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!

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Bad Shepherd Double Juicy Hazy IPA (2021)

Tapped September 10, 2021
It should surprise nobody that a beer named Double Juicy might be widely popular in the current craft world and that, having found plenty of fans with the first release in 2020, Bad Shepherd are back at the hop well for 2021. This time around, the hazy DIPA doesn’t just have a striking new look but comes with some recipe tweaks, using Meridian and Sequoia hops as the source of its juicy flavours. The resulting beer is one that hits heavily with a one-two of mango and citrus, with the latter of… Read more
Style
Hazy DIPA
ABV
8.0%

Cupitt's Estate Hazy Pale Ale & Hoppy Haze NEIPA & Go Your Own Whey Stout

Tapped September 10, 2021
Brewer Liam Jackson isn’t one to rush, and that’s not a bad thing. “I think I'm in general a slow adopter to trends, and that includes hazies,” he says, "but now that we've brewed this beer, I see its place.” The aptly named Hazy Pale Ale shines a pale yellow, and carries the light and bright flavours of a hazy pale while drinking with the ease of a lager. A tropical tang slowly welcomes in coconut fluffiness with just a blip of citrus. But, while this is his first hazy pale, he’s… Read more
Style
Hazies & Whey Stout
ABV
5.0% & 6.2% & 5.4%

Eumundi Brewery Black Cockatoo

Tapped September 10, 2021
Black Cockatoo Smoked Lager is the brainchild of Josh Batten, a homebrewer who won Eumundi Brewery’s "Brewed By EU" competition. The comp challenged people to submit ideas that captured story and flavour combinations inspired by the Sunshine Coast. “My unique ingredients were peat smoked malt and cold brew coffee and I was inspired to create a beer that reflected the bushfires of 2019, and the rural fire brigade who put their lives on the line to protect our community,” Josh says.… Read more
Style
Smoked Dark Lager
ABV
4.5%

Hawkers Beer Double West Coast IPA

Tapped September 9, 2021
Hawker’s core range West Coast IPA has picked up a bit of a cult following – and a trophy for Best IPA at the Australian International Beer Awards – among those seeking a heavy dose of hops on a lean, tight base. With the Melbourne brewery never the sort to shy away from brewing big beers either, it follows that West Coast is the kind of core beer that deserves a souped-up version, which is precisely what this is here. Originally released in 440ml cans, Hawkers decided to make Double West Coast… Read more
Style
Double West Coast IPA
ABV
9.0%

Stone & Wood Green Coast Lager 3.5%

Tapped September 8, 2021
“The official beer of the Wallabies” “A mid-strength lager in a clear glass bottle” Neither of those are phrases you’d be accustomed to finding on the pages of The Crafty Pint, particularly the latter, but it does highlight just how many different directions the beer world is turning. In September 2021, a couple of weeks on from releasing a Salted Choc Scotch Ale, Stone & Wood unveiled the newest member of their core range, Green Coast Lager 3.5%. Like other members of the Fermentum… Read more
Style
Mid-strength Lager
ABV
3.5%

Eagle Bay XPA

Tapped September 8, 2021
Eagle Bay’s mid-strength XPA has been elevated to a position in the breweries varied, classically-inspired core range for spring 2021: a hoppy but sessionable offering that will no doubt fit right in with the rest of the South West brewer's year-round offering. XPA is a modern, hop forward style that typically utilises New World hops, although it's not often you see them register a low 3.5 percent ABV. Despite the restraint when it comes to alcohol content, however, Eagle Bay’s XPA is loaded… Read more
Style
Mid-Strength XPA
ABV
3.5%

Moffat Beach Shadow Of The Moon

Tapped September 7, 2021
When it comes to the new-ish Australian hop variety Eclipse, folks generally fall into two categories: those who love it and those who haven't tried it. If you’re not one of the former just yet, Moffat Beach Brewing Co are doing their best to remedy the situation with Shadow of the Moon, an all-Eclipse strong pale ale. Brewed in partnership with Hop Products Australia, the beer was originally intended to be showcased at this year’s BrewCon on the Sunshine Coast before COVID-19 – as it is wont… Read more

