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.

Bad Shepherd Russian Imperial Stout 2017

Tapped Yesterday
Why release one big, dark, boozy beer for winter when you can release two? That seems to be the approach at Bad Shepherd, where they're embracing all things intensely malty as the mercury plummets – releasing this Russian Imperial Stout at the same time as their gold medal-winning Baltic Porter, thus adding further to the darkness offered by the Hazelnut Brown Ale in the core lineup and regular winter seasonal Oatmeal Stout. This, however, is the biggest of the lot, tipping the scales at just over ··· Read more

Tallboy & Moose & The Mill Export Stout

Tapped Yesterday
Two of the youngest brewpubs in Melbourne have come together to create a beer. And the genesis of the collab is about as "essence of craft beer" as you could wish for. As the Moose from Tallboy & Moose, Steven Germain, explains: "When The Mill popped up I was thinking back to when we first opened – ramping up our beer offering took a while and we barely got by without running out of stock on our own beers before new fermentations were ready to serve. So I offered Mirek what I ··· Read more
Style
Export Stout
Strength
6.7%
Stockists

Tallboy & Moose

The Mill

Modus Operandi Cascadian Howl

Tapped May 26th, 2017
Pretty well everyone knows by now that Modus Operandi makes a good hoppy beer. Their reputation has, for the main, been built upon that; look at the pile of trophies and awards their beers have gotten at competitions over the past three years and you’ll find it’s hoppy ones that are responsible for most of them. But the brewery is no one trick pony. Last year, for example, our NSW panel put forward their assortment of dark beers as some of the best new beers in the state. And, just last week, ··· Read more
Style
Black IPA
Strength
8.2%
Stockists

Modus Operandi Brewery

GABS Sydney

Good beer stores where you find MO beers

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Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 3: Baltic Porter

Tapped May 26th, 2017
The 2017 Australian International Beer Awards proved to be a great night for the Bad Shepherd team with the Cheltenham brewpub's name flashing up on the big screen showing finalists in each category more than once. One such appearance was for its Baltic Porter, which in draught form took out the only gold in the Baltic Porter character. It's now out in bottles too as the third in the Brew Crew Series in which non-brewing members get to help design a beer. This time around it was the turn of Bigsi, ··· Read more

Hop Nation Jedi Juice New England IPA

Tapped May 26th, 2017
Hop Nation has already proven to be a brewery that knows its way around an IPA. The Chop is one of the best loved from Melbourne breweries and is but one of many variants they've released in their relatively short lifespan. For the 2017 GABS Festival, they added another: Jedi Juice, the latest beer to be added to the growing collection of hazy New England style IPAs from local brewers. It's not their first crack at the style either, with this one a showcase of many of the most extravagant hops on ··· Read more
Style
New England IPA
Strength
7.0%
Stockists

Beermash

Carwyn Cellars

Grain Store

Hopheads

Hotel Sweeney's

Slowbeer Fitzroy

Sun Moth Canteen

Hop Nation

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Little Brewing Co Mad Abbot Christmas Ale 2016

Tapped May 26th, 2017
They've endured some trials and tribulations in recent times at The Little Brewing Co and now have new owners at the helm. The beers are still coming from the same hands they always have, however, including this, the fourth vintage of their annual Christmas Ale – a past AIBA trophy winner. The beer has always been a Belgian quadrupel or strong dark ale in terms of style and remains so for this winter's release. There are a couple of small changes, however, with the alcohol down a notch (but still ··· Read more
Style
Belgian Quadrupel
Strength
11.1%
Stockists

Little Brewing Co Cellar Door

Good craft beer outlets in Sydney

Staves Brewery Hoppy Witbier

Tapped May 26th, 2017
Sometimes things don't go to plan. Things like this beer, for example. Upon conception it was destined to become a white IPA, a hybrid of sorts that typically uses the yeast (and sometimes coriander and orange peel) of a witbier before being lavished with a hop hit akin to that of an IPA. That was the plan here. Then the brewery’s digital thermometer broke. In a small and very manual brewery like Staves, there’s a fair chance there could be variance in any brew versus the original plan, but ··· Read more
Style
Hoppy Witbier
Strength
5.3%
Stockists

