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!

T-Bone Brewing Brekkie Juice & Rye IIPA

Tapped September 18, 2020
T-Bone have welcomed spring to Hobart with the return of a couple of seasonal faves. For some reason Brekkie Juice hasn't made it onto the pages of Crafty before, but better late than never for the IPA that may well be my favourite to date of those of theirs I've sampled. Brekkie juice is a descriptor often used for hazy IPAs, typically when they appear as heavy in the glass as such a drink, but T-Bone's is more hazy than heavy and delivers the combination of soft, curd like fruitiness, citrusy sweet… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA & Rye IIPA
ABV
6.0% & 8.0%

Prancing Pony Double Zeppelin & The Evil Piper

Tapped September 18, 2020
If lupulin is a cure for COVID-19 then the residents of Totness are going to be just fine thanks to their local brewer. Prancing Pony have decided to welcome spring by creating mixed four-packs featuring two of their hoppiest beers and souped up versions of those two beers. Double Zeppelin is (no prizes for guessing, I'm afraid) a double version of their Zeppelin NEIPA. It's been around before but not in cans, and returns noticeably thicker even than the OG. It has the densely cloudy appearance of… Read more
Style
Double NEIPA & West Coast DIPA
ABV
Both 8.0%
Bitterness
70 IBU & 84 IBU

Moo Brew IIPA

Tapped September 18, 2020
It's not that long ago that the Moo brewers decided their promise to never release an IPA wasn't set in stone, which led them to release a fine, straight down the line West Coast version of the game-changing style. And it's not taken them long to decide to follow that up with an imperial one. Their IIPA comes at you with one foot in the old school of American IPAs and one in the present day era of fruitier and juicier. Hazy in appearance and fluffy of texture, it comes bearing a mixed platter of… Read more
Style
IIPA
ABV
8.0%
Stockists

Prince Alfred Port Melbourne

If you're reading this in time, the Prince Alfred Port Melbourne crew are tapping a keg on Sept 18 with a roulette wheel of bonus goodies.

3 Ravens Nat Rav 2020 Yarra Valley Syrah & Wild Ravens Cherry Red Ale

Tapped September 18, 2020
One of the first things I'll likely be doing once restrictions ease sufficiently in Melbourne is to hit up the Thornbury triangle formed by Moon Dog World, 3 Ravens and Jamsheed's venues. The last two of these worked together on the second 2020 vintage Nat Rav release, one featuring Yarra Valley syrah skins, which were refermented in a blend of 21-month-old barrel-soured light golden ale and a nine-month-old barrel-fermented sour red ale. It's since been blended with some fresh Aussie pilsner and… Read more
Style
Beer-Wine Hybrid & Barrel-Aged Cherry Sour
ABV
5.6% & 5.0%

Blackman's Brewery Raspberry Shortcake Imperial Pastry Stout

Tapped September 18, 2020
There's a good chance the first release in Blackman's imperial pastry stout series would have disappointed some pastry-chasers as, in a fashion typical of the Torquay brewers, it was far leaner and drier than the "Mudcake" of the title might have suggested. It made for a beer you could drink in a 500ml measure without suffering a seizure and a future dental bill running into the thousands, but didn't go overboard with the lashings of sticky sweetness some desire. The follow up doesn't either,… Read more
Style
Imperial Pastry Stout
ABV
8.7%

Burnley Brewing Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout

Tapped September 17, 2020
Every brewery should have a barrel program. That’s not business advice, rather just personal preference. Burnley Brewing have welcomed theirs into the world with the Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout, a 9.8 percent ABV jet black beer that spent six months – or the length of two lockdowns, as us Melburnians would say – in American whiskey barrels ready for release in spring 2020. Along with its impenetrably dark colour and brown head, the aromas that leap off the beer jump from roasted espresso… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
9.8%

