New Beers

Barely a day goes by without another seasonal or one-off special flying out of an Australian brewery. We'll do our best to tell you what’s coming when, where it’s going and – where possible – what it tastes like before it goes on sale. Be aware, however, that just because a venue’s getting a beer doesn’t mean they’ve tapped it straight away so maybe check it's pouring first.

Modus Operandi Gadzooks & Tropical Contact High IPAs

Tapped September 18th, 2017
Pushing boundaries and experimentation are welcome features of the craft beer world. And, arguably, the one experiment to have been most widely tested by brewers in Australia in recent times is that of the New England IPA. In some quarters, the hazy, juice like style has been galvanising and, in others, polarising, but almost everywhere it has sparked curiosity. That’s certainly the case in Mona Vale where the Modus Operandi brewers have released several different versions of the style, each of… Read more
Style
New England IPAs
Strength
6.3% & 6.8%

Six String Ram Stein Märzen

Tapped September 15th, 2017
In the lead-up to Oktoberfest, it’s fair to say a lot of places will preparing to encourage their guests to raise a glass of pale lager into the air while whumping and thumping on tables to the merry sound of an oompah band. Not Six String. As is their style, the Central Coast rockers will instead be revelling in something darker, harder and louder – namely metal music and a healthy serving of Ram Stein. Their annual Oktoberfest / Märzen beer has been released in its 2017 incarnation, in both… Read more
Style
Märzen
Strength
5.4%

Shenanigans Brewing Squeak & Bubble

Tapped September 15th, 2017
As is the case for many people at this time of year, the guys at Shenanigans have had a bit of a spring clean. And what they discovered when they swept out the contents of their cool room was that they had enough ingredients (not picked up off the floor, presumably…) to create something they'd be happy to label and release as their latest in their Stunt Beer series. It’s thus been branded Squeak & Bubble and is an IPA using Australian Topaz, US Chinook and Simcoe lupulin powder. They cobbled… Read more
Style
IPA
Strength
7.2%

Holgate Brewhouse Wild Red Ale 2017

Tapped September 11th, 2017
It's fair to say The Crafty Pint team rather enjoyed the first Wild Red Ale from Holgate. And we were far from alone. The Flanders red style ale took out the top spot in our Best New Victorian Beers of 2016 poll, meaning the arrival of its successor was much anticipated. In fact, this year's beer could be described as "offspring" as much as "successor"with a portion of the 2016 batch used to "seed" the barrels this time around, ensuring the mixture of yeasts and bacteria… Read more
Style
Flanders Style Red Ale
Strength
5.6%
Bitterness
10 IBU
Stockists

Bloodhound Bar

BrewSmith

Carwyn Cellars

Holgate Brewhouse

Other stockists TBC

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Sailors Grave Nuts & Law Of The Tongue

Tapped September 11th, 2017
For the most part, the one-off and seasonal beers coming out of Sailors Grave have been farmhouse style ales. But, as they prepare to welcome another junior brewer into the world, they've sent out a pair of a more straightforward bent; well, as straightforward as you can reasonably hope to expect from them. One is Nuts, a beer with a name and label that recalls the humour of which so many real ale brewers in the UK seem fond. To wit, it's a brown ale brewed with chestnuts and hazelnuts grown at Gourmet… Read more
Style
Nut Brown Ale & Smoked Oyster Stout
Strength
4.8% & 5.8%

Moon Dog Curtly Ambrosia

Tapped September 9th, 2017
The experimental limited release program is well and truly up and running at Moon Dog now they've assigned Señor Brewer Adrian McNulty permanently to their smaller original brewery with instructions to go hog wild. And, for his latest bottled release, it's fair to say inspiration comes from left field – particularly with cricket season still a way off. Said inspiration is Sir Curtly Ambrose, one of the fiercest pacemen to stalk the planet in the latter days of the West Indies' decades of dominance.… Read more

