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!

Nomad Brewing Brookvaler Weisse

Tapped March 1st, 2016
The team at Nomad has long been fond of a sour mash. It was a noted feature when their saison first came out through to the release of Freshie, the salt & pepper gose which earned a place in our best new NSW beers of 2015. But 2016 has seen them hit puckering new heights when it comes to sour beers. Most recently there has been the Wild Mongrel sour ale made with Shiraz grapes and Without A Paddle, their grape laden GABS entry and punny take on the Belgian kriek style. This beer is, if you couldn’t… Read more
Style
Berliner Weisse
ABV
3.6%

Indian Ocean Export Lager

Tapped March 1st, 2016
Brewer's notes: Pale-straw in colour, this beer is an example of a Dortmund Style Lager. Spicy/herbal hop character on the nose. Slightly sweet malt balanced with a German noble hop character with a crisp finish on the palate.… Read more
Style
Dortmunder Lager
ABV
5.0%
Bitterness
25 IBU

Indian Ocean Pale Ale

Tapped March 1st, 2016
Brewer's notes: Gold in colour. Lifted tropical fruit (mango, passionfruit) and citrus (blood orange and grapefruit) with hints of pine and floral notes are present on both the nose and palate. Clean, medium bitterness.… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
ABV
5.2%
Bitterness
40 IBU

Indian Ocean Street Beer

Tapped March 1st, 2016
Brewer's notes: This beer is an inspiration of a Vietnamese style Bia Hoi (gas beer!), traditionally served on the streets fresh by pop up beer vendors. Street Beer experiments with different hops each batch and the finest sushi rice to achieve an interesting full body and almost rice pudding character.… Read more
Style
Rice Lager
ABV
3.8%
Bitterness
18 IBU

Indian Ocean Hazy Pucker

Tapped March 1st, 2016
Brewer's notes: Hazy Pucker is an apple cider: not too sweet, not too dry, well balanced with a crisp tart finish.… Read more
Style
Apple Cider

Grifter Brewing Co Fresh & Clean IPL

Tapped February 29th, 2016
If you pay attention next time you head into the Grifter’s Marrickville brewery, you might see a sign above the entrance that reads "Fresh & Clean". It’s the name of the old industrial dry cleaning business that occupied the site for 25 years and was responsible for the approximately three inches of lint caking the roof of the building when Grifter moved in, which took them three full weeks to scrape off. Yet, despite this somewhat dusty start to the relationship, they decided not… Read more
Style
India Pale Lager
ABV
5.8%
Stockists

Grifter Brewery Bar

Select venues in NSW

Boatrocker & Beer DeLuxe Summer in Bruges

Tapped February 29th, 2016
Following in the footsteps of last years' Splice of Heaven with Moon Dog and the tasty red IPA they conceived with Bridge Road, the staff at Beer DeLuxe continue to have the pick of Victoria's top breweries for their occasional collaborations, with their latest joint venture taking place at Boatrocker's Braeside home. The aim was to create a beer appropriate for the hotter months which led them to the Belgian witbier style popularised by Hoegaarden, a wise move given Boatrocker's love of all things… Read more
Style
Witbier
ABV
4.4%

Green Beacon Red's Dead

Tapped February 26th, 2016
The brewers at Green Beacon have been favouring hops when it comes to their seasonal releases in recent times. And that's not about to change with Red's Dead. Following the Uppercut Imperial IPA, Whaler 2015 blood orange IPA and the Grappler reworked into a New World Pilsner, it's what they're calling a "West Coast Red Ale". What that means is enough specialty malts to make sure it's red and heaps of US hops. The hops come in the form of Cascade, Columbus, Azacca, Citra and Simcoe and are… Read more
Style
American Red Ale
ABV
7.0%
Bitterness
65 IBU
Stockists

Archive Beer Boutique

Bine Bar & Dining

The Alehouse Project

The Scratch

Launched at the brewery on February 26 and out around SE Queensland from March 1.

