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!

3 Ravens / Thunder Road / CUB Girt By 3

Tapped May 21st, 2015
There was a little frisson of excitement at the end of last year's Australian International Beer Awards. For the past few years, it has been practice for the Champion Australian Breweries to join forces to create a collaborative brew to be launched at the following year's dinner. With Thunder Road Brewing named as Champion Medium Brewery and CUB taking out the Large Brewery title, it raised the prospect of two breweries who knew each other best from a bitter court battle in which the former tried,… Read more
Style
Australian Strong Ale
ABV
10%
Stockists

At select good beer venues

Mountain Goat Surefoot Stout (Cans)

Tapped May 20th, 2015
When Mountain Goat launched in 1997, their first beer – Hightail – was pretty radical for its days: a hoppy, malty amber ale. But there was discussion at the time that they should go a step further and kick things off with this beer instead, the Surefoot Stout, to really set the cat among the pigeons. Today, it's one of only two beers that survived the brewery's change in direction a few years ago that saw the Pale and Organic IPA discontinued and Steam Ale arrive. And it's one that has been… Read more
Style
Stout
ABV
5.0%
Stockists

Available widely nationwide

Smiling Samoyed Seasonal Release ESB

Tapped May 20th, 2015
What could be more autumnal than an autumnal coloured beer inspired by the sort of beers found in cosy English boozers? Probably a few things, but we reckon this ESB from SA's Smiling Samoyed is pretty darn well suited to the season for which it was brewed. It's a limited release beer inspired by English Extra Special Bitters and plays a very straight bat: East Kent Goldings hops add unobtrusive floral aromas to a beer awash with creamy nutty and toffee malts and some raisin like fruity esters. The… Read more
Style
ESB
ABV
4.8%
Bitterness
35 IBU

Nail Brewing Gareth Skywalker Golden IPA

Tapped May 19th, 2015
Throughout Good Beer Week 2015, WA stablemates Feral and Nail have been lining up some beer battles: taking over taps and challenging the crowds to decide who makes the better beers. Perhaps it's why Nail's John Stallwood has summoned the Force for his latest short run release, the Gareth Skywalker, named after Gareth Tarrant, the man who caught the attacker who put John into a coma in the incident that almost killed him last decade. The beer brewed in Gareth's honour is Nail's first IPA and also… Read more
Style
India Pale Ale
ABV
7.0%
Bitterness
50 IBU
Stockists

Across Australia at good beer venues

Stone & Wood Stone Beer 2015

Tapped May 16th, 2015
Earlier this year, Stone & Wood once again invited friends from inside and outside the beer world to their Byron Bay home for the annual brewing of their Stone Beer – the one that involves heating volcanic rocks from Fiji in a fire on the driveway before dropping them into the kettle then transferring the liquid to the fermenter. Matt King, our Crafty Pint SA, was there to ensure the brew went smoothly by drinking beer as it took place up, right up until the rocks were added not too long before… Read more
Style
Stone Beer
ABV
6.4%
Stockists

Find the beer here

3 Ravens Little Ravens Oak-Aged American Imperial Stout

Tapped May 15th, 2015
Last year, 3 Ravens announced they were going to make full use of some of the smaller tanks in their brewery to launch small, experimental batches of beer under the Little Ravens banner. An India Saison appeared and then they got rather busy expanding the rest of their brewery. However, hot on the heels of the announcement of their sour program comes a Little Raven that is in no way little although most definitely comes with hue of raven. It's an American imperial stout that has spent time in oak… Read more

Mountain Goat Imperial Pilsner AKA Storm Trooper

Tapped May 12th, 2015
Somehow, given their growing popularity across the land, Mountain Goat recently found themselves with time to leave a couple of tanks full of beer for a few weeks. Thus they filled both with an imperial pilsner. The plan, after some experiments on a small scale with a friend from the world of gin, was to see how an imperial gin pilsner might pan out. Sadly, the juniper berries didn't like the beer; happily, only one tank was used for the experiment so, while there were tears (gin is called Mother's… Read more
Style
Imperial Pilsner
ABV
7.6%
Stockists

Goldmines Hotel

Odyssey Tavern

The Mallow Hotel

The Park Hotel

Cambrian Hotel, Bendigo

Mr Beebe's Bendigo

Mountain Goat Brewery

Others TBC

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Murray's Brewing Benny Belgian Ale

