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!

Bridge Road's The Harvest (2011)

Tapped April 16th, 2011
When a brewer makes it clear he's adding a truckload of wet hops to his hop harvest beer - and not allowing anything but wet hops anywhere near the brew - you've got to assume he's aiming for a beer that encapsulates as best as possible the experience of grabbing a handful of hop cones straight from the vine. And from the moment you pop Bridge Road's third annual Harvest into a glass, that's what you get. Just like drinking a fresh Stone & Wood Pacific Ale is like sticking your face into a bag… Read more
Style
Hop Harvest Ale
ABV
4.6%

Mountain Goat Fancy Pants (2011)

Tapped April 15th, 2011
One of the Goat's most popular limited releases is back. The Fancy Pants was originally described by Goat founder Dave Bonighton as "what Hightail would be if there were no budget constraints" - and this is its fourth appearance. We've not tasted this year's batch yet, but it's been tapped at the brewery this week which means it'll be hitting taps at bars soon. Loads of fresh hop flowers are added post-boil in the hopback with a heap more thrown into the fermenter to create what we described… Read more
Style
Amber Ale
ABV
4.9%
Stockists

Mountain Goat

Blackhearts & Sparrows (Growlers when available)

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Mornington Peninsula Imperial IPA

Tapped April 14th, 2011
Given the reception the brewery's recent IPA got, there's going to plenty of people awaiting the arrival of its big brother. The latest specialty beer from Mornington Peninsula is an Imperial IPA, tipping the scales at a hold-onto-your-hats-folks 8.5% ABV. Brewer AG says it's "burnt orange in colour" and "delivers ripe stonefruit and rock candy aromas through the lavish additions of American aroma hops". As for the palate, he says the hops are in charge there too - "citrus,… Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
ABV
8.5%
Bitterness
120IBU

MONA Hop Harvest Ale

Tapped April 11th, 2011
Unless you're near Hobart, you're gonna have to travel for this one. Moo Brew's Hop Harvest Ale is the first beer they're going to hold onto for themselves, serving it only at the new Mona Winery Bar. It's a wet-hopped version of the brewery's Pale Ale, using fresh Summer hops (also known as Summer Saaz - a variety only recently developed by Hop Products Australia at nearby Bushy Park), picked by the brewers and thrown straight into the tanks. According to Mona's bar manager Kris Miles: "It… Read more
Style
Hop Harvest Ale
ABV
5%
Stockists

Mona Winery Bar

Red Hill Hop Harvest Ale (2011)

Tapped April 9th, 2011
They say there's no better way to sample a beer than fresh from the brewery. Presumably that makes tasting it at the brewery, straight from the bright tank, through a traditional hand pump only installed on the bar 24 hours earlier is about as fresh as you can get. Either way, this year's Hop Harvest Ale is tasting pretty special. It's the annual release from Red Hill that makes use of the fresh hops grown on their farm - picked by friends and used in a brew the same day - and the 2011 could be their… Read more
Style
ESB (Extra Special Bitter)
ABV
6.0%

3 Ravens Double Ale Noir

Tapped April 8th, 2011
The latest limited release (very limited release) from 3 Ravens has undergone quite a journey. It takes the concept of last year's first Ale Noir (a Geelong Pinot Noir barrel-aged take on their Dark smoke beer) and adds another dimension. The barrel that was used last time around was refilled with Dark beer which spent ten months maturing. A second batch of Dark was placed into a fresh Pinot barrel for six weeks and then the two were blended. The result is a 6.5% beer that brewer Dave Brough says… Read more
Style
Oak Aged Smoke Beer
ABV
6.5%

Murray's Retro Rocket

Tapped April 2nd, 2011
Now here's a beer that's got Crafty intrigued. Billed as Australia's smallest IPA, it's a 2.8% beer that somehow packs in a lot of flavour - including pretty fierce bitterness, according to brewer Shawn Sherlock when we caught up with him last month for an interview we'll be running on the site soon. According to Murray's, it's brewed with British malts, "carries a big, almost over the top hop flavour and aroma" and is coppery red in colour. Perfect with tandoori chicken or a tikka masala… Read more
Style
Light IPA(!)
ABV
2.8%

