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2019 VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT GUIDE FOR BEER LOVERS 01/02/2019- Everyone goes with chocolate and flowers for Valentine’s Day. But why? Like chocolate, beer is ancient (with beer a full… READ MORE...
HOTTEST 100 AUSSIE CRAFT BEERS OF 2018 29/01/2019- On the Australia Day long weekend the GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of 2018 were revealed. Now in its… READ MORE...
WHAT OUR FAVE BREWERS ARE DRINKING ON AUSTRALIA DAY 23/01/2019- We recently caught up with some of our favourite Aussie brewers to find out how they’ll be spending Australia Day.… READ MORE...
BEAT THE HEAT: A GUIDE TO SUMMER ALES 21/01/2019- You may have noticed: it’s really hot right now. With big areas of our country racing past 42° what you… READ MORE...
FRIDAY FROTHY REVIEW – OTHERSIDE BREWING CO. 18/01/2019- When we got word that the folks from Otherside Brewing Co. in WA wanted us to be one of only… READ MORE...
THE HAZE CRAZE: A QUICK GUIDE TO NEIPAS 30/12/2018- What is a New England IPA (NEIPA)?The perfect beer for summer, a New England India Pale Ale (NEIPA) is a… READ MORE...
OUR BESTSELLING CRAFT BEERS OF 2018 29/12/2018- As we cheers the end of 2018, we thought we’d take a look at our bestselling craft beers of the… READ MORE...
BEER GIFT IDEAS: CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR BEER LOVERS 12/12/2018- The countdown to Christmas is on! So, we've put together this gift guide to make your life a little easier.… READ MORE...
HOW TO CELLAR BEER? 11/12/2018- Some of you have asked us how best to cellar your beer. We put this post together to tell you… READ MORE...
BLACK HOPS FIENS IMPERIAL EGGNOG STOUT CHRISTMAS PUDDING 11/12/2018- Black Hops Fiens Imperial Eggnog Stout Christmas Pudding What’s better than Christmas pudding? Christmas pudding infused with Black Hops Fiens… READ MORE...
IT’S OUR BIRTHDAY! UNLOCK YOUR FREE BEER 28/11/2018- To celebrate Craft Cartel Liquor's 2nd Birthday, we're shouting you a free 375ml can of one of our favourite beers… READ MORE...
HOW TO PAIR FOOD WITH BEER FOR THE HOLIDAYS 26/11/2018- Welcome to the festive season. Gatherings, family dinners, various shindigs — all in celebration of the holidays and all involving… READ MORE...
WHY YOU NEED A (BETTER) BEER GROWLER 13/11/2018- As a true fan of beer, you’re no doubt familiar with the growler. But maybe you’ve wondered about its origins.… READ MORE...
WHAT IS DRY-HOPPED BEER? 26/10/2018- Before refrigeration existed, brewers would toss hops in a barrel of beer before shipping it off to the pub. The… READ MORE...
WIN A LUXURY GOLD COAST GETAWAY + FRIDGE FULL OF BALTER! 22/10/2018- Win A Luxury Gold Coast Getaway + Fridge Full of Balter! We’ve teamed up with Australia’s favourite craft brewery to… READ MORE...
BEER WITH THE BREWER – NOMAD BREWING CO. 17/10/2018- Nomad Brewing Co’s head brewer Brooks Caretta has spent years brewing around the world including New York and Rome, before… READ MORE...
UNTAMED BEER: A QUICK GUIDE TO SOURS 10/10/2018- Is there a “new” style of beer in town? At the pub, on the shelf, even here at Craft Cartel,… READ MORE...
IPA BEER: A QUICK GUIDE 24/09/2018- As the weather warms up, the important question is: Which beer will you drink this spring? We suggest a bold,… READ MORE...
WIN A GROWLERWERKS UKEG (VALUED AT $285) 11/09/2018- Love fresh draught beer at home? We're giving you the chance to #WIN a GrowlerWerks Copper Plated 1.89L uKeg valued… READ MORE...
BEERS INSPIRED BY YOUR FAVOURITE TREATS 05/09/2018- More and more brewers are turning to their favourite sweet treats for flavour inspiration, with playful beers like Dainton Cherry… READ MORE...
FRIDAY FROTHIES – DAINTON MOCHA CHOCCA REVIEW 31/08/2018- Dainton Mocha Chocca New England Black Rye IPA ABV: 6% It sounds like something that Gloria Jeans would have on… READ MORE...
