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!

Grifter Brewing Co Marnie's Majority Ale

Tapped April 16th, 2014
Having any beer brewed to mark your arrival in the world is a pretty special thing. But having a beer as good as Marnie's Majority Ale brewed for the occasion is pretty damn special (apart from the fact you technically have to wait 18 years to drink it). First created in 2013 as a celebration of Grifter's head brewer's transition to fatherhood, this beer found its way into the Hop Bomb section of our list of 50 top Australian beers in the 2013 end-of-year James Halliday's Wine Companion Magazine.… Read more
Style
American IPA
ABV
6.5%

Morrison Brewery English IPA

Tapped April 16th, 2014
Across the land, brewers have been slaving away creating their entry for the Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular. Among them is Paul Morrison, co-owner and head brewer of Launceston's Morrison Brewery. But not only has he been creating a new beer for this year's event, he's also brewed a fresh batch of last year's entry. His 2013 GABS beer was an English IPA, in keeping with his love of additional British and Irish ales. The new version features a different yeast and Paul tells us we should be looking… Read more
Style
English IPA
ABV
6.8%
Stockists

Preachers, Hobart

Cromer Cellars on growler

New Sydney, Hobart

Saint John Craft Beer, Launceston

The Winston

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Shenanigans Brewing Winston

Tapped April 15th, 2014
If the ultimate measure of a beer is whether you like to brew it and love to drink it, Winston is something of the Shenanigans brewers’ perfect beer. As is the case with everything they create, it doesn’t fit neatly within any style guidelines although, if you had to choose, it probably sits most comfortably in American Pale Ale territory. That’s largely based on the hops - Australian, New Zealand and USA varieties - which fair explode out of the glass with aromas of tropical fruit. Those balance… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
ABV
5.6%
Stockists

Specialist beer venues across Sydney

Australian Brewery Mexican Lager (Can)

Tapped April 15th, 2014
Now this should prove interesting in beer geek land. It almost feels like rolling a hand grenade into the midst of a group of beer aficionados and waiting for them to spot it and cry out in horror. Why? Well, the latest beer to appear in cans from the Australian Brewery is its Mexican Lager, "inspired by the hot plains of Mexico", decorated with psychedelic skulls, and essentially the lager designed with the brewery's home crowd in NW Sydney in mind - those who might shirk from the brewery's… Read more
Style
Mexican Lager
ABV
4.5%
Stockists

In cans nationwide

Women of Beer Unite

Tapped April 14th, 2014
For International Women's Collaboration Brew Day 2014, female brewers and beer industry types around the world were called upon to join together in their respective countries to brew a beer and help raise awareness of women in the beer industry. The said beer was to be brewed on the same day, to the same recipe - a four per cent pale ale using Cascade hops - and released under the same name: Unite. Australia's participants in this celebration were the Women of Beer collective who assembled for their… Read more

Feral Brewpub Series: Barrique O'Karma

Tapped April 11th, 2014
Fresh kegs of the latest batch of Feral's Barrique O'Karma have been hitting taps around Australia for a couple of weeks now. However, with one of the brewery's staff telling us the bottled version ' the latest beer in their occasional Brewpub Series ' is the best beer they had ever put into a bottle, we thought we should wait until we could get our hands on a stubby. Well, now we have, and... First, a recap of the beer. Initially brewed for last year's Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular, Barrique… Read more
Style
Oaked India Black Ale
ABV
6.5%
Stockists

At good bottleshops and craft beer bars nationwide

Bridge Road Harvest Ale 2014

Tapped April 10th, 2014
The annual Bridge Road Harvest Ale release has become an event of note for both beer lovers looking for a hoppy new drop and the hop growers at Hop Products Australia, who learn much about how some of their experimental hop varieties will perform. Each year, head brewer Ben Kraus selects a different, as-yet-unnamed hop variety from the Rostrevor Farm just down the road from his Beechworth brewery, picks the entire crop and throws it into a beer as it is, still fresh and wet from the bines. This year,… Read more
Style
Wet Hop Ale
Stockists

Unblended kegs:

Woodlands Hotel

The Terminus

Goldmines Hotel

The Catfish

Raccoon Bar

Builders Arms

Spotted Mallard

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Mash Brewing Bon Scotch & Copy Cat

Tapped April 8th, 2014
Although maybe not attracting as much attention as many of their peers, the brewing team at Mash has been steadily knocking out some intriguing seasonals in recent years. From the Rye The Hop Not ESB to the smoky DeVille to the unique Grasscutter, a lawnmower/session beer gently fermented on two toasts of French oak, their beers are always worth keeping an eye out for. Now they're back with not one but two limited release beers: a Scotch Ale and a West Coast IPA, and both, according to head brewer… Read more
Style
Scotch Ale & West Coast IPA
ABV
7.5% & 6.8%
Awards

Copy Cat was named Champion Australian Beer at AIBA 2014

Young Henrys Hop van Damme

Tapped April 3rd, 2014
Since rolling up the doors for the first time in early 2012, the team at Newtown's Young Henrys brewery have managed to effortlessly ingratiate themselves into their local community to the point where it's actually a little difficult to remember what life was like without them. Now, as the brewery approaches two years of beer-fuelled rock & roll fun, they can take a brief moment to take stock of a journey that's seen them grow in every regard; doubling their brewing capacity three times already… Read more
Style
English / Australian Double IPA
ABV
7.2%
Stockists

Young Henrys

Dove & Olive

Transit Bar, Canberra

Others TBC

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Mountain Goat Fancy Pants (Can)

Tapped April 2nd, 2014
Following the runaway success of their first can, Summer Ale, Mountain Goat is back for more. This time around, it's not a new beer but the return of an annual release that's been doing the rounds for a few years now. Fancy Pants is the amber ale that they've always said is the beer Hightail would be were there no need to balance the books. What that means is a richer burnt toffee malt body and a cranking up of the Galaxy hops to create a dark copper-coloured beer in which fruitiness ' and a touch… Read more
Style
Amber Ale
ABV
5.2%
Stockists

Nationwide throughout the cooler months

Mornington Peninsula Brewery Pale Ale (cans)

Tapped April 1st, 2014
The cans keep on coming, with Mornington Peninsula Brewery following in the footsteps of the Australian Brewery and Mountain Goat by popping craft beer into cans. They've installed their own canning line and first to make an appearance, in rather fetching black and gold livery, is their Pale Ale. Already an appealingly aromatic, balanced and flavoursome beer, it has received its first tweak in the three and a half years since it was the brewery's launch beer. The tweak takes the form of dry hopping… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
ABV
4.7%

Feral Beral

Tapped April 1st, 2014
The current craze for craft brewers to put their product into cans continues unabated. Latest to get involved is the reigning Champion Medium Brewery of Australia, Feral. The arrival of their first can has come almost unheralded and, most surprising of all, it is also their first cider. Feral Beral is launched following extensive research by the Swan Valley brewer which showed that, while Feral's core beer products appealed to discerning drinkers of both genders, they where missing out on a significant… Read more
Style
Extra Sweet Cider
ABV
5.0%
Stockists

Nationwide at good bottleshops

Bright Brewery Saison de Varleí¨ (plus variations)

Tapped March 31st, 2014
We make little secret here at Crafty Towers of our love for saisons and accompanying belief that they are a wonderful beer for the Aussie climate. So it's always nice to see another one appear, especially it's one that is being released in three different formats. On our last couple of visits to Bright in the Victorian High Country, we've been lucky enough to have a nosy around the back of the brewery where head brewer Jon Seltin has all manner of experimental programs underway. He has involved a… Read more
Style
Saison
ABV
Various
Stockists

Bright Brewery

Others TBC

Morrison Brewery Imperial Wit

Tapped March 30th, 2014
It looks like a case of "giving something back" here as former home brewer-turned-brewer Paul Morrison has opened up the doors of his brewery to another home brewer. This Imperial Wit was originally brewed by Stuart Grant for the home brew comp at Launceston's Esk Beerfest. It took home first place, earning him the chance to brew it on a commercial scale. That he did with a local brewery that has proved itself rather adept at Belgian style brews with its fine limited release Saison. This… Read more
Style
Imperial Witbier
ABV
7.5%
Stockists

