New Beers

There has never been a time like now: more breweries releasing more new beers than ever before. Here, in The Crafty Cuppa, and in our weekly newsletter, we'll bring you details – and, if we've sampled them, our honest, independent take – on as many of them as possible. Enjoy!

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Mountain Goat Smoke 'n' Mike

Published July 28, 2014
Just the other day, we wrote that you don't often see a lager from Mountain Goat. So they go and release their second in a fortnight... It's also the second In Breed in a fortnight too (where one of the in-house brewers gets to create a beer of their own), this time a beer based on the pale German Helles style of lager but with a smoky kick that's been created by, you've guessed it, Mike. The follow up to his first beer, Mike's Third Nut, is a light copper-coloured beer that uses a touch of classic… Read more
Style
Smoky Lager
ABV
6.1%
Bitterness
30 IBU

Murray's / Crafty Pint Auld Bulgin' Boysterous Bicep '14

Published July 25, 2014
The unlikely tale of the Auld Bulgin' Boysterous Bicep rolls on, getting smokier and fishier as it goes. For those new to the beer, it began as an idea at Crafty Towers for a beer to enter the Beervana 2012 Media Brew competition, became a 10 percent smoked imperial oyster and mussel stout brewed with a Trappist yeast, won the competition with a perfect score and was scaled up from that 20 litre batch to a commercial release last year. Murray's head brewer Shawn Sherlock said it would never be repeated… Read more
Style
Smoked Imperial Belgio Mollusc Stout
ABV
10.0%
Stockists

Murray's

Good craft beer stockists around Australia

Beervana 2014 Australia Bar

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Hargreaves Hill / Deschutes Hopburst IPA

Published July 19, 2014
His predecessor in the head brewer role always professed to a love of black beers (and wasted little time knocking one out at his new home), but the new occupant of the role at Hargreaves Hill seems to have quite the affinity with hops. Since moving across the Yarra Valley from White Rabbit earlier this year, Kai Dambergs has made the Pale leaner and more hop forward, created an imperial IPA, a hopped up American Wheat and a number of IPAs, of which this is the latest. It's the result of a collaboration… Read more
Style
American IPA
ABV
6.3%
Stockists

Beer Deluxe, Fed Square

Belgian Beer Cafe Melbourne

Hotel Lincoln

Junction Beer Hall

Nieuw Amsterdam

The Alehouse Project

[Gert

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Van Dieman Hedgerow 2014

Published July 17, 2014
Tasmanian brewer Van Dieman's Hedgerow has had an interesting development. Originally a soft, malt led annual release that made use of various pickings from around head brewer Will Tatchell's parents' farm, where there brewery is based, in 2012 he decided to place it into pinot barrels too. The result was a delightful, spritzy, fruity and delicate sour that ended up collecting gold at last year's Australian International Beer Awards. It's been a couple of years between Hedgerows and again there has… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Sour
ABV
6.6%
Stockists

Saint John Craft Beer, Launceston

Crown Cellars

Mill Providore, Launceston

Alps & Amici, Launceston

Cool Wine, Hobart

Abbey Bottleshop, Hobart

Club Hotel, Burnie

Slowbeer

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Moon Dog Cold Drip War

Published July 16, 2014
The GABS 2014 beers keep on coming, with the latest cab off the ranks the entry from Melbourne's Moon Dog. The Stalin-endorsed beer is tagged as a coffee and chicory porter, but has a wee bit more besides, with a touch of rye malt in the grist. The coffee (from their friends and neighbours at Coffee Supreme) was added during conditioning with the chicory making an appearance in the boil. As for the inspiration, it turns out that during the late 70s there was a coffee crisis in East Germany so a replacement… Read more
Style
Coffee & Chicory Porter
ABV
6.4%
Bitterness
40 IBU
Stockists

At good craft beer venues nationwide.

If you want help finding it near you, contact Moon Dog's distributor Phoenix.

