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!

Mornington Peninsula Russian Imperial Stout

Tapped June 20th, 2013
Even in its darkest days, the Australian beer world produced some cracking stouts, from the well known, such as Cooper's Best Extra, to the lesser lights, such as Southwark. And as it races ever onwards and upwards into its bright new future, it continues to knock out amazing stouts in all shapes and sizes. For the past two years, the Best Stout trophy at the Australian International Beer Awards has stayed at home, despite the fact this is a category, unlike those featuring hoppier beers, in which… Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV
9.5%

2 Brothers Magic Pudding

Tapped June 19th, 2013
If you were asked to name the most successful brewery in Victoria when it comes to awards, what would your snap answer be? It should be 2 Brothers, as the Moorabbin brewers have steadily and consistently been racking up major trophies at the Australian International Beer Awards for the past few years while packing the punters in at their brewery bar every Thursday and Friday. Having picked up trophies for their beers, this year they collected another - Best European Style Lager for the Taxi Pilsner… Read more
Style
Dessert Beer
ABV
9.1%
Stockists

2 Brothers

Good bottleshops

Holgate Brick Kiln Dark Wheat

Tapped June 19th, 2013
A winter beer that's not an Imperial Stout - who'd have thunk it? At least that's how it feels this week, with Holgate's annual release of its dunkelweizen coming in the midst of a wave of big, black beasts. A beer named in homage to Brick Kiln Road in Holgate's hometown of Woodend, which was where founders Paul and Natasha had the inspiration to open a brewery while out rambling, it's one inspired by the dark wheats of Bavaria. It pours such a deep brown that the punch of the candy bananas on the… Read more
Style
Dunkelweizen
ABV
5.0%
Stockists

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Red Duck Wooly Nelson

Tapped June 18th, 2013
It seems we're in the middle of another of Red Duck's regular avalanches of new beer releases, with this one a single hop beer utilising the popular Nelson Sauvin. Presumably the "wooly" refers to the fact that it's a Kiwi hop rather than any weird sensation experienced when supping the beer. If it's anything like their last single hop release, the Topaz, which we found to be a simple beer delivered well, then it should prove a lovely showcase for one of the most distinctive and powerful… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
ABV
4.6%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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The Wheaty SchwartzHopf

Tapped June 17th, 2013
To mark 10 years as a venue many knowledgeable types will tell you is the best beer bar in Oz, the ladies at The Wheaty headed south to Moo Brew for a three-way collaboration with two of their favourite breweries / stalking victims: Moo and Mountain Goat. They took over the older, smaller of the two Moo breweries and set about creating a hoppy, black pilsner. The thinking behind it, according to the Wheatsters, was: "No 10% ABV, 10 Malts, 10 Hop additions, 100 IBU business for us in our 10th… Read more
Style
Black Pilsner
ABV
5.8%
Bitterness
60 IBU
Stockists

The Wheaty

Cavalier Imperial Stout 2013

Tapped June 14th, 2013
As soon as they had all the green lights lined up for their new brewery, the Cavalier guys didn't waste much time getting around to having a little fun. There was the Black Coffee IPA brewed with Melbourne roasters Proud Mary to represent Melbourne at Good Beer Week 2013 and the return of their Imperial Stout, a beer that, like their Imperial IPA, hasn't featured very often but has tended to leave the beer geeks gagging for more. It's easy to understand why, as within its dense 10 per cent body is… Read more
Style
Imperial Stout
ABV
10%
Stockists

Kegs

Archive West End

Beer DeLuxe

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Bitter Suite

Deja Vu

[Gertrude Hotel](/beer/bar/the-gertrude-ho

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Moo Brew Seasonal Stout 2013

Tapped June 13th, 2013
On a tour of Moo's brewery just before it became operational, head brewer OJ was at his most animated when showing off the waste water treatment system. This isn't to say he has any unpleasant foibles, more that he's a real technician when it comes to brewing, someone fascinated by the finest of details and determined to turn out clean, tight beers. It explains why everything that comes out of the Tassie brewery tends to be so immaculate and of a consistency the big breweries would admire - even… Read more

