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!

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

Hop Nation The Kalash 2019

Tapped June 20th, 2019
The Kalash is one of the elder statesmen (or comrades) of the Hop Nation lineup, the Russian imperial stout that marches from the Footscray brewery once a year. It tends to vary a little year to year too, although they've stuck with bourbon barrels for the ageing process after it served them so well in 2018, while opting to pop him inside 375ml cans rather than tallboys. The bourbon barrels in which the liquid spent four months have served them well again, with the beer rolling from an initial oaky,… Read more
Style
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout
ABV
9.8%
Stockists

Launching at the brewery on June 21 before heading nationwide.

Hop Nation Site Fermentation Project Lapin

Tapped June 20th, 2019
The Site Fermentation Project is Hop Nation's funkier side, a place where you're as likely to find wine in a can as a mixed fermentation sour. Given the brewery is launching a festival – Blobfish – dedicated to wild, sour and funky beers, one assumes we'll see ever greater focus trained on this side of the business over time too. Lapin, while meaning rabbit in French and coming with such creatures adorning the labels, is instead a celebration of the 2018 cherry harvest, with some of the brewery's… Read more
Style
Foedre Beer With Cherries
ABV
6.0%

Two Birds Brewing IPA

Tapped June 20th, 2019
I never understood the meaning behind the phrase “going through a purple patch”, but Two Birds Brewing is undeniably in one, if at least literally with two purple-labelled beers released to coincide with their eighth birthday. One is a beer that will be sticking around: an IPA to replace the retired Golden Ale in the core lineup. It's influenced by classic West Coast IPAs, which in this modern hazy world may seem a little old fashioned, but it’s a style that continues to work. It uses a trio… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
5.8%
Stockists

Available year round wherever you find Two Birds beer

Two Birds Brewing Purple Reign

Tapped June 20th, 2019
I never understood the meaning behind the phrase “going through a purple patch”, but Two Birds Brewing is undeniably in one, if at least literally with two purple-labelled beers released to coincide with their eighth birthday. One is a new core range IPA you can read about here, the second an imperial gose with blackcurrants that's even more purple because, behind the purple branding, is a purple beer. The currants, 200kgs worth, were initially destined for the bin, but with the help of Yume… Read more
Style
Imperial Blackcurrant Gose
ABV
8.0%

Endeavour Brewing Stacked IPA (Cans)

Tapped June 20th, 2019
When Endeavour first found their Tap Rooms home in The Rocks, the first new beer to be brewed as a regular was the IPA. Space is a premium in the cosy brewery, and so the stainless steel tanks are stacked on top of each other. In tribute to this, the IPA became known as Stacked IPA. Fast forward to the present, and Stacked IPA has been released in tinnies for the benefit of those who can’t make their way to the Endeavour’s charming venue in the historic Sydney suburb. For a beer born in the midst… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.3%

Hargreaves Hill R.I.S. 2018

Tapped June 20th, 2019
The previous vintage of Hargreaves Hill's R.I.S. was a favourite at Crafty Towers – a highlight of 2018, in fact, with Will Ziebell pretty much buying the entire allocation from his local indie retailer. While we'd enjoyed the beer in years past, we figured last year's had its corset discarded to allow it room to expand. So, what of the 2018 vintage (released for winter 2019 after being given months to condition)? Again, it's fulsome: soft and full-bodied, comforting rather than fierce, and with… Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV
11.2%
Bitterness
70 IBU
Stockists

Bottles heading to all states plus ACT

Bright Brewery Sayonara Yuzu Sour

Tapped June 20th, 2019
Bright Brewery join the ranks of the local brewers to have fallen for the bright and zesty charms of Japanese citrus fruit yuzu. They've opted to showcase it within a sour beer, which might not be the most obvious move heading into winter (especially winter in Bright) but they tell us it's because the Japanese like to bathe in yuzu baths on the winter solstice. Now, you'd need to buy a lot of Sayonara to be able to bathe in it, but will you want to? Unless you're yet to be won over by the charms… Read more

Mash Brewing Locky Road Nitro Milk Stout

Tapped June 20th, 2019
Mash Brewing have launched the first beer in their Brewers Series, letting brewer Locky Kirkwood take the reins to create a beer inspired by winter nights and log fires. Locky Road is also a bit of a tribute to the Rocky Road chocolate treat and comes with the addition of cacao nibs, marshmallows, candy syrup and lactose. The final tweak sees the beer supercharged with the use of nitrogen in the cans. To get the desired rocket boost start in the glass, the can requires some serious shaking and a… Read more
Style
Sweet Nitro Stout
ABV
6.2%
Stockists

Available for a limited time from both Mash Brewing venues and leading liquor stores.

