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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Feral Karma Chameleon

Published June 20, 2014
The Crafty Pint's younger brother was born while Karma Chameleon was number one in the British charts and here at Crafty Towers we tend to enjoy hoppy dark ales. And now Feral has released a hoppy dark ale - a massive one at that - called Karma Chameleon. Spooky! What can it mean? That our dreams will be red, gold and green? That we'll develop a smack habit, move to New York, become a Hari Krishna then undergo a transformation into a moderately talented but popular-on-the-house-circuit DJ? Or that… Read more
Style
Imperial India Black Ale
ABV
10.0%
Bitterness
84IBU
Stockists

On keg going to each of:

Sail & Anchor

Old Faithful - WA

The Pour House - WA

The Alehouse Project

The Terminus

[Grain Store](/beer/bar/grain-store/

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Hargreaves Hill Barrique Barrel-Aged Stout

Published June 18, 2014
Hargreaves Hill's Stout (or Foreign Export Stout) is already one of the best of its kind in the land. And now it's been given a tweak that makes full use of the other thing the Yarra Valley is known for: you know, wine. A while back, the brewers decided to fill some French oak barrels formerly used for Shiraz by various local wineries with said stout and now they've decided it's ready and has been switched to kegs and sent on its merry way from the brewery. According to head brewer Kai Dambergs,… Read more

McLaren Vale EXP 5: Faux Nero

Published June 17, 2014
The cross-pollination / melding / bastardisation / whatever-you-like-to-call-it of beer styles shows little sign of abating. And if anything is likely to encourage brewers to indulge in a spot of jiggery-pokery in the brewery, it's the annual Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular in Melbourne with its requirement for more than 100 never-before-released beers. And thus it is that this year's GABS led McLaren Vale to conjure up a "very limited edition" white coffee stout. It's the sixth beer… Read more
Style
Coffee Stout
Stockists

NSW:

Union Hotel Newtown

The Australian Hotel

Kirribilli Hotel

Dove & Olive

Clock Hotel Surry Hills

Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel

VIC:

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Seven Sheds Black Inca

Published June 13, 2014
Having been somewhat shunned in the past, there is an ever greater focus these days on the delights to be found in Tasmania's northwest. Quite right too as, not only is it a beautiful part of the world, but it is home to a richly diverse collection of small, independent producers. Among them is Seven Sheds, the Railton brewery run by former beer writer Willie Simpson and partner Catherine Stark, who have been prominent in bringing attention to the region. They've also taken opportunities to involve… Read more
Style
Oatmeal Cacao Dark Ale
ABV
5.3%
Stockists

Seven Sheds

Bridge Road Brewers IPA Pack

Published June 8, 2014
Bridge Road Brewers continue their ongoing mission to educate the world about all things hops with a new partnership that has been struck up with glassware manufacturer Spiegelau. The Beechworth brewery has just released a rather eye-catchingly packaged three-pack of its Bling IPA in which the space for a fourth beer is instead taken by one of Spiegelau's specialist IPA glasses, first released last year after being developed in conjunction with American breweries Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head. Having… Read more
Style
IPA
Stockists

Specialist bottleshops, Dan Murphy's and BWS nationwide

Grifter Brewing Co Omen II

Published June 6, 2014
The chaps at Grifter have provided plenty of information about their latest release (which is a reworking of a beer first released in 2013). This beefed up oatmeal stout is "silky", they say. It is "all about rich malt character" too. It has a "complexity which comes from the use of six different varieties is layered to give notes of chocolate, coffee and general roasted goodness" they continue. On and on. And on. There's "a healthy addition of oatmeal" that… Read more
Style
American Oatmeal Stout
ABV
5.5%
Stockists

Sydney

The Cricketers Arms

Frankies Pizza

Union Hotel Newtown

Harts Pub

The Local Taphouse Darlo

The Blind Bear

Forest

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Red Duck Baby Bear / Forest Gnaume / Transmission

Published June 5, 2014
During the recent Good Beer Week, Ballarat Brewery Red Duck invited visitors to spend the day at the brewery sampling its entire range. That entire range currently numbers more than 60 beers ' the core range, current releases, vintage specials and yet-to-be-seen beers. Over the past few years, head brewer Scott Wilson-Browne has embarked upon all manner of unique and unusual experimental releases, many of which have prove the spark for a series of sequels. Back in 2010, he released Ugly Duckling,… Read more
Style
Various
ABV
Various
Stockists