Tapped May 10th, 2015
The new beers keep coming at a fair old trot from the new brewing team at Murray's. This time around, complete with the somewhat troubling decal artwork, it's a Belgian ale called Benny. More precisely, it's their take on a Belgian red ale. It's described as having a "light reddish/brown colour from the European crystal malts" plus "a malt aroma and flavour of light caramel, as well as a slight banana and clove profile from the yeast." It's got a fair bit of punch too at 6.5 percent… Read more
Style
Belgian Red Ale
ABV
6.5%
Stockists

Murray's Craft Brewery

Gilroy's

Small Bar, Kirribilli

Chook & Brooksy, Newcastle

Others TBC

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Little Creatures Return of the Dread

Tapped May 8th, 2015
As they prepare to commence building the new venue for sister brewery White Rabbit at their home in Geelong, there's another change afoot in the world of Little Creatures, albeit not such a dramatic one. They are introducing regular seasonal releases in 330ml stubbies from the Creatures brew crew, with the first setting sail for winter. Their first builds a clear bridge between the past and present as they've chosen to revisit one of their earliest and best loved Single Batches, the Dreadnought.… Read more
Style
Domestic Extra Stout
ABV
7.2%
Bitterness
70 IBU
Stockists

Nationwide with Brewer's Shouts around the country here

Australian Brewery & Feral Brewing Storm Trooper Imperial Pilsner

Tapped May 7th, 2015
We've long felt that the Australian Brewery brews one of the country’s finest pilsners. And when The Crafty Pint was making this point while enjoying a family BBQ with Feral and Nail Brewing at the start of the year, we discovered that Feral head brewer Brendan Varis felt the same. Indeed, he felt so strongly about it that he had made plans to brew an imperial version with his Australian Brewery counterpart, Neal Cameron. It was something that had been mooted for a while but which only raised its… Read more
Style
Imperial Pilsner
ABV
8.1%
Stockists

Beer Cartel

Dove & Olive Unlisted

Keg & Brew

Local Taphouse St Kilda

Quarryman's Hotel

The Local Taphouse Darlinghurst

The Oak Barrel

Uncle Hops

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Temple Brewing / Royal Mail Hotel Season's Harvest

Tapped May 6th, 2015
In its various guises, Temple Brewing has undertaken quite the array of collaborations. They've brewed twice with Frank Peifer, head brewer at the world's oldest established brewery Weihenstephan. Last weekend they hosted a mass collaboration between the brewers affected by a failed supplier to create an Eastern Coast IPA. They've brewed with the Local Taphouse Ale Stars and also created the People's Pint in a competition we ran a few years back asking the people of Australia to come up with a beer. Their… Read more
Style
Spiced Witbier
ABV
4.5%
Stockists

Temple Brewing

Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld

Holgate Brewhouse Millennium Falcon 2015

Tapped May 4th, 2015
To mark Star Wars Day, Holgate Brewhouse has brought its Millennium Falcon back for another burst of its hopperdrive. The beer started as one of the most punny beers you could ever wish to find; it was the Woodend brewery's 1000th brew and featured Millennium, Falconer's Flight and Galaxy hops. The beer was given even more hops last year for its second tour and has been boosted once more this time around. What was already a 10 percent "Emprial IPA" has been nudged up to 10.5 percent ABV… Read more
Style
"Emperial" IPA
ABV
10.5%
Bitterness
100 IBU
Stockists

Beer DeLuxe

Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew

Low Buy Liquor – CLOSED

The Park Hotel

Holgate Brewhouse

Cambrian Hotel, Bendigo

Others TBC

Keg and bottle

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Moon Dog Coughlin's Diet: Old Fashioned

Tapped April 29th, 2015
The replication of unbeers as beers continues apace at Moon Dog's HQ in Abbotsford. Hot on the heels of the Bad Boy Bubbly barley champagne and their Bloody Mary replicant comes their most audacious attempt at reimagining another beverage as a beer. Coughlin's Diet – inspired by Bryan Brown's character in the 1988 "classic" Cocktail – sees them attempt to fashion an Old Fashioned. But they don't merely give you the finished product; they're offering up a two-pack featuring two beers… Read more
Style
Cocktail Beer
ABV
7.6%
Stockists