WIN A CASE OF OLD MAN YELLS AT CLOUD NEIPA 13/08/2018- We're giving you the chance to win a case of Old Wives Ales Old Man Yells At Cloud NEIPA.Loaded with… READ MORE...
FRIDAY FROTHIES – HAIRYMAN AMBURLESQUE REVIEW 10/08/2018- Special Guest Reviewer - Nigel Ayling (Founder of We Love Craft Beer)Hairyman AmBurlesqueAmber AleABV: 5.8%Damn this is packed full of flavour.… READ MORE...
CRAFTY FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS 09/08/2018- Crafty Father's Day Gift Ideas Forget socks and scratchies! Our popular craft beer and spirit gifts are guaranteed to earn… READ MORE...
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL BEER DAY – FRI, AUG 3 2018 02/08/2018- 30% Off International Craft Beer Singles!We reckon the best way to celebrate International Beer Day on Friday, August 3rd is… READ MORE...
UNLOCK YOUR FREE BEER! SIGN UP TO OUR E-NEWS 16/07/2018- Craft Cartel Liquor is shouting a free beer to the first 50 people who sign up to their e-newsletter! Choose… READ MORE...
CRAFTERNOON – 5 WAYS TO RECYCLE A BEER KEG 15/07/2018- We prefer our beer kegs full of glorious beer, but once they're empty there are some cool ways you can… READ MORE...
FRIDAY FROTHIES – KAIJU WHERE STRIDES THE BEHEMOTH REVIEW 13/07/2018- Brendan Leenders’ Staff Pick Kaiju Where Strides The Behemoth Double Imperial Black IPA ABV: 10% I grabbed this can this… READ MORE...
FRIDAY FROTHIES – MURRAY’S GINNI HENDRIX PALE ALE REVIEW 06/07/2018- Brendan Leenders' Friday Staff Pick Murray's Ginni Hendrix Pale Ale ABV: 4.6% In October 2016, a fire ripped through their… READ MORE...
FRIDAY FROTHIES – EDEN BREWERY PHOENIX D KOTBUSSER REVIEW 29/06/2018- Tania's Friday Staff Pick Eden Brewery Phoenix D Kotbusser ABV: 5% I have to say I had never tried a… READ MORE...
WIN A ‘WE LOVE CRAFT BEER’ PRIZE PACK 26/06/2018- As you may have heard, we've teamed up with the awesome online craft beer community, We Love Craft Beer!Each month,… READ MORE...
FRIDAY FROTHIES – BLACK HOPS OPERATION ‘CODE RED’ REVIEW 15/06/2018- Brendan Leenders’ Friday Staff Pick Black Hops Operation ‘Code Red’ ABV: 6.2% On June 17th 2016, Eddie Oldfield, Dan Norris… READ MORE...
ULTIMATE WINTER STOUT GUIDE 15/06/2018- Can we woo you over to the dark side? Known for their warming roasted flavours, there is nothing better than… READ MORE...
FRIDAY FROTHIES – MOON DOG CAKE HOLE REVIEW 08/06/2018- Brad Kingsman’s Friday Staff Pick Moon Dog Cake Hole Black Forest Stout ABV: 6.5% Moon Dog Craft Brewery have always… READ MORE...
MEET NIGEL AYLING – FOUNDER OF ‘WE LOVE CRAFT BEER’ 07/06/2018- Here is some news hot off the press...we're teaming up with Australian online craft beer community – We Love Craft… READ MORE...
STATE OF ORIGIN BEER GUIDE 05/06/2018- To mark the first State of Origin clash, we’ve put together a list of our top NSW and QLD session… READ MORE...
FRIDAY FROTHIES – 3 RAVENS MOUSSEY JUICY REVIEW 01/06/2018- Brendan Leenders' Staff Pick 3 Ravens Moussey Juicy Chocolate Milkshake NEIPA (New England Black India Pale Ale) ABV: 6% When… READ MORE...
WIN A DOUBLE PASS TO GABS SYDNEY 30/05/2018- Craft Cartel Liquor is giving you the chance to WIN a Double Pass to GABS Sydney this Saturday, June 2nd… READ MORE...
FRIDAY FROTHIES – STOCKADE/DADIVA TWO BRIDGES SESSION IPA REVIEW 25/05/2018- Tania’s Friday Staff Pick Stockade/Dadiva Two Bridges Session IPA ABV: 4.9% Stockade have recently been doing some collabs with Brazilian… READ MORE...
AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL BEER AWARDS 2018…THE RESULTS ARE IN! 21/05/2018- The Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) took place in Melbourne on May 16th and in case you missed them, here… READ MORE...
WIN A SEASONAL CASE FROM BRIDGE ROAD BREWERS 17/05/2018- Situated in Beechworth (VIC), we’ve long admired Bridge Road Brewers’ creativity. Founder Ben Kraus and his team continually dream up… READ MORE...
BEER WITH THE BREWER: BRIDGE ROAD BREWERS 17/05/2018- Our bottle shop manager, Brendan Leenders recently visited Bridge Road Brewers in Beechworth, Victoria to attend the fourth High Country… READ MORE...
MUST-TRY FESTIVAL BEERS AT GABS 2018 15/05/2018- What do Tasmanian jam, toasted marshmallows, rhubarb, Skittles, ice cream, yuzu, gin, Bertie Beetles and snails have in common? They're… READ MORE...
FRIDAY FROTHIES – YULLI’S BREWS AMANDA MANDARIN IPA REVIEW 10/05/2018- Brad Kingsman’s Friday Staff Pick! Yulli's Brews Amanda Mandarin IPA ABV: 6.7% This cheeky gal Amanda had me fooled at… READ MORE...
STAR WARS BEER GUIDE 03/05/2018- To celebrate Star Wars Day, we’ve put together the ultimate Star Wars Beer Guide, featuring our dark collaboration with The… READ MORE...
FRIDAY FROTHIES – REVENGE OF THE PITH REVIEW 03/05/2018- Nick’s Friday Staff Pick! (It’s kinda tough writing about your own beer, so we asked one of our customers to… READ MORE...
MOTHER’S DAY GIN GIFT GUIDE 02/05/2018- Mother's Day is around the corner, so we've curated a selection of our favourite Australian craft gins that are certain to top… READ MORE...
CELEBRATE KING’S DAY WITH THE BEST DUTCH BEERS 26/04/2018- While we generally shine the spotlight on Aussie craft beer, from time to time we love introducing you to our favourite international brews.… READ MORE...
WIN THE BEST BEER IN THE WORLD – WESTVLETEREN XII 26/04/2018- Here is your chance to win a bottle of Westvleteren 12 (ABV: 10.2%), a classic Belgian Quad that many deem to… READ MORE...
FRENCHIES BISTRO & BREWERY 17/04/2018- If you live in Sydney and have not yet visited Frenchies Bistro & Brewery in Rosebery, be sure to put… READ MORE...
FRIDAY FROTHIES – PIRATE LIFE PILSNER REVIEW 13/04/2018- Brendan Leenders' Friday Staff Pick! Pirate Life Pilsner ABV: 4.8% The scallywags at Pirate Life Brewing took to using Nelson… READ MORE...
WIN A TOP 10 TINNIES CASE 11/04/2018- We're giving you the chance to win one of Craft Cartel's best-sellers - a case of the Top 10 Tinnies! The… READ MORE...
FRIDAY FROTHIES – 8 WIRED COSMIC CHAOS SOUR BLACK IPA REVIEW 06/04/2018- Brad’s Friday Staff Pick!  8 Wired Cosmic Chaos Sour Black IPA  ABV: 7.5% “Like the Universe itself this brew is dark and… READ MORE...
FRIDAY FROTHIES – TWO BIRDS TRAIL BLAZER AUSSIE LAGER REVIEW 23/03/2018- Tania’s Friday Staff Pick! Two Birds Trail Blazer Aussie Lager ABV: 4.5% Two Birds co-founders Danielle Allen and Jayne Lewis… READ MORE...
strongest beer 10 BEERS THAT’LL PUT HAIR ON YOUR CHEST 14/03/2018- A few breweries are slugging it out to see who can create the most alcoholic beer in the world. Currently… READ MORE...
FRIDAY FROTHIES – HAIRYMAN POP ALE REVIEW 09/03/2018- Brendan Leenders' Friday staff pick! Hairyman Pop Ale ABV: 4.6% Childhood memories came flooding back with this beer. Creaming Soda… READ MORE...
MUST TRY AUTUMN BEERS + FREE SHIPPING OFFER 08/03/2018- MUST TRY AUTUMN BEERS + FREE SHIPPING OFFER As the mercury starts to recede after the blazing Aussie summer we… READ MORE...
