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!

Feral Beral

Tapped April 1, 2014
The current craze for craft brewers to put their product into cans continues unabated. Latest to get involved is the reigning Champion Medium Brewery of Australia, Feral. The arrival of their first can has come almost unheralded and, most surprising of all, it is also their first cider. Feral Beral is launched following extensive research by the Swan Valley brewer which showed that, while Feral's core beer products appealed to discerning drinkers of both genders, they where missing out on a significant… Read more
Style
Extra Sweet Cider
ABV
5.0%
Stockists

Nationwide at good bottleshops

Bright Brewery Saison de Varleí¨ (plus variations)

Tapped March 31, 2014
We make little secret here at Crafty Towers of our love for saisons and accompanying belief that they are a wonderful beer for the Aussie climate. So it's always nice to see another one appear, especially it's one that is being released in three different formats. On our last couple of visits to Bright in the Victorian High Country, we've been lucky enough to have a nosy around the back of the brewery where head brewer Jon Seltin has all manner of experimental programs underway. He has involved a… Read more
Style
Saison
ABV
Various
Stockists

Bright Brewery

Others TBC

Morrison Brewery Imperial Wit

Tapped March 30, 2014
It looks like a case of "giving something back" here as former home brewer-turned-brewer Paul Morrison has opened up the doors of his brewery to another home brewer. This Imperial Wit was originally brewed by Stuart Grant for the home brew comp at Launceston's Esk Beerfest. It took home first place, earning him the chance to brew it on a commercial scale. That he did with a local brewery that has proved itself rather adept at Belgian style brews with its fine limited release Saison. This… Read more
Style
Imperial Witbier
ABV
7.5%
Stockists

Saint John Craft Beer

Others TBC

Feral Brewing Nan's Driving

Tapped March 24, 2014
It's all go out Feral at the moment, it seems. No sooner had a fresh batch of Watermelon Warhead made its way from the Swan Valley brewery than the German IPA Hopfen Fahrt followed, and now this limited release too. Nan's Driving is a tea-infused Amber Ale that we are told has "a slightly sweet malt body and an easy going bitter finish." The tea comes into play at the end of fermentation when the brewers add jasmine and green tea leaves to the fermenter, leaving the beer with an earthiness… Read more
Style
Amber Ale
ABV
3.2%
Bitterness
26IBU
Stockists

Feral

The Wheaty

Others TBC

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Van Dieman Harvest Ale 2014

Tapped March 22, 2014
Recently, we were lucky enough to sample again the last vintage of Van Dieman's barrel-aged sour take on their Hedgerow Ale, a beer that was great when it was straight, utterly wonderful soured, and seemingly getting better with age. Hopefully, there will be a new release soon, but in the meantime Will Tatchell has been keeping busy, with the latest cab off the rank a rather unique Harvest Ale. It's a 7.1 percent ABV white IPA brewed with fresh hops grown on the brewery farm in Evandale and added… Read more
Style
White IPA
ABV
7.1%
Bitterness
55IBU
Stockists

Keg only release around Tasmania

First keg at Saint John Craft beer ' March 22

Little Creatures Single Batch Rule of Three

Tapped March 21, 2014
One imagines that since the takeover of Little Creatures by Lion there are plenty of beer folks around the country keeping a beady eye or three on the trailblazing brewery for signs of a reduce in craftiness. Given recent months have seen the launch of their excellent IPA and the opening of the equally excellent venue at the new brewery in Geelong and they're now back with another Single Batch release, those signs would seem to be few and far between. The arrival of a new Single Batch is always a… Read more
Style
Dubbel Bitter
ABV
5.7%
Bitterness
38IBU
Stockists

Limited kegs:

[Little Creatures](/beer/brewery/little creatures/)

Little Creatures Dining Hall

Little Creature Geelong

Bottles nationwide from March 26. Check stockists [here](https://littlecreatures.com.

