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.

Boatrocker Brewery Jungle Jive

Tapped April 28th, 2017
Having relegated the Hop Bomb IPA from its core packaged range, Boatrocker has wasted little time in adding a new IPA to said lineup. In keeping with the times and, indeed, with the brewery's ethos, it comes with a funky twist. Jungle Jive is a sour IPA, a beer that started out being soured in the kettle before being joined by hops down the line – late enough to impart their fruity aromas and flavours without adding bitterness that could clash with the acidity. The result is something of a wolf ··· Read more

Mash Brewing IRA

Tapped April 28th, 2017
Out of the quiet autumnal green pastures that surround the Mash Brewing’s Swan Valley brewery comes a big beer that’s assured and full of attitude – the IRA. In creating this beer, head brewer Charlie Hodgson cuts a Gerry Adams like figure that straddles the divide between contracting beer flavours of war and peace. The deep amber colour should serve as a warning for the additions of hop extract, hop pellets and whole hop cones that deliver citrus and pine hop aggression. This is tempered by ··· Read more
Style
Imperial Red Ale
Strength
9.2%

Two Birds Brewing Enigma India Pale Lager

Tapped April 28th, 2017
If our ongoing experience is anything to go by, relatively new Aussie hop variety Enigma is a cracking hop to use in lagers. Bridge Road's Enigma Pilsner is a beer that should be seen around more, while at the 2017 Fresh Hop Beer Festival, Moo Brew's wet hop Enigma Pils – the best expression of the hop to date, according to one other brewer during a Q&A we hosted there – was first to blow. So we look forward to getting our hands on a glass of this harvest ale from Two Birds. As with many ··· Read more
Style
Fresh Hop Pilsner
Strength
6.2%
Bitterness
50 IBU
Stockists

Beer DeLuxe

Cambrian Hotel

Rainbow Hotel

Two Birds Nest

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Hobart Brewing Co Belgian Golden Ale

Tapped April 26th, 2017
It would seem Hobart Brewing Co is a brewery that won't be easily pigeon holed. Their launch and, to all intents and purposes, flagship beer is a "Tasmanian ale" that's probably closest to a hoppy amber in style, while they're also displaying a fondness for Belgian styles (particularly saisons), are set to give their core range Iron Pot Porter an imperial porter sibling for the colder months and have knocked out multiple IPAs of varying inspirations and sizes since starting to brew at the ··· Read more
Style
Belgian Golden Ale
Strength
6.7%
Stockists

Crown Cellars

Saint John Craft Beer

Hobart Brewing Co

Empress, Devonport

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Sauce Brewing Co Saucy Red

Tapped April 25th, 2017
With the exception of one beer – a rather elegant saison – all the beers to have appeared thus far from Sauce Brewing have followed founder Mike Clarke’s personal taste preferences, which is to say they’ve all been rather hoppy. So it should be little surprise to learn the brewing company’s first limited release beer for 2017 doesn't depart from that script. What it does do is change colour. Saucy Red is an American style red ale that comes in packaging likely to reignite debate about ··· Read more
Style
Red Ale
Strength
5.0%

Prickly Moses Harvest Ale 2017

Tapped April 24th, 2017
The brewing team at Prickly Moses has had fun with hops over the years, particularly when they were tipped off about some hops growing wild in a field not too far from their Otway Ranges home and set off to pull as many of the out of control bines down from the trees and hedges to create a beer. For its harvest ale in 2017, it's a rather more traditional affair. Head brewer Luke Scott headed to Hop Products Australia's Bushy Park farm and left loaded up with armfuls of fresh Ella cones. They were ··· Read more
Style
Harvest Ale
Stockists

Great Ocean Road Brewhouse

Queenscliff Brewhouse

Other venues TBC

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Morrison Brewery Ellen

Tapped April 21st, 2017
As reasons go for creating a new limited release beer, welcoming a new baby into the world is up there. It's a policy that Paul and Melissa Morrison embarked upon when they had their first child, Angus, and one they've stuck to since. Given it's a family run enterprise that goes beyond just Paul and Melissa, they're creating beers for both the siblings and cousins that have followed Angus (he was a massive barrel aged Scotch Ale, if you're wondering). The latest arrival in the "Junior Brewer" ··· Read more
Style
Pomegranate Berliner Weisse
Strength
3.2%
Stockists

