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!

Bright Brewery

Mornington Peninsula Brewery Black IPA

Published January 14, 2014
Midway through presenting the "Malt" week of the beer course we run with a fellow Good Beer Weeker late last year, we fell out. Not in a punching each others' lights out or sulking way, just in a "tomayto / tomahto" kind of way. He said Black IPAs were just gimmick beers, something brewed for geeks to talk about, we felt that they were a valid style and, when made well, one of the tastiest outcomes of the modern craft beer world's love of melding styles. Whether you think it gimmick… Read more

Murray's Anniversary Ale 8

Published January 1, 2014
Every year on its birthday, which falls on New Year's Day, Murray's releases its Anniversary Ale. Always big, always oaked and always an evolution on the previous year's recipe, past years have also tended to see the beer get bigger year in, year out, with the ABV percentage climbing, the number of yeasts used on the rise and sometimes even the number of types of oak used increasing too. For number 8, however, they've decided to head back to where it all started with the first Anniversary Ale. It's… Read more
Style
Barley Wine
ABV
10%
Stockists

Murray's

Murray's Moon Boy

Published December 30, 2013
The Crafty Pint legal team is considering taking action against Murray's if they don't cough up fees for image rights for their newest beer. OK, not really - the website's founder doesn't own a maroon sweater like the bearded, bespectacled chap on Moon Bay's decal and given we allowed them to use our rippled physique as the basis for the Auld Bulgin' Boysterous Bicep label, we can't really start playing funny buggers now. OK, that's a lie too as the only thing rippling about the site's founder's… Read more
Style
Golden Ale
ABV
4.5%

Young Henrys Young Cherry Saison

Published December 20, 2013
The last one-off batch for Young Henrys in 2013 is a suitably festive affair. But warming winter ales and Christmas spices be damned; it's Australia, it's 40 degrees and it's the time of year when fresh produce seems at its most abundant - perfect fodder for a collaborative brew. As tends to be the case with Young Henrys one-off beers, there's a story. This one involves the Young Henrys Sales Manager's wife's friend's family's cherry orchard. The husband of one of the said family members also happens… Read more
Stockists

Young Henrys (growlers)

Eagle Bay / Yeastie Boys Feijoa Pale Ale

Published December 19, 2013
He likes to leave a trail wherever he goes, does Yeastie Boy Stu McKinlay. You may not always see him coming, but you know when he's been as there tends to be a beer or two left in his wake. The latest gift from the Trans-Tasman traveller is a collaboration he concocted with WA's Eagle Bay, that started, as many things do, over a few beers together at the Beervana Festival in New Zealand in August and came to fruition during this year's WA Beer Week. the result was a sessionable pale ale with a twist:… Read more
Style
Fruit / Tea / Flower Pale Ale
ABV
4.9%
Bitterness
21 IBU
Stockists

Eagle Bay Brewery

Clancy's Fish Pub, Dunsborough

The Pourhouse, Dunsborough

Muster, Margaret River

Mane Liquor

[Cellarbrations at Carlisle](/beer/bottleshop/cellarbratio

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Red Duck Wood Gnaume & Bobcat

Published December 16, 2013
Of all the beers that Red Duck put out in 2012, few caused as many ripples of excitement in the beer nerd world as the Gnaume, one of his collaborations with Anders Kissmeyer. It was a Belgian farmhouse style ale, a little fruity, spicy and tart and made with all manner of yeasts and sugars. It's back in a seriously limited and altered version, with Wood Gnaume having spent time in a small oak barrel for six months (hence why there's only 13 cases in existence. We're told it's fermented with more… Read more
Style
Oak-Aged Lambic & IPA
ABV
6.2% / 7.5%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Holgate Black Forest Summer Porter

Published December 12, 2013
Holgate's Temptress, its cocoa and vanilla porter, has been one of the most surprising and enduring success stories of the rise of Australian craft beer. An instant hit upon launch a few years back, its lusciousness has continued to win over drinkers and diners ever since. It is, however, perhaps not the first beer you'd reach for when the mercury heads above 30C so the brewers decided to create a summery version instead to tide you all over. Named in honour of the gateway to Woodend, the Black Forest,… Read more
Style
Fruit Porter
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

