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 Black Lung III

Tapped August 9th, 2013
It's not just Hollywood that has sequel fever. It's even infiltrating the Aussie craft beer world. You've got Red Duck banging out Ra #2, #3, #4 and so on (a hopless Imperial Egyptian Bread Beer for the uninitiated) and here's Moon Dog with Black Lung III. At its heart (it's black, molten heart) it's a "smokey stout", in other words a stout with a little peated malt added for a touch of smokiness. The reason subsequent batches are being released as sequels with "II" and "III"… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Stout
ABV
8.7%
Stockists

We asked Moon Dog Josh how "far and wide" the beer was going.

"Both far and wide," he said. "Around Oz, NZ and Finland."

So, presumably, pretty much every bottleshop listed on Crafty and other places too.

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Murray's Brewing Hell of the North

Tapped August 8th, 2013
You know you could be in for something special when the man responsible for beers such as Icon, Wild Thing, Punk Monk and Heart of Darkness says his new beer is one of the very best he's ever brewed. When word comes back from its pre-launch tapping that it's "the Australian Chimay Reserve", anticipation for said beer only heightens. The beer in question is the latest - and biggest to date - Belgian style ale to be dreamt up by the Murray's Brewing brains trust. The Hell of the North - a… Read more
Style
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
ABV
11.5%

Cavalier Courage

Tapped August 8th, 2013
Cavalier Courage is one of the great stories of the craft beer world in 2013. It saw Dr Ian Davis, who had discovered he had Motor Neurone Disease, hook up with the brewers of his epiphany craft beer to create a beer that they hoped would raise funds and awareness for research into the disease. It was such a success that pretty much before it had hit shelves it was sold out. Thankfully, with their new brewery up and running and churning out Cavalier beers as the chaps always intended, there's a new… Read more
Style
Golden Ale
ABV
4.5%
Stockists

Swords Select

Prince Wine & Spirits Essendon

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Carwyn Cellars

Grape And Grain ' Moorabin

Ma

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Indi Winter Seasonals: Black White & Dark Lager – RETIRED

Tapped August 8th, 2013
Since taking over the head brewer's role at the Indian Ocean brewery on Perth's most northerly fringes, Dave Brough has wasted little time giving the beer list a serious reworking. All but one of the old lineup were ditched and a steady stream of short run releases has followed. It's all been for the best too, with Indi beers picking up medals at the 2013 Australian International Beer Awards and the White Cap topping its class along the way. Winter has seen a couple of darker beers hit the taps,… Read more
Style
Dark Wheat and Vienna Lager
ABV
Both 4.7%

Young Henrys â?¡ Mussel

Tapped August 6th, 2013
It's official: seafood beer with memorable names are so hot right now. Following on from the Murray's/Crafty Pint Auld Bulgin' Boysterous Bicep and Young Henrys Mother Shucka Oyster Stout comes the second in the Newtown brewery's briney beer series: the â?¡ Mussel Stout. The idea for this one came after the guys were invited to a bread, butter, beer and seafood dinner at which they befriended the folks at Kinkawooka Shellfish and who subsequently stopped by the brewery with several kilos of live… Read more
Style
Mussel Stout
ABV
5.5%
Stockists

Young Henrys - handpump and tap

Hand Pump:

Union Hotel Newtown

Petersham Bowling Club

Royal Albert Hotel

On tap:

Old Growler

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Seven Sheds Ferry-Aged Fuggled Porter

Tapped August 5th, 2013
One of the most intriguing of all Aussie brewed beers released last year was Seven Sheds' Bass Strait IPA. Brewer Willie Simpson teamed up with the Spirit of Tasmania to stow away a couple of wooden casks containing an IPA brewed with beers from his own hop farm on one of their ferries. They travelled the equivalent distance of the original IPAs from the UK to India before being taken off the boat and bottled. Interest in the seriously limited release came from far and wide, inspiring Willie to undertake… Read more
Style
Ferry-Aged Porter
Stockists

Seven Sheds

Grifter Brewing Co The Omen

Tapped August 5th, 2013
At times in the craft beer world, there seems to be a race on to brew the most out there beer. These are almost always unique and feature something done to the maximum degree, whether it be enamel-stripping amount of hops, spirit-like levels of alcohol or barrel-aged in a Trojan Horse - you name it, someone will be trying it. But running in parallel to this extreme movement, there also seems to be a growing call for 'sessionability'. It's basically the idea of beer that's jam-packed with interesting… Read more
Style
Oatmeal Stout
ABV
5.5%

