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!

Kooinda Half Nelson & Mosaic XPA

Tapped February 3rd, 2015
When new owners stepped in at Melbourne's Kooinda, they set about revisiting the existing beers and working on new ones. The first two new beers to come out (other than reworked versions of the Pale and Golden) were a bit of both. The Half Nelson is a "small IPA" or hopped up midstrength (or whatever you like to call it) that crams lots of New World hops (including Nelson Sauvin) into a mere 3.5 percent beer with just enough malt sweetness to hold the bitterness in check.The first batch… Read more
Style
Session IPA / XPA
ABV
3.5% / 6.0%
Stockists

Kooinda Brewery Bar

Other stockists TBC

Moon Dog Bad Boy Bubbly

Tapped February 3rd, 2015
One of the final beers brewer Adrian McNulty created for 3 Ravens before heading to Moon Dog was an attempt to fashion a beer that tasted like Pedro Ximenez. The beer was Druid, a strong Belgian ale aged in PX barrels that was a damn fine effort and contributed towards 3 Ravens' Champion Small Australian Brewery title. Continuing the theme, the first beer he has created at Moon Dog that has been bottled for a wider release is his attempt to fashion a beer that tastes like champagne. Said beer is… Read more
Style
Barley Champagne
ABV
13.1%
Bitterness
0 IBU
Stockists

Ashfield Mall Cellars

Carwyn Cellars

Low Buy Liquor – CLOSED

McCoppins

McCoppins Abbotsford

Purvis Beer Richmond

Purvis Cellars Surrey Hills

Slowbeer

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Stone & Wood Garden Ale

Tapped February 2nd, 2015
The masters of the session beer are back with the nationwide release of the Garden Ale that's available year round only in their home region. This year's release is the same as the tweaked version from 2014, with the Ella hop to the fore, used during the brew and for dry-hopping. The Garden refers to it being the sort of copper-coloured beer you'd quaff in a beer garden, quite probably a British one on of their few days of summer. There are floral, peach and faintly tropical hop aromas and a more… Read more
Style
Summer Ale
ABV
3.8%
Stockists

Find Garden Ale here

Young Henrys Komodo Swaggin'

Tapped January 30th, 2015
Young Henrys’ Newtown brewery has changed a lot over the past couple of years, going from a couple of small fermenters in a big warehouse to a brewery big enough to make that same warehouse look small. And, as the brewery has expanded, so has the brewing team; nowadays there’s a whole swathe of young ‘uns scrambling around between the tanks and learning the ropes. And as these young brewers learn their trade, they’re all getting the chance to come up with their own recipes and put them out… Read more
Style
American Brown Ale
ABV
5.5%
Stockists

Young Henrys stockists around Sydney

4 Pines Citrus IPA

Tapped January 22nd, 2015
Thanks to the hop growers of the Pacific Northwest and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, the contemporary beer world is awash with tasty beers in which citrus characteristics are prominent as all hell. So the team at 4 Pines – whose existing Pale Ale is one that has plenty of a citrus bent going on – has decided to attempt to enhance the characteristics typically obtained from hops by using actual citrus fruit in its latest Keller Door limited release brew. The Citrus IPA continues to follow the path trodden… Read more
Style
Fruit IPA
ABV
7.0%
Bitterness
60 IBU
Stockists

Carwyn Cellars

McCoppins

McCoppins Abbotsford

Purvis Beer Richmond

Purvis Cellars Surrey Hills

Slowbeer

Clifton Hill Brewpub

Swords South Melbourne

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Nomad Brewing Cruisin' Ale

Tapped January 21st, 2015
As with most things Nomad, the Cruisin' Ale has been designed by committee with the whole team getting involved in its creation with a series of blind tastings aimed at creating "the best go to session beer possible". Tagged as an Aussie ale, the goal was to conjure "Memories of cruisin' in an old FJ Holden, windows down, tunes playing on the radio and the amazing Australian landscape whizzing by." What that's turned into – via a combination of local and German malts with Aussie… Read more
Style
Australian Ale

Bright Brewery M.I.A. IPA II

Tapped January 13th, 2015
The M.I.A. IPA was the first beer to notify those paying attention that, in Jon Seltin, Bright Brewery had unearthed a young brewer of great potential. A few years on, the potential realised, Jon is off to soon-to-be-revealed pastures new and has taken the exact specifics of the M.I.A. recipe with him but the new incumbent of the head brewer role at Bright, former Southern Bay and BrewDog man Ryan Tyack, has set about giving the beer a new (and not too dissimilar) lease on life. And given he played… Read more
Style
American IPA
ABV
7.0%
Stockists

