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 / Local Taphouse 13 Hours On A Bus

Tapped December 21st, 2012
It worked for the Yeastie Boys with their awesome Gunnamatta IPA, so why not invoke the spirit of Paul Kelly for another beer. With the sixth beer in the Bridge Road Bar Series featuring staff from the Local Taphouse venues in St Kilda and Darlinghurst, they decided to borrow a line from the singer's classic From St Kilda to Kings Cross for their Black India Saison that uses 13 ingredients, including spices in the form of juniper, nutmeg and cloves plus hops in the shape of Nelson Sauvin, Falconers… Read more
Style
Black India Saison
ABV
7.2%
Bitterness
30ish IBU
Stockists

Josie Bones

Beer DeLuxe

Norfolk Hotel ( Fremantle)

The Scratch

Archive (Brisbane)

New Sydney Hotel

[The Wheaty](/beer/ba

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4 Pines Christmas Ale 2012

Tapped December 19th, 2012
There's something undeniably comforting about a winter Christmas: the glow of an open fire, snow outside the window and a warming festive ale in hand. But in Australia - where Christmas is generally spent increasing one's quota of sun, sand and surf - the last thing on most people's wish list is a strong dark spiced ale. What would be far more suited to the climate is something like a Summer Saison, and that's exactly what 4 Pines have delivered in time for Christmas 2012. This 'highly sessionableâ?… Read more
Style
Spiced Saison
ABV
5.2%
Stockists

VIC

The Local Taphouse St Kilda

Young and Jacksons

Junction Beer Hall

Gertrude Hotel

QLD

The Villager

Tippler's Tap

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Mornington Peninsula Czech Pilsner

Tapped December 12th, 2012
With the mercury rising and holiday season on the way, the Mornington Peninsula boys are serving up a pilsner for your delectation. Their latest seasonal is the brainchild of brewer Matt Inchley, designed to be as true to style as possible: all Saaz hops, pilsner malt, unfiltered. According to the man behind it, the beer is: "Deep burnished gold in colour ... with a dense, snow white head. Rich and complex aromas of grass and soft spice interweave with bready yeast notes. A spicy hop presence… Read more
Style
Czech Pilsner
ABV
5.9%

Murray's Anniversary Ale 7

Tapped December 7th, 2012
Among Australia's craft beer cognoscenti, Murray's annual anniversary releases are one of the year's most anticipated releases. The beers have generally followed a few common traits: big and barrel-aged for a start, with each vintage usually an evolution on the previous year. Last year's was a 15 per cent Belgian style barleywine featuring a handful of different yeasts and made from a blend of French and American oak-aged versions. This one follows a similar line but with the addition of cherry wood… Read more
Style
Smoked, Barrel-Aged Belgian Barleywine
ABV
15%
Stockists

Murray's - online shop and Cellar Door

Murray's At Manly

Colonial Kottbusser

Tapped December 6th, 2012
Mal Secourable, head brewer at Margaret River's Colonial Brewing Company, loves to brew German-inspired styles. It seems that he loves brewing them so much that it's impossible for us to get him to take the time out to tell us about any specials he's brewed. Thankfully, with Girl+Beer now calling the region her home, we have Crafty spies on the ground... Which means we know about the Kottbusser, a summer seasonal from Mal, which follows hot on the heels of the brewery's popular Baltic Porter. It's… Read more
Style
Kottbusser
Stockists

Colonial Brewery

Red Duck Topaz

Tapped December 5th, 2012
Another day, another dollar. Or, in this case, another Red Duck beer. Latest cab off the rank is another that falls inside their bulging collection of strong pale ales as the Ballarat brewery continues what could be cast as a hop series of sorts. Inspiration for this single hop beer, which uses the Aussie hop Topaz, came about when brewing Hop Bach with Anders Kissmeyer earlier in the year. Among the 25 hops that went into that beer was this, a variety that has found a new lease of life as an aroma… Read more
Style
Strong Pale Ale
ABV
5.2%
Bitterness
40 IBU
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Cowaramup Lightsign 2012

Tapped December 5th, 2012
When The Crafty Pint last called into Cowaramup, it was the height of summer and this beer, named by brewer Jeremy Good's daughter and only just brewed for the first time, was the one we kept going back to more than any other. A beautifully hopped, summery ale, it's been brought out of retirement in time for summer again. Crafty contributor Pia Poynton wasted little time getting a taste of the new batch, describing it as "perfect in the beer garden under a shady umbrella". She adds it's:… Read more
Style
Summer Ale
ABV
4.5%
Stockists

