New Beers

Barely a day goes by without another seasonal or one-off special flying out of an Australian brewery (if not ten). Here and in our weekly newsletter, we'll bring you news and, if we've sampled them, our take on as many of them as possible. Happy hunting!

2 Brothers Baltic Porter & Eleven

Tapped June 30th, 2019
For winter 2019, 2 Brothers have released two dark beers in darkly clad cans. The lighter of those (which still sits at 7 percent ABV) is a familiar face, one the brewery has been releasing for the better part of a decade: Voodoo Baltic Porter. What pours from the can is also a familiar mix of flavours, with roasted coffee and chocolate, plus some liquorice, all delivered with a clean finish. The second dark tinnie from the Moorabbin brewery is their GABS 2019 beer – a far denser affair that comes… Read more
Style
Baltic Porter & Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
7.0% & 11.0%

2 Brothers The Guvnor II: Part 3

Tapped June 30th, 2019
The Guvnor II series is an ongoing celebration of 2 Brothers’ tenth birthday, one that is appearing over time in four separate parts. The strong ale base beer has spent time ageing away in different kinds of barrels: the first was aged in French oak for six months; the second spending time in Starward whisky barrels. For Part 3, bourbon barrels were the weapon of choice and, as a result, the beer shares more in common with its immediate predecessor than version one. It has a rich caramel sweetness,… Read more
Style
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Strong Ale
ABV
10.0%

Red Hill Imperial Stout & Pancho Mole Imperial Stout

Tapped June 28th, 2019
There's little left to be said about Red Hill's Imperial Stout. One of the originals in Australia and released annually for more than a decade, it delivers a wonderfully integrated blend of many of the elements you desire in such a beer: coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, dried fruits, earthiness and a hint of smokiness. There is something new in 2019, however: it's joining its stablemates in waving goodbye to bottles and hello to cans. And that's not all. For their 2019 GABS entry, the Goldings decided… Read more
Style
Imperial Stouts
ABV
8.1%
Bitterness
65 IBU

Your Mates Sally IPA

Tapped June 28th, 2019
Your Mates Larry, Donnie and Macca have welcomed a newcomer to the fold: the brewery's first female character. She's called Sally and started hitting taps and fridges throughout the Sunshine Coast as winter 2019 approached. Named via a customer poll in which she beat out other worthy nominations Izzy, Daisy, Annie, Matilda and Poppy, she's a West Coast style IPA featuring American hops Chinook, Citra, Simcoe and El Dorado. It took the brewers a few attempts to get the combination they were after… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
6.0%

Bridge Road & Friends Beer Glamp Beers 2019

Tapped June 27th, 2019
The Kraus clan may be heading to Austria for a year spent living with Bridge Road Brewers co-founder Maria’s family, but husband Ben ensured he stayed busy right up until departure day, not only declaring their brewery an independent nation but also launching the Beer Glamp series. Inspired by Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camps, this saw his brewery team joined by Hop Nation, Wildflower and winemaker Patrick Sullivan for a couple of brews in the lead up to the 2019 High Country Hops festival. The NEIPA… Read more
Style
NEIPA & Pilsner
ABV
6.9% & 4.4%

Fox Hat Heavy Handed XPA

Tapped June 27th, 2019
To be heavy handed means to be forceful or somewhat rough. Alternatively, in the cooking sense, it means to add more than is required, resulting in, say, a rather salty or spicy meal. When it comes to Fox Hat’s Heavy Handed XPA, the name is a reference to the extra hops that have made their way into the beer. That said, with the beer designed to sit at the front of the queue for Fox Hat’s core range at just 5.2 percent ABV, it's a case of being a little more forceful without taking the beer… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
5.2%

Bootleg Brewery #FOMONEIPA

Tapped June 26th, 2019
The fear of missing out. It can be a big problem in modern day craft beer circles, especially thanks to social media and our ability to share the latest beer as soon as it lands in our hands. The phenomenon isn’t just a problem for punters, however, with brewers feeling the need to make sure they keep up with whatever’s trending. Bootleg Brewery are happy to admit to caving to the pressures of the clamorous crafty drinker in releasing their take on the popular New England IPA and calling it #FOMONEIPA. The… Read more
Style
New England IPA
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
10 IBU

