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.

Bandicoot Brewing Southern Courage RIS

Tapped Yesterday
If you're after an indicator of where the Australian beer industry is, this should do the trick. Southern Courage is a Lark Distillery whisky barrel aged Russian imperial stout from Echuca, the port town where, after more than generation after generation without a brewery to call its own, Bandicoot now operates. It's the baby of successful homebrewer Tracey Green and husband Bruce and this is their boldest statement yet. The first batch of the beer spent six months in Lark barrels before being blended ··· Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout
Strength
10.0%
Stockists

Carwyn Cellars

Bandicoot Brewery

Pact Beer L Yeah Hoppy Lager (bottles)

Tapped Fri Feb 17 2017
The world of hop growing and cultivating is becoming as innovative as the new world of brewing it is supplying. Several new varieties land on these shores each year; among those making a first appearance in 2016 was Loral, initially released commercially in the States after trials by the likes of Sierra Nevada and Lagunitas. One of the first local brewers to get their hands on it was Kevin Hingston, part of the triumvirate behind Canberra's Pact Beer, with L Yeah debuting as one of a flurry of draught ··· Read more
Style
Lager
Strength
5.4%
Stockists

Available where you usually find Pact Beer

Mountain Goat Hashtag IPA

Tapped Fri Feb 17 2017
Proving there is apparently no limit to the number of different ways in which they can create an IPA, the brewers at Mountain Goat have come up with something new. They joined forces with hop supplier Hopco to get their hands on a new form of hops from the States. Known as hop hash as it's created by a similar method to the other hash (no, not the one you might occasionally have for breakfast. Well, some of you might do, but, um, the one that gets you high). Once hop flowers have been pelletised, ··· Read more
Style
Hop Hash IPA
Strength
6.8%

3 Ravens Wild Ravens Old Red Ale

Tapped Thu Feb 16 2017
Last year, there was a trio of Victorian beers born of similar inspiration that caught the eye. They were blended sours from Holgate (Wild Red Ale), Boatrocker (L.A.B.) and 3 Ravens (Wild Ravens Old Brown Ale). The last of these was also the first of a trio, all of which would feature a portion of various old beers they'd kept around the brewery and which would undergo various maturation and fermentation processes before being bottled (where further re-fermentation will continue). The last of the ··· Read more
Style
Flemish Red Style Ale
Strength
6.7%

Hobart Brewing Co Xtra Tasmanian Pale Ale

Tapped Mon Feb 13 2017
With their brewery venue hitting its groove in the Red Shed on Hobart's Waterfront, Hobart Brewing Co has put a first beer into packaged form so more people can find out what brewer Scott Overdorf is up to. Actually, they're putting three beers into pack, including a barrel aged saison in 750ml bottles, but this is the one that will be going farthest afield. It's an XPA [extra pale ale – somewhere between pale and IPA] that visitors to the brewery will have enjoyed on tap. And it's a beer that ··· Read more
Style
XPA
Strength
5.8%
Bitterness
55 IBU
Stockists

Available widely in Tasmania

And in select Melbourne bottleshops

Modus Operandi Lost Key XPA

Tapped Fri Feb 10 2017
At the end of last year, our panel selecting their best new NSW beers of the year threw something of a curveball. Modus Operandi has, more than anything else, made its name on the back of a series of fine hop forward releases. Yet the panel chose to highlight the Mona Vale brewery's darker side. For the first limited run can release of 2017, however, it's back to their beloved little green flowers in the shape of Lost Key, an XPA first brewed with Black Bunny Kitchen from the Sunshine Coast late ··· Read more

Clifton Hill Brewpub Centenary IIIPA & Friends

Tapped Fri Feb 10 2017
It's coming up on a year since the Clifton Hill Brewpub decided to remove almost all guest drops from its fonts and let its young brewer take over and fill 13 of them with beers from the in-house brewery. It's clearly proved a smart move as they're in the process of ordering new, larger tanks to help meet demand. It also means they've just hit brew 100 and to mark the occasion they've brewed their biggest beer yet. The Centenary brew is an imperial IPA with which brewer Ben aimed for 10 percent ABV ··· Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
Strength
10.8%

