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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.

Nowhereman Haze Of Glory NEIPL

Tapped Yesterday
Announcing their Good Beer Week debut, West Leederville’s Nowhereman took 2018’s theme of the Ultimate Mix as a chance to honour the musical, and often metaphorical, love letter: the mix tape. While owner and chief musical director Reece Wheadon was designing the retro leaning decal, head brewer Paul Wyman was curating a carefully crafted celebration of New World hops by using what he describes as a “stupid amount of hops”. Hi-fidelity aromas from Galaxy, Vic Secret, Mosaic and El Dorado… Read more
Style
New England IPL
Strength
5.9%
Stockists

Caboose

Sail & Anchor

Nowhereman Brewery

And select WA good beer outlets

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Rocky Ridge & Old Bridge Cellars Stairway To Resin IPA

Tapped Yesterday
An online pie chart divides the entire Led Zeppelin song book into three categories: "Sex", "Vikings, hobbits and some shit" and "Citrus". Adhering to these pithy – pun intended – guidelines should see Rocky Ridge’s latest collaboration with Old Bridge Cellars land in the latter segment. Not concerned with current trends, this duo has crafted a classic West Coast IPA that swells with citrus. While the referenced rock classic is in A minor, the beer is definitely… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
Strength
7.8%
Stockists

The limited release - cans and draught – is available now from select WA retailers and venues.

Batch Brewing Co Batch 1000 APA

Tapped May 24th, 2018
One hot October day in 2013, Chris Sidwa and Andrew Fineran rolled a brewhouse into a sparsely filled warehouse on Marrickville’s Sydenham Road. It took a few weeks to hook it all up and get going but, by December, they’d got the thing working. Their first beer was an American Pale Ale, which made sense: they were Americans, so they brewed an American style beer. They hand bottled it, then hand stamped it with the name of their new business: Batch Brewing Company. Some four and a half years… Read more
Style
APA
Strength
5.0%

Stomping Ground Hop Stomper IPA

Tapped May 24th, 2018
If there's a downside to the Good Beer Week/GABS marathon, particularly if you're involved in hosting events, appearing on panels and taking tours, it's that it can overwhelm pretty much everything else, both in the lead up and for its duration. And that's been the case here, with Hop Stomper appearing in cans from Stomping Ground just before the festival, a sample making its way to Crafty Towers on the night of the IBA's Independence Seal launch and sampling only taking place a fortnight later... Still,… Read more
Style
IPA
Strength
6.2%

Kooinda Brewery American Red Ale

Tapped May 24th, 2018
Kooinda used to put out a Red Ale that took its inspiration from the UK. As with many such beers in the Australian market, it had its fans, but remained in the shadows compared to many of its peers. So, while the first seasonal release since the move into cans is a red ale, it's one that looks to the States instead. It pours with a ruddy red colour like its forebear, yet is a different beast, something that becomes instantly obvious from the moment you get it anywhere near your nose. Indeed, the… Read more
Style
American Red Ale
Strength
5.0%
Bitterness
45 IBU

Akasha Red Kelly Red IPA

Tapped May 24th, 2018
Having first appeared earlier in the year as a one-off small batch release created on their pilot system, Akasha’s Red Kelly has now been picked for promotion to full scale production. It’s the first red IPA they’ve done on any sort of scale and, by the bottom of a glass, you’re left wondering what took them so long. The aroma is immediately inviting, fuelled by the big American hops which are there in an abundance of citrus and sumptuous tropical fruit characters. But, unlike a regular… Read more
Style
Red IPA
Strength
7.0%

Fortitude Brewing Summer Ale

Tapped May 24th, 2018
Fortitude has made a point of producing beers that deliver flavour and aroma without smacking you around the head. And, following its rebrand in the first half of 2018, it's a policy they continue to follow. The Summer Ale sits right in the sweet spot that's winning over many new drinkers to craft beer. Within its pale yellow liquid you'll pick up a veritable fruit salad of hop characters: lime, melon, white grapes and peaches. Those hop characters come across broad and rounded rather than feisty,… Read more
Style
Summer Ale
Strength
4.4%

Fortitude Brewing Pale Ale

Tapped May 24th, 2018
One of the very first beers to leave Fortitude's Mt Tamborine home was the Golden Ale, a beer with enough character that it could easily be slotted into the American pale ale category. More recently, a beer actually tagged Pale Ale was introduced – and is now part of the new look core range introduced in 2018 – giving them a beer that's even more of an American pale ale. While many brewers are moving further into tropical and candied fruit territory with their pales, here's something that's more… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
Strength
5.0%

Fortitude Brewing Roots and Leaves Hopped Ginger Ale

Tapped May 24th, 2018
You can find hops cropping up in all sorts of places these days: ciders, ice creams and, in the case of this canned mid-strength from Fortitude Brewing, a ginger beer. Gluten free and virtually free of sugar, the brewery's beer alternative comes with a recommendation on the website they've created for it to enjoy it over ice with a slice of lime. Should you not follow the recommendation, it delivers a refreshing enough hit regardless. Pouring a very cloudy pale yellow, it packs a punchy aroma –… Read more
Style
Hopped Ginger Beer
Strength
3.5%

Exit Brewing Amber

Tapped May 24th, 2018
Exit Brewing's fifth release (or #005 to give it its proper name) was well received. Yet the Hoppy Amber was – among tough competition, admittedly – a beer to us that didn't seem quite up to the standards Frase and Grum had set before and have reached since. There was something a little loose about it, as if the various parts weren't quite in sync, leading to an end product that wasn't as tight as we'd come to expect. Thankfully, they returned to the American Amber style, not as a one-off numbered… Read more
Style
American Amber
Strength
5.0%
Stockists

