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!

Molly Rose Brewing Shoulders & Crowd Goes Mild

Tapped Today
As Molly Rose’s Collingwood brewpub once again turns into a bottleshop with Melbourne into Lockdown Mk II, brewery founder Nic Sandery has two new cans ready to show off. There’s Shoulders, a slightly tweaked version of last year’s West Coast IPA Shoulders Of Giants that was designed as a showcase of the classic three Cs American hops Chinook, Cascade, Centennial. This time around there’s Galaxy in the mix too, bringing with it a punch of sherbet-like citrus, mango and passionfruit to add… Read more
Style
IPA & Dark Mild
ABV
7.2% & 4.0%

Sauce Brewing Oat & Aboat Oat Cream IIPA

Tapped Yesterday
While the name and design of this beer are all about the Great White North, Sauce Brewing are up front with saying: “There's nothing Canadian about this beer - it's just that we released it on Canada Day. And if you say the name out loud, you sound a little bit Canadian.” If you’ve read many of my beer write-ups you’ll know I'm a huge fan of drawing arbitrary connections between things, so this wins points for me right off the bat (or should I say, right off the hockey stick). Twelve months… Read more
Style
Oat Cream IIPA
ABV
8.0%

Helios Brewing Kronos 2020

Tapped Yesterday
After his debut entrance as a breakfast stout in 2018, then as a Belgian strong dark ale in 2019, Kronos has reappeared in titanic glory in 2020 as an imperial coffee stout on nitro - and, for the first time, in cans. Since we've already discussed the family history and eventual incarceration of the eponymous king of the Titans, let’s just jump straight into the beer. (Pause for daydreaming about jumping into a swimming pool of imperial stout.) Kronos is thick and powerful enough to require chewing.… Read more
Style
Imperial Nitro Coffee Stout
ABV
9.1%
Bitterness
81 IBU

Burleigh Brewing Burleigh Smokin'

Tapped Yesterday
Burleigh Smokin’ is a beer modelled on the Rauchbiers made famous by the brewers of the German town of Bamberg and it's one that's proved a popular mover for Burleigh Brewing. After becoming a fan favourite whenever it appears at the Gold Coast taproom, the team decided to give it a wider release in cans and they even sent some to America where it picked up a gold medal in the World Beer Championships. The popularity, one imagines, comes from manner in which the jet black lager’s underlying roasted… Read more
Style
Rauchbier
ABV
6.2%

Blackman's Brewery Needs More Simcoe

Tapped Yesterday
Normally, Blackman's on road legend Luke ensures their Same Day IPA releases arrive at Crafty Towers on the same day they're packaged so we can tell you about them ASAP to aid those seeking the freshest of hop hits. The release of Need More Simcoe was exactly the same, but with one small issue: there was no one home at Crafty Towers. Undeterred (and having made the trek across Melbourne), Luke instead left a four-pack as a gift to be discovered within a wicker basket upon our return. And what a welcome… Read more
Style
Single Hop IPA
ABV
6.5%

Stone & Wood Stone Beer 2020

Tapped July 15th, 2020
One of the highlights of each year at Stone & Wood – both for their staff and invited guests – is the Stone Brew Day. It's a tradition stretching back a decade that sees them create a batch of beer into which is dropped a collection of rocks that have been heated in a fire on the brewery grounds throughout the day to aid caramelisation and pay tribute to an old brewing technique. Due to COVID-19, the brewery team was unable to host the brew day shindig, but the beer lives on. It's still tagged… Read more
Style
Stone Beer
ABV
6.6%

Sailors Grave Embers & Law Of The Tongue 2020

Tapped July 15th, 2020
They've brewed all manner of beers over their short existence to date yet if you were to ask a beer lover what they thought of when they pictured a Sailors Grave beer, they're most likely to come up with something farmhouse, funky or foraged (or all three). Along the way, however, the Moores have put out some more "normal" beers and, when they do, they're often really bloody good. Think of the Squid vs Whale lactose IPA series or the hop-heavy Fields V2 hazy farmhouse pale. You can now… Read more
Style
Red IPA & Smoky Oyster Stout
ABV
6.2% & 5.8%