Van Dieman Deep Roots Oaked XPA

Tapped September 6, 2021
Even with the pace of beer releases remaining at such a dizzying speed, there's still ways to stand out with a new release – and that point remains true even when you approach a beer style so many of the country's other brewers have made. It feels like Van Dieman's spring 2021 release does just that; it's not only a left-of-centre XPA but a bit of a left-of-centre seasonal from the brewery too. Often, the Tasmanian brewery's releases are expressions of their farm but – aside from wet-hopped beers… Read more
Style
Oaked XPA
ABV
5.7%

Holgate Brewhouse Big Pash

Tapped September 6, 2021
Many beer fans are drawn in by hops but I'd argue one of the great beers to enjoy by the pint in a beer garden is a fruited kettle sour. Sure, they might not be as complex as a barrel-aged wild ale, but when you're sitting in the sun a lightly tart, highly effervescent sour with straightforward fruit notes sure hits the spot (I can picture it right now). Helping matters further is the fact many sit close to 3.5 percent ABV, with the modest booze level aiding their drinkability. Breaking away from… Read more
Style
Passionfruit Sour
ABV
7.0%

Sauce Brewing Bruclipse TDH Juicy IPA

Tapped September 4, 2021
Sauce have released another IPA in their dual-hop series “where we showcase two outstanding hops, and give the beer the least imaginative name possible.” Meet Bruclipse, which sounds like a disaster movie starring Channing Tatum. Brewers use American hop variety Bru-1 is to impart strong pineapple aroma and flavour in their beer, while Aussie-grown Eclipse is known for its powerful mandarin character. And what does Bruclipse smell like? Pineapple juice and mandarin. So unoriginal, Sauce. And… Read more
Style
Juicy IPA
ABV
7.5%

Malt Shovel Brewers Our Green Beer

Tapped September 4, 2021
If you’re after a beer that’s “just a bit more kind for our planet”, Malt Shovel Brewers have just released Our Green Beer.† As well as celebrating a number of the environmentally-friendly processes they’ve implemented for all of their brewing, such as their carbon neutral accreditation and use of renewable energy, this beer relies on ingredients that highlight the ways breweries can reduce their footprint: malt from Gladfield, a company focused on improving their sustainability with… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.3%

7th Day Brewery Smokey Dark Days

Tapped September 3, 2021
As winter comes to a close and NSW’s lockdown comes to a solid middle, 7th Day have released a dark lager in honour of the frontline workers who have kept pushing forward through the dark days. Smokey Dark Days brings a balance of flavours worthy of your attention while still capturing that easy-drinking quality head brewer Mike loves about lagers. Smoke malts bring a savoury character that intertwines with subtle cola in the mouth, flowing over the tongue smoothly as it comes to a gentle chocolate… Read more
Style
Smoky Dark Lager
ABV
5.5%

Black Arts Dark Wild With Blueberry & Coffee & Apricot Wild

Tapped September 3, 2021
A key part of Black Arts Brewers & Blenders passion isn’t just driven by their love for making wild and barrel-aged beer but their fondness for collaborating and sharing what they do. Here, they've done just that twice over. Dark Wild with Blueberry & Coffee was made with the perennial collaborators at Carwyn Cellars as well as the distributors at Forward Hops and saw the trio select a mature dark wild ale and age it on both blueberries and coffee to conjure a complex mix of flavours in… Read more
Style
Wild Ales
ABV
8.6% & 6.5%
Stockists

