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!

Green Beacon The Digger – Anzac Bock

Tapped September 1st, 2014
This beer was originally conceived with beer educator and writer Matt Kirkegaard of Brews News for the annual Media Brew competition at Beervana NZ. It's brewed with golden syrup and oats and plenty of New Zealand Motueka hop in the hopback as a tip of the hat to the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the Great War and the making of the original ANZAC diggers. Say the people behind it: "We celebrate the friendship between Australia and New Zealand in a far happier light, brought together… Read more
Style
Bock
ABV
7.0%

Grifter Brewing Co Coven

Tapped August 29th, 2014
It might just be us, but there seems to be a bit of a sinister air surrounding the Grifter Brewing Company these days. Following on from their winter oatmeal stout release, The Omen, comes Coven, an amber ale firmly encased within some striking coffin-shaped imagery. The word 'Coven' represents a gathering of witches and it's true you can almost imagine the three Grifter boys huddled around a vigorously overflowing boil, giant paddles held aloft, chanting, 'Double double, toil and trouble!â?.… Read more
Style
Amber Ale
ABV
5.7%
Stockists

NSW:

Bank Hotel

Baxter Inn

Dove & Olive

Foxtrot

Frankies Pizza

Gasoline Pony

Harts Pub

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Nail Red

Tapped August 20th, 2014
Having become increasingly convinced that Nail's founder John Stallwood is Australia's maestro of malt on the back of staggeringly consistently high quality releases such as his Oatmeal Stout, Hughe Dunn Imperial Brown Ale, Imperial Red Ale, Imperial Porter and Clout Stout, we expected this Red Ale to be another exploration of just how much character and depth could be expressed in a beer via the mastery of beer's backbone ingredient. So imagine our surprise when the first thing to hit us as the… Read more
Style
Red Ale
ABV
6.0%
Bitterness
35 IBU

Young Henrys Red Hop Poker

Tapped August 19th, 2014
The folks at Young Henrys couldn't be accused of not enjoying a lil' bit o' Yee Haw! Harking all the way back to one of their very first limited releases, the Yippee IA (Imperial Amber Ale), the chaps with the chaps have never shirked away from the opportunity for a Southern-inspired celebration, be it barn dance, hoedown or boot scoot. And now they've gone and developed themselves a Texas-style Red Hop Poker. Originally brewed for the Carnivore's Ball in Marrickville, this is an India Red Ale that… Read more
Style
India Red Ale
ABV
6.2%

4 Pines Keller Door: Imperial India Brown Ale

Tapped August 18th, 2014
Up until now, Sydney's 4 Pines has tended to use its occasional bottled Keller Door releases to showcase beers a little different from their core range without straying too far from the 4 Pines path. There have been single hop IPAs, an Oktoberfest lager and a hoppy amber. But, for their latest, there's been something of a change of tack, one that has essentially seen things ratcheted up several notches. And when we say "things" we mean hops, malt and booze content. The Imperial Brown Ale… Read more
Style
Imperial Brown Ale
ABV
8.0%
Stockists

Good bottleshops nationwide

Moon Dog Black Lung IV

Tapped August 12th, 2014
In a recent radio interview to chat about our new beer book, the host in Brisbane plucked a few beers from its pages that had caught her eyes for different reasons. Among them was Black Lung, with its eye-catching packaging – a suit-and-tie-wearing skeleton with hole in its skull smoking multiple cigars – prompting a question about the importance of presentation in the craft beer world. Acknowledging that Moon Dog's was among the most visually arresting, we suggested it would only get a brewery… Read more
Style
Smoked Stout
ABV
9.1%
Stockists

At good craft beer venues nationwide.

If you want help finding it near you, contact Moon Dog's distributor Phoenix.

Bridge Road Brewers B2 Bomber Mach 4.0

Tapped August 8th, 2014
One of Bridge Road's most popular annual releases is back in its fourth incarnation. The B2 Bomber first took to the skies to mark the brewery's birthday back in 2010. Ever since then (barring one exception) it has been the birthday brew, evolving (well, being beefed up is probably more accurate) each year. It's a melding of styles that takes in black IPA and Belgium, with the former meaning plenty of dark malts and punchy hops, the latter providing a fruity, herbal yeast character. Last year saw… Read more
Style
Belgian Black IPA
ABV
8.6%
Stockists

Bottles:

Grape and Grain Morrabbin

Olinda Cellars

Slowbeer

Barny's

Beer Cartel

The Park Hotel

Kegs:

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Van Dieman Giblin Imperial Stout & Enigma IPA

