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!

Bridge Road / The Scratch Scrotch

Tapped November 5th, 2012
It's easy to see how the name for this beer was conceived. It's a Scotch Ale from a bar called The Scratch. That said, knowing the guys that run the Brisbane bar, it wouldn't surprise us if they actually decided they wanted a beer that sounded like crotch and worked from there... Either way, the fourth release in the Bridge Road bar series, following beers produced with Josie Bones, Beer DeLuxe and The Norfolk Hotel, is a strong Scotch Ale that's spent time soaking up the characteristics of American… Read more
Style
Whisky Aged Scotch Ale
ABV
6.9%
Bitterness
20ish IBU
Stockists

Josie Bones

Beer DeLuxe

Norfolk Hotel ( Fremantle)

The Scratch

Archive (Brisbane)

New Sydney Hotel

[The Wheaty](/beer/ba

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Murray's Smashing Pumpkin Ale (2012)

Tapped November 3rd, 2012
A collaboration between Murray's brewery and kitchen this one. It starts with head chef Adam Ritchie and his kitchen team peeling and dry roasting 60 kilograms of pumpkin before selecting the cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice that also goes into the beer. At that point brewers Shawn Sherlock and Ian Watson take over to create "pumpkin pie in a glass". This is the third year that Murray's has brewed its special spiced beer, which features British and German malts and cooked pumpkin in the mash.… Read more
Style
Pumpkin Ale
ABV
5.2%
Stockists

Annual Halloween release available on draught only

Murray's

Murray's At Manly

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Red Hill Saison

Tapped October 30th, 2012
They've certainly been living up to their promise to make more beer and more beers since closing down their bar and cafe a few weeks ago. In addition to their regular, much-loved seasonal releases, Red Hill has put out a special Jubilee beer, joined forces with Mornington Peninsula for a collaboration specially for the Beers By The Bay festival and also released their first saison. They're claiming it could be Australia's only "true" saison as it's brewed on a hop farm. Whether it is or… Read more
Style
Saison
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

Red Hill - Cup Weekend only!

Other good beer venues around Victoria - TBC

Little Creatures Puffing Billy

Tapped October 26th, 2012
While the impact of the Lion takeover remains to be seen at Little Creatures, the Single Batches continue to appear, much to the delight of the beer-loving public. On a roll after the likes of the Big Dipper, Dreadnaught and Quiet American, here they've returned to Germany for inspiration (following last year's Single Batch Marzen) with a lightly smoked Bock. The use of beechwood smoked malt is such that it's barely detectable on the nose, where sweet malty aromas hold fort; instead, it appears more… Read more
Style
Smoked Bock
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
33 IBU
Stockists

[Little Creatures](/beer/brewery/little creatures/)

Little Creatures Dining Hall

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Bridge Road Bar Series: The Norfolk Cecil

Tapped October 24th, 2012
The third beer released as part of the Bridge Road Bar Series, where the Beechworth brewers invite members of staff from top beer bars across Australia to come up with a beer and brew it with them. The Cecil is the work of the team at Freo's Norfolk Hotel and was designed as a Red Brewed with a combination of Cluster, Sauvin, Zythos and Falconers Flight hops, the outcome wasn't quite as red as intended - "a lesson to be learnt for us here at BRB," says head brewer Ben Kraus, but makes up… Read more
Style
Red(ish) IPA
ABV
6.5%
Stockists

Josie Bones

Beer DeLuxe

Norfolk Hotel ( Fremantle)

The Scratch

Archive (Brisbane)

New Sydney Hotel

[The Wheaty](/beer/ba

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Lord Nelson One Eyed Rye Ale 2012

Tapped October 22nd, 2012
Over at the Lord Nelson, they've brewed a batch of something we're starting to see a little of in Australia: a Rye Ale. Called 'One Eyed Rye', it made its debut slightly in advance of Sydney Craft Beer Week, during which The Lord is hosting a brewer's dinner. After that, it'll be available at the bar until it's gone. Trystam Hayden of the Lord Nelson tells us it's a golden-coloured, 4.6 per cent affair that's 'luxurious and malty on the palate, with fresh floral aromas and a dry, spritzy finish."… Read more
Style
Rye Ale
ABV
4.6%
Stockists