Available from Black Art's webstore

Bevy Brewing Co Caboose Juice

Tapped September 3, 2021
One pub door closes, and another opens – in this case literally in the same spot. Last year’s closure of Perth institution, The Flying Scotsman, offered the opportunity for the Clarke’s Building's southern tenant to go full pupa, ready to reveal itself as The Elford – a now-gleaming version of a once charming boozer atop Beaufort Street in Mt Lawley. It’s new publicans previously partnered with Lion’s Bevy Brewing at The Camfield, a joint venture that brings us to Caboose Juice, a hazy… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale
ABV
5.2%
Stockists

Available in limited release

From The Elford and Camfield

Reckless Brewing Double Cherry Sour

Tapped September 3, 2021
We all had plans scuttled by 2020. For the gang at Reckless Brewing, it meant missing out on the chance to brew a beer for their first birthday. So, when their second came around, the leapt at the chance to brew something delightfully different to their other offerings. Enter Double Cherry Sour – cherry sour since since Jarrod fell in love with the style on his last trip to the US, and double since Grace felt it was only fitting for a beer celebrating two years of Reckless. Pouring a glorious hot… Read more
Style
Cherry Sour
ABV
6.0%

Temple Brewing Last Tram To Brunswick

Tapped September 2, 2021
They’ve been making up for lost time at Temple. Their first hazy IPA to appear in tins arrived as recently as early 2020 – the aptly named Last Train To Boston – but the Brunswick East brewery soon followed that with a four-part Hazy IPA series released across six months. Now, in 2021, they’ve brewed a sibling to that original hazy; a DDH NEIPA by the name of Last Tram To Brunswick. In some ways, the brewers have done a disservice to tram lovers everywhere as the label image features an illustration… Read more
Style
DD NEIPA
ABV
6.8%

Otherside Brewing Co Cloudburst Hazy IPA

Tapped September 2, 2021
For all the music and lolly references that come to mind when approaching this addition to Otherside’s core range, Cloudburst actually has a localised heavenly drenching to thank for its name – and at least 18 months' worth of limited release, foggy knowledge and experimentation for the quality of the liquid. As a result, this hazy IPA debuts as a highly considered beer, replacing Indie XPA in the process, at the same time as Social Helles becomes a draught only offering. Vic Secret, Citra and… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
5.8%

Staves Negative Tests, Positive Vibes & Lost At Sea & Frankie

Tapped September 2, 2021
Negative Tests, Positive Vibes Smoked Pineapple & Lime Nitro Sour... Flies in the face of winter. Flies in the face of COVID-19. Flies into your face. Expect a solid sour tang, with lime acidity cutting through the pineapple flavour. The smoke is only gentle, like the charred effect on a slice of fresh pineapple cooked on the barbecue. But the more you drink, the more the smoke aroma comes to the front. The nitro effect is quite light on, but you won’t find that to be an issue if you follow… Read more
Style
Nitro Sour, New World IPA & Triple IPA
ABV
3.8% & 7.3% & 10.1%

Blackman's Brewery Angry Reg (2021)

Tapped September 1, 2021
They love making IPAs at Blackman’s Brewery and fortunately, they tend to be quite adept at brewing them. Their Same Day IPA series has shown a spotlight on beer freshness, their Needs More lets singular (and occasionally dual) hops shine and before either of those beer series launched, they were brewing Angry Reg, a dialled up version of their popular core range Reginald IPA. Late August has seen the Victorian brewery release batch number six of the big beer and this time around, it’s the biggest… Read more
Style
West Coast Double IPA
ABV
8.8%

Moon Dog The Baron of Barrels

Tapped September 1, 2021
A few months on from the arrival of The Duke of Chifley, Moon Dog have returned to the royal courts for another regal beer in big bottles. This time it's a golden strong ale by the name of The Baron of Barrels, which has been ageing away in multiple barrels since before the novel coronavirus (AKA 2019, but that seems like a fitting way to measure time these days) – three different varieties too: Cognac, white wine and red wine – ready to be launched just in time for spring 2021. The result of… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Golden Stronmng Ale
ABV
11.3%