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!

Riverside / Cavalier Belgian Pale Ale

Tapped November 6th, 2013
The last time Riverside Brewing and Cavalier Beer were mentioned together in the same sentence as the word 'collaboration', it was during Good Beer Week 2013. Back then the two were in direct competition with each other, having teamed up with the TimeOut magazine in their respective cities, Sydney and Melbourne, and brewed a beer that best represented their home. Bragging rights aside though, that the earlier competition was just a bit of fun and, as if to prove it, for Sydney Craft Beer Week the… Read more
Style
Belgian Pale Ale
ABV
5.4%

Six String Brewing Saison

Tapped November 2nd, 2013
It took them three years of jumping through hoops to get their brewery in Erina up and running. By in just six months since the doors were opened, they've wasted no time getting the word out that something different is brewing on NSW's Central Coast, via weekly gigs on a stage in front of their brewery tanks, the hairiest collection of staff at any Australian brewery (if their appearance at the Aus Hotel Beer Fest is anything to go by) and some fine beers too. The latest to appear is their take on… Read more
Style
Saison
ABV
4.6%
Bitterness
26 IBU
Stockists

Six String Brewing

Grifter Brewing Co / Two Birds Kokonatsu

Tapped November 1st, 2013
In 2012, for Sydney Craft Beer Week, Jayne Lewis from Two Birds headed to Sydney to brew a collaboration with the crew at the recently opened Young Henrys brewery. The resulting beer was Otaku, a Japanese-inspired green tea and seaweed altbier. Ahead of the same event in 2013, brewer Jayne made the same trip to the same brewery, only this time it was to collaborate with the other brewing company that calls Young Henrys home; Grifter Brewing. Clearly not wanting to mess with a winning formula, the… Read more
Style
American Brown Ale
ABV
6.0%

Grifter Brewing Co Big Sur IPA

Tapped October 30th, 2013
When you decide to launch a West Coast IPA, there's a prerequisite that you've gotta go big on the hops. For the Big Sur IPA, the guys at the Grifter Brewing Company met that expectation head on and then some with the inspiration apparently coming (and who can be sure how jokingly) from the desire to "experiment with how many hops we could add to the kettle before we blocked the heat exchange". That attempt to bust the brewhouse - courtesy of the Columbus, Citra and Simcoe hop varieties… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
6.7%

Burleigh Brewing Hassle Hop

Tapped October 29th, 2013
In any healthy team, there will always be differences of opinion, a willingness to debate, an appreciation that sometimes compromise is necessary to reach the best possible outcome. But sometimes, even a healthy team can decide that compromise can take a running jump and everyone can have their own way at the same time. Certainly, that seems to be what's happened at the Gold Coast's Burleigh Brewing, where a debate over the best hops currently available on the market - with five brewers arguing the… Read more
Style
Strong Pale Ale
ABV
5.5%
Stockists

In good beer stockists nationwide

Mountain Goat RIPA 2013

Tapped October 25th, 2013
There was a moment during the Blind Tasting sessions we were running at last weekend's Australian Hotel Beer Festival where we wondered if we'd ever finish. It wasn't due to the questions from the audience or any long-winded spiel from our guest brewers, but came when Mike from Goat was talking about the Goat IPA that had just won its round. We were trying to recall all the IPA variants the brewery had made, a list that went something like: IPA, Double IPA, Imperial IPA, Seedy Goat, Thorny Goat,… Read more
Style
Rye IPA
ABV
6.1%
Bitterness
55 IBU

Hargreaves Hill Pilsner

Tapped October 24th, 2013
Over the years, Yarra Valley brewery Hargreaves Hill has released a variety of pilsners, often showcasing one hop or another. And, with summer on its way, they're back with a fresh version. In keeping with their fondness for unearthing rare styles, such as past releases like the Maibock they created with Red Hill or the Grisette brewed for GABS in 2012, they've ignored the Bohemian and German styles most Aussie brewers use for inspiration and instead opted for a pre-Prohibition era US style pilsner.… Read more
Style
American Pilsner
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

Belgian Beer Café Eureka (Crafty Pint listing coming soon)