Saint John Craft Beer

Others TBC

Feral Brewing Nan's Driving

Tapped March 24th, 2014
It's all go out Feral at the moment, it seems. No sooner had a fresh batch of Watermelon Warhead made its way from the Swan Valley brewery than the German IPA Hopfen Fahrt followed, and now this limited release too. Nan's Driving is a tea-infused Amber Ale that we are told has "a slightly sweet malt body and an easy going bitter finish." The tea comes into play at the end of fermentation when the brewers add jasmine and green tea leaves to the fermenter, leaving the beer with an earthiness… Read more
Style
Amber Ale
ABV
3.2%
Bitterness
26IBU
Stockists

Feral

The Wheaty

Others TBC

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Van Dieman Harvest Ale 2014

Tapped March 22nd, 2014
Recently, we were lucky enough to sample again the last vintage of Van Dieman's barrel-aged sour take on their Hedgerow Ale, a beer that was great when it was straight, utterly wonderful soured, and seemingly getting better with age. Hopefully, there will be a new release soon, but in the meantime Will Tatchell has been keeping busy, with the latest cab off the rank a rather unique Harvest Ale. It's a 7.1 percent ABV white IPA brewed with fresh hops grown on the brewery farm in Evandale and added… Read more
Style
White IPA
ABV
7.1%
Bitterness
55IBU
Stockists

Keg only release around Tasmania

First keg at Saint John Craft beer ' March 22

Little Creatures Single Batch Rule of Three

Tapped March 21st, 2014
One imagines that since the takeover of Little Creatures by Lion there are plenty of beer folks around the country keeping a beady eye or three on the trailblazing brewery for signs of a reduce in craftiness. Given recent months have seen the launch of their excellent IPA and the opening of the equally excellent venue at the new brewery in Geelong and they're now back with another Single Batch release, those signs would seem to be few and far between. The arrival of a new Single Batch is always a… Read more
Style
Dubbel Bitter
ABV
5.7%
Bitterness
38IBU
Stockists

Limited kegs:

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

Little Creatures Dining Hall

Little Creature Geelong

Bottles nationwide from March 26. Check stockists [here](https://littlecreatures.com.

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Feral Brewing Hopfen Fahrt

Tapped March 20th, 2014
As the popularity of New World hop varieties has grown, there has been less love around for the Old World. But, just as Australia's main grower, Hop Products Australia, has changed direction in recent years to wind down production of Pride of Ringwood and its ilk in favour of new stars such as Galaxy, Ella and Vic Secret, so have breeders in Europe. Recent times have seen the traditional hop growing regions of Germany endeavouring to create flamboyant and expressive aroma and flavour hops to rival… Read more
Style
German IPA
ABV
6.4%
Bitterness
52 IBU

Lord Nelson Double Nelson IPA

Tapped March 11th, 2014
Usually when we announce a limited release beer from Sydney's iconic Lord Nelson, it's one that you have to travel to the hotel in The Rocks to sample. This time around, however, for the first time in its quarter century history the brewery is releasing some of its seasonals in 500ml bottles. First up for the treatment is its Double Nelson IPA, a souped up version of its popular Three Sheets American Pale Ale. It takes its name from an English cricketing tradition. Nelson, which is any multiple of… Read more
Style
US IPA
ABV
5.8%
Stockists

In bottles nationwide where you find Three Sheets and Old Admiral

4 Pines Keller Door Single Hop Series Calypso

Tapped March 11th, 2014
Of all the Keller Door series undertaken by Manley's 4 Pines, the Single Hop Series has been the most prolific, resulting in a broad spectrum of beers showcasing different hops from around the globe. The concept is simple: to the same base beer is added a different hop variety so that drinkers can discover just what it does to a beer. The Calypso is something of a rarity in the series given it has gone beyond being a limited run tap beer and made it into 500ml bottles that will be available relatively… Read more
Style
Single Hop Pale Ale
ABV
5.0%
Bitterness
27 IBU
Stockists

Nationwide

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