Hive Bar was a tiny space in Erskineville championing local produce. From when it opened in 2009, Hive's staff did what they could to keep the beers, wines and spirits they stocked as close to home as they could. Likewise, the bar's food…

Behind Bars: Cambrian Hotel News

The Cambrian Hotel has long brought a sense of community to its corner of North Bendigo. When it was built during the gold rush in the 1870s, it would fill with thirsty miners, eager to sweat the afternoon away with a cold beer in hand. And, while plenty has changed in the goldfields…

Behind Bars: East of Everything & Rosalita's News

In 2004, siblings Michael and Gen Cotter opened Bar None in Hawthorn East and, in doing so, brought a quality cocktail bar to a part of Melbourne where there was pretty much nothing even vaguely like it.  Located on the western edge of Melbourne's century-old dry zones, where new…

Behind Bars: Saccharomyces News

During the day, Fish Lane doesn’t look like much: brick walls, concrete, bitumen. Don’t get me wrong: there are some nice street art installations. But, you know, there's also a bunch of industrial bins. So you’d be forgiven for not instinctively expecting to find a beer haven like Saccharomyces…

Behind Bars: Zach Hill News

There's been a fair bit focus on Ballarat recently, with the launch of the city's Beer Trail (which led us to create a Crafty Crawl guide to the city) and the subsequent announcements of a $100m brewery project by Broo and a State Government backed Craft Beer Centre of Excellence.  Here,…