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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!

Mountain Goat Little Sister

Tapped January 10th, 2013
We're really not sure any beer that brings to mind Billy Idol singing 'White Wedding is a good thing. However, when it's a new beer from Mountain Goat, perhaps we can be a little forgiving. Little Sister is, of course, the little sister to another of their beers, in this case Rapunzel, the brewery's regular annual release that takes the form of a Strong Belgian Golden Ale. No prizes for guessing what Little Sister is then... According to Eggborough Dave Brighton, the beer uses the same basic grist,… Read more
Style
Belgian Golden Ale
Strength
4.3%
Bitterness
28 IBU
Stockists

Mountain Goat

Others tbc

Moon Dog Dasher's Envy

Tapped December 24th, 2012
Apparently this is a "Fancy Christmas Ale". We're not sure what that means, to be honest. Does it mean that there are brewers out there producing beers for the festive period that aren't fancy? Or have the Moon Doggers done something particularly out there for this one - perhaps swimming in the mash tun again? Perhaps the fact that they seem to have emptied the majority of the contents of their malt cupboard and spice rack into it has something to do with its elevated status - with a little… Read more
Style
Christmas Ale
Strength
8.1%

Hargreaves Hill The Phoenix

Tapped December 23rd, 2012
The first Phoenix was brewed back in 2010 to mark Hargreaves Hill's return to brewing after the original brewery was destroyed in Victoria's Black Saturday fires. A luxurious Imperial Red Ale that has stood the test of time quite magnificently, as we discovered in a tasting alongside the new batch recently, it has been brought back just in time for Christmas. Once again presented in a number of wax-sealed, limited edition (350) 750ml bottles, it's a beer you can set down for years to come. Alternatively,… Read more
Style
Imperial Red Ale
Strength
9.8%
Stockists

Hargreaves Hill (keg and bottle)

Slowbeer (keg and bottle)

Purvis Cellars (bottle)

Purvis Beer Richmond (bo

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Bridge Road / Local Taphouse 13 Hours On A Bus

Tapped December 21st, 2012
It worked for the Yeastie Boys with their awesome Gunnamatta IPA, so why not invoke the spirit of Paul Kelly for another beer. With the sixth beer in the Bridge Road Bar Series featuring staff from the Local Taphouse venues in St Kilda and Darlinghurst, they decided to borrow a line from the singer's classic From St Kilda to Kings Cross for their Black India Saison that uses 13 ingredients, including spices in the form of juniper, nutmeg and cloves plus hops in the shape of Nelson Sauvin, Falconers… Read more
Style
Black India Saison
Strength
7.2%
Bitterness
30ish IBU
Stockists

Josie Bones

Beer DeLuxe

Norfolk Hotel ( Fremantle)

The Scratch

Archive (Brisbane)

New Sydney Hotel

[The Wheaty](/beer/ba

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4 Pines Christmas Ale 2012

Tapped December 19th, 2012
There's something undeniably comforting about a winter Christmas: the glow of an open fire, snow outside the window and a warming festive ale in hand. But in Australia - where Christmas is generally spent increasing one's quota of sun, sand and surf - the last thing on most people's wish list is a strong dark spiced ale. What would be far more suited to the climate is something like a Summer Saison, and that's exactly what 4 Pines have delivered in time for Christmas 2012. This 'highly sessionableâ?… Read more
Style
Spiced Saison
Strength
5.2%
Stockists

VIC

The Local Taphouse St Kilda

Young and Jacksons

Junction Beer Hall

Gertrude Hotel

QLD

The Villager

Tippler's Tap

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Mornington Peninsula Czech Pilsner

Tapped December 12th, 2012
With the mercury rising and holiday season on the way, the Mornington Peninsula boys are serving up a pilsner for your delectation. Their latest seasonal is the brainchild of brewer Matt Inchley, designed to be as true to style as possible: all Saaz hops, pilsner malt, unfiltered. According to the man behind it, the beer is: "Deep burnished gold in colour ... with a dense, snow white head. Rich and complex aromas of grass and soft spice interweave with bready yeast notes. A spicy hop presence… Read more
Style
Czech Pilsner
Strength
5.9%

