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!

Mountain Goat In Breed: The Naz

Tapped October 2nd, 2015
It's been a big week at Mountain Goat, monumental some might say, with the ripples sure to be felt for a while longer. But whatever the takeover by Asahi ultimately means, when it comes down to it, Mountain Goat has been in the business of making beer for 18 years and will continue to be in the business of making beer. One of those making beer there for longer than most is Naz, or Shane Edwards to his mum and dad, who joined as a pizza maker and barman before leaping across the floor to the brewery… Read more
Style
Scotch Ale
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
30 IBU
Stockists

McCoppins

McCoppins Abbotsford

Mountain Goat Brewery (launched by The Naz Oct 2)

Then keg and bottle at good beer stockists nationwide

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Two Birds & Royal Albert Lemongrass Tea IPA

Tapped October 1st, 2015
For the second collaboration in the pub's history, the team from the Royal Albert Hotel was invited to travel down to the Two Birds Nest in Melbourne for a brew day and the product of their collective toil is a Lemongrass Tea IPA. The beer is an appropriate ode to Spring: a celebration of things emerging from months in the dark which suddenly burst into the light bringing colour, flavour, joy and life. Perhaps the most important detail to grasp from the off is that this beer was infused with lemongrass… Read more
Style
Spiced IPA
ABV
6.4%
Stockists

Royal Albert Hotel

Two Birds Nest

Bridge Road Craft Beer Variety Pack

Tapped September 29th, 2015
It was on a trip to the States in 2014 for a festival at Firestone Walker that Bridge Road's Ben Kraus conceived yet another idea for educating the masses about craft beer. The man who has already launched IPA packs both in the form of IPAs packaged with an IPA glass and Hops packs featuring four different single Aussie hop IPAs* spotted variety packs on sale in the craft beer sections of supermarkets and figured he'd launch his own. The toughest part, he says, was deciding which beers to put in… Read more
Style
Various
ABV
Various
Stockists

NB: As of the day this is posted, packs were still on their way to venues. Expect to find them on shelves from early October

Two Birds Brewing Blacker Shade Of Pale

Tapped September 29th, 2015
The Birds are not long back from the UK, where they once again took part in the Wetherspoons Real Ale Festival. They were one of two Aussie representatives in the UK this year, Young Henrys being the other, creating a real ale version of their Sunset Ale at Everards, following the success they enjoyed with a real ale version of their Golden Ale last year. Before heading over, they sent a locally brewed limited release out to Aussie venues called Blacker Shade of Pale. As the name suggests, it's a… Read more

Little Creatures Dog Days Summer Beer

Tapped September 28th, 2015
As an opening salvo for its new Seasonal series, Little Creatures came out all guns blazing with Return of the Dread, the foreign export stout we fully expect will be among many people's favourite beers of the year. Now, as the mercury starts to rise in earnest, they're back with number two: a beer that is pretty much the polar opposite of the Dread. Where the Dread was relatively high in alcohol, Dog Days measures an easy-going 4.4 percent ABV. Where Dread was a dense, malt driven beast, Dog Days… Read more
Style
Summer Ale
ABV
4.4%
Bitterness
30 IBU
Stockists

Available widely across Australia throughout summer 2015/16

Nail Brewing Clout Stout 2015

Tapped September 25th, 2015
A couple of years back, we featured imperial stouts in one of our Blind Tastings. It goes without saying that it was an epic evening. The two top scoring beers were Courage's Imperial Russian Stout (the first ever imperial stout, no less) and Nail's Clout Stout. The lineup featured three vintages of Clout and it was the oldest that took second spot, in part because the age on it (it would have been released two years earlier) had brought out a softness, richness and creaminess that was still developing… Read more

Modus Operandi 3.30 Coffee Lager

Tapped September 24th, 2015
Before Modus Operandi properly burst onto the beer scene towards the end of 2014, they’d been tinkering away for a few months in their Mona Vale brewery and honing their core range of beers. But filling the final, vacant tap space was a one-off release called 3:30, so named for the time (in the post meridian sense) that you might be dwelling on whether it was too late for a coffee or too early for a beer. It’s a “pivotal” point in the day, say the brewers, so the answer, clearly, was both:… Read more
Style
Coffee Lager
ABV
5.0%