Mountain Goat In Breed The Bogan

Published July 15, 2014
Mountain Goat's In Breed series of beers is the one that allows its brewers to concoct their own brew (Rare Breeds come from on high, Cross Breeds involve other brewers or outside forces). Thus far it has seen the likes of the Craig series, the Naz and Mike's Third Nut leave the brewery and now it's the turn of The Bogan. The beer has been devised by the brewery's resident Bogan, John Bogan, a chap who began doing as much volunteering as he could to get a foot in the door before being welcomed into… Read more
Style
Dark Lager
ABV
5.3%
Stockists

Mountain Goat

Bendigo On The Hop (only keg going to regional Vic)

The Wheaty

Rockwell and Sons

The Alehouse Project

More TBC

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Mash Brewing Rye Porter

Published July 11, 2014
Ever since bringing in a new head brewer two or three years back, Mash Brewing in the Swan Valley has been impressing with its beers, from the unique, subtly oaked session beer Grasscutter, the fine recreation of an English IPA, Challenger, and most recently the newly crowned Champion Australian Beer Copy Cat American IPA. Despite taking ownership of Melbourne's 3 Ravens last year, which allows them to brew some Mash beers on the East Coast, many of their limited releases only (or at least initially)… Read more
Style
Rye Porter
ABV
4.2%
Stockists

All three Mash Brewing venues

Selected craft beer venues

Beervana NZ

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Colonial Brewing Truffle Tripel

Published July 11, 2014
'I had a Truffle Tripel at the Truffel Kurfuffle.â? Try saying that after a few of them at the annual Truffle Kerfuffle festival in Manjimup, sponsored by Colonial Brewing... The Truffle Tripel was created by the Margaret River brewer for the festival and is a Belgian style ale using fresh local truffles that follows in the footsteps of their truffle porter in 2013. Only 11 kegs were concocted by the brewers at the Edith Cowan University (ECU) brewhouse using five kilos of truffles from The Wine… Read more
Style
Truffled Belgian Tripel
ABV
9.5%
Stockists

Colonial Brewery

The Print Hall, Perth

The Raffles, Applecross

The Royal on the Waterfront, East Perth

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Temple / Weihenstephan Der Handschlag

Published July 11, 2014
During May's Good Beer Week in Melbourne, Frank Piefer, head brewers of the world's oldest established brewery, Weihennstephan in Germany, visited Temple to create their second collaboration beer. The brew day, to which members of the public were invited, ended up being a mammoth session with brewers there late in the night thanks to opting for the sort of heavy duty grain bill that brewhouses don't take to fondly. In the mix was heaps of wheat, some rye malt and a touch of smoked malt too, with… Read more
Style
Smoked Amber Wheat Beer
ABV
6.1%
Bitterness
19 IBU
Stockists

Temple

3 Ravens Black Mass

Published July 10, 2014
On the last weekend of Good Beer Week 2014, 3 Ravens opened its brewery doors and invited 200 guests in to sample barrel-aged beers of their and their peers' creation. One of the beers it debuted that day was Black Mass, which has since remained under wraps while collecting a gold medal at the Australian International Beer Awards. Only a handful of kegs were ever produced; little surprise, perhaps, when you understand the lengths that went to in order to fill them. The base beer - essentially a porter… Read more
Style
Barrel-aged chipotle vanilla porter
Awards

Gold Medal AIBA 2014

Stockists

Royston

The Terminus

Then one more keg to appear somewhere, some day...

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Nail Brewing Imperial Porter: Clayden Brew

Published July 9, 2014
With yet another major trophy clogging up the mantelpiece at the Stallwood residence, this time for the Hughe Dunn Imperial Brown Ale (which is set for an imminent re-release), there will be plenty on the lookout for anything bearing the Nail logo now that the beers are available more widely. Out and about now is an Imperial Porter, the third Brew Log release. Continuing the tradition of dedicating each Brew Log beer to someone important in brewer John Stallwood's life, this one is for his son Clayden,… Read more
Style
Imperial Porter
ABV
8.5%
Stockists

At good craft beer outlets

(NB: At time of posting, the handful of kegs may have gone)

Stone & Wood Cloud Catcher

Published July 8, 2014
To mark the opening of their second brewery in the Northern Rivers region of NSW (and presumably also marking the sense of relief that comes with being able to supply Pacific Ale to the many who've been craving it), Stone & Wood created a new beer. Taking its name from the Aboriginal name for Mt Warning, which stands over the new site in Murwillumbah, it's as much a celebration of what the brewery stands for too. In other words, it's bright and balanced and comes chockfull of Aussie hops. It… Read more
Style
Australian Pale Ale
ABV
5.5%
Stockists

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Young Henrys / Yeastie Boys My Coffee Is Cactus

Published July 8, 2014
Like Theseus with his ball of thread in the Minotaur's Lair, Banksy, a prolific junk mail deliverer or a rabbit with an insatiable appetite and particularly overactive digestive system, Stu from the Yeastie Boys rarely goes anywhere without leaving evidence of his visit. A collaborator (or "spooner" as he prefers) par excellence, his latest Aussie deposit took place in the loving arms of the Young Henrys brew team. There, he hooked up with long time friend and new head brewer Sam Fí¼ss… Read more
Style
Coffee Cactus Stout
ABV
8.5%
Stockists