The Local Taphouse St Kilda

The Terminus

Hargreaves Hill

Healesville Hotel

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Young Henrys Few Of My Favourite Things

Tapped October 23rd, 2013
While they're always a joyful bunch down at the Young Henrys brewery, it's still a little hard to imagine them getting too excited about - much less inspired by - the classic Sound of Music singalong about raindrops, roses and whiskers on kittens. It just doesn't seem, well... rock and roll enough. But when you swap the raindrops for ale, the roses for truffles and the whiskers for bacon, that's definitely something to work with. In fact, that's exactly what they have worked with for the release… Read more
Style
Truffled & Baconed Belgian IPA
ABV
6.1%
Stockists

Young Henrys

Union Hotel Newtown

The Local Taphouse Darlo

Dove & Olive

The Old Growler

Station Bar

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Red Duck Sabre Tooth & Orange Mosaic

Tapped October 22nd, 2013
When the 24 breweries and brewing companies gathered for the first Good Beer Showcase this October, a few brought new beers or created twists on old ones. None went quite as far as Red Duck, however, but then again it's rare that anyone does. Six very recent or not yet released beers were unveiled - along with a new livery that's evolution rather than revolution - including these two. The Sabre Tooth is the latest big, hoppy beer from the Ballarat brewery (remember last year's Hop Bach with Kissmeyer… Read more
Style
Imperial IPA & Belgian Wit
ABV
9.0% & 4.5%
Stockists

Bottles:

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cell

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Young Henrys Big Village Brew

Tapped October 18th, 2013
If you fancy your hops with a bit more hip than usual, this is definitely the beer for you. Not content merely with rock star musical brews, for this collaboration Young Henrys teamed up with Sydney hip hop label Big Village Records. With Big Village dedicated to promoting local hip hop artists and Young Henrys having much the same mindset for the beer, it's easy to understand why they'd decide to join forces. The beer that's been created is based on the idea from the Big Village crew for something… Read more
Style
American Wheat
ABV
6.0%

Young Henrys / Toby's Estate OkTobyFest

Tapped October 13th, 2013
The team at Young Henrys have collaborated with brewers, bands, a radio station, a magazine, TedxSydney, a historical society and even the very suburb they reside in. So it was something of an inevitability that they would eventually find inspiration from the very beverage that's kept them fuelled along the whole journey: coffee. And for this assignment, their co-conspirators are the coffee kings from Toby's Estate who added their extensive expertise, alongside a relatively little-known substance… Read more
Style
Coffee Beer
ABV
6.6%
Stockists

Young Henrys

Selected other Sydney venues

The Mash Collective Old Persuader

Tapped October 11th, 2013
The first two beers created by Stone & Wood's impermanent Mash Collective side project pushed the style boundaries. Debut Amasia was a strong, dark, German style wheat beer brewed with molasses and rum; number two, Aureus Chrysalis, fused the Belgian Dubbel and smoky Scotch Ale styles. So where would they head with number three, particularly as the Collective this time around features the Sydney artists behind some of Dinosaur Jr's artwork, Sydney-based Swedish photographer Ingvar Kenne, an award-winning… Read more
Style
Strong Lager
ABV
6.6%
Stockists

FInd it here

Boatrocker Mitte

Tapped October 9th, 2013
One of the first and now most frequently appearing of the beers from the Boatrocker barrel beer program is this take on the Berliner Weisse style. The beer begins with a sour mash whereby the grains are left in the mash tun over a day or more to allow natural lactic acids to develop before the brewing process recommences. When it's then been through the kettle, the wort is put into former Chardonnay barrels where it is inoculated with more bugs so that more sour characteristics can develop. Once… Read more
Style
Berliner Weisse
ABV
3.5%

Holgate The Little Heifer

Tapped October 8th, 2013
With the last drops of their dunkelweizen, Brick Kiln, drained from the Brewhouse bar, Holgate has lined up a new, more seasonally suited, wheat beer. It is, as far as we're aware, their first hefeweizen (southern German style wheat beer) and, after much discussion over potential names - Banana Snuggler (don't ask), Island Farm Hefe - they decided it would be christened The Little Heifer. Brewed partly to appease a Bavarian regular at their pub, it follows "classic wheat beer lines, but with… Read more
Style
Hefeweizen
ABV
5.3%
Bitterness
13 IBU
Stockists

