New Beers

Barely a day goes by without another seasonal or one-off special flying out of an Australian brewery. We'll do our best to tell you what’s coming when, where it’s going and – where possible – what it tastes like before it goes on sale. Be aware, however, that just because a venue’s getting a beer doesn’t mean they’ve tapped it straight away so maybe check it's pouring first.

Mornington Peninsula Brewery Artisanal The Farm

Tapped Yesterday
For its first Artisanal barrel aged release of 2018, Mornington Peninsula Brewery pays homage to both its locality and the brewers of Belgium. Taking its name from a popular surf spot near Flinders on Mornington Peninsula, The Farm is a saison that’s been taking shape in French oak barrels with Brettanomyces for company. It would appear the Brett strain chosen here isn't of the barnyard funk variety, despite the beer's name, as The Farm delivers more of a fruit-laden mix of flavours. With a smooth… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Brett Saison
Strength
7.1%
Stockists

Carwyn Cellars

Mornington Peninsula Brewery

Others TBC

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Nowhereman Brewing Co Yi P.I.A

Tapped April 18th, 2018
Most people receive an accolade when they leave a business but, for Pia Poynton – of girl plus beer fame, not to mention a regular Crafty Pint contributor – her gift at Nowhereman came early. What's more, it was far more generous than a key to the brewery and some new email passwords. Within a month of her arrival at the Perth brewpub, Yi P.I.A. is being launched, a beer that bears her name and comes with a decal featuring one of her favorite movies, Die Hard. Not too shabby for a new employee.… Read more
Style
Fresh Hop Australian Pale Ale
Strength
4.8%

FogHorn Brewhouse Big Nobby Double IPA

Tapped April 18th, 2018
FogHorn Brewhouse turned three in April 2018, and what better way for award-winning chief brewer Shawn Sherlock to mark the occasion than to tap a brand new, one-off double IPA, a style of beer he's delivered with aplomb many times over his career. Better still, he invited the public to name it in an online competition, with "Big Nobby" the eventual winner – not, of course, a reference to Shawn but instead to the famous Newcastle landmark Nobby’s Head, a headland that is located on… Read more
Style
Double IPA
Strength
8.7%
Bitterness
100 IBU

Grifter Brewing Co Tuff-Nut

Tapped April 18th, 2018
Some ideas for beer recipes have a convoluted genesis and a complex back story, one that involves many months treading back and forth between people and keeps busy minds awake at night. This is not one of those beers. Quite the opposite, actually. It ostensibly came about because of a throwaway comment across the brewery floor from one of the Grifter guys about how much they liked their local Tiki bar and how cool it would be to launch a beer there. So they came up with Tuff-Nut, a coconut lager. That’s… Read more
Style
Coconut Lager
Strength
4.7%
Stockists

Netherworld

The Scratch Bar

And select good beer outlets in Sydney and Melbourne

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Endeavour Wet-Hopped Cascadian Dark Ale & Summer Saison

Tapped April 18th, 2018
Towards the back end of 2017 the brewers at Endeavour filled the brewery’s designated ‘Something Dark’ tap with a roasty and pleasantly bitter Cascadian Dark Ale. It proved a popular beer so, when they went to the drawing board ahead of this year’s hop harvest, they figured it was a recipe they could bring back with a few seasonal tweaks. There are two key differences between the two versions. The first is, most obviously, that the beer has been made with fresh hops (five kilograms of Cascade… Read more
Style
Cascadian Dark Ale & Saison
Strength
5.9% & 4.7%

Mornington Peninsula Brewery Jungle Funk

Tapped April 17th, 2018
Considering Mornington Peninsula Brewery has both the Artisanal and the #tinnage series as homes for its many and varied limited releases, you might think that would offer enough of a canvas for new beers. But the brewery isn't one to limit its output in any way and often tests the water for potential new canned specialties via keg only releases. The latest of those is Jungle Funk, an India saison that matches New World hop flavours with some of the farmhouse qualities saisons can deliver. According… Read more
Style
India Saison
Strength
7.1%
Stockists

Carwyn Cellars

The Catfish

Mornington Peninsula Brewery

The Taphouse Darlinghurst

And select beer venues in VIC, NSW & QLD

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Grifter Brewing Co Pink Galah