Murray's Anniversary Ale 7

Tapped December 7th, 2012
Among Australia's craft beer cognoscenti, Murray's annual anniversary releases are one of the year's most anticipated releases. The beers have generally followed a few common traits: big and barrel-aged for a start, with each vintage usually an evolution on the previous year. Last year's was a 15 per cent Belgian style barleywine featuring a handful of different yeasts and made from a blend of French and American oak-aged versions. This one follows a similar line but with the addition of cherry wood… Read more
Style
Smoked, Barrel-Aged Belgian Barleywine
Strength
15%
Stockists

Murray's - online shop and Cellar Door

Murray's At Manly

Colonial Kottbusser

Tapped December 6th, 2012
Mal Secourable, head brewer at Margaret River's Colonial Brewing Company, loves to brew German-inspired styles. It seems that he loves brewing them so much that it's impossible for us to get him to take the time out to tell us about any specials he's brewed. Thankfully, with Girl+Beer now calling the region her home, we have Crafty spies on the ground... Which means we know about the Kottbusser, a summer seasonal from Mal, which follows hot on the heels of the brewery's popular Baltic Porter. It's… Read more
Style
Kottbusser
Stockists

Colonial Brewery

Red Duck Topaz

Tapped December 5th, 2012
Another day, another dollar. Or, in this case, another Red Duck beer. Latest cab off the rank is another that falls inside their bulging collection of strong pale ales as the Ballarat brewery continues what could be cast as a hop series of sorts. Inspiration for this single hop beer, which uses the Aussie hop Topaz, came about when brewing Hop Bach with Anders Kissmeyer earlier in the year. Among the 25 hops that went into that beer was this, a variety that has found a new lease of life as an aroma… Read more
Style
Strong Pale Ale
Strength
5.2%
Bitterness
40 IBU
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Cowaramup Lightsign 2012

Tapped December 5th, 2012
When The Crafty Pint last called into Cowaramup, it was the height of summer and this beer, named by brewer Jeremy Good's daughter and only just brewed for the first time, was the one we kept going back to more than any other. A beautifully hopped, summery ale, it's been brought out of retirement in time for summer again. Crafty contributor Pia Poynton wasted little time getting a taste of the new batch, describing it as "perfect in the beer garden under a shady umbrella". She adds it's:… Read more
Style
Summer Ale
Strength
4.5%
Stockists

Cowaramup

Moon Dog Artisan Pouseuré

Tapped December 3rd, 2012
The words "Moon Dog" and "pumpkin", when used in tandem, send a shudder down the Crafty spine. Before the brewery launched, we were given a sample bottle of a trial Pumpkin Ale as a taster of what was to come. It miraculously disappeared one AFL Grand Final Day with nobody in attendance able to recall what could have happened to it. The mystery remains unsolved; our guilt unassuaged. Still, there have been subsequent chances to sample other Moon Dog pumpkin beers, including a… Read more
Style
Spiced Pumpkin Ale
Strength
7.5%
Bitterness
32 IBU
Stockists

Beer DeLuxe

Deja Vu

Deco

The Dispensary Enoteca

Grain & Grape

[The Local Taphouse St Kilda](/beer/bar/local-taphouse-st-kild

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Bridge Road / Archive Tennessee Stud

Tapped December 3rd, 2012
We're a little late posting this one as it slipped out of Beechworth unnoticed at Crafty Towers, so we can't be sure what's left where. But for the sake of completeness, here's the fifth in the fast-moving Bar Series, this time featuring the input of the crew at Brisbane's Archive. They tell us: "We wanted to create something that reflects our varied backgrounds, collective love of our industry and that of delicious beer. Malty and hoppy, bold but beguiling, flavoursome but still sessionable,… Read more
Style
Oaked Brown Ale
Strength
5.5%
Bitterness
40ish IBUs
Stockists

Josie Bones

Beer DeLuxe

Norfolk Hotel ( Fremantle)

The Scratch

Archive (Brisbane)

New Sydney Hotel

[The Wheaty](/beer/ba

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Moon Dog Love Tap – Retired

Tapped November 30th, 2012
Standards must be slipping at Moon Dog. I mean, seriously, when you've offered up busty nurses holding boob-shaped cupcakes and cigar-smoking skulls on your labels, who's going to be satisfied with a pig in lime green bow tie and top hat? Next thing you know, they'll be brewing a lager. Thankfully, this is nothing of the sort, but instead the equivalent of drinking fresh hop goo, goo that's an amalgam of German, Aussie and Kiwi hops, an amalgam in which the New World hops carry out an almighty smackdown… Read more
Style
Strong hoppy lager
Strength
7.1%
Bitterness
34 IBU

4 Pines Keller Door Series 2012: Wee Heavy

Tapped November 30th, 2012
We seem to recall that, back in the depths of time when GABS was merely the Great Australian Beer Spectapular held at the Local Taphouses rather than the behemoth that now bestrides the Royal Exhibition Building, one of the highlights was a rich, multi-layered malty number from 4 Pines going by the name Wee Heavy. So this, we assume, can be taken as some sort of relation of said beer. Its big, musclebound older brother perhaps, as while we remember the previous one rocking in at around seven per… Read more
Style
Wee Heavy
Strength
9.5%
Bitterness
22 IBU
Stockists

4 Pines

Prickly Moses ChainSAW

Tapped November 29th, 2012
It's not that long ago that heads were turned and palates were pricked by the Bridge Road / Ní¸gne í? India Saison for its combination of big, punchy Aussie hops and funky saison yeast - a combination of opposing styles that worked so well both brewers continue to make the beer for their respective markets. It wasn't the first beer to meld styles you wouldn't necessarily put together in a glass but was one that really got people talking. Since then, there's been a wave of white IPAs, hoppy hefes… Read more
Style
Australian Wheat Beer
Strength
4.8%
Stockists

Prickly Moses

Aireys Pub, Aireys Inlet (tap)

Farm Food Birregurra

The Otway Fly - Lavers Hill

Warners at the Bay

Vue Grand, Queenscliff (tap)

Otway Nourishe

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Red Hill Christmas Ale 2012

Tapped November 29th, 2012
This beer brewed in the depths of the Victorian winter to be ready in time for the festive season is one of Red Hill's longest-serving seasonals and, as with Christmas itself, is reassuringly consistent in its quality, albeit with a welcome lack of family arguments and late night meat sweats. A Belgian Dubbel by style, it's the colour of brandy snaps, pouring with a big, white head and full of dried fruit and spices of the star anise and cinnamon variety. It's moderately boozy at this relatively… Read more
Style
Belgian Dubbel
Strength
8.3%

Stone & Wood Garden Ale

Tapped November 28th, 2012
It's not too often that Stone & Wood release a short run beer, what with having to brew six million litres of Pacific Ale every day to meet demand. But in time for summer comes the Garden Ale, a sub-four per cent ale with its eyes firmly fixed on the post-lawnmower set. Like the Stone Beer, there's inspiration from the past, with juniper berries added to the boil in a nod to pre-hop days when brewers would raid their gardens for ingredients. According to Stone & Wood, the berries are said… Read more
Style
Session Ale
Strength
3.8%
Stockists

Get your thorn-pricked gloves on some here

Bullant Bruthen Special Bitter

Tapped November 27th, 2012
Bullant Brewery is Victoria's easternmost crafty outpost, a relatively new addition to the Aussie beer landscape that is not only bringing craft beer to East Gippsland but also offers the people of Bruthen the town's best dining spot too. Their summer seasonal has sessions on the brewery deck looking across the surrounding farmland in mind, as it's a four per cent English style bitter. Brewed with Maris Otter and crystal malts and East Kent Goldings hops, it couldn't be more traditional if it tried.… Read more
Style
English Bitter
Strength
4.0%
Stockists

Bullant Brewery

Lord Nelson Royal Red

Tapped November 26th, 2012
With the last of the One-Eyed Rye disappearing from the taps at the Lord Nelson and featuring at Newcastle's Craft Beer Week, that means there's room for something new at the hotel in The Rocks. And that new thing is the Royal Red, another beer that follows the Lord's passion for all things British and beery. It's an English mild ale, designed with sessionability at heart, and coming with "a nice hop aroma, malty palate and drying bitterness on the finish." The Lord, which knows a thing… Read more
Style
English Mild
Stockists

Lord Nelson

Moo Brew Saison 2012

Tapped November 23rd, 2012
For the second year running, Moo Brew has decided that their summer seasonal shall be a Saison. As before, this farmhouse ale is a light-bodied affair that has drinkers with their fingers poised over the "Drain and Repeat" button in its sights. Pale orange / yellow in appearance, it's a melange of spicy, fruity, citrusy esters. If the Crafty memory serves us correctly (and given how many times a week we spend hunting high and low for wallet, glasses, key, child, etc, this is not a given)… Read more
Style
Saison
Strength
5.5%
Stockists

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