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 Ayahuasca

Tapped July 14th, 2015
If everything went to plan then the world wouldn't be the place it is today. Among the things discovered by accident are potato chips, microwaves, post-it notes, pacemakers and, perhaps most crucially, slinkies. To that list can now be added the latest very limited release from 3 Ravens. It started out as part of the batch of Druid, the Pedro Ximenez-inspired Belgian strong ale, brewed earlier in the year. Ending up with more beer than expected, once the six PX barrels were filled they put the rest… Read more
Style
Bourbon Barrel Aged Belgian Strong Dark Ale
ABV
11%
Stockists

The Alehouse Project

For Dark Side of Beer

The other two kegs are yet to be assigned

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Bright Brewery Stubborn Russian 2015

Tapped July 13th, 2015
Bright's annual winter release, Stubborn Russian, has been an evolving beast since its first appearance four years ago. Former brewer Jon Seltin liked to tweak the recipe each year and even released a small batch of one vintage that was aged in whisky barrels, rising to 13.5 percent ABV. That beer looks a little like a session Russian Imperial Stout compared to this year's as new brewer Ryan Tyack continues to put his stamp on things in the Victorian High Country. Given he spent much of his formative… Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV
16.0%
Stockists

Grape & Grain Liquor Cellars

Local Taphouse St Kilda

The Scratch

Draught and bottles from Bright Brewery and direct from them online

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Mash Brewing Invisible Weizenbock

Tapped July 13th, 2015
It would seem the Sarcasm (the name of Mash's "session double IPA") lingers on at the WA brewery. When dropping us a line to notify us of his latest limited release beer, brewer Charlie Hodgson plundered a few other phrases that tend to be favoured by the bigger breweries' marketing departments and marketing led beer brands: "Brewed longer for a smooth taste" (because it required a long, protracted ferment to get where he needed it, he say); "Batch brewed" and "Cold… Read more
Style
Weizenbock
ABV
8.0%
Bitterness
20 IBU
Stockists

Sail & Anchor

All Mash venues in WA

The Brisbane

Others TBC

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Exit Brewing #009 American Pale Ale (Gluten Reduced) – SOLD OUT

Tapped July 10th, 2015
With a coeliac inhabiting Crafty Towers, we're fully aware of the evils of gluten; indeed, the bastard has been tagged Vladimir Gluten around these parts. Actually, that's over-egging the pudding; The Crafty Pot is what's termed a "classic coeliac" and thus reacts to gluten like one of those science experiments at school where your physics teacher pulled out a couple of common or garden items, popped them inside a container and, lo and behold, there was a rapid swelling followed by a fountain… Read more
Style
Gluten Reduced Pale Ale
ABV
6.0%

Feral Brewing Karma Citra

Tapped July 10th, 2015
If you're someone who's been drinking craft beer for a while, cast your mind back. Back to when the Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular was merely the Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular. Back when it was a one-day event featuring 20 new Aussie beers brewed for events at The Local Taphouses in St Kilda and Darlinghurst. Back before it became the behemoth it is today. Among the beers brewed for the day was a black IPA, then a very new concept in Australia only attempted by one or two commercial brewers.… Read more
Style
India Black Ale
ABV
5.8%

4 Pines Keller Door Oaked Baltic Porter

Tapped July 9th, 2015
4 Pines’ Oaked Baltic Porter is the first bottled Keller Door release to come from the Brookvale brewery since they took out the title of Champion Large Australian Brewery at the 2015 Australian International Beer Awards. Except, it sort of isn’t. You see, the beer itself was actually brewed at the tail end of 2014 and a portion of it had been sitting in Lark Distillery whisky barrels since December. Now, blended back together, the two parts deliver a suitably warming winter brew. At 7.5 percent… Read more
Style
Oaked Baltic Porter
ABV
7.5%
Bitterness
37 IBU
Stockists

Good beer stockists nationwide

Moon Dog Black Lung V

Tapped July 9th, 2015
Ever since the first Black Lung staggered out of Moon Dog's brewery, coughing and spluttering its way into the world, it's been the annual release from the brewery we look forward to the most. Indeed, Jumping the Shark 2013 apart, its first and fourth iterations are probably the pick of everything they've released here at Crafty Towers. With the beer picking up the Champion Stout & Porter trophy at last year's inaugural Craft Beer Awards, it has plenty to live up to as well. Once again, the beer… Read more
Style
Smoky Imperial Stout
ABV
8.8%