The Mill (Tapped during Brewsvegas)

Oxford Taphouse

Woolly Mammoth (Tapped during Brewsvegas)

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Hargreaves Hill Phoenix 2015

Tapped February 22nd, 2016
The run of imperial releases coming our way continues, suggesting the summer heat is no obstacle for brewers unveiling their bigger brews. This time around it's the latest Phoenix from Hargreaves Hill. For those new to the beer, it was first brewed to mark the opening of their second brewery in 2009 after the first was destroyed in the Black Saturday fires, and it's always one of the most welcome annual releases at Crafty Towers. It's something of a rarity among big, locally brewed red ales in that… Read more
Style
Imperial Red Ale
ABV
9.6%
Stockists

Grape & Grain Liquor Cellars

Nillumbik Cellars

Purvis Beer Richmond

Purvis Cellars Surrey Hills

Slowbeer

Hargreaves Hill Restaurant, Yarra Glen

The Public Brewery

Sydney and Brisbane stockists to follow

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La Sirene Imperial Praline

Tapped February 19th, 2016
It's fair to say La Sirene's Praline got off to a reasonable start in life. The first dark beer from the Melbourne farmhouse ale lovers debuted at GABS in 2014 and took out the People's Choice. Drinkers were wowed by its layering of hazelnuts, cacao and vanilla and, as a result – and not necessarily planned – the brewery quickly added the beer to its year round offering. Clearly, they're glad they did and are rather enamoured of the beer and its success too as they've decided to give it a bigger… Read more
Style
Imperial Belgian Chocolate Stout
ABV
8.0%

4 Pines Keller Door Series: Imperial IPA

Tapped February 16th, 2016
The days when 4 Pines would use its occasional bottled Keller Door releases to give drinkers something a little different but not particularly wild to try would appear to be long gone. Where once there was Marzen and Amber Mosaic, last year saw the bigger, frequently hoppier, likes of the Citrus IPA, West Coast Red Rye IPA and barrel aged Baltic Porter take centre stage. Now they're opening their 2016 account with the biggest and hoppiest Keller Door to date, the 9 percent Imperial IPA. Looks wise… Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
ABV
9.0%
Bitterness
84 IBU
Stockists

4 Pines Manly & Brookvale

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Pirate Life Hopco NZ Pale

Tapped February 10th, 2016
In their short lifetime, Pirate Life has managed to squeeze in a fair few collabs: with venues, with the Hilltop Hoods' record label, with a guy that makes beard oil. But perhaps their smartest is this one with Hopco, the Tasmania-based hop supplier. Why? When the world's brewers are undergoing frequent hop shortages, it can't hurt to have a supplier's name on one of your cans. The beer itself is one that makes sole use of New Zealand hops: NZ Cascade, Motueka and Pacifica. They combine to create… Read more
Style
NZ Pale Ale
ABV
4.8%

Rocks Brewing White IPA – RETIRED

Tapped February 9th, 2016
Rocks Brewing’s second release of 2016 is the result of a meeting of minds. Apparently inspired by one brewer’s trip to the hop lover’s paradise that is the West Coast of the USA and another brewer’s trip to the holy land of beer, Belgium, their ideas met in the middle and settled on a white IPA. The style (and some will argue it isn't one) is fairly uncommon in Australia and sits in the area where the hoppiness of an American IPA gets crossed with the wheat and spice characters of a Belgian… Read more
Style
White IPA
ABV
6.9%
Bitterness
60 IBU
Stockists

Harts Pub

Lord Raglan Hotel

Rocks Brewing

Others TBC

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Moon Dog Mack Daddy

Tapped February 6th, 2016
Over the course of 2015, visitors to Moon Dog's ever-evolving and increasingly popular brewery bar may have noticed rather more beers at sensible ABV levels appearing on the blackboard; quite something for a brewery where one brewer once told us they didn't really like their weekly one-off kegs to come in less than 8 percent ABV. Among them were various pale and dark ale variants: clearly, a plan was being hatched. And that plan was to give the brewery a broader core range of beers. Thus, having… Read more
Style
Dark Ale
ABV
5.0%
Bitterness
14 IBU
Stockists

