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.

Wolf of the Willows & Bloodhound Wolf Blood 2017

Tapped Fri Mar 24 2017
There are red IPAs. And then there's Wolf of the Willows' Wolf Blood. The beer originally brewed as a collaboration with Brisbane's fine Bloodhound Bar for its Hopfields event in 2016 returns a year later, this time bottled too so more people can get their hands on it. So, why did we open this piece as we did? Well, brewer Scott McKinnon has done so marvellous a job combining specialty malts that the beer pours such a bright red we went rushing straight to the notes sent by the Wolves to check they ··· Read more
Style
Red IPA
Strength
7.1%
Bitterness
66 IBU
Stockists

Beer DeLuxe

Bloodhound Bar

In good beer outlets in Melbourne and Brisbane

And a small number of venues in NSW, SA and WA

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Illawarra / Bucket Boys Twin Cities Sour XPA

Tapped Fri Mar 24 2017
It’s perhaps a sign of the general direction beer tastes are moving that, after several years of operation and plenty of interesting beers, the Illawarra Brewing Company has just released its first kettle sour. The deciding factor in pushing them over the precipice into the cauldron of kettle sours was teaming up with Bucket Boys, the top Marrickville bottleshop that has an informal brewing arm and is spreading its wings across many facets of the industry by way of collaborations, distribution ··· Read more
Style
Sour ale
Strength
5.1%
Stockists

Bucket Boys

Blind Bear

Blackman's Brewery Lager Collective Juicy Banger

Tapped Thu Mar 23 2017
There aren't too many small breweries that produce lagers on a regular basis, let alone see them as a key part of their oeuvre. Yet they're close to the heart of Blackman's head brewer Renn Blackman. There's a fine lager as part of the brewery's core range and there have been others released along the way, sometimes as collaborations. Now, they've decided to make lagers the focus of a new series, one seemingly designed to show how many different directions you can head. First of the three beers scheduled ··· Read more
Style
IPL
Strength
5.8%
Stockists

Blackman's Brewery Bar

Blackman's Brewery

And select good beer venues

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Clare Valley Brewing Co Summer Ale

Tapped Thu Mar 23 2017
When South Australia cooks in searing 40 degree heat over summer, beer drinkers tend to gravitate to lighter coloured beers: lagers, pilsners, wheats, hefeweizens, bright ales or, in this case, a summer ale. Not really a style, perhaps, more a lifestyle beer – one suited to repeat visits on a hot day. As such, the Clare Valley Summer Ale was added into its core range after they realised their portfolio contained a lot of beers more suited to winter. It's a beer designed to be enjoyed while swimming ··· Read more
Style
Summer Ale
Strength
4.8%

Barossa Valley Brewing Indian Summer Session Ale

Tapped Thu Mar 23 2017
The Barossa Valley is well known wine country with some of the best wineries and vineyards in the world. People swarm the region weekly to load up on the latest vintages and tour around in style, often making a stop at Barossa Valley Brewing for something a little different. Now, drinking wine all day can tend to send people sideways if not careful and that is where the Indian Summer Session Ale comes in. The idea was to create a beer with the full hoppy flavours of the brewery's gold medal-winning ··· Read more
Style
Mid-strength
Strength
3.5%

Barossa Valley Brewing Chan van Damme

Tapped Thu Mar 23 2017
This beer was born from the merging of two very different cultures: Belgian and Vietnamese. Made in collaboration with the brewery's local Vietnamese restaurant, Ferment Asian, the idea was to make a beer for the restaurant's taps that uses its garden’s fresh ingredients. Lemongrass was used to create the aroma while Sichuan pepper was added instead of the standard coriander. As for the name, that came from another melding together of sorts: famous martial artists and actors Jackie Chan and Jean-Claude ··· Read more
Style
Spiced Witbier
Strength
4.4%

