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!

Hargreaves Hill Russian Imperial Stout 2012

Tapped September 19th, 2012
A beer that in its first incarnation last year blew The Crafty Pint and many of its big-beer-loving mates away and then, earlier this year, did the same to the judges at the Australian International Beer Awards, where it picked up a gold medal. Given its success, it had to return and, thus, here it is. Not quite as massive in terms of ABV as the last one, but still registering 11.3 per cent, it's a full-bodied, rich, roasty, creamy, everythingy kind of imperial stout - a little softer than last year's… Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV
11.3%
Stockists

On tap

The Alehouse Project

Courthouse Hotel

Hargreaves Hill

In bottle (out later this month)

[Purvis Cellars](/beer/bottleshop/purvis-beer/

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Feral Watermelon Warhead

Tapped September 17th, 2012
Named after the sour kids' lollies, this was originally the Swan Valley brewery's entry for the 2012 Great Australasian Beer Spectapular. When asked to nominate a style, Feral said it was along the lines of a Berliner Weisse, although that their main aim was to create something akin to said kids' lollies. The beer itself went down so well at the Spectapular and then everywhere else that it appeared, both in Australia and overseas at Beervana NZ, that it's now being brewed regularly. It's a fine,… Read more
Style
Berliner Weisse
ABV
2.9%
Stockists

Feral

Mornington Peninsula English IPA

Tapped September 13th, 2012
The unstoppable brewing force that is AG is back with another limited release. Not just that, but he's announcing the next one in line at the same time; something tells us there must be more than one brewhouse down on the Peninsula... Anyway, before the Marzen lands, his tour of Europe that commenced in Scotland last time around heads south of the border for an English style IPA. That means a blend of traditional English hops and toffee-like malts to create a golden amber ale that, according to the… Read more
Style
English IPA
ABV
5.1%
Stockists

Mornington Peninsula Brewery

Woodlands Hotel

Beer DeLuxe

Josie Bones

The Park Hotel Werribee

[The Alehouse Project](

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Bridge Road Bar Series 1: Josie Bones Revolution

Tapped September 12th, 2012
A few weeks back, Bridge Road kicked off its Bar Series, a project that will see it invite staff from some of the country's top beer bars to come up with their idea for a beer then travel to Beechworth to brew it. Each beer is then sold at the brewery and all of the participating bars. You can read more on it here or save your time for drinking instead and head to the venues that will be tapping beer number one. It was dreamt up by the team at Josie Bones and is an Australian Pilsner. The theory… Read more
Style
Australian Pilsner
ABV
5.1%
Bitterness
40
Stockists

Josie Bones

Beer DeLuxe

Norfolk Hotel ( Fremantle)

The Scratch

Archive (Brisbane)

New Sydney Hotel

[The Wheaty](/beer/ba

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Red Duck Gnaume

Tapped September 10th, 2012
In a recent piece for the site, we asked Red Duck founder Scott Wilson-Browne for the favourite of all the names he'd given his beers over the years. This was the one he picked. When we suggested it was something to do with Gaume (a place in Belgium) and gnomes, it seemed we were on the right track. There's something to do with "small interesting creatures" too. The best way to solve the puzzle might be to get your hands on one of the beers while you set the cogs a-whirring. It's the second… Read more
Style
Belgian Lambic Golden Ale
ABV
6.2%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Red Duck Bumble Bee

Tapped September 10th, 2012
Red Duck's entry for this year's Great Australasian Beer Spectapular makes a reappearance in bottled form, having landed a spot in the People's Choice top ten. Continuing Scott's penchant for brewing with honey (a quick flick through the mental rolodex brings up a honey porter and three braggots with honey - there could be others), this is a honey amber ale, which in this case means there are some soft, nutty malts at play with the honey. It's the brewery's first single hop beer, with said hop being… Read more
Style
Honey Amber Ale
ABV
5.7%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Red Duck Smells Like A Pony

Tapped September 8th, 2012
The third braggot to come from the Ballarat brewery - braggots being a Medieval style of strong alcoholic drink that are a blend of strong ale and mead. This one wears its heart on its sleeve (or something like that) with the name an indication that it smells a little pony like. Or, as the brewer's notes say, the buckwheat honey lends it a "curiously aromatic, pony like, leathery aromatic". That said, the sweeter side of the honey seemed more prominent to The Crafty Pint's palate, resulting… Read more
Style
Braggot
ABV
13.7%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Our Dark Secret