Tapped April 17th, 2018
At the beginning of 2018, with the Sydney summer hitting some very high highs, Grifter released a colourful tonic for the warm weather blues in the form of a pink lemonade-inspired sour ale. Called Pink Galah, it’s the result of kettle souring followed by a secondary fermentation with whole Aussie raspberries and a squeeze of lemon juice. Much like the bird from which it takes its name, this is a beer that stands out on every front. To start with it’s a bright pink colour so looks utterly flamboyant… Read more
Style
Fruit Sour
Strength
4.7%

Newstead Brewing Fresh Eleanor Harvest Ale

Tapped April 16th, 2018
Most breweries that brew a fresh hop beer have their hops delivered by cold courier – after all, they need to brew with them within a couple of days of them being harvested to reap the benefits of using fresh hops. So, when Newstead Brewing was told there had been a logistical mix up and their Galaxy hops wouldn’t be delivered in time, there was a tense moment: had they missed their opportunity. But, if you know the personalities there, they’ve never been the sort to be easily defeated. It… Read more
Style
Fresh Hop Harvest Ale
Strength
5.5%
Bitterness
25 IBU

New England Brewing Co & The Gresham Quandong Grapefruit Corn Gose

Tapped April 16th, 2018
In one corner: New England Brewing Co, a small regional brewery in northern New South Wales. In the other: The Gresham, a suave cocktail and whiskey bar in Brisbane’s CBD. Between them: an unlikely friendship that's existed since the Gresham poured a keg from New England’s first batch of beer in 2013. Half a decade on, it was high time for them to collaborate. The Gresham is known for its impressive array of American whiskies, and for its use of interesting Australian ingredients in cocktails.… Read more
Style
Fruit & Corn Gose
Strength
4.0%
Bitterness
8 IBU

Pirate Life Pilsner

Tapped April 14th, 2018
The brewery may have built its reputation upon a series of acclaimed hop forward ales, yet the appearance of this Pilsner amid Pirate Life’s canned lineup shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. As well as last year's Stout and the odd barrel aged experiment, they've put out a few pilsners in draught form over the past couple of years. This one is the beer you may have seen on tap as Nelson Pilsner, so named as it's a single hop pilsner featuring Nelson Sauvin out of New Zealand. It's a popular… Read more
Style
Pilsner
Strength
4.8%

Sauce Brewing Son Of A Peach

Tapped April 13th, 2018
At many breweries these days, usually somewhere towards the end of a bank of taps, you’ll find something that fits under a loose umbrella description of: “For people who say they don’t like beer”. In the past, that’s generally been a cider but, increasingly, what’s been offered is a kettle soured ale, often boosted with some sort of fruit addition. Summer seems a particularly popular time for these beers to emerge due to their light and refreshing nature, the warm weather and an abundance… Read more
Style
Berliner Weisse
Strength
5.0%

Innate Brewes Watch This Space IIPA 2018

Tapped April 13th, 2018
Innate's double IPA Watch This Space returns accompanied with the accolades and hype of the little brewery that could. Last year, the beer won gold at the 2017 ABIA and Perth Royal Beer Show awards as well as being the fastest selling beer in a number of Perth venues. It’s with this track record / pressure to deliver that the 2018 version hits Perth venues as the final beer to be brewed on Innate's old brewery kit. It means, while head brewer Joel Nash is busy assembling his new toys, drinkers… Read more
Style
Double IPA
Strength
8.5%
Bitterness
80 IBU
Stockists

Draught only at select WA venues

Moon Dog Thunder Lips Yuzu Red IPA

Tapped April 12th, 2018
Having built a large production brewery a few metres down the road from their original brewery in 2016, the amount of beer coming out of Moon Dog in recent times has been rising rapidly. Not only is their core range spreading ever wider across Australia and making inroads overseas, but it's steadily expanded to include five beers – not bad for a brewery that spent most of its life without one. Now they've settled into a groove at the larger site, the production of the more outré beers with which… Read more
Style
Yuzu Red IPA
Strength
6.3%

