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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!

Mountain Goat Barrel Breed Imperial Stout 2018

Tapped Yesterday
The wintry leg of Mountain Goat's Barrel Breed trilogy is back for 2018. As with this year's Barley Wine, the beer was aged in a number of ex Tennessee whiskey barrels before the contents of the best nine were blended to create the 9.3 percent ABV beer. As you'd expect with such a beer, there's a lengthy roll call of malts in the mix but, rather more intriguingly, there's also the appearance of a hop variety we've not seen in a local beer before (at least not knowingly). It goes by the snappy title… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
Strength
9.3%
Bitterness
55 IBU
Stockists

Stockists TBC

Batch Brewing Co Elsie's Other Udder

Tapped Yesterday
Amid the torrent of new beers that flows unabated from the tanks of the Batch Brewing Company, one of the notable things about their range is that a permanent place has long been made for Elsie, their milk stout. This is a beer style that feels like it ought not to have cachet with modern drinkers. It feels like an old fashioned English thing, one whose heyday might have come and gone when Ena Sharples downed her last pint and walked out the doors of The Rover’s Return. But Batch brews it all year… Read more
Style
Double Milk Stout
Strength
7.0%

Akasha Lupulin Fog

Tapped Yesterday
Cast your mind back a year or two. It’s not that long but in some ways a lifetime, and certainly so in the swift moving beer world. It was a simpler time, one when extreme murkiness in an IPA was likely to be perceived more as a fault than a fad. How times have changed. Few are the breweries that haven’t toyed with a "hazy" New England style IPA. When Akasha unfurled its Lupulin Fog at the 2017 GABS festival there were few local versions of the style. Here was a super fruity beer strikingly… Read more
Style
NEIPA
Strength
8.5%

New England Big Winter 2018

Tapped Yesterday
For winter 2018, the New England Brewing Company’s ode to the cooler months comes pre-wrapped in a can so cosy in appearance you may want to cuddle it. A word of warning, however: its embrace is stronger than it seems. Big Winter is a Belgian dark ale, one that helps warm through the worst of any winter weather. It’s a beer to counter snow and shivering, for retreating from frost to find fire. So it doesn’t hide its strength. It doesn’t mean to and it doesn’t need to. It’s a beer all… Read more
Style
Belgian Dark Ale
Strength
8.6%

Prancing Pony The Zeppelin All Hop NEIPA

Tapped Yesterday
After upgrading their brewhouse to one that is no longer a fire-fired upscale version of brewer Frank Samson's old homebrew kit, Prancing Pony switched their "Fire Brewed" tag to "Long Flavour". Here, they add another pairing, with this beer debuted at the 2018 Beer & BBQ Fests declared an "All Hop" NEIPA. And, while we're pretty sure they haven't put all the hops in the world into it (four new varieties have been released globally in the time it's taken you to get… Read more
Style
NEIPA
Strength
6.6%

Barossa Valley Brewing Chocolate Coffee Stout

Tapped Yesterday
The Cosmos can work in funny ways. For some reason (it was having the word "segue" pop into my head, if you really want to know), the tasting notes for this beer rapidly started incorporating references to drivetime DJs before moving into Smooth FM territory. Said note-taking done, I picked up the can to see what the brewers had to say and they were all about Barry White's Smooth FM suited crooning. So, you can probably imagine where this is going... The gold medal winning beer from the… Read more
Style
Chocolate Coffee Stout
Strength
7.0%

Mr Banks Champagne For My Real Friends Brut IPA

Tapped July 19th, 2018
In its short existence to date, Mr Banks has shown a willingness to take on new trends in beer, particularly when it comes to IPA. The Seaford brewery has put out well received NEIPAs and now has trained its sights on the latest IPA craze to sweep the nation: Brut IPA. It's a style also referred to as Champagne IPA and you certainly know it when faced by these cans, wrapped in golden bubbles and declaring the contents as "Champagne for my real friends". Given the Crafty budget doesn't warrant… Read more