Murray's Angry Man Brown Ale

Tapped August 2nd, 2013
When we carried out last month's brown ale Blind Tasting, more than one panelist commented that it was a shame Murray's Angry Man wasn't there as this year's release wasn't out. Turns out, a few of us rather like it. And so, it transpires, does its brewer, Shawn Sherlock. When we asked him what the favourites were from all those he brews / has brewed at last week's Bicep launch, this US style Brown Ale (but with Murray's signature Kiwi hops) warranted an "I have a real soft spot for it",… Read more
Style
American Brown Ale
ABV
6.5%
Stockists

Rubber Duckie Taphouse

Murray's (over the bar or direct order)

The Australian Hotel

The Beach Club Collaroy

[Beer Cartel](/beer/bottleshop/beer-

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Holgate Nut Brown Ale (500ml)

Tapped July 31st, 2013
The beer that Paul Holgate created to mark the brewery's 10th anniversary was one dusted down from the pages of his old home brewing recipe book. It's been released ever since as a winter seasonal, tweaked along the way too. It's back to warm the cockles during the colder months once more, it being a reimagining of the Northern English style that's loaded up with lashings of Australian macadamia nuts and hearty English malts to create a brew that the brewers like to claim "smokes a pipe and… Read more
Style
Brown Ale
ABV
5.3%
Bitterness
10 IBU
Stockists

Holgate

And good craft beer bottleshops across Australia

Mountain Goat Naz #2

Tapped July 26th, 2013
Over the past couple of years, Goat has invited its brewers to create beers of their own each year. We've had a couple of iterations of The Craig, more recently Mike's 3rd Nut and now the second appearance of The Naz. According to head brewer Dave Bonighton: "This one's from Naz, short for Nazareth, long for Shane, Goat brewer extraordinaire. We let him off the leash last year and he came up with a cracking Chocolate Porter. Well, he's back this year with an even crackinger Mocha Porter."… Read more
Style
Mocha Porter
ABV
5.1%
Bitterness
25 IBU
Stockists

Mountain Goat

Others TBC

Riverside Brewing Celebration Ale

Tapped July 24th, 2013
Has it really been a year since the Riverside Brewing Company opened its doors to the public? That is to say, has it been 'only' a year? In the past twelve months it's no exaggeration to say the Parramatta brewery has been going absolute gangbusters, with demand constantly outstripping supply and showing absolutely no signs of easing up. That's meant everything at the brewery has been expanding: more brewers, more brewing capacity and bigger bottling line. And now, to celebrate their first anniversary,… Read more
Style
Double IPA
ABV
8.7%

Moo Brew Barrel-Aged Vintage Stout

Tapped July 23rd, 2013
The first time The Crafty Pint encountered this beer from Tasmania's Moo, it was in the company of a beer rep who was part of a group that had invested in a case of 24 bottles at a cost of $600 for a mate's 30th birthday present. That they'd chosen to do so was no doubt in keeping with how Moo viewed the jewel in their crown: the ultimate pool room beer; a rarity to be savoured on special occasions. And, as the 2,500 bottles that make up this year's release make their way from the brewery, it turns… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
8.0%
Stockists

Direct from the brewery - (0)3 6263 7773

Bridge Road B2 Bomber Mach 3.0

Tapped July 19th, 2013
It used to be the case that Bridge Road's Ben Kraus would conjure up a new beer for his brewery's birthday every year. But, given how much everyone loved his B2 Bomber when it first appeared as a kind of Black Belgian IPA, it seems that it's now become the beer to mark each anniversary, albeit with a tweak year on year. And why not? It's the highest rated Australian beer on Untappd, after all, and is a beer with character that develops interest over time. That said, you may want to crack the Mach… Read more
Style
Black Belgian IPA
ABV
8.2%
Stockists

Bridge Road

Berry Bottleshop

The Park Hotel

The Wheaty

Banks Fine Wine

Belgian Beer Cafe, Eureka

Grape and Grain

Olinda Cellars

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Burleigh Brewing Black Giraffe 2013

Tapped July 18th, 2013
This annual collaboration between the Gold Coast's Burleigh Brewing and their nearby roasters Zarraffa's Coffee is one we look forward to at Crafty Towers. And this year's release is another welcome arrival. Featuring "hundreds of kilos" of freshly roasted coffee, it's a seriously black and seriously balanced lager. The ethically-sourced, Guatemalan coffee joins chocolate, caramel and toffee malts to ensure it's part of a rounded brew rather than dominating, while the American hops are… Read more
Style
Coffee Lager
ABV
5.0%
Bitterness
50 IBU
Stockists

