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!

Moon Dog Symbiotic Solipsism

Tapped December 26th, 2011
It's always nice to see brewers joining forces with other producers to expand their horizons. Already the Moon Dog chaps have hooked up with neighbours Mt Goat and CUB for the Abbey Collabbey beer brewed for Good Beer Week and now they've made a beer in cahoots with Coffee Supreme, namely a coffee and raspberry amber ale. The coffee is of a roasted nature (as opposed to the more fragrant "green bean" type found in Mt Goat's Coffee IPA, for example) and the raspberry comes across fresh and… Read more
Style
Coffee & Raspberry Amber
ABV
7.9%
Bitterness
30 IBU
Stockists

Slowbeer

Carwyn Cellars

Purvis Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

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Murray's Anniversary Ale 6

Tapped December 23rd, 2011
Is there anything the brewers at Murray's won't give a Belgian twist? Is there a level of alcohol content that will ever prove a step too far for them? Who knows, but it's generally plenty of fun finding out. It's the time of year when the NSW brewery brings out its Anniversary Ale, which in the past has tended to be a barleywine of one sort or another, occasionally with a touch of funk added. This time, they've given it the aforementioned Belgian twist, creating a 15% beast of a beer of which less… Read more
Style
Belgian Barleywine
ABV
15%
Stockists

Murray's

Or via online order from the brewery

Moon Dog Gingerbread Brown

Tapped December 22nd, 2011
"Ain't no stopping us now-ow! We're on the move. We've got the groove." Don't know about you, but we can really see the Moon Doggers prancing around like McFadden & Whitehead performing their disco classic while knocking out what, at present, seems to be an unstoppable line of crazy beers with silly names. Not in a Hey, Hey, It's Saturday! racist embarrassment kind of way, more a kind of "Yes. We. Can." attitude, boosted by a subtle undercurrent of gay abandon. Latest off… Read more
Style
Spiced Brown Ale
ABV
7.5%

Mornington Peninsula Aussie Ale

Tapped December 20th, 2011
Over the past 12 months, the chaps at Mornington Peninsula Brewery have proven themselves as adept at brewing quality limited release beers as conjuring interesting images to go with them. None, however, has been quite as interesting as that drawn up for this, their Aussie Ale, a beer made with all Australian ingredients that's been tapped at the brewery bar just in time for Christmas. Deep golden in color, brewer AG (when not dipping his toes in Port Phillip Bay) told us that "the Australian… Read more
Style
Australian Ale
ABV
5.1%

Lord Nelson One Eyed Rye

Tapped December 19th, 2011
Having turned to Belgium for inspiration for their last seasonal, the delicious Anniversary Ale brewed to mark 25 years of bringing real beer to the people of The Rocks, the Lord Nelson brew team are back on more familiar territory for Christmas. The One Eyed Rye is a traditional ale made with 50% rye malt. For those unfamiliar with rye malt, it can impart a rather unique character, frequently richer in body and often lending a slightly spicy, smoky malt character. It's appearing in a few Aussie… Read more
Style
Rye Beer
ABV
5.1%
Stockists

Lord Nelson

3 Ravens Smoked Wheat

Tapped December 16th, 2011
The Thornbury brewery continues to plunder every nook and cranny of the Germanic beer world, coming at us this time with a beer that combines elements of two of their regular beers: a bit of smoked malt and a bit of fruity wheat beer yeast. It might sound an unusual combination to the newcomer - mixing elements of earthy, woody, campfire like aromas with the banana and clove esters of the wheat yeast - but they sit together rather well. It's not bananas on the barbie, instead a cloudy copper coloured… Read more
Style
Smoked Wheat Beer
ABV
4.7%

Mountain Goat Imperial Pilsner (2011)

Tapped December 14th, 2011
Or more accurately, an Imperial Keller Pilsner, apparently. In other words, unfiltered and designed to be tapped and quaffed asap. It's the second stab at a big ol' pilsner from the Richmond crew, one head brewer Dave Bonighton described as "a Black Forest Wolf in Western Districts sheep's clothing?", a comment that can possibly be ascribed to the fact he came up with it on the day of the brewery's Christmas party. The beer is a strong, unfiltered, cold conditioned "forever",… Read more
Style
Imperial Pilsner
ABV
7.5%
Bitterness
50 IBU
Stockists