Saint John Craft Beer

Empress Craft Beer, Devonport

4 Pines Keller Door Cherry Coconut Brown Ale

Tapped April 20th, 2017
There's a few reasons why we don't score or rate beers on The Crafty Pint. Among them is an acknowledgement that everyone's palate differs; we might not appreciate a deliberately out of balance, tongue-strippingly bitter DIPA but that doesn't mean it's not what the brewer was aiming for or that there won't be plenty out there who will lap it up. So, other than the instances in which we've been sent a beer that's clearly faulty, in which case we contact the brewer direct (when variously we've been ··· Read more
Style
Cherry Coconut Brown Ale
Strength
5.5%
Stockists

Available nationwide at good beer venues

Red Hill Brewery Hop Harvest Ale 2017

Tapped April 19th, 2017
The annual hop picking day at Red Hill's brewery on the Mornington Peninsula is something of a Victorian beer industry tradition, with friends and beer lovers heading along for a sticky day of picking followed by a few refreshing beers. This year saw them pull what was apparently a bumper crop from their handful of bines, with many of the hop cones added to the latest version of their annual Hop Harvest Ale. In keeping with the Old World inspirations behind their brewery, Red Hill grows hop varieties ··· Read more
Style
Harvest Ale
Strength
6.0%

Holgate Brewhouse Sour Brett Ale

Tapped April 14th, 2017
While this year's take on Holgate's acclaimed Wild Red Ale continues to take shape in barrels, the brewery has added another, very different, sour beer to its occasional specialty release lineup. The Sour Brett Ale is one that was developed in far less time and hasn't spent any time on oak; instead it's the result of the brewers playing around with a range of yeasts and bacteria. A couple of strains of the once feared, now adored Brettanomyces yeast were cultured up in two of the brewery's smaller ··· Read more

Ocho Shy Lad & Golden Double IPA

Tapped April 13th, 2017
Earlier this week, we described Moon Dog's latest duo of limited releases as a yin and yang pairing. And it's a description that can be applied to the first output from Tassie-based Ocho in 2017. Here, you've got a beer that's as pipe and slippers as they come and another that's very much part of the zeitgeist. The former is Shy Lad, an English dark mild, the sort of beer you might find older gents cradling by the fire in a cosy Dales pub. By local categorisation, it clocks in as a light beer at ··· Read more
Style
Mild & Double IPA
Strength
2.9% & 8.3%
Stockists

Order direct from Ocho here

White Rabbit Chocolate Stout

Tapped April 12th, 2017
It wasn't too long ago that the only beers White Rabbit put into bottles was its core range. Increasingly, however, the sort of beers that were once only found pouring at the cellar door or special events and festivals are being packaged, albeit still only available from the brewery or direct from Lion's online store. Following in the footsteps of a few sours comes another beer with an eye on Easter: the Chocolate Stout created with Pana Chocolate. Rather than simply add chocolate to the beer, the ··· Read more
Style
Chocolate Stout
Strength
5.6%
Stockists

Launched April 13 at the brewery

Also available via MoCu

Blizzard Brewing Who's Ros & Trevor?

Tapped April 12th, 2017
Victoria's High Country brewers have access to some of the country's largest hop farms. And they tend to take advantage when the harvest comes around, just as Blizzard has done with its fresh hop beer for 2017, one that name checks the Rostrevor Hop Gardens from which they sourced Galaxy hop cones. They're calling it a "North East Ale" to place its provenance clearly in the brewery's home region too. The beer itself is built around a single malt upon which those freshly harvest hops, which ··· Read more
Style
Fresh Hop Ale
Strength
4.5%
Stockists