Tapped August 8th, 2014
Clearly Will Tatchell is something of a glutton for punishment - or has a team of eager beavers on hand come packaging day. Because having been inspired to follow the Belgian lead and painstakingly wrap the 2,500 bottles of his Hedgerow Sour in pretty paper, he's done the same with this year's release of his Giblin Imperial Stout. Given many of the imperial stouts coming out from Australian brewers these days tip the scales above 10 percent, this one is a pretty restrained affair; at 7.7 percent… Read more
Style
Imperial Stout & IPA
ABV
7.7% & other
Stockists

Saint John Craft Beer, Launceston

Crown Cellars

Mill Providore, Launceston

Alps & Amici, Launceston

Cool Wine, Hobart

Abbey Bottleshop, Hobart

Club Hotel, Burnie

Slowbeer

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Young Henrys & Holgate I Should Coco

Tapped August 6th, 2014
It's no secret that the team at Newtown's Young Henrys love to collaborate. Roast coffee? Come and make beer with us! Got vanilla? Come make beer with us! In a rockin' band? Come and make beer with us! Run a radio station... Well, you get the message. It's not that often, however, that they make beer with other brewers but, following a few real ales shared at this year's Good Beer Week Cask Off, owner Richard Adamson got chatting to Holgate Brewhouse founder Paul Holgate and a plan was hatched. Young… Read more
Style
Chocolate Truffle Stout
ABV
6.2%
Stockists

Young Henrys

Rose of Australia

Freda's

Angry Pirate

Lord Dudley

Petersham Bowling Club

Art Bar

More Sydney venues to come with some heading to Melbourne

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3 Ravens Druid

Tapped July 30th, 2014
You can tell 3 Ravens head brewer Adrian McNulty is being given free rein in the brewery these days. The man has musical tastes of a particularly dark, intense and heavy shade of black and the creation of beers such as Black Mass ' a whisky barrel-aged chipotle and vanilla porter ' and now this Pedro Ximenez barrel-aged Belgian strong dark ale named Druid would seem to reflect brew days soundtracked by intense aural assaults. Having enjoyed the Druid on tap and from the bottle, we feel that maybe… Read more
Style
Barrel-aged Belgian Quad
ABV
11.0%
Stockists

McCoppins

McCoppins Abbotsford

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Slowbeer

[Purvis Cellars](/beer/bottleshop/p

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3 Ravens USB (Uber Special Bitter)

Tapped July 29th, 2014
On the night of the 2014 Australian International Beer Awards, shortly after 3 Ravens head brewer Adrian McNulty had collected the trophy for Champion Small Australian Brewery, we asked one of his colleagues: "Does this mean Adrian will be allowed to brew USB again?" The beer ' essentially a souped up version of their English Ale ' was always a favourite at Crafty Towers but, when the brewery was taken over by Mash in 2013 the brewing of all limited release beers was put on hiatus to focus… Read more
Style
Strong English Bitter
ABV
6.2%
Stockists

McCoppins

McCoppins Abbotsford

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Slowbeer

[Purvis Cellars](/beer/bottleshop/p

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Mountain Goat Smoke 'n' Mike

Tapped July 28th, 2014
Just the other day, we wrote that you don't often see a lager from Mountain Goat. So they go and release their second in a fortnight... It's also the second In Breed in a fortnight too (where one of the in-house brewers gets to create a beer of their own), this time a beer based on the pale German Helles style of lager but with a smoky kick that's been created by, you've guessed it, Mike. The follow up to his first beer, Mike's Third Nut, is a light copper-coloured beer that uses a touch of classic… Read more
Style
Smoky Lager
ABV
6.1%
Bitterness
30 IBU

Murray's / Crafty Pint Auld Bulgin' Boysterous Bicep '14

Tapped July 25th, 2014
The unlikely tale of the Auld Bulgin' Boysterous Bicep rolls on, getting smokier and fishier as it goes. For those new to the beer, it began as an idea at Crafty Towers for a beer to enter the Beervana 2012 Media Brew competition, became a 10 percent smoked imperial oyster and mussel stout brewed with a Trappist yeast, won the competition with a perfect score and was scaled up from that 20 litre batch to a commercial release last year. Murray's head brewer Shawn Sherlock said it would never be repeated… Read more
Style
Smoked Imperial Belgio Mollusc Stout
ABV
10.0%
Stockists

Murray's

Good craft beer stockists around Australia

Beervana 2014 Australia Bar

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Cavalier / Proud Mary Imperial Coffee Stout

Tapped July 22nd, 2014
This isn't the first time Cavalier has released an imperial stout and it's not the first time they've worked with Melbourne roasters Proud Mary either, having created a Black Coffee IPA to represent Melbourne for Time Out at Good Beer Week 2013. It is the first time they've combined an imperial stout with Proud Mary's coffee, however. The Imperial Coffee Stout is a draught only release and, as you'd expect, it's a nigh on black affair with a sofft brown, crema-like head. The coffee is the hero too,… Read more
Style
Imperial Coffee Stout
Stockists