Lord Nelson

Feral White Hog

Tapped October 18th, 2012
The most successful brewery in recent Aussie history turned ten this year and decided to mark the occasion with a new beer. How to mark the occasion appropriately? Why not combine their first and historically best-selling beer - the White Ale - with their most successful - the Hop Hog. The result is the White Hog (well, they did tell us recently they don't put much thought into their beer names!). According to the brewers, the beer displays "all the bitter hoppiness of the Hog and the smooth… Read more
Style
Belgian White IPA?
ABV
5.8%
Bitterness
52 IBU
Stockists

Feral

The Alehouse Project

Other good beer bars tbc

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The Monk Chief "Superhop" Editions

Tapped October 15th, 2012
Few Aussie craft brewers need encouragement to experiment. Yet in this case, the guys at The Monk have been playing around out of necessity. Their normal Chief (and American IPA) uses the uber-popular American Citra hops. Such is the variety's uber-popularity that they, like many others, have been struggling to get their hands on any. So, rather than crawl up in a corner and cry into each other's arms, Steve and Paul decided they'd create the Chief "Superhop" editions. In other words, take… Read more
Style
American IPA
Stockists

The Monk

Australian Brewery The Motherlode

Tapped October 15th, 2012
The first ever craft beer from a small brewery in Australia to appear inside a can! This ESB is inspired by the "deeply flavoursome strong bitter ales of England". According to the brewers, it's "brewed to be darker and richer than the day to day 'ordinary' bitter ales" yet be "oh so drinkable". Expect "complex dark stonefruit aroma on a full-bodied rich caramelised toffee palate, distinct spicy hop aroma and bitterness from Target hops."… Read more
Style
ESB
ABV
6.0%

Mountain Goat Triple Hightail

Tapped October 12th, 2012
The first beer ever released by Mountain Goat commercially was the Hightail Ale, a beer that remains one of their most popular. For their tenth anniversary, they brewed the Double Hightail, a beer that has since become a semi-regular Rare Breed from the brewery and which is essentially, double everything of the original. So, come their 15th anniversary, what else was there for them to do other than brew a Triple Hightail. It's a more intense version of the Double Hightail and is being taken around… Read more
Style
Strong Scotch Ale
ABV
8.3%
Bitterness
37 IBU

Mornington Peninsula Marzen

Tapped October 11th, 2012
To mark their Oktoberfest, the brewers at Mornington Peninsula Brewery have concocted a rarity among their beers - a lager. And because it's Oktoberfest time, it's a Marzen, the richly malty German lager found pouring at the Munich fest itself. Described as "light copper in colour with a densely packed head of foam" it has "nutty aromas [that] lead into hazelnut notes, [with] Vienna and Munich malts providing a mild bready backdrop." The brewers say it's: "A mildly hopped,… Read more

Southern Bay Hop Bazooka

Tapped October 10th, 2012
How many beers start off as a t-shirt? Not too many, we'd wager, but not long after head brewer Hendo started at Southern Bay, the name Hop Bazooka was conjured and said t-shirts soon followed. And, with the brewing team being signed up hop lovers, it was only a matter of time before the beer followed. As you'd imagine, Bazza (as we're naming it for short) is a hop heavy affair, an American style IPA which the brewers say is "bursting with resinous hop flavour and aroma that often strikes the… Read more
Style
American IPA
ABV
5.6%
Stockists

Southern Bay

Randall's Geelong

Slowbeer

Purvis Beer Richmond

Brunswick St IGA

Odyssey Tavern

Grumpy's

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Grand Ridge Hoppy Frog

Tapped October 9th, 2012
We've had English IPAs, American IPAs, Belgian IPAs, Australian IPAs, Black IPAs, White IPAs, Double IPAs, Imperial IPAs... And now we have a French IPA. The Hoppy Frog is the latest release from Grand Ridge, a beer that uses all French hops, including the new Triskel variety, for a new take on the classic and increasingly popular style. In keeping with the first IPAs' origins, the malts are predominantly British, while the hops are all sourced from the Alsace region of France. According to the brewers:… Read more
Style
French IPA
ABV
5.2%
Stockists

Grand Ridge

Other venues tbc very soon...

