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!

Seven Sheds Wildebeer

Tapped May 14th, 2019
The Wild Mersey Mountain Bike Trail is an ambitious biking track that aims to connect more than 100 kilometres of tracks in Tasmania’s north. Once it’s fully operational, part of the track will also guide you straight to (or from, or around) Railton and the home of Seven Sheds. It's led the brewery’s co-founder Willie Simpson down his own path, one of developing a nutritious session ale: a beer for riders to enjoy following hours in the saddle touring northern Tassie’s impressive countryside. Launched… Read more
Style
Amber Hemp Ale
ABV
4.4%

Seven Sheds ELF & Cherry Saison 2019

Tapped May 14th, 2019
If you've followed the Seven Sheds story in any way over the years, you'll know they enjoy telling the tales and celebrating the flavours of their home in Tasmania's north-west. Sometimes, those flavours are drawn from their own brewery and hop garden; sometimes they're sourced from neighbours. These beers do both. ELF is an annual release that makes use of freshly harvested homegrown hops, including the Leggett variety Willie Simpson has helped keep in commercial use, although unlike many harvest… Read more
Style
ESB & Cherry Saison
ABV
5.9% & 5.9%

Urban Alley The RRIPA

Tapped May 14th, 2019
With their sweet yet often reasonably light malt body and a decent whack of flavour sourced from the hops department, red IPAs naturally feel like the kind of beer brewers should release in autumn: a bridge between the lighter, flightier beers of summer and the brooding ales of winter. And that’s precisely what Docklands’ Urban Alley have done as part of their Alley Series, which sees the brewery’s limited releases make their way into the world in rather eye-catching jet black tinnies. Not… Read more
Style
Red Rye IPA
ABV
6.3%

Stone & Wood Counter Culture: Sticky Nectar

Tapped May 13th, 2019
Stone & Wood launched their Counter Culture series of tallboy tinnies filled with beers a far cry from those upon which they've made their name and built a craft beer empire. Killer Kween was a 7 percent-plus raspberry Berliner Weisse of remarkable drinkability and now has a partner-in-fruity-crime. That said, release two is a beer that predates the Kween, with Sticky Nectar first appearing on taps in 2018 and subsequently appearing in our Best New NSW Beers Of 2018 list, picking up more individual… Read more
Style
Hazy Mango IPA
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
45 IBU
Stockists

Join the team for the Sticky Nectar national launch at the Great Northern as part of Good Beer Week 2019

Then find the beer here

2 Brothers & Great Northern Hotel Northern Haze Cashmere IPA

Tapped May 13th, 2019
We typically don't trade in exclamation marks here at Crafty Towers, so when one's tasting notes end with: "So much hop depth!" it must mean a brewer has really gone to town on the little green marvels. And that's certainly the case here – and from a brewery you don't always think of first when it comes to punchy, hoppy beers. 2 Brothers' Northern Haze is their take on the West Coast hazy IPAs they encountered in the States on a recent visit, beers that look to combine the haze and heavy-handed… Read more
Style
West Coast Hazy IPA
ABV
6.8%
Bitterness
85 IBU
Stockists

Great Northern Hotel

2 Brothers Beerhall

Other VIC stockists to follow

More stockists...

Boatrocker Nexus IPA

Tapped May 13th, 2019
Boatrocker have come relatively late to the world of the hazy IPA, albeit there was the Jeepers Creepers sour NEIPA towards the start of 2019. So, given the brewery's reputation – not to mention their fine recent run on the hoppy beer front – you can imagine there was some pressure to get it right. Indeed, at their 2019 Good Beer Week event, Vrolijke Boot, founder Matt Houghton admitted to trouble sleeping in the lead up to the release of Nexus IPA. Given the beer's early reception (and the fact… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
7.7%

Prancing Pony The Piper West Coast IPA

Tapped May 13th, 2019
In this era of new, new, new, you see more and more beers hit the market once and once only. You have to question what this says about overall quality as no brewer can expect to nail every beer they attempt first time, but it does seem to be what retailers and drinkers at the pointier end of the beer world demand. The Piper, however, is not one of those beers. A few months ago, Prancing Pony released a batch of beer called E1. It was a West Coast IPA and, once they had feedback, they tweaked the… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
7.2%

