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!

Red Hill Temptation

Tapped October 28th, 2014
Crafty Pint notes from 2010 The Crafty clan once attended a superb beer dinner featuring the Red Hill range at Circa, in St Kilda, when Matt "Pope Joan" Wilkinson was still the head chef. The Temptation was paired with the appetiser in place of a glass of bubbly - and you can see why Matt picked it. Not just because of the amount of fizz that gives it a luscious foamy white head, but because of the flavour profile. There are hints of white wine grape in there plus a touch of tartness.… Read more
Style
Strong Belgian Golden Ale
ABV
8.0%
Stockists

2014 Stockists

KEG:

The Alehouse Project

Beer De Luxe Hawthorn

East of Everything

Belgian Beer Cafe Eureka

Local Taphouse St Kilda

The Fox Collingwood

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Bright Brewery Stubborn Russian 2014

Tapped October 22nd, 2014
The quality of beers he was releasing pretty much from the start of his time at Bright suggested young brewer Jon Seltin was one to watch. But it was on a visit to the brewery a couple of summers ago and a chance bumping into Jon (who was supposed to be on holiday but clearly couldn't keep away) that the attention to detail, creativity and ambition became apparent. Among the toys and experiments he unveiled was a barrel filled with a "stock ale", a type of beer originating in 18th century… Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV
8.9%
Stockists

Bright Brewery (draught & bottle)

Slowbeer

Grape & Grain

Olinda Cellars

TRU BRU

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Stone & Wood Limited Release Lager

Tapped October 22nd, 2014
Making the most of the relative freedom before the summer onslaught demands both their breweries knock out nothing but Pacific Ale, the Stone & Wood team continues what's been, by their standards, a deluge of limited release beers. This one is something of a twist on their lager and sounds a little like past Kellerbier releases, albeit rather larger. The beer chosen to mark the arrival of Spring takes its inspiration from Germany – and its hops from there too. Coinciding with the Northern Hemisphere… Read more
Style
Unfiltered Lager
ABV
5.8%
Stockists

Check out the venues it's hitting taps here.

High Country Brewers Rule 47 Collaboration 2014

Tapped October 21st, 2014
The beauty of a beer writer joining a brewery in a marketing role: they love the opportunity to exercise their writing talents. Case in point is James Davidson, former Beer Bar Band blogger and Brews News contributor now ensconced happily at Bright Brewery in the Victorian High Country, which hosted the second High Country brewers collab brew earlier this year and sent us through the story of the day. He tells us: "Last year the High Country Brewery Trail started a new initiative by collaborating… Read more
Style
India Pale Wit
ABV
6.6%
Stockists

On tap at all four breweries

Good bottleshops (where you'd expect to find Bridge Road limited releases)

Mountain Goat Yuzu Saison

Tapped October 21st, 2014
As became apparent again when introducing head brewer Dave Edney and Goat's IPA at the Australian Hotel Meet the Brewer sessions, the Richmond brewery has made a tonne of IPAs. But it's also occurred to us that they've now managed to sneak a fair few saisons out without anyone necessarily associating them with the style like, say, Bridge Road or La Sirene. There have been various "straight" saisons using different yeast strains, others made with various herbs and spices and, best of all,… Read more
Style
Fruit Saison
ABV
6.4%
Stockists

Mountain Goat

Catfish

The Alehouse Project

The Mallow, Ballarat

Odyssey Tavern, Torquay

The Local Taphouse St Kilda

Carwyn Cellars

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Mornington Peninsula Brewery Oatmeal Pale

Tapped October 20th, 2014
When announcing details of his last limited release, Mornington's head brewer promised they'd be ramping up to their former frequency now that the installation of a new brewery is complete. And true to his word, here's another. It's one that's inspired by a few styles he's spied in the US, one that uses oatmeal – an ingredient more commonly found in darker beers such as stouts – within a pale. He tells us: "This is a style that a few breweries in the US are starting to brew so l thought… Read more
Style
Oatmeal Pale
ABV
5.1%
Stockists

Bitter Phew

Duck Inn

Grain Store

Beer DeLuxe Fed Sq

Brother Burger

Oscars

Raccoon Club

Royal Hotel Clifton Hill

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Grifter Brewing Co Swill of the Gods II

Tapped October 20th, 2014
Things tend to be a bit easier the first time around. Come up with a good idea, do it well and people will more than likely respond favourably. Not so with sequels. The preconception, expectation and anticipation can be the fast route to a road to ruin, littered with failed follow-ups and haunted by the cast of Teen Wolf Too. So it takes a certain gumption to not just dwell on past success but take the original idea and improve on it. Which brings us to the Swill of the Gods II. Last year the Grifter… Read more
Style
Wee Heavy
ABV
7.0%
Stockists

Frankie's, Sydney

Baxter's, Sydney

More TBC

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Shenanigans Brewing Holey Porter!

