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!

3 Ravens Little Raven Double IPA

Tapped January 14th, 2016
When they took delivery of this year's new harvest hops from the USA, the 3 Ravens brewers decided to do something to mark the occasion. And that was to cram a heap of them into a beer in the not-so-little tank where their Little Ravens limited release beers are brewed. And, despite being "aggressively" dry hopped with a "rather absurd amount" of Mosaic, Citra, Simcoe and Amarillo, it remains, by recent Little Ravens standards, quite normal: no weird ingredients or treatments,… Read more

Mornington Peninsula Brewery Indefatigable Triple IPA

Tapped January 13th, 2016
As reasons for brewing a beer go, creating one that punters might struggle to pronounce at the bar is one of the more spurious we've come across. Although given Indefatigable is an 11 percent ABV hop explosion, we imagine anyone going back to the bar for a second or third might struggle to pronounce it even if it was called Bob. Inspired by the extremely hopped ales popularised by West Coast USA brewers, it's tagged as a "triple IPA" thus slotting in at the upper end of the brewery's series… Read more

Bridge Road & Doctor's Orders Berliner Weisse Pack

Tapped January 12th, 2016
Tis the season of the Berliner Weisse. And why not, as when done well, there's little more suited to a hot Aussie summer (or refreshing one's palate mid sampling session). One of the first brewers to play around with the style here, Darren Robinson of Doctor's Orders, has joined forces with one of the country's foremost collaborators to create not one, not two, not three, but four of them. The original Berliner Weisse (whose few remaining brewers must be looking at what's happening globally with… Read more

Blackman's & 3 Ravens Sylvan Berry Berliner Weisse

Tapped January 11th, 2016
If you're going to brew your first Berliner Weisse, you're as good doing it in the company of 3 Ravens' brewer Brendan O'Sullivan as anyone. He's picked up several awards for his home brewed takes on the style and is the man mainly responsible for the series of tastelessly tasty takes on the style released under Ravens' sibling label Mash Brewing, one of which took out a trophy in WA's awards last year. And that's what Blackman's has done, with brewer Renn hooking up with Brendan as well as a local… Read more
Style
Berliner Weisse
ABV
3.2%
Bitterness
5 IBU
Stockists

Blackman's Brewery

Young Henrys Old Master

Tapped January 11th, 2016
While the great number of new beers appearing these days means there are ample opportunities to get along to an interesting beer launch, it’s difficult to recall one at such a unique setting as that of the official release of Old Master: a private art tour containing works from some of history’s greatest artists. The background to the beer, and the launch, is the touring exhibition The Greats: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland which is on show at the Art Gallery of New South… Read more
Style
Scottish Ale
ABV
5.2%
Stockists

Young Henrys

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Bad Shepherd Raspberry Wheat

Tapped January 6th, 2016
The first seasonal release from Cheltenham's new brewpub Bad Shepherd is a suitably summery affair. It's a wheat beer – the sort of light, fruity, zesty beer suited to the hotter weather anyway – that's been enhanced with the addition of 150kg of raspberry puree. Thus it pours red – "bright red" according to the brewery. Indeed, "so red that people sometimes try to spread it on their toast." He describes it as "slightly tart, with a creamy mouthfeel and a big fruity… Read more
Style
Raspberry Wheat Beer
ABV
4.6%
Stockists

Grape & Grain Liquor Cellars

Bad Shepherd Brewpub

Newstead Brewing Cyclone Season Summer Lager

Tapped December 30th, 2015
Even escaping to the other side of the planet for the holiday season, it seems we can't escape the floods. The top half of England is currently under water as Queensland braces itself for cyclone season. Thankfully, the good sorts at Newstead Brewing have been beavering away to create something for their locals to look forward to in the shape of the Cyclone Season Summer Lager. It takes its lead from the lagers of Germany, although not the gentle Helles style from Bavaria that most brewers look to… Read more
Style
Dortmunder Lager
ABV
5.8%
Bitterness
23.5 IBU
Stockists