Hargreaves Hill Phoenix 2019

Tapped July 15th, 2020
The Phoenix is one of the most significant releases in the Hargreaves Hill roster. The beer leaves the Yarra Valley brewery each year to commemorate the brewery’s rebirth following the Black Saturday bushfires that destroyed the original brew shed in Steels Creek back in 2009. The imperial red ale comes in an incredibly limited run of wax-sealed 750ml bottles that tend to make fleeting appearances on bottleshop shelves. The beer inside is as decadent as the wax adornment suggests, pouring auburn… Read more
Style
Imperial Red Ale
ABV
9.6%

Innate Brewers Cloud Eight Oat Cream IPA

Tapped July 15th, 2020
When looking at Innate’s 2020 output as a whole it quickly become apparent that, while head brewer Joel Nash clearly likes diversity, he's overseeing an increasingly adroit output. This year has seen the return of Innate staples like Bulletproof Black IPA, Watch This Space IIPA, The Snow Leopard RIS and Private Idaho American strong ale, each more dialled in than the previous year. However, it’s 2020’s debutants which arguably best express the brewery’s growth: the historically classic Heirloom… Read more
Style
Oat Cream IPA
ABV
5.8%
Stockists

Available from WA Innate stockists in limited release.

Pirate Life & Sneakers & Jeans Apple & Guava

Tapped July 14th, 2020
With Pirate Life Perth still scheduled for opening this year, this collab with their bespoke venue partner Sneakers & Jeans is, quite literally, the first taste from the forthcoming venture, and it’s one with an energetic yet broad appeal in mind. Apple & Guava pours with a NEIPA-like haze complete with a crisp, white, moussey head which belies the rather nimble beer on the tongue. Sure, there’s a little more weight than the average sour, but the visual density hides a lighter beer than… Read more
Style
Fruit Sour
ABV
3.8%
Stockists

Available from independent WA retailers

Bright Tank & Whipper Snapper Distillery Barrel-Aged Stout 2020

Tapped July 14th, 2020
One of the unforeseen gifts of barrel-ageing is the multiple people that a beer touches throughout the process. Indeed, whisky distillers have known this for generations, with many a fine dram the result of someone's toil years prior to release; or there's the world of tequila where agave farmers tend to plants for up to 40 years before use. For Bright Tank’s collaboration with "over the fence" neighbours Whipper Snapper Distillery, the genesis began with former head brewer Jackson Purser… Read more
Style
Whisky Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
10.5%
Stockists

Available from the brewery and select WA stockists

Bright Brewery Stubborn Russian 2020

Tapped July 13th, 2020
Bright Brewery’s Stubborn Russian has been part of the brewery’s winter roster since 2011, being released each year as the temperature of the Alpine region descends towards zero. It’s been on quite the journey over the past decade too with the Bright team having made it in different sizes, added adjuncts, aged it in barrels, changed its appearance and created an accompanying beer festival in Darker Days. So how’s the tenth iteration shape up? For one, it’s been released with three different… Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV
12%

Tallboy And Moose Highly Illogical & Baked & Confused

Tapped July 13th, 2020
Tallboy and Moose aren’t slowing their tinnie release for Melbourne’s second lockdown with the brewery dropping two in our hands over the last few days. First up was Highly Illogical, a double IPA that’s driven by a trio of American hops that have frequently appeared in hoppy beers from Tallboy. The mix of Simcoe, Centennial and Cryo CTZ, all provide big notes of resin, pithy grapefruit, lychee and mango in the smooth, pale and slightly hazy beer with an incredibly dry finish. Alongside that… Read more
Style
Double IPA & Cookie Dough Stout

Mismatch Brewing Pizza Beer

Tapped July 12th, 2020
Mismatch's headquarters reside on