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!

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%

Boatrocker Ramjet

Tapped September 24th, 2013
The third in Boatrocker's recent raft of limited releases is another beast of a beer - the second to tip the scales above 10 percent ABV, no less. Called Ramjet after the engines that used an extra fuel source to go further, it's an imperial stout that takes initial inspiration from the style's home by using all English ingredients. It then deviates a little from tradition in that it spent a couple of months inside former Starward whisky barrels from the New World Distillery. The brewers reckon… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
10.2%

Boatrocker Sterk & Donker

Tapped September 23rd, 2013
It might sound like a duo of techno producers who would have supported Sven Vath on his 17-hour marathon sessions in Frankfurt in the early 90s, but it turns out Sterk & Donker actually means merely Strong & Dark. One of the first raft of limited releases from Boatrocker's new brewery, it comes with a pretty involved production behind it. Before making the beer, the two Matts that brew Boatrocker beers created their own Belgian style candi syrup, using multiple heat treatments and quick temperature… Read more
Style
Belgian Quad/Abt
ABV
10.5%

Moon Dog Mummy Have A Bite

Tapped September 20th, 2013
Presumably launched to coincide with the start of the Royal Melbourne Show (or more likely because they had secured some calvados barrels), the second new release of the week from Moon Dog is touted as a Toffee Apple Amber Ale. In adding calvados to the list of barrels they've dragged through the brewery, pumped full of booze (and sometimes bacteria), emptied and released into the world - think shiraz, bourbon, whisky, rum, Cognac... - they set about recreating that tooth-rotting, appley-underneath… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Amber Ale
ABV
8.2%
Stockists

At good craft beer venues nationwide.

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

Moon Dog Bock Naked

Tapped September 19th, 2013
It's all go at Moon Dog these days. The brewery is expanding - mainly so they can fill more tanks with Love Tap, they're looking to invest in lots of new gear, are about the launch their first annual "Jumping The Shark" beer and have big plans for the brewery itself too. Amongst that, they're still knocking out the odd beer too, odd in all senses, obviously. Latest cab off the rank is Bock Naked, a "Dry Chipotle'd" strong German style lager. And dark it certainly is, a barely… Read more
Style
Chipotle'd Bock
ABV
7.7%
Stockists

At good craft beer venues nationwide.

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

Young Henrys Brew Tang Clam

Tapped September 18th, 2013
Brew one mollusc stout in a year and you're OK. Brew two and it's fair to say you're committed to the cause. Release a third and, well, some might say you should be committed. But when has sanity ever held sway with the good burghers of Newtown's Young Henrys? Thus it is that they have completed a wintry trilogy of beers featuring creatures from the briney depths, with the Brew Tang Clam following Mother Shucka and â?¡ Mussel out the brewery's doors. Not only is it their third seafood stout -… Read more
Style
Clam Stout
ABV
5.4%
Stockists

Young Henrys

Union Hotel Newtown

And the usual Young Henry's Sydney tap points

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Red Duck Gruitest

Tapped September 17th, 2013
A couple of years back, Red Duck's brewer made one of his regular ventures back in time to create a beer with its origins in Medieval, pre-hop Britain. Canute the Gruit featured homemade nettle juice, deliberately scorched grains and various other unusual ingredients to create a beer that was smokey, sour and odd, but over time developed into something really rather good. He followed it up with Gruiter, described as a "Renaissance" take on the style that lacked the complexity of the former… Read more
Style
Golden Gruit
ABV
6.3%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Red Hill Double Barrel Imperial Stout 2013

Tapped September 13th, 2013
The jewel in Red Hill's crown has been adorned with some extra sparkles. For only the second time in their history, the brewers on the Mornington Peninsula poured some of their highly-rated and much sought after Imperial Stout into whisky barrels to create this "Double Barrel" version. A small amount was debuted at their Imperial Stout-flavoured Secret Stash weekend and now what little is left has departed the brewery in old school 500ml bottles and is cropping up on a handful of shelves.… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
10.2%
Stockists

Stockists TBC but expect it to find it where Red Hill seasonals are usually found.

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