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Feral Brewing Hopfen Fahrt

Tapped March 20, 2014
As the popularity of New World hop varieties has grown, there has been less love around for the Old World. But, just as Australia's main grower, Hop Products Australia, has changed direction in recent years to wind down production of Pride of Ringwood and its ilk in favour of new stars such as Galaxy, Ella and Vic Secret, so have breeders in Europe. Recent times have seen the traditional hop growing regions of Germany endeavouring to create flamboyant and expressive aroma and flavour hops to rival… Read more
Style
German IPA
ABV
6.4%
Bitterness
52 IBU

Lord Nelson Double Nelson IPA

Tapped March 11, 2014
Usually when we announce a limited release beer from Sydney's iconic Lord Nelson, it's one that you have to travel to the hotel in The Rocks to sample. This time around, however, for the first time in its quarter century history the brewery is releasing some of its seasonals in 500ml bottles. First up for the treatment is its Double Nelson IPA, a souped up version of its popular Three Sheets American Pale Ale. It takes its name from an English cricketing tradition. Nelson, which is any multiple of… Read more
Style
US IPA
ABV
5.8%
Stockists

In bottles nationwide where you find Three Sheets and Old Admiral

Holgate Brewhouse Millennium Falcon 2014

Tapped March 9, 2014
The beer originally created for Holgate's 1,000th brew is back. The Star Wars-inspired Millennium Falcon is the brewery's hoppiest beer, sitting atop a hierarchy of pale ales that starts with their Mt Macedon Ale and continues through the Road Trip IPA and Hopinator to this Imperial (or Empirial) IPA. Continuing the Star Wars theme throughout the beer, it features Millennium, Falconer's Flight and Galaxy hops. Plenty of them too, with the beer registering 10 percent ABV and 100 IBU (a measure of… Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
ABV
10%

Feral Brewing Watermelon Warhead

Tapped March 7, 2014
The rise of sour beers in Australia hasn't been as rapid as many might have expected. It is understandable; when you're playing with bugs and barrels and wild beasties ' and something that, like love for Phil Collins, can't be hurried ' you're in a different ballpark than the relatively simple water, hops, malt and yeast scenario. However, the sour that has caused most excitement over the past couple of years is back. Watermelon Warhead made its bow at the 2012 Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular,… Read more
Style
Berliner-Weisse
ABV
2.9%
Awards

GABS 2012 People's Choice
CBA Champion Craft Beer 2015

Prickly Moses Commander IPA

Tapped March 7, 2014
We're about to enter the time of year where, even more than usual in the current climate, there is a particular focus on hops. Home experimenters with their own handful of plants, small breweries with a few rows of bines and the country's major hop growers are all in the process of, or about to start, harvesting this year's crop. Yet Prickly Moses' latest, despite being an IPA with plenty of all-Aussie hops contain within, is keen for us to focus on another ingredient. It is named Commander after… Read more
Style
Australian IPA
ABV
5.8%
Stockists

Prickly Moses

Hop Factory

New Brighton Hotel

Pourhouse

Petersham Bowling Club

Quarrymans Hotel

Union Hotel Newtown

Grain Store

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Nail Brewing Brown Ale (Dunn Brown)

Tapped March 7, 2014
Step-by-step, well over a decade after starting out as a craft brewer, the pieces are falling into place for Nail Brewing and its founder John Stallwood. As one half of the BrewCorp project (Feral is the other half) with a sizeable brewery capable of supplying Australia's eager beer lovers, the means has been there to brew plenty of beer and now, with distributors lined up in the eastern states (Heron Towers will receive the first Nail delivery to Victoria this March), the means to deliver that beer… Read more
Style
Brown Ale
Stockists

At good craft beer stockists

Anyone in Vic wishing to get their hands on Nail beers should contact Heron Towers

Riverside Brewing 777 Imperial IPA

Tapped March 6, 2014
At the tail end of 2013, Parramatta's Riverside Brewing Company quietly released a new beer. It was just a small test batch but, characteristically for the hop-heavy brewery, made up for it by being a very big beer: the 777 Imperial IPA. It was also notable for the disproportionately large impact it had on Sydney hop-heads, sending their hearts all a quiver and being lauded by the lucky few to get their hands on some. So it's very welcome news that the 777 has returned; bigger, with more bitterness,… Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
ABV
9.2%

