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

Lord Nelson One Eyed Rye

Published December 19, 2011
Having turned to Belgium for inspiration for their last seasonal, the delicious Anniversary Ale brewed to mark 25 years of bringing real beer to the people of The Rocks, the Lord Nelson brew team are back on more familiar territory for Christmas. The One Eyed Rye is a traditional ale made with 50% rye malt. For those unfamiliar with rye malt, it can impart a rather unique character, frequently richer in body and often lending a slightly spicy, smoky malt character. It's appearing in a few Aussie… Read more
Style
Rye Beer
ABV
5.1%
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Lord Nelson

3 Ravens Smoked Wheat

Published December 16, 2011
The Thornbury brewery continues to plunder every nook and cranny of the Germanic beer world, coming at us this time with a beer that combines elements of two of their regular beers: a bit of smoked malt and a bit of fruity wheat beer yeast. It might sound an unusual combination to the newcomer - mixing elements of earthy, woody, campfire like aromas with the banana and clove esters of the wheat yeast - but they sit together rather well. It's not bananas on the barbie, instead a cloudy copper coloured… Read more
Style
Smoked Wheat Beer
ABV
4.7%

Mountain Goat Imperial Pilsner (2011)

Published December 14, 2011
Or more accurately, an Imperial Keller Pilsner, apparently. In other words, unfiltered and designed to be tapped and quaffed asap. It's the second stab at a big ol' pilsner from the Richmond crew, one head brewer Dave Bonighton described as "a Black Forest Wolf in Western Districts sheep's clothing?", a comment that can possibly be ascribed to the fact he came up with it on the day of the brewery's Christmas party. The beer is a strong, unfiltered, cold conditioned "forever",… Read more
Style
Imperial Pilsner
ABV
7.5%
Bitterness
50 IBU
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Mountain Goat

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Mountain Goat Skipping Girl (Andy'd Remix)

Published December 7, 2011
Anyone who's been to Mountain Goat in the past couple of years will know Randy, the glass cylinder that allows them to add hops, spices, coffee beans and the like to their beers just before they leave the tap and hit your glass. Now they've added Andy, Randy's cousin, who is "a late hopping device for pre-packed bottles and kegs; in other words the beer gets Andy'd in tank, not just before your glass." Skipping Girl first reared her head last summer and was Crafty's pick of the one-off… Read more
Style
Summer Ale
ABV
4.7%
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Mountain Goat

Moon Dog Black Lung

Published December 6, 2011
The Black Lung first appeared as a teaser keg at Josie Bones during Good Beer Week, where its no holds barred smokiness was undermined a little by a lack of body. No such problem this time around as it gets a full release, complete with tweaked recipe and a rich, smooth mouthfeel. Considering there's both peated malt and a bourbon barrel at play, it's a surprisingly rounded affair, with plenty of sweetness in the malt profile to balance the smoke and oak. The effects of the bourbon really come into… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Smoked Stout
ABV
7.7%
Bitterness
40 IBU
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Carwyn Cellars

Purvis Beer Richmond

Smith Street Cellars

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Moon Dog Perverse Sexual Amalgam (bottles)

Published December 5, 2011
The beer that debuted at The Crafty Pint's first birthday bash, Festival of the Frothy, is back in a strictly limited bottled release. So limited, in fact, the brewers are already bemoaning how little of it they have and it's only just started leaving the brewery. More has been laid down, but will be months away. The Amalgam is likely to be the first of many wild or sour ales from Moon Dog. It's a lightly carbonated dark ale that spent several months in oak with some tart cherry plums and comes… Read more
Style
Wild Ale
ABV
6.9%
Bitterness
14 IBU
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Carwyn Cellars

Purvis Beer Richmond

Smith Street Cellars

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Moon Dog Henry Ford's Girthsome Fjord

Published December 5, 2011
So, it's got a ridiculous name, is described as a "Bulgo-American India Brown Ale" and has a list of ingredients that could be entered into a short story competition; little wonder there's lots going on in Henry Ford's Girthsome Fjord. A typically Moon Doggian mangling of styles, this has hops aplenty, a splash of brown sugar to accompany the malts and a mix of yeasts, including a Belgian Trappist one that does its level best to dominate proceedings. Not that that's an easy task. Its distinctive… Read more
Style
Belgian India Brown Ale
ABV
8.9%
Bitterness
65 IBU
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Carwyn Cellars