Holgate

Harts Pub

Forrest Lodge Hotel

Union Hotel Newtown

Quarrymans

Grain Store

Old Growler

Porters Balgowlah

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White Rabbit Porter

Published December 11, 2013
One of the side benefits of Little Creatures opening its new base in Geelong is that White Rabbit Dark Ale will now be brewed into open fermenters there, opening up capacity at Rabbit's Healesville home. This will allow Jeremy and his team of brewers to take some of the frequent mini-experiments they carry out onto a far larger scale. Visitors to the cellar door or the Little Creatures Dining Hall in Brunswick will have come across all manner of weird and wonderful things in kegs and firkins, with… Read more
Style
Barrel Fermented Porter

Young Henrys Heilala Vanilla Wit

Published December 10, 2013
More often than not when you come across vanilla in beer, you'll observe that it's in something dark - think along the lines of stouts and porters which tend to have a bit of chocolate malt character. It kinda makes sense since chocolate and vanilla is one of those heaven-sent pairings for which humanity can be so grateful. But what the folks from Young Henrys and Heilala Vanilla have done for this collaboration is almost the exact opposite; adding vanilla - and lots of it, several times - to a comparatively… Read more
Style
Vanilla Belgian Witbier
ABV
4.0%

Mash Brewing Russell

Published December 6, 2013
Ever since they rode to the rescue of 3 Ravens like a knight in shining stainless steel, WA's Mash has been brewing some of its specialty releases at Ravens' Thornbury base for the East Coast market. Among them have been the Illustrated Ales series for which they've invited Melbourne artists to create the label designs. Following in the footsteps of the likes of the Challenger comes Russell. He's an American Amber Ale and also a rather demonic looking dog in what appears to be the torso of a skeleton… Read more
Style
American Amber
ABV
4.5%
Stockists

3 Ravens

Purvis Cellars

Slowbeer

Harvest Wine & Liquor

Mayerling Cellars

[Valley Cellar Door](/beer/bar/valley-cel

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2 Brothers Trickster

Published December 5, 2013
2 Brothers, the reigning Champion Small Australian Brewery, has taken a trip down Memory Lane for its latest limited release. The Trickster is a beer that has spent so long in hibernation, it predates The Crafty Pint Pint by 18 months or more. Those with long memories may recall one of their earliest beers; for everyone else it's a Mandarin Witbier (AKA a Belgian witbier brewed with mandarins) that was last brewed five years ago. Back then it was filtered before release, this time around head brewer… Read more
Style
Belgian Witbier
ABV
4.7%
Stockists

2 Brothers

Nail Brewing Hughe Dunn Brown

Published December 3, 2013
Slowly but surely, the pieces are falling into place for the rest of the country to discover what the people of WA and the nation's beer judges have known for some time: that John Stallwood of Nail Brewing is one of Australia's very finest brewers. Since going into business with longtime friend and sparring partner Brendan Varis of Feral as BrewCorp last year, he's had the capacity to supply the East Coast and the logistics are now pretty much there to get his immaculate takes on classic styles out… Read more
Style
Imperial Brown Ale
ABV
8.0%
Stockists

At good bottleshops in QLD, WA and NSW

Some bottles going into Dan Murphy's in VIC

Morrison Brewery Angus Scotch Ale

Published December 3, 2013
What better way to celebrate bringing a new brewer into the world than by brewing a special beer? And when we say special, we are talking an 11.8%, whisky barrel-aged beast to boot. This started off as a whopper of a Scotch Ale and then spent four months inside oak from Tasmania's Lark Distillery, picking up additional touches of oak and vanilla to complement the multilayered, sweet and boozy malts of the base beer.… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale
ABV
11.8%

