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!

Modus Operandi Cream of the Hop #1

Tapped July 23rd, 2015
Modus Operandi have garnered themselves quite the reputation when it comes to hoppy beers. Thus far that’s largely been thanks to brewer DJ McCready who, having brought his experience working in the comparatively advanced US beer scene, has been creating recipes that manage to balance in-your-face American flavour and flair like a stilt walking, stars and stripes adorned Abe Lincoln mascot. But the brewery’s latest one-off is something of a departure from the norm, not because they’ve shied… Read more
Style
Australian Pale Ale
ABV
5.6%
Stockists

Harts Pub

New Brighton Hotel

Royal Albert Hotel

Modus Operandi

Collaroy Beach Club

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Cheeky Monkey Not So Common Stout

Tapped July 22nd, 2015
Being the gregarious chap he is, Cheeky Monkey's head brewer Ross Terlick decided to share the creative load at the Margaret River brewery and invited his new assistant Hamish to come up with this winter's edition of their Southern Wailer seasonal releases. It's Hamish's first ever stab at creating a commercial brew from scratch, no less. Ross says: "I told him he could have a crack at our winter warmer, thinking he would come back with a porter or stout recipe." And he did. Sorta. It's… Read more
Style
Golden Chilli Stout
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

Cheeky Monkey Brewery

The Commons – a new beer bar in Margaret River

East Coast Brewers Union Exile IPA

Tapped July 21st, 2015
This beer is one of the few silver linings to come from the collapse of equipment supplier Core Brewing earlier in the year. It left many Aussie brewers – amateur, commercial and in between – out of pocket, some to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars. One of the affected breweries was Temple, whose head brewer Glenn Harrison invited the others to join them for a commiseratory, "let's turn a bad thing into something positive" collaboration brew day earlier in the year. Among the… Read more
Style
East Coast IPA
ABV
5.7%
Stockists

Royal Albert Hotel

The Winston

Union Hotel Newtown

Temple Brewery Bar

Illawarra Brewery Bar

More to follow

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Big Shed Brewing Golden Stout Time

Tapped July 21st, 2015
Our first port of call at this year's GABS in Melbourne was to say hello to Jason and Craig at the Big Shed stall (and try a glass of their Fresh Yeah APA if memory serves correctly). At the time, they were rather excited about the prospects for their GABS beer in the People's Choice vote. Their take on the Golden Gaytime ice cream was bringing lots of: "Wow! It really does taste like a Golden Gaytime!" gasps from drinkers and was scoring well too. In the end, the beer ended up polling… Read more
Style
Sweet Stout
ABV
5.4%
Stockists

Now a year round release available wherever you find Big Shed Brewing

Rocks Brewing Exiled Brews: Passionfruit Sour – RETIRED

Tapped July 18th, 2015
Amidst all the hustle and bustle of the rapidly growing Rocks brewery is a rack of wine barrels, full of beer, which had been sitting for 12 months in the middle of the brewery floor just quietly taking everything in. The contents of said barrels are now starting to appear in bottles under a limited edition Exiled Brews series with the first (and technically second) to be released being Carol and Beryl, a pair of passionfruit witbiers named for the barrels in which they were raised. But these twins,… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Passionfruit Sour
ABV
4.5%
Stockists

Beer Cartel

Lord Raglan Hotel

McCoppins Abbotsford

Slowbeer

The Alehouse Project

The Scratch

Tipplers Tap old

Warners at the Bay Bottleshop

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Mountain Goat & Seven Seeds Seedy Goat Coffee Porter

Tapped July 17th, 2015
When you brew good beer, you're unlikely to be short of friends. So it follows that if you've been brewing good beer for 18 years, you should be pretty darn popular. Certainly, Mountain Goat – which turns 18 in just a few weeks – has never struggled to find people with whom to collaborate, from musicians such as Henry Wagons and international brewers like Brooklyn and Mikkeller to their mates at Seven Seeds. Co-owner Dave Bonighton goes waaaay back with the coffee roaster's co-owner Mark Dundon,… Read more
Style
Coffee Porter
ABV
6.2%
Bitterness
30 IBU

