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 ESB

Tapped June 14th, 2012
They don't hang about at Mornington Peninsula Brewery. Since racing out of the traps less than two years ago, they've released all manner of beers into the Aussie beer world. And now here comes their first English ale. Word from the brewery is it's deep orange in colour and delivers "sweet malt aromas of toffee and raspberry, underpinned by an earthy hop bouquet". Intriguingly this is followed by "sweet marmalade and fruit bun flavours" plus some nuttiness and bitterness. Given… Read more
Style
ESB
ABV
6.0%

Lord Nelson 111

Tapped June 13th, 2012
The 111 is named for 'our late comrade, Ron (Ronaldo Grossetti) Grossâ? - one of the original shareholders and great friend of the Lord Nelson pub. He died a few years ago and this beer was created in his memory. An English style India Pale Ale brewed with British malts and hops and dry hopped with Goldings and Target, the brewers tell us it's a 'full flavoured ale, copper in colour, with a mellow, rounded palate.â? … Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
5.4%
Stockists

Lord Nelson

Red Hill Imperial Stout (2012)

Tapped June 10th, 2012
Does anything need to be said about this beer? The most eagerly anticipated of the Mornington Peninsula brewery's seasonal range and now brewed in larger amounts to try and meet demand (they never will!) is a beer that has been warming the cockles and exciting the taste buds of Aussie craft beer lovers for years and never lets you down. It's probably one of the most cellared beers in Oz too. If we can say anything about this year's, it's that we had some on tap at the Terminus and figured it would… Read more
Style
Imperial Stout
ABV
8.0%

Seven Sheds Leggett IPA

Tapped June 8th, 2012
Seven Sheds' full name includes the words "hop garden" and, should you visit, you'll find just that next to the cellar door. Willie his brewers use the hops grown there in a number of beers throughout the year, including one variety you won't find used commercially elsewhere: Leggett. It was one of the three trial varieties that went into the first ever Cascade First Harvest but never graduated to Hop Products Australia's commercial crop. These days, most of the annual hop harvest at Seven… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.8%

Red Hill Queen's Diamond Jubilee British IPA

Tapped June 8th, 2012
It was time spent in the UK drinking real ales in British pubs that, at least in part, inspired the decision of Red Hill owners Karen and Dave Golding to embark on their brewing journey. So perhaps it's only right that upon returning from their latest jaunt around the UK that they should return with a new British beer. And how much more British can you get than a beer dedicated to old Queenie's 60 years in the top job? From the first whiff, it's a beer to transport you back to a cosy British pub… Read more
Style
British IPA
ABV
5.5%
Stockists

Red Hill

Wider release coming soon...

Prickly Moses Vintage Ale 2012

Tapped June 7th, 2012
Back before brewer Hendo (now at Southern Bay) made his brief dalliance with Prickly Moses and set about knocking out some big US-inspired brews, the seasonals coming out from the Otway Ranges tended to be more traditional in origin, notably the trilogy of Saison, Farmhouse Ale and Reserve De Otway. Those three are coming back soon, apparently, but in the meantime there's this - a rusty coloured, spiced strong ale that's spent 12 months in pinot noir barrels, something that's apparent straight up… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Strong Ale
ABV
8.5%
Stockists

Prickly Moses

Scratch Bar, Brisbane

Others tbc

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Red Hill Sticke Alt

Tapped June 7th, 2012
This beer produced originally for the 2012 Great Australian Beer Spectapular and the Good Beer Week Great Beer Swap keeps to the Red Hill traditions of seeking inspiration from the classical styles of Europe. The Sticke Alt was a special version of the altbiers of Germany - one that you might have to ask the brewer or publican for with a nod and a wink. According to the Red Hill folks theirs is a "stronger, darker and hoppier variation of the traditional Dusseldorf Altbier. A cool ferment and… Read more
Style
Sticke Alt
ABV
5.4%
Stockists

Royston

The Terminus

Beer DeLuxe

Josie Bones

Bishop of Ostia

Bar None

[The Local Taphouse Darlo](/beer/bar/the-local-taphouse-darlingh

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Moon Dog / Beer Here Freaks and Geeks