Tallboy and Moose & West City Brewing Citrachi IPA

Tapped Thu Feb 9 2017
One of the in-house policies at Preston's new brewpub Tallboy and Moose is to offer a tap or two to guest brewers. Usually, it's done by means of a keg swap that sees the other brewer put a keg of Dan and Steve's beer on at their venue. In the case of Citrachi, it's a partnership that's a little more direct: they joined forces with West City Brewing to create a single beer together. That beer is Citrachi IPA, one that most readers of this site will be able to decipher pretty quickly: it's an IPA ··· Read more
Style
IPA
Strength
6.5%
Bitterness
45 IBU
Stockists

Tallboy and Moose

Tallboy and Moose Only HPA035

Tapped Thu Feb 9 2017
Aside from the brewery's Cream Ale, Only is the closest that Tallboy and Moose comes to a core beer. It's a series that retains the same pale ale style base but features a different single hop in each brew. This time around, it's one of Hop Product Australia's (HPA) more recent "experimental" varieties (the use of speech marks here is due to it being an experiment that has been supplied to a rather large number of breweries around Australia for the past couple of years, suggesting it may ··· Read more
Style
Single Hop Pale Ale
Strength
5.5%
Stockists

Tallboy and Moose

Hop Nation & Sawmill The Expat Double IPA

Tapped Wed Feb 8 2017
Those who know Hop Nation know that founders Sam and Duncan are both winemakers who met working in vineyards and travelled the world before deciding to start making beer in Melbourne. It turns out they're not the only people within their group of mates to follow that path; Duncan's mate Logan Richmond ended up working for the Sawmill brewery in New Zealand, and it was Sawmill's old brewery that Hop Nation bought when setting up their home in Footscray. Earlier this year, they reunited at Sawmill ··· Read more
Style
Double IPA
Strength
8.6%

Sailors Grave Altocumulus Blueberry & First Harvest Grisette

Tapped Tue Feb 7 2017
East Gippsland brewery Sailors Grave continues down its idiosyncratic path with its first two seasonal releases of 2017. Both make use of the natural resources local to the brewery and both offer something for fans of off kilter beers. One is the second in the Altocumulus dry-hopped Berliner Weisse range. Its predecessor, featuring mandarins, made our Best New VIC Beers of 2016 list; here, the mandarins are replaced with blueberries, with Amarillo and Cascade the chosen hops. Clearly, they didn't ··· Read more

Stockade Brew Co Plum Perfect

Tapped Mon Feb 6 2017
Eating a plum is all about timing. When you get it right, just when the skin gives in a little to a light touch, it is one of nature’s sweet and simple pleasures. But there are times when your optimism coaxes you into biting down too soon, before the fruit has ripened, and instead of being met with luscious sweetness you’re hit with a hard bite and astringent flavour. By virtue of positive reinforcement, when considering plum flavours in anything it is more than likely to be the former, sweeter ··· Read more
Style
Berliner Weisse
Strength
3.1%

Mornington Peninsula Brewery IPL

Tapped Sun Feb 5 2017
In what feels like something of a rarity from Mornington Peninsula Brewery these days, they've released a new limited run beer and left the canning line alone. Thus, this IPL [India pale lager – think IPA hopping rates but with a lager instead of ale yeast] is appearing only on tap, perhaps as a testing ground to see if it will eventually join the #tinnage series. Head brewer AG handed the reigns to one of his brewing team for this one, with Stefan opting for nothing but Aussie hops. Indeed, we're ··· Read more
Style
India Pale Lager
Strength
6.1%
Stockists

Beer DeLuxe

The Fitzroy Pinnacle

Mornington Peninsula Brewery

And select craft beer venues

More stockists...

