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!

Cheeky Monkey & Chi Cho Gelato & Mane Liquor Bluzu Summer Sour

Tapped Yesterday
Building on the success of last year’s Frosty Fruits, the WA collaborators behind it were keen not to repeat themselves. Loosely starting with the same "Summer Sour" concept, this iteration from Cheeky Monkey, Chi Cho Gelato and Mane Liquor arrived at an untested combination of yuzu and blueberry as a result of the consistently unique offerings from the gelato artisans. From this point, Cheeky Monkey’s sales manager Brendan Day, ignoring requests for more restrained fruit levels requested… Read more
Style
Blueberry & Yuzu Berliner Weisse
ABV
4.4%
Stockists

Mane Liquor

Also available from the brewery and other WA retailers from late Nov

Bluzu sorbet is also available now

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Grifter Brewing Co & The Henson Neighbourhood NEIPA

Tapped November 20th, 2018
It’s a nice thing to have nice neighbours. The Grifter Brewing Company and The Henson are neighbours and they’re both nice. So they’ve made a beer together and it’s nice too. What they’ve made, specifically, is a very, very hazy New England IPA. It looks filthy, but it tastes the way sunshine feels on a winter day. Not summer sun, because summer sun is intense. This is a little gentler, more subdued. There are hops, of course, in lavish doses, and they serve up their tropical fruit character… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
6.2%

Endeavour Citrus Pale Ale

Tapped November 20th, 2018
Olfaction carries a unique kind of nostalgic magic. None of our other senses are so quick to flash us back to a specific memory in the long distant past; voyages in grandma’s wardrobe, the torment of a childhood medicine, the school-era aroma of pencil shavings and a new eraser. This was the ensuing train of thought having been poured a can of Endeavour’s new Citrus Pale Ale to be met with an aroma not encountered for nigh on two decades: the smell of Fanta. It’s a rampant flourish of sweet… Read more
Style
Citrus Pale Ale
ABV
4.5%

Endeavour Dark Wheat

Tapped November 20th, 2018
There’s a Fawlty Towers-esque “Don’t mention the war!” element underpinning this release from the Endeavour Tap Rooms. Specifically: “Don’t mention the Dunkel!”. This beer, according to most style guidelines, would be classed a Dunkelweizen but of course they wouldn’t dare call it that because who actually knows what that is or would buy one unless they were lingering alone and confused in some Bavarian beer hall? “Dark Wheat” seems far less foreign and terrifying so that’s… Read more
Style
Dunkelweizen
ABV
5.1%

Smiling Samoyed Baby Brain Pale Ale

Tapped November 16th, 2018
It was a joyous occasion: Kate and Simon had just welcomed their first son, Alvin, into the world; they were over the moon. Anyone who has experienced a newborn can attest to the fact that sleep is hard to come by, especially in the first few weeks, and the idea of feeling even remotely human has to be put on hiatus. However, the show must go on and that is exactly what Simon did – after very little sleep. His intentions when he got to work were to brew Smiling Samoyed's American pale ale, 12… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
ABV
5.9%

Smiling Samoyed Shamouti Stout

Tapped November 16th, 2018
Striking up friendships in the modern world of business is extremely important and that is exactly what Smiling Samoyed has done with Adelaide CBD venue, The Griffins Hotel. To celebrate their love for each other, the two companies have teamed up for the first of many collaboration beers. Shamouti Stout is a 7 percent ABV chocolate oatmeal stout brewed with orange zest and tropical hops. As for the name, Shamouti is a type of orange also known as the Jaffa, which helps make sense of the beer. Pouring… Read more
Style
Orange Stout
ABV
7.0%

Little Creatures XPA

Tapped November 16th, 2018
As Little Creatures celebrates its 18th birthday and is thus able to legally buy itself a beer, the pioneering brewery has marked the milestone with a new core range beer. In doing so, it joins the massed ranks of Aussie brewers with an XPA in their lineup. It's a choice that acknowledges the growing popularity of approachable, lower bitterness beers that still have the hallmarks of Creatures' hoppy heritage, with their XPA tagged as a "drinker not a thinker". Showing its youth, the beer… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
4.9%
Stockists