Rocky Ridge Front Rower Kiwi IIIPA

Tapped June 18th, 2019
Ordinarily, the Rocky Ridge brewers like to champion local and celebrate homegrown but, occasionally they'll devote some time in the brewery to celebrate beer from a far off land, or at least from our neighbours across the Tasman Sea. Front Rower is one of a stack of beers from Rocky Ridge as part of their End of Beer Year en masse release and pays tribute to New Zealand's diverse hop industry. Coming in at a whopping 10.5 percent ABV and a potentially tongue-shredding 77 IBU, the brewing team clearly… Read more
Style
NZ IIIPA
ABV
10.5%
Bitterness
77 IBU

Rocky Ridge Choc-Coconut Porter

Tapped June 18th, 2019
The Rocky Ridge team show no signs of slowing down as they move into the cold, wet winter months. And, among the beers they keep pumping out of their South West brewery doors are more with a slightly warming edge – beers like the experimental Choc-Coconut Porter, designed to hit shelves and warm cockles as the drizzle sets in. Brewed with 20kg of shredded and roasted coconut, the strong porter base has been brewed to a moderate 22 IBU and a generous 6.8 percent ABV. There's no question this thick,… Read more
Style
Chocolate Coconut Porter
ABV
6.8%
Bitterness
22 IBU

Rocky Ridge Dank Side Of The Moon

Tapped June 18th, 2019
The black IPA might not be enjoying as much of the spotlight these days as many of the recent IPA variants doing the rounds, but it's a style that the past two or three weeks suggest remains in the mind of many a brewer who appreciates the place for robust, maltier IPAs in the dank, dark backstage of brewing. Rocky Ridge's 2019 BIPA has been released as a sister beer to the Pink Floyd-referencing Pine On You Crazy Diamond, although Dank Side Of The Moon is the darker, more twisted of the siblings.… Read more
Style
Black IPA
ABV
8.85%
Bitterness
75 IBU

Sailors Grave Fields V2 & Harvest Ale & Sake Kasu Persimmon

Tapped June 17th, 2019
You likely know to expect the unexpected when it comes to Sailors Grave by now. But, even so, would you have expected them to put out one of the better locally-brewed hazy, juicy releases? Maybe, if you'd tucked into their Squid vs Whale IPAs, but more likely not. Yet, with Fields V2 – the second in their "Hoppy Hazy Juicy Farmhouse" series, they're up there. Bringing an intensity that wasn't there in V1, it's as if someone has pierced an overripe Navel orange and squeezed it right under… Read more
Style
Various styles
ABV
5.7% & 5.0% & 4.7%

Rocky Ridge Blueberry Sour

Tapped June 17th, 2019
Rocky Ridge undoubtedly have their eye in when it comes to sours. And, with this release, they're pushing their sour game to the next level with a large format bottle and a label with a more "adult" edge than their typical can designs. Within each elegant 750ml bottle will still be the same blend of of local ingredients and microflora. The debut release in the new look packaging is a spritzy barrel-aged sour packed to the rafters with fresh, locally grown blueberries. As per Rocky Ridge's… Read more
Style
Blueberry Sour
ABV
5.0%
Bitterness
5 IBU

Rocky Ridge Karl Joins The Mafia

Tapped June 17th, 2019
A 9 percent ABV imperial white stout brewed with coffee from a boutique coffee roastery in Margaret River in collaboration with a tiny craft beer bar in a Singaporean Chinatown complex... That's a lot to digest but, then again, this was initially brewed for GABS, and is another Rocky Ridge beer worth savouring. Karl Joins the Mafia is the latest release in a series of beers adorned with the "Karl" persona, an unlucky character who always seems to land in worrying predicaments. Thankfully,… Read more
Style
Imperial White Stout
ABV
9.0%
Bitterness
30 IBU

Rocky Ridge Alfie's Lager

Tapped June 17th, 2019
Afie's Lager – a doppelbock – was brewed in honour of a Rocky Ridge family pup. Alfie is the trusty brewpup of head brewer Ross Terlick and spends his days helping on the Rocky Ridge brewery and farm. The beer itself is pretty self explanatory: a gutsy doppelbock brewed to a generous 7.6 percent ABV and 22 IBU. Don't let the big numbers worry you, though, this lager is well balanced and oozes drinkability. Pronounced malt and sweetness are key players on the nose and palate alike, with generous… Read more
Style
Doppelbock
ABV
7.6%
Bitterness
22 IBU

Blackman's Brewery Coffee Lager

Tapped June 17th, 2019
Coffee has been used in beer in many different ways over the years. Sometimes brewers want to add its roasty qualities to a beer, on occasion it's more about extracting the perfume like characteristics of the beans instead. And many methods have been explored in terms of how the coffee is prepared, and when and how it's added. So what of Blackman's collab with Geelong's Coffee Cartel? Well, let's just say they kept the approach simple. My tasting notes refer to a distinct and very coffee like roasted… Read more
Style
Coffee Lager
ABV
4.8%

Barrel Farm By Blackman's Quince & Honey Saison

Tapped June 17th, 2019
The third release from Blackman's offshoot dedicated to beers of a more funky and farmhouse nature sees the Torquay team move from sour to saison. It's no straightforward saison, however, with locally sourced quince and honey added to the mix. As you might expect, the resultant beer sits at the fuller, sweeter end of the saison spectrum, a fair way from some of the wilder, tart affairs on the market. Richly fruity and malty upfront – and full of body too – with just a little perfume like fragrance… Read more
Style
Quince & Honey Saison
ABV
6.5%

Wayward Brewing Coffee & Donuts

Tapped June 16th, 2019
Wayward went through more than four kegs of their 2019 GABS beer in Sydney alone, so it’s no surprise they’ve decided to rebrew it, stick it in cans, and release it nationwide. Although an early version appeared in Dan Murphys’ Festival Variety Pack – one that led them to issue this statement, this is a refined version, with a touch of hops to alter the flavour ever so slightly. Inspiration for the beer came from ice hockey teammates Jason Adair and Lachlan Berger, who play in Wayward-sponsored… Read more
Style
Milk Stout
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

Available in NSW, VIC, QLD & ACT.

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