Purvis Beer Richmond

Smith Street Cellars

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Bright Mystic Mild

Published December 2, 2011
The latest seasonal from Bright Brewery sees them reining in the alcohol content after unleashing an Imperial Stout and punchy IPA in recent months. The Mystic Mild rocks in at just 3.0% but, that said, it's no flavour free zone or lager-like light. Nope, it's a beer that appears to look to the milds of the UK for inspiration, a deep amber / brown beer that, according to the brewers, is characterised by "raisin toast, dark bread and cigar box/cedar". It's on tap at the brewery now; we'll… Read more
Style
Mild
ABV
3.0%
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Bright Brewery

Red Hill Christmas Ale (2011)

Published December 2, 2011
Red Hill Christmas Ale Time to break out the tinsel and get decorating the tree ' Christmas is a-coming. Which means the last of Red Hill's seasonals is a-coming too, a beer designed to accompany a rich Christmas pud on the big day. A strong Belgian ale in style, it pours a deep orange with a ruby tint and fires off all manner of sweet caramel and dried fruit aromas, topped off with spicy notes from the hops; at this early stage in its life, it's almost perfume like. Full-bodied and creamy, it's… Read more
Style
Belgian Strong Ale
ABV
8.3%
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Around Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula from Dec 9

Red Duck Golden Dragon

Published November 22, 2011
A Red Duck limited release that hasn't seen the light of day for quite some time. The Golden Dragon is another that continues brewer Scott Wilson-Browne's love of big, malt-led British styles. It's a strong Celtic Ale that sits nicely alongside other Red Duck limited releases such as the whisky barrel-aged Loch Ness and last year's Red Admiral. A complex bugger that can offer up treacle, caramel, stewed and dark fruit flavours with an earthiness and spiciness too, it's one to savour.… Read more
Style
Strong Celtic Ale
ABV
7.8%

2 Brothers Tabooki / Super Rusty

Published November 18, 2011
A beer with an air of mystery surrounding it... Those that attended the last Victorian Microbrewery Showcase may have been intrigued by this African Amber Ale: what constitutes an African Amber Ale? It was suggested it may have been a yeast strain from deep within the Congo, but the truth of the matter could be just as enigmatic as the origins of the mother continent itself. To throw another spanner into the works the packaged version of this beer gives a nod to its little brother (the Rusty Pale… Read more
Style
Strong Belgian Amber Ale
ABV
8.0%

Red Hill Bohemian Pilsner (2011)

Published November 17, 2011
Of all the beers Red Hill produce, this, apparently, is the brewer's favourite. It's easy to see why. Inspired by a pilsner-drinking session in a pub in New Zealand a few years ago, it stands apart from most beers of its ilk on the market by being fuller and richer in the mouth than you might expect thanks to its relatively high alcohol content. The nose combines lemon, sweet honey and a hint of spiciness from the hops, the flavour offers masses of biscuity malts and there's a nice firm bitterness… Read more
Style
Bohemian Pilsner
ABV
5.9%
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Red Hill

Acland Cellars

Bar Fred

Biero

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Red Hill Cellar & Pantry

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Moo Brew Whisky Barrel-Aged Stout

Published November 17, 2011
They do enjoy playing with their stout down at Moo, with this latest release a joint venture with Tasmania's Lark Distillery. MONA bar manager arranged the supply of a 100 litre barrel, which had previously had whisky aged in it for six years, which was filled with Moo Brew Stout, from which four 20 litre kegs were produced. The first keg was tapped at the screening of Beer Wars at the Museum of Old and New Art cinema, a second is being tapped at the distillery on November 20, where punters will… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Stout
ABV
8.0%
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MONA Winery Bar

Lark Distillery

Murray's Smashing Pumpkin Ale (2011)