Colonial Gary The White

Tapped June 12th, 2013
It's fair to say that Team America is a pretty popular film at Crafty Towers. The Pint family calls each other Gary in honour of the film's hero, Mrs Pint bought the soundtrack and discovered with glee that there are extra verses to many of the film's songs and, almost a decade on from its release, it's quite terrifying how much of the phraseology around the house can be traced back to the film too. So any beer that also takes its name from Mr Johnston and lifts quotes from the film in its tasting… Read more
Style
White Stout
ABV
7.0%

Bridge Road Bar Series: New Sydney Best Little Elixir In Town

Tapped June 12th, 2013
The Bridge Road Bar Series rolls on and keeps on taking stylistic lurches all over the place. It's a reminder of just how much variety there is in the beer world these days and how different folks have vastly different passions. Stepping up to the oche this time is the crew from Hobart's awesome New Sydney Hotel and, continuing the unnecessary darts metaphor, they've chosen a style that would have been to the liking of The Crafty Pint's rotund, booze-lovin' childhood hero Jocky Wilson: an imperial… Read more
Style
Imperial Pilsner
ABV
7.7%
Stockists

Josie Bones

Beer DeLuxe

Norfolk Hotel ( Fremantle)

The Scratch

Archive (Brisbane)

New Sydney Hotel

[The Wheaty](/beer/ba

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Red Duck Jupiter

Tapped June 11th, 2013
WE have a sneaky suspicion that Ballarat brewery Red Duck is after setting some kind of record this year by attempting to release the most beers commercially in one year in Australia. They'll have a challenge on their hands given the number pumped out by Queensland's Bacchus on their multi-brewhouse setup. But if you keep it confined to bottle releases, surely Red Duck has it hands down. The Jupiter is one of the more esoteric releases from Red Duck, even by their standards. It's a strong porter… Read more
Style
Barrel-aged Porter
ABV
6.8%
Awards

Slowbeer
Purvis Cellars
McCoppins
Press Cellars
Blackhearts & Sparrows
Swords Select
Olinda Cellars

Mountain Goat / Henry Wagons PB & J

Tapped June 11th, 2013
When The Crafty Pint asked Henry Wagons about the inspiration for creating a peanut butter and jelly beer, he told us it was part of his current love affair with food that is "conceptually sick, but goes down easily. We are talking American obscene classics such as the bacon maple donut, the Korean burrito or bacon and egg waffle cone." Thus it was that on the brew day for his beer that was first tapped at the Yarra Pub during Good Beer Week, the Goat brew crew watched as, for the first… Read more
Style
Nut and Lolly Ale
ABV
4.8%
Bitterness
24 IBU
Stockists

Mountain Goat

The Fitzroy Pinnacle

Yarra Pub, Abbotsford

Some Velvet Morning

Steyne, Manly

Others TBC

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The Monk Dark Hefe

Tapped June 10th, 2013
Hot on the heels of becoming the only Aussie brewery to win a gold medal for an IPA at this year's Australian International Beer Awards (and picking up a swag of other medals too), The Monk has launched a cross breed of a beer. The Dark Hefe came about during the process of creating the collab beer The Monk brewed with Eagle Bay for this year's GABS. Head brewer Paul Wyman wanted to see how using dark roasted malts with the Hefeweizen yeast would combine and the result was a beer he says "pours… Read more
Style
Dark Hefeweizen
ABV
5.8%
Bitterness
15 IBU
Stockists

The Monk

Red Hill Hop Harvest 2013

Tapped June 10th, 2013
The fruits of Red Hill's annual hop-picking day is a beer based on the traditional ESB - or Extra Special Bitter - style from the UK. Thus, while it is the showcase for the freshly picked hops from their own hop farm, lovingly and sweatily plucked by the owners and their friends one March weekend, it's also a pretty malt-driven beer. Cloudy copper brown to look at, the aroma is as much toffee and nuts as it is hoppy, with the fresh Willamette and Goldings hops coming to bear more in the mouth. There… Read more
Style
Fresh hop ESB
ABV
6.0%

Mountain Goat / Mick Thomas Eastern Brown

Tapped June 10th, 2013
As a home brewer of many years and, more recently, one of the publicans involved in the Yarra Hotel in Abbotsford, Mick Thomas of Weddings, Parties, Anything was the perfect fit for this year's Good Beer Week Rockstar Brews. And, when hooking up with Goat, he had plenty of ideas about the beer he was after. A fan of darker brews, he opted for an English style Brown Ale, with the result being the Eastern Brown. For the most part, it's a sensible beer, at least when compared to the Wagons' PB&J:… Read more
Style
Spiced English Brown Ale
ABV
4.8%
Bitterness
20 IBU
Stockists

Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford

Brother Burger, Fitzroy

Wayside Inn, South Melbourne

Others TBC

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Holgate Beelzebub's Jewels 2013

Tapped June 7th, 2013
The team at Holgate Brewhouse releases plenty of beers year round that require careful nurturing and nudge at the boundaries of what beer can be. But there's nothing in their roster quite like the Beelzebub's Jewels. First released in 2010, when it was based on their Double Trouble - given a boost inside some Curly Flats pinot noir barrels - it's since been enhanced, starting from a brand new recipe in 2011, with refinements and lengthier periods in barrels ever since. The changes were obviously… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Belgian Strong Ale
ABV
12.5%
Stockists

Holgate

Draft

The Park Hotel

Belgian Beer Cafe Eureka

The Scratch

Tippler's Tap

Archive, West End

Botttles

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Moon Dog / Kissmeyer Nordic Saddle Buffer

Tapped June 4th, 2013
In the year or so since he was in Australia to judge at the 2012 Australian International Beer Awards and brew with a number of local brewers, we've come to understand well the modus operandi of Danish gypsy brewer Anders Kissmeyer when it comes to collaborations. He rocks up, turns on his laptop and smokes rollies and pipes all day and a few weeks or months later a beer appears. Thankfully, it would appear the Master Brewer has such skills that even by his mere presence in a brewery some pretty… Read more
Style
Barleywine
ABV
14.6%
Stockists

Beer DeLuxe

Deja Vu

Deco

The Dispensary Enoteca

Grain & Grape

[The Local Taphouse St Kilda](/beer/bar/local-taphouse-st-kild

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Hargreaves Hill / Bodebrown Lupolado Bock

Tapped June 3rd, 2013
Last year, a travelling Tasmanian beer blogger who had written a piece for The Crafty Pint before setting off around the world called in to Bodebrown, a small craft brewery in southern Brazil. They'd recently won the Best New Exhibitor title at the 2012 Australian International Beer Awards and made Adam feel at home, so much so he suggested we get in touch with them about this year's Good Beer Week. We did, they came, they had fun, so did everyone that met them, and they've left behind a beer brewed… Read more
Style
Hop Bock
ABV
6.4%

Red Duck The Grizzly

Tapped June 3rd, 2013
When Red Duck's Ugly Duckling first appeared, people scratched their heads: "A braggot? What's that?" It was Australia's first commercially released braggot, a beer style with origins in Medieval Britain that is a blend of a mead and a strong ale. The Ugly Duckling was a very high ABV and unusual beer, but one that has ended up heralding a series of braggots from the Ballarat brewer, from those featuring buckwheat to highly honeyed versions. The Grizzly is, by our reckoning, the fourth… Read more
Style
Belgian Braggot
ABV
12.2%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Young Henrys GBW 2013 Rockstar Brews

Tapped May 26th, 2013
During Newcastle Craft Beer Week, The Crafty Pint was sharing a late night whisky with Young Henrys founder Richard Adamson when the idea was hatched for him to bring his rockstar brewing collaboration concept to Melbourne for Good Beer Week 2013. Thus it was that six months later My Dynamite, Front End Loader and Hell City Glamours (featuring Young Henrys brewer Oscar) took to the stage at the city's iconic Cherry Bar to launch three beers they'd created with the Newtown brewery. While the bands… Read more
Style
Rock n Roll!
ABV
Various
Stockists

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Two Birds Taco Cerveza

Tapped May 24th, 2013
We clearly remember our first meeting with Two Birds Taco. The Crafty team had just walked into the Royal Exhibition Building for the opening session of the 2013 Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular and chosen the ten beers we'd put on our first pair of paddles. Nick O returned and declared: "I've changed one of them and gone for Two Birds Taco instead." Given it was a beer that seemed to have been brewed as much for the comedy value inherent in the title as anything else – and contained… Read more
Style
Fruit Beer?
ABV
5.2%
Bitterness
28 IBU
Awards

Gold Medal - NZ Brewers Guild Awards 2014
Champion Specialty Beer - Craft Beer Awards 2014

Stockists

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