Moon Dog Brewery Bar

Heading nationwide to good beer venues in draught and bottles from February 2016

Moon Dog Old Mate (2019 on)

Tapped February 6th, 2016
More than four years after launching with beers such as a Cognac barrel-aged double IPA and a cherried, barrel-aged sour black ale, Moon Dog entered the fray in the most densely populated part of the Aussie craft beer world: the hoppy, pale, around 5 percent ABV ale arena. And they did so with a beer that was very hoppy, not as pale as some, but very much 5 percent ABV. At launch, Old Mate became part of the Abbotsford brewery's trio of six-packed core beers, alongside Love Tap and Mack Daddy, bringing… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
ABV
5.0%
Bitterness
22 IBU
Stockists

Available nationwide

Grifter Brewing Co Serpent's Kiss

Tapped February 5th, 2016
Serpent’s Kiss began life as a one-off beer, brewed for Sydney Craft Beer Week with the team at Frankies Pizza. But it clearly struck a chord with drinkers because when the Grifter brewery in Marrickville opened to the public a couple of months later, people were still asking for it. Being obliging hosts, they brought it back and it swiftly became the most popular beer pouring at the brewery. The success of an intended one-off beer isn’t altogether unusual, but what is here is the style of beer:… Read more
Style
Watermelon Pilsner
ABV
4.4%
Stockists

Grifter Brewery Bar

Cheeky Monkey Cherry Saison

Tapped February 5th, 2016
Having spotted they had a new beer out, we chased Margs' Cheeky Monkey for info. They replied in an instant like the troopers they are. And then we totally forgot to actually do anything about it. However, despite it being launched during the brewery's busiest period of the year we're hoping there's still some around. The latest in their ever-evolving Southern Wailer seasonal series is a Cherry Saison. It's been brewed with fresh pitted cherries from nearby Manjimup that were added to the farmhouse… Read more
Style
Cherry Saison
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
26 IBU
Stockists

Cellarbrations Carlisle

Mane Liquor

Cheeky Monkey Brewery

Clancy's Dunsborough

Clancy's Canning Bridge

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Holgate Brewhouse Tank 9: Saison & Alpha Crucis IPA

Tapped February 4th, 2016
Poor Tank 9. It's the smallest of all the tanks at Holgate's brewery yet it seems to take a terrible pounding as the home of their experimental releases. Then again, maybe it's the happiest tank in the land, eagerly waiting to see what variety of sugary, hoppy wort will next fill it from the boots up, ready to be feasted on by happily munching, multiplying and farting yeast. If only tanks could talk, hey? The two latest beers to have undergone gestation within the stubbornly mute cylinder of stainless… Read more
Style
Saison & Aussie IPA
ABV
6.5% & 5.1%
Bitterness
25 IBU & 50 IBU
Stockists

Royal Albert Hotel

Holgate Brewhouse

Others TBC

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Newstead & Croft Sour Series: Naked Lunch

Tapped February 3rd, 2016
Naked Lunch is the title of a drug-fuelled cult novel by William Burroughs, one that spawned a film by David Cronenberg as well as an awesome track by Bomb The Bass featuring Justin Warfield (given a sweet twist in a remix by La Funk Mob) and which has burnt the phrase Mugwump jism indelibly onto the Crafty mind for more than two decades. And now Naked Lunch is taking on a new life as the name of the fourth in the kettle sour series between Newstead Brewing and Croft Brewing. Number four features… Read more
Style
Mango Sour
ABV
6.0%
Bitterness
pH 3.6

Stockade Brew Co Peachy Keen

Tapped February 2nd, 2016
For a brewery that spends most of its production hours brewing pale and golden ales for other labels, you’d have been very brave to wager that the first of Stockade’s limited releases would come well down the opposite end of the style spectrum in the form of a peach, salt and coriander infused gose. Yet that’s exactly what is was, and a fine one at that. Peachy Keen is a wheat beer at heart, with the corresponding haze and a colour of lemon juice. On the nose, thanks to a generous mash addition… Read more
Style
Peach Gose
ABV
4.2%
Bitterness
20 IBU
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