Tapped June 4th, 2012
This year's Danish invasion of Melbourne has left quite a legacy. Well, it would have if people didn't keep drinking it so fast, with the Mikkeller efforts with Goat and Bridge Road all but gone already. Next cab off the collab ranks is this from kindred jokers Moon Dog and Beer Here. Described as a Danish farmhouse ale of sorts, it's brewed with flaked oats, maris otter, biscuit, dark wheat rye and peated munich malts and a farmhouse yeast, the penultimate of these explaining why the initial aroma… Read more
Style
Dark Farmhouse Ale
ABV
7.6%
Bitterness
14 IBU

2 Brothers / Feral Collaborator

Tapped May 21st, 2012
What better way to mark 20 years holding the Australian International Beer Awards than to invite two of the most successful Australian breweries of recent times to make a beer together? For its landmark year, the RASV invited WA's Feral and Victoria's 2 Brothers to brew a beer using all Australian ingredients. The former was subsequently named Champion Large Australian Brewery at the 2012 awards, while 2 Brothers continued its run of form with a shortlisting for Champion Small Australian Brewery.… Read more
Style
Brown Ale
ABV
5.5%
Stockists

2 Brothers

Good bottleshops

Moon Dog Melon Gibson

Tapped May 16th, 2012
The final part of the Magnificent Mullet series (unless they go and get all Hitchhiker's Guide on our asses) sees everyone's favourite ponytail-sporting, line-dancing, annoying sprog-spawning, Bill Hicks-inspiring hick have his face replaced with a citrus fruit and the Moon Doggers chuck a heap of citrus peel into their witbier-y, berliner weisse-y concoction. Of the three, it's the one in which the fruit addition is most prominent, with a pretty intense lime like character offering up plenty of… Read more
Style
Fruit witbier
ABV
5.6%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Beer Richmond

Smith Street Cellars

[Local Bottle Store & Provisions](/beer/bottleshop/the-local-bottle-store-provisi

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Mornington Peninsula Imperial Amber

Tapped May 16th, 2012
One of a handful of beers that was debuted at the 2012 Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular that looks like becoming a semi-regular release from its brewery is the second Imperial beer from Mornington Peninsula. The Imperial Amber sees pretty much every element of the beer ramped up to 11, with brewer AG describing it as "burnished copper in appearance, its aromas of caramel and fig jam are melded with subtle citrus hop character. The lashings of American hops used in this beer are balanced with… Read more
Style
Imperial American Amber
ABV
8.0%
Stockists

Mornington Peninsula Brewery

Mrs Parma's

Odyssey Tavern

The Terminus

Fitzroy Pinnacle

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

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Two Birds Sunset Ale

Tapped May 15th, 2012
An instant favourite at Crafty Towers as soon as it arrived on the scene as the second Two Birds release was this red ale going by the name Sunset. Drinkers are first met by a rather enticing combo of tropical and citrus aromas, backed up with a touch of toffee that hints at the rich malt flavours to follow. Full-flavoured and pretty full-bodied too for a beer of its alcohol content, it's a well balanced take on the style that's a versatile food beer and also a drop we've used to entice newcomers… Read more
Style
Red Ale
ABV
4.6%
Bitterness
28 IBU

The People's Pint: Double Hoptendre

Tapped May 15th, 2012
We've written plenty about this beer already, given its unique conception through the competition we ran earlier in the year via The People's Pint website. Invented by Brisvegan Leo Hede, chosen by a public vote, turned into a beer by Ron Feruglio at Temple, launched during Good Beer Week at a night on which Steve Grossman announced their partnership in the Temple Good Beer Week Scholarship and now available at a selection of the country's top craft beer bars, it's the first of what we hope will… Read more
Style
Rye Red Ale
Stockists

Temple

Pumphouse Bar

The Wheaty

Scratch Bar, Brisbane

Sail & Anchor, Fremantle

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Temple / Weihenstephan UNIFIKATOR

Tapped May 4th, 2012
When the head brewer from the world's oldest existing brewery decides to pop into your brewery when it's only been open for a few weeks to make only the second collaboration in his brewery's history, you have every right to give the beer a name entirely in capital letters. And a name as bold as UNIFIKATOR. Because however you look at it, the fact that Temple hooked up with Frank Peifer of Weihenstephan is an incredible achievement. The beer - a strong wheat beer or weizenbock - uses the distinctive… Read more
Style
Weizenbock
ABV
7.0%
Stockists