Wayward Brewing Co. All Day Nelson

Tapped Sat Mar 18 2017
You don’t want to know what the team at Wayward had to do, who they had to do it to, or how many times they had to do it, in order to get just ten kilograms of Nelson Sauvin hops. This is a New Zealand hop which is so popular and limited in its availability that it’s like brewer’s crack, the kind that causes hop-forward brewers to crawl over each other in order secure advance contracts with growers amounting to tens of tonnes of hops a year. Wayward managed to score just ten kilograms, more ··· Read more
Style
Single Hop IPA
Strength
6.8%
Stockists

Forest Lodge Hotel

The Local Taphouse Darlinghurst

The Noble Hops

Welcome Hotel

Yulli's

The Henson

Trinity Bar

Growler Depot

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Bridge Road Brewers Mayday Hills Black & Blue

Tapped Fri Mar 17 2017
Bridge Road Brewers has released a number of beers in pairs in the past couple of years. Each time, the idea has been to highlight the manner in which one change to ingredients can alter the final beer, be that the choice of barrel or yeast with which the two beers are developed. This time around, for the third release in the Mayday Hills series – beers that are fermented in the oak foeder at the Beechworth brewery using nothing but Brettanomyces yeast strains – the sole difference between Black ··· Read more
Style
Brett Fermented Fruit Beers
Strength
6.5%

Mountain Goat Trip Trap Triple IPA

Tapped Fri Mar 17 2017
Mountain Goat have made heaps of IPAs over the years in pretty much every way imaginable. But we're not sure they've ever brewed one as big as this. Trip Trap is a beer that layers it on thick: 100 IBU [in other words, heaps] of American hops and 10 percent of booze. Described as "delightfully bitter" by the people responsible for it, we're told it pours a "deep golden with a slight red tint" and possesses an "intense hop aroma of citrus, tropical fruit and pine". It's ··· Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
Strength
10.0%
Bitterness
100 IBU

Shenanigans Brewing Grisette Supérieur

Tapped Fri Mar 17 2017
Back at the beginning of 2014, a couple of well known Sydney home brewers launched a new brewing company called Shenanigans. The beer they chose to launch with was Grisette, a Belgian farmhouse style ale that, if nothing else, gave an indication that this was not going to be a business plying its trade on easy drinking golden ales. True to form, three years on Shenanigans has amassed a massively diverse back catalogue of beers which can count in their ingredient list the likes of ghost chilli, mango, ··· Read more
Style
Grisette
Strength
7.1%
Bitterness
34 IBU

Hawkers Beer IIPA

Tapped Thu Mar 16 2017
Aside from a five-way collaboration hosted for the Good Beer Week Masterclass in 2015, for the first year and more of operation, Hawkers Beer impressed with a consistently good core range of to style beers and rapid growth. More recently, however, the shackles have been loosened, allowing for a couple of imperial stouts to appear and the amassing of a seriously large number of barrels – not to mention the launch of second brand Rover. It means fans of the Reservoir brewery can look out for much ··· Read more

Sailors Grave Dry-Hopped Raspberry & Elderflower Grisette

Tapped Wed Mar 15 2017
Serendipity is a fine thing. Such as when a brewer rocks up to drop off some beer samples in cans when you're packing for a music festival to which you're allowed to take cans. When it turns out the beer is not only practical but the sort that could easily slip into the "breakfast beer" category – and what are music festivals like Golden Plains if not the sort of place where a breakfast beer, or at least early lunch beer, is not just acceptable but pretty much de rigeur? – then the ··· Read more
Style
Raspberry & Elderflower Grisette
Strength
4.3%

Hobart Brewing Co Sundance Saison & Barrel Aged Saison

Tapped Wed Mar 15 2017
Hobart Brewing Co entered the world of packaged beer in a pretty straightforward manner, popping their Xtra Tasmanian Pale Ale into 330ml bottles. For beers two and three, they've stepped things up a little (or, in one case, rather more than a little). Both are saisons. Both come in 750ml bottles. But both are not alike. First up is the seasonal Sundance Saison, one that takes the original beers of the style as its guiding light; in other words, lower in alcohol content than many saisons you see ··· Read more
Style
Saisons
Strength
4.2% & 7%
Stockists