The usual Red Duck stockists, such as:

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

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Gage Roads & Jeremy Sambrooks Rapid Fire IPA

Published June 2, 2014
If WA brewers have a habit of produce repeat winners at the annual Australian International Beer Awards, it would seem that the state's home brewers aren't too dissimilar. At the 2012 and 2013 Perth Royal Beer Show, Jeremy Sambrooks - avid home brewer and occasional contributor to this and other beer media - took out titles in the amateur brewing championships and then added the Battle of the Brew title at a competition to brew US-inspired IPAs held at Freo's Sail & Anchor. His prize for the… Read more
Style
American IPA
ABV
6.3%
Bitterness
60 IBU

Mountain Goat Surefoot Stout 2014

Published May 29, 2014
An Aussie classic - the beer Mountain Goat considered launching with back in the 17th century before plumping for the Hightail instead - is back for its annual jaunt around the bars and into the appreciative gullets of Australia. Surefoot Stout is a former trophy-winner that's barely changed since day one, because it didn't have to: a balanced stout that's perhaps slightly closer to the sweeter than roastier end of the scale and that is among the most quaffable of the dark beers that roll out of… Read more
Style
Stout
ABV
4.9%
Stockists

Mountain Goat

Some Velvet Morning

The Park Hotel

Markov

Young & Jackson

Wesley Anne

Sporting Club

Edinburgh Castle

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Feral / CUB / 2 Brothers Land of Plenty

Published May 22, 2014
It's not too often you see brewing behemoths like CUB becoming involved in collaborations. OK, so its craft beer arm Matilda Bay has been brewing the Abbey Collabbey for Good Beer Week for the past four years, but this time around it's the mothership getting involved. Last year's Australian International Beer Awards saw the Champion Australian Brewery trophies split into Small, Medium and Large, which meant this year's AIBA Collaborator would include brewers from all three. That saw brewers Andrew… Read more
Style
Unfiltered Lager
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

At select craft beer stockists nationwide

Feral

2 Brothers

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Hargreaves Hill Imperial IPA

Published May 18, 2014
Last time we popped in to see the team at Hargreaves Hill, there was a distinct buzz in the air. Hops ' and a lot of them ' were about to be added to a new brew that was in progress at the brewery. That brew is now here, and is an Imperial IPA inspired by brewery founder Simon Walkenhorst's first encounter with the iconic Pliny the Elder from Russian River. Based around the simplest of malt backbones to allow the hops to shine, it has been dosed up then dosed up then dosed up some more with US hop… Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
ABV
8.6%
Stockists

Oscar's Alehouse, Belgrave

Hargreaves Hill

Great Britain Hotel as part of Pint of Origin VIC

Oscar's Alehouse

Slowbeer

The Terminus (also tapping

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Eagle Bay Brewers Series: Black IPA

Published May 18, 2014
Over the past two and a half years, Eagle Bay's head brewer Nick has been experimenting with single batches that have led to a Brewer's Series. This is made up of four limited release beers in draught and bottle, all seasonally inspired and selected from the crowd favourites from all of the brewery's previous single batches. For the latest, its autumn release, they brought back their Black IPA. It was in kegs in April and has now been bottled too. The launch was celebrated in collaboration with… Read more
Style
Black IPA
ABV
5.5%
Bitterness
60 IBU

Grifter Brewing Co & Baxter's Swill of the Gods

Published May 16, 2014
Collaboration is very much the name of the game in the Sydney craft beer scene these days, it seems. There are the more typical brewer on brewer affairs ' Darren from Doctor's Orders has been hunkering down with Shane from Sixpoint this week to create something monstrously hoppy and high in alcohol ' but also plenty that look outside the beer world. Young Henrys has mixed with the music, food, coffee and various other worlds and now the brewing company that shares their brewery has hooked up with… Read more
Style
Scotch Ale
ABV
5.0%
Stockists

Sydney:

Baxter Inn

Frankie's

Union Hotel Newtown

Petersham Bowls Club

Cricketers Arms

Old Fitzroy Hotel

Harts Pub

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Mornington Peninsula Brewery Red Ale

Published May 15, 2014
You'd think with all their Good Beer Week events, not least a collaborative brew with the USA's Stillwater, and GABS on the horizon ' as well as the defence of their Best Stout Trophy at the Australian International Beer Awards ' it would be time for early nights and slippers by the fire down at Mornington Peninsula Brewery. But it seems you just can't keep those lovable rogues down. And thus it is that they are back with yet another limited release. It's a Red Ale ' not to be confused with their… Read more
Style
Red Ale
ABV
5.8%
Stockists