Otherside Brewing Co Experimental Series: DDH Super Dry IPA

Tapped May 13th, 2019
For all the hype, questions and criticism that surrounds 2018’s Brut IPA craze, one that seems to have vanished as quickly as it appeared, the lasting impact has been broad experimentation with low carb enzymes, particularly amylase. The science behind their use, in very simple terms, is that they help break down malt starch into more easily fermentable sugars for the yeast to consume, creating a drier beer. Here, eschewing the "Brut" term in favour of something more literal, the Otherside… Read more
Style
DDH Brut IPA
ABV
7.5%
Bitterness
25 IBU
Stockists

Available from the brewery, Freo.Social plus select Otherside purveyors

Otherside Brewing Co Experimental Series: BBA Imperial Stout

Tapped May 13th, 2019
Otherside’s barrel projects continue with a seasonally appropriate, imperial stout release; certainly more seasonally appropriate than the last bourbon barrel-aged number from them: the BBA Scotch Ale released during Christmas week in 2018 as Perth temperatures hit 41C... Aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon and rye barrels as well as Heaven Hill bourbon barrels for good measure, the stave contact has imbued a gripping oak prickle and licks of vanilla rather than any high-end Kentucky moonshine influence.… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
9.2%
Bitterness
70 IBU

Mountain Goat & Garage Project Horn Please

Tapped May 11th, 2019
Mountain Goat and Garage Project share common traits when you look at the impact they've had on their respective beer scenes. The former drove the rise of craft beer more than anyone else in Melbourne and, while the brewery is now part of a global operation, they've kept tradition alive and continue to produce eye-catching (and frequently trophy-winning) beers at their Richmond HQ. Garage Project might not have been the first microbrewery to open in the Wellington region but few would argue against… Read more
Style
Spiced Imperial Milk Stout
ABV
8.7%
Bitterness
22 IBU
Stockists

Launching here on May 12

Then going nationwide

Moon Dog Captain Raisin Beard

Tapped May 10th, 2019
They've brewed many a big beer over the years at Moon Dog, and a fair few imperial stouts too. They've tried to get their hands on as many different barrels – and have developed a fine line in daft characters to adorn them. Here, in their 2019 Good Beer Week beer, they've combined all four in creating Captain Raisin Beard. He's big – 12.9 percent ABV, no less. He's an imperial stout, with a density of the "none shall pass" ilk. He's spent time in barrels, in this case rum barrels sourced… Read more
Style
Rum Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
12.9%
Stockists

Launching at Bar SK on May 10 then heading nationwide

Moon Dog Lager

Tapped May 10th, 2019
Gather 'round, people, I'll tell you a story. A seven-year story of lager and hops... It starts in 2012, when Moon Dog went against their grain and released a lager. Except they didn't really as Love Tap was a very Moon Dog lager: 7.1 percent ABV and coming on like what we described at the time as "hop goo". Over time, said beer was revised again and again, typically towards something approximating a "normal" lager – at least in terms of alcohol content, as the hops remained… Read more
Style
Lager

Moon Dog Magnificent Mullets: David Boysenbowie & Cherry Seinfeld

Tapped May 10th, 2019
Having been resurrected for summer 2019, Moon Dog's Magnificent Mullets welcome two more members to the band in the shape of David Boysenbowie and Cherry Seinfeld. And together they make for the most garish pair in the lineup to date. Boysenbowie pours a lurid crimson, reminiscent of an outpouring of blood in an early Sam Raimi movie; even the head takes on a pink hue. It leads you to expect a punchier aroma, but the creamy side of the lacto turns the fruit character into one more akin to a boiled… Read more
Style
Fruit Sours
ABV
4.5%