Available in bottles and on tap at Bright Brewery

Very limited number of bottles available from the Bright Brewery web shop too

Bright Brewery Alpine Ale

Tapped January 13th, 2015
New head brewer at Bright Brewery, Ryan Tyack, is wasting little time putting his own stamp on things. He's created his own take on the brewery's popular M.I.A. IPA (posted elsewhere on this site) and has also created this, a new Australian Pale Ale that the brewery's marketing manager and resident beer writer / beer geek James Davidson is calling as "exactly what the brewery has been needing to satisfy old and new beer lovers alike." Apparently, the name "Alpine Ale" is one long… Read more
Style
Australian Pale Ale
ABV
4.4%
Stockists

Barny's

Bright Brewery (tap and bottle)

Cellarbrations at Warilla

Sovereign Liquor, Wangaratta

Great Alpine Produce & Trading, Porepunkah

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Young Henrys Stupid Sexy Flanders

Tapped January 12th, 2015
At the end of 2013, Young Henrys threw about half a tonne of local cherries into a Belgian ale recipe and popped out a cherry saison that was tart and delicious. A year later, in what’s presumably now an annual tradition, they got another massive load of cherries delivered to the brewery. But this time they pressed them into around 300 litres of juice, added that to a red malt base and fermented it with a Flanders yeast. The Stupid Sexy Flanders isn’t as sour as the previous saison – which… Read more
Style
Flanders Red
ABV
5.9%
Stockists

Young Henrys

Other venues TBC

Hargreaves Hill Cherry Harvest Sour Ale

Tapped January 7th, 2015
Last time we called into the Hargreaves Hill brewery to prepare a feature on their 10th anniversary, the brewers were rather keen to pour a sample from one of the fermenters. As soon as beer hit glass it was clear that what lay inside was quite different to anything else to have come from the brewery before as a waft of lactic sourness hit the nose. That beer has gone on to become the Cherry Harvest Sour, Hargreaves' first sour and one that has again led head brewer Kai Dambergs to reach into his… Read more

Holgate Brewhouse GateKeeper

Tapped January 5th, 2015
There's no stopping them at Holgate these days, it seems. Founder Paul has been jetting around the world absorbing all he can on the science side of brewing and is investing in the lab side of his Woodend brewery, they've added more taps to their brewpub bar and are producing all manner of new small batch and experimental beers. One of the latest additions to the small batch lineup is the GateKeeper, the brewery's stab at an increasingly popular style among microbreweries on these shores: the full-flavoured… Read more
Style
Midstrength
ABV
3.5%
Bitterness
15 IBU

Tooborac Brewery Red India Pale Ale

Tapped January 5th, 2015
While 2014 may have been the year in which saisons came to the fore and beer geeks rejoiced at the growing number of sours and wild ales on the scene, when it came to looking at the best new brews nominated by the Crafty Pint's state-by-state pickers it was variations on India red ales that cropped up more than any other. Perhaps it's little surprise that the style should be so appreciated; when done well it is essentially a meeting of lots of hops and lots of flavoursome malts. As we once wrote… Read more
Style
Red IPA
ABV
5.6%
Bitterness
65 IBU
Stockists

The Catfish

Tooborac Hotel & Brewery

Edinburgh Castle

Wesley Anne

Charles Weston Hotel (old Sporting Club in Brunswick)

Cambrian Hotel, Bendigo

Others TBC

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Homestead Brewery Cuvée Special Oak Aged Dark Ale

Tapped January 1st, 2015
If you've made Homestead brewer Ron Feruglio's acquaintance and got to know his beers over the years, you'll know what we mean when we describe this as the most Ron beer imaginable. Not only is he one of the best and tightest brewers in Australia, he's one that is happy to go to extraordinary lengths and into the finest detail when conceiving, constructing and brewing beers. If he's ever gone to greater lengths than with this beer, we'd be amazed. The Cuvée Special actually started out as three… Read more
Style
Oak Aged Dark Ale
ABV
6.5%

3 Ravens Little Raven Oak-Aged Witbier

Tapped December 31st, 2014
A newspaper article from not that long ago stated that the witbier style was experiencing a surge in popularity among Aussie brewers and beer geeks. We've not noticed such a surge here at Crafty Towers but maybe we're just looking in the wrong places because here's one that will be making its bow on New Year's Eve at The Alehouse Project's bash. It's the second release in the occasional Little Raven series from Thornbury's reigning Champion Small Australian Brewery 3 Ravens (the first was an India… Read more
Style
Spiced Witbier
ABV
4.5%
Stockists