Two Birds Brewing Jucius Caesar NEIPA

Tapped April 12th, 2018
Two Birds make it a hattrick of IPAs in just three months as Jucius Caesar follows the glittery Stardust IPA and seasonal Autumn IPA in making its way out of the Nest in Spotswood. And, as the name suggests, it's an Italian IPA featuring noble hops. Only kidding, it's a juicy, hazy New England IPA. You know the score with such beers by now (at least, you bloody well should): heaps of hops chosen for their citrusy, tropical qualities, a full mouthfeel and little in the way of perceptible bitterness.… Read more
Style
NEIPA
Strength
6.4%
Bitterness
55 IBU

Pact & Wignall Mount Pale McStableface

Tapped April 12th, 2018
Sometimes, when breweries release beers that are draught only, it's not possible for the Crafty Pint team to taste them for a write up while they're still around. In such cases, we're reliant upon the brewers responsible giving us enough insight and information to be able to craft a word salad of enough substance to be of use to our readers. Some brewers are better than others at this; few have sent quite the tale we received from Kevin Hingston at Pact for this collab with Canberra's youngest (and… Read more
Style
Strong Pale Ale (Kev says: "Thanks, Scotty Balter!")
Strength
5.4%
Bitterness
54 IBU

3 Ravens Brown Acid

Tapped April 11th, 2018
When 3 Ravens first gave their soft and fruity sour ale Acid a wide release in cans last year, we were told more variants on the theme would follow. And, with the release of the somewhat allusively named Brown Acid – a cola inspired beer – it seems that time has now come. Much like the original Acid forebear, it’s a tart, lightly sour beer, but it also packs an additional sweetness, one that brings with it flashbacks to the cola lollies you’d find at a milk bar and, presumably, can still… Read more
Style
Cola Sour
Strength
3.5%

Stomping Ground Guava Smash

Tapped April 11th, 2018
Since opening its doors, the Stomping Ground Beer Hall has poured a serious number of different beer styles across its taps, thanks to the efforts of head brewer Ashur Hall and his team. And, having started canning in recent months, more of the world beyond the Collingwood brewpub is getting a chance to sample that range – or at least select parts of it – too. For the brewery’s latest release, they've stuck with the theme from their last, with Guava Smash following Watermelon Smash into its… Read more
Style
Guava Gose
Strength
4.2%

Bootleg Brewery & That Cold Stuff That Cold Brew Black IPA

Tapped April 11th, 2018
After a research trip to the USA, the coffee aficionados at That Cold Stuff were exposed to the vast ranges of both coffee and beer varieties available Stateside. On return, the owners wanted to trial some of the ideas they developed while travelling and approached Bootleg Brewery to do just that. The style the collaborators landed on, a black IPA, was ultimately chosen so the citrus flavours of Citra and Amarillo hops could pair with coffee’s lighter, fruitier notes, while still allowing the roasted… Read more
Style
Black IPA with Coffee
Strength
6.0%
Stockists

Mane Liquor

The Dutch Trading Co

Bootleg Brewery

And select WA venues

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Indian Ocean Brett Not Brett

Tapped April 11th, 2018
Brett Not Brett has become a well regarded small batch release for the brewing team at WA's Indian Ocean. Despite featuring in The Crafty Pint Best New WA Beers of 2017, for some reason, we hadn’t actually added it to the Indi brewery page on the site. So, with a new iteration of this small batch release now pouring from the Mindarie brewery, it felt like a good time to set that record straight. Brett Not Brett’s name was spawned from the unique Saccharonmyces Bruxellenis Trois yeast used in… Read more
Style
New World Sour
Strength
4.9%

Indian Ocean & The Dutch Trading Co Table Beer

Tapped April 10th, 2018
The history of the table beer style (if you can call it such) is more centred on an idea than any tight guidelines. For many years, these low alcohol beers were enjoyed with a meal by adults and children; it wasn’t too long ago in some areas that such drinks were even served in schools. The international renaissance of table beers also seems to be a recognition that you can create interesting and complex beers without being crushed by high alcohol, half a bine of hops or a deluge of adjuncts. For… Read more
Style
Table Beer
Strength
2.8%
Stockists

The Dutch Trading Co

Also available from Indian Ocean Brewing's taproom

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