New Beers

There has never been a time like now: more breweries releasing more new beers than ever before. Here, in The Crafty Cuppa, and in our weekly newsletter, we'll bring you details – and, if we've sampled them, our honest, independent take – on as many of them as possible. Enjoy!

Bright Brewery

Mountain Goat Skipping Girl

Tapped January 12, 2011
Despite the continuing rainfall, the Goat team is manfully pursuing its mission to bring summer into our lives with another one-off summery release. We'd heard they were concocting an American Wheat but, when this was raised with head Goat Dave at the brewery his reaction suggested that, once more, it's more of a mixed bag rather than anything too definable. What it is, then, is a light yellow coloured hazy number that throws up plenty of lovely light tropical fruits from the inclusion of mucho Kiwi… Read more
Style
Summer Ale
ABV
4.7%
Bitterness
30IBU

Mornington Peninsula Sorachi Kolsch

Tapped January 10, 2011
One of the first beers commercially brewed in Australia to feature the Sorachi Ace hop developed by Japanese brewery Sapporo, this is also the latest special from the fledgling Mornington Peninsula Brewery. This Kolsch style beer is described by brewer AG as "a clean, crisp, delicately balanced beer" it has a compact snow white head and displays "subtle aromas of grass and lemon". It's got a light, smooth mouthfeel and has a lemongrass tang on the palate from the Sorachi Ace.… Read more

Murray's Anniversary Ale 5

Tapped January 7, 2011
Usual practice at Crafty Manor when it comes to the Anniversary Ales from Murray's is to buy a couple and hold onto them for a later date to allow them to age, only to get scared of ever opening them as once they're gone, they're gone. Thankfully, a special occasion recently saw bottles of 3, 4 and 5 opened one after the other. Crafty felt the love particularly for 3, general consensus elsewhere favoured 4, while 5 - with the addition of darker chocolate malts and roasted barley to the old recipe… Read more
Style
Wheat and Barleywine
ABV
10%

Bridge Road Saison de Printemps

Tapped December 21, 2010
For their second variation on the Saison theme, the Bridge Road brew team has added elderflower and blueberries to their highly rated beer to create a one-off "Spring Saison", having twice experimented with quince. Once again, both additional ingredients are sourced locally - the elderflower at the brewery itself - and once again it's a markedly different beer to its parent. It's cloudier in appearance and has something of a blood orange tinge compared to the original's light straw colour,… Read more
Style
Fruit-infused Saison
ABV
6.0%

Mountain Goat's The Hoeff

Tapped December 15, 2010
Bloody hell! Not sure what they're feeding the brewers in Richmond these days but, when it comes to limited release beers, it's a case of blink and you'll miss it. Latest to be tapped at the Goat brewery is The Hoeff, a southern Bavarian wheat beer (hefeweizen) that comes with a little nod to everyone's favourite lifeguard. Altered from last year's version thanks to the use of a yeast brought in specially from Germany, it's cloudy enough for a supporting role in The Fog and something of a tease too:… Read more
Style
Hefeweizen
ABV
5.0%
Bitterness
18 IBUs
Stockists

Mountain Goat

Holgate White Ale

Tapped December 15, 2010
Without wishing to be too old-fashioned, chauvinistic and all-round Ocker about it, a Holgate brewer did suggest to Crafty that, of their two summer seasonals - the other being the mash-hopped Road Trip IPA - this was the one "for the ladies". The latest version of their Belgian witbier-inspired White Ale comes with the addition of coriander and whole Valencia oranges into the boil to give a little citrus and spice boost to the fruity esters already gained from the yeast. It's on tap at… Read more
Style
Witbier
ABV
5.0%
Bitterness
16IBU
Stockists

Holgate

Red Duck White Garden

Tapped December 13, 2010
Crafty's not allowed to drink at the minute (there's a good reason) so it's over to the brewer's notes for the latest intriguing limited release beer from Red Duck. It's a hybrid beer – a combination of Belgian witbier and the uber-rare Berliner Weisse, an acidic, tart style of wheat beer that is deliberately soured – made with rhubarb and raspberry and therefore pink. Scott says: "At Red Duck we wanted to pay homage to Berliner Weisse, but wanted a very light tartiness, no sourness, and… Read more
Style
Fruit-infused hybrid
ABV
4.1%