Bright Brewery Oktobifest

Tapped September 24th, 2015
As welcomes to a new job in a new brewery in a new country go, this is one of the best. German brewer Tobi Dankert responded to an ad for a new brewer at Bright in the Victorian High Country that he'd spotted on The Crafty Pint, was signed up and moved to the Alpine town a few weeks ago. He was invited to brew a beer and opted for a style that was both timely and offered a nod to his home country. In return, the brewery not only named the beer after him but put his smiling face on the label too. Oktobifest… Read more
Style
Vienna Lager
ABV
5.0%
Stockists

Grape & Grain Liquor Cellars

Valley Cellar Door

On tap at the brewery and via their online store

Cellarbrations at Warilla

Olinda Cellars

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4 Pines West Coast Red Rye IPA

Tapped September 23rd, 2015
The "fresh is best" concept is something that’s increasingly come to the fore in the beer world as more drinkers grasp the general idea that, at least as far as hop forward beers are concerned, the sooner you drink a beer the better, and more as the brewer intended, it should be. Much of that, of course, depends on how quickly the brewer can get a finished beer out of their fermentation tank and into your mouth via distributors, bottles stores and bars. For the last couple of Keller Door… Read more
Style
Rye IPA
ABV
7.3%
Stockists

Available nationwide

Shenanigans Brewing White Sky

Tapped September 22nd, 2015
In 2014, Shenanigans released Red Sky, a rather lovely IPA infused with jasmine and hibiscus. It was received well enough to warrant being brewed a couple more times before the brewers made the call to pull things back and make it a once a year, post-winter seasonal. As September 2015 rolled around and Spring duly sprung, Red Sky reemerged but also brought with it a new drinking buddy in the form of White Sky. “It came to me in a dream,” said Shenanigans co-brewer Sam Haldane in a matter-of-fact… Read more

Boatrocker Brewery Adventus

Tapped September 21st, 2015
All being well, Boatrocker will soon welcome the arrival of its Barrel Room and bar across the road from its Braeside brewery, which you can read all about here. The plan is to kickstart a massive barrel-ageing and sours program there while also opening the doors to the public so they can come and sample a wide range of trophy-winning Boatrocker beers at source. To mark said imminent arrival, the brewery has released a beer called "The Arrival" or, more specifically, Adventus. Originally… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Strong Belgian Ale
ABV
10.2%

Cheeky Monkey Southern Wailer: The Cheeky G

Tapped September 21st, 2015
Sad to admit there's a sense of disappointment around Crafty Towers with the latest seasonal from Cheeky Monkey. Nothing to do with the beer (which we've not actually tasted, just been told about). It all comes down to the photography. Head brewer Ross Terlick had been doing a fine job of sending through images for each new beer that featured at least one cuddly, stuffed monkey and usually some other props too; this time around, there's just a beer in a glass against a beautiful Margaret River springtime… Read more
Style
Grodziskie
ABV
4.4%
Stockists

Cheeky Monkey Brewery Bar

Other venues TBC

Holgate Brewhouse Norton Lager

Tapped September 17th, 2015
In recent years, Paul Holgate has been embarking on various trips around the world to learn from masters of the beer world so he can bring the knowledge back to Woodend and take his beers to another level. A recent overseas jaunt took him to Germany, where he spent time studying how they made such wonderful, delicate lagers with the intention of adding one to the brewery's core range. Since returning, the brewery's Tank 9 – reserved for small trial batches – has been used to see if what he'd… Read more
Style
Helles Lager
ABV
4.3%
Bitterness
15 IBU
Stockists

Available widely across Australia on tap and (from October 2015) in bottles

Mornington Peninsula Brewery Imperial IPA (cans)

Tapped September 14th, 2015
One can fairly safely conclude that we're not in Kansas anymore, Toto, given Aussie drinkers can now get their hands on two locally brewed imperial IPAs in cans. You couldn't even get local craft beer in cans three years ago, godammit! When SA's Pirate Life opted to pop their 8.8 percent ABV beauty in cans – in 500ml longtubes, no less – when they launched earlier in the year, it felt like it could be a gamble, yet, having spoken to one of the brewers recently, they've been a roaring success.… Read more

Nail Brewing VPA

Tapped September 11th, 2015
When we got word that Nail had a new, draught only beer coming out that went by the name VPA – and that the V stood for "very" – we assumed it meant it was a "very hoppy" pale ale. We checked with the team at the WA brewery and were told that it's just an abbreviation for "Very Pale Ale". "So it's very pale in colour then?" we asked. But, again, that wasn't quite it. It turns out it's because, at 6.5 percent ABV and with a heap of characterful hops in… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
ABV
6.5%
Stockists