Burleigh Brewing Fanny Gertrude's Bickie Beer

Tapped March 31st, 2011
Fanny's back! The beer that made its debut on tap at The Local Taphouse's Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular had a genesis as unusual as the actual brew itself, with deliveries of ingredients held up by the Queensland floods, thus making it a race against time to have it ready for the festival. As for the beer, the Gold Coast brewers added everything you'd expect from an Anzac bickie - coconut, golden syrup, oats - to create a really rather unique beer. Equal parts cream soda, nuts, toffee and the… Read more
Style
Cream Ale
ABV
5.0%
Stockists

Beer DeLuxe

Biero

Burleigh Brewing

IN BOTTLES:

Burleigh Brewing

Archive West End

Nectar

Sp

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Murray's Angry Man Brown Ale

Tapped March 29th, 2011
Given his regular musings online, one wonders if this is a beer based on Murray himself. Either way, when we tasted last year's batch, it found favour with Crafty. Big Brown Ales are a treat if done well (think Baird's from Japan) with everything - hops and malt characters - cranked right up for a palate-coating beer journey in every mouthful. We're yet to taste this year's version, which is the first time the Angry Man has ever been bottled as well as kegged, but are told it's "bitter up front… Read more
Style
American Brown Ale
ABV
6.5%
Stockists

Murray's

Slowbeer

Penny Blue

Newcastle: BYO on Beaumont (Hamilton), Bottle O Lambton, Bottle O Wickham, Cellarbrations Adamstown, Delany Hotel, Warners At The Bay

Sydney: C

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3 Ravens Uber Blond

Tapped March 28th, 2011
It might sound like the return of Brigitte Nielsen, but this is in fact the latest release under Thornbury brewer 3 Raven's Uber range, one which sees them take their Blond (or Golden Ale, depending how you know it) as a starting point then head into strong lager territory. Looking towards Europe - in particularly Germany - it's a recreation of an altbier, albeit something of an Uber version of that (its subtitle "Sticke Alt" means secret altbier - the one you'd have to request from the… Read more
Style
Altbier
ABV
6.4%
Bitterness
30 IBU

2 Brothers Grizz

Tapped March 24th, 2011
For Grizz, 2 Brothers returned to the land that gave them the inspiration to start their own brewery in the first place: the US of A. The beer that was originally introduced as a seasonal but has become a key figured in the 2 Brothers permanent lineup is an American amber inspired by Mack and Jack's Amber from Redmond, Washington. It delivers a great balance of rich, caramel and toffee malts with piney, earthy, citrusy and slightly spicy US hops, making for one of the best examples of the style… Read more
Style
American Amber Ale
ABV
5.7%
Awards

Gold – Australian International Beer Awards 2017

The Thorny Goat

Tapped March 11th, 2011
You could have some fun with this one. Grab a mate, pour them a glass and offer it up without warning. Practically black, shot through with blood red tints if held to the light, and with a hint of tan in its head, they'll be certain they're about to tuck into a porter or lighter bodied stout. At this point, we should point out that this will work better if said mate has no sense of smell or a bad cold at the time, as otherwise the pretense will collapse well before the drink enters their mouth thanks… Read more
Style
Black IPA
ABV
6.8%
Stockists

Mountain Goat

Slowbeer

Purvis Beer Richmond

Corner Hotel, Richmond

McCoppins, Fitzroy and Abbotsford

Church St Cellars

Vaucluse Hotel

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2 Brothers Chief

Tapped March 7th, 2011
This 2 Brothers seasonal release has previously only been available in draught form - and, being based on the Oktoberfest beer style, usually timed to hit taps around October. Given the Oktoberfest beers were spawned from the German Mí¤rzen style - a strong lager brewed in March to last through the summer when hotter temperatures could affect brewing conditions back in the Middle Ages - it makes perfect sense to release some in March too. So here comes The Chief in bottled form (plus a few kegs).… Read more
Style
Oktoberfest / Märzen
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

