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!

The Monk Dunkel

Tapped April 22nd, 2013
They've been hop happy at Freo's Monk in recent months, with many of their small batch releases high on lupulin love. Not that this is a bad thing, with versions of their Chief IPA and the Three Fires Imperial IPA doing rather well for themselves at the most recent Perth Royal Beer Show. But with Autumn upon us, it's been time for Monk brewer Paul Wyman to take a turn to the dark (and malty) side to create a Dunkel. Based on the Bavarian Dunkelweizen style, the beer, says Paul, "has a delicious… Read more
Style
Dunkelweizen
ABV
5.5%
Bitterness
15 IBU
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The Monk

Eagle Bay Single Batch Pilsner

Tapped April 21st, 2013
The team at Margaret River's Eagle Bay have decided to welcome Autumn with open arms in the form of a traditional Czech style Pilsner. Using fresh rainwater captured on their own farm and their own homegrown hops to create a "fresh and crisp" sessionable lager, their latest has gone on tap at the brewery with a small amount making its way to Perth's Five Bar. The brewers tell us: "It's bright gold in colour with floral aromatics from the handpicked, fresh, green hops from our small… Read more
Style
Pilsner
ABV
5.1%
Bitterness
35 IBU
Stockists

Eagle Bay Brewery

Five Bar

Red Duck Shy Blond

Tapped April 16th, 2013
The Crafty Pint belatedly made it out to Red Duck's current haunt in Ballarat recently (they moved from their original home in Purrumbete late in 2011). There, dotted around the warehouse alongside the tanks named after the world's leading footballers and pallets of beer were all manner of barrels and experiments. Within just a few minutes it was becoming tricky to keep up with Scott Wilson-Browne's increasingly obscure journeys into beer, with the latest theme (if there is such a thing) being to… Read more
Style
Spiced Belgian Blonde
ABV
7.1%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Moon Dog Mr Mistoffelees

Tapped April 15th, 2013
Now this is a weird one. And not just because it's a beer from Moon Dog. No, because when we first sampled Mr Mistoffelees at last year's Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular, we found it to have an unpleasant characteristic that rendered it, to the Crafty palate at least, undrinkable. That it went on to be voted one of the most popular beers at the event was a surprise, one we put down to the fact that some beer nerds just want to love anything different or that we had yet to unlock some part of the… Read more
Style
Wild Ale with Fruit
ABV
6.2%

Bridge Road Bar Series: The Wheaty Weisse Ohne Schuss

Tapped April 12th, 2013
"At The Wheaty we love Hops. So we decided to brew a Sour." An early entry for the best raison d'etre for a beer in 2013. But would you expect anything less from the ladies at Adelaide's premiere beer, whisky and good times joint? This is the latest release in the Bridge Road Bar Series, for which the Beechworth brewery brings bar staff from the nation's leading beer venues to their home to create a beer. According to the Wheaty team, this is a beer, "to all intents and purposes, that's… Read more
Style
Berliner Weisse
ABV
3.0%
Bitterness
Less than 5 IBU
Stockists

April 12 at

The Wheaty

Others to follow, which are likely to include:

Josie Bones

Beer DeLuxe

Norfolk Hotel ( Fremantle)

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Moo Brew Harvest Ale 2013

Tapped April 11th, 2013
The team from Moo has been leaping the fence at nearby Bushy Park once again* to pilfer a load of fresh hops for its annual Harvest Ale release. This time around they bundled a swag of Summer and Willamette hops back to the brewery near Hobart where they were used to create a robust brown ale. As they explain: "In using fresh, wet hops, the aroma is slightly resinous, with tangerine and tropical fruit elements. Due to the seasonal variations, the hop flavour and bitterness is always different."… Read more
Style
Fresh Hop Brown Ale
ABV
5.8%
Stockists

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Holgate / Ní¸gne í? Half A World Away

Tapped April 11th, 2013
Anyone else suspect the team at Ní¸gne í? is after Aussie citizenship? Perhaps they've grown tired of the endless winters and fancy a life in the sun. Either way, they seem to be gifting us an endless supply of collaborative beers, which to date already includes the India Saison, Aurora Borealis, Our Dark Secret and now this, with a collab with Moon Dog and another with Bridge Road already in tank (and barrel and fish bowl or whatever else they can find to use). This is the beer that came about… Read more
Style
Imperial Red Ale
ABV
9.0%
Bitterness
50IBU
Stockists

Beer DeLuxe

Holgate

Others coming soon...