Bright Brewery Spiced Cloudy Apple Ale & Pilot Light

Tapped February 28, 2014
Just recently, we had our first experience of cult Aussie classic, Billy B's Golden Malted Apple Beer from Thorogood's in South Australia. We've been foisting it onto all and sundry ' heck, The Alehouse Project has even gone and ordered some to pop in its fridge. And now a Victorian brewery has announced an apple beer collaboration too. Bright brewer Jon Seltin has joined forces with craft cider producer Batlow Cider to create an experimental apple ale, the Spiced Cloudy Apple Ale. Using a Strong… Read more
Style
Spiced Apple Beer & English IPA
ABV
6.45% & 2.9%
Stockists

Bright Brewery

Barossa Valley Brewing The Barossa Threesome

Tapped February 26, 2014
The brewers at Barossa Valley Brewing have brought in the expertise of their local winemakers before. Yet they have never got their great-loving neighbours involved to quite the same extent as with their latest beer, The Barossa Threesome. Pitched as "a fusion of the best of the Barossa", the beer takes a hefeweizen base then adds Semillon and Riesling wines. The result, we're told, is a beer with "a beautiful hefe nose of banana" in which "the wines' acidity changes the… Read more
Style
Krystalweizen with wine
ABV
4.5%

Grifter Brewing Co Acid Drop

Tapped February 24, 2014
What do dynamite, Post-Its and penicillin have in common with this beer from the Grifter Brewing Company? The answer is they all came about by accident. When the boys were brewing up a recipe for a Steam Ale, they experienced a bit of misfortune in the form of a dead burner, meaning they were stuck with 1400 litres of wort they were unable to boil. Because they hadn't yet mashed out the spent grain, they kept their wits about them and did what anyone should in that situation: call for The Doctor.… Read more
Style
Berliner-Weisse
ABV
4.2%

Six String Brewing Bobby Brown

Tapped February 18, 2014
The name 'Bobby Brown' means different things to different people. If your formative years included the late 1970s, it might conjure up memories of Frank Zappa's confused sexual deviant. A decade later, the infamy of the name passed to another Bobby Brown whose prerogative was apparently excessive use of drugs and drop crotch pants. With those sorts of associations, you might expect a beer called Bobby Brown to be similarly twisted. But what's in a name, right? The Bobby Brown Ale from Six String… Read more
Style
American Brown Ale
ABV
5.1%
Stockists

Six String Brewing

Union Hotel Newtown

Spooning Goats

Quarrymans Hotel

Forest Lodge Hotel

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Bridge Road & Nogne O Aurora Borealis II

Tapped February 12, 2014
Given the extraordinary lengths that Bridge Road and their Norwegian brewing buddies went to to create the Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis beers – involving brews on either side of the planet, and unrefrigerated shipping of said brews from one side of the world to the other in barrels via ship – they will presumably be rather chuffed with their reception. Aurora Australis is currently the highest rated Australian beer ever on Ratebeer and Aurora Borealis scored a top 10 finish in the recent… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Tripel
ABV
9.1%
Stockists

Bridge Road

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Hargreaves Hill New Season IPA

Tapped February 9, 2014
The brewers at Hargreaves Hill have been enjoying themselves with hops, particularly new varieties (or varieties new to them), in recent years. There's been the Topaz & Amarillo IPA (A.K.A. Melanie), Admiral Nelson IPA, C4 IPA and the recent Eldorado IPA list a few. With the most recent crop of US hops recently arrived in Australia, their back with another. This time they are showcasing varieties that play an important role in some of their core beers, Pale Ale and Extra Special Bitter. They… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.2%

Grifter Brewing Co Cold War

Tapped February 7, 2014
There's a war going on in the beer world. It's one of attrition between two fundamentally different attitudes. At the extreme of the Old World thinking is the immovable pillar of the Reinheitsgebot - the German purity law decreeing thou shalt only brew using water, barley and hops. At the opposite extreme is the 'anything goes' policy of the New World, where the blending of styles and use of new ingredients is not only welcomed but encouraged. And somewhere amidst all of this is an invisible line… Read more
Style
Hopfenweizen
ABV
5.3%