Hargreaves Hill Phoenix

Tapped December 9, 2010
ONLY 350 WAX-SEALED, NUMBERED BOTTLES RELEASED. The folks at Hargreaves Hill decided to make a beer to mark the year's anniversary of their return to brewing following the destruction of the original brewery in the Black Saturday fires. And for such a worthy milestone comes a worthy beer - an absolutely monstrous Imperial Red Ale that's likely to turn as many heads as their New World take on the ESB did when it first hit taps. We could bang on about forests of fresh pine, clotted cream toffees, butter… Read more
Style
Imperial Red Ale
ABV
9.8%
Stockists

Hargreaves Hill Restaurant

Slowbeer

Purvis Beer

Oscar's Alehouse

[Mordy Cellar Door](/beer/bottleshop/mordialloc-ce

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Mornington Peninsula IPA

Tapped December 9, 2010
Back in the day, Mornington's IPA was their third limited release from the then fledgling brewery and was their biggest yet. It's since become a popular member of the year round range (and also superseded in the "biggest" sense by several imperial releases. It's an IPA that, like their Pale Ale, takes its lead from those coming out of the US, a "light orange-tinted amber in colour" beer that packs the stone fruit aromas - peach and apricots - plus plenty of passionfruit that… Read more
Style
American IPA
ABV
6.2%

Red Hill Christmas Ale

Tapped December 2, 2010
Time to break out the tinsel and get decorating the tree - Christmas is a-coming. Which means the last of Red Hill's seasonals is a-coming too, a beer designed to accompany a rich Christmas pud on the big day. A strong Belgian ale in style, it pours a deep orange with a ruby tint and fires off all manner of sweet caramel and dried fruit aromas, topped off with spicy notes from the hops; at this early stage in its life, it's almost perfume like. Full-bodied and creamy, it's a complex bugger - bitter,… Read more
Style
Belgian Strong Ale
ABV
8.3%
Stockists

Red Hill Brewery

ON TAP

Biero

The Local Taphouse St Kilda

Atticus Finch

BOTTLES

Acland Cellars, Cloudwine, Grain &

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Mountain Goat IPA (Summer 2010)

Tapped December 1, 2010
The beer chosen to launch Mountain Goat's Rare Breed limited release longneck range is back. First time out it was a big yet beautifully balanced blend of powerful, aromatic hops and rich malts backed up by a firm bitterness and this time it's no different. Pouring a shade of amber that positively glows in the glass, it's got thick clouds of citrusy, piney goodness heading straight for your nostrils from the moment it's poured backed up by some lovely, chewy caramels and a welcoming, mouth-coating… Read more

Red Duck Burton

Tapped November 26, 2010
It wasn't until Crafty was sat in a room of home brewers (in Boronia of all places) studying to become a beer judge that the significance of his birthplace in the world of beer became apparent. There's a term in brewing ' 'Burtonisationâ? ' which denotes the addition of salts to your water to try and recreate the water natural to Burton-on-Trent, the birthplace of the classic English Pale Ale (and Crafty). As such, this is Red Duck's version of the beers from that area. Being a strident traditionalist,… Read more
Style
English Pale Ale
ABV
5.4%

Red Duck Red Admiral

Tapped November 26, 2010
Another Red Duck beer that looks to the UK for inspiration, this is a Celtic Ale by name, but one which brings much more to the table than that might suggest. Again displaying brewer Scott Wilson-Browne's love of layering different malts in his beers (with the use of the rarely seen, fairly mild US hop Glacier), this throws up all manner of aromas and flavours: rum-soaked cherries, stewed fruits, sweet caramel, raspberries and chocolate on the nose; plums, dark fruits and cocoa powder to taste. Pouring… Read more
Style
Celtic Red Ale
ABV
6.2%

