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!

Richard III

Tapped June 25th, 2010
The third bock produced by Mountain Goat, this is a collaborative effort with award-winning brewer Richard Watkins of Canberra's Wig and Pen Brewery. Dark amber in colour, this has a powerful, almost liqueur-like sweet malt aroma and displays rich, biscuit and caramel flavours. A German style Doppelbock (or double strength dark lager), it's thick of body, full of flavour and a great winter beer thanks to its gently warming alcohol.… Read more
Style
Doppelbock
ABV
7.4%
Stockists

Mountain Goat Brewery

Barrel-aged Strong Ale

Tapped June 17th, 2010
One of the benefits of having a winery and brewery on the same site is that it allows the brewer to get creative. This is the Prickly Moses Strong Ale after it's spent a few months in an oak barrel previously used for Otway Estate's Pinot. The result is a hint of oak on the nose and a smokiness to taste.… Read more
Style
Barrel-aged beer
Stockists

Otway Estate

Double IPA (DIPA)

Tapped June 4th, 2010
The beefed up big brother of Goat's Rare Breed IPA. A huge piney and tropical hop aroma familiar to lovers of West Coast US IPAs lead to a palate-coating bright amber beer that practically glows in the glass. Big sweet caramel and toffee flavours arrive first before the bitterness caused by huge hopping levels comes riding over the hill to ensure this is one beer that's not for the fainthearted.… Read more
Style
Double IPA
ABV
8.3%
Stockists

Mountain Goat Brewery

Otway Saison 2010

Tapped May 31st, 2010
The 2010 vintage of one of Otway Estate's trio of French and Belgian Farmhouse styles, the Saison pours a hazy golden colour with an effervescent white head. Fruity aromas from the yeast strains mix with soft alcohol notes on the nose and are matched on the palate by initial flavours of dried apricot. A tart, wine-like character comes through - one of the yeast strains used has red wine origins - along with a tingle of warmth from the high alcohol content before finishing with a lingering, astringent… Read more
Style
Saison
ABV
7.2%

Holgate Brick Kiln Wheat Beer

Tapped May 20th, 2010
A hearty winter special, this is a dark wheat beer (dunkel weizen) inspired by the Bavarian version and made with imported German malts and a special wheat beer yeast strain that gives it prominent banana and clove aromas. Pouring a hazy apricot orange, it boasts a clean palate and gently bitter finish.… Read more
Style
Dunkel weizen
ABV
5%
Bitterness
16 IBU

Red Duck Ugly Duckling

Tapped May 3rd, 2010
Two years in the making, this blend of a mead made with locally sourced bush honey and two 50l batches of barrel-aged strong ale was described by one of The Crafty Pint's friends on first tasting as "beyond beer". It's a recreation of a medieval style called a braggot. And, at 14.3 percent ABV, the Ugly Duckling is still in its infancy and will mature "for decades", according to its maker. Even now, it's wonderfully multi-layered: viscous, uncarbonated and golden, it boasts… Read more
Style
Braggot
ABV
14.3%

Voodoo Porter

Tapped April 30th, 2010
The brewery's finest moment to date, this Autumn seasonal picked up the Premier's Trophy for Best Victorian Beer as well as a Gold Medal at the 2010 Australian International Beer Awards. And with good reason. It's an incredibly smooth, velvety take on Baltic Porter style of dark lager. Fall under its spell and discover liquorice, coffee and espresso notes aligned with rich chocolate, dark cherry and a touch of alcohol warmth. … Read more
Style
Baltic Porter
ABV
approx. 7%
Awards

Premier's Trophy for Best Victorian Beer 2010

Red Duck The Ox 2010

Tapped April 5th, 2010
To create a good Imperial Stout demands the maker doesn't hold back. And that's the case with The Ox, an appropriately named behemoth of a beer from Red Duck. Its thick, almost tar-like body is apparent the moment it leaves the bottle and crawls down the side of your glass. It's a beer to be savoured over an evening (just as well given its strength!) and one in which all manner of flavours can be unearthed, from mouth-filling molasses to rich, treacly chocolate. Exquisite.… Read more
Style
Imperial Stout
ABV
9.4%

Hop Harvest Ale

Tapped April 1st, 2010
Having your own hop farm onsite has its advantages, especially for drinkers who get to indulge in this annual special from Red Hill. One weekend every year, the Goldings invite volunteers to the brewery to help pick their hop crop before setting about using some of the fresh hop cones to makes this one-off beer. British Goldings hops are used in the boil and added again in the tank (dry-hopping) to lend Hop Harvest its grassy aroma while Willamette hops result in a pleasantly peppery and bitter finish.… Read more
Style
English Special Bitter
ABV
6%
Bitterness
44 IBU
Stockists

Red Hill Brewery

Redoak Special Reserve

Tapped January 4th, 2006
Our first meeting proper with Redoak owners David and Janet Hollyoak was a rather special one. On a visit to Sydney, they said they could spare an hour at their Cafe. Six hours, multiple courses of food and pretty much every beer on their list (public and otherwise) later and we bade each other farewell. The last beer to be poured was the Special Reserve, a barley wine that goes through multiple fermentations and spends time in various types of wood that is as close to an aged Pedro Ximenez as it… Read more
Style
Aged Barley Wine
ABV
12.0%
Awards

Grand Champion - AIBA 2006
Supreme Champion Beer - International Beer Challenge 2013
World's Best Flavoured Beer & World's Best Wood Aged Beer - World Beer Awards 2014

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