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Bright Pinky Framboise 2013

Tapped April 9th, 2013
It's time to get fruity and funky with Bright Brewery as they bring their raspberry sour out of retirement, with the 2013 version having enjoyed a rather lengthy gestation period. The base beer has spent a year in tank with 100kg of locally sourced raspberries, during which time it's been fed with all manner of funky yeast strains: Lactobacillus, Pediococcus, Brettanomyces bruxellensis, Brettanomyces lambicus and two Saccharomyces strains for good measure. According to Bright's head brewer Jon Seltin:… Read more
Style
Fruit Lambic

Bridge Road Harvest / Dark Harvest 2013

Tapped April 8th, 2013
The Bridge Road Harvest Ale is developing quite a tradition. Now in its fourth year, it sees the brewery's founder head to his local hop farm in the VIctorian High Country (at Rostrevor) and pluck an as-yet-unreleased experimental hop variety to be used in extravagant amounts in a one-off seasonal release. This year, however, there's been a slight change as there weren't enough hops of one variety to produce a beer to similar specs as before so two were used, two separate beers were brewed, then… Read more
Style
Fresh Hop Ales
ABV
Various
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Bridge Road

Cookie

Others TBC

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McLaren Vale EXP 3

Tapped April 8th, 2013
It seems like they're having fun at McLaren Vale now their brewery is fully up and running (and set to develop into a venue for punters too). This, their third EXP (or experimental) release sees them going a little fruity and adding a little rhubarb into the mix. We say a little as the fruit is subtle rather than the dominant force in this take on the Belgian witbier style, which is a full-bodied, deeply cloudy and creamy affair. If anything, the more traditional witbier ingredients (coriander and… Read more
Style
Witbier with Rhubarb
ABV
5.5%
Stockists

In good beer bars nationwide

Mountain Goat The Craig 2013

Tapped April 5th, 2013
It's time for the return of The Craig, with Goat brewer Craig back for his third annual release. First time around, he brewed an American Pale Ale before opting for a nitrogenated English style Red Ale second time around in 2012. Last year's beer found favour with many, including judges at the Australian International Beer Awards, so this year he's sticking with the tried and tested. Carbonated using nitrogen rather than CO2 to give it a fine bead and a dense, rich foam, it's being tagged an ESB… Read more
Style
ESB
ABV
5.8%
Bitterness
22 IBU

Mash Collective Aureus Chrysalis

Tapped April 1st, 2013
A chef, musician, furniture maker, engineer and tattoo artist walk into a brewery... and out pops the Aureas Chrysalis. It's the second release from Stone & Wood's occasional side project, the Mash Collective, which sees them bring together eclectic collections of creative people to concoct new beers. Having launched the first Mash Collective beer at the 2012 GABS, this time their select band included leading tattoo artist Trevor Bennett, home brewer Richard Grant who won a competition at last… Read more
Style
Belgian Dubbel / Scotch Ale
ABV
6.5%
Stockists

Find the beer here

Feral Brewpub Series: Raging Flem

Tapped March 25th, 2013
In their 10-plus years of brewing, Feral has accumulated such a long and wildly varied list of beers on its roster that you rarely see one-off, limited releases from them. Instead, it's more a case of waiting until the next batch of Boris/Fantapants/Watermelon Warhead/Razorback (delete as appropriate) appears on tap or travelling to the brewery's home venue in the Swan Valley to sample them year round. In fact, whenever a new release does appear, chances are it's going to become a permanent fixture… Read more
Style
Belgian IPA
ABV
7.4%
Stockists