Tapped October 17th, 2014
Any beer bearing the Shenanigans label is likely to cause a few heads to turn. But when they announce a new series of limited releases under the banner of ‘Stunt Beer’, you’d be forgiven for keeping an eye out for flaming motorcycles flying by. To begin with, this is a porter. But then it’s given some extra special treatment by way of oak. Not oak barrels - anyone can do oak barrels - but oak that’s been soaked in rum; proper pirate-like stuff. That in itself is rather appropriate considering… Read more
Style
Spiced Rum Porter
ABV
6.5%
Stockists

Shenanigans' Sydney Craft Beer Week events

Following that TBC

Nail Brewing Beazle Brew American Amber

Tapped October 15th, 2014
For a man who used to brew only a couple of beers all year round, Nail's John Stallwood is certainly keeping us busy with new releases these days. As well as the core range, he's been sending beers out under the Brew Log moniker every few weeks, has an ever-growing lineup of imperial beers and is starting to line up some, such as the Hughe Dunn Imperial Brown and this Beazle Brew as annual releases. The Beazle is another beer dedicated to someone in John's life, this time around Daniel Bell, a member… Read more
Style
American Amber
ABV
5.0%
Bitterness
39 IBU
Stockists

Nationwide at good bottleshops and bars

Holgate Brewhouse 15th Anniversary White Ale & Big Stein

Tapped October 12th, 2014
If one thing was clear from the chat we have with Paul and Natasha Holgate when preparing a write up on their recent 15th anniversary was that they've never really done things the easy way but, instead, what they believed was the right way. Their first two releases back in 1999 showed that they'd do what they wanted, with Paul opting to announce Holgate with the Old Pale Ale (now the ESB) and a white ale inspired by Hoegaarden. While the ESB lives on year round, the White Ale has become a lesser… Read more
Style
Belgian Witbier / Marzen
ABV
6.0% / 4.5%
Stockists

Holgate Brewhouse

Holgate stockists nationwide

Nail Brewing Clout Stout 2014

Tapped October 10th, 2014
If anyone was in doubt about the standards Nail’s founder John Stallwood sets for his annual Clout Stout release, they need look no further than the circumstances surrounding this year’s beer. Last year, he brewed a couple of batches he intended to be Clout Stout but when the beer didn’t nudge past the 10 percent mark, he deemed it unworthy of the Clout mantle. Instead it became the Clayden Brew Imperial Porter – named after his son – and was still good enough to win beer lovers' hearts… Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV
10.8%
Stockists

At quality craft beer stockists nationwide

Grifter Brewing Co Bright Eye

Tapped October 8th, 2014
Even the most ardent beer geek would have to admit there are times when you couldn’t care less if a beer is barrel-aged, wild fermented, spice-infused or a collaboration with your local hairdresser. More hops? No thanks. Sometimes you just want a bloody beer, mate. No fuss, no extras. In truth, that’s probably what most people want most of the time – it seems to work pretty well for the multinational brewers. Now, given that context, should it surprise you to hear the boys at the Grifter Brewing… Read more
Style
Pilsner
ABV
4.4%

Mornington Peninsula Brewery Russel Brown

Tapped October 7th, 2014
What with a new brewery coming online in recent weeks, things have been more than busy down at Mornington Peninsula Brewery. Hence a relative lack of one-off releases from them, at least compared to their normal prolific output. However, it seems that is about to change as in sending through details on a beer that debuted at the recent Alehouse Project Hopfest, head brewer AG signed off with: “Back to the good ol' days!” In other words, following this there’s another one following hot on its… Read more
Style
Belgian Brown Ale
ABV
6.6%
Stockists