Cowaramup

Moon Dog Artisan Pouseuré

Tapped December 3rd, 2012
The words "Moon Dog" and "pumpkin", when used in tandem, send a shudder down the Crafty spine. Before the brewery launched, we were given a sample bottle of a trial Pumpkin Ale as a taster of what was to come. It miraculously disappeared one AFL Grand Final Day with nobody in attendance able to recall what could have happened to it. The mystery remains unsolved; our guilt unassuaged. Still, there have been subsequent chances to sample other Moon Dog pumpkin beers, including a… Read more
Style
Spiced Pumpkin Ale
ABV
7.5%
Bitterness
32 IBU
Stockists

Beer DeLuxe

Deja Vu

Deco

The Dispensary Enoteca

Grain & Grape

[The Local Taphouse St Kilda](/beer/bar/local-taphouse-st-kild

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Bridge Road / Archive Tennessee Stud

Tapped December 3rd, 2012
We're a little late posting this one as it slipped out of Beechworth unnoticed at Crafty Towers, so we can't be sure what's left where. But for the sake of completeness, here's the fifth in the fast-moving Bar Series, this time featuring the input of the crew at Brisbane's Archive. They tell us: "We wanted to create something that reflects our varied backgrounds, collective love of our industry and that of delicious beer. Malty and hoppy, bold but beguiling, flavoursome but still sessionable,… Read more
Style
Oaked Brown Ale
ABV
5.5%
Bitterness
40ish IBUs
Stockists

Josie Bones

Beer DeLuxe

Norfolk Hotel ( Fremantle)

The Scratch

Archive (Brisbane)

New Sydney Hotel

[The Wheaty](/beer/ba

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Moon Dog Love Tap – Retired

Tapped November 30th, 2012
Standards must be slipping at Moon Dog. I mean, seriously, when you've offered up buxom nurses holding breast-shaped cupcakes and cigar-smoking skulls on your labels, who's going to be satisfied with a pig in lime green bow tie and top hat? Next thing you know, they'll be brewing a lager. Thankfully, this is nothing of the sort, but instead the equivalent of drinking fresh hop goo, goo that's an amalgam of German, Aussie and Kiwi hops, an amalgam in which the New World hops carry out an almighty… Read more
Style
Strong hoppy lager
ABV
7.1%
Bitterness
34 IBU

4 Pines Keller Door Series 2012: Wee Heavy

Tapped November 30th, 2012
We seem to recall that, back in the depths of time when GABS was merely the Great Australian Beer Spectapular held at the Local Taphouses rather than the behemoth that now bestrides the Royal Exhibition Building, one of the highlights was a rich, multi-layered malty number from 4 Pines going by the name Wee Heavy. So this, we assume, can be taken as some sort of relation of said beer. Its big, musclebound older brother perhaps, as while we remember the previous one rocking in at around seven per… Read more
Style
Wee Heavy
ABV
9.5%
Bitterness
22 IBU
Stockists

4 Pines

Red Hill Christmas Ale 2012

Tapped November 29th, 2012
This beer brewed in the depths of the Victorian winter to be ready in time for the festive season is one of Red Hill's longest-serving seasonals and, as with Christmas itself, is reassuringly consistent in its quality, albeit with a welcome lack of family arguments and late night meat sweats. A Belgian Dubbel by style, it's the colour of brandy snaps, pouring with a big, white head and full of dried fruit and spices of the star anise and cinnamon variety. It's moderately boozy at this relatively… Read more
Style
Belgian Dubbel
ABV
8.3%

Stone & Wood Garden Ale

Tapped November 28th, 2012
It's not too often that Stone & Wood release a short run beer, what with having to brew six million litres of Pacific Ale every day to meet demand. But in time for summer comes the Garden Ale, a sub-four per cent ale with its eyes firmly fixed on the post-lawnmower set. Like the Stone Beer, there's inspiration from the past, with juniper berries added to the boil in a nod to pre-hop days when brewers would raid their gardens for ingredients. According to Stone & Wood, the berries are said… Read more
Style
Session Ale
ABV
3.8%
Stockists