Cellarbrations Carlisle

Clancy's Fish Pub Fremantle

East of Everything

The Catfish

TRU BRU

The Classroom, North Perth

Northbridge Brewing Co, Northbridge

Old Faithful Bar & BBQ, Perth CBD

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Eagle Bay & Mane Liquor Black & Tannin

Tapped September 10th, 2015
Back in 2013, Eagle Bay and Mane Liquor, the Perth bottleshop with the most ridiculous array of beers from all over the world, joined forces on Saisonnay, a saison aged in Chardonnay barrels. Two years on, they got back together to design a beer for the 2015 GABS festival, one that again combined beer and wine. This time around the chosen style was a black IPA, a beer style Eagle Bay had previous with, and the weapon of choice on the wine front was former cabernet sauvignon barriques. The beer proved… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Black IPA
ABV
7.2%
Stockists

Mane Liquor

Eagle Bay Brewery

Como Liquor, Como

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Tooborac Brewery Maple Cream Brown Ale

Tapped September 9th, 2015
It's all change at Tooborac or, perhaps more accurately, change continues at Tooborac. It's been a while now since they installed Garage Project's old brewing kit at the back of their bluestone hotel on the Northern Highway in Victoria and a while too since well travelled brewer Stu Ritchie took over the brewing reins. The most recent change is skin deep, with the brewery's old school, English-inspired branding replaced with something more in keeping with the times. The first beer to bear the new… Read more
Style
Maple American Brown Ale
ABV
5.8%
Stockists

The Catfish

Tooborac Hotel & Brewery

The Raccoon Club

Station Hotel Footscray

The Cambrian Bendigo

Mr Beebe's Bendigo

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Nomad Brewing Couch Stout

Tapped September 9th, 2015
Winter may, technically, be over but the cooler weather that's been clinging to much of Australia for the past few months doesn't appear to have given up the ghost just yet. So no doubt there will be plenty happy to welcome another stout into the world. Couch Stout is an oatmeal stout from Nomad of Sydney's Northern Beaches and was conceived by co-founder Leonardo di Vincenzo (Birra del Borgo) as a "coccola", which means cuddle or caress as far as we can discern but in this case indicates… Read more
Style
Oatmeal Stout
ABV
5.3%
Bitterness
18 IBU
Stockists

Cellarbrations Carlisle

Dove & Olive Unlisted

The Oak Barrel

The Wheaty

Warners at the Bay Bottleshop

On tap:

Winston Ale House

Little Prince

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Brisbane Brewing Co Gnarley Wine / Party-Guile Sonic Boom / Hefe-rything

Tapped September 8th, 2015
One of the advantages of having your own brewpub – particularly one that's attracting plenty of customers (not to mention having a second venue, as is the case here) – is the freedom to brew as many beers as you like. You don't have to come up with packaging for them (beyond a decal or chalk scribble on a board), you've got regulars coming through the doors looking for something new and, chances are, your brew length is such that even if a beer moves slowly you've not got a huge amount to get… Read more
Style
Barley Wine / Sour / Hefeweizen
ABV
11.6% / 4.0% / 5.3%
Bitterness
60 / 10 / 15 IBU
Stockists

Brisbane Brewing Co

Brewhouse Brisbane

Red Duck La Foret & Dr F

Tapped September 7th, 2015
Red Duck has always presented its beers well, a legacy of head brewer Scott Wilson-Browne's pre-brewing career as a graphic designer. For its latest offerings, it's stepped things up a notch. La Foret and Dr F, two more beers to have received barrel treatment at Red Duck's Ballarat home, are the first to appear in 750ml bottles – slinky bottles at that. La Foret is based on the brewery's Lapin, a "French Ale" brewed with French hops that's made a couple of appearances over the past year.… Read more
Style
Biere de Garde & Imperial Stout
ABV
6.0% & 10.1%
Stockists

Grape & Grain Liquor Cellars

Purvis Beer Richmond

Purvis Cellars Surrey Hills

Slowbeer

The Oak Barrel

Red Duck Cellar Door

Coach House Ales, Ballarat

Fitz + Pots

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