Nomad Brewing Supersonic Mandarin & Blood Lime DIPA

Tapped September 17, 2020
Sometimes citrus is added to a beer to tweak the flavour around the edges, bringing a subtle undercurrent to those discerning enough to notice. In this beer, the citrus isn’t trying to be subtle; it’s more like it’s hijacking a car and taking it for a joyride while you're in the backseat. Supersonic Mandarin and Blood Lime DIPA is a ride and a half. Both the mandarin and the blood lime (which is a hybrid fruit, derived from finger limes and acid mandarins) make themselves known long before… Read more
Style
Fruited Double IPA
ABV
7.8%

Nomad Brewing Rollin' Haze

Tapped September 17, 2020
Since hazy beers have taken over, it's been time to get good at rolling our cans before we open and pour (though drinkers of Coopers or Bundaberg Ginger Beer have been doing this for years). Nomad have leaned into this and straight up called their newest core range beer Rollin’ Haze. It’s a hazy pale ale packed with Galaxy and Nelson Sauvin hops (as well as a "new experimental hop") that brings vibes from two favourite Aussie barbecue beverages - the zingy passionfruit of a refreshing… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale Ale
ABV
4.6%

Indian Ocean Blueberry pHuzz

Tapped September 17, 2020
North of Perth, the Indian Ocean brewers are playing with reclaimed fruit and sours, all with the bakery in mind. Using a new Philly sour yeast, 80 kilograms of blueberry seconds from Regan’s Ford farm in Gin Gin, and bourbon-soaked Madagascan vanilla pods, the Indi team aimed to create a sour that “tastes like a Danish", but without using lactose. And to a degree, their Blueberry pHuzz does. However, there’s also an earthy element and fruit tannins throughout the super clean expression,… Read more
Style
Blueberry Sour
ABV
4.9%

Wayward Brewing Big Birthday Beer

Tapped September 17, 2020
It's five years since Wayward took up residence at their Camperdown home and they've decided to celebrate by brewing a souped-up version of a five-year-old beer. Founder Pete Philip chose to put a raspberry Berliner Weisse (then called Sourpuss) in the brewery’s lineup from its earliest years – a bold choice at a time when sour beers weren’t "a thing" in the Aussie beer scene. But the proved popular, won a prestigious AIBA trophy, and five years later it’s their best-selling beer. Berry… Read more
Style
Imperial Raspberry Berliner Weisse
ABV
7.6%
Bitterness
14 IBU

White Bay Beer Co Thick Of Things IPA

Tapped September 16, 2020
When an IPA has the name "Thick Of Things" written on the front of the can, it might give the impression the flavours within will be frantic and frenetic. But the fifth IPA from White Bay doesn’t contain chaos; it’s the antidote to it. Everything is in harmony in this hazy. A nose full of syrupy tinned fruit salad opens up to more distinct fruits in the mouth - pineapple and peach and pulpy orange juice - with restrained sweetness. Flaked oats keep Thick Of Things fluffy and light with… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
6.3%

Capital Brewing Co XPA

Tapped September 16, 2020
Sure, they've gone big at times – literally in the case of the Big Drop IIPA – but if you were to summarise the approach Capital take when it comes to the beers they release in cans, considered and easy-going for style wouldn't be far off the mark. And when it comes to a contemporary Aussie beer style that brewers typically aim to deliver in a considered and easy-going manner, XPA is up there. So, is the XPA now found as part of the Canberra brewery's core range a Capital kind of beer? If anything,… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
5.0%
Bitterness
30 IBU
Stockists

Find XPA here

Frenchies Rising Star XPA & Pretty Please Milkshake IPA

Tapped September 15, 2020
The new beers are coming thick and fast from the Frenchies Bistro and Brewery in Rosebery through 2020. This time around, head brewer Vincent De Soyres has opted to experiment with a brand new hop variety out of Aotearoa and have a crack at a berries and cream inspired milkshake IPA. Rising Star is labelled as a double dry-hopped New Zealand XPA featuring the hop known as HORT4337 which, let’s face it, isn’t the snappiest of names. Like, I get that horticultural research institutes don’t exist… Read more
Style
DDH Single Hop XPA & Milkshake IPA
ABV
4.5% & 6.8%