Feral

Australia wide at good bottleshops such as these

4 Pines Autumn Ale

Tapped March 24th, 2013
Inspiration for a new 4 Pines beer can apparently come from many different sources. It can, like their stout - the 'Certified Space Beer' - spend years in continual development and involve aeronautical engineers and zero-gravity flights. Others, like this one, have a rather more straightforward genesis. The story goes that 4 Pines brewers Andrew Tweddell and Chris Willcock were chatting with the bar supervisor, Chris Moore, when the conversation turned along the lines of: Chris W: We need to brew… Read more
Style
American Amber Ale
ABV
4.6%
Stockists

4 Pines

Six String ESB

Tapped March 22nd, 2013
A homage to the Extra Special Bitters of England, the Six String ESB uses only UK malt and hops from the U.K. This has pretty much everything you'd seek from a classic ESB; copper colour, biscuity, malty aromas with floral notes and - despite the name - not overly bitter (at least not when compared to something like, say, the Dark Red IPA). A beer like this changes greatly depending on the system used to dispense it. Served at cellar temperature from a traditional beer engine - the way UK expats… Read more
Style
Extra Special Bitter
ABV
5.4%

Colonial Brewing Dampfbier

Tapped March 22nd, 2013
They love their German beers at Colonial, in particular rare or forgotten styles. For this, their latest foray into that nation's beer history, they've headed to the forests of Bavaria and seem to have been inspired to even greater levels. The beer's release comes with a colourful tale about the origins of the beer that includes references to "flickers of sunlight flowing down", "strong, noble common folk" and "little bundles of yeasty joy". Essentially, it seems that… Read more
Style
Dampfbier
Stockists

Colonial Brewery

Apple Daily

Bobs Bar

Raffles Hotel

Print Hall

The Royal East Perth

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Riverside Brewing Resurrection Ale

Tapped March 21st, 2013
The first official limited release to come from the Riverside Brewing Company is the Resurrection Ale and, quite aptly, it's been released just in time for Easter. So then, what to expect from the Parramatta brewery's first attempt at branching out? Will it be big and hoppy like some of their most beloved beers? Damn right! This has a substantial malt backbone balanced with a massive amount of hops (fans of the 44 Amber Ale and 77 IPA take note). There are two fundamental differences though; the… Read more
Style
India Amber Ale
ABV
6.3%

Bridge Road Bling Bling Imperial IPA

Tapped March 21st, 2013
He doesn't tend to do things by half, Ben Kraus. Not only does he like to brew collaborative beers with international stars, where he might engage in things such as brewing wet hop beers in the dead of night, sending beers in wine and whisky barrels by sea across the planet or adding wild yeasts from wineries to beers, but he's happy to take beers in all directions and into anywhere that will have him. As such, when the Bling Bling Imperial IPA – a bigger brother to his long-standing Bling IPA… Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
ABV
8.5%

Little Creatures Shepherd's Delight

Tapped March 21st, 2013
They took the Aussie beer world a little by surprise with this release did Little Creatures. Bottles arrived at Crafty Towers before we even knew the was another Single Batch on the way and it seems plenty of others were unaware too. Still, following in the footsteps of the likes of the Big Dipper, Dreadnought and Quiet American, there's always a frisson of excitement to see what the team at Freo comes up with when given free rein to have a play in the brewery. This time around, they've brewed a… Read more
Style
Red IPA
ABV
6.2%
Bitterness
50 IBU
Stockists

Find it here

Young Henrys The Real Thang

Tapped March 20th, 2013
The Real Thang, the latest release from Young Henrys, is a Cola-inspired Spiced Black Koelsch. Better read that again... The Real Thang is a Cola-inspired Spiced Black Koelsch. The first question is where would one find inspiration for such a creation? Being 2013, the answer is of course: they found it on the Internet. But being 2013, we're equally within our rights to respond with: 'WTF?'. Apparently the Young Henrys crew stumbled across the open source recipe for Open Cola and figured it was worth… Read more
Style
Spiced Black Koelsch
ABV
4.6%
Stockists

Young Henry's

Others TBC

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