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!

White Bay & The Little Marionette Blend 26 Coffee Porter

Tapped Today
White Bay are in bed with their neighbours, The Little Marionette coffee roasters, again but this time it’s less about the complexity and more about the intensity. This is the second time the two businesses at 26 Mansfield Street have blended their expertise. Their previous collab - a Baltic porter with Ethiopian coffee beans - was like the fruity filter coffee you order and discuss with your barista as you explore the intriguing nuances of flavour. Blend 26 is more like the extra strong cappuccino… Read more
Style
Coffee Porter
ABV
8.2%

Mr Banks Dawn Patrol

Tapped Today
The team at Mr Banks have picked up many fans with hazy release after hazy release so how do you think the brewery might approach a West Coast IPA? With a healthy helping of haze of course. To be fair, Dawn Patrol isn’t any ordinary West Coast, it’s a DDH West Coast DIPA and, when you've got that many letters, no style guide should dictate how your beer looks. Embark on your own Dawn Patrol and within the yellow and opaque liquid, you'll discover a smooth mouthfeel which lands the beer within… Read more
Style
DDH West Coast DIPA
ABV
8.1%

Big Shed Mega Golden Stout Time

Tapped Yesterday
Big Shed's original Golden Stout Time shot to fame after it rated highly in the People's Choice at GABS 2015 and has gone on to become one of their most popular beers [One of the most viewed beers on our site, according to the check we did for one of our ten year anniversary features – Editor]. Here, it's received an injection of steroids to boost it to 8 percent ABV and become Mega Golden Stout Time. Its original release actually predates this post – when GABS 2020 was postponed, the festival… Read more
Style
Dessert Stout
ABV
8.0%

Big Shed & Franklin Hotel Double West Coast IPA

Tapped Yesterday
Big Shed have a pretty diverse range of beers, one that's spread across their core range, seasonals, limited releases and the Brewers Series. To those can now be added a new line as they team up with the crew from the Franklin Hotel under the "Hotel Series" banner. The end result is a 9.5 percent, 90 IBU double West Coast IPA that's loaded with hops, hops and more hops, and is set to be the first of many venue collabs. The Franklin Hotel is a 19th century hotel in Adelaide's CBD which… Read more
Style
West Coast DIPA
ABV
9.0%
Bitterness
90 IBU

Mismatch Brewing Negroni IPA

Tapped September 29, 2020
When it comes to collaborating outside the beer world, it doesn't hurt when you share a home with a few other drinks producers. At Lot 100 in the Adelaide Hills, you find Mismatch alongside Hills Cider, Vinteloper winers, Adelaide Hills Distillery and Ashton Valley Fresh, and for this in-house collaboration the brewers have partnered with the distiller. It's seen them bring back an old favourite, resurrecting the Negroni IPA that first made an appearance at GABS in 2016; a red IPA base is the starting… Read more
Style
Negroni IPA
ABV
7.0%

Tallboy & Moose 2 Solid 2 Gold & Jungle Berry Fresca

Tapped September 29, 2020
In the first month of spring, Tallboy & Moose have returned to some of the brewpub’s favourite releases. First up there’s 2 Solid 2 Gold, a sequel to the hazy IPA Solid Gold released in kegs (and crowlers) during the brief time Melbourne’s pubs were open between lockdowns. If there are tweaks to the recipe, they're minor ones, for it comes in at the same 6.5 percent ABV and contains the American hop combination of Bravo, El Dorado and Centennial. Again, it makes for a beer that moves from… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA & Fruit Cream Sour
ABV
6.5% & 5.4%

Sanctus Brewing Piña Colada Smash

Tapped September 28, 2020
With so many beers around nowadays containing idiosyncratic new hop variety Sabro, coconut has become a very familiar flavour in beer. But when you get hit with a waft of real coconut, it’s a whole other thing. Piña Colada Smash brings waves of aroma of sweet, almost vanilla-y coconut - “hand roasted coconut”, which makes me wonder how many people burned their hands in the making of this beer. But, in the mouth, a tang of semi-sour acidic pineapple cuts through those waves like the fin of… Read more
Style
Piña Colada Sour
ABV
4.5%
Stockists