2 Brothers

Slowbeer

Purvis Beer

Blackhearts & Sparrows

[Valley Cellar Door](/beer/bottleshop/valley-cellar-do

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Bright Pinky Framboise

Tapped March 6th, 2011
They've been feeling fruity up in the Victorian mountains, it seems, with Bright deciding to mark the end of the summer with a Raspberry Lambic. Brewed using 60kg of locally grown raspberries from Bright Berry Farms, the brewers tell us it pours an "eye-catching red/pink colour" and has a "distinct berry aroma" that "leads into a tart upfront flavour which is instantly recognisable as raspberry". It's the first time they've made the beer in three years but still get… Read more

Mornington Peninsula Saison

Tapped February 23rd, 2011
The latest specialty release from Mornington Peninsula will be hoping to catch the last of the summer as it's their take on the Saison style brewed in Belgium for the benefit of thirsty harvest workers. We've yet to get Crafty's smackers around it, but if the quality of its predecessor, the wonderfully full-flavoured IPA is anything to go by, we won't be wasting any time in doing so. According to brewer AG, the beer "pours a hazy orange colour with an off white head" with "tart and… Read more
Style
Saison
ABV
6%
Stockists

Mornington Peninsula Brewery

The Local Taphouse St Kilda

Local Taphouse Darlinghurst

Josie Bones

The Terminus

[Biero](/beer/ba

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Murray's Imperious

Tapped February 12th, 2011
A massive beer to launch a massive new range from Murray's, the Imperious is to Belgian beers what the Wild Thing is to stouts. This experimental Imperial Belgian Blond is the highest ABV beer Murray's has brewed to date. It contains a blend of British and German malts, fresh New Zealand-grown hops, and a classic Belgian yeast strain. This gives it a classic Belgian yeast profile ' strong esters and light phenolics - along with a tropical hop character (sweet mouthfilling apricot/stonefruit-like… Read more
Style
Imperial Belgian Blond
ABV
11%

Stone & Wood Red Relief

Tapped February 12th, 2011
Originally under construction for The Local Taphouse's Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular - and intended as a prototype for a potential third permanent member of the brewery's lineup - this beer became a fundraising tool when the floods hit Queensland early in 2011. Given it's a red beer and it was hoping to raise around $20,000 for the Flood Relief appeal, the name came easy. As for the beer, it's a darker beast than anything (except perhaps their occasional Stone Beer release) to come out of the… Read more
Style
Red Ale
ABV
4.7%

Bridge Road Chevalier Dunkelweizen

Tapped February 11th, 2011
With so much attention lavished on the other two members of the Chevalier range - the Saison and Biere de Garde - the Dunkel's been shunned a little: it's like the Beechworth Cinderella that's picked on and kept out of sight by her ugly sisters (although we're not suggesting there's anything ugly about either of those beers - quite the opposite). But just as Cinderella had her little glass slipper, so the Dunkelweizen has a little trick up its sleeve, in the form of a brand new recipe from brewer… Read more
Style
Dunkelweizen
ABV
5.2%

Little Creatures East Kent Goldings

Tapped February 11th, 2011
hey seem to like bucking the trend at Little Creatures. First their Pale (or Live as it was then) introduced the Aussie beer drinking world to US style hoppy pales. And now, while everyone else is using their limited releases to create something wild and crazy, they're firing out rather more traditional beers under their Single Batch banner, such as the Oatmeal Stout and now this, the East Kent Goldings Ale. It's a single hop affair, using the classic English hop that features in some of their other… Read more
Style
English Bitter
ABV
4.5%
Bitterness
30 IBU
Stockists

Little Creatures Dining Hall

Little Creatures, Freo

Purvis Beer Richmond

Purvis Beer

[Carwyn Cellars](/beer/bottleshop/carwyn

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Murray's Punk Monk

Tapped February 11th, 2011
Punk by name, yet refined by nature, this seasonal from Murray's might sport a ravishing pink label but inside it's all rather elegant. For those who've gorged on some of the brewery's big, bold expressions of intent in recent months, it's a chance to give your palate a different sort of work out, one in which it is caressed by what brewer Shawn Sherlock claims is a hybrid of a few Belgian styles, influenced by Saisons and Belgian Blond Ales with a nod to Belgian Trippels. The classic estery and… Read more
Style
Belgian hybrid
ABV
7.5%
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