Cavalier & Calibre Calibrator Doppelbock

Tapped July 17th, 2015
Earlier this year, Cavalier started bottling a small amount of its growing number of limited release beers, beers that are more often than not brewed in collaboration with other brewers or venues and tied into a particular event. Thus we're a little late getting onto it as this is beer four in the series to be bottled. The Belgian IPA brewed with The Burrow is gone, although there should still be a little of the Cherry Sour brewed with the Great Northern and the delicious Baltic Porter created with… Read more
Style
Doppelbock
ABV
7.9%
Stockists

Craft beer stockists in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales

Bridge Road B2 Bomber Mach 5.0

Tapped July 16th, 2015
To mark ten years of brewing at Bridge Road, the Beechworth mob did what they've done in the past for their anniversary: they brewed the B2 Bomber. But bigger than ever before. The beer would fit into a category along the lines of double black Belgian IPA. Or one marked "Gauntlet Beer". "What's a Gauntlet Beer?" you may ask. "Something we came up with about a third of the way through the bottle," we might answer. "Why?" Well, because it's the sort of beer that… Read more
Style
Double Black Belgian IPA
ABV
9.5%

3 Ravens Ayahuasca

Tapped July 14th, 2015
If everything went to plan then the world wouldn't be the place it is today. Among the things discovered by accident are potato chips, microwaves, post-it notes, pacemakers and, perhaps most crucially, slinkies. To that list can now be added the latest very limited release from 3 Ravens. It started out as part of the batch of Druid, the Pedro Ximenez-inspired Belgian strong ale, brewed earlier in the year. Ending up with more beer than expected, once the six PX barrels were filled they put the rest… Read more
Style
Bourbon Barrel Aged Belgian Strong Dark Ale
ABV
11%
Stockists

The Alehouse Project

For Dark Side of Beer

The other two kegs are yet to be assigned

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Bright Brewery Stubborn Russian 2015

Tapped July 13th, 2015
Bright's annual winter release, Stubborn Russian, has been an evolving beast since its first appearance four years ago. Former brewer Jon Seltin liked to tweak the recipe each year and even released a small batch of one vintage that was aged in whisky barrels, rising to 13.5 percent ABV. That beer looks a little like a session Russian Imperial Stout compared to this year's as new brewer Ryan Tyack continues to put his stamp on things in the Victorian High Country. Given he spent much of his formative… Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV
16.0%
Stockists

Grape & Grain Liquor Cellars

Local Taphouse St Kilda

The Scratch

Draught and bottles from Bright Brewery and direct from them online

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Mash Brewing Invisible Weizenbock

Tapped July 13th, 2015
It would seem the Sarcasm (the name of Mash's "session double IPA") lingers on at the WA brewery. When dropping us a line to notify us of his latest limited release beer, brewer Charlie Hodgson plundered a few other phrases that tend to be favoured by the bigger breweries' marketing departments and marketing led beer brands: "Brewed longer for a smooth taste" (because it required a long, protracted ferment to get where he needed it, he say); "Batch brewed" and "Cold… Read more
Style
Weizenbock
ABV
8.0%
Bitterness
20 IBU
Stockists

Sail & Anchor

All Mash venues in WA

The Brisbane

Others TBC

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Exit Brewing #009 American Pale Ale (Gluten Reduced) – SOLD OUT

Tapped July 10th, 2015
With a coeliac inhabiting Crafty Towers, we're fully aware of the evils of gluten; indeed, the bastard has been tagged Vladimir Gluten around these parts. Actually, that's over-egging the pudding; The Crafty Pot is what's termed a "classic coeliac" and thus reacts to gluten like one of those science experiments at school where your physics teacher pulled out a couple of common or garden items, popped them inside a container and, lo and behold, there was a rapid swelling followed by a fountain… Read more
Style
Gluten Reduced Pale Ale
ABV
6.0%

Feral Brewing Karma Citra

Tapped July 10th, 2015
If you're someone who's been drinking craft beer for a while, cast your mind back. Back to when the Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular was merely the Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular. Back when it was a one-day event featuring 20 new Aussie beers brewed for events at The Local Taphouses in St Kilda and Darlinghurst. Back before it became the behemoth it is today. Among the beers brewed for the day was a black IPA, then a very new concept in Australia only attempted by one or two commercial brewers.… Read more
Style
India Black Ale
ABV
5.8%