Jetty Road Red IPA

Tapped September 15, 2020
Red IPAs seem to be something of a transition beer, not in the sense of moving drinkers between levels of appreciation, more in the sense of moving between seasons. You find them appearing when autumn arrives and also as we head into spring and beer lovers' thoughts start drifting from the dark delights of winter towards brighter days ahead. And, in the case of Jetty Road's late winter seasonal, it's a red IPA that leans towards to lighter end of the style, at least in appearance, filling your glass… Read more
Style
Red IPA
ABV
6.5%
Stockists

Find Red IPA here

Bright Brewery Spring Fling & Fruit Cocktail Sweetart

Tapped September 14, 2020
The first time Bright Brewery embarked on a Spring Fling, they layered the passionfruit so heavily we felt you could easily believe you had a tangy fruit sour in your hands rather than a fruited pale. As Spring Fling returns – this time in can rather than bottle – the balance has swung back in favour of "pale ale". The passionfruit is much more subdued, leaving you with an easy-going modern pale with a dash rather than coating of passionfruit. The brewery's Sweetart series has hit number… Read more
Style
Passionfruit Pale Ale & Fruit Sour
ABV
4.7% & 4.1%

Akasha Projects Double Hazy Mosaic IPA

Tapped September 14, 2020
When Akasha let loose their rebrand at the start of spring 2020, they also took the opportunity to adjust their core lineup, tweak a few old favourites and introduce a couple of brand new beers. In what is surely a sign of the times, consumer purchasing behaviour and, ultimately, founder Dave Padden’s love of hops, they settled on a core range that's essentially five different hoppy pale ales. And you could argue the first beer in their Akasha Projects series fits under that broad categorisation… Read more
Style
Hazy Double IPA
ABV
8.0%

Urban Alley Man-Goes Nowhere & Long Beach Dreamsicle

Tapped September 11, 2020
Spring 2020 sees two new beers arrive from Urban Alley’s limited run Alley Series, both of which manage to capture what Melburnians are up to and where we’d like to be. First up, there's Man-Goes Nowhere, an “isolation sour ale” featuring mango and passionfruit. It’s also dry-hopped with Amarillo which adds a layer of orange, the tropical twang of mango, and passionfruit and, while it’s not mouth-puckeringly sour, its tart edge and a rather spritzy carbonation do make it a beer that would… Read more
Style
Mango Sour & Kveik IPA
ABV
5.4% & 6.8%

Dainton Brewing Supertrooper Imperial NEIPA

Tapped September 11, 2020
They’ve made dozens of NEIPAs and other hazy variants over the years at Dainton and with the elevated-to-core-range offering Jungle Juice really hit the sweet spot. While many of the variants have played with different hops and fruit, arguably the one that's generated the most noise at the pointier end of the beer world is Supertrooper, which is now part of their Hardcore Range of pretty much year round and rather large beers. Pulling off a NEIPA above a certain size is tricky and here you have… Read more
Style
Imperial NEIPA
ABV
10.0%

Dainton Brewing Darklord Imperial Stout

Tapped September 11, 2020
It's almost impossible to come at a beer from Dainton not expecting something a little odd or awry (and, chances are, actual rye). So when you're faced with an imperial stout called Darklord, well... And yet what you get is actually something rather normal, at least in the sense of a 10 percent ABV imperial stout. It's full and viscous on the palate, close to black in the glass, and delivers liquid dark chocolate and roasted malt flavours in abundance. You might pick out flashes of dark fruits, a… Read more
Style
Imperial Stout
ABV
10.0%

Brick Lane & Carwyn Cellars All Together West Coast IPA

Tapped September 11, 2020
In April, Brick Lane and Carwyn Cellars teamed up as part of the global campaign launched by New York’s Other Half Brewing to support hospitality workers affected by COVID-19 closures; you can read our story about it here. First time around, the collaborators opted for the hazy version of All Together Beer and, in September, with Melbourne into its Stage 4 lockdown, the decided to brewed the other Other Half recipe in the shape of a West Coast IPA. Proceeds from every sale of the beer are going… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
7.4%
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