Stone & Wood Smoky Jasper 2015

Tapped July 8th, 2015
Last year, the Stone & Wood brewers had a play with the red ale, Jasper, that probably gets the least attention of all beer in their core range from drinkers. Back then, the brewers – inspired fires in the local cane fields – gathered some local paperbark and set about smoking some malt, then added some traditional German smoked malt and worked it into the original Jasper recipe to which it added a "distinct smoldering character". This time around, the reworking has a similarly… Read more
Style
Smoked Red Ale
ABV
4.7%
Stockists

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La Sirene Botanique Winter Seasonal

Tapped July 7th, 2015
There's much ado at La Sirene, the Melbourne-based farmhouse style ale protagonists. The brewery is much expanded, the collection of barrels is expanding and in just a few weeks a custom built coolship will be erected in the roof of the brewery's barrel warehouse ready for a spontaneous fermentation program to commence in earnest. There will be a herb garden to follow too, with the intention being to use what's grown there in beers such as this. The brewery's winter seasonal is the second in its… Read more
Style
Spiced Saison
ABV
6.5%
Stockists

Kegs to good beer venues in Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland and Japan

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Two Birds Brewing Red Velvet

Tapped July 6th, 2015
When they turned four last month, Two Birds held a party at their Nest in Spotswood. There was cake. There was beer. And there was cake beer. Yes, they marked the milestone as only brewers can by combining the two as one to create Red Velvet, a beer inspired by their favourite spongey treat – that richest and sweetest and reddest of cakes. The base beer is a malty red ale upon which was lavished organic cocoa and vanilla to boost its cakey credentials. They served it with a fluffy white nitro… Read more
Style
Cake Beer
Stockists

Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew

Cookie (unlisted)

Empire Hotel

Foresters Pub & Dining

Grain Store

Harts Pub

Junction Beer Hall

Keg & Brew

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Bright Brewery Lord Helmet Schwartz

Tapped July 6th, 2015
Tis the season for imperial schwarzbiers. Or at least, following the release of the Good Beer Week Masterclass collaboration, Inappropriate Touching, last week, it's the season for two of them. Lord Helmet Schwartz was Bright Brewery's entry for this year's GABS and also appears to be a reference to Spaceballs, the Mel Brooks spoof that a young Crafty Pint was taken to by his grandfather, who swiftly proceeded to honk throughout with laughter akin an excitable, ticklish seal being given a work over… Read more
Style
Imperial Schwarzbier
ABV
6.9%
Stockists

Bright Brewery

Shenanigans Brewing Malt Assault

Tapped July 1st, 2015
When Sam and Dan from Shenanigans got in touch with The Crafty Pint ahead of their forthcoming Winter 2015 release, there was a bit of chat about how everyone was chasing hop bombs and new hop varieties and forgetting about malt. Small talk, we thought. After all, this is a brewing company that loves its hoppy ales; their flagship beer, Winston, is a highly hopped (and all the better for it) pale ale, Imperial Winston is literally twice as hoppy still and even their four percent dry Irish stout was… Read more
Style
Dunkel/Altbier
ABV
5.3%
Bitterness
25 IBU
Stockists

Ashfield Mall Cellars

The Oak Barrel

Uncle Hops

Warners at the Bay Bottleshop

Annandale Cellars

Camperdown Cellars

Hive Bar

Liquor Emporium St Peters

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Mornington Peninsula Brewery & 8 Wired Fools Down Back

Tapped July 1st, 2015
When one Good Beer Week collaboration release in a week just isn't enough... At the same time that the imperial schwarzbier from the World of Beer Masterclass at Hawkers arrives comes the beer created two days later on the Mornington Peninsula, where the brewery of that name welcomed Danish Kiwi brewing legend Soren from 8 Wired to join them for the day. The plan was to use one of Soren's favourite toys, Brettanomyces, in particular the Bruxellensis strain, to create a Brett IPA featuring all Aussie… Read more

