Hottest 100 of 2014: The Breakdown

The results are in. Feral's invincible Hop Hog continues its march at the top, while Little Creatures is nudged out of the top three for the first time to be usurped by another US-inspired pale ale from 4 Pines.

La Sirene comes from nowhere to claim four spots, including a top five for its GABS beer Praline, while KAIJU! also score four top 100 finishes in their first full year of operations. And, for a brewery many may think of for one beer only, Pacific Ale, Stone & Wood notches no less than six beers – on par with Feral and just one behind Melbourne's Mountain Goat.

Session ales continue their rise, as do red IPAs / India red ales while, despite a feeling that craft lagers are on the rise, there's a mere one lager in the 100 this year. There's strong representation from Lion's craft brands – nine beers across Little Creatures, White Rabbit and James Squire, although once popular Knappstein has disappeared – and Coopers sees two beers hit the list including one brewed since 1852. On the other hand, in the year its latest home was shut down, CUB's craft arm Matilda Bay gains just one entry.

We've put many of the stats and trends in infographic form here but, as in past years, have unleashed The Crafty Pint's inner maths nerd and carried a little number crunching to present you with a breakdown of the top 100 and how the results compare with previous years.

What's more, we even brought The Crafty Pot into the fold for a spot of craft craft action to create the above, no expense spared, podium. Thanks, Pot!


HIGHEST NEW ENTRIES

There were 35 new entries, of which the highest were:

  • La Sirene Praline (5)
  • Riverside Brewing 777 (6)
  • KAIJU! Beer Where Strides The Behemoth (12)
  • Noisy Minor Admiral Ackbar (14)
  • Modus Operandi Former Tenant (15)

BIGGEST CLIMBERS

  • Prancing Pony India Red Ale (up 37)
  • Noise Minor ANZUS IPA (up 35)
  • Mornington Peninsula Pale (up 29)
    Little Creatures Bright Ale (up 29)
    Bridge Road Bling IPA (up 29)

TOP BREWERIES

Seven beers

  • Mountain Goat

Six beers

  • Stone & Wood
  • Feral Brewing

Four beers

  • 4 Pines
  • KAIJU! Beer
  • La Sirene
  • Holgate Brewhouse
  • Little Creatures
  • Two Birds Brewing

Three beers

  • 2 Brothers
  • Bridge Road
  • Fortitude / Noisy Minor
  • James Squire
  • Mornington Peninsula Brewery
  • Nail Brewing

MOST POPULAR STYLES (previous years figures in brackets – 2013 / 2012)

  • Pale Ale – 20 (20 / 21)
  • IPA – 18 (26 / 21)
  • Session Ales – 14 (10 / 5)*
  • Red / Amber Ales – 7 (6 / 6)
  • Red IPA / India Red Ales – 6 (0 / 0)
  • Double / Imperial IPA – 5 (3 / 4)
  • Specialty (fruit, spice, flavoured) – 4 (1 / 2)
    Imperial Stout - 4 (7 / 1)

There were also three black IPAs, brown / dark ales, ESBs and saisons, two stouts, sours and session IPAs and one Belgian pale, imperial red, porter and a solitary lager.

* Session Ales includes all golden ales, summer ales and mid-strength entries.


STATE BY STATE IN NUMBERS (2013 figure in brackets)

  • Victoria – 47 (46)
  • New South Wales – 23 (24)
  • Western Australia – 14 (11)
  • South Australia – 9 (9)
  • Queensland – 7 (10)
  • Tasmania – 0 (0)

BY BEERS PER POPULATION SIZE

  • Victoria
  • Western Australia
  • South Australia
  • New South Wales
  • Queensland
  • Tasmania