Morrison Brewery Saison

Published December 2, 2013
At launch, this was a rare trip for Paul Morrison outside the British Isles and Ireland for inspiration for this seasonal that was first released in 2013. He's since ventured far beyond, adding American style pale and amber ales to the core and limited run lineup, as well as brewing other European style beers. And this Saison, which is released annually in 750ml bottles, suggested it was a smart move casting the net wider for influence too. As one would hope from such a beer, it is zesty, dry and… Read more
Style
Saison
ABV
6.2%
Awards

Silver at 2016 AIBA

Hargreaves Hill El Dorado IPA

Published December 1, 2013
Our first experience of the El Dorado hop was on a tour of Hunter S Thompson's mate's US brewery Flying Dog. It was the latest beer in their single hop series, a series that, being Flying Dog, looked to showcase hops in the format of a 10 per cent Imperial IPA. A bit like Mosaic, it's one of the new breed of US hops that seems to overwhelm brewers who come into contact with it with an uncontrollable urge to create beers that showcase its lively citrus characteristics. That's the case with Hargreaves… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.0%
Bitterness
55 IBU
Stockists

Hargreaves Hill

The Terminus

Belgian Beer Cafe Eureka

Brother Burger & The Marvellous Brew

[East Of Everything](/beer/bar/east-

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Red Duck Half Wit & Geist

Published November 29, 2013
The new ideas and style mashing continues to come from Red Duck with two new beers in time for summer that register low on the ABV count. The Half Wit is ostensibly a Belgian witbier, brewed with half wheat and half barley. We're told it's a "pale, white, slightly cloudy weisse" and to look out for "soft grapefruit and white spicy notes". The Geist sees the brewery combine elements of the German gose style, generally tart and salty, with another German style, the Berliner Weisse,… Read more
Style
Belgian Wit and Gose / Berliner Weisse
ABV
3.4% & 3.2%
Stockists

Bottles:

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olin

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Temple Resurrection Pilsner

Published November 23, 2013
There are plenty of reasons for the folks at Temple to be happy these days. After a brief spell in voluntary liquidation, they're back in business and had one of their biggest nights ever on their first night back. They've got designers giving their East Brunswick home an overhaul. There are plans for significant expansion. And there are new beers. And, having dropped in to sample them the other day, it would seem that it's the last of these that, perhaps understandably, has co-founder and head brewer… Read more
Style
American Pilsner
ABV
5.6%
Stockists

Temple

Riverside / Yeastie Boys Inner City White

Published November 21, 2013
When Stu McKinlay, one half of New Zealand's famed Yeastie Boys, was in Australia for Sydney Craft Beer Week he headed out to Riverside Brewing Company for a nap on the pile of malt bags and to help out on this collaborative brew. With Riverside's penchant for a generous hop regime combined with the Yeastie Boys' tendency to operate on the right side of left of centre, this was always going to be an interesting blend. And so we have Inner City White, billed as 'not your typical wheat beer' and a… Read more
Style
Wheat Beer
ABV
4.4%

Moo Brew Seasonal Saison 2013

Published November 15, 2013
It's birthday time at Moo, with the brand turning eight and the new (well, newer than the original one) brewery celebrating three years in business this month. There's no birthday brew to celebrate, instead the third release of its Seasonal Saison. The beer first hit a handful of taps around Hobart for Beer Lovers Week and the Tasmanian International BeerFest, as well as the brewery's stand at Taste of Melbourne. And, as of this week, it's set to land on taps at craft beer venues all over the land.… Read more
Style
Saison
ABV
5.5%
Stockists

Jack Greene. Hobart

Irish Murphy's, Hobart

Other venues across Australia TBC

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Mornington Peninsula Super Pale 500

Published November 13, 2013
Has any brewery got to 500 brews as fast as Mornington Peninsula Brewery? They only marked three years in business in October but have just reached that milestone. With big expansion plans in mind and a canning line on the way, it's all go for a brewery that has won a place in the hearts of many a beer lover across Australia and was shortlisted for Champion Small Brewer at this year's Australian International Beer Awards. To mark the feat, they've returned to where it started: their Pale Ale, but… Read more
Style
Double Pale Ale
ABV
6.0%