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!

Clout Stout 2010/11/12

Tapped May 15th, 2013
Despite the fact that well under 1,000 bottles of this have been released each year since it first appeared to mark Nail's tenth anniversary of brewing in 2011, it's probably the beer that has brought most attention onto the brewery in recent years. It's an imperial stout that's got progressively bigger each year and one that retails at $70 a pop for a 750ml. Such a price point means the beer is open to serious scrutiny and it's scrutiny to which the beer has held up magnificently, collecting trophies… Read more
Style
Imperial Stout
ABV
10.79%

Mornington Peninsula Belgian Pale

Tapped May 15th, 2013
AG's going easy on old Crafty these days. Where once the Mornington Peninsula brewer would crank out another new beer with his team every couple of days, he's been taking things at a more sedate pace recently. That said, with such a vast range already on offer and a voracious and appreciative following, it's not as if they've not been kept busy. However, they're back this week with the second release in a Belgian trilogy. According to AG it's "Pouring a light amber hue with a tightly-packed… Read more
Style
Belgian Pale Ale
ABV
6.2%
Stockists

Mornington Peninsula Brewery

The Terminus

The Alehouse Project

Spotted Mallard

Beer DeLuxe Hawthorn

Rosebud GPO

[Woodlands Hotel](/b

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Mountain Goat FX Stout

Tapped May 10th, 2013
It's usually around this time of the year that Mountain Goat rolls out its big guns, sorry, Bigfoot. But this year, there's a different kind of stout in town, namely the FX. Short for Foreign Extra, it's a beer that weighs in roughly midway between where their Surefoot and Bigfoot normally register on the ABV scale, measuring 6.7 per cent. It's smooth, rich, deeply dark and dangerously drinkable if you're into roasty, chocolatey affairs. Traditional in its design and gently warming too, it should… Read more
Style
Foreign Extra Stout
ABV
6.7%

Mash Brewing Dubbel Brown

Tapped May 9th, 2013
Another new beer that's playing loose and fancy free with styles is the latest from Mash. With a tale that sounds not too dissimilar to that of The Mash Collective's Aureus Chrysalis, the Dubbel Brown mixes a Belgian ale yeast (the Dubbel part of its name) with and English style brown ale malt bill. However, further twisting its DNA, the brewers have used US hops too. According to head brewer Charlie Hodgson: "We have fermented it on the cool side to keep the yeast on the down low but to still… Read more
Style
Belgian Dubbel
ABV
7.0%
Stockists

Mash Brewing

Bright Brewery Little Brother

Tapped May 2nd, 2013
There's a very strict rule in place for any brewer taking part in this year's GABS - your beer must not be released anywhere before GABS is over (so we'll keep schtum about the US entry we sampled at the Craft Brewers Conference in March - was bloody delish though!!!). However, that doesn't mean you can't have offshoots of your GABS beer, which is what the team at Bright has done, creating a "parti gyle" brew with the left over grain from their epic entry. "Parti gyle" beers use… Read more
Style
Partigyle Ale
Stockists

Bright Brewery

Feral Tusk

Tapped April 26th, 2013
When The Crafty Pint was over in the US in March, there was plenty of hype around Stone Brewing's Enjoy By Double IPA, a new release from the Californians that is sent out as fresh as possible with the date before which it must be drunk emblazoned across it. The result is an impeccably fresh hop bomb of a beer in which the hop characteristics don't have time to taper off. The day before returning, we had another IPA - Maine's Lunch - recommended to us that, again, comes with a tight best before date… Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
ABV
9.8%
Stockists

September 2013 release venues

Five Bar

Sail & Anchor

Clancy's City Beach

Norfolk Hotel

SA

The Wheaty

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Seven Sheds Fuggled Porter

Tapped April 25th, 2013
What was intended to be a double batch of Stark Raven became the first batch of Fuggled Porter when Willie discovered while mashing in that he couldn’t fit that much grain into the mash tun. In a beautiful coincidence, Seven Sheds had just completed its annual hop harvest so a new black beer was created quite literally “on the hop” and has been a part of the hop harvest lineup ever since. The first batch was sent off to traverse the Bass Strait over and over on the Spirit of Tasmania to recreate… Read more
Style
Estate Hopped Porter
ABV
5.8%

Moon Dog Lando Kardashian

Tapped April 24th, 2013
As hybrids go, the fusing of Star Wars' Lando Calrissian with one of modern TV's most potent symbols of an impending apocalypse is pretty unusual; adding what appears to be a Wookiee's hand and a rubber glove to the label of the beer bearing said name adds further confusion. Yet the style for Moon Dog's latest isn't as outlandoish as many from their past. That said, the fact that a massively hopped, high alcohol Belgian Tripel isn't completely novel probably says more about life on the boundaries… Read more
Style
Belgian Tripel
ABV
11.5%
Bitterness
65 IBU
Stockists

Beer DeLuxe

The Dispensary Enoteca

Grain & Grape

The Local Taphouse St Kilda

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Prince Wine & Spirits Essendon

Purvis Beer Richmond

Purvis Cellars

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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
Stockists

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)

[The Scratch](/beer/bar/the-scratch-b

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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
Stockists

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

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