Young Henrys

Beervana NZ

Little Creatures Shift Brewers Stash #1: American Brown Ale

Published July 8, 2014
It looks like those who feared the crash of doom when Little Creatures became 100 percent owned by Lion / Kirin may have to wait a little longer. The brewery continues to do plenty of good things, whether adding an excellent IPA to its core range, creating an urban hop farm or supporting loads of craft beer and community events. And now it's giving its shift brewers the chance to shine too. The Shift Brewers Stash will become a series of occasional releases (draught only) that will slot in alongside… Read more
Style
American Brown Ale
Stockists

Little Creatures Dining Hall

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

Little Creatures Geelong (from July 11)

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Feral Brewpub Series Hopfen Fahrt (bottles & kegs)

Published July 7, 2014
Hopfen Fahrt first saw the light of day as part of Feral's Brewpub Series of limited releases in draught form. It's a beer that uses a bunch of new wave German hops just arrived in small amounts Down Under. It's unusual hop character made it "one of the most divisive beers we have produced," according to the brewery - very much a love it or hate it beer for drinkers. So, being Feral, they decided they should brew loads more of it and unleash it again in bottle form across the land. It's… Read more
Style
German IPA
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
52 IBU
Stockists

Bottles and kegs to WA venues from July 7

East Cost from July 14

Actual venues TBC

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Bridge Road One Autumn Sunday Morning Somewhere Three Hours North of Melbourne / Fat Man Red Suit

Published July 7, 2014
It's just as well there's no self-imposed, Twitter-like character limit at Crafty Towers. If there was, we'd pretty much have exhausted it with just the names of two new limited releases from Bridge Road. One, which left the brewery late June, was given the dubious honour by Bridge Road's senior brewer Steve of "the worst beer name ever". Said name is One Autumn Sunday Morning Somewhere Three Hours North of Melbourne and the beer is the collaboration with Leo from Birra del Borgo and Tobias… Read more
Style
Black Session IPA / India Red Ale
ABV
Various

Red Duck Forsaken & Igor

Published July 1, 2014
You have to wonder how much longer it will be before Red Duck has exhausted every ingredient on the planet for its range of beers. Among the latest of its latest seriously limited releases is a Japanese Red Sake Ale. Called Forsaken, the 6.3% beer was Red Duck's entry for this year's Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular and is described as a "sessionable dark red ale", one that features (deep breath): black rice, red rice, white rice, oats, malted barley, roasted wattle seeds, Nori seaweed… Read more
Style
Rice Ale & Imperial Porter
ABV
Various
Stockists

The usual Red Duck stockists, such as:

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

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Green Beacon Barbary Coast American Brown

Published July 1, 2014
In the mid 19th century a motley crew of Australians terrorised an area of California known then as the Barbary Coast. They were drawn to San Francisco in search of one thing: gold. In Barbary Coast Brown we've utilised El Dorado hops, a new gold from the west coast of the USA. Combined with the iconic Simcoe hop and backed by a malt bill that includes British pale, roast, chocolate and crystal malts Barbary Coast Brown at 5.9 percent ABV and 50 IBUs is one our most intense beers to date. The combination… Read more
Style
American Brown Ale
ABV
5.9%
Bitterness
50 IBU

Cheeky Monkey Southern Wailer Rogered Uncle Rye Porter

Published June 27, 2014
When you see Southern Wailer attached to the name of a Cheeky Monkey beer that means the brewers have been at play. It's the tag given to their limited release beers, which in the past have included the likes of a black IPA, double IPA and tripel. With the temperatures dropping and rain falling in Margaret River, they decided to try to warm their guests up from the inside this time around. The Rogered Uncle is a rye porter brewed "as the name suggests with a slightly ridiculous amount of rye… Read more
Style
Rye Porter
ABV
5.5%
Stockists

Cheeky Monkey

Burleigh Brewing Dream Date

Published June 25, 2014
With a heritage that includes the Black Giraffe Coffee Lager, Figjam IPA and Hassle Hop, if there's one thing that can be said for Burleigh's Bit on the Side range it's that they're worth checking out. Latest to leave the Gold Coast in longneck form and march across the land is Dream Date, a beer that, like Fanny Gertude's Anzac Bickie Beer (remember her?), has a rather sweeter inspiration than the others. Specifically: dates. And even more specifically: "Hundreds of kilos of them" added… Read more
Style
Dark Date Ale
ABV
5.7%
Bitterness
50 IBU
Stockists

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