4 Pines Keller Door Oaked Baltic Porter

Tapped July 9th, 2015
4 Pines’ Oaked Baltic Porter is the first bottled Keller Door release to come from the Brookvale brewery since they took out the title of Champion Large Australian Brewery at the 2015 Australian International Beer Awards. Except, it sort of isn’t. You see, the beer itself was actually brewed at the tail end of 2014 and a portion of it had been sitting in Lark Distillery whisky barrels since December. Now, blended back together, the two parts deliver a suitably warming winter brew. At 7.5 percent… Read more
Style
Oaked Baltic Porter
ABV
7.5%
Bitterness
37 IBU
Stockists

Good beer stockists nationwide

Moon Dog Black Lung V

Tapped July 9th, 2015
Ever since the first Black Lung staggered out of Moon Dog's brewery, coughing and spluttering its way into the world, it's been the annual release from the brewery we look forward to the most. Indeed, Jumping the Shark 2013 apart, its first and fourth iterations are probably the pick of everything they've released here at Crafty Towers. With the beer picking up the Champion Stout & Porter trophy at last year's inaugural Craft Beer Awards, it has plenty to live up to as well. Once again, the beer… Read more
Style
Smoky Imperial Stout
ABV
8.8%

Stone & Wood Smoky Jasper 2015

Tapped July 8th, 2015
Last year, the Stone & Wood brewers had a play with the red ale, Jasper, that probably gets the least attention of all beer in their core range from drinkers. Back then, the brewers – inspired fires in the local cane fields – gathered some local paperbark and set about smoking some malt, then added some traditional German smoked malt and worked it into the original Jasper recipe to which it added a "distinct smoldering character". This time around, the reworking has a similarly… Read more
Style
Smoked Red Ale
ABV
4.7%
Stockists

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La Sirene Botanique Winter Seasonal

Tapped July 7th, 2015
There's much ado at La Sirene, the Melbourne-based farmhouse style ale protagonists. The brewery is much expanded, the collection of barrels is expanding and in just a few weeks a custom built coolship will be erected in the roof of the brewery's barrel warehouse ready for a spontaneous fermentation program to commence in earnest. There will be a herb garden to follow too, with the intention being to use what's grown there in beers such as this. The brewery's winter seasonal is the second in its… Read more
Style
Spiced Saison
ABV
6.5%
Stockists

Kegs to good beer venues in Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland and Japan

We'll update when we get names of stockists

Two Birds Brewing Red Velvet

Tapped July 6th, 2015
When they turned four last month, Two Birds held a party at their Nest in Spotswood. There was cake. There was beer. And there was cake beer. Yes, they marked the milestone as only brewers can by combining the two as one to create Red Velvet, a beer inspired by their favourite spongey treat – that richest and sweetest and reddest of cakes. The base beer is a malty red ale upon which was lavished organic cocoa and vanilla to boost its cakey credentials. They served it with a fluffy white nitro… Read more
Style
Cake Beer
Stockists

Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew

Cookie (unlisted)

Empire Hotel

Foresters Pub & Dining

Grain Store

Harts Pub

Junction Beer Hall

Keg & Brew

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Bright Brewery Lord Helmet Schwartz

Tapped July 6th, 2015
Tis the season for imperial schwarzbiers. Or at least, following the release of the Good Beer Week Masterclass collaboration, Inappropriate Touching, last week, it's the season for two of them. Lord Helmet Schwartz was Bright Brewery's entry for this year's GABS and also appears to be a reference to Spaceballs, the Mel Brooks spoof that a young Crafty Pint was taken to by his grandfather, who swiftly proceeded to honk throughout with laughter akin an excitable, ticklish seal being given a work over… Read more
Style
Imperial Schwarzbier
ABV
6.9%
Stockists

Bright Brewery

Shenanigans Brewing Malt Assault

Tapped July 1st, 2015
When Sam and Dan from Shenanigans got in touch with The Crafty Pint ahead of their forthcoming Winter 2015 release, there was a bit of chat about how everyone was chasing hop bombs and new hop varieties and forgetting about malt. Small talk, we thought. After all, this is a brewing company that loves its hoppy ales; their flagship beer, Winston, is a highly hopped (and all the better for it) pale ale, Imperial Winston is literally twice as hoppy still and even their four percent dry Irish stout was… Read more
Style
Dunkel/Altbier
ABV
5.3%
Bitterness
25 IBU
Stockists

Ashfield Mall Cellars

The Oak Barrel

Uncle Hops

Warners at the Bay Bottleshop

Annandale Cellars

Camperdown Cellars

Hive Bar

Liquor Emporium St Peters

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