Draught only

Holgate

Junction Beer Hall

And other fine establishments to follow

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4 Pines Keller Door Series: Oktoberfest

Tapped October 7th, 2013
There's a line in the Sh!t Beer Geeks Say! video from Good Beer Week 2013 in which one of the geeks comments that a brewery's beer isn't the same since they increased capacity. It's probably the kind of thing that will have crossed the minds of one or two as 4 Pines went from a Manly brewpub knocking out all its beers on an in-house 500 litre system to owners of a 5,000 offsite brewery - via a few contract brews of its big sellers. It's a thought that is diminished pretty much any time you drink… Read more
Style
Oktoberfest
ABV
5.5%
Bitterness
23 IBU
Stockists

4 Pines

And good craft beer venues including:

Purvis Cellars

Church St Cellars

McCoppins Abbotsford

McCoppins Fitzroy

[Carwyn Cellars](/beer/bottlesh

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Bright Brewery Oktoberfest

Tapped October 3rd, 2013
Having released the likes of a massive Barleywine and a tiny midstrength along with a fruity sour in recent months, the latest release from Bright is rather more middle of the road. Being October, it's an Oktoberfest style beer, aka a Vienna Lager, and ticks all the boxes of the style. It's a bright, copper-hued affair with biscuity, bready aromas and a touch of subtle German hop too, with those bready characteristics following through in the mouth with some soft toffee flavours in a beer that has… Read more
Style
Oktoberfest Vienna Lager
ABV
5.1%

Grand Ridge Dark Side of Juniper

Tapped October 2nd, 2013
According to the team at Grand Ridge, Victoria's oldest established microbrewery, there were people out there that didn't know they'd bottled their entry for this year's Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular. It was appear that among those people was The Crafty Pint - as we've just been given a little tap on the shoulder by the brewery to tell us that yes, it was bottled and, yes, if anyone want to get their hands on Dark Side of Juniper, they still can. There are a few cases (and a couple of kegs)… Read more
Style
Dark Lager with Juniper Berries
ABV
5.2%
Stockists

Mrs Parma's - tap

Slowbeer - bottle

Burgundy Liquor, South Melb ' bottled

Grand Ridge - at brewery and online orders

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Moon Dog Jumping The Shark 2013

Tapped September 26th, 2013
The launch of what is intended to be a series of annual specials from Moon Dog has something of the PR strategist's approach about it. Namely: own the attack before your opponent can. For the uninitiated in leather jacket-wearing, quiff-haired pop culture references (which turns out to be quite a lot of you if Crafty's mates are any guide), "jumping the shark" refers to an episode of Happy Days in which The Fonz jumps a shark on waterskis (while still wearing his leather jacket). It was… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Truffled Imperial Stout
ABV
15.4%
Stockists

Slowbeer

At good craft beer venues nationwide.

If you want help finding it near you, contact Moon Dog's distributor Phoenix.

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Australian Brewery Extra Hoppy Ale

Tapped September 25th, 2013
Australia's craft beer in cans pioneers have been busy of late. They've made a successful trip to India, where they will soon be sending their Pale Ale and Pilsner, and are exploring other overseas markets too. They've also been busy touring the bars and bottleshops of Melbourne looking to spread the word about what they've got going on in Rouse Hill rather closer to home too. The tour of Melbourne has been carried out with a few cases of their latest seasonal release, entitled "The Extra Hoppy… Read more
Style
American Amber
ABV
5.8%

Boatrocker Misfit

Tapped September 24th, 2013
Why release one Belgian style beer into the world when you can release two at the same time? Regular readers of The Crafty Pint may recall a series of travel pieces Matt Houghton from Boatrocker wrote for the site on a trip to Belgium a couple of years ago. While there, he visited a number of breweries, large and small, sampling beers but also picking brains about brewing Belgian styles. Despite having a core range based around hoppy New World styles, he's always maintained that this is where his… Read more
Style
Hoppy Belgian Golden Ale
ABV
6.0%
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