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.

Fury & Son Citra Sour

Tapped Yesterday
Heading into summer, Melbourne's Fury & Son has entered the world of sour beers. Well, sort of. Their summer 2017/18 seasonal is the Citra Sour and is most definitely seasonally appropriate and distinctly Citra-fied; it's not particularly sour, however, but that's no bad thing and, presumably, by design. It's a pale straw pour, one in which any head soon dissipates to the extent you could pass it off visually as a glass of white wine and in which the aromas are dominated by the citrus and passionfruit… Read more
Style
Hoppy Sour
Strength
3.5%

Dainton Family Brewery Passionfruit Belgian Pale Ale

Tapped Yesterday
The one-offs keep on coming from Dainton – as do the fruit additions. Coming hot on the heels of the Blood Orange Rye NEIPA, this is another murkfest from the Carrum Downs brewery: a deeply cloudy affair, albeit looking a lot less like the Yarra thanks to its light yellow hue. The beer itself is a Belgian pale ale augmented by the addition of passionfruit (presumably plenty of it given its opacity) and designed with summer (and sauna) sessions in mind. Thus, it's low on the booze front and high… Read more
Style
Passionfruit Belgian Pale Ale
Strength
4.3%
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Launching at the Dainton Taphouse on Nov 17 then going nationwide the following week.

Modus Operandi Future Factory IIPA

Tapped Yesterday
Finish with a bang. That was the general vibe in Mona Vale when the brewers of team Modus got together to decide what would be their last limited release canned run for 2017. And what could be more appropriate for a hop focused brewery than an even hoppier beer? So it is we arrive at the Future Factory double IPA. In creating it they’ve evidently leaned on some of the lessons learned from one of their major projects of 2017, namely a steady exploration of increasingly hazy New England IPAs. Having… Read more
Style
Double IPA
Strength
8.5%

Batch Brewing Co Tiny Coconut Bubbles & Island Style

Tapped Yesterday
On current evidence it seems the brewers at Batch have been experiencing Polynesian dreams. Maybe it’s longing for a relaxing holiday at the end of a busy year in the brewery; a desire, perhaps, to swap the rattling of the bottling line for the soothing sounds of the sea, or to rake their fingers through golden sand instead of spent grain. Whatever the case, the tropical vibe has been embraced and brought to life in a pair of recent beers. The first was Tiny Coconut Bubbles, a golden coloured… Read more
Style
Fruity Lactose Beers

Temple Brewing Brewer's Choice Rye Lager

Tapped Yesterday
Temple Brewing head brewer Glenn Harrison's parting gift to the Brunswick East operation before moving on is the fourth beer in the Brewer's Choice series he launched earlier in the year – one-off, draught only beers conceived by and ordered direct from the brewing team. You might expect a brewer to sign off with something extravagant – loaded to the eyeballs and beyond with hops, aged in barrels or showcasing some unusual ingredients – but that's never been Glenn's way; sure, he's won an AIBA… Read more
Style
Rye Lager
Strength
4.8%
Stockists

Temple Brewery Bar

Blackman's Brewery Lager Collective: Citra Black Dynamite & Zinger Slinger IPL

Tapped November 14th, 2017
Early in 2017, Blackman's kickstarted its Lager Collective Series. As one of the few small breweries in Australia with as great – if not a greater – fondness for lagers as for ales, the idea was to showcase just how diverse the style could be. The first release was the Juicy Banger IPL, a beer in which they layered on big citrus and grapefruit aromas and flavours and won many fans in doing so. Two more beers have followed, with all three now out in cans at the same time. Citra Black Dynamite… Read more
Style
Hoppy Lagers
Strength
5.9% & 5.8%
Stockists

Blackman's Brewery Bar

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Venom Beer Golden Ale (Can)

Tapped November 14th, 2017
You can tell summer is coming as more and more brewery owners pop at least one of their beers into cans ready for drinkers' Eskies. Venom is on the case too, with the brewing company's flagship Golden Ale the first of three to transition to tinnies (Pale Ale and the mid-strength Refreshing Ale will follow). It doesn't just make for added practicality but it means those who love Venom's striking artwork have even more of it to cling to and those who don't will find it harder to avoid when facing up… Read more
Style
Golden Ale
Strength
4.8%

La Sirène & Seven Seeds Seven Sirens

Tapped November 13th, 2017
There must be something in the air this spring, this being the third coffee beer with a difference to come our way in less than two weeks. This time around, it's one that's been a long time in the making, with near neighbours La Sirène and Seven Seeds coffee roasters building towards this collaborative release in stages. Having decided to work together on a beer, they first held a structured cupping session to select an appropriate coffee, landing upon a range from Honduras (from a micro-lot from… Read more

Cheeky Monkey & Chicho Gelato & Mane Liquor Frosty Fruit Sour

Tapped November 9th, 2017
For beer drinkers, few things can top the wonderfully zippy refreshment of a cold Berliner Weisse on a hot summer’s day. Those below the nation's drinking age would argue that few things can top the fruity, brain-freeze inducing head rush of a tropical Frosty Fruit either. Frosty Fruit's pre-summer release from this trio of collaborators blends these two warm weather joys into a lightly puckering passionfruit, mandarin and lime gelato infused nostalgia trip that raised plenty of smiles and recalled… Read more
Style
Berliner Weisse
Strength
4.4%
Stockists

Mane Liquor

Cheeky Monkey

Mane Liquor

And good Western Australian beer retailers

For comparison, the passionfruit, mandarin and lime sorbet was available from Chicho Gelato at time of writing too

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Pirate Life Brewing Port Local Lager

Tapped November 9th, 2017
The Port Admiral Hotel is Port Adelaide’s oldest remaining building, dating back to 1849. Nearly 120 years after first opening its doors, and following a million dollar resurrection, the hotel has started pouring its first beers in more than a decade. The Port Admiral opened the doors on its latest incarnation on November 8, 2017, under the stewardship of a group of owners who come from a variety of backgrounds but all have one thing in common: knowledge of good booze. So, they enlisted another… Read more
Style
Lager
Strength
4.5%

Innate Brewers & Clancy's Mango Unchained

Tapped November 9th, 2017
Besides a snappy beer pun - and who doesn’t like those – Mango Unchained has little in common with Tarantino’s 2012 classic. Where the auteur found bloodlust, violence and dark humour, the WA collaborators find a fruity sweetness and sociability, although both have a mischievous undercurrent – the beer is propelled by a creeping 6.3 percent ABV. Clancy’s team members joined In8 head brewer Joel Nash for the brew day of a beer that later had no less than 30kg of fresh mango cheeks from northwest… Read more
Style
Mango Saison
Strength
6.3%
Stockists

Clancy's Fish Pub Fremantle

Pouring at all Clancy's venues

Plus select WA bars and growler filling retailers

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Boatrocker & Goose Island October Beer

Tapped November 8th, 2017
Back in May, while in Melbourne for Good Beer Week, the man in charge of overseeing Goose Island's massive barrel program visited Boatrocker Brewers & Distillers's Barrel Room to create a beer. There, Bill Savage and Boatrocker's Matt Houghton settled upon a rarity, an October beer – something of a pre-cursor to barley wines. After all, the thinking went, when you've each got an iconic barrel aged imperial stout in your lineup (Ramjet and Bourbon County Stout), why not do something different? They… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Strong Ale
Strength
9.4%
Stockists

Barny's

Carwyn Cellars

Grape and Grain Liquor Cellars

Otter's Promise

Slowbeer

Boatrocker Barrel Room and from the brewery online

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Wheaty Brewing Corps Cutlet

Tapped November 8th, 2017
The choice cuts of a lamb are dependent on personal preference, but there will be few meat lovers who can go past a small, tasty, juicy cutlet. A little chewy but tender at the same time and of a size that you can consume a few in one sitting. Which is a roundabout way of getting to the inspiration for this beer: a pale ale with plenty of juicy hop flavours that's a little meaty too. Oats and specialty malts are among the grain bill, contributing to a substantial body for a beer of just 4.5 percent… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
Strength
4.5%
Bitterness
25 IBU
Stockists