Get your thorn-pricked gloves on some here

Bullant Bruthen Special Bitter

Tapped November 27th, 2012
Bullant Brewery is Victoria's easternmost crafty outpost, a relatively new addition to the Aussie beer landscape that is not only bringing craft beer to East Gippsland but also offers the people of Bruthen the town's best dining spot too. Their summer seasonal has sessions on the brewery deck looking across the surrounding farmland in mind, as it's a four per cent English style bitter. Brewed with Maris Otter and crystal malts and East Kent Goldings hops, it couldn't be more traditional if it tried.… Read more
Style
English Bitter
ABV
4.0%
Stockists

Bullant Brewery

Lord Nelson Royal Red

Tapped November 26th, 2012
With the last of the One-Eyed Rye disappearing from the taps at the Lord Nelson and featuring at Newcastle's Craft Beer Week, that means there's room for something new at the hotel in The Rocks. And that new thing is the Royal Red, another beer that follows the Lord's passion for all things British and beery. It's an English mild ale, designed with sessionability at heart, and coming with "a nice hop aroma, malty palate and drying bitterness on the finish." The Lord, which knows a thing… Read more
Style
English Mild
Stockists

Lord Nelson

Moo Brew Saison 2012

Tapped November 23rd, 2012
For the second year running, Moo Brew has decided that their summer seasonal shall be a Saison. As before, this farmhouse ale is a light-bodied affair that has drinkers with their fingers poised over the "Drain and Repeat" button in its sights. Pale orange / yellow in appearance, it's a melange of spicy, fruity, citrusy esters. If the Crafty memory serves us correctly (and given how many times a week we spend hunting high and low for wallet, glasses, key, child, etc, this is not a given)… Read more
Style
Saison
ABV
5.5%
Stockists

On tap at good bars.

This is a good place to start too.

Mountain Goat Rapunzel 2012

Tapped November 21st, 2012
They don't venture into Belgium too often at Mountain Goat, but when they do it tends to result in the appearance of this flaxen-haired maiden. A fixture in their annual release schedule for some time now, it's a strong golden ale inspired by the classic Duvel. True to its name it's strong (8.3 per cent) and golden in colour. And true to its heritage, it's a a slightly hazy number with clove, spice and vanilla aromas that's spicy and dry to taste. A previous incarnation spent time inside a Chardonnay… Read more
Style
Belgian Strong Golden Ale
ABV
8.3%
Bitterness
28 IBU
Stockists

Mountain Goat

Rainbow Hotel (only tap outside the brewery)

Other stockists TBC but expect to find Rare Breed in the usual good spots

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3 Ravens Bittersweet End

Tapped November 15th, 2012
Melbourne's 3 Ravens marked 10 years of brewing beers this year. We say "marked" rather than "celebrated" as things haven't necessarily gone as planned, what with the building and brewery appearing to be on sale at one point and the whole affair looking close to disappearing. A solution has been found (we'll bring you news on that soon) and the tenth anniversary beer is here too. The aim was to create a 100 IBU (international bitterness unit), 10 per cent beer to mark the occasion.… Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
ABV
9.6%
Bitterness
100 IBU
Stockists

Rainbow Hotel

Nillumbik Cellars

Carwyn Cellars

McCoppins

Bar Etiquette

[Mrs Parma's](/beer/bar/mrs-parma-s

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Red Duck The Tiger

Tapped November 14th, 2012
It looks like we got things a little out of whack with Red Duck recently. Turns out The Tiger was released when we said the Bell Hop was and vice-versa. But given the brewery is releasing 277 new beers every hour for the duration of 2012, it's a forgivable mistake. Anyhoo, for those interested in knocking back a Tiger, it's another nod to the Old Country from Red Duck: a strong pale ale inspired by those of the British Empire. The brewer says it has "strong malt and alcohol notes, soft hopping… Read more
Style
Strong Pale Ale
ABV
6.7%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Red Duck Sexy Thing

Tapped November 12th, 2012
Journeys in Mother Pint's car when a child were rarely blessed with anything remotely approaching decent music. Her favourite musician - the result, one assumes, of meeting him when she was 13 and he was a young, untainted-by-Saviour's Day-and-Wimbledon pop star - was Cliff Richard. She had a soft spot for Chris de Burgh too. You get the idea. Thankfully, there was a period in which she left Hot Chocolate's Greatest Hits on rotation in the tape player, providing a welcome respite from the aforementioned… Read more
Style
Hot Chocolate Ale
ABV
6.7%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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