Moon Dog Brewery Bar

Good beer stockists nationwide

Red Hill Brewery Batch 1000

Tapped April 29th, 2015
The occasion of Red Hill Brewery's official 10th birthday celebrations was also the moment they chose to unveil their 1000th brew (or Batch 1000 as it's called on the label). It's the second of what will be ten red beers brewed to mark their decade on the Mornington Peninsula, following on from the Bloody Plums saison released earlier in the year. While the saison had merely a hint of red about it, there's no doubting this one's red credentials. Again looking to their beloved Belgium for inspiration,… Read more
Style
Red Tripel
ABV
9.0%
Stockists

Red Hill Brewery

Specialist bottleshops across Australia

Big Shed Brewing Fresh Yeah 2015

Tapped April 28th, 2015
The Big Shed brewers have been getting into the fresh hop spirit. But rather than create a brand new beer to celebrate the new season's harvest, they've decided to put a fresh spin on one of their core beers. Fresh Yeah takes their F-Yeah APA and throws a bunch of freshly delivered hops at it. The result is a beer that's been relocated from the States with the Amarillo hop of the original replaced with Tassie-grown Galaxy. According to the boys, they "carefully took steps to get the fresh Galaxy… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
ABV
5.5%
Stockists

Big Shed Brewing Concern

Select craft beer venues on the East Coast

Exit Brewing #006 Saison – SOLD OUT

Tapped April 27th, 2015
Having opened their account in fine style with a saison – a nod to the country that lit the fire that set them on the road to home brewing and, ultimately, Exit – Frase and Grum returned to it for #006. Pretty much everything remained the same other than a switch of hops. They'd been unable to get hold of Nelson Sauvin for #001 so used the unique Sorachi Ace instead. This time around, Nelson was available, but Galaxy wasn't. Either way, the beer lives up to, maybe even surpasses their debut,… Read more
Style
Saison
ABV
6.2%

Hargreaves Hill Fresh Hop 2015

Tapped April 25th, 2015
For its 2015 harvest ale, Yarra Valley's Hargreaves Hill has returned to the recipe from 2014 and given it a little rework. The beer is an American-style wheat, ie one that features wheat as part of the malt bill but without the spicy, fruity yeasts found in German or Belgian wheat beers. They've once again opted to showcase the Ella hop, which the brewers plucked themselves from the bines at the Rostrevor Hop Farm in the Victorian High Country. According to brewer Kai Dambergs, it's "leaner… Read more
Style
Fresh Harvest American Wheat
ABV
5.6%

Van Dieman Brewing Harvest Ales 2015

Tapped April 24th, 2015
For Tasmania's Van Dieman, brewing one beer to celebrate the recent hop harvest just wasn't enough. He's gone for a pair, each one showcasing different locally grown hops in two very different beers, both of which he's brewed in the past. One is the New Harvest White IPA, a hoppy, spicy pale Belgian style that looks to combine the spicy characters of a witbier with layer upon layer of fresh, fruity hops grown on the farm where he brews his beer. The hops doing the majority of the work on the flavour… Read more
Style
Harvest Ales
ABV
7.0% & 5.6%
Bitterness
65 IBU & 45 IBU
Stockists

Dove & Olive Unlisted

Forest Lodge Hotel

Keg & Brew

Welcome Hotel

Pyrmont Point Hotel

Saint John Craft Beer, Launceston

Preachers, Hobart

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Cheeky Monkey Brewery Munchen Monkey

Tapped April 23rd, 2015
With the temperatures dropping and the biggest of the summer crowds a thing of the past, Cheeky Monkey head brewer Ross Terlick has had time to concoct a new seasonal for the brewery's Southern Wailer range and time to concoct one that's suitable for the weather and benefits from a little longer in the tanks. Munchen Monkey is a Munich style lager is described as a "super approachable, copper-coloured lager brewed using all German malts." Ross says he's kept the bitterness low and added… Read more
Style
Dunkel
ABV
4.1%
Stockists

Cheeky Monkey Brewery

Pork and Cider Festival, Swan Valley

Modus Operandi Barrel Aged IPAs

Tapped April 21st, 2015
When we first visited Modus Operandi in mid 2014, a short while after they’d opened, owner Grant Wearin pointed out a couple of Lark Distillery barrels they’d procured. One was filled with their Dark Knight porter and the other was sitting empty and they were throwing around the idea of filling it with their red IPA, the Former Tenant, back before it had been crowned Champion Australian Craft Beer by the Craft Beer Industry Association. The barrel-aged porter came, was delicious, then went,… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged IPA
ABV
Various
Stockists

Grain Store

The Scratch

Modus Operandi

Local Taphouse St Kilda (during Good Beer Week)

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