Mornington Peninsula Brewery

The Alehouse Project

Spotted Mallard

Deja Vu

The Local Taphouse St Kilda

The Terminus

The Fitzroy Pinnacle

Grape & Grain

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Green Beacon The Whaler

Tapped October 1st, 2014
Another beer from Brisbane's Green Beacon drawing inspiration from the nautical world from which it takes its name. The Whaler is the brewery's 2014 Spring seasonal and comes from the story of The Duke of York, an old old wooden ship built in 1817 that traveled from London to Kangaroo Island, carrying passengers that would establish the first free settlement in Australia. The story goes that in September of 1837, on a golden Spring morning, the Duke met her fate. On her maiden voyage as a whaler,… Read more
Style
Golden Ale
ABV
4.1%
Bitterness
34 IBU

Moon Dog Jumping The Shark 2014

Tapped September 26th, 2014
It looks like September 2014 shall forever more be known as Saffron Month in the world of Australian craft beer, with Bendigo’s Brookes Beer and Abbotsford’s Moon Dog decided that for too darn long have drinkers been denied the chance to sample the spice obtained from the stigma of a crocus flower in their beer. Although for lovers of Moon Dog’s unique brand of experimental, high ABV madness, it will more likely be remembered as the month that “Ayyyyyyy!” returned as The Fonz reappeared… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Spiced Imperial Red Ale
ABV
14.1%
Stockists

At good craft beer venues nationwide.

Boatrocker Brewery Tripel

Tapped September 26th, 2014
Boatrocker’s love of all things Belgian continues with their latest short run release. The Tripel (or Trippel as it says on the tap decals) follows in the footsteps of the strong Belgian dark ale Sterk & Donker, being almost as strong but of the fairer tripel persuasion and pouring a bright, light golden colour. It also, like many beers of its ilk, seems to bring about a spot of synaesthesia at Crafty Towers in that this viscous liquid not only looks glistening but smells glistening: its combination… Read more
Style
Tripel
ABV
9.6%
Stockists

Keg:

The Terminus

Beer DeLuxe Hawthorn

Forester’s Hall

Carwyn Cellars

Bottles:

Blackhearts & Sparrows

McCoppins

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Hargreaves Hill Maibock

Tapped September 25th, 2014
As the seasons change and the Oktoberfests take hold, it’s time for Aussie brewers to turn their hands to brewing German style beers. For the most part, that means concocting a Marzen / Oktoberfestbier style maltier lager. At Hargreaves Hill, they’ve opted instead for a Maibock, essentially a stronger (and frequently hoppier) version of the delicate Munich helles lagers. They’ve brewed one before – in collaboration with Red Hill for a very early GABS – and this time have brewed with all… Read more
Style
Maibock
ABV
7.2%
Stockists

Hargreaves Hill

Beer DeLuxe

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Brother Burger & The Marvellous Brew

Carwyn Cellars

Deja Vu

Slowbeer

The Alehouse Project

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Temple Brewing Hefeweizen

Tapped September 24th, 2014
Given he spent a day in the company of Frank Piefer, head brewer at wheat beer maestros Weihenstephan, during this year’s Good Beer Week, you’d imagine Temple brewer Glenn Harrison picked up a thing or two about brewing a good hefeweizen. And so it is that, in time for Oktoberfest, he’s created one that he’s describing as a purely traditional take on the style. What that means is characteristics of vanilla and clove with a touch of banana – “but not too much” – wrapped up with some… Read more
Style
Hefeweizen
Stockists

Temple

Others TBC

Stone & Wood Mash Collective 4: Heartbreaker

Tapped September 23rd, 2014
There must be something in the air. At the same time that The Crafty Pint’s younger brother was getting a sleeve tattoo based on the old pipe-smoking dude from the original Mash Collective beer, Amasia, on one side of the planet, Mash Collective number 4 was making its way into bottles and kegs here in Australia. For those new to the concept, this Stone & Wood side project sees them bring together eclectic groups of people to conceive, design and brew a beer, as well as providing its accompanying… Read more
Style
Spiced Red Ale
ABV
5.5%
Stockists

Find it in draught and bottle form at these stockists nationwide

3 Ravens Little Raven India Saison

Tapped September 22nd, 2014
It’s been all change at 3 Ravens in recent months, with the old brewing team now ensconced at Two Birds and Moon Dog after picking up a couple of major trophies earlier in the year and a new team plucked from Holgate and Boneyard now in place. The new duo has embarked on a new series of limited releases that make use of the brewery’s 300 litre mini-system (upon which the brewery launched more than a decade ago). The first fruit to be born of this venture is an India Saison, essentially a hopped… Read more
Style
Hoppy Saison
ABV
6.5%
Stockists

The Alehouse Project

Others TBC

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