Tapped September 8th, 2012
A beer like no other... When the 2010 and 2011 Champion Exhibitors from the Australian International Beer Awards, Ní¸gne í? and Moylan's, visited Australia for the first time for Good Beer Week in 2012, we asked them if they'd get together and brew a beer. They agreed, we built an event around it and, three months later, the secret was out. A massively hoppy imperial black IPA featuring a huge amount of Aussie hops, including several kilos of the as-yet-unreleased Victoria's Secret variety, it… Read more
Style
Imperial Black IPA
ABV
8.2%
Stockists

Hargreaves Hill One keg

Beer DeLuxe Two kegs

The Wheaty Two kegs

The Local Taphouse Darlo Two kegs

Jack Green

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Moon Dog Wet Nurse Tonic

Tapped September 7th, 2012
It says something of the way the Australian beer industry is going that just days after learning Moon Dog was to release a beer called Wet Nurse Tonic, The Crafty Pint was at another brewery in another state when the brewer announced plans for a pale stout called Wet Nurse. Devious buggers... In the case of this one, it's the Abbotsford brewers' take on a milk stout that - aside from the saucy label that channels British seaside postcards from the 60s via Mars Attacks and Jeff Koons' porno paintings… Read more
Style
Milk Stout
ABV
7.3%
Bitterness
36 IBU
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

Purvis Beer Richmond

Mane Liquor

[Cellarbrations at Carlisle](/beer/bottleshop/cellar

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Red Duck Gruiter

Tapped September 1st, 2012
Even by the brewery's standards, Red Duck's Canute the Gruit was a weird one. A hopless beer designed to be like the gruit beers of Medieval days, it featured homemade nettle goo and hawthorn berry juice as well as some deliberately scorched oats in the kettle. It was a beer we found beyond challenging when it was young but which developed into a really exciting smokey sour beer with age. The Gruiter is the follow up, designed to be how a beer might have been around Renaissance times. Less smokey… Read more
Style
Gruit Stout
ABV
6.8%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Red Duck Long Shot

Tapped August 31st, 2012
A public service announcement with this beer. This was a beer brewed in conjunction with a team of six people from Westgate Brewers (a home brew group from Melbourne) to a recipe by one of their members called Amber. It was a prize for winning the last VicBrews home brew competition. The whole brew day event was coordinated by award-winning home brewer John Kingston. Unfortunately, brewer Scott Wilson-Browne had a brain fade and put the wrong name on the label. So, when you pick one up and prepare… Read more
Style
Chocolate Coffee Porter
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Mountain Goat Before The Dawn IPA

Tapped August 29th, 2012
Given their previous two black IPAs - the Thorny Goat brewed with UK's Thornbridge and the Gypsy & The Goat brewed with Mikkeller - are ensconced in the upper echelons of Ratebeer's top rated Australian beers, it's perhaps little surprise that Mountain Goat has decided to bring out another. Bigger than the Thorny and pepperberry free, it's their farewell to winter. As for how dark it is, well, over to the brewers themselves: "There's a black that's blacker than its own shadow. As black as… Read more
Style
Black IPA
ABV
7.4%
Stockists

Mountain Goat

The Terminus

Beer DeLuxe

Beer DeLuxe Hawthorn

The Alehouse Project

Baden Powell

640ml Rare Breed bottles to follow

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Moon Dog / Yeastie Boys 7Ps

Tapped August 25th, 2012
AKA Peter Piper's Pickled Pepper Purple Peated Pale Ale AKA the beer the Moon Doggers were destined to make from the moment they discovered they shared more than a passing resemblance to the Yeastie Boys. Knocked up during Good Beer Week in May, when the Kiwis were in town, it's not your typical pale ale. For a start, it's nine per cent. Then there's the hint of purpleness from the addition of blackberries (leading to a colour grading on the label that says "15 Purpley SRM"; on the other… Read more
Style
Peated Fruit IPA
ABV
9.0%