Sanctus have launched their Pathfinder memberships – see here

Swell Brewery NEIPA

Tapped September 28, 2020
Swell continue to ride the rolling wave, pumping out limited releases in rapid succession. Here, after dipping their toes into the world of haze with their NE XPA and Tropical Hazy IPA, they've delivered their first NEIPA, with rolled oats and wheat added for haze and body and Vic Secret, Mosaic and Simcoe the hops of choice. It's lightly hazy rather than heavy in the glass, with burnt orange glow and the aromas ready to lure the drinker in with a medley of sweet stone – namely apricot, peach… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
7.0%

Hargreaves Hill Pursuit Of Hoppiness No.6 & No.7

Tapped September 28, 2020
It would appear Hargreaves Hill's Pursuit Of Hoppiness is accelerating; how else to explain the dropping of not one but two of their one-time-only celebrations of hops? Both feature 20 grams of hops per litre of beer: one is a homegrown showcase, the other puts US varieties to work (while both have me thinking of early tracks by The Orb...). No.6 in the series is the Single Hop Galaxy IPA, which in its uber-pale appearance looks like a Belgian witbier yet is so chock full of Galaxy there’s even… Read more
Style
Single Hop IPA & Oat Cream IPA
ABV
7.0% & 8.0%

Moon Dog Jimmy & Lawson's IPA

Tapped September 28, 2020
It's the week for long-running IPA series to hit the button marked "DDH" in Victoria, it seems. Just days after Hargreaves Hill dropped No.6 and No.7 in their Pursuit Of Hoppiness series, Moon Dog's Doggo IPA series also hits number seven. And it's a double-header too, at least in the sense of the doggos to which they're paying tribute: brewery rep Jared Fita's blue heelers Jimmy and Lawson. Double doggo means double dry hop. And Aussie dogs means Aussie hops, with Galaxy and Vic Secret… Read more
Style
DDH NEIPA
ABV
7.2%

Cupitt's Estate Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout 2020 & East Coast Low TIPA

Tapped September 25, 2020
“I think I have to admit that I like big beers. I'd generally rather sit and sip on a big beer or two than smash a bunch of light and bright beers.” So says Liam Jackson, head brewer at Cupitt’s Estate, after releasing another vintage of imperial stout (an entire two barrels’ worth this year) and a triple IPA. This year’s version of the recently rebranded Cupitt’s Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is a big, slow, savoury number. When you stare into the impenetrable black of this lumbering beast,… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout & Triple IPA
ABV
9.4% & 11.1%

Helios Brewing Classic Series: Belgian Double Dübbel

Tapped September 25, 2020
Helios have kicked off their Classic Series with a can design that wouldn’t look out of place next to old Carlton Draught tinnies. But the stuff within is half a world away from an Aussie lager - a Belgian dubbel. “I love brewing traditional,” says brewer Charlie Hodgson. “I love brewing history… It’s important for me to maintain the integrity of the past several decades and centuries of what’s gone before me.” Charlie actually dubbed this beer a "double dübbel", since… Read more
Style
Belgian Dubbel
ABV
8.5%

Akasha Projects The Eagle IIIIPA

Tapped September 25, 2020
After a makeover and core range shakeup mere weeks ago, Sydney’s Akasha Brewing Co have eased into their snazzy new duds with aplomb. And what better way to really announced your new self to the world than with something that should be utterly absurd but is actually grouse? Everything about The Eagle is so obscene, I almost feel compelled to write to ABAC and tell them that not only is this beer completely unsafe for the eyes of children, I’m not even entirely sure it’s appropriate to be consumed… Read more

3 Ravens Nitro Nilla Thicccshake

Tapped September 25, 2020
They're a remarkably diverse operation are 3 Ravens. There's a tight core range of "normal" craft beers, augmented by their flagship Juicy IPAs. Then there's the barrel-aged, mixed ferment Wild Ravens lineup and wine hybrid Nat Ravs that come accompanied by novellas from the brewers. And then there's nonsense like Nitro Nilla Thicccshake, a nitro-dosed, vanilla- and lactose-laden, milkshake double IPA. If you've ever wanted to know what it would look like if you carbonated the Yarra, give… Read more
Style
Milkshake Double IPA
ABV
8.0%
Bitterness
24 IBU

