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.

3 Ravens Wild Ravens Industrial Farmhouse Ale

Tapped August 11th, 2017
Back in May, a group of brewers and other beer industry folk from Portland headed to Melbourne as the first guests in Good Beer Week's Good Beer Mates program. While here, the brewers from Breakside and The Commons hooked up with local brewers to create a beer. In each case, it was to be an Aussie twist on one of the American brewers' best known beers. For Breakside, this became an Aussie hopped take on its Wanderlust IPA; The Commons headed to Thornbury to reinvent its Urban Farmhouse Ale, again… Read more

Australian Brewery Fire and Brimstone Smoked IPA

Tapped August 11th, 2017
Barbecue and beer go hand in hand. But barbecue in beer? Well, yes, it turns out that concept can work too – at least, it does if the latest release from The Australian Brewery is any evidence. It’s called Fire and Brimstone, it’s a smoked IPA and that style as descriptor gives a pretty good indication of what this beer smells and tastes like. Beers dealing in smoked malt can be notoriously divisive; some drinkers can’t get enough of the puff while others find the character offensive even… Read more

Bridge Road Brewers & 8 Wired Saturday

Tapped August 10th, 2017
The fun with foeder continues apace at Bridge Road Brewers with the latest release combining a few past projects in one. The base beer fermented with Brettanomyces is a pale ale, similar to the first beer to have passed through the brewery's tower of oak. To the mix has been added locally foraged botanicals collected in conjunction with High Country gin producers Reed & Co, as with previous release Thursday. And an old sparring partner of Bridge Road's, 8 Wired founder Søren Eriksen, was involved… Read more

King River Brewing The Schlieffen Plan

Tapped August 10th, 2017
Brewer's notes: Chief of Staff Alfred von Schlieffen devised the Schlieffen Plan in 1905 as the only way a sandwiched Germany could survive the impending war. The idea was to rush through Belgian's "Chocolate Soldiers" and knock out France within 48 hours. Much like the Schlieffen Plan, this Belgian Pale uses all German malts which provide a sweet backbone and pleasant taste to the beer bu,t as the malts advance, they are blocked by the Belgian yeast from Westmalle, which takes over the… Read more
Style
Belgian Pale
Strength
4.4%

King River Brewing Robust Fig Porter

Tapped August 10th, 2017
Earlier in 2017, when The Crafty Pint swung by King River Brewing to check out the fledgling brewery, co-owner and brewer Nathan Munt took us for a wander along the driveway leading to the family farm to pick some figs from his father-in-law Wally's little copse. Delicious, soft and juicy they were too, with those that didn't end up in Crafty Pot Jr's mouth or Wally's vanilla fig jam set aside for a beer. And that beer is this robust porter. Nathan says it's: "A traditional English porter with… Read more
Style
Fig Porter
Strength
5.2%

Moon Dog Cake Hole

Tapped August 9th, 2017
Moon Dog has a fondness for adding things to dark beers. OK, they have a fondness for adding things other than malt, water, hops and yeast to pretty much any beer that passes through their brewery. But, over the years, their darker beers have come laced with oak, smoke, Redskins, truffles, bugs and, well, you get the message. The latest is Cake Hole, the second stout to leave the brewery in quick succession, following Black Lung VII, and one tagged a Black Forest Stout in tribute to the famous, always-on-menus-in-the-1970s… Read more

3 Ravens Wild Ravens Sourdough Ale

Tapped August 7th, 2017
The fifth in the rapidly growing Wild Ravens series is a beer that came about as an unexpected bonus from some experimentation on the part of head brewer Brendan O'Sullivan and his mates Pippa and Michael at South Yarra's Tivoli Road Bakery (where Brendan's sister has worked for a few years). The latter specialise in sourdough bread, croissants and pastries, have picked up awards galore for their hot cross buns, use 3 Ravens' Druid in their Christmas pudding, have worked with the brewery's spent… Read more
Style
Sourdough Ale
Strength
4.4%

Mornington Peninsula Brewery Brown Ale (Cans)

Tapped August 7th, 2017
Such is the popularity and reputation of Mornington Peninsula Brewery's Brown Ale (in that cultish manner beers like brown ales are destined to occupy), it came as quite a surprise to learn recently it almost never was. During June's Crafty Cabal event at the brewery, founder Matt Bebe told us that, back in the earliest days of the brewery, head brewer AG couldn't get the beer to a point where he was happy with it. Apparently, the beer was close to being scratched until "one last go" ended… Read more
Style
Brown Ale
Strength
5.0%

Nail Brewing New Zealand Pale Ale 2017

Tapped August 7th, 2017
Nail Brewing continues its 2017 draught only releases with this New Zealand Pale Ale, the name a nod to the South Island-grown Moteuka hop. It’s another example of the Bassendean brewery’s push into New World hops following recent beers featuring the likes of Galaxy, Astra and Calypso, not to mention the pineapple and tropical El Dorado hop driven VPA, currently Nail’s best selling beer and a long way from the Pride of Ringwood focused Nail Ale upon which the brewery’s legacy was founded.… Read more
Style
NZ Pale Ale
Strength
6.0%
Stockists

A limited number of kegs will be available at good venues and growler filling retailers from this week.