Mountain Goat

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Mountain Goat Skipping Girl (Andy'd Remix)

Tapped December 7th, 2011
Anyone who's been to Mountain Goat in the past couple of years will know Randy, the glass cylinder that allows them to add hops, spices, coffee beans and the like to their beers just before they leave the tap and hit your glass. Now they've added Andy, Randy's cousin, who is "a late hopping device for pre-packed bottles and kegs; in other words the beer gets Andy'd in tank, not just before your glass." Skipping Girl first reared her head last summer and was Crafty's pick of the one-off… Read more
Style
Summer Ale
ABV
4.7%
Stockists

Mountain Goat

Moon Dog Black Lung

Tapped December 6th, 2011
The Black Lung first appeared as a teaser keg at Josie Bones during Good Beer Week, where its no holds barred smokiness was undermined a little by a lack of body. No such problem this time around as it gets a full release, complete with tweaked recipe and a rich, smooth mouthfeel. Considering there's both peated malt and a bourbon barrel at play, it's a surprisingly rounded affair, with plenty of sweetness in the malt profile to balance the smoke and oak. The effects of the bourbon really come into… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Smoked Stout
ABV
7.7%
Bitterness
40 IBU
Stockists

Carwyn Cellars

Purvis Beer Richmond

Smith Street Cellars

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Moon Dog Perverse Sexual Amalgam (bottles)

Tapped December 5th, 2011
The beer that debuted at The Crafty Pint's first birthday bash, Festival of the Frothy, is back in a strictly limited bottled release. So limited, in fact, the brewers are already bemoaning how little of it they have and it's only just started leaving the brewery. More has been laid down, but will be months away. The Amalgam is likely to be the first of many wild or sour ales from Moon Dog. It's a lightly carbonated dark ale that spent several months in oak with some tart cherry plums and comes complete… Read more
Style
Wild Ale
ABV
6.9%
Bitterness
14 IBU
Stockists

Carwyn Cellars

Purvis Beer Richmond

Smith Street Cellars

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Moon Dog Henry Ford's Girthsome Fjord

Tapped December 5th, 2011
So, it's got a ridiculous name, is described as a "Bulgo-American India Brown Ale" and has a list of ingredients that could be entered into a short story competition; little wonder there's lots going on in Henry Ford's Girthsome Fjord. A typically Moon Doggian mangling of styles, this has hops aplenty, a splash of brown sugar to accompany the malts and a mix of yeasts, including a Belgian Trappist one that does its level best to dominate proceedings. Not that that's an easy task. Its distinctive… Read more
Style
Belgian India Brown Ale
ABV
8.9%
Bitterness
65 IBU
Stockists

Carwyn Cellars

Purvis Beer Richmond

Smith Street Cellars

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Bright Mystic Mild

Tapped December 2nd, 2011
The latest seasonal from Bright Brewery sees them reining in the alcohol content after unleashing an Imperial Stout and punchy IPA in recent months. The Mystic Mild rocks in at just 3.0% but, that said, it's no flavour free zone or lager-like light. Nope, it's a beer that appears to look to the milds of the UK for inspiration, a deep amber / brown beer that, according to the brewers, is characterised by "raisin toast, dark bread and cigar box/cedar". It's on tap at the brewery now; we'll… Read more
Style
Mild
ABV
3.0%
Stockists

Bright Brewery

Red Hill Christmas Ale (2011)

Tapped December 2nd, 2011
Red Hill Christmas Ale Time to break out the tinsel and get decorating the tree ' Christmas is a-coming. Which means the last of Red Hill's seasonals is a-coming too, a beer designed to accompany a rich Christmas pud on the big day. A strong Belgian ale in style, it pours a deep orange with a ruby tint and fires off all manner of sweet caramel and dried fruit aromas, topped off with spicy notes from the hops; at this early stage in its life, it's almost perfume like. Full-bodied and creamy, it's… Read more
Style
Belgian Strong Ale
ABV
8.3%
Stockists