Black Bunny Kitchen

Bloodhound Bar

Forest Lodge Hotel

The Scratch

Newstead Brewing Co

Hopster

Hoo Ha Bar

Pourhouse, NSW

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Nomad Brewing Supersonic Jet Lag

Tapped December 30th, 2015
For their first birthday release, the team at Nomad did a little tinkering under the hood and brewed a one-off, super-sized version of their regular Jet Lag IPA. Named Supersonic, what they’ve effectively done is double the ingredients to create a double IPA that has its roots in the American take on the style but its feet firmly planted in Aussie soil. The malts have been upped to provide a stronger and sweeter backbone and it’s this which is most immediately apparent, along with the use of… Read more
Style
Double IPA
ABV
8.5%
Bitterness
70 IBU
Stockists

Good beer stockists nationwide

Mountain Goat In Breed: Alana Banana

Tapped December 29th, 2015
The one-off "In Breed" series of releases continues at Mountain Goat, with brewer Alana Rees the latest to create a beer for the brewery. If you've not met her, then we can assure you that the decal image accompanying the keg-only release is a remarkably good reimagining of her as a German banana (admittedly, we've never seen her in lederhosen). We're not sure whether she chose the German hefeweizen style for her brew because it allowed for the rhyming title Alana Banana or because she… Read more
Style
Hefeweizen
ABV
5.4%
Bitterness
20 IBU
Stockists

Mountain Goat Brewery

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Moon Dog Jumping The Shark 2015

Tapped December 22nd, 2015
The third Jumping the Shark annual special from the Moon Dog crew has been long in the making. A pre-barrel, pre-freeze distilling sampler went on at the brewery months ago but the finished product has only just been released in bottles for the end of the year. Just in time for summer, in fact – the perfect time to sit down with an 18.4 percent ABV rye imperial stout that spent four months in rye whisky barrels from Tasmania's Belgrove Distillery. According to Moon Dog senor brewer Adrian McNulty:… Read more

Nail Brewing Summer's Best

Tapped December 22nd, 2015
It's been a big year for WA's Nail. The brewery turned 15, stepped up its interstate distribution and underwent its first major rebrand. At the same time, medals and trophies kept coming, including those for fine new releases such as the Flaming Lamington chilli chocolate stout. The year is ending on a rather more straightforward note than a beer that looks to recreate one of Australia's favourite desserts (with added chillies), with the final keg only release a hoppy session ale called Summer's… Read more
Style
Summer Ale
ABV
4.2%
Stockists

Cellarbrations Carlisle

The Dutch Trading Co

International Beer Shop

And other good beer stockists in WA

East Coast venues to be added

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Blackman's Brewery Mervyn Pale Ale

Tapped December 22nd, 2015
Renn Blackman decided to brew a one-off beer for summer and came up with the Mervyn Pale Ale. Clearly things are going well for him and partner Jess at their Torquay brewpub because, with more than two months of summer left to run, they'd pretty much exhausted of the first batch and have a second one waiting in the wings. Anyone that's sampled Ernie or Reg (Renn's Aussie pale ale and IPA respectively) will be aware that he knows his way around playing with fruity New World hops and it appears that… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
ABV
4.6%
Bitterness
35 IBU

Prancing Pony Hopwork Orange & Rusty Panzer

Tapped December 22nd, 2015
The final pairing of our catch up on the four limited releases to come out from Prancing Pony in recent months features their latest and one that takes inspiration from the brewery founders' mother country. Their latest is Hopwork Orange, the idea for which sprung from brewer Frank Samson's decision to add more than one easy drinking ale to his lineup, one a little fuller in flavour than a traditional summer quaffer. The Burgess / Kubrick referencing title first makes sense when it hits the glass:… Read more
Style
Pale Ale & Marzen
ABV
4.8% & 5.6%

Red Hill & Bright Brewery Bright Red

Tapped December 22nd, 2015
Red Hill Brewery's mission to conceive and release ten different red beers to mark ten years of brewing has moved past the halfway mark. And for beer number six they've enlisted help from some old friends. While spending the winter months atop a mountain, they found time to call in to Bright Brewery, where Red Hill's Dave Golding joined Bright's Ryan Tyack and Tobi Dankert to brew the first batch. The exact same beer was then brewed the following day at Red Hill Brewery, producing around 2,000 litres… Read more
Style
Belgian IPA
ABV
7.0%
Stockists