Check the brewery's Giraffe Tracker

Eagle Bay Black IPA

Tapped July 17th, 2013
The folks at Eagle Bay, the brewery with a rather enviable hilltop spot at the northwestern tip of the Margaret River region, has a couple of winter seasonals line up for 2013. The first is this Black IPA, which takes its inspiration - and its hops (Cascade, Centennial and Simcoe) - from the US to create a beer that combines "prominent pine and citrus hop aroma" with "hints of chocolate and coffee". It's a beer the brewer says is "rich and robust", "delicious"… Read more
Style
Black IPA
ABV
5.&%
Bitterness
60 IBU
Stockists

Eagle Bay Brewery

Pourhouse, Dunsborough

Clancy's Dunsborough

Mane Liquor

Cellarbrations at Willagee

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Red Hill Imperial Stout 2013

Tapped July 13th, 2013
Every winter, the number of Imperial Stouts released by Aussie micros increases. This year we've seen them head well past 10 per cent, use Belgian yeasts, spend time in barrels, cram in tonnes of American hops and even, in one particularly silly case, feature heaps of molluscs. The one that started it all was Red Hill's and this year they celebrated the fact by launching the 2013 vintage at their Secret Stash weekend alongside aged earlier releases stretching back to 2008. The latest remains faithful… Read more
Style
Imperial Stout
ABV
8.1%
Stockists

Firkin / handpump:

Belgian Beer Cafe Eureka

Royston

The Local Taphouse St Kilda

The Local Taphouse Darlo

Keg:

Pope Joan

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Redoak Chateau Sour

Tapped July 10th, 2013
Even by Redoak's impressive standards, when it comes to winning awards few of David Hollyoak's beers have enjoyed success quite like that of the Chateau Sour in 2014. A true labour of love, this beer starts out with a base beer created from specialty Chateau malts from Belgium then undergoes spontaneous fermentation in old oak with whatever yeasts are in the air around the brewery at the time. David says: "The beer is wild fermented in barrels, which give it a bit of wood, but as we use old… Read more
Style
Flemish Red
ABV
5.0%

Murray's / The Crafty Pint Auld Bulgin' Boysterous Bicep

Tapped July 9th, 2013
We've said plenty about this beer created in collaboration with Murray's so won't say much more here. What's more, as it's kind of our beer it would be wrong to say much about it anyway. That's part of the reason why we've decided to run a little competition inviting you to review it for us in 50 words or less, with the best and most entertaining received by August 9 winning a t-shirt. What we can say is that it's a 10 per cent Smoked Belgio Imperial Mussel & Oyster Stout featuring heaps of Port… Read more
Style
Smoked Belgio Imperial Mussel & Oyster Stout
ABV
10%
Stockists

Grain Store

Murray's

Rubber Duckie Taphouse

Oak Barrel, Sydney

Beer Cartel

[Union Hotel Newtown](/beer/bar/union-hote

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4 Pines Keller Door Series: USA 2013

Tapped July 4th, 2013
They love celebrating the nations of the world at 4 Pines. Give them a country marking an occasion of significance and they'll give you a new beer; sometimes four. Once again they've used Independence Day as an excuse to head to the brewery armed with tonnes of hops to create a series of US-inspired ales. It's the fourth time they've marked Independence Day in such a manner, with this year's beers the 10th, 11th and 12th Yankee beers. As brewery owner Jaron tells us: "This occasion is perfect… Read more
Style
Various US hop bombs
ABV
Various
Stockists

4 Pines

Good bars and bottleshops nationally

Young Henrys Mother Shucka

Tapped July 3rd, 2013
They're like London buses, these oyster stouts. You wait an age for one to turn up then two come along at the same time. Yes, pipping The Crafty Pint's effort with Murray's to the public by a week or two comes the Mother Shucka from Young Henrys. Brewed with four dozen Sydney Rock Oysters that went in shells and all to the whirlpool, the inspiration for the beer came one night when brewers Oscar and Rich were enjoying a few oysters at a dinner party and it came out that Oscar's mum is known as the… Read more
Style
Oyster Stout
ABV
6.7%
Stockists

Union Hotel Newtown

Old Growler

Young Henrys

Petersham Bowling Club

Royal Albert Hotel

And Young Henrys' beers "usual haunts"

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