Staves Brewery

Stockade Brew Co The Mountie

Tapped May 25th, 2017
Browse the lists of top beers in the People’s Choice competition at the GABS festival in recent years and there’s a common thread: sweet stouts. That’s understandable. In a lineup of more than a hundred often unusual beers, it tends to be those high in alcohol or sweetness that linger in the memory a little longer – especially when sampling via 85ml tasters. With that in mind, in preparation for the 2017 festival it’s easy to imagine the Stockade team sitting down to come up with a recipe, ··· Read more
Style
Maple Imperial Stout
Strength
12.0%
Stockists

In Victorian bottleshops from May 22 and hitting NSW and Brisbane stores post GABS Sydney

Sailors Grave Autumn Farmhouse Ale

Tapped May 24th, 2017
As part of their pre-opening research, the couple behind Sailors Grave took their young kids on a tour of the States, calling in on many breweries, particularly those in regional areas not dissimilar to their Orbost home in East Gippsland. Among them was Jester King and, while it will likely take years and no little skill to develop cultures and complexities akin to those of the Texan maestros, you can already see influences in the beers released by Chris and Gab Moore, not least in their desire ··· Read more
Style
Farmhouse Ale
Strength
5.9%
Stockists

Beermash

Carwyn Cellars

Slowbeer

Slowbeer Fitzroy

And good beer retailers in Victoria, Sydney and WA

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Grifter Brewing Co Brainstorm

Tapped May 23rd, 2017
In a city where burgers have steadily become an obsession, it says something about Mary’s that they’ve managed to keep their effort at the top of Sydney’s list for a number of years. It probably helps that their Newtown home is dark, loud and full of great booze, creating the perfect environment for devouring a cracky stack of goodness between two worryingly deliciousness buns. In an effort to come up with the ideal accompaniment for their American style cheeseburger (or perhaps just because), ··· Read more
Style
Session IPA
Strength
4.8%

Nomad Brewing Co Orange & Caramel Gose

Tapped May 23rd, 2017
Isn’t it funny where an idea can take you? When Brooks Caretta and Leo di Vicenzo waded into the sea off Sydney’s Northern Beaches to collect some salt water to put in a beer recipe, the two Italian brewers couldn't have imagined that the result would become a defining beer for the Nomad brewery. The beer was to become Freshie, a German style Gose that makes use of salt water and Tasmanian mountain pepper. At that point there were few other Aussie breweries making gose but Nomad’s became popular ··· Read more
Style
Gose
Strength
4.8%

Nail Brewing Hoppy Nut Brown Ale

Tapped May 23rd, 2017
They're cranking out the limited release, keg only beers at Nail Brewing right now. The latest to make its way steadily onto taps across the country from WA is the Hoppy Nut Brown Ale, a beer they've designed to ease beer drinkers into winter. Described as a "happy combination" of something dark and something for those who are stinging for hops, it's a 6.5 percent ABV brown ale hopped with one of the brewers' favourite hops, Citra. The result, we're told, is "an easy drinking brown ··· Read more
Style
American Brown Ale
Strength
6.5%
Stockists

Cellarbrations at Carlisle

Mane Liquor

Sail & Anchor

And a growing number of good beer outlets across Australia

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Sailors Grave Sou' East Draught

Tapped May 23rd, 2017
Sailors Grave does have supporters in its local region in the far east of Victoria – even some that drink its beers as well as those that appreciate the arrival of a quirky new business making use of East Gippsland's abundant produce. But there are plenty more for whom the thought of a raspberry grisette or seaweed gose is, as things stand, about as appealing a thought as a punch in the face. All in good time... So the Moores decided to create a beer with their local pubs and clubs in mind: the ··· Read more
Style
Beer
Strength
4.8%