Newstead Brewing Brewsvegas Beer 2017

Tapped Sat Feb 4 2017
Each year, not only does Brewsvegas bring the good times to Brisbane for a week and a bit of marvellous beer events, it brings out a commemorative beer too. Sure, it's not going to stick around like the mug your gran got to commemorate the wedding of Charles and Di, but you can be sure it's got better taste. For 2017, they enlisted the services of Newstead, who took time out from building a whopping new brewery and showing off all their trinkets on social media to knock out a brew that ticks plenty ··· Read more
Style
Hoppy Kettle Sour
Strength
5.5%
Bitterness
54 IBU

Boatrocker Brewery Blonde

Tapped Wed Feb 1 2017
Oh, what fun it must be to be Boatrocker Brewery founder Matt Houghton or one of his brewers, making your way up and down aisles of barrels of varying sizes, sampling liquids of various origins and in various states of development, deciding which ones are ready for bottling, which need more time, which will need blending to make a marvellous final product, which would suit an addition of fruit or coffee. Certainly, there are worse ways to spend one's life. The latest wooden vessel to be emptied of ··· Read more

Illawarra Brewing Blueberry / Watermelon Lambics

Tapped Wed Feb 1 2017
It may seem like a statement plucked from the world of alternative facts, but the Illawarra Brewing Company has released some new beers that are actually quite old. It was a little over two years ago that the Wollongong brewery made a fairly basic ale recipe, transferred the resulting liquid into barrels and banked them away beside a dark wall in the brewery. Just a few short weeks ago they finally hauled said barrels out of the shadows, split and blended the contents into two portions, bastardised ··· Read more
Style
Lambic
Strength
5.0%
Stockists

Crown West Cellars

Thirroul Cellars

Celebrations Warilla

Berry Bottle Shop

More stockists...

Sauce Brewing Co Extra-Hop Sauce

Tapped Wed Feb 1 2017
Beer number four from Sauce brewing, and number three in the core range, is one that neatly plugs the gap in founder Mike Clarke’s thus-far hop-forward repertoire; first there was the Mega-Hop Sauce double IPA, then he pulled things back somewhat with the Hop Sauce pale ale, now we have Extra-Hop Sauce, a West Coast IPA. It’s a punchbowl of a beer, filled with big tropical fruit characters, especially pineapple, and a resinous kick. While the fruitiness remains throughout and mingles well with ··· Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
Strength
6.2%
Stockists

Uncle Hops

Hargreaves Hill Phoenix Imperial Red 2016

Tapped Tue Jan 31 2017
You don't have to look too hard to find pretty much every sort of beer imaginable on a bar, in a fridge or on a shelf these days. But, as Berliner Weisse and gose chase IPA as the biers du jours for the craft cognoscenti, you have to delve deep into the Rolodex of the mind to recall many beers like Hargreaves Hill's Phoenix. The imperial red ale was first brewed to mark the brewery's resurrection after the original site was destroyed when the Black Saturday fires swept through the Yarra Valley. It's ··· Read more

4 Pines Keller Door Grapefruit IPL

Tapped Mon Jan 30 2017
It's fair to say that, when it comes to their core range at least, 4 Pines presents itself to the world in a pretty safe and straight down the line manner. It's somewhat at odds with the personalities we've got to know at the brewery and the giddiness with which they approach many of their other encounters with the beer drinking public. Instead, it looks like their now regular Keller Door bottle releases are where that personality is allowed to poke through, with a series of labels that could have ··· Read more
Style
Grapefruit IPL
Strength
6.3%
Bitterness
69 IBU

Old Wives Ales Pop's Passion Tart

Tapped Sat Jan 28 2017
As one of Melbourne's more prominent gypsy operations, the Old Wives Ales crew is used to collaborating – how else would they get their beers brewed, after all? This time around, however, they brought an extra collaborator into the mix. One of the key characteristics of a gose, the German style that's risen to prominence in the craft beer scene with astonishing speed, is a level of saltiness. So it's hello to Smalt, producer of cold smoked salt and supplier of some apple wood smoked salt for Pop's ··· Read more
Style
Passionfruit Gose
Strength
4.3%
Bitterness
5 IBU

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