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Best of 2012 - Aus brewers

Discussion in 'Australia & New Zealand' started by heygeebee, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. heygeebee

    heygeebee Member

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    Australia
    Folks,

    Aligned to the other thread I just started, I was interested in your thoughts on new brewers. Worth a thread as some of new guys are really good but also really local, and thus may not get the recognition they deserve due to distribution. Time to change that.

    My kudos particularly to HopDog, and this from someone who is not a hop-head. Their beers are consistently good, and each also flavoursome and 'different' in some way.
    Also to Riverside, although they are so new I have not have a chance to try the full range.

    Cheers.
  2. MrKennedy

    MrKennedy Member

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    Australia
    New breweries opened in 2012...

    Riverside
    Youn *edit*
  3. MordeciaFunk

    MordeciaFunk Member

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    Australia
    I'm unsure as to whether this is a new brewery per se, but a new one to me anyway.

    I got to have Moon Dog this year. I really liked a lot of their stuff and the fact that they're willing to push the envelope is great.
  4. trumpy

    trumpy Member

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    Australia
    moon dog brought out some great stuff. Black lung was a highlight for me.
  5. heygeebee

    heygeebee Member

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    yes - agree and really the intent of this thread is more about the brewers who have 'come to life' this year, rather than signed up with the bank manager in the last 12 months... love the way those guys push the envelope, and if it doesn't work sometimes there's always their next release.
  6. dgilks

    dgilks Member

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    Australia
    My faves for the year were definitely Moon Dog and Hop Dog. Kudos also to Garage Project who I will award honorary Australian status to for this purpose.
  7. spicelab

    spicelab Member

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    Australia
    As a NSWelshman, I'm particularly stoked about seeing Hop Dog and Riverside hit their straps in a big way. I've enjoyed nearly all their beers.

    Agree with Moon Dog (on balance, that is).

    I'd also identify Red Hill and Red Duck as having gone to the next level.
  8. CarlisleWineBin

    CarlisleWineBin Member

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    Australia
    Bridge Road have been producing some consistently excellent beers this year, and LOTS of collaboration gigs, kudos for his beer advocacy!

    Charlie from Mash has well and truly put his mark on the beers coming from the Swan Valley also, very happy with him at the brewing helm.

    Mornington - always excellent, although not a fan of the wit.

    Brendan O'Sullivan - so happy to see commercial (and bloody good) releases of his beers

    MoonDog for doing their thang!

    Can rabbit on but that's it from me.
  9. Lukie

    Lukie Member

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    Australia
    Costa at La Sirene is a superb man.

    Also that Brendan guy who does that Bones thing. He's alright, I guess.
  10. heygeebee

    heygeebee Member

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    Australia
    very very interesting responses, and I have let the thread run a while before chipping in.

    Hopdog, Moon Dog, Riverside apart, I am surprised that there are no other 'sleeper' breweries coming to life anywhere else - as noted by multiple folks above noting the same names. It's not always possible to gauge the love, with a look at reviews, as smaller/minor breweries attract less reviews in general.

    Or are we maybe seeing some of the new guys suffering some teething troubles with quality and/or consistency?
  11. Lukie

    Lukie Member

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    Australia
    Hopdog is a weird one for me, as everything I have had previously was infected, yet in the past few months, a lot of people have been singing his praises.
  12. foles

    foles Member

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    Australia
    Moondog brewed fantastic beers. I took too long to try them because people on the forums were saying their beers were infected / inconcsistent etc. I didnt find that at all. They were fantastically brewed - best Beligan style (well yeast at least) Aussie brewed examples. I suspect some people just didnt understand the flavours in the beers.

    Feral is still the best for me and getting better.

    Negative - no new breweries in/around Perth/Freo (the decline continues IMO). Bad news re: Little Creatures
  13. Lukie

    Lukie Member

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    Australia
    Feral needs a Perth bar.
    Boozecamel likes this.
  14. dgilks

    dgilks Member

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    No, Canberra needs a Feral bar.
  15. scmorgan

    scmorgan Member

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    Australia
    With less than prob 20% of NSW Brewers bottling, can we maybe break it u into pack type ... ;p. Sorry that is a bit of a dig, had Lobethal on at the pub the last few weeks and all their beers were great. But near a mention as they do not really do bottles ...
  16. dgilks

    dgilks Member

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    A fair point but those that don't bottle are going to be disadvantaged due to the paucity of good craft beer pus around the place that stock a wide and rotating range. As for Lobethal, the beers are decent but their bottle distro is actually pretty good.
  17. hawthorne00

    hawthorne00 Member

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    New to me and pretty good this year: Forrest.
  18. scmorgan

    scmorgan Member

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    So as someone with at minimum unusual means, do we realize there are the below active brewers in just NSW alone .... and how many do get mentioned here, good bad or otherwise ... bottle keg or otherwise ...