Red Duck Golden Dragon & Tiger Shark & Brasil

Tapped August 7th, 2017
You just can't slow the man down. Yes, here's another round of limited release beers from Ballarat's Red Duck Brewery. Admittedly, one of them, the Golden Dragon isn't new, but an old favourite of the brewer's making a reappearance. Tagged a strong Celtic ale, it's all about the sweet, fruity malt, alcohol and yeast characters: within its blood orange depths you'll find sultanas and dates, toffee, treacle, brown sugar and the like. Low carbonation ensures it's a sipper for the sweeter toothed among… Read more
Style
Various styles

Cavalier Brewing & Proud Mary Black Coffee IPA 2017

Tapped August 4th, 2017
One of Cavalier's earliest partners-in-beer was Proud Mary. They hooked up with the Melbourne coffee roasters to create a Black Coffee IPA that debuted on tap at the Good Beer Week Festival Hub in 2013. The beer has reappeared on occasion since, with the winter 2017 version seeing a fresh tweak to the recipe. The roasters selected beans from the Yirgacheffe of Ethiopia for their stone fruit characteristics this time around, while the brewers opted for "a huge amount" of US hops Columbus,… Read more
Style
Black Coffee IPA
Strength
6.6%

Shenanigans Brewing Flight Path: Dunkeled Edition

Tapped August 4th, 2017
As part of a re-jigging of its seasonal releases, in 2017 Shenanigans put a hold on brewing the usual autumn beer, Flight Path – a red ale infused with coffee – in order to make space for the much-loved chilli beer, Hoppy Gonzales. While a generally popular decision, it did leave a certain emptiness in the roster. So, when it came to lining up their usual winter beer, the Malt Assault dark lager, they figured they might as well do Flight Path as well. But in the one beer. So it is that we have… Read more

Akasha Black IPA

Tapped August 4th, 2017
For IPA Day 2017, Akasha did what it does best: released an IPA. The difference to the norm is that this one is a black one. With brewery founder Dave Padden professing a love for all things West Coast USA and hoppy in nature, he’s a bit fussy about what constitutes a “proper” black IPA. His contention is that many brewers have the right intention but perhaps approach from the wrong angle, focusing too much on the malt and colour and ending up with a a dark beer that too closely resembles a… Read more
Style
Black IPA
Strength
7.0%

Exit Brewing #016 Scotch Ale

Tapped August 4th, 2017
Way back in 2014 (yes, we thought Exit had been around longer before checking dates...), Exit Brewing followed up a well received first release, a saison, with a sophomore beer that made it clear they were here to brew what they wanted rather than what they thought the market – at that point, gobbling up golden ales like they were manna from heaven – wanted. #002 was a Scotch ale that held little back. And, now, having added a core range, residency with their mates KAIJU! at a brewery in Dandenong… Read more

Stone & Wood Jasper Ale (2017 Onwards)

Tapped August 3rd, 2017
Jasper is the red ale that's been part of the Stone & Wood lineup for years. Yet we'd wager there are plenty of fans of the brewery who have little idea the beer exists. While Pacific Ale has led the way and many seasonals, not least the annual Stone Beer, have made waves, Jasper has tended to be the brewery's equivalent of Marlon in the Jackson 5. But Jasper, which took out Best British Style Ale at the 2017 Australian International Beer Awards, has beer refurbished – inside and out. Starting… Read more
Style
Red Ale
Strength
5.4%
Stockists

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Staves & Shenanigans Hopfoolery IIIPA

Tapped August 3rd, 2017
Overblown beer listing warning! Ask people to name the beer style that's most difficult to make well and many will say lager. It’s an argument grounded in logic: with such subtle and dainty flavours, there’s simply less room to hide faults in lighter beers. But to brew a well balanced beer at the other end of the spectrum, where the flavours are so intense and the alcohol so strong, is just as much of a feat. In some cases, where the recipe suggests the flavours may be too overt, the brewer will… Read more
Style
Triple IPA
Strength
11.3%

Nomad Brewing Bleaker Season

Tapped August 3rd, 2017
About a year ago Nomad brewed a beer called Bleak Season. It was a dark farmhouse ale made with the addition of roasted wattle seed and cinnamon myrtle and not all of it was sold. Some was transferred into barrels to age, the very same red and white wine barrels that had housed the Cultural Exchange made in collaboration with Texas icons Jester King. After six months in said barrels the intention was to pull it out and package it but, such is the inexact science of barrel ageing, they made the call… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Dark Farmhouse Ale
Strength
6.0%

Black Dog Brewery Aussie Terrier

Tapped August 2nd, 2017
Black Dog brewer James Booth doesn't tend to hold back when it comes to designing his beers, with many nudging at the upper reaches of their particular style. And that's certainly the case with the Aussie Terrier. On the can, James calls it a "sessionable hoppy ale" and it is that, but it's also one that packs plenty of punch. The main cause is the Aussie hops involved in the mix, with most of those offered by Hop Products Australia making an appearance here. They deliver something of a… Read more
Style
New World Pale Ale
Strength
4.5%
Stockists

Black Dog Cellar Door

Found at venues in and around the Victorian High Country

Modus Operandi Triple Deity IPA

Tapped August 2nd, 2017
On the occasion of its third birthday, Modus Operandi officially joined the haze craze. Sure, they’d previously added some yeasty fuzz to a batch of XPA and partaken in some collaborative cloudiness down on the Yeast Coast, but this represented their first concerted solo push into the murky realms of the New England style IPA. It’s called the Triple Deity, it looks like the leftovers in the sink after you've cleaned a paintbrush and it tastes like a piece of citrus fruit bitten right off a tree.… Read more
Style
New England IPA
Strength
6.4%

Grifter Brewing Co Crocodile Tears

Tapped August 2nd, 2017
They rarely allow themselves to be swayed by hype or popular opinion do the brewers at Grifter. That means a visit to their brewery isn't likely to end with you sipping on the latest trending beer style or something that’s sat brooding in a barrel. And it probably explains why, despite having now been around for five years in a market becoming increasingly attuned to bold beers – and despite having won plenty of praise for some of their American IPAs (Big Sur and Marnie’s Majority being front… Read more
Style
Double IPA
Strength
8.5%
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