Fury & Son Red Ale

Tapped September 9th, 2017
When we chose to relaunch our blind tastings with a look at hoppy reds and ambers a few months back, it was more a case of finding something we hadn't looked at in a while than thinking it was a particularly "on trend" slice of the multi-dimensional beer spectrum. Yet, while most talk around the craft beer water cooler is of IPAs, sour beer styles and barrels at the minute, it's fair to say this has been a winter well served with hoppy reds and ambers, India red ales and the like. And,… Read more
Style
American Red Ale
Strength
5.5%
Bitterness
35 IBU

Old Wives Ales Van Damn! Belgian IPA

Tapped September 8th, 2017
Old Wives Ales' Shed Series of one-off releases kicked off in June with Horn Swatter, the hoppy American stout brewed in honour of brewer Shannon Brooks' old man. The second in the series – draught only this time – comes with a nod to another old man, albeit not one with any familial ties to the Melbourne foursome. This time, it's the Muscles from Brussels, Jean-Claude Van Damme that is both inspiration and decoration – the decals feature his bloodied face. Why? Because it's a Belgian IPA they… Read more
Style
Belgian IPA
Strength
7.0%
Bitterness
60 IBU
Stockists

Cambrian Hotel

Royston Hotel

Terminus Hotel

The Catfish

And on tap at a handful of other venues in Melbourne and Bendigo

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La Sirène Copper & Vine

Tapped September 8th, 2017
A visit to the brewery this week confirmed just how much is on the go at La Sirène's "urban farmhouse" brewery. Step away from their already diverse core range – the hoppy as anything Urban Pale and the array of saisons and other farmhouse style beers, plus Praline, of course – and there's all manner of paths being trodden. There's the monthly single hop saisons in kegs, various short run barrel aged and blended releases, beer-wine hybrids and spontaneously fermented ales at various… Read more
Style
Single Barrel Aged Saison
Strength
6.0%
Stockists

Carwyn Cellars

Foresters Pub & Dining

Mr West

And select beer venues around Melbourne

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Hargreaves Hill Apricot Sour

Tapped September 7th, 2017
It says something about the prevalence of sour beer styles coming our way over the past year or two that it's not often one comes along offering a new experience. But that's the case with this spring release from Hargreaves Hill, the latest in an ever-growing lineup of beers from the Yarra Valley brewery to make a feature of "wild" yeasts or bacteria in one way or another. It's not that they've done anything we've not seen in some way shape or form before – it's kettle soured, features… Read more
Style
Belgian Apricot Sour
Strength
7.2%
Bitterness
25 IBU

Nomad Brewing Freshie Moka

Tapped September 6th, 2017
When Nomad first experimented with the gose style by adding local seawater and native pepper, they weren't to know they were about to strike the jackpot with the creation of Freshie, a beer that’s gone on to become a firm favourite that's dispatched all around the world. So you can understand why they’d want to keep the experimentation going, which is how we’ve ended up with a series of seasonal siblings starting with a Freshie base but all featuring slightly left field ingredients; summer… Read more
Style
Coffee Gose
Strength
4.5%

Frenchies Old World IPA

Tapped September 4th, 2017
Most breweries these days have an IPA, but not many have one like this. Frenchies’ Old World IPA is not a riot of fruit and bitterness as you’d come to expect from, in particular, the US interpretations of the style based on that country’s big and bold hops. Instead, here they’ve used French hop varieties (Columbus and Triskel) and German (Hallertau Blanc and Mandarina Bavaria) to construct a more delicate beer built on floral characters, an almost vinous quality and very little bitterness.… Read more
Style
IPA
Strength
6.0%
Bitterness
60

Frenchies Comet Pale Ale

Tapped September 4th, 2017
One of the bi-products of the resurgence in small breweries is the return of some once unfashionable brewing ingredients. One such example is the American hop, Comet, which evidently disappeared in the 1980s before making a more recent comeback, not least in this beer. It’s one that brewer Vince began playing around with when Frenchies launched as a gypsy brewer and has fined tuned in several iterations since, with results coming anywhere between floral fruits and an earthy spiciness. Now made… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
Strength
5.4%
Bitterness
45

