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!

Bright Brewery Lord Helmet Schwartz

Tapped July 6, 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 1, 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 1, 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 1, 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 1, 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 1, 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 30, 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 26, 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 26, 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 25, 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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Mornington Peninsula Brewery Sacchariferous Stout

Tapped June 24, 2015
If there's one thing Mornington Peninsula Brewery does particularly well, it's dark beers. OK, so it does lots of beers very well, but any lineup that includes their Brown, Porter and Imperial Stout is a winner in anyone's books. For the winter of 2015, they're adding a few more too. A black lager came and went without us noticing (oops) but we were back on the case with a new stout. Going by the name Sacchariferous Stout (with the long word meaning "containing sugar") it is a sweet / milk… Read more
Style
Milk Stout
ABV
4.3%
Stockists

Beer DeLuxe Hawthorn

Foresters Pub & Dining

Grain Store

Grape & Grain Liquor Cellars

Harts Pub

Local Taphouse St Kilda

The Spotted Mallard

Queensland:

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Blackman's Brewery Rye Dark Lager

Tapped June 24, 2015
Renn Blackman is something of a rarity among local craft brewers in that he has rather a soft spot for lagers. In part, we assume it comes down to time spent at Camden Town in London, a trailblazing contemporary British micro that made its name with a German style lager when all others were focused on making ales. With Camden Town founder Jasper Cuppaidge heading to Torquay for a Good Beer Week collaboration feast, Renn had even more reason to add to his lager collection as the pair of them served… Read more
Style
Dark Lager
ABV
5.5%
Bitterness
49 IBU

Blackman's Brewery Versus Camden Town Imperial Pils

Tapped June 24, 2015
Lager loving brewers Renn (Blackman's) and former boss Jasper (Camden Town) joined forces to create a collaboration beer that was launched as part of their joint event as part of the 2015 Good Beer Week. It was one of four lagers poured on the night – two of them launching there and now making their way to a few other venues in Victoria and New South Wales. For their joint effort, they aimed high: this imperial pilsner nudges 8 percent AVB. And they also plundered an array of locally grown Aussie… Read more
Style
Imperial Pilsner
ABV
7.8%
Bitterness
55 IBU
Stockists

Local Taphouse St Kilda

Terminus Hotel

Blackman's Brewery

Builders Arms

Innocent Bystander

Baden Powell

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Young Henrys Young Mussels

Tapped June 19, 2015
Most times when you see mussels added to a beer, it’s in a stout where the dark roast characters are able to comfortably incorporate a briny kick. But adding mussels to a witbier is a different prospect. There’s very little in the way of ballsy malt to mask the musk of the sea, so the brewer must be diligent in their calculations of how much to use. Yet the team at Young Henrys was generous in its estimations, adding 12 kilograms of mussels and, even more unusually, 12 kilograms of mussel stock.… Read more
Style
Mussel Witbier
ABV
4.1%
Stockists

Young Henrys

Moon Dog & Beer DeLuxe Splice of Heaven

Tapped June 19, 2015
Many great, rare, vintage and colourful beers decorated the taps of Beer DeLuxe during Good Beer Week when the Fed Square venue was Festival Hub. Among the most colourful was one that the staff at the venue had conceived and brewed with the guys at Moon Dog before the festival. In a change from the brewery's current penchant for recreating other beverages in beer form, this one saw the joint venturers look to create one of their favourite ice creams: Splice. And, while the festival is passed for… Read more
Style
Milk Fruit IPA
ABV
6.9%
Stockists

Beer DeLuxe

Moon Dog Brewery Bar

Seven Sheds ELF ESB

Tapped June 17, 2015
To mark its seventh birthday, Tasmania's Seven Sheds once again made full use of ingredients on its doorstep – literally. Originally a "very limited release" ESB (Extra Special Bitter) but now regularly brewed, ELF features two hop varieties grown at Seven Sheds within metres of the brew shed. They are the ultra rare Leggett and English variety Fuggle. A third variety, Ella, was grown at Bushy Park elsewhere on the island. The first batch was titled 77 in reference to the name of the… Read more
Style
ESB
ABV
5.9%
Stockists

Empress Craft Beer

Saint John Craft Beer

New Sydney Hotel

Seven Sheds Cellar Door

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Hargreaves Hill Old Brown

Tapped June 17, 2015
In his brewery's 11th year, Hargreaves Hill founder Simon Walkenhorst reckons they've made their best beer yet. The Old Brown was snuck out at a few places during Good Beer Week but most of the kegs were held back until the noise had died down a little. It's another beer, like those just released by Bridge Road and 8 Wired, that looks to the unique producers of Belgium for inspiration: an Old Brown (or Oud Bruin / Flanders Brown) that originates in the Flemish part of the country. It's also the parti-gyle… Read more
Style
Flanders Brown
ABV
6.1%
Stockists

Beer DeLuxe

Beer DeLuxe Hawthorn

Carwyn Cellars

Local Taphouse St Kilda

Slowbeer

Terminus Hotel

The Alehouse Project

The Mallow Hotel

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Bridge Road & 8 Wired Nieuw Bruins

Tapped June 16, 2015
If you're in any way interested in beer, it's hard not to be excited by the times in which we live. While around 60 percent of sales within the "craft" market may be made up of pale and golden ales, there's so much else going on – particularly on the fringes. And particularly on the fringe where people are playing with yeasts and bacteria. It's probably the most risky area in which to experiment but one that is producing some fascinating results. Among the most fascinating is this pair… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Wild Fermented Brown Ale
ABV
8.3%
Stockists

Bridge Road Brewers

Good beer stockists nationwide

Young Henrys Pink Lightning

Tapped June 16, 2015
With Young Henrys' collaboration with the Bottled Lightning Co pouring a subdued pastel pink colour, the beer’s appearance reminds you of some of the funky fruit beers of Belgium. Certainly, you wouldn’t guess that it’s actually built on a golden ale base, making it, in effect a pink golden ale. That said, it does have a certain degree of tartness thanks to the addition of hibiscus (which is also the cause of the colour) though the main flavour you’re left with is that of elderflower. Its… Read more
Style
Spiced Golden Ale
ABV
4.5%
Stockists

Young Henrys

Grand Ridge WHOA 2015 & Kellerbier

Tapped June 15, 2015
There's not much they don't do at Grand Ridge's home in Gippsland. Victoria's longest established microbrewery (some eight years older than Mountain Goat) brews beer, runs a pub and restaurant, offers accommodation and rears cattle fed on its spent grain to be served in the restaurant. It also grows its own hops: German variety Hallertau and American Chinook. And the two appear in the brewery's latest limited releases. The WHOA! – or Wet Hopped Oatmeal Ale – is one that's been around before,… Read more
Style
Harvest Beers
ABV
4.3%
Stockists

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