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!

Holgate Brewhouse Tank 9 Series: Helles

Tapped February 10, 2015
One of the questions we ask in our semi-regular Brew & A features with Aussie brewers (only semi-regular as they're all too bloody busy to respond...) is what beer would they choose if they were stranded on a desert island for the rest of their days. When compiling the questions years ago, we tried them out ourselves and, while temptation might have been there to go for something "on trend" (probably double IPAs back then) it was hard to see past a good Munich helles: the lagers that… Read more
Style
Munich Helles
ABV
3.9%
Bitterness
20 IBU
Stockists

Holgate Brewhouse

A handful of venues in Hobart, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane

Cheeky Monkey Southern Wailer #17: Extra Special Belgian

Tapped February 9, 2015
Having spent a couple of hours in Cheeky Monkey head brewer Ross Terlick's company over the festive period, it's a wonder he gets anything done at this time of year. The brewery venue in Margaret River's popular Caves Road attracts so many guests the core beer tanks empty so fast it's like they've sprung a leak. But somehow he's found the time to add to the brewery's growing list of specials they release under the Southern Wailer banner. The Extra Special Belgian is as you might expect from the title:… Read more
Style
Extra Special Belgian
ABV
5.1%
Bitterness
38 IBU
Stockists

Cheeky Monkey Brewery

Holgate Brewhouse Tank 9 Series: Saison Du Barry

Tapped February 9, 2015
Saison: the archetypal farmhouse beer style. Barry: the archetypal Aussie farmer (well, at least according to the brewers at Holgate). As part of its prolific Tank 9 Series of releases, which started in 2014 and make use of the brewery's smallest remaining fermenter, Holgate have produced their first saison that takes inspiration for its name from the classic Belgian beer, Saison Dupont, and gives it an Aussie makeover. Designed to provide some spritzy summer quaffing, the cloudy yellow offers up… Read more
Style
Saison
ABV
5.2%
Bitterness
25 IBU
Stockists

Holgate Brewhouse

A handful of venues in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Hobart

Tooborac Brewery New World Pilsner

Tapped February 6, 2015
Given the talk about lagers making a come back in the craft beer world, the results of the most recent Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers poll was a little surprising. Just one lager made the 100, the lowest in the poll's seven year history. Still, it took sours a little longer than we thought to really make headway so perhaps this will be the year the revival of Saccharomyces pastorianus really hits home. There have been a few pilsners released already and now Tooborac has pumped one out of the former… Read more
Style
New World Pilsner
ABV
5.8%
Stockists

Junction Beer Hall

Young & Jackson

Tooborac Hotel & Brewery

Cambrian Hotel, Bendigo

Others TBC

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Seven Sheds Pilgrim Pilsner

Tapped February 6, 2015
One thing you're almost always guaranteed when a new beer appears from the Tasmanian brewery of beer writer turned brewer Willie Simpson is that you're going to learn something. The beer may be brewed to mark an occasion, feature unusual local collaborators, or be an attempt to recreate a classic style from the past – no matter the lengths this means going to. And the Pilgrim Pilsner is no different, even coming with a personal tale to boot. Let's start with the personal. Many times over the years,… Read more
Style
Pilsner
ABV
5.9%
Stockists

Seven Sheds Brewery

New Sydney Hotel, Hobart

Harvest Farmers Market, Launceston, on Saturday 7 February.

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Two Birds Wolf of the West

Tapped February 5, 2015
After many years working in various roles in the Melbourne beer world, the man we once referred to as the Mozart of Aussie beer (due to his combination of ridiculous depth of knowledge on beer and ridiculously young age) is now brewing at Two Birds. And, having impressed friends and peers in the industry in the past with tiny trial batches, Wilson Hede has now been given his head and asked to create a beer for commercial release. The Wolf refers to a bunch of things: his penchant for wearing a wolf-covered… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
5.8%
Bitterness
65 IBU

Moon Dog Bad Boy Bubbly

Tapped February 3, 2015
One of the final beers brewer Adrian McNulty created for 3 Ravens before heading to Moon Dog was an attempt to fashion a beer that tasted like Pedro Ximenez. The beer was Druid, a strong Belgian ale aged in PX barrels that was a damn fine effort and contributed towards 3 Ravens' Champion Small Australian Brewery title. Continuing the theme, the first beer he has created at Moon Dog that has been bottled for a wider release is his attempt to fashion a beer that tastes like champagne. Said beer is… Read more
Style
Barley Champagne
ABV
13.1%
Bitterness
0 IBU
Stockists