The Fox Hotel, Collingwood and South Melbourne

The Catfish

Sweeney's Rooftop

And coming to "the usual suspects" in VIC, QLD, NSW & SA

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Hargreaves Hill / Deschutes Hopburst IPA

Tapped July 19th, 2014
His predecessor in the head brewer role always professed to a love of black beers (and wasted little time knocking one out at his new home), but the new occupant of the role at Hargreaves Hill seems to have quite the affinity with hops. Since moving across the Yarra Valley from White Rabbit earlier this year, Kai Dambergs has made the Pale leaner and more hop forward, created an imperial IPA, a hopped up American Wheat and a number of IPAs, of which this is the latest. It's the result of a collaboration… Read more
Style
American IPA
ABV
6.3%
Stockists

Beer Deluxe, Fed Square

Belgian Beer Cafe Melbourne

Hotel Lincoln

Junction Beer Hall

Nieuw Amsterdam

The Alehouse Project

[Gert

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Shenanigans Brewing Red Sky

Tapped July 19th, 2014
It’s always nice to hear about businesses listening to their customers. For the 2014 Sydney Craft Beer and Cider Fair, the Shenanigans brewers pulled out three new test recipes for punters to try. The first was an Imperial Black IPA, the second was an Oatmeal Stout bristling with chilli and the third was a jasmine and hibiscus infused IPA. It was the last of these that proved a huge hit and convinced them to brew a full size commercial batch. The Red Sky IPA is inspired by a beer from the States,… Read more
Style
Spiced American IPA
ABV
6.5%

Van Dieman Hedgerow 2014

Tapped July 17th, 2014
Tasmanian brewer Van Dieman's Hedgerow has had an interesting development. Originally a soft, malt led annual release that made use of various pickings from around head brewer Will Tatchell's parents' farm, where there brewery is based, in 2012 he decided to place it into pinot barrels too. The result was a delightful, spritzy, fruity and delicate sour that ended up collecting gold at last year's Australian International Beer Awards. It's been a couple of years between Hedgerows and again there has… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Sour
ABV
6.6%
Stockists

Saint John Craft Beer, Launceston

Crown Cellars

Mill Providore, Launceston

Alps & Amici, Launceston

Cool Wine, Hobart

Abbey Bottleshop, Hobart

Club Hotel, Burnie

Slowbeer

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Moon Dog Cold Drip War

Tapped July 16th, 2014
The GABS 2014 beers keep on coming, with the latest cab off the ranks the entry from Melbourne's Moon Dog. The Stalin-endorsed beer is tagged as a coffee and chicory porter, but has a wee bit more besides, with a touch of rye malt in the grist. The coffee (from their friends and neighbours at Coffee Supreme) was added during conditioning with the chicory making an appearance in the boil. As for the inspiration, it turns out that during the late 70s there was a coffee crisis in East Germany so a replacement… Read more
Style
Coffee & Chicory Porter
ABV
6.4%
Bitterness
40 IBU
Stockists

At good craft beer venues nationwide.

If you want help finding it near you, contact Moon Dog's distributor Phoenix.

Mountain Goat In Breed The Bogan

Tapped July 15th, 2014
Mountain Goat's In Breed series of beers is the one that allows its brewers to concoct their own brew (Rare Breeds come from on high, Cross Breeds involve other brewers or outside forces). Thus far it has seen the likes of the Craig series, the Naz and Mike's Third Nut leave the brewery and now it's the turn of The Bogan. The beer has been devised by the brewery's resident Bogan, John Bogan, a chap who began doing as much volunteering as he could to get a foot in the door before being welcomed into… Read more
Style
Dark Lager
ABV
5.3%
Stockists

Mountain Goat

Bendigo On The Hop (only keg going to regional Vic)

The Wheaty

Rockwell and Sons

The Alehouse Project

More TBC

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Mash Brewing Rye Porter

Tapped July 11th, 2014
Ever since bringing in a new head brewer two or three years back, Mash Brewing in the Swan Valley has been impressing with its beers, from the unique, subtly oaked session beer Grasscutter, the fine recreation of an English IPA, Challenger, and most recently the newly crowned Champion Australian Beer Copy Cat American IPA. Despite taking ownership of Melbourne's 3 Ravens last year, which allows them to brew some Mash beers on the East Coast, many of their limited releases only (or at least initially)… Read more
Style
Rye Porter
ABV
4.2%
Stockists

All three Mash Brewing venues

Selected craft beer venues

Beervana NZ

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