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The Crafty Cabal is a unique beer club for everyone who loves Aussie beer and wants to boost their beer experience.
Created by The Crafty Pint, Australia's leading beer site, it connects beer lovers with local brewers and beer venues via exclusive deals, events and giveaways.
Watts River Brewing are the very definition of a hidden gem.
Even though they brew their beers in the popular Yarra Valley town of Healesville, their humble, laid-back approach means you tend to have to find them rather than them coming to find you.
They brew a range of delightful beers, from a tight core range to plenty of barrel-aged beers and those that celebrate their love of all beers Belgian.
In 2023, they released a series of beers inspired by Belgium that we included in our Best Of Beer roundup for Victoria – and they're doing it again in 2024.
When they're ready, they'll be showcasing them at an event for Cabal members at Audacious Monk Cellars in Preston on the afternoon of April 20.
We're still finessing details and will put tickets on sale once everything is locked in, but if this sounds like your jam, you can register your interest and we'll flick you an email as soon as tickets go on sale.
Are you eager to learn about terpenes and find out why they're making their way into your beer?
The Crafty Pint and Wolf of the Willows are hosting an esteemed panel at the Cherry Tree Hotel on February 28, where they will unpack how brewers use terpenes, their connection to hops and cannabis, and what's going on in this area in the USA.
You'll also get to enjoy some of Wolf's terpene beers, with full details of the event here.
Better yet, as a Crafty Cabal member, you can secure tickets for the special, half-priced rate of $10+BF.
Bridge Road Brewers have long been advocates for the Aussie hops grown in their part of the world: the Victorian High Country.
For many years now, they been celebrating hop harvest with a festival in their hometown of Beechworth, which now features a technical symposium for the beer industry too.
The High Country Hop returns to Beechworth's Historic Precinct Reserve on March 23, 2024, featuring brewers, local winemakers, distillers and an inspired musical lineup.
Local brewers will be joined by some stars of the craft beer game both nationally and internationally, with a selection of wholesome eats on offer too.
Tickets cost $75pp but we've got some to give away to Crafty Cabal members.
New Zealand is home to a mighty fine beer scene, and if you're keen to discover and taste what it's all about, there's a tour taking place in March and April 2024 that will be right up your alley.
The Ultimate Craft Beer Tour Of New Zealand is curated and hosted by avowed craft beer lover and travel manager Bryce Read: a ten-day exclusive taking in visits to the likes of Liberty, Hallertau, 8 Wired, Sawmill, Brewaucracy, Bootleg, Croucher, North End, Double Vision, and Garage Project before rocking up to Nelson Marchfest at the height of hop harvest.
Along the way, as well as the beers, tours, and insight from brewers, there are inclusive lunches, beer dinners, a tour of Nelson's famed hop region, tastings and activities that step outside beer – axe-hurling, anyone?
You can read more about it here – and Cabal members can save $250 if they book before December 15, 2023.
To take advantage of the discount, just make sure you let Bryce know you're an active Cabal member, providing your membership number, at the time you make the booking.
Late last year, Hawkers founder Mazen Hajjar invited us to bring Cabal members to his Reservoir brewery for a journey back in time through their library of barrel-aged beers.
It was such a hit, he promised to do it again, so that's what we'll be doing on December 15.
Kicking off at 6.30pm, he'll guide attendees through a dozen big beers, mostly drawn from this year's series of barrel-aged releases. There will be a flight of barleywines, a flight of off-kilter releases, and imperial stouts too.
We'll put on cheese platters as who doesn't love big beers paired with delicious cheeses?
There's just 30 spots available so we're only opening the event to members. If there are any spaces left nearer the time, we'll allow members to buy tickets for guests.
Tickets cost $70pp, which includes all beer tastings and accompanying cheeses.
Molly Rose are one of the breweries looking to change perceptions around beer, especially the way it is viewed in relation to food and dining.
We've started exploring its place alongside great food in The Matchmakers series, and now they're looking to showcase just how well food and beer pair with the unique Smile, Enjoy! festival.