Ashfield Mall Cellars

Carwyn Cellars

Low Buy Liquor – CLOSED

McCoppins

McCoppins Abbotsford

Purvis Beer Richmond

Purvis Cellars Surrey Hills

Slowbeer

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Stone & Wood Garden Ale

Tapped February 2, 2015
The masters of the session beer are back with the nationwide release of the Garden Ale that's available year round only in their home region. This year's release is the same as the tweaked version from 2014, with the Ella hop to the fore, used during the brew and for dry-hopping. The Garden refers to it being the sort of copper-coloured beer you'd quaff in a beer garden, quite probably a British one on of their few days of summer. There are floral, peach and faintly tropical hop aromas and a more… Read more
Style
Summer Ale
ABV
3.8%
Stockists

Find Garden Ale here

Young Henrys Komodo Swaggin'

Tapped January 30, 2015
Young Henrys’ Newtown brewery has changed a lot over the past couple of years, going from a couple of small fermenters in a big warehouse to a brewery big enough to make that same warehouse look small. And, as the brewery has expanded, so has the brewing team; nowadays there’s a whole swathe of young ‘uns scrambling around between the tanks and learning the ropes. And as these young brewers learn their trade, they’re all getting the chance to come up with their own recipes and put them out… Read more
Style
American Brown Ale
ABV
5.5%
Stockists

Young Henrys stockists around Sydney

4 Pines Citrus IPA

Tapped January 22, 2015
Thanks to the hop growers of the Pacific Northwest and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, the contemporary beer world is awash with tasty beers in which citrus characteristics are prominent as all hell. So the team at 4 Pines – whose existing Pale Ale is one that has plenty of a citrus bent going on – has decided to attempt to enhance the characteristics typically obtained from hops by using actual citrus fruit in its latest Keller Door limited release brew. The Citrus IPA continues to follow the path trodden… Read more
Style
Fruit IPA
ABV
7.0%
Bitterness
60 IBU
Stockists

Carwyn Cellars

McCoppins

McCoppins Abbotsford

Purvis Beer Richmond

Purvis Cellars Surrey Hills

Slowbeer

Clifton Hill Brewpub

Swords South Melbourne

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Nomad Brewing Cruisin' Ale

Tapped January 21, 2015
As with most things Nomad, the Cruisin' Ale has been designed by committee with the whole team getting involved in its creation with a series of blind tastings aimed at creating "the best go to session beer possible". Tagged as an Aussie ale, the goal was to conjure "Memories of cruisin' in an old FJ Holden, windows down, tunes playing on the radio and the amazing Australian landscape whizzing by." What that's turned into – via a combination of local and German malts with Aussie… Read more
Style
Australian Ale

Bright Brewery M.I.A. IPA II

Tapped January 13, 2015
The M.I.A. IPA was the first beer to notify those paying attention that, in Jon Seltin, Bright Brewery had unearthed a young brewer of great potential. A few years on, the potential realised, Jon is off to soon-to-be-revealed pastures new and has taken the exact specifics of the M.I.A. recipe with him but the new incumbent of the head brewer role at Bright, former Southern Bay and BrewDog man Ryan Tyack, has set about giving the beer a new (and not too dissimilar) lease on life. And given he played… Read more
Style
American IPA
ABV
7.0%
Stockists

Available in bottles and on tap at Bright Brewery

Very limited number of bottles available from the Bright Brewery web shop too

Bright Brewery Alpine Ale

Tapped January 13, 2015
New head brewer at Bright Brewery, Ryan Tyack, is wasting little time putting his own stamp on things. He's created his own take on the brewery's popular M.I.A. IPA (posted elsewhere on this site) and has also created this, a new Australian Pale Ale that the brewery's marketing manager and resident beer writer / beer geek James Davidson is calling as "exactly what the brewery has been needing to satisfy old and new beer lovers alike." Apparently, the name "Alpine Ale" is one long… Read more
Style
Australian Pale Ale
ABV
4.4%
Stockists

Barny's

Bright Brewery (tap and bottle)

Cellarbrations at Warilla

Sovereign Liquor, Wangaratta

Great Alpine Produce & Trading, Porepunkah

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Young Henrys Stupid Sexy Flanders