Tooborac Brewery Chocolate Sanchez

Tapped July 1st, 2015
Chilli beers can be hit or miss. Some breweries like to use them as something of a novelty on their lineup, usually breweries that only brew small batches and sell onsite. Occasionally, they're used to dramatic nature as a one-off or annual release – or something to catch people's attention over just 85ml at GABS. Sometimes, however, chillies are added to create one subtle element of a broader beer and that's the case here. The Chocolate Sanchez winter seasonal from Tooborac takes chilli chocolate… Read more
Style
Chocolate Chili Stout

Dainton Family Brewery Sneaky Son Smoking Stout

Tapped July 1st, 2015
As Dan Dainton makes clear, while he may be a hop fiend, he's also keen to push the boundaries of any beer style that takes his fancy. Stout in its various guises appears to be something that often takes his fancy and this dapper, smoking skeleton-adorned beer is one that showcases his desire to pair "incredibly approachable" with "hitting the flavour extremes". That said, it is an 8 percent smoky stout so judge "incredibly approachable" with that in mind. At its heart… Read more
Style
Smoky Stout
ABV
7.5%

Dainton Family Brewery Bastard Brother

Tapped July 1st, 2015
There seems to be something of a fondness for pillorying the world of Christianity within elements of the craft beer world. The religion's brushes with children have been sent up by Beer Here on the label for its awesome Malus Pater, while here Dainton Family Brewery and designer God Awful adorn a Belgian Rye IPA with a skinhead monk armed with baseball bat. It makes sense insofar as this is a beer with a personality as complex as one would expect from a baseball bat-wielding monk. Indeed, there's… Read more
Style
Belgian Rye IPA
ABV
8.0%
Bitterness
115 IBU

Hawkers / Edge / KAIJU! / Evil Twin / Baird Inappropriate Touching

Tapped June 30th, 2015
On the opening Sunday of Good Beer Week, Hawkers Beer in Reservoir hosted brewers from Edge Brewing Project, KAIJU!, Evil Twin and Baird Beer plus a host of paying guests for the festival's fourth annual collaboration masterclass. Ostensibly, the day is as much about bringing together top brewers and beer lovers for a day of entertainment and enlightenment (and engorgement) but while all that is going on a beer is made too. In the past it's seen a double black IPA come out from Nogne O / Moylan's… Read more
Style
Imperial Schwarzbier
ABV
6.5%

Bridge Road & Modus Operandi Rye Ale Rumble

Tapped June 26th, 2015
When the crew from Modus Operandi drove south from Sydney to Melbourne for Good Beer Week 2015, they made a small detour towards Beechworth and the home of Bridge Road Brewers. They say the main purpose of their visit wasn’t just to drink beer and eat Ned Kelly pies, though there’s no way to tell if that’s the truth. However, while there, they did at least take part in a double collaboration. The way it worked was that the same base beer, using the same malt profile that included a dose of… Read more
Style
Red Rye IPA
ABV
7.1%
Stockists

Bridge Road Brewers

Modus Operandi Brewery

Limited kegs to select craft beer venues nationally

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Modus Operandi Black Lab Milk Stout

Tapped June 26th, 2015
If you’ve ever popped up to the Modus Operandi brewery in Mona Vale, it’s likely that you’ll have been greeted enthusiastically by the brewery’s unofficial mascot, a silky, jet black labrador named Stout. Being a puppy, he’s eager to get into everything, including bags of fermenting fruit – destined for beer – that dogs really shouldn’t eat because it gets them drunk and worries their owners that they’re about to cark it. However, having survived the perils of brewery life to date,… Read more
Style
Milk Stout
ABV
5.0%

Riverside Brewing Othello's Curse

Tapped June 25th, 2015
Following the conclusion of the 2015 GABS festival(s), it’s no surprise to see several of the beers that made their debut there hitting bars across the country. What is a little surprising is to see one of last year’s GABS beers starting to hit taps too. To be completely accurate, it’s not the beer that was brewed for that occasion, but a new batch of the same beer: Othello’s Curse from Parramatta’s Riverside. When you consider how well it was received on its first outing, it almost had… Read more
Style
Imperial Black IPA
ABV
9.0%
Stockists

Riverside Brewery

Wenty North Liquor (growler fills)

Specialty craft beer bottleshops

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