Good beer venues where you'd normally find Exit

Beerland Brewing Mosaic's Beard XPA 2018

Tapped May 22nd, 2018
There's little doubt that the story – or at least the one that will have blindsided most people – at the 2018 Australian International Beer Awards was the huge swag of trophies taken out by Beerland Brewing, the brewing side of the Northbridge Brewing Co and Whitfords brewpub in Perth. With twin breweries it's an operation with plenty of new releases on the schedule and, as many other Australian breweries are releasing red IPAs and brown ales that line up neatly with autumn’s cool slide into… Read more
Style
XPA
Strength
5.5%
Stockists

Whitfords Brewing Co

Northbridge Brewing Co

On tap and in takeaway CANimals

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Nail Brewing New World Pilsner

Tapped May 22nd, 2018
Despite enjoying a critically lauded and oft tumultuous brewing life spanning nearly 20 years, Nail Brewing has only recently found the time to release its first lager. Perhaps last year's AIBA gold for the reduced alcohol MVP (which has since taken out a trophy at the 2018 awards), was a reminder of the joy of well made moderation, given that most of Nail's recent releases had been sitting north of 6 precent ABV. Perhaps, also, it’s taken time for head brewer John Stallwood’s exacting standards… Read more
Style
New World Pilsner
Strength
4.5%
Stockists

Available on tap and from growler filling retailers in WA

Edge Brewing Project Fruit Salad

Tapped May 17th, 2018
The second of two sours in the recent trio of new releases from Edge is Fruit Salad. It looks like it could be the start of a Fruit Salad series (which may prove to be something of an annoyance for readers with kids of Wiggles-watching age) that will see a collection of different seasonal fruit added to the same base beer. In this case, while the make up of the half dozen fruit isn't stated, the appearance of a demented strawberry on the can suggests at least one. Whatever is accompanying said berry… Read more
Style
Fruit Sour
Strength
4.0%

Rocky Ridge Wet Hop IIPA

Tapped May 17th, 2018
Explaining the concept of wet hop beers to a local retailer, I suggested that many such beers allow some characters and nuance to come through that may be restrained or lost once hops have been through drying or pelletising. As a result, these beers may not always be the hop bomb that some punters expect but can be an excellent reminder that beer is, at its essence, an agricultural product, influenced by the seasons not a person in hi-vis, deep in a production facility. No sooner had I finished this… Read more
Style
Wet Hop IIPA
Strength
8.8%

Tallboy & Moose & The Crafty Cabal & Wheaty Brewing Corps Vigilante Justice & Universal Promise

Tapped May 17th, 2018
For much of Good Beer Week, Tallboy & Moose has been playing host to Adelaide's Wheaty Brewing Corps. The series of events culminates on Friday with a tap takeover. Among the beers pouring are two collaborations being launched on the night. One is Vigilante Justice, a beer created via the Wild Blend event we held for 20 Crafty Cabal members, at which they were invited to combine different blends of base beers – a grisette and a Belgian golden sour – with the contents of three barrels displaying… Read more
Style
Blended Sour & Rye NEIPA
Strength
6.5% & 7.2%

Ballistic Beer Co Putin's Revenge

Tapped May 17th, 2018
When it comes to making superb beers, you can always count on Ballistic to Putin the effort. (Oh God, he went there...) Released at the launch of Ballistic Beer’s new alehouse in West End, Putin’s Revenge is a force to be reckoned with. The dense, creamy head is so inviting… but will betray you with a foam moustache. The sweet raisin notes, the warm cocoa and the subtle vanilla from the American oak are all so smooth… but there’s also a coffee bitterness there to keep you in check. The… Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stout
Strength
8.2%

Thunder Road Pacific Breeze Aussie Ale

Tapped May 16th, 2018
Pacific Breeze takes the shape of the New World style of pale ale that’s become ubiquitous in recent years, designed with Australia’s warm climate in mind. Using Aussie hops, it’s a beer aimed at sessions, leading off with light tropical flavours of passionfruit and citrus and finishing with a restrained bitterness.… Read more
Style
Aussie Ale
Strength
4.4%
Bitterness
24 IBU

Thunder Road Hop Star XPA

Tapped May 16th, 2018
X has become something of a catch all term, there for those breweries looking to denote a beer with a little extra something, whether that be hops or alcohol content or colour. For Thunder Road, the X denotes a beer that’s bigger than your classic pale, while not quite as full bodied or hoppy as an IPA. That means it comes with a greater malt presence than many of the current XPAs on the market, though it does employ contemporary hop varieties to balance out the beer’s sweetness. Using a mix… Read more
Style
XPA
Strength
4.6%
Bitterness
40 IBU

Thunder Road Rip Snorter IPA

Tapped May 16th, 2018
Taking inspiration from the many session IPAs Thunder Road's owners have enjoyed on trips to America, Rip Snorter is designed for those looking to settle in for more than one, weighing in just under 5 percent ABV. The aim has been to use predominantly Australian hops to produce what the label describes as "fruit salad, stone fruit and passionfruit", although they play second fiddle to the sweet caramel and biscuit malts that nudge the beer towards amber ale territory.… Read more
Style
Session IPA
Strength
4.9%
Bitterness
40 IBU

Feral Brewing & RTR FM The Pines

Tapped May 16th, 2018
To celebrate the 25th In The Pines music festival, Perth community radio station teamed up with Feral to create a celebratory beer. Local musicians Lucky Peach and Em Burrows joined head brewer Will Irving at the Swan Valley Brewpub with the intention of creating a sessionable beer that would suit a full day underneath the Somerville Auditorium pines – but one with a local spin. With this in mind, the addition of native Aussie quandong (the second appearance of the marvellously named fruit in a… Read more
Style
Australian Pale Ale with Quandong
Strength
4.8%
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