Frenchies Golden Steam

Tapped September 4th, 2017
While their main focus flies beneath the tricolour, not everything is entirely French at Frenchies. Case in point is the Golden Steam which is actually more of a New Zealand style pilsner. Where Frenchies’ similar-in-strength Kölsch aims to please with sophistication via subtlety, the Golden Steam lets go the leash a little more. It’s made using only kiwi hops – Motueka, Wakatu and Waimea – though the amounts used are deliberately kept in check, with just enough to ensure you pick up the… Read more
Style
Pilsner
Strength
4.4%

Frenchies Kolsch

Tapped September 4th, 2017
When it comes to brewing a Kölsch you'd be safe to surmise that spending a good amount of time in the city where the style originates would be of considerable benefit. That’s the case here, for Frenchies brewer Vince lived and studied in Cologne (or Köln, if you prefer) where he also schooled his palate on the finer points of the local beer. His Aussie-brewed interpretation is thus intended as a nod to the classics. It’s made with very light malts and Tettnang and Strisselspalt hops, forming… Read more
Style
Kölsch
Strength
4.8%
Bitterness
25

Two Birds Brewing Saison 2017

Tapped September 4th, 2017
A look at the weather forecast for their hometown of Melbourne may suggest otherwise but, allegedly, spring has sprung, meaning it's time for Two Birds' second bottled seasonal release. It's one with which they look to reassure us of better times ahead thanks to a label featuring a rising sun, blooming flowers, butterflies and, um, the Delorean from Back to the Future on a cloud. Inside you'll find a saison given an extra aromatic kick thanks to the use of "floral and fruity" Aussie hops.… Read more
Style
Saison
Strength
5.6%

3 Ravens Pulp Free

Tapped September 2nd, 2017
The fun with IPAs continues apace at 3 Ravens. Having won many fans with its Juicy IPA, a take on the haze craze that's rapidly become the brewery's most popular beer, it's been working on a couple of variations on the theme. One is a bigger, boozier number that's still in tank; the other is this: Pulp Free, essentially a de-hazed version of the beer. It features the same hops, the same protein-rich grains and yeast strain with the specific enzymes capable of making the hops so juicy, but has had… Read more
Style
IPA
Strength
6.0%
Stockists

Carwyn Cellars

Otter's Promise

The Catfish

3 Ravens Brewery Bar

And other select good beer venues

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Venom Beer Refreshing Ale

Tapped September 1st, 2017
It might not seem the most likely of beers to introduce in a Victorian winter, but by adding a mid-strength quaffer to his lineup we imagine Joel Drysdale had a couple of things in mind: the warmer months ahead and Venom's new home, the Country Club Hotel in Yea – in particular its beer garden. The Refreshing Ale has now been bottled to become the third of the brewing company's year round beers, joining the flagship Golden and Venom Pale Ale, and looks to keep things simple. In many ways, it's… Read more
Style
Mid-Strength
Strength
3.5%

Boatrocker Barrel Aged Quintet

Tapped September 1st, 2017
Why release one barrel aged beer when you can release five at the same time? Given they've got more barrels filled with liquid to play with than any other brewery in Australia, it's a luxury Boatrocker can take – so it has, with all five featuring some quite lovely new look labels. As for the beers themselves, there's Squeezebox, a barrel aged saison that spent up to 12 months in French oak barriques with the addition of Brettanomyces and pediococcus cultures to develop funk and acidity. The barrel… Read more

Temple Brewing Brewer's Choice: Astra AXPA & Bold New World & Half Time

Tapped August 31st, 2017
Brewer's Choice is a new series of one-off, small batch, draught only releases from Temple. The brewers will decide what they want to brew and any venues wanting the beers on tap go straight to the brewing team – well, head brewer Glenn Harrison to be precise – to order them. From the brewer's heads, through their brewery and direct to you, so to speak. They're launching the series with three beers, one of which introduces a new acronym to the local beer world. The Astra AXPA is an "Australian… Read more
Style
XPA & Imperial Stout & Session IPA
Strength
4.8% & 9.4% & 3.8%
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