Bridge Road Galaxy IPA

Tapped November 20, 2010
NOW RELEASED IN BOTTLES! Named after the Australian hop variety that has done much to influence beer styles in Australia in recent years, the Galaxy IPA was first brewed by this Beechworth brewer last year. Using nothing but the Galaxy hop both for bittering and aromatics / flavour, the 2010 variant was unveiled for the first time on the first day of October's Microbreweries Showcase. This year there's a higher amount of dry hopping - 12kg in 800l - resulting in a lighter, less bitter beer that's… Read more
Style
India Pale Ale

Bridge Road Summer Ale

Tapped November 19, 2010
An exclusive release for members of Bridge Road's Posse, this is a pale Belgian ale developed as an easy drinking summer beer with a difference. It uses a basic malt recipe of Australian pale malts and two different Belgian yeast strains. According to Ben Kraus, the result is "a mild beer with minimal bitterness and a fruity finish from the yeast strains. The plan was to assess the beer after primary ferment and then decide on a hop regime for dry hopping. We have so far added Centennial and… Read more
Style
Belgian Pale Ale
ABV
4.5%
Stockists

Posse members only

Mountain Goat Goldilocks

Tapped November 17, 2010
A rewarding quaffer, this is the Goat's take on an English summer ale that borrows its name from the single hop used in its production, the Styrian Golding variety. It could almost take its name from the colour too - at least if Goldilocks was at the ranga end of the blonde spectrum... Designed to be the kind of beer you'd session in British pub gardens, it has a gentle "herby, spicy" nose (according to the brewer - Crafty's hayfever put paid to any sniff test). The carbonation gives it… Read more
Style
Summer Ale
ABV
5% (TBC)
Bitterness
32 IBU
Stockists

Mountain Goat

Released at the brewery 17/11. Kegs to appear elsewhere later...

Red Hill Bohemian Pilsner

Tapped November 15, 2010
While the weather gods are doing their level best to convince the people of the Mornington Peninsula otherwise, summertime is supposed to be on its way and so the Red Hill brewers are sticking to their guns to bring us their summer seasonal, the Bohemian Pilsner. Richer and creamier in the mouth than most pilsners, it promises to be yet another in a long line of winners from Red Hill. Lemony citrus notes and a light honey sweetness give way to a little spiciness on the nose in a beer that pours a… Read more
Style
Bohemian Pilsner
ABV
5.9%
Stockists

Red Hill Brewery

3 Ravens USB

Tapped November 6, 2010
On a trip to the UK last Christmas, Crafty noticed some of the brewers behind the UK's more popular real ale brands, such as Abbot and Old Speckled Hen had started releasing souped up "vintage" versions. And very nice they were too. It's a similar approach that 3 Ravens has taken here with the second release of their Uber Special Bitter - a bigger, stronger version of their English Ale. Thicker in mouthfeel, darker in colour (an enticing dark rusty hue) and higher in alcohol, it's not crazily… Read more
Style
Extra Special Bitter
ABV
6.1%

Mornington Peninsula Hefeweizen

Tapped November 5, 2010
The second special to appear from the tanks at the fledgling Mornington Peninsula Brewery is a hefeweizen, which is being tapped for the very first time at pretty much the exact second this description appears on Crafty. Which means we haven't tasted it yet. However, brewer AG says it's got all elements you could wish for in a hefe: banana, cloves - even a hint of cinnamon. He says it's got a tart finish, making it very refreshing. However, he also claims it's based on an old family recipe passed… Read more
Style
Hefeweizen
ABV
5.0%

Mountain Goat RIPA

Tapped October 28, 2010
A new brew created for this weekend's second Australian National Homebrewing Conference, sneak peeks of this Rye IPA (India Pale Ale) will be on offer at tonight's Goat tasting (Oct 28) at the Terminus Hotel in Clifton Hill / North Fitzroy. The beer uses the same recipe as the brewery's normal IPA but with 20% rye malt added. According to head brewer Jayne Lewis, the result is an added "smoothness and roundness to the palate while all the usual IPA goodness remains. We also used wheat and crystal… Read more
Style
Rye IPA
ABV
5.7%
Bitterness
50 IBU
Stockists

The Terminus

Mountain Goat Brewery

ANHC

More bars may get the beer - watch this space!

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