WIN THE ULTIMATE HOP NATION BEER PACK 06/03/2018- Calling all craft beer lovers! Here is your chance to win four awesome beers from Hop Nation’s core range plus… READ MORE...
Last Rites Smelly Doona Review FRIDAY FROTHIES – LAST RITES BIG SMELLY DOONA REVIEW 23/02/2018- Brendan's Leenders' Friday Staff Pick! Last Rites The Big Smelly Doona Imperial Pale Ale ABV: 9% Last Rites Brewing have… READ MORE...
Review-Prancing-Pony-Imperial-German-Sledgehammer FRIDAY FROTHIES – PRANCING PONY IMPERIAL GERMAN SLEDGEHAMMER REVIEW 08/02/2018- Brad Kingsman's Friday Staff Pick! Prancing Pony Imperial German Sledgehammer Imperial Pilsner ABV: 7.5% Imperial Pilsner, you might be developing… READ MORE...
Batlow-Interview-with-Rich-Coombes TALKING BATLOW CIDER WITH RICH COOMBES 08/02/2018- Summer and cider go hand-in-hand, which is why we’ve teamed up with our pals at Batlow Cider to give you… READ MORE...
BATLOW CIDER COMPETITION 06/02/2018- COMPETITION TIME! Craft Cartel has teamed up with Batlow Cider to help you enjoy the last days of summer to… READ MORE...
FRIDAY FROTHIES – 4 PINES KELLER DOOR JUICED UP REVIEW 02/02/2018- Brendan Leenders' Friday Staff Pick! 4 Pines Keller Door Juiced Up Extra Summer Ale ABV: 6.5% As soon as this… READ MORE...
HOTTEST 100 AUSSIE CRAFT BEERS OF 2017 31/01/2018- On Saturday, January 27,  the GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of 2017 were revealed. The biggest and most influential… READ MORE...
VALENTINE’S DAY BEERS 31/01/2018- Everyone goes with chocolate and flowers for Valentine’s Day. But why? Like chocolate, beer is ancient (with beer a full… READ MORE...
BRENDAN’S TOP 10 BEERS OF 2017 26/01/2018- Before the results of the GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers poll are revealed tomorrow, our bottle shop manager Brendan… READ MORE...
STONE & WOOD COMPETITION 15/01/2018- COMPETITION TIME! On Saturday, January 27th, the nation's favourite craft beers of 2017 will be revealed when we countdown the… READ MORE...
BEER WITH THE BREWER: WELDER’S DOG 11/01/2018- Welder’s Dog Farmhouse Ginger Beer (ABV: 4.1%) has been a staple in our fridge this summer; it’s done a beaut… READ MORE...
FRIDAY FROTHIES – STOCKADE CHOP SHOP PALE ALE REVIEW 22/12/2017- Tania's Friday Staff Pick! Stockade Brew Co. Chop Shop Pale Ale ABV: 4.7% Stockade Chop Shop Pale Ale has so… READ MORE...
TOP 3 FESTIVE FROTHIES 12/12/2017- The silly season is in full swing, so we’re serving up our Top 3 Festive Frothies! Bridge Road Brewers Magical… READ MORE...
FRIDAY FROTHIES – RIVERSIDE 69 SUMMER ALE REVIEW 08/12/2017- Brad Kingsman’s Friday Staff Pick! Riverside 69 Summer Ale ABV: 4.6% Riverside Brewing Co. happens to be our close neighbour… READ MORE...
CRAFTY CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 07/12/2017- This year, why not wish someone a crafty Christmas! Our mixed cases and speciality beers are the perfect stocking stuffer… READ MORE...
SYD EVENT: TINNIES & TACOS WITH BUCKET BOYS 28/11/2017- Nothing beats the sweet sound of cracking open a cold one in summer. So, we’re teaming up with the 3… READ MORE...
FRIDAY FROTHIES – PRANCING PONY INDIA RED ALE REVIEW 23/11/2017- Tania’s Friday Staff Pick! Prancing Pony India Red Ale ABV: 7.9% Being an Adelaide girl, I thought it was my… READ MORE...
BEER WITH THE BREWER – BALTER 20/11/2017- Balter Brewing Company has some big names behind it; local surfers Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, Bede Durbridge and Josh Kerr… READ MORE...