Available from the breweries in Freo and Geelong

And nationwide

Feral Brewing Tusk IIPA (Spring 2018 Release)

Tapped November 16th, 2018
What began in 2003 as a high ABV beer with no dry hopping has, in recent years, become an incredibly hyped beer that, twice a year, Feral have used to spread the message of the importance of freshness in beer as well as the cold chain when it comes to logistics. Sampling spring 2018’s release, the brewery's biggest iteration yet, an hour after the beer was kegged off, there's no doubt that it delivers on this promise. And then some. Pineapple and papaya are most evident with a wisp of mandarin… Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
ABV
13.5%
Stockists

Foresters Pub & Dining

Launched in WA on Nov 16 then heading east

Including a Tusk Day event at Forester's on Nov 23

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Wildflower Waratah 2018

Tapped November 15th, 2018
People love building boxes. To open tracts of land we assign arbitrary lines of separation, confining ourselves to this or that portion of a map. To carve out our cities, states and countries we create borders, boundaries and bureaucracy within which to live, to separate ourselves from the rest. We put up walls, declare ourselves to be this but not that. We stoke pride and foment envy. Our little boxes come to define us. Life can be pretty comfortable in a box and, by and large, New South Wales is… Read more
Style
Australian Wild Ale
ABV
5.0%

Wildflower Year Old 'Tah (2017)

Tapped November 15th, 2018
Well aren’t they just the pack of sneaky zymurgists at Wildflower. When they released the first Waratah in 2017 they claimed there were only so many bottles in existence. And to be fair they were, technically, telling the truth. They just neglected to mention they’d also rolled a full barrel out back, out of sight and mind. Twelve months on, with a full extra year in oak under its belt, they’ve given the old beer a new release under the name Year Old ‘Tah. If you can recall the original version… Read more
Style
Australian Wild Ale
ABV
5.5%

Wildflower Slip Slop Slap

Tapped November 15th, 2018
You could argue most of Wildflower’s beers are suited for summer. Without exception, they operate within the well established bounds of acceptable ABV – somewhere in the five percent range but often lower. And a great many of them are acidic, a characteristic easily interchangeable with “refreshing” – a desired characteristic from beer consumed in an often oppressively hot climate. But every now and then the brewer/blender throws out something that feels like it has a little more grunt… Read more
Style
Australian Wild Ale
ABV
5.0%

CoConspirators The Henchman

Tapped November 14th, 2018
When the two couples behind CoConspirators first launched their gypsy brewing operation, they did so with a West Coast IPA known as The Henchman. That was back in 2016, at a time when the haze craze hadn’t fully draped its foggy murk over Australia’s craft beer scene and finding an IPA packed with bitterness wasn’t quite the challenge it is today. For those who like their IPAs big and bitter, the decision by the CoConspirators to bring The Henchman back into their core range of cans in 2018… Read more

Bad Shepherd Victoria Pale Ale

Tapped November 14th, 2018
They've already got the Reserve Road Draught in their lineup as a nod to their locale and now the team at Bad Shepherd has come up with a new beer that cements their position as proud Victorians. The Victoria Pale Ale, packed in cans featuring the state's navy blue livery and the slogan: "GROWN HERE MADE HERE", is brewed with malt from Barrett Burston in Geelong, Vic Secret and Topaz hops from Hop Product Australia’s Rostrevor farm in the High Country and water from Melbourne. But where… Read more
Style
Summer Ale
ABV
4.2%
Bitterness
25 IBU
Stockists