Red Hill Tap and bottle NOW

Around Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula from Dec 9

4 Pines Keller Door Series 2012: Amarillo Summer Ale

Tapped December 2nd, 2011
Throughout 2012, the brewers at 4 Pines will be releasing a series of single hop beers. However, it appears that they couldn't wait to get started as one has slipped out already. Taking a similar concept to BrewDog's IPA is Dead series and Mikkeller's Single Hop IPA series, the beers will be brewed to the same recipe with the only differing aspect the choice of hop. Kicking off the series is the American hop Amarillo, which has led to a beer described as "light in appearance, with a sweet aroma,… Read more
Style
Summer Ale
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4 Pines

Red Duck Golden Dragon

Tapped November 22nd, 2011
A Red Duck limited release that hasn't seen the light of day for quite some time. The Golden Dragon is another that continues brewer Scott Wilson-Browne's love of big, malt-led British styles. It's a strong Celtic Ale that sits nicely alongside other Red Duck limited releases such as the whisky barrel-aged Loch Ness and last year's Red Admiral. A complex bugger that can offer up treacle, caramel, stewed and dark fruit flavours with an earthiness and spiciness too, it's one to savour.… Read more
Style
Strong Celtic Ale
ABV
7.8%

2 Brothers Tabooki / Super Rusty

Tapped November 18th, 2011
A beer with an air of mystery surrounding it... Those that attended the last Victorian Microbrewery Showcase may have been intrigued by this African Amber Ale: what constitutes an African Amber Ale? It was suggested it may have been a yeast strain from deep within the Congo, but the truth of the matter could be just as enigmatic as the origins of the mother continent itself. To throw another spanner into the works the packaged version of this beer gives a nod to its little brother (the Rusty Pale… Read more
Style
Strong Belgian Amber Ale
ABV
8.0%

Red Hill Bohemian Pilsner (2011)

Tapped November 17th, 2011
Of all the beers Red Hill produce, this, apparently, is the brewer's favourite. It's easy to see why. Inspired by a pilsner-drinking session in a pub in New Zealand a few years ago, it stands apart from most beers of its ilk on the market by being fuller and richer in the mouth than you might expect thanks to its relatively high alcohol content. The nose combines lemon, sweet honey and a hint of spiciness from the hops, the flavour offers masses of biscuity malts and there's a nice firm bitterness… Read more
Style
Bohemian Pilsner
ABV
5.9%
Stockists

Red Hill

Acland Cellars

Bar Fred

Biero

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Red Hill Cellar & Pantry

Deco

Flagstaff Cellars, W

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Moo Brew Whisky Barrel-Aged Stout

Tapped November 17th, 2011
They do enjoy playing with their stout down at Moo, with this latest release a joint venture with Tasmania's Lark Distillery. MONA bar manager arranged the supply of a 100 litre barrel, which had previously had whisky aged in it for six years, which was filled with Moo Brew Stout, from which four 20 litre kegs were produced. The first keg was tapped at the screening of Beer Wars at the Museum of Old and New Art cinema, a second is being tapped at the distillery on November 20, where punters will… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Stout
ABV
8.0%
Stockists

MONA Winery Bar

Lark Distillery

Murray's Smashing Pumpkin Ale (2011)

Tapped November 2nd, 2011
A beer we first tasted at the brewery this time last year is a spice-laden Halloween special designed by the Murray's brewers to be as close to pumpkin pie in a glass as possible. To a mix of British and German Malts are added more than 50kg of dry roasted pumpkin to the mash, adding "a subtle sweetness and pumpkin aroma and flavour that is enhanced by the spice additions". Those spices are cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, all added late in the boil to blend with the malts. Launched for Halloween… Read more
Style
Spiced Pumpkin Ale
ABV
5.2%
Stockists

Annual Halloween release available on draught only

Warners at the Bay

The Albion Hotel, Newcastle

Union Hotel, Newtown

The Pumphouse, Darling Harbour

[The Local Taphouse Darlo](/bee

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Moon Dog Pumpkin Porter

Tapped November 1st, 2011
Now they've started they just can't stop. Hot on the heels of the Skunkworks is a return of the Pumpkin Porter that made an appearance in smaller volumes last Halloween. Featurig 35kg of roast pumpkin in the boil (plus honey, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg), the only thing that is missing is the usual barmpot Moon Dog name. According to the boys, it's "a black ale with golden-red hues", "dark, smooth and roasty" with "hints of dark malts on the nose" ending with spice and… Read more
Style
Pumpkin Porter
ABV
7.0%
Bitterness
45 IBU
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