The Monk Bounty

Tapped October 9th, 2012
This Coconut Stout was the first seasonal concocted by the current brewing team at The Monk, Steve Brockman and Paul Wyman, just a month after they took up the reins in 2011. It has since picked up a silver at the Australian International Beer Awards and achieved instant popularity with punters in Freo, encouraging the brewers to push their creativity, and has also gone on to win praise from visiting brewers, particularly Christian from Denmark's Beer Here when he was in Oz. As a result, it became… Read more
Style
Coconut Stout
ABV
5.5%
Bitterness
55 IBU
Stockists

The Monk

Murray's Big Wednesday IPA

Tapped October 5th, 2012
They love their Kiwi hops at Murray's and they know how to use them to make some great hoppy beers, such as the Icon 2IPA, a beer that was the first Aussie beer to really knock The Crafty Pint's socks off back in the day. They're at play again here, in the brewery's first IPA to appear in a bottle, which fills the gap between the Angry Man Pale Ale (formerly Nirvana) and said Icon. This time around, brewer Shawn Sherlock has done away with any bittering hops (in other words, those added to the kettle… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.0%

Burleigh Brewing FIGJAM IPA

Tapped October 4th, 2012
Avid readers of The Crafty Pint and its newsletter will recall mention of a short run IPA from the Gold Coast's serial medal-winners. Well, now it's back as the latest in Burleigh Brewing's longnecked "Bit On The Side" range, following My Wife's Bitter, Fannie Gertrude and the Black Giraffe. This is a take on the American reinvention of the classic British style, featuring a blend of specialty malts and five US hops and ending up with the 7 per cent / 70 IBU measurements that has proved… Read more
Style
American IPA
ABV
7.0%
Bitterness
70 IBU
Stockists

Burleigh Brewing

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Red Duck / Kissmeyer Rebellion

Tapped September 25th, 2012
The third and final collaboration between Red Duck and Danish brewer Anders Kissmeyer from when he visited Australia earlier in the year is a strong pale ale. Not as strong as the 25-hop-variety Hop Bach they composed together but a solid 7 per cent nonetheless. According to the brewer it's "an ale that promises a rich reward, with deep golden leads, mild hops, strong malt aromas and a well balanced, full flavoured payload." Just one batch was brewed, meaning there are just 650 wax-sealed,… Read more
Style
Strong Pale Ale
ABV
7.0%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Lord Nelson Double Nelson

Tapped September 25th, 2012
In cricket, 'Nelson' is a superstitious term used when a score, or multiple, of 111 is reached - 222 is a Double Nelson, 333 is a Triple Nelson, and so on. What that has to do with this beer is anyone's guess, but it's certainly another multi-layered moniker that plays on the English-ness of all the Lord's beers. But, ironically, the Double Nelson is actually their take on an American-style Pale Ale, and a quite fine one at that. It has the highly-hopped citrus and pine characters you'd expect of… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
ABV
5.2%
Stockists

Lord Nelson

The Monk Marzen

Tapped September 22nd, 2012
Brewed every year for the Freo brewpub's Oktoberfest, this is their attempt to brew a beer as true to German traditions as they possibly can. Anyone who's visited The Monk will be aware that tank space is limited, hence they rarely brew lagers that require extra time in the tank. This beer, along with their trophy-winning Mild, is the exception, given a full two months cold conditioning in tank followed by another month of cold maturation. The result, say the brewers, "is a smooth, clean amber/orange… Read more
Style
Marzen
ABV
5.4%
Stockists

The Monk

Mountain Goat Fancy Pants 2012

Tapped September 21st, 2012
The beer that was originally conceived as what Hightail would be without any constraints is back. And we think it's an interesting barometer of how far and fast the craft beer scene is moving in Australia. While it was never big in alcohol content, when it first arrived, its upfront tropical hop aromas were the sort to take you aback with what the American Amber Ale quite different to most of what was coming out from local breweries. Now it arrives like an old friend popping into town for a catch… Read more
Style
American Amber Ale
ABV
5.5%
Bitterness
40 IBU
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