Ogdens Arctic Light

Tapped May 10th, 2019
Light lagers are a commercial reality at many venues. For Ogdens Brewing, servicing the lower alcohol needs of the Windsor Hotel has resulted in a clean expression that’s aptly pushed aside the previous macro beer offering. And, according to the venue manager, done so with little fuss. Using a similar recipe to the core range lager, Arctic Light presents light straw in the glass with a crisp white head that sings of a straightforward Aussie lager. The lighter body and malt flavour allow the noble… Read more
Style
Light Lager
ABV
3.5%

Ogdens King Kolsch

Tapped May 10th, 2019
A beer entry point for many drinkers, Kolsch is a hybrid of beers styles that originated in Cologne, Germany. The pale malt base is fermented with ale yeast before cold conditioning much like a lager. The result, when done well, is a very drinkable beer that carries lager’s clean appeal with some of an ale’s body and fruity yeast characters; indeed it’s nigh on perfect for most pub drinkers after something refreshing and sessionable. In Ogdens' version, an initial light sweetness moves through… Read more
Style
Kolsch
ABV
4.8%

Beerfarm Berlinion Blanc

Tapped May 9th, 2019
Beerfarm's original Shirazzaweiss, released initially in February 2018, has been touted by some as one of the brewery's most compelling releases. The collaboration with lo-fi Margaret River winemaker LS Merchants makes a long-awaited return for 2019, and brings with it a sister beer in the shape of a sauvignon blanc-Berliner Weisse hybrid, wittily named Berlinion Blanc. It was brewed to celebrate the passing wine vintage and, perhaps more importantly, to celebrate two like-minded producers coming… Read more
Style
Berliner Weisse
ABV
4.7%
Bitterness
10 IBU

Venom Brewing Hazy Double Golden Ale

Tapped May 9th, 2019
We covered much of the background to this beer's arrival in an article on the rise and fall from prominence of golden ales – which you can read here. But what of the liquid that Venom's Joel Drysdale wanted to create in tribute to his flagship Golden Ale? Well, deciding that simply doubling the ingredients was one thing but giving it a contemporary spin was even better, he enlisted the team at Carwyn Cellars as co-conspirators, given they're rather more au fait with the hazier realms of the hoppy… Read more
Style
Double Golden Ale
ABV
8.0%

Beerland Brewing Bloody Baron

Tapped May 9th, 2019
Beerland have taken flight with this autumnal limited release. Bloody Baron pays tribute to the German WWI pilot commonly known as the Red Baron and takes you on a flying circus of flavours and aromas. The malt arsenal comprises of Trade Ale, Carared, Melanoidin and Choc, which come together to deliver the dark blood red colour. The trio of Galaxy, Citra and Vic Secret hops create a fiery bitterness with citrus and grapefruit in the cross hairs. As we transition to cooler weather, this beer prickles… Read more
Style
Red IPA
ABV
5.9%
Stockists

Northbridge Brewing Co

Whitfords Brewing Co

And select bars around Perth

More stockists...

Nowhereman Noir de Garde

Tapped May 9th, 2019
For their 2019 GABS festival beer Nowhereman opted to follow a dark and wintry path. And then tack on some tasty detours too. Noir de Garde is a Belgian dark ale brewed with Port-soaked dried figs and the addition of oak. Head brewer Eddie Still says: “We started with the idea to brew a dark winter beer and then things got a little out of control; we fell down the rabbit hole of ideas and this is where we ended up.” There's no doubting the beer's Belgian roots, thanks to its big, malty Dubbel… Read more
Style
Oaked Belgian Dubbel
ABV
7.2%
Stockists

Nowhereman Brewery

GABS 2019

Helios Brewing Medusa Black IPA (cans)

Tapped May 9th, 2019
Originally brewed for Christmas 2017, Medusa returns as a more seasonally adjusted limited release – after all, crushing black IPAs during a sweltering Brisbane festive break may not be for everyone. Nor, indeed, turning drinkers to stone while gazing at her face as the legend goes – but that’s a risk that many will be happy to take. Initially expecting a dank and bitter bomb, Medusa instead comes on balanced, smooth and roasty. Coffee, milk and dark chocolate lead with enough pine for the… Read more
Style
Black IPA
ABV
6.5%
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