Published November 2, 2011
A beer we first tasted at the brewery this time last year is a spice-laden Halloween special designed by the Murray's brewers to be as close to pumpkin pie in a glass as possible. To a mix of British and German Malts are added more than 50kg of dry roasted pumpkin to the mash, adding "a subtle sweetness and pumpkin aroma and flavour that is enhanced by the spice additions". Those spices are cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, all added late in the boil to blend with the malts. Launched for Halloween… Read more
Style
Spiced Pumpkin Ale
ABV
5.2%
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Annual Halloween release available on draught only

Warners at the Bay

The Albion Hotel, Newcastle

Union Hotel, Newtown

The Pumphouse, Darling Harbour

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Moon Dog Pumpkin Porter

Published November 1, 2011
Now they've started they just can't stop. Hot on the heels of the Skunkworks is a return of the Pumpkin Porter that made an appearance in smaller volumes last Halloween. Featurig 35kg of roast pumpkin in the boil (plus honey, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg), the only thing that is missing is the usual barmpot Moon Dog name. According to the boys, it's "a black ale with golden-red hues", "dark, smooth and roasty" with "hints of dark malts on the nose" ending with spice and… Read more
Style
Pumpkin Porter
ABV
7.0%
Bitterness
45 IBU

Van Dieman Hedgerow

Published November 1, 2011
An annual release from Van Dieman that makes full use of the brewery's farm location. Each year just after the first winter frosts, Will heads around the land collecting berries and fruits from the hedgerows and adds them to this rich, malty ale. The beer spends six weeks maturing on sloes, rose hips and hawthorn berries before bottle conditioning for six months. The process adds a layer of forest fruits to the beer, complementing its spicy, earthy hop character well in our pick of the brewery's… Read more
Style
Fruit Ale
ABV
5.8%
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Van Dieman

Lord Nelson Anniversary Ale

Published October 25, 2011
To celebrate its quarter century of bringing traditional British style ales to the people of The Rocks, the Lord Nelson did the obvious thing: they brewed a Belgian ale! Launched on the night of their anniversary dinner, an occasion on which they paired their beers with classic dishes from the 80s, 90s and 00s, it's a strong golden ale style and really quite delicious. Clean and sparkling in the wine glass in which it's being served, it has the lightly spicy, citrus peel aroma typical of the style,… Read more
Style
Belgian Golden Ale
ABV
6.8%
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Lord Nelson

Holgate White Ale

Published October 24, 2011
Back in time for the warmer weather is Holgate's take on the Belgian witbier style, this time with a new recipe. Following in the footsteps of tweaks to many of their beers, from the Hopinator to the Pilsner, the White Ale returned late in 2011 with a different yeast strain, one that seems to have boosted its "wit-iness". A beer that was previously drier, with hints of coriander and citrus characters, now has more of both, particularly on the citrus front (thanks to the addition of oranges… Read more
Style
Witbier
ABV
5.0%
Stockists

Holgate

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Prickly Moses Tailpipe

Published October 24, 2011
Silly Crafty. There we were, happily plodding along in the mistaken belief that the Tailpipe was one of Prickly MOses brewer Hendo's little playthings only on show at the Taste of Melbourne. But we were wrong, stumbling across it on our last visit to Slowbeer. And glad we were to be wrong, as it's claim that it's a 'Big Ass Brown Aleâ? is spot on and Big Ass Brown Ales are always welcome at Crafty Towers. As you'd expect from such a beer, there's plenty of everything, from the New World hops and… Read more
Style
US Style Brown Ale
ABV
7.1%

Little Creatures Big Dipper

Published October 21, 2011
It reminds you of the scale of the Little Creatures audience compared to most craft brewers in Australia when you see them describe the 7.8% strength of this beer as "massive alcohol percentage" on their website. Already, hardened beer lovers are popping up claiming it's not big enough to warrant the double IPA epithet, yet to the vast majority of Little Creatures drinkers, this will be a massively boozy concoction. Perspective, people. Anyway, we digress slightly. What of the beer itself,… Read more
Style
Double IPA
ABV
7.8%
Bitterness
55IBU
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Slowbeer

Purvis Beer

Smith Street Cellars

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