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!

Boston Brewing NZ IPL & Whisky Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

Tapped September 17, 2021
As winter ebbs away, Boston deliver a pair with one foot warming next to a cast iron fire, the other dusted in beach sand and sunlight. At the time of writing, wistful longing for the latter takes priority, so we begin with New Zealand India Pale Lager which fizzes with Nelson Sauvin, Wakatu and Motueka hops. Perfumed tropical aromas herald thoughts of warm air, which extend through orange notes and NZ grassy hoppiness on the tongue towards the clean, bitter and lengthy dry close. Meanwhile, the… Read more
Style
NZ IPL & Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
5.7% & 11.0%
Stockists

Available from the Denmark brewery

Boston's Victoria Park venue

And WA Boston stockists

More stockists...

Dainton Beer D5

Tapped September 16, 2021
Their story might go back a little further, but September 2021 marks five years since Dainton Beer opened their Carrum Downs taproom. To celebrate, they've created a fitting anniversary ale. They might brew practically any beer style under the sun but their hazy IPAs attract no shortage of attention – which is pretty understandable given the era we're in. So, to mark five years they’ve brewed an 8.5 percent ABV NEIPA featuring five of the coolest kids in the hop world: El Dorado, Galaxy, Citra,… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
8.5%

Brewmanity Mouth Of The South Draught

Tapped September 16, 2021
Just a couple of months on from locking in their brewpub home in South Melbourne, Brewmanity have decided to create a tribute to that home with Mouth of the South. Designed as a classic Australian draught, the beer’s a straightforward and arguably no-nonsense one but it launched with a campaign featuring no shortage of nonsense, thanks largely to the inclusion of some of the biggest celebrities south of the Yarra. The beer itself is designed with all Australian ingredients and aims to pay tribute… Read more
Style
Australian Draught
ABV
4.2%

Hope Brewery Barrel-Aged Barleywine 16.0 & Single Hop(e) Citra

Tapped September 16, 2021
Prepare for two beers from Hope with little in common other than the clean typographic style of their label designs. Even for a beer of its heft, the Barrel Aged Barley Wine 16.0 is full of surprises. This elixir swells with intense aromas of wine gums and the potent sweetness of fruit that’s just started to turn. It reminded me somewhat of a Davidson plum gin I tasted recently, with all of its punch and pungency. But while this palate-coating fruit syrup has so much texture you can almost feel… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Barleywine & Hazy IPA
ABV
16.0% & 6.5%
Bitterness
85 & 75 IBU
Stockists

Hops To Home

And other Hope retailers

Bridge Road Raspberry Sour With Passionfruit

Tapped September 16, 2021
Bridge Road's regular tins of sour beers are becoming the kind of beer release you can set your calendar to, knowing that when one arrives, you probably better ensure you've flipped over for another month. For September, the fruit given a chance to shine is raspberry and passionfruit, though it's the former of those that really gets the spotlight in Raspberry Sour With Passionfruit. Even the vibrantly pink appearance lets you know you're on a path led by the berry and it's that fruit that really… Read more
Style
Fruit Sour
ABV
4.3%

Mr Banks Super Secret Beer Drinking Beer Competition

Tapped September 15, 2021
They'll throw any amount of hops at hazies, fruit at sours and adjuncts at stouts but, when it comes to lagers, Mr Banks tend to keep things simple and let the classic styles stay, well, classic. Oktoberfest is a fitting time to be brewing traditional lagers too, and Mr Banks have set their classically-minded brewing techniques to a Märzen, letting their version lager for an extended period before being released in September 2021. Although not quite as historic as the style, the beer's name of Super… Read more
Style
Märzen
ABV
5.2%
Stockists

Available through the Mr Banks webstore and good beer retailers.

Five Barrel Brewing Finger Trap Hazy Pale

Tapped September 15, 2021
Serendipitous (adjective): occurring or discovered by chance in a happy or beneficial way. Example sentence: It was serendipitous that I was tasting Finger Trap Hazy Pale Ale on the same evening we were having Vietnamese vermicelli bowls for dinner, as the flavours complemented each other wonderfully. The smell of orange juice and sweet mango tied in with the aromatic chopped mint; the less sweet – but no less juicy – tropical flavours balanced out the vinegary dressing; the citrusy tang cut… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale
ABV
4.3%

TWØBAYS Brewing GFB Draught

Tapped September 15, 2021
Whether it’s beer made with lentils or a heavily-hopped IPA, the gluten-free brewers at TWØBAYS aren’t afraid to brew across styles. But it's this beer, GFB Draught, that seems to have caused the biggest stir when added to the brewery’s core range in September 2021. It's part of a new range of more easy-drinking gluten-free beers (or GFB for those wondering where the name comes from) and is a first for the craft brewery. Typically, TWØBAYS beers can be considered crafty in style and come… Read more
Style
Gluten-free Australian Draught
ABV
4.2%

KAIJU! Mutation Program #006: Beyond The Black River

Tapped September 14, 2021
It’s been a long time between drinks for KAIJU’s experimental Mutation Program but, as far as excuses for tardiness go, the brewery have an awfully good one. They’ve been busy. Very busy in fact, with the brewery not just expanding their own capacity but working hard to get their Huntingdale home finished so they can be pouring pints when they are allowed. You can read all about those plans here but, with that expansion now ticking along smoothly, the brewery’s Mutation Program can now be… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Stout
ABV
11.0%

Fury & Son Hazy IPA & Red IPA

Tapped September 13, 2021
As prevalent as hazy beers are in the modern beer landscape, there’s still breweries dipping their toes into such waters. Fury & Son’s Hazy IPA is the first such can to come from the Keilor Park brewery, launching at the start of spring 2021 alongside another hopped-up release. "Better late than never" are the words on the back of the can and that certainly seems apt, given the hazy beer is at once dripping with hops and rather sessionable. There's an immediate hit of mango juice… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA & Red IPA
ABV
6.5% & 6.1%

Rocky Ridge Ken Oats

Tapped September 13, 2021
Ken Oats, a maple coffee breakfast stout from Rocky Ridge, is yet another collaborative effort from the Jindong brewers, leaning into their reputation for working with outside influences to produce exceptional beers. For this effort, Margaret River Roasting Co provides the coffee beans, which in turn provide a caffeine kick to an otherwise decadent stout. A super dark brown pour is a sign of things to come, while a tan, short-lived head leaves behind generous, leggy lacing. Ken Oats brims with caramel… Read more
Style
Breakfast Stout
ABV
7.0%

Balter Brewing Eazy Hazy

Tapped September 10, 2021
In early 2021, Balter put cans of Eazy Hazy into our hands as a one-off. But, as 2021 progressed and turned out to be a year where people could do with a bit more "easy", Balter went ahead and added the beer to their full time roster. Scott Hargrave, Balter’s head brewer, sees Eazy Hazy as the satisfying result of a few session beer experiments in previous years – for those playing at home, he’s thinking about Bunker Buster, Super Sipper, Quaff Bomb and Session Hazy. Each of those… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale
ABV
4.0%

Hargreaves Hill Pursuit Of Hoppiness No.10: Triple Hazy

Tapped September 10, 2021
Brewing ten beers in one series dedicated to hops is certainly a way to learn a lot about how to best utilise the little green marvels and, for Hargreaves Hill, it seems the brewers have been putting those lessons to good use. The Pursuit of Hoppiness series has been an exploration of non-stop hops (and lots of them) with each can containing substantial details of how and when the hops were added; and for No.10 we’ve arrived at the biggest yet. The brewery’s calling it a culmination of all those… Read more
Style
Hazy IIIPA
ABV
10.0%

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