Bad Shepherd Red Zeppelin & Oatmeal Stout

Tapped June 25th, 2019
The Bad Shepherd IPA Series continues apace, this time with a step back into rather more traditional realms. Red Zeppelin is a red IPA made with just water, malt, hops and yeast, resisting the temptation to reach for the kitchen shelves as per recent forays into milkshake territory. The collaboration with Ballarat's Hop Temple has been dry-hopped no less than four times with new US varieties Cashmere and Idaho Gem, yet – as is often the case with such beers – the specialty malts chosen to create… Read more
Style
Red IPA & Oatmeal Stout
ABV
6.0% & 5.5%
Stockists

A Point of Difference Liquor

Carwyn Cellars

Fiftyfive

Grape & Grain Liquor Cellars

Grosvenor Hotel

Harvest Cellars

McCoppins

Otter's Promise

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Little Bang Dark Arts & Sludgebeast

Tapped June 24th, 2019
Why bring one dark beer out for winter when you can release two? (OK, if we're honest, there's more than two in the Little Bang locker, but bear with us as these two have been released in cans within a week of each other...) Dark Arts is the Stepney brewers' joint venture with SA's State Theatre Company. Apparently, the latter requested "a dark beer for a dark show", but by the end of the collaboration Little Bang "just wanted to give them some chocolates." The aroma suggests… Read more
Style
Chocolate & Imperial Stouts
ABV
6.3% & 12.0%
Bitterness
36.3 & 89 IBU

Modus Operandi Silent Knight Porter (Core Range)

Tapped June 23rd, 2019
Ask someone the first thing that comes into their mind when they think of Modus Operandi and we'll wager the majority come up with something related to hop forward beers or IPAs. They'd have good reason to do so too; it's been upon such beers the serial trophy winners from the Northern Beaches have built much of their reputation. Yet it would ignore many other gems in their locker; indeed, back in 2016, The Crafty Pint's panel opted to include their dark beers en masse in our Best New NSW Beers Of… Read more
Style
Porter
ABV
5.8%

Glass House Brewery Session

Tapped June 23rd, 2019
Glass House have been producing crowd-pleasing beers at their Sunshine Coast home since late 2018 and, as winter 2019 arrived, starting putting some of them into cans, with Session one of the first. At just 3 percent ABV, it's designed, as the name suggests, with session drinking – or, perhaps, designated drivers – in mind, combining an English ale yeast and Ahtanum hops. It's an American variety favoured by the Glass House brewers and gives the easy-drinking beer a light citrus undertone. Matt… Read more
Style
Session Ale
ABV
3.0%

Shedshaker Hempathy Pale Ale

Tapped June 23rd, 2019
By virtue of its close association with marijuana, Australia's hemp industry is a fledgling one. It was only in November 2017 that laws regarding the consumption of hemp-based products changed and now hemp farming is becoming serious business. It’s also an industry championed by many in the know, including the CSIRO who, when running the inaugural Australian Hemp Conference, asked Shedshaker to brew a beer just for it. To meet the brief, the Castlemaine brewery enlisted the help of Bunjil Farm… Read more
Style
Pale Ale With Hemp
ABV
4.8%
Bitterness
19

Shedshaker Brewing Frailty Pale Ale

Tapped June 23rd, 2019
In 1986, the Australian rock outfit Hunters & Collectors released their fourth studio album, named after the term the band used to describe alcohol. Human Frailty was both a commercial and critical hit for the band and cemented their position in the annals of great Australian bands. Thirty years later, Hunters & Collectors drummer Doug Falconer is part-owner of a brewery in Castlemaine, and the brewery owners couldn’t resist making a beer to celebrate the album. Perhaps Australia’s first… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
ABV
5.2%
Bitterness
30 IBU

Moo Brew Red IPA

Tapped June 21st, 2019
Moo Brew and Dark Mofo both hail from the same place: the unique, mind-bending arts, booze, culture and whatever else takes their fancy empire sparked by David Walsh. So it makes sense the former would be involved in the latter – and would brew a beer for the event too. This Red IPA was launched at Dark Mofo 2019's opening weekend and has been heading across the mainland since in the brewery's new look limited release cans. They follow the popular "pop a sticker on a standard design"… Read more
Style
Red IPA
ABV
5.8%
Stockists