THE FULL LIST SHOWING CLIMBERS, FALLERS & NEW ENTRIES

Brewery

Beer

Change from 2013

1

Feral

Hop Hog

-

2

Stone & Wood

Pacific Alee

-

3

4 Pines

Pale Ale

Up 1

4

Little Creatures

Pale Ale

Down 1

5

La Sirene

Praline

New Entry

6

Riverside Brewing

777

New Entry

7

Goat

Summer Ale

Down 1

8

Noisy Minor

ANZUS IPA

Up 35

9

Bridge Road

Beechworth Pale

Up 2

10

4 Pines

Kolsch

Down 2

11

Fortitude Brewing Co

Golden Ale

Up 23

12

KAIJU! Beer

Where Strides The Behemoth

New Entry

13

Two Birds

Taco

Up 12

14

Noisy Minor

Admiral Ackbar

New Entry

15

Modus Operandi

Former Tenant

New Entry

16

Mash Brewing

Copy Cat

New Entry

17

Riverside Brewing

77 IPA

Down 5

18

Mountain Goat

The Delmont IPA

New Entry

19

KAIJU! Beer

Hopped Out Red

New Entry

20

Prancing Pony

IRA

Up 37

21

Thirsty Crow

Vanilla Milk Stout

Down 11

22

Feral

Barrique O'Karma

Up 11

23

Stone & Wood

Cloud Catcher

New Entry

24

White Rabbit

Dark Ale

-

25

Matilda Bay

Fat Yak

Down 3

26

Mountain Goat

Steam Ale

Down 10

27

Two Birds

Sunset Ale

Down 10

28

Coopers

Pale Ale

Down 5

29

KAIJU! Beer

Metamorphosis

New Entry

30

Little Creatures

IPA

Down 25

31

Holgate Brewhouse

Temptress

Down 18

32

Mountain Goat

Fancy Pants

New Entry

33

Feral

Watermelon Warhead

New Entry

34

Hawthorn Brewing Co

Pale Ale

Down 4

35

Mismatch Brewing

Archie's Red Ale

New Entry

36

La Sirene

Cherie Kriek

New Entry

37

Mismatch Brewing

Session Ale

New Entry

38

Bacchus Brewing

Sex, Drugs 'n' Rocky Road

New Entry

39

Mornington Peninsula Brewery

Imperial Stout

Up 26

40

Shenanigans Brewing

Winston

New Entry

41

Two Birds

Bantam

New Entry

42

Mountain Goat

India Red Ale

New Entry

43

Lord Nelson

Three Sheets

Down 15

44

James Squire

Hop Thief

New Entry

45

Bridge Road

Bling IPA

Up 27

46

KAIJU! Beer

Aftermath

Up 18

47

Stone & Wood

Jasper Red Ale

Up 6

48

Hargreaves Hill

ESB

Down 13

49

4 Hearts Brewing

Pale Ale

Up 20

50

Mornington Peninsula Brewery

IPA

Up 24

51

Little Creatures

Bright Ale

Up 29

52

Mountain Goat

Hightail

Down 25

53

4 Pines

ESB

Up 7

54

Burleigh Brewing

28 Pale Ale

Down 22

55

James Squire

150 Lashes

New Entry

56

La Sirene

Saison

New Entry

57

Moon Dog

Black Lung IV

Up 27**

58

Two Birds

Golden Ale

Down 22

59

2 Brothers

Growler

Up 19

60

Holgate Brewhouse

Road Trip

Down 42

61

McLaren Vale

IPA

Down 47

62

Six String Brewing

Dark Red IPA

Down 7

63

Boatrocker Brewing

Hop Bomb IPA

Down 19

64

Nail Brewing

Clout Stout

Down 2

65

McLaren Vale

Vale Ale

Down 56

66

Kooinda

Full Nelson Black IPA

Down 51

67

Boatrocker Brewing

Ramjet

Down 46

68

Nail Brewing

Red Ale

New Entry

69

BrewCult

Hop Zone

Down 17

70

La Sirene

Wild Saison

New Entry

71

James Squire

Chancer

New Entry

72

Mornington Peninsula Brewery

Pale Ale

Up 27

73

Holgate Brewhouse

Mt Macedon Ale

Down 42

74

Brewboys

Hoppapotamus IPA

Up 22

75

Young Henrys

Newtowner

New Entry

76

Bridge Road

Bling Bling Double IPA

Down 9

77

Stone & Wood

Garden Ale

Up 18

78

2 Brothers

Grizz

Up 1

79

Nail Brewing

Hughe Dunn Imperial Brown

New Entry

80

Stone & Wood

Stone Beer

Down 38

81

Little Creatures

Rogers

New Entry

82

Odyssey Tavern & Brewery

Calypso Pale Ale

New Entry

83

Murray's Brewing

Angry Man Pale

Down 6

84

Feral Brewing

Sly Fox

Down 44

85

White Rabbit

Belgian Pale Ale

New Entry

86

Moon Dog

Jumping the Shark

Down 67**

87

Feral Brewing

BFH

Down 39

88

Coopers

Sparkling Ale

New Entry

89

Ekim Brewing

After Battle Pale

Down 16

90

Holgate Brewhouse

Hopinator Double IPA

Down 44

91

Stone & Wood

Lager

Down 8

92

Modus Operandi

Zoo Feeder IPA

New Entry

93

Australian Brewery

Pale Ale

Down 32

94

Prancing Pony

Pale Ale

Up 3

95

All Inn Brewing

Pocahontas

Down 3

96

BrewCult

Can't Fight The Funk

Down 14

97

Feral Brewing

Tusk

New Entry

98

Mountain Goat

IPA

Down 59

99

2 Brothers

Creme Caramel

New Entry

100

Wolf of the Willows

XPA

New Entry

** The Moon Dog beers are different beers from those bearing the same name in 2013.

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