Wheaty Brewing Corps & Tiny Rebel & Doctor's Orders Whey Puft

Tapped July 19th, 2018
Another successful Good Beer Wheaty has delivered yet another inventive collaboration at the expanding Adelaide brewpubs. This time Darren from Doctor's Orders returned while Gaz from Welsh powerhouse Tiny Rebel made his Wheaty debut. Darren is known for throwing weird ingredients in beer and Tiny Rebel have a very popular beer called Stay Puft, a marshmallow porter and the new beer was sparked from a combination of the two. Whey Puft is an imperial blackberry milkshake porter, albeit without the… Read more
Style
Blackberry Milkshake Porter
Strength
7.4%
Bitterness
30 IBU

Big Shed The Shirt Front Russian Imperial Stout

Tapped July 19th, 2018
Taken literally, a shirt front is exactly that: the front of one’s shirt. However, used as a verb, it describes the action of charging into someone head on. In 2014, then Prime Minister Tony Abbott promised to shirt front Russian President Vladimir Putin, a rather comical promise that hasn’t been forgotten by the Big Shed crew (and which stands in stark contrast to the approach another world "leader" has been taking to the Bear in recent times). Thus it was that when they wanted to… Read more
Style
Imperial Coffee Stout
Strength
9.0%

Smiling Samoyed ESB 2018

Tapped July 19th, 2018
Autumn weather in South Australia tends to remain quite warm with the odd week of cold thrown in to prepare people for winter. The sort of beer style suited for such unpredictable temperature fluctuations is an ESB. Smiling Samoyed's is brewed using traditional English ingredients, including East Kent Golding hops and an English yeast strain. A rich copper colour starts the ESB experience, with a small, off white head and brilliant clarity. There's a prominent nutty aroma leading the way, alongside… Read more
Style
ESB
Strength
4.8%

Smiling Samoyed Saison

Tapped July 19th, 2018
This limited release, housed in 650ml bottles, is a reimagined version of a beer that originally appeared solely on tap>. The founders and brewers of Smiling Samoyed, Simon Dunstone and Kate Henning, found the first version to be too clean even though the ferment temperature reached 35 degrees. Simon discovered the yeast actually loved the heat so he decided to tone the temperature down a little to create some more complex saison esters and, to bolster the flavour even more, dried orange peel… Read more
Style
Saison
Strength
6.7%

Smiling Samoyed Coops Copper Ale

Tapped July 19th, 2018
When Kate Henning and Simon Dunstone started Smiling Samoyed brewery, they had three Samoyed dogs. Hence one of their first beers was called 12 Paws, with their pale still retaining that name today. Hoppy the dog still greets guests on arrival at the brewery with a welcoming smile. However, one of their dogs, Cooper, named after the iconic SA brewery, is no longer with them and, in his honour, they brewed this copper ale. Coops pours a bright copper colour with a lingering, white, foamy head. The… Read more

Bodriggy Brewing Cosmic Microwave NEIPA

Tapped July 19th, 2018
Originally launched in May 2018 during Good Beer Week, Cosmic Microwave has returned. This time around, the New England IPA has been given a much wider release, while also being among the first Bodriggy beers brewed at their newly operational Abbotsford brewery. Dressed in a can that invokes images of the history of the universe, its future and a journey beyond reality – not to mention the Wayne Coyne artwork that adorns Flaming Lips releases – the beer is a trip into the haze. Pouring a creamy… Read more
Style
NEIPA
Strength
6.2%

CoConspirators The Imperial Henchman

Tapped July 18th, 2018
Back when the gypsy brewers at CoConspirators launched in 2016, they did so with a big West Coast IPA called The Henchman. Though they’ve since riffed aplenty on the the IPA theme, most notably with their popular NEIPA The Matriarch, they’ve never returned to the West Coast influences of those earliest days. That’s until they decided The Henchman was due to return, albeit in imperial form. The Imperial Henchman is a classic big 'n' bitter beer that packs a tropical punch (or should that be… Read more
Style
West Coast Imperial IPA
Strength
8.3%
Bitterness
90 IBU
Stockists