Captain Melville

Cherry Tree Hotel

Great Northern Hotel

Hotel Lincoln

Mount Macedon Hotel

Rainbow Hotel

Prince Alfred - Port Melbourne

Dark Mofo - Winter Feast, Altar Bar, Night Mass

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Van Dieman Giblin X

Tapped June 21st, 2019
Giblin is the imperial stout that's been in the Van Dieman limited release locker for years. And, like the brewery itself, it's one that's evolving as Will Tatchell's farm-based, estate ale-creating operation moves into a second decade. No longer is it enough to put out an imperial stout brewed with water, malt, hops and yeast, this time around it's a case of homegrown hops and a full year in just-emptied Port barrels. Clearly, the latter made their mark as the first comment by Will Ziebell of this… Read more
Style
Port Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
10.0%
Bitterness
92 IBU
Stockists

Dirty Pennies

Bottles leaving the brewery mid-July

Kegs rolling out at events over the second half of 2019

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3 Ravens & Brouhaha Barrel-Aged Imperial Milk Stout

Tapped June 21st, 2019
When is a milk stout not a milk stout? When Brendan at 3 Ravens and Matt at Brouhaha decide to take it places... This beer started out as the latter's tasty but rather straightforward milk stout and put it through a process that makes Gary's transmogrification in Team America look like a mere spot of blusher and a couple of blobs of cotton wool. The process, to give it its technical term, was “reiterated mashing” – taking the first runnings from a very thick mash, using them as the brewing… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Milk Stout
ABV
14.2%
Bitterness
44 IBU
Stockists

Beer launched at Dark Mass on June 22

3 Ravens Robust Porter

Tapped June 21st, 2019
With their Dark and Stout becoming lesser spotted beasts these days, 3 Ravens have been a little light on the dark beers. With an event featuring nothing but to mark the winter solstice taking place at the brewery and many pubs after a darker winter offering, they came up with this, the Robust Porter. It's as you might expect such a beer to be: nigh on black, with plenty of coffee aromas (although no coffee added) and dark chocolate throughout. Inspired by Deschutes' Black Butte and featuring the… Read more
Style
Robust Porter
ABV
5.8%

Eagle Bay Sour Pink Stout

Tapped June 21st, 2019
In craft beer there's conventional and there's, well, sour pink stouts. Likely the most left of centre beer from the team at Eagle Bay, this is a riff on their existing Cacao Stout and draws inspiration from the Papua New Guinea cacao bean, renowned for it's uncanny raspberry and coffee scent. Brewer Keegan Steinbacher wanted to emulate the unique flavours and aromas found in the world famous beans so brewed a clean, sour base beer and packed it to the brim with raspberry, The Cape Effect coffee… Read more
Style
Sour Pink Stout
ABV
6.0%

Eagle Bay Norwegian IPA

Tapped June 21st, 2019
We've seen them all here at The Crafty Pint: from the pastry inspired, to the double dry-hopped and sour, from the tiny to the sextuple and everything in between, there's few places IPAs haven't been in recent years. And they've started down another path in recent months with the advent on these shores of kveik yeast. Originating in Norway, it might bring a fresh face to the New World hoppy beer arena, but its history in brewing is lengthy, and it's collecting quite the fanbase. Eagle Bay seems… Read more
Style
Kveik IPA
ABV
6.0%
Bitterness
32 IBU

Eagle Bay Sparkling Chardonnay Ale & Rosé Ale

Tapped June 21st, 2019
Beer and wine often exist in very different worlds. With the recent surge of creative, experimental and non-conventional products in both industries, however, wineries and breweries have found plenty of common ground, along with a portion of the market interested in exploring both worlds and their nuances. Hot on the trail of vintages around the country, brewers have been meddling with vino in their breweries to try to achieve products that either showcase both grain and grape or enhance their ales… Read more
Style
Beer-Wine Hybrids
ABV
7.0% & 6.8%
Bitterness
10 IBU
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