Temple

And more to follow at a series of launches soon

Moon Dog McGuava

Tapped May 1st, 2012
Part of the brewery's ongoing Magnificent Mullet series (and their obsession with tart, sour or wild ales) gets off to a flier before you've even opened it. In the centre of the label, surrounded by said mullet and where McGuyver's head would be is an open guava that makes it look like the enduringly popular TV star has had his face cloven in two with an axe. Such prettiness continues in the glass with the beer pouring as a cloudy light yellow with the purdiest of foamy white heads. That they've… Read more
Style
Fruit Witbier
ABV
5.6%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Beer Richmond

Smith Street Cellars

[Local Bottle Store & Provisions](/beer/bottleshop/the-local-bottle-store-provisi

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Hargreaves Hill C4 IPA

Tapped April 24th, 2012
We have to be careful when writing about IPAs from Hargreaves Hill. We mistook a joke about the name of the Topaz and Amarillo IPA from 2011 as serious which resulted in parts of the beer world thinking it was indeed called Melanie. So just to be certain, this one is called the C4, not 4C IPA. So called because it contains four hop varieties that begin with the letter C - Citra, Columbus, Centennial and Chinook - and also in a nod to the IRA's explosive of preference in its 20th century campaign… Read more
Style
US IPA
ABV
5.4%

Mountain Goat Black Pepperberry IPA

Tapped April 18th, 2012
Danish brewing genius Mikkel Borg Bjergsí¸ was in Australia last month and, while here, starred at The Gypsy & The Goat event that we ran at Mountain Goat's brewery. It featured a rather special brewery floor degustation while a collaborative brew was created by Mikkel, Dave Bonighton and the Goat brewing team. The result is this, the Black Pepperberry IPA, a lusciously rich beast with a seriously powerful hop aroma and plenty of hop flavour (thanks to "aggressive" dry hopping with… Read more
Style
Black IPA
ABV
7.3%
Bitterness
70 IBU
Stockists

Mountain Goat

Josie Bones

And other good beer bars and bottleshops TBC

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Bridge Road / Mikkeller Dark Harvest

Tapped April 18th, 2012
When we cracked our sample of Dark Harvest, the reaction was instant. "Chocolate orange!" we cried. Then we thought that might be a stupid thing to think. But we told Ben at Bridge Road anyway, opening ourselves up to the risk of being unmasked as utter charlatans. Thankfully word came back that "the hops were a research variety that showed huge orange and mandarin characters in the paddock. Good that you got some choc orange, that was the plan." Phew! Dodged that bullet. So,… Read more
Style
Hoppy Dark Harvest Ale
Stockists

Bridge Road

Josie Bones

and other venues TBC

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Little Creatures The Quiet American

Tapped April 16th, 2012
It's all go at Creatures these days. Hot on the heels of the Wet Hopped Pale Ale comes this hybrid US IPA / Belgian Trappist ale, while the Little Rabbit collaboration brew with their sister brewery at White Rabbit takes shape in Healesville. It's "Quiet" as a nod to the monks who brew the original Trappist beers and "American", well, because it's packed with pungent American Cascade and Chinook hops. This blending of styles is rather popular these days it seems, with Bridge Road's… Read more
Style
US IPA / Belgian Hybrid
ABV
7.2%
Bitterness
55 IBU
Stockists

[Little Creatures](/beer/brewery/little creatures/)

Little Creatures Dining Hall

And nationwide here

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Red Hill Hop Harvest 2012

Tapped April 14th, 2012
The first fruit of the sticky day in March when the Red Hill crew invites friends and beer lovers to the farm to pluck their homegrown hops from their bines. Just 24 hours after picking, lashings of Goldings and Willamette were thrown into the beer, with some dry-hopped and placed in casks to be served at the brewery via its handpump. The rest is out and about in bottles and kegs now. Unlike some of the hop harvest beers that come out at this time of year that try to allow just the hops the shine,… Read more
Style
ESB
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

ON TAP

The Local Taphouse St Kilda

The Terminus

Josie Bones

IN BOTTLES

Armadale Cellars

[Blackhearts & Sparrows](/beer/bottleshop/blackhearts-sparrows

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