Tapped January 12, 2015
At the end of 2013, Young Henrys threw about half a tonne of local cherries into a Belgian ale recipe and popped out a cherry saison that was tart and delicious. A year later, in what’s presumably now an annual tradition, they got another massive load of cherries delivered to the brewery. But this time they pressed them into around 300 litres of juice, added that to a red malt base and fermented it with a Flanders yeast. The Stupid Sexy Flanders isn’t as sour as the previous saison – which… Read more
Style
Flanders Red
ABV
5.9%
Stockists

Young Henrys

Other venues TBC

Hargreaves Hill Cherry Harvest Sour Ale

Tapped January 7, 2015
Last time we called into the Hargreaves Hill brewery to prepare a feature on their 10th anniversary, the brewers were rather keen to pour a sample from one of the fermenters. As soon as beer hit glass it was clear that what lay inside was quite different to anything else to have come from the brewery before as a waft of lactic sourness hit the nose. That beer has gone on to become the Cherry Harvest Sour, Hargreaves' first sour and one that has again led head brewer Kai Dambergs to reach into his… Read more

Holgate Brewhouse GateKeeper

Tapped January 5, 2015
There's no stopping them at Holgate these days, it seems. Founder Paul has been jetting around the world absorbing all he can on the science side of brewing and is investing in the lab side of his Woodend brewery, they've added more taps to their brewpub bar and are producing all manner of new small batch and experimental beers. One of the latest additions to the small batch lineup is the GateKeeper, the brewery's stab at an increasingly popular style among microbreweries on these shores: the full-flavoured… Read more
Style
Midstrength
ABV
3.5%
Bitterness
15 IBU

Tooborac Brewery Red India Pale Ale

Tapped January 5, 2015
While 2014 may have been the year in which saisons came to the fore and beer geeks rejoiced at the growing number of sours and wild ales on the scene, when it came to looking at the best new brews nominated by the Crafty Pint's state-by-state pickers it was variations on India red ales that cropped up more than any other. Perhaps it's little surprise that the style should be so appreciated; when done well it is essentially a meeting of lots of hops and lots of flavoursome malts. As we once wrote… Read more
Style
Red IPA
ABV
5.6%
Bitterness
65 IBU
Stockists

The Catfish

Tooborac Hotel & Brewery

Edinburgh Castle

Wesley Anne

Charles Weston Hotel (old Sporting Club in Brunswick)

Cambrian Hotel, Bendigo

Others TBC

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3 Ravens Little Raven Oak-Aged Witbier

Tapped December 31, 2014
A newspaper article from not that long ago stated that the witbier style was experiencing a surge in popularity among Aussie brewers and beer geeks. We've not noticed such a surge here at Crafty Towers but maybe we're just looking in the wrong places because here's one that will be making its bow on New Year's Eve at The Alehouse Project's bash. It's the second release in the occasional Little Raven series from Thornbury's reigning Champion Small Australian Brewery 3 Ravens (the first was an India… Read more
Style
Spiced Witbier
ABV
4.5%
Stockists

The Alehouse Project

Venue for second keg TBC

Holgate Brewhouse Hop Tart

Tapped December 31, 2014
If ever you were after proof that you an teach an old bull new tricks look no further than Holgate Brewhouse. Now in its 16th year as a brewery, it has grand plans for further expansion and continues to explore new avenues with its beers while improving its old ones. In the former category beer wise is a delve into the world of sour and farmhouse beers. On a trip to the USA last year, brewery founder Paul Holgate called in to Russian River to learn from the best on how to manage regular and sour… Read more
Style
Berliner Weisse
ABV
4.5%
Bitterness
25 IBU
Stockists

Dove & Olive Unlisted

The Alehouse Project

Holgate Brewhouse bar

Other Melbourne venues TBC

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Young Henrys Auld Lang Maibock

Tapped December 31, 2014
Young Henrys’ Auld Lang is a beer that was brewed specifically to help ring in 2015. With a name based on the poem Auld Lang Syne by Scottish poet Robert Burns – one traditionally recited at midnight to bid farewell to the old year – you might’ve expected it to be something like a Scotch ale. However, it’s not. Instead, it’s a German-style Maibock and quite a lovely interpretation of one, too. The tradition here comes from the use of a German lager yeast and plenty of German malts, though… Read more
Style
Maibock
ABV
5.8%
Stockists

Young Henrys

Other venues TBC

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