Grifter Brewing Co Banshee

Tapped May 22nd, 2017
Part of growing up is letting go. That’s something the Grifter brewers have been grappling with lately as their brewery becomes a busier place. For almost five years (yes, it’s been that long…) all the recipes for Grifter beers have been created with a fastidious eye by the founding brewers. But, with more balls to juggle, it was inevitable they would want to give themselves a little leeway every now and then by allowing one of the apprentices to else to take control of a beer, from recipe ··· Read more
Style
Dark Lager
Strength
4.9%

4 Pines In Season IPA

Tapped May 18th, 2017
In a way, it feels like it’s been building to this. Over the past few years, 4 Pines has turned out a conveyor belt of IPA variants: American, imperial, double, double black, black, white, triple, rye – if it’s big on hops, they’ve had a go. And underpinning them all has been a steady pursuance and promotion of the "fresh is best"; you’ll find that, when first released, many of these beers will be tapped at local venues within hours – sometimes within the hour – of being packaged ··· Read more
Style
IPA
Strength
6.3%
Stockists

Available nationwide

Temple Brewing Under The Cover Of Darkness

Tapped May 18th, 2017
What happens when the brewers see a spare tank and feel like brewing something different? According to the team at Temple, they brew a new beer and don’t tell anyone. Apparently: "The GM doesn’t need to know. The accounts people don’t need to know. The sales team, they'll be fine." So, "under the cover of darkness", that's what the brewers did. The beer, which they're tapping at the brewery during Good Beer Week, sits somewhere between English and American brown ales. Repping ··· Read more
Style
Brown Ale
Strength
5.7%
Stockists

Temple Brewery

Other venues TBC

Bodriggy Brewing Gongim Red IPA

Tapped May 17th, 2017
Bodriggy, like many other brewing companies, has new beers out for Good Beer Week. Unlike most, they're putting both of theirs into cans too as part of an ongoing process to switch the entire range to tinnies over the coming weeks. One of the two is Gongim, as red IPA that's their biggest beer yet, a collaboration with the Tramway Hotel and also a reference to the "Hey Hey, It's Saturday" scene in The Castle. While there's some caramel and sweet biscuity malt flavours in the mix of this ··· Read more

Bodriggy Brewing Blinker Oatmeal Stout

Tapped May 17th, 2017
Bodriggy continues its embrace of the local Melbourne beer and bar community via this collaboration with Collingwood venue Nighthawks. Alongside their near neighbours they concocted Blinker to be launched on May 17 at Nighthawks as part of a Good Beer Week event screening the documentary A Band Called Death about Detroit's punk pioneers. So, how do you honour a punk band in beer? Something dark would seem to fit the bill and that's what you have here: an oatmeal stout also available in cans complete ··· Read more

Dainton Family Brewing ESB / Double Red / Oatmeal Stout

Tapped May 16th, 2017
Brewery founder Dan Dainton is back at the brewing helm and appears to be wasting little time creating new beers, with no less than four appearing in black liveried 500ml cans in quick succession. One is the returning Insane Uncle IPA, which we've written about before, but the other three are new arrivals. Approaching them in the order you'd probably drink them over the evening, let's start with the ESB or English Special Bitter. Here, it's best to take Hargreaves Hill's beer of the same name as ··· Read more
Style
ESB / Imperial Red Ale / Oatmeal Stout

Brewmanity & Colonial Brewing Dr Freezemeister

Tapped May 16th, 2017
Brewmanity's Good Beer Week and GABS special releases for 2017 couldn't be much further removed from its Social Beast. For a start, Dr Freezemeister is twice the strength of their Australian pale ale. And, while Social Beast puts hops front and centre, this limited release draught beer is all about malt, booze and, well, ice. It's a take on the German Eisbock style created in collaboration with Colonial and inspired by Big Freeze events for which the base beer was partially frozen to increase its ··· Read more
Style
Eisbock
Strength
9.0%
Stockists

Colonial Brewing Co Port Melbourne

The Catfish

GABS 2017

Then other venues in very limited amounts

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