The Alehouse Project

Venue for second keg TBC

Holgate Brewhouse Hop Tart

Tapped December 31st, 2014
If ever you were after proof that you an teach an old bull new tricks look no further than Holgate Brewhouse. Now in its 16th year as a brewery, it has grand plans for further expansion and continues to explore new avenues with its beers while improving its old ones. In the former category beer wise is a delve into the world of sour and farmhouse beers. On a trip to the USA last year, brewery founder Paul Holgate called in to Russian River to learn from the best on how to manage regular and sour… Read more
Style
Berliner Weisse
ABV
4.5%
Bitterness
25 IBU
Stockists

Dove & Olive Unlisted

The Alehouse Project

Holgate Brewhouse bar

Other Melbourne venues TBC

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Young Henrys Auld Lang Maibock

Tapped December 31st, 2014
Young Henrys’ Auld Lang is a beer that was brewed specifically to help ring in 2015. With a name based on the poem Auld Lang Syne by Scottish poet Robert Burns – one traditionally recited at midnight to bid farewell to the old year – you might’ve expected it to be something like a Scotch ale. However, it’s not. Instead, it’s a German-style Maibock and quite a lovely interpretation of one, too. The tradition here comes from the use of a German lager yeast and plenty of German malts, though… Read more
Style
Maibock
ABV
5.8%
Stockists

Young Henrys

Other venues TBC

Mountain Goat Westy's Brown Twins Tribute Ale

Tapped December 22nd, 2014
Of all the things to draw inspiration for a beer from, the passing of a famous, short, identical twin from San Francisco must be among the least likely. But when Goat brewer Craig Westwood (Westy) was invited to come up with a beer of his own (an In Breed as they like to call them), it was to such a moment that he turned. The full story is thus: Marian (January 25, 1927 – November 20, 2014) and Vivian Brown (January 25, 1927 – January 9, 2013) were American identical twins and celebrity icons… Read more
Style
American Brown Ale
ABV
5.3%
Bitterness
25IBU
Stockists

Beer DeLuxe Hawthorn

Goldmines Hotel

Local Taphouse St Kilda

The Alehouse Project

The Mallow Hotel

Mountain Goat Brewery

Public Bar, North Melbourne

Cambrian Hotel, Bendigo

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Moon Dog & Rogue The Beard Down Under

Tapped December 19th, 2014
As soon as word arrived at GBW HQ in September last year from Rogue’s importer, Phoenix Beers, that John Maier was planning to head to Melbourne for Good Beer Week, the third Masterclass collaboration event wrote itself. Who else from the Melbourne scene would you pair the brewer behind beers as colourful and varied as Dead Guy, Voodoo and Beard Beer with aside from Abbotsford crazies Moon Dog? That Phoenix distributed the latter’s beers too made things easier still. Thus it was that, following… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Barleywine
ABV
9.0%
Stockists

Carwyn Cellars

Low Buy Liquor – CLOSED

McCoppins

McCoppins Abbotsford

Purvis Beer Richmond

Purvis Cellars Surrey Hills

Slowbeer

Grape & Grain Moorabbin

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Grifter Brewing Co Southern Lord

Tapped December 18th, 2014
Back in the summer of 2014/15 when the Grifter Brewing Company was still a gypsy brewing company, their range was bookended by the Big Sur IPA at the hoppiest end of the spectrum and, at the other, by the crisper and leaner Bright Eye pilsner. They figured they needed something (other than their flagship pale ale, that is) to split the difference and it was a case of X marking the sweet spot as they opted for an XPA. In most cases that would stand for Extra Pale Ale, a style closer to an American… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

Grifter Brewery

Gasoline Pony

Cricketer's Arms

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Bridge Road Chevalier Saison le Printemps

Tapped December 17th, 2014
We wouldn't be surprised if Bridge Road founder Ben Kraus surveys the contemporary beer world and allows himself a wee chuckle now and then. For years, his was pretty much the only saison available (there had been Matilda Bay's Barking Duck; Temple brewed one for a while) and now they're all at it. We're not complaining as Crafty has been an advocate for the style for years too; not only does a good one have, as Ben insists, appeal for newcomers to craft beer as well as enough interest for aficionados,… Read more
Style
Elderflower Saison
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

Bridge Road Brewers

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