Taking place at their Collingwood brewery venue on November 12, they've invited five of their brewing mates – Loophole (SA), Range (QLD), Bruny Island (TAS), Noodledoof and Black Arts (both VIC) – to put forward two beers. Each brewer's beers will then be paired with a delicious dish.
There's more info on the event here – and if it sounds like your jam you can save $20 on tickets as a member of The Crafty Cabal.
The Bract Programme from NZ Hops is one of the ways they bring new hop varieties to market.
They send the most promising of their experimental varieties to select breweries around the world and invite them to use them as they see fit. The beers provide them with feedback on which hops to bring to market.
If you'd like to sample some of their latest great green hopes, New Hop Drop is the place to be as Moon Dog gather the Bract Programme beers from ten Aussie and Kiwi breweries in the one place.
It's on November 18 and you can read all about it here.
We've got $78 Primo passes to give away to Cabal members, which get holders tasters of all ten beers, plus three 100ml serves of event-exclusive NZ beers, priority access to a masterclass, a Moon Dog branded Birrateque glass, a Superdelic or It’s All Hazy Baby baseball cap, and an NZ Hops sticker pack.
Well, it's taken us rather longer than hoped to get this all lined but we're ready to roll!
As you may well know, Beer Fontaine are one of the most fascinating recent arrivals on the Australian beer scene and, after rather more delays than they'd have liked, are soon to open their stylish taproom.
When it opens, it will make the Sydney suburb of Botany home to three of the best breweries to have opened in the past half decade.
Before the grand opening arrives, you can get up close with the team, taste their beers, and hear all about their story and influences when founder Marshall Harrington joins The Crafty Pint's founder James Smith at iconic craft beer venue Bitter Phew on the evening of October 19. As well as sharing his story, guests will get to enjoy:
We're setting up in the downstairs bar for a 6.30pm start so we have the space exclusively to ourselves, before moving upstairs after the main event.
Tickets cost $45pp with a special price of just $30pp for Crafty Cabal members and their mates.
Beer Fontaine is one of the most fascinating newer breweries in Australia, completing a trio of breweries based in Botany that make the Sydney 'burb one with an incredibly high density of great beer.
To find out more about their story, beers and future plans, we've invited them to join us for an evening at one of the country's pioneering good beer venues, Bitter Phew.
We're still working out the finer details of the format for the evening, but given it's taken about two months to find a date that works for everyone we thought we'd flag it up now.
It will take place on the evening of October 19 and we'll be back with more info and ticket sales ASAP.
For now, if you're keen, you can register your interest here and we'll shoot you an email as soon as tickets go on sale.
It's been rather longer between Cabal events in WA than planned this year, but then again it's been one heck of a weird year and we're damn certain this has been worth the wait!
On September 20, we're delighted to have one of the country's leading beer experts and most respected judges joining us at The Dutch Trading Co (DTC) to deliver a delicious* double-header.
Clare Clouting (pictured on the right presenting a trophy at this year's Indies awards on the Gold Coast) has spent more than two decades working in the food and beverage industries here and overseas, including nearly seven years at Gage Roads.
Since leaving there, she's founded Athena Quality, through which she assists businesses in all things quality and innovation-related, while also training women as beer judges via the Pink Boots Society and much more besides.
Alongside The Crafty Pint's senior writer Will Ziebell (in Perth to judge at the WA Good Food Guide Beer of the Year) and our WA writer Guy Southern, Clare will provide attendees with:
The event kicks off at 6.30pm with a welcome beer from the taps in the main bar before the main session in the back room.
Tickets cost $50pp, which includes the welcome beer, all samples in Clare's session, and basic nibbles of the sort you'd have while in formal beer judging – ie nothing to hamper your sensory skills**!
But... Cabal members and their mates can enjoy a special price of just $30pp.
NB Just the Off Flavour Training element costs USD$55 when given to people doing the Cicerone course in the US.