Blizzard's Mile High Tap Room

Akasha Wooden Leg IIIPA

Tapped April 12th, 2017
Of all the beers to come out of the Akasha brewery, you could make a reasonable argument that the most important one is the Hopsmith IPA. Not only is it a darn popular beer in its own right but it’s become the foundation for several other offshoots; their recent single hop IPA series, for example, is simply the Hopsmith recipe stripped of all but one of its hop varieties each time one is brewed. Then you can go the other way and find the Wooden Leg which doesn't hold back on the hops but actually ··· Read more
Style
Triple IPA
Strength
10.3%
Stockists

Beer Cartel

Bitter Phew

Empire Hotel

Grain Store

Royal Albert Hotel

The Local Taphouse Darlinghurst

The Noble Hops

Woolpack Hotel

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Moon Dog Del Polka Vista & Phine Mess

Tapped April 11th, 2017
They've been as busy as ever at Moon Dog in the past year, although judging by the rate at which special releases have appeared in bottles you may think otherwise. With a large production brewery purchased, installed and now charged with knocking out their core range of 5 percenters and a new function space built and opened too, there's been little time to fire out the sort of beers upon which the Abbotsford brewery made its name – at least on a grand scale. But rectifying that is this pair. Del ··· Read more

Nail Brewing Clayden Brew Imperial Porter 2017

Tapped April 11th, 2017
This imperial porter, named after one of Nail founder John Stallwood's sons, has quite the genesis story. For starters, it wasn't supposed to exist and only came about when John was brewing what was intended to be that year's vintage of his iconic Clout Stout. The first two brews didn't quite hit what he deemed to be the right level of Cloutishness so were instead blended together. And the result wasn't too bad. In fact, the Clayden Brew imperial porter was pretty damn good, picking up a swag of ··· Read more
Style
Imperial Porter
Strength
10%
Stockists

Mane Liquor

Caboose

Petition

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Foreigner Brewing Co Richard X Pilsner

Tapped April 11th, 2017
The regal-sounding (and looking) Richard X is Foreigner Brewing’s homage to one of the people who helped them most when they first started out. Petr Petruzalek is a close friend of Foreigner’s two owners and, having spent more than two decades working at Pilnser Urquell, he was well placed to help them design their mid-strength pilsner. Petr was encouraged to apply for a job at Urquell by his uncle Richard so we can assume that, without him, Petr’s life could have taken any number of turns. ··· Read more
Style
Pilsner
Strength
3.9%

Foreigner Brewing Co Silent Hunter Pilsner

Tapped April 11th, 2017
Something of a big brother to Richard X, Silent Hunter has its own unusual backstory. Named after a hill near Foreigner Brewing’s cofounder Mira’s Czech hometown, the moniker comes from a local legend involving a woman walking in the woods with her two children. As a hunter approached, the story goes that the woman told her children to make sure they were silent. While the technical translation might be “Silence, Hunter”, that doesn’t quite work as well for a local hill and isn’t nearly ··· Read more
Style
Pilsner
Strength
4.6%

Bridge Road Brewers Harvest Fresh Hop & Dark Harvest 2017

Tapped April 10th, 2017
If you made it along to High Country Hops in Beechworth, this pair should allow you to complete no less than nine Bridge Road beers made with fresh hops in 2017. The brewery had a bar at its annual festival pouring six versions of its Golden Ale late hopped with experimental varieties, all created to allow the team to choose which hops would make an appearance in these two commercial releases. And, due to the hops that were chosen being harvested too late to be ready to pour at the festival, you'd ··· Read more

Wheaty Brewing Corps Berry Tight Down Under, Honey

Tapped April 10th, 2017
When Ben Kraus from Bridge Road Brewers was in town for the Tour Down Under, he decided to pedal past the Wheatsheaf Hotel for a quick collaboration. He even managed to squeeze some ingredients into his suitcases to contribute to the brew: a saison with a twist in the shape of Beechworth blackberries, honey, Adelaide Hills raspberries and vanilla. Once poured into the glass, the saison has a pinkish hue from the berries and an illuminating golden glow. The head is best described as "blush" ··· Read more
Style
Berry Honey Saison
Strength
5.8%
Stockists

The Wheaty

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