Mornington Peninsula Brewery

The Local Taphouse St Kilda - on tap for Brewers & Chewers

The Alehouse Project - AFTER GBW

[Cook

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Stone & Wood Stone Beer 2014

Published May 13, 2014
Hang around the beer world long enough and smile nicely for long enough and, chances are, at some point you may get the chance to become involved in a brew. Usually, this will take the form of adding some grain or hops, pushing the odd button or, most likely, being asked to shovel the spent grain out of the mash tun so the brewer doesn't have to. With Stone & Wood's Stone Beer, there's a chance to take things a little further. Each year, the brewery invites friends, family and peers to join them… Read more
Style
Stone Beer
ABV
6.9%
Stockists

Use the brewery's Beer Finder to locate your nearest drop

Holgate Brewhouse Double Trouble (500ml)

Published May 12, 2014
You don't see a huge number of Belgian Dubbels been brewed around Australia. Thankfully, generally when you do they are rather tasty. There's Little Brewing's deeply complex Mad Abbot version, Hargreaves' occasional AD (new batch available at the cellar door right now) and a handful of one-offs, while Bright has long had its Fainters Dubbel, recently reworked by head brewer Jon Seltin who, in a conversation last week, declared a barrel-aged version of said beer that is due for a very limited release… Read more
Style
Belgian Style Dubbel
ABV
8.0%
Stockists

On tap at Holgate

Nationwide at good beer stockists

Temple New World Order Stout & Rye Hard IPA

Published May 8, 2014
Self-confessed dark beer lover Glenn Harrison has wasted little time imposing his dark passion upon his new brewery. The former Hargreaves Hill head brewer has only been in his post at Temple for a few weeks, but already his love of stouts cannot be contained. The New World Order is an American Stout and one of two new beers created under his stewardship that are out and about now. It's a pretty opaque, damn near jet black beer with the slightest ruby tinge and, being American influenced, has a pronounced… Read more
Style
American Stout & Rye IPA
ABV
6.5% / 6.2%

Feral Brewpub Series: Kelis

Published May 7, 2014
So, the accompanying artwork features a leggy black lady in leotard, complete with wild boar's head sat atop a tankard of beer that appears to have a dollop of ice cream in the top. Why, that must mean it's a Saisonâ?¦ Ummm... No, we weren't sure why either, but the good chaps at Feral have explained the thinking behind naming their latest draught-only Brewpub Series release after the singer who brought the world Milkshake. Apparently, just as her milkshake brought all the boys to the yard, so… Read more
Style
Saison
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
52 IBU
Stockists

Initially, on tap at the Feral brewpub.

Will update if / when it appears elsewhere...

Prickly Moses Nigella Sour Coffee Stout

Published May 5, 2014
With Prickly Moses' Barrel Fest, during Good Beer Week, just around the corner, the Otway brewery is leaking a wee taster. Nigella is one of the barrel-aged beers appearing at the Royal Standard and has been aged in Hunter Valley Shiraz and Victorian Madeira barrels for the past year. Previously, the barrels were used to aged the brewery's 2013 Black Stallion Imperial Stout. While in oak, cold soaked "Malt Blend" coffee supplied by Geelong's Capra Coffee was added to Otway Stout, in a manner… Read more
Style
Barrel-ages Sour Stout
ABV
5.2%
Stockists

Prickly Moses

Royal Standard, Melbourne

Sweeney's, Sydney

Quarrymans, Pyrmont

Hop Factory, Newcastle

Petersham Bowling Club

Illawarra Brewing Company

[Harts

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Nail Brewing Rauchbier (Smokey Burns)

Published May 1, 2014
The second in WA brewery Nail's Brew Log series of limited releases is also the second to pay a tribute to people that have assisted head brewer John Stallwood in his ongoing mission to get his beers to the masses. The first was named in honour of brewing mentor Hugh Dunn; this rauchbier (smoke beer) is dedicated to family members, in particular his sister Catherine and the Burns family who loaned money to the business when establishing the BrewCorp brewery with Feral so he could keep Nail 100 percent… Read more
Style
Rauchbier
ABV
6.0%
Bitterness
28 IBU
Stockists

Find it at good bottleshops in WA now and further afield later in May