Grape and Grain Liquor Cellars

The Dan O'Connell

And on tap at select Melbourne bars

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The Monk Grisette

Tapped July 18th, 2018
Starting with the idea of creating a “mid with more”, Monk head brewer Mal Secourable considered the table beers of the past that would have been consumed in a Monastery. The grisette style, a typically lower alcohol relative of saison, lends itself to more subtle flavours and reduced alcohol thus perfectly fit the brief. Aromas of nasi pear, citrus, yeast and light spice follow through to the palate, while the pale straw coloured body holds an elegantly tight carbonation provided by the French… Read more
Style
Grisette
Strength
4.1%

The Monk Celia The Beautiful

Tapped July 18th, 2018
Before the Reinheitsgebot’s mandated myopia decreed that beer be produced with just three ingredients – it would be a while before Louis Pasteur discovered yeast – a different brewing world existed that drew from what was available in the surrounds. To counter sweet malt characters brewers would use foraged flora to create beers now loosely bracketed under the gruit ale banner. Considering this while in mad scientist mode, the idea of creating an "Heirloom Dubbel" infused with Gruit-like… Read more
Style
Spiced Dubbel
Strength
6.8%

Sailors Grave Wild Strawberries & Sea Fret

Tapped July 17th, 2018
Late last year, the Peach Melba Pavlova Cream Sour became a surprise hit for the team at Sailors Grave, so much so that the beer has been followed by a number of similar releases. Indeed, you could argue that fruity, creamy sours are becoming something of a house style for the East Gippsland operation (well, apart from the farmhouse ales, goses, stouts...). They created another for the 2018 GABS festival and, again, it proved so popular they've kept on brewing it, even if such a beer sounds as unlikely… Read more
Style
Cream Sour & White Ale
Strength
4.7%

Sauce brewing Breakfast Smoothie & Super Saison

Tapped July 17th, 2018
Fruity, fruitier and fruitiest. That seems to be the natural order of things at Sauce as they gradually crank the tropical dial on their New England IPA releases to the right. The latest – following the "straight" Bubble & Squeak NEIPA and the mango-infused iteration Trubble & Squeak – is Breakfast Smoothie, a beer they’ve termed a Tropical Milkshake IPA. These three beers are, to be fair, all quite different but they’re just so easily lumped together by virtue of them… Read more
Style
New England IPA & Saison
Strength
7.0% & 7.2%

Batch Brewing Tank 6 2018 & Method Man-darin

Tapped July 17th, 2018
Winter 2018 represents the fourth vintage of Batch’s annual Russian imperial stout release, Tank 6. What’s always quite refreshing about this – if refreshing is a word in any way applicable to a beer in the realms of ten percent ABV – is that it’s a straight up big stout. No infusions. No additions. No oak barrels. It’s all malt, hops and time in tank. And, to paraphrase the Mystic Valley Band, that’s the difference. It spends six months in the brewery’s now eponymous tank number… Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stout & Fruit Sour
Strength
9.6% & 4.2%

Tallboy & Moose Shelfie & Das Brut & All Are Neighbours

Tapped July 17th, 2018
With a small system and a guiding principle that a brewpub should always be willing to experiment, Tallboy & Moose aren’t afraid to release multiple beers at any one time, frequently of a diverse nature too. That's the case with this new trio, where the most malt-focused is Shelfie, the brewery’s take on a German altbier or latzenbier (shelf beer). Pouring a deep copper, the beer has a sweetness up front and a touch spice from the hops, which add just a touch to the aroma and leave the malt… Read more
Style
Various styles
Strength
5.8% / 6.8% / 4.2%
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