Carwyn Cellars

Crown Cellars

Saint John Craft Beer

Slowbeer

Slowbeer Fitzroy

Hobart

Destination Cellars

Drink Co

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Eagle Bay Brewing West Coast Native Ale

Tapped Wed Mar 15 2017
March 2017 sees Perth venue The Mantle celebrate the flavours of the Kimberley and, as part of the event, the team there hooked up with Eagle Bay to create a new beer. The brewers atop Cape Naturaliste are keen collaborators and also not averse to adding non traditional ingredients to beers, so it would seem an ideal match up. The beer they came up with is the West Coast Native Ale and the non traditional ingredients added to the core four were five kilograms of desert limes from Mavick Native Farm ··· Read more
Style
Spiced American Wheat
Strength
4.7%

Bridge Road Brewers Bar Series: Brewski's Steamy Fingers

Tapped Wed Mar 15 2017
It's pretty commonplace these days to find venues and breweries getting together to brew beers. It wasn't so in 2012, back when the innovators at Bridge Road launched the Bar Series to do just that. Five years on, they're at it again, with the first venue to join them at the brewery being Brisbane's Brewski. Head brewer Ben Kraus and bar owner Matt Emmerson (pictured on brew day) wanted to make a beer that has something of the bar's home state in and decided on a saison featuring finger limes from ··· Read more

New England Brewing Co Minutemen

Tapped Wed Mar 15 2017
In terms of destiny fulfilment, by virtue of name alone New England Brewing releasing a New England IPA would have to be up there. The Uralla brewer has never been unadventurous when it comes to picking styles (just witness their last release, The Bloom, which was made without any hops) so when a slightly contentious one like the deliberately hazy and said-to-be juicier NEIPA started to gain a bit of traction in wider beer circles, they were well within their rights to join the party. Their effort ··· Read more
Style
New England IPA
Strength
6.5%

Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 2: SMASH IPA

Tapped Tue Mar 14 2017
There's plenty to be said about this beer. For a start, it's the second beer in Bad Shepherd's Brew Crew Series, which sees them invite a staff member who isn't a brewer to help design a beer; the first was barman Dan's ESB, with Dan followed into the hot seat by sales guy Scotty "Beardface" Thomson. It's also a SMaSH beer – single malt and single hop. And that single malt has its own story as the one chosen is Schooner, a barley variety grown and malted in the Riverina region of New ··· Read more

Red Tape Brewing Co Hinterland Lager

Tapped Tue Mar 14 2017
The end of the road is nigh for the King Street Brewhouse. At least, the end of the road we know. In the coming months the venue and its brewery will shut down and undergo a total renovation, including the installation of a shiny new brewhouse. While the brewers will get a bit of time off from brewing, in the lead-up they’re as busy as ever – perhaps more so – as they have some fun and test their skills coming up with new recipes from the ingredients they have to hand (look out for a forthcoming, ··· Read more
Style
Lager
Strength
5.1%
Bitterness
25 IBU

Shenanigans Brewing Hoppy Gonzales 2017

Tapped Fri Mar 10 2017
When it first came out midway through 2015, as a one-off release in Shenanigans’ Stunt Beer series, Hoppy Gonzales was something of a surprise hit. A surprise because it offered such a big hit of chilli wrapped neatly around what was loosely described as a hoppy American ale. Anyhow, drinkers loved it and the brewers suggested they’ve been pestered about its return more than all but one of their other single batch releases over the past three years (Imperial Winston being the other, if you’re ··· Read more
Style
Jalapeno Amber Ale
Strength
5.7%

Fury & Son Grapefruit Session Ale

Tapped Thu Mar 9 2017
The year of fruit beers continues apace. This time around, it's grapefruit taking centre stage and doing so not in a sour or an IPA but in a humble little session ale. And when we say "centre stage" we mean it as the 400 litres of fresh, unprocessed grapefruit juice the Keilor Park brewery obtained from Mildura are far and away the dominant character. They've been added to a pale, unobtrusive base beer, creating a hazy, um, juice like appearance in the glass. There's some American hops ··· Read more
Style
Grapefruit Ale
Strength
4.0%

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