A traditional German festival with a Sri Lankan twist? Yes, please!
The first-ever Oktoberfest at Two Rupees Brewing is taking place on September 16 and they'd love for you to be there.
You can read all about it here – and as a Crafty Cabal member get tickets for $35 instead of $50.
Tickets include a limited edition beer glass filled with beer, plus a pretzel to snack on. Members can still claim a $10 tasting paddle while there too.
We've always aimed to educate as well as entertain and enlighten at The Crafty Pint, and it's something we often do via our beer club events.
Now, after a great evening with the sensory guru at Stomping Ground exploring off flavours in beer, we're planning something similar for September 20 in Perth.
Senior writer Will Ziebell will be over judging at the WA Beer of the Year awards, and will be joined by beer expert Clare Clouting (pictured), formerly at Gage Roads before launching Athena Solutions, for an evening exploring beer quality and how to assess beer flavours and aromas.
WA-based Crafty Pint writer Guy Southern will also be there in a co-hosting role when the event takes place at The Dutch Trading Co in Vic Park.
We're still locking in final details, including ticket price, but figured we'd get the word out early!
If you're keen to hear from us as soon as tickets are available, you can register via the button here. Otherwise, we'll be back with more info soon!
The former are very much of the modern craft beer world, punching out a wide array of styles with names and labels shot through with humour; the latter take inspiration from slower traditions of old world brewers.
Arguably most important, however, is that they do what they do very well. Which makes this Cabal event rather exciting.
They've invited us to join them for a special bottle share evening at which guests will get to sit with members of the breweries in small groups enjoying a selection of their barrel-aged beers with cheese platters, before signing off with a vertical tasting of the two vintages of Distraction Belgian Strong Ale.
As they put it, it's a chance to "talk all things barrel-aged and fermented."
Guests will receive a pot of Bonehead core range beer on arrival while mixing and mingling before breaking out into tables of ten to go through four beers produced by the two breweries that have made their way to your glass via the barrel.
The event is on the evening of August 17, kicking off at 6.30pm, with tickets costing $50pp, which includes all the beers mentioned above plus cheese platters.
Lindsay Astarita oversees all things sensory and quality related at Stomping Ground, and the brewery's ongoing success at beer awards tell you she's part of a team that knows what it's doing.
She's also one of the lead figures in the country's Cicerone training program, and has been kind enough to offer her time and knowledge to Crafty Cabal members.
On June 29, Lindsay will host 20 guests for an Off Flavour session exploring six common faults in beer, so attendees head home with their ability to assess beers enhanced.
Not only that, but head brewer Ashur Hall will then take guests on a brewery tour and serve up tasters of some of their favourite Stomping Ground beers, with an area of the Collingwood brewpub reserved for guests who want to stay on afterwards.
The ticket price is a mere $20pp so with just 20 spots available you'd best get in quick!
It all kicks off at 5.30pm.
For their May Beer Geek Out session, Working Title are going big on barrels, with no less than 12 barrel beers on the lineup plus sensory kits and samples from the barrels for full geekery.
You can read all about it here – and save 10% on the $60 tickets as a member of The Crafty Cabal.
Darker Days is Bright Brewery's annual midwinter celebration of all things dark and decadent with a focus on dark beer and live music.
The 2023 event takes place from June 16 to 18, with the main festival on June 17, headlined onstage by the Pierce Brothers and with Bright joined by Sobremesa, One Drop, La Sirène and CoConspirators.
If you've any beer-loving mates who aren't yet a Cabal member, send them here to grab a ticket as a welcome gift. And if you'd like to save 10 percent on tickets, you can do that too!
Bad Shepherd and CoConspirators have joined forces to create a pair of collabs and, to celebrate their arrival, they're putting on brewery tours at both of their venues as well as buses to get you between the two.
You can read more about this day filled with beer, brewing knowledge and, well, buses, here.
Thanks to the two breweries, our Crafty Cabal members can save $15 when you buy a ticket.
