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!

Green Beacon Grappler New World Pilsner

Tapped October 16th, 2015
Well, it is Spring, after all: the time for rebirths and all that jazz. And the latest release from Brisbane's Green Beacon is just that. Having recently decided to reinvent their Whaler as a blood orange IPA (it was previously a zesty golden ale), they've now decided to rework their Grappler. The beer was originally an India Pale Lager (a lager hopped to the level you'd expect of an IPA) and, if memory serves correctly, was one of the standout beers on our first visit to the brewery a couple of… Read more
Style
New World Pilsner
ABV
5.2%
Stockists

Green Beacon Brewery

Good beer venues across South East Queensland

Red Hill Brewery Red Rooster

Tapped October 15th, 2015
Red Hill has reached the halfway mark in its mission to create ten, one-off red beers to mark its decade of brewing on the Mornington Peninsula. Once again, they look to Europe for inspiration, as they have for the previous four, with number five – Red Rooster – the third to take the beers of France / Belgium as a starting point. Having brewed a plum saison for number one and a red tripel for number two (which was also Brew 1000), this time around it's a biere de garde. This close relation of… Read more

Exit Brewing #010 West Coast IPA – SOLD OUT

Tapped October 15th, 2015
As a means of judging whether the Crafty palate is travelling OK or in need of some serious fine-tuning (or, perhaps, a career change), there's a policy within the Towers of first sampling a beer without reference to any label or brewer's notes, if at all possible. This way, notes can be made upon the basis of nothing more than the senses, then compared with the intentions and descriptions of the brewer. In the case of Exit's West Coast IPA, said sampling notes were short and to the point: "Pale,… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
7.1%

Dainton Family Brewery Red Eye Rye 2015

Tapped October 14th, 2015
The forthcoming Dainton Family Brewery brewery may be sat around waiting to be installed, but the new look beers keep coming. The latest beer to receive an update is Dan's first ever release, Red Eye Rye. It now comes with another of artist Dan Fabris' portentous labels featuring a satanic Red Riding Hood and glimmering red hops, not to mention some more dark poetry from brewer Dan Dainton. The beer itself is a little different to previous batches, mainly in that it's down to 4.8 per cent ABV from… Read more

Holgate Brewhouse Tank 9: Crosby Idaho Experimental #4

Tapped October 14th, 2015
Now isn't that a name that rolls off the tongue: Crosby Idaho Experimental #4. It's the sort of name Aphex Twin would give to a track featuring his mother singing lullabies, her voice mangled through a handful of homemade vocoders then merged with the sound of a pneumatic drill pounding the deep end of an abandoned swimming pool recorded on an old spy microphone from inside a bird hide. Remarkably, however, it isn't that. It's the latest small batch, draught only beer from Holgate. The reason for… Read more
Style
Single Hop Pale Ale
ABV
5.2%
Bitterness
50 IBU
Stockists

Mount Macedon Hotel

The Alehouse Project

The Scratch

Young & Jackson

Holgate Brewhouse

Taps, The Valley, QLD

Brewski, QLD

Stables, QLD

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Moon Dog Love Tap – RETIRED

Tapped October 14th, 2015
The evolution of Moon Dog's first ever "core" beer reaches its third (or is that fourth) and possibly final stage. The beer that started out as a double lager at 7.1 percent ABV and that, in its first iteration, we likened to drinking hop goo, was initially brought down to a more repeatable 5.9 percent ABV when first bottled. From 2015, its draught incarnation has been turning out as an even more sessionable 5 percent ABV, thus appearing as many a crafty pub's happy hour offering. And,… Read more
Style
Lager
ABV
5.0%

Modus Operandi Cream of the Hop #3

Tapped October 13th, 2015
Timed rather nicely for the onset of a spell of warm weather, Modus Operandi have released the third in their Cream of the Hop series. As with previous efforts, it’s built on a wheat pale ale base and has had experimental hops added. The first used the still-in-development Australian hop HPA35, the second used American Azacca and this third builds on that theme, but in a slightly more celestial sense, by using Equinox hops from the USA. Considering it’s a new hop to the people who brewed the… Read more
Style
Single Hop Pale Ale
ABV
5.6%
Stockists

Modus Operandi Brewery

Vale Brewing Amber

Tapped October 13th, 2015
Having brought brewery ownership back into the family and rebranded the business as Vale Brewing, the brothers running the former McLaren Vale Beer Company set about renaming and repackaging one of their beers too. The DRK – or dark lager – became the Amber, and described on the label as an "American amber lager". What's inside didn't changed, which is a good thing as it's always been the pick of Vale's core range here at Crafty Towers. Presumably, the "American" tag refers… Read more
Style
Dark Lager

Young Henrys Bier Noir

Tapped October 12th, 2015
Many of the things people love about craft beer – think independence, challenging the norms and encouraging interest in local production – are the very same things you could attribute to local filmmaking. It’s therefore not difficult to imagine that synergy played a part in Young Henrys being invited to brew a beer for the 2015 SUFF (Sydney Underground Film Festival) which took place towards the end of September. Now, following the festival, the beer – and no doubt some of the films – will… Read more
Style
Dark Lager
ABV
4.6%

Seven Sheds Sooty Porter

Tapped October 7th, 2015
The team at Tasmania's Seven Sheds continues to showcase the talents of the island's diverse craftsmen and women with its latest one-off release. Sooty Porter was created in partnership with Adam Bones of the Tasmanian Cask Company, which re-models bourbon, port and muscat barrels for the island's growing number of distillers. But this was no "pop a beer into a cask and see what develops" occasion; this was something entirely different. Willie Simpson and his brewers obtained wood shavings… Read more
Style
Smoked Porter
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

Seven Sheds cellar door (or via ordering online)

New Sydney Hotel

Westend Pumphouse

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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
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