CoConspirators Brewing The Agent

Tapped September 25, 2020
I’m old enough to remember when the characters created by CoConspirators Brewing were merely getaway drivers and money launderers; now here we are in 2020 and they’ve got a secret agent on their hands. Well, The Agent might hold secrets but, if she does, they likely wouldn't be kept inside the clear orange beer (I’ll show myself out). What The Agent certainly holds, however, is a hop combination in the shape of Cashmere, Amarillo and Mosaic. Those detonate with a serious explosion of peach,… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
7.0%
Stockists

A Point of Difference Liquor

Beermash

Bottle House Balaclava

Bottle House South Yarra

Brewski

Camperdown Cellars

Carwyn Cellars

District Bottle Store

More stockists...

Molly Rose Brewing Embellished, Resolved & Tretti Tre II

Tapped September 25, 2020
While much of the beer world, at least when measured by decibels, seems to be chasing bigger, hazier, juicier, sweeter, it's reassuring to know there are plenty following their own path (OK, Molly Rose did release a Mosaic heavy juicy IPA around the same time as this trio, but you get what I mean). With these three tins, brewer Nic Sandery looks to the northern reaches of Europe in three different ways. One sniff and sip of Embellished and I was back enjoying a strong Belgian golden ale with Yves… Read more
Style
Belgian Blonde, Saison & Kveik Pale
ABV
5.9% & 5.8% & 5.0%

Dainton Brewing Bloodzilla

Tapped September 24, 2020
Dainton have enjoyed success with blood oranges in the past, with their Blood Orange New England Rye IPA (now just Blood Orange NEIPA) winning fans and a trophy along the way. And here they take that template and, in a fashion typical of the brewery, pump it full of steroids. In doing so, they've ended up with a beer in which the fruit character takes on the intensity of a cocktail adorned with twisted rind, an intensity that's likely heightened by the extra booze and contributes a welcome tartness… Read more
Style
Blood Orange Double NEIPA
ABV
8.0%
Stockists

Available in special mixed packs with the OG Blood Orange NEIPA too.

Slow Lane Brewing Mango & Passionfruit / Apricot Botany Weisse

Tapped September 24, 2020
For a brewery named Slow Lane, there’s been no meandering when it’s come to new beer releases. Since opening earlier in 2020, Alex and Yvonne Jarman have been steadily putting out more of the all too rare yeast-driven European styles that have already won them plenty of fans in Sydney and beyond. While locals wait for the much anticipated tasting room, Slow Lane have released four new beers many months in the making: two fruited versions of the Botany Weisse, plus a barrel-aged Belgian sour brown… Read more
Style
Fruited Berliner Weisse
ABV
3.4% & 4.2%

Slow Lane Brewing Old Russet & Cellar Worthy

Tapped September 24, 2020
In the weeks leading up to the opening of their tasting room, Slow Lane released a quartet of specialties. You can read about the fruited spins on their Botany Weisse here and tuck into a pair of rather heftier beasts here. Old Russet started life as a Belgian Dubbel which, honestly, would have been a joy in and of itself. But a straight up Dubbel could have been ready for release in like a month and that is simply not Slow Lane’s jam. So instead they whacked it into a barrel for six months with… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Belgian Dubbel & English Barleywine
ABV
8.4% & 14.0%

Pirate Life DDDH Cryo NEIPA (It's A Beer)

Tapped September 23, 2020
It's become harder to predict where Pirate Life will turn next over the past year or so, whether in terms of beers, such as light sours with unlikely ingredients, or partners; as I type these words, they've just unveiled a collaboration with Dilmah. That beer is the Tea & Biccies Brown Ale with which the SA brewers "are planning to push the boundaries on what tea and beer can be." For all that, there's been a steady stream of the sort of beers with which they rose to prominence, a spot… Read more
Style
Cryo Hopped NEIPA
ABV
7.2%
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