Anyone that pigeonholes Banks Brewing as purveyors of hoppy beers and little else would be doing them a disservice.
They've put out a number of quality lagers, headlined by their Foam Pilsner, and turn heads with their pastry stouts too. Yet it's also fair to say that Chris Farmer and his team know their way around hops.
So we asked if they'd share some of their knowledge – and beers – when it comes to all things hazy with Cabal members. And they said yes!
It's taking place on April 27 at their Seaford brewery, kicking off at 6.30pm, with guests getting to sample a range of Banks' hazy beers – both old and brand new, pick the brains of the brewers, and check out the gear on which they've been brewing them.
We'll also dig into the Banks story and serve up pizza along the way. All this for just $15pp too!
If you'd like to be there, make sure you book a spot fast as spaces are limited.
See you there!
The IPA Blind Tasting Championship has become a fixture of Pint of Origin over the past few years – and it's back at The Palace Hotel in South Melbourne on May 17.
We'll be lining up 16 IPAs from around the planet and inviting you to decide which will be crowned champion using nothing more than your senses.
You can read more about the event here – or get your hands on a discounted ticket as a member of The Crafty Cabal.
Want the opportunity to not only see how beer is made, but to help make it?
We're giving Crafty Cabal members the chance to be part of an intimate behind-the-scenes brew day at Helios Brewing.
A group of six Cabalistas will get their hands dirty brewing an autumn seasonal beer with head brewer Jake Harrison. As well as learning about the brewing process, you'll get to experience it with your senses: put in the work, watch the steam, taste the malt, smell the hops, and sample the wort. And, of course, no brew day is complete without getting to taste some beers...
Arrive at Helios from 6.40am on April 15 to begin mash-in at 7am sharp. A light breakfast is included, and the brewery taproom and food truck are open from midday. The brew day will be done when the beer goes into the fermenting tank at approximately 1.30pm (but you're not obligated to stay that long if you'd like to leave earlier).
A brew involves periods of work and periods of down time, so there'll be plenty of opportunity to chat, ask questions, and hang out.
Tickets cost just $10pp which includes a brekkie of croissants, fruit and cold brew coffee. There's only six spots available, so grab one while you can!
Are you ready for an exclusive, sneak-peek event to celebrate the grand opening of Local Brewing Co's first taproom in Clifton Hill? Join us for an unforgettable evening of beer, food, and laughs you won't find anywhere else.
As a Crafty Cabal member, you'll get to enjoy a tasting paddle from the new taps and a chat with the socially-minded brewers to learn about their journey.
It takes place at 6pm on March 30 before they open to the public at 3 Hilton Street, Clifton Hill.
This is a night not to be missed with limited tickets available at just $15pp, which includes pizza. Reserve your spot now and be among the select few to experience this exclusive event.
It's fair to say the beer scene south of Sydney is on the up – there are breweries to be found pretty much all along the coast to the border with Victoria.
And Wollongong, in particular, has become something of a hotspot in recent years, with Seeker Brewing one of the most exciting and colourful new openings around the city.
Last month, they did their bit to both shine a light on the area's beer scene and give Gong locals a taste of beers from further afield with Collabruary: they brewed beers with 11 of their mates along the East Coast and tapped them all at the same time.
Now they're heading to Sydney for a showcase of some of those beers at the Union Hotel, Newtown, where guests will also be able to hear the founders' awesome story: one that involves identical twins, touring indie bands, and their evolution from Grassy Knoll to becoming brewery owners at Seeker.
On March 23, they'll be there for a Meet The Brewers at which guests will enjoy:
Rather than make it members-only as with past events at the Union, we're opening it up to the public too, but with bonuses for Cabalistas: you'll save $5 on tickets and get a bonus can of one of the Seeker IPAs filled from the Union taps after the event to take home. Nice.
You can book your spot here, or if you'd like to bring mates along you can book extra tickets via the link below. They'll enjoy the discount and get a bonus IPA too so you'll look like one heck of a mate!