Mash Brewing Belgo

Tapped August 24th, 2012
Here at The Crafty Pint, we like a good story, so here's one from Mash's head brewer Charlie Hodgson: "It all started in the brewery one wintry day with the schedule a little quieter than during the madness of beer season. Winter sure has its upsides at times... I had some of our Belgian yeast sitting dry and in need of somewhere warm, worty and sugar-filled to hang out for a couple of weeks until it was required to be pitched again into our Belgian Blonde. We were feeling very much like putting… Read more
Style
US-Belgian IPA
ABV
5.7%
Stockists

Mash Brewing (all three venues)

Sail & Anchor

Mornington Peninsula Scottish Ale

Tapped August 22nd, 2012
You have to wonder how long it will take the brewers at Mornington Peninsula Brewery to run out of beer styles to brew for their specials. In less than two years, they've banged out everything from a series of Imperials to a White IPA and much in between. Latest cab off the rank is a Scottish Ale, one which we're told is based on the 80/- (or 80 shilling style) - the sort we used to pour down our throats in Rose Street pubs when we were a lad after watching rugby at Murrayfield. Brewer AG says to… Read more
Style
Scottish Ale
ABV
4.8%
Stockists

Woodlands Hotel

Alehouse Project, Brunswick East

The Park Hotel, Werribee

Oscar's Alehouse

Josie Bones

Junction Beer Hall

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Red Hill Temptation 2012

Tapped August 22nd, 2012
Last year's Temptation became one of a growing number of Red Hill beers to have seen the inside of a cask, this time one soaked in gin prior to being filled with their strong Belgian golden ale. The resulting beer is higher in alcohol, drier and more tart than the original. There's just a handful of bottles of the barrel-aged version take left, which means those who enjoy being tempted every year will be pleased to see a new batch rolling out from the brewery this week. As for the newly arrived 2012… Read more
Style
Belgian Golden Ale
ABV
8.0%
Stockists

Kegs and barrel-aged bottles:

Junction Beer Hall

The Local Taphouse St Kilda

Deju Vu Bar

Beer DeLuxe

East of Everything, Camberwell

Grumpy's Green

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Burleigh Brewing Black Giraffe 2012

Tapped August 20th, 2012
Gold Coast's Burleigh Brewing has a habit for picking up trophies and medals for its beers. And when the Black Giraffe was first released a couple of years back it was no different, with the coffee lager scoring a gold medal at the World Beer Championships in the US. The 2012 release is slightly tweaked. It still rocks in at five per cent and is still brewed with 100 per cent 100% rainforest alliance coffee beans from Zarraffa's, this time sourced from Guatemala and promising "a more intense,… Read more
Style
Coffee Lager
ABV
5.0%
Stockists

Hunt down a Giraffe here

Seven Sheds Bass Strait IPA

Tapped August 14th, 2012
With suitable company on hand, we finally plucked up the courage to crack our bottle of a beer that is unlikely to ever be brewed again. If you missed the stories about its inception, the Bass Strait IPA is a singe hop British style IPA brewed with Leggett hops grown on Seven Sheds' own farm that was placed inside two oak casks from Lark Distillery, mounted in a specially designed cradle and placed onto the Spirit of Tasmania ferry. From there, it travelled between Devonport and Melbourne back and… Read more
Style
Cask-aged IPA
ABV
6.8%
Stockists

Seven Sheds

Just 400 numbered bottles available direct from the cellar door

Red Duck Ra #2

Tapped August 10th, 2012
OK. It's confession time. Embarrassing though it is to admit, our knowledge of Egyptian beers is pretty slender. What's more, our knowledge of Egyptian bread beers is slimmer still. And when it comes to ancient imperial Egyptian bread beers, well, doncha just know it, we come up empty. Or at least we did until now, when the generous souls at Red Duck decided to culture up some sourdough yeast from a the tiny batch of Ra they made a couple of years back and make just that: an imperial Egyptian bread… Read more
Style
Imperial Egyptian Bread Beer
ABV
11.3%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Temple Oatmeal Stout

Tapped August 10th, 2012
Considering the array of beers Temple has unleashed in recent years, it might come as some surprise that this is their first stout. Originally it was going to be held until next winter, but with one of the brewers - an avowed stout fiend - following his partner to Tassie, it was decided to brew the Oatmeal Stout early as a send off. In a break from the norm at the Brunswick East brewery, there's is nothing out of the norm. As head brewer Ron Feruglio says: "The twist is there is no twist."… Read more
Style
Oatmeal Stout
ABV
5.9%
Stockists

Temple

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