On tap at Red Hill and Bright Brewery

In good beer outlets

Modus Operandi Cream of the Hop #4

Tapped December 21st, 2015
The fourth and final Cream of the Hop release from Modus Operandi in 2015 seems to underline a change of direction for the series. Having begun mid-year as a way to showcase a single experimental hop, subsequent releases have gradually moved away from that idea and morphed into a wider in-house experimentation program. The one important constant still holding it all together is that all the Cream of the Hop beers use the same wheat-heavy grist as a base, though they’ve no longer restricted themselves… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
ABV
5.6%
Stockists

Modus Operandi brewery

Prancing Pony Sunshine Ale & Magic Carpet Midnight Ride

Tapped December 21st, 2015
The brewers at Prancing Pony, in the Adelaide Hills, have released a number of specialties throughout 2015. So, having received info and samples – and with a few days of the year left – we figured we really should get them listed on the site. There are four to come, with these the first two of them. Sometimes simple is better and that is exactly the case with the Sunshine Ale. Made from 100 percent pilsener malt and hopped up with only one hop variety, Citra – albeit at six stages in its development.… Read more
Style
Summer Ale & Imperial Stout
ABV
4.8% & 9.0%
Stockists

Prancing Pony Brewery

Select good beer venues on the East Coast

Moo Brew Single Hop Can

Tapped December 19th, 2015
When The Crafty Pint paid a visit to Moo Brew for an article on the brewery's decade of brewing, there was barely contained excitement among the brewery team about a soon-to-be-launched product, but all they would say was that there was a canning line and a new beer coming. It turns out that the new product is Single Hop, a beer that has been brewed using just one type of hop and one type of malt, both grown locally in Tasmania. The former comes from the Cargill facilities near Devonport in the state’s… Read more
Style
Single Hop Pale Ale
Stockists

MONA

MOFO

Then venues around the country

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Mountain Goat Barrel Breed: Christmas Ale 2015

Tapped December 17th, 2015
Given this write up is being compiled in Westvleteren shortly before departing for a tour of Sint Bernadus and a catch up with Rodenbach's Rudi Ghequire at his son's brewery in Ieper, there can be little cause for complaint. Yet being in the Northern Hemisphere does mean that the third Mountain Goat Barrel Breed release is tantalisingly out of reach. With the first two being the reigning Champion Australian Beer Barley Wine and the second a luscious Imperial Stout, this is a significance loss (to… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Belgian Quad
ABV
10.0%
Bitterness
40 IBU
Stockists

Mountain Goat Brewery

Limited stock at specialist venues

Bridge Road Magical Unicorn Christmas Beer

Tapped December 17th, 2015
Not content with creating a 24 beer advent calendar with a bunch of his Aussie brewing peers, Ben and his team at Bridge Road have gone and created a Christmas beer too. Originally conceived for last night's Grain Store Christmas dinner, the challenge was to create a beer for dessert. The challenge was also given to Modus Operandi, who came up with a spiced pudding porter. With the Bridge Road offering a vanilla custard / ice cream inspired affair, the two beers were served together. As a standalone,… Read more
Style
Dessert Beer
ABV
7.3%

Holgate & Mt Macedon Hotel Candy Mountain IPA

Tapped December 17th, 2015
The Mt Macedon Hotel is one of the growing number of places bringing great beer to people outside Australia's craft beer heartlands. It's a beautiful pub in the Victorian countryside that has a quite staggering array of beer on tap and in bottles. One of its earliest supporters when it was changing to better beer was nearby Holgate Brewhouse and now they've got together to make a beer in the brewery's experimental baby Tank 9 (pictured). According to brewer Nic: "Like kids in a candy shop [the… Read more
Style
Fruit IPA
ABV
5.2%
Stockists

Mount Macedon Hotel

Holgate Brewhouse

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