    4 Pines Brewing Co
    Badlands Brewing Co
    Balmain Brewing Company
    Black Duck Brewery
    Bowral Brewing Company
    Byron Bay Brewery

    Central Ranges Brewing Co
    Dennis Beer Co
    Doctor's Orders Brewing
    Ekim Brewing
    Endeavour Beverages Pty Ltd
    Fish Rock Brewery
    Fusion Brewing
    Goulburn Brewery
    Happy Goblin
    HopDog BeerWorks
    Illawarra Brewing Company
    Infusion Restaurant Bar Brewery
    King St Brewhouse (Red Tape Brewing Co)
    Koala Beer t/as Burragum Billi
    Long Board Brewing Company
    Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
    Malt Shovel Brewery
    Morpeth Brewery & Beer Co
    Mudgee Brewing Co.
    Murrays Craft Brewery
    Pickled Pig Brewery
    Pinchgut Brewing Co
    Potters Hotel and Brewery (Hunter Beer Co.)
    Rebel Ant Brewing
    Redoak Boutique Beer Café
    Riverside Brewing Co
    Rocks Brewing
    Scharers Little Brewery
    Sydney Brewery

    Six String Brewing Company
    Snowy Mountains Brewery
    St Arnou Brewing
    St Peters Brewery
    Steel River Brewery
    Stone & Wood Brewing Co
    The Australian Hotel and Brewery
    The Dalgety Brewing Company
    The Grifter Brewing Co
    The Little Brewing Co.
    Thirsty Crow
    Underground Brewing Company
    William Bull Brewery (De Bortoli)
    Young Henry's

    Stiring the pot as always ...
  19. dgilks

    dgilks Member

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    They may not be mentioned but they are likely on the radar. I would be surprised if most of us haven't heard of most of the breweries you mention. The fact that they aren't getting hype probably indicates a lack of excitement.

    Bold = Know about it

    4 Pines Brewing Co
    Badlands Brewing Co
    Balmain Brewing Company
    Black Duck Brewery
    Bowral Brewing Company
    Byron Bay Brewery
    Central Ranges Brewing Co
    Dennis Beer Co
    Doctor's Orders Brewing
    Ekim Brewing
    Endeavour Beverages Pty Ltd
    Fish Rock Brewery
    Fusion Brewing
    Goulburn Brewery
    Happy Goblin
    HopDog BeerWorks
    Illawarra Brewing Company
    Infusion Restaurant Bar Brewery
    King St Brewhouse (Red Tape Brewing Co)
    Koala Beer t/as Burragum Billi
    Long Board Brewing Company
    Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
    Malt Shovel Brewery
    Morpeth Brewery & Beer Co
    Mudgee Brewing Co.
    Murrays Craft Brewery
    Pickled Pig Brewery
    Pinchgut Brewing Co
    Potters Hotel and Brewery (Hunter Beer Co.)
    Rebel Ant Brewing
    Redoak Boutique Beer Café
    Riverside Brewing Co
    Rocks Brewing
    Scharers Little Brewery
    Sydney Brewery
    Six String Brewing Company
    Snowy Mountains Brewery
    St Arnou Brewing
    St Peters Brewery
    Steel River Brewery
    Stone & Wood Brewing Co
    The Australian Hotel and Brewery
    The Dalgety Brewing Company
    The Grifter Brewing Co
    The Little Brewing Co.
    Thirsty Crow
    Underground Brewing Company
    William Bull Brewery (De Bortoli)
    Young Henry's
  20. spicelab

    spicelab Member

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    I'd add to this that it was the manner in which Hop Dog and Riverside hit the NSW market this year that made them stand out so much. Loads of releases, all bottled (and very attractively), with a relatively wide availability.

    I don't think any of the other breweries in that list managed to bring all these elements together in the same fashion.
  21. danieelol

    danieelol Member

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    Australia
    Of the breweries dgilks didn't highlight, whereabouts can those beers be found/purchased Scotty?
  22. Lukie

    Lukie Member

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    Wonderful.
  23. scmorgan

    scmorgan Member

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  24. spicelab

    spicelab Member

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    I agree Harts is the best beer pub in Sydney, but you should have lost a schooner for taking the wedges with the addictive dipping sauces off the menu.
  25. scmorgan

    scmorgan Member

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    Australia
    Haha - i'm still complaining about loosing the hot wings as a permanent feature ...
  26. dgilks

    dgilks Member

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    Australia
    So isn't the answer to put them back on?
  27. MordeciaFunk

    MordeciaFunk Member

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    Australia
    You would think that they were perhaps taken off due to either not selling or being more trouble then they're worth. I would like to think it's not some arbitrary decision. If it is they're idiots/vindictive towards customers/hate Scotty. Actually one of those isn't a bad thing. :)
  28. scmorgan

    scmorgan Member

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    Australia
    I think they sold shite loads, but the price went up a heap from the disti ... hence killed it on price. But enough of the food talk ... I'm still not over loosing the wings though ...

    I should not even comment on beer, just necked a PBR ... bought back many headaches related to a college dorm ... ouch ...
  29. mulder1010

    mulder1010 Aficionado

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    Australia
    Riverside Brewing. Best new brewery to open in Eastern Australia this year.
    Hop Dog has really gotten better in the last year and is making some nice beers.
    Good to see Mountain Goat get invited to the CBC next year. Though now playing with the big boys in Copenhagen.
    Have to keep saying it but the Wheatsheaf is the best beer venue in the country by a big margin. Really like that they are kicking out Little Creatures as of next week.
  30. hopswiller

    hopswiller Member

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    Australia
    my favourite new aus breweries this year are la sirene and moondog

    in my opinion moondog has been the most exciting brewery in aus this year, wont say im a fan of all of their brews yet i love their approach and there have been a few brews that have really grabbed me.

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