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Bad Shepherd Grapefruit IPA

Tapped November 14th, 2018
The IPA series continues apace at Bad Shepherd, where the likes of The Almighty IIPA and the aromatic-as-anything Citrus & Cedar IPA are now joined by this Grapefruit IPA to which fruit rather than fruit extract was added alongside a selection of hops known for their citrusy qualities. It's a hazy copper pour and one that heads towards the more bitter, pithy, tangy side of grapefruit; certainly, it's of a different ilk to some fruit IPAs that present more as a blend between IPA and fruit juice.… Read more
Style
Grapefruit IPA
ABV
5.8%

Rocky Ridge Devine Goodtimes Sparkling Saison

Tapped November 14th, 2018
Chances are, if you've read about a beer from WA in the past couple of years on The Crafty Pint, the words originated with Guy Southern or, to give him his online handle, Goodtimes Craft Beer. Not this time around, however. And that's for a very good reason: Guy was involved in the conception and brewing of this one. He travelled south from Perth to hook up with the team at Rocky Ridge, where they were also joined by folks from de Vine Cellars and set about creating the 4,723rd (or thereabouts) collaboration… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Saison
ABV
8.0%

Wilson Brewing Scurvy Juice

Tapped November 14th, 2018
Serendipity strikes again for Matty Wilson. Whenever he mentions a new beer concept to his Albany hop grower, he’s encouraged to talk with the lady next door, Val. Not only does Val have a mini-orchard to drawn from but she also happens to have twenty 30-year old yuzu trees – not the kind of thing you’d normally expect to find in the Great Southern. Originally a wild hybrid citrus found in China, yuzu has become highly sought after in the brewing world for its complex sour mandarin–grapefruit-lime-like… Read more
Style
Citrus Sour
ABV
6.0%

Beerland Brewing Acid Wolf

Tapped November 13th, 2018
As the temperatures in WA edge towards the mid-20s, a pack of more crushable New World sours is starting to appear. We say "New World" as you can trace a lineage to classic puckering styles yet modern brewing techniques and punter tastes have rounded off the edges, so to speak, positioning these beers in more approachable territory than the battery acid like pH levels of some predecessors. For Beerland, Acid Wolf’s use of the modern lactic Sour Pitch yeast delivers a perfect example of… Read more
Style
New World Sour
ABV
4.7%

Ballistic & Bintani Signature ExPA

Tapped November 13th, 2018
When we’ve gone a while without a beer, we talk about being parched and breaking the drought. But here’s a beer that really aims to help with drought. Ballistic Beer is an Australian brewery. Bintani is an Australian grain supplier. They both know the importance of Australian agriculture, and they’re both keen to help out rural communities and struggling farmers when the going’s tough. That’s why Mitch Bradey from Bintani and Lachy Crothers from Ballistic got together to brew the Signature… Read more
Style
Single Malt XPA
ABV
5.5%
Bitterness
32 IBU

Ballistic Beer Co Hazy IPL

Tapped November 13th, 2018
Ballistic is comfortable with lagers. They proudly hold a craft lager in their core lineup. They call it Dirty Word, and push back against the idea that lager is a dirty word. Their head brewer will tell anyone who listens that a clean, well-made, true-to-style lager is one of his favourite things to drink. So it’s fun to see that they’re also happy to take a lager and boldly throw a bazillion hops in it until it’s almost unrecognisable as a lager. They used apple puree in the boil to provide… Read more
Style
Hazy IPL
ABV
6.0%
Bitterness
19 IBU

Ballistic Beer Co Twang Tropical Sour

Tapped November 13th, 2018
Twang is a sound: the snap of a guitar string, the spring of a diving board, the shock of Wile E Coyote being shot from a giant bow. Twang is a sound… so how does it so perfectly describe the taste of this beer?? This tropical kettle sour is super light yellow and slightly cloudy, with plenty of hop presence on the nose thanks to the Galaxy, Wakatu and Citra. Take a sip, and experience citrus… with a twang. Passionfruit… with a twang. Mango, peach, apricot… with a twang. It could also be… Read more
Style
Tropical Sour
ABV
4.6%
Bitterness
10 IBU
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