The Wheaty

Wheaty Brewing Corps Milko

Tapped November 8th, 2017
When deciding what sort of sweet stout to brew next, head brewer Jade Flavell drew inspiration from the Old El Paso taco advertisement. She couldn’t decide if she wanted an oatmeal or a milk stout, therefore decided: “Why not both?” The idea was to combine the sweetness from the lactose in a milk stout with the body of an oatmeal stout, bringing in an English ale yeast to finish the job. The Wheatsheaf Hotel has the ability to pour a beer up to three different ways, with standard CO2 carbonation,… Read more
Style
Oat Milk Stout
Strength
4.5%
Bitterness
20 IBU
Stockists

The Wheaty

4 Pines Keller Door: Lemon Melon Wit

Tapped November 7th, 2017
Despite the pervasiveness of marketing in general, coupled with consumer desires that can apparently only be sated through the availability of everything all of the time, it still seems strangely surprising when November rolls around, tinsel starts to lines shelves, festive tunes hover in the space above aisles and the campaign for Christmas begins in earnest. If you inhabit the beer world, in recent years, there's been another reliable barometer of the imminence of the festive season: the arrival… Read more
Style
Fruit Witbier
Strength
5.1%
Stockists

Available as part of 4 Pines' 2017 Christmas Packs

Mornington Peninsula Brewery #tinnage010 Jiffy Squid

Tapped November 7th, 2017
Mornington Peninsula Brewery's #tinnage series of one-off canned releases reaches double figures here as they revisit a beer originally brewed for and with Brisbane's Brewski for Pint of Origin back in March. It was one of the earlier appearances of a NEIPA Down Under, a statement that makes it apparent just how insanely fast they've appeared in the eight months since, with its name a reference to a Tom Waits and Screamin' Jay Hawkins skit. The beer itself more than meets the hazy requirement of… Read more
Style
New England Style IPA
Strength
4.9%

Sailors Grave Spring Farmhouse Ale 2017

Tapped November 6th, 2017
Each season, Sailors Grave puts out a new farmhouse ale showcasing ingredients obtained from other small producers or foraged on their travels. In the case of the 2017 release, it's a bit of column A and a bit of column B. The former comes in the form of High Country bergamot from Mountain Yuzu; the latter is a veritable smorgasbord of wild weeds – nettles, mallow, dandelion, cleavers, milk thistle and borage – collected by co-owner Gab Moore from her garden and the banks of the Snowy River that… Read more

Sailors Grave Squid Vs Whale

Tapped November 6th, 2017
Squid Vs Whale is Sailors Grave's biggest beer to date, so what better way for a nautically themed brewery to mark the occasion than name it after a battle between two of the biggest predators on the planet? Admittedly, at 6.7 percent ABV, it's a long way from challenging for the title of Biggest Beer In Australia but it comes packing plenty of firepower. Subtitled "the hop maelstrom" and described as "the closest to a NEIPA we will get", you can imagine what's on the agenda:… Read more

Endeavour Melba Bitter

Tapped November 6th, 2017
Leaping fast out of the starting gates in order to stay a few lengths ahead of the IP lawyers, Endeavour has released a beer just in time for the Melbourne Cup. Part celebration, part homage and mostly just an opportunity too good to pass up, Melba Bitter was the first new beer made by head brewer JB following the birth of his first child. Using his newly acquired ability to make dad jokes combined with the beer using Melba hops and a release right on the cusp of the major racing carnival in his… Read more
Style
Bitter
Strength
4.6%
Bitterness
34 IBU
Stockists

Endeavour Tap Rooms

Black Dog Brewery Estate Hopped Golden Ale

Tapped November 5th, 2017
Clearly, Black Dog brewer James Booth doesn't like having time on his hands. Not only does he brew and package every Black Dog beer and also act as the winemaker on the fourth generation family winery Taminick Cellars, he decided to start growing his own hops a few years back. He's used them in a couple of beers before, most notably an Estate Hop Saison; in 2017, he decided to put three varieties – Cascade, Chinook and Columbus all handpicked and added fresh – into a simpler beer, this Estate… Read more
Style
Fresh Hop Golden Ale
Strength
4.9%
Stockists

Grape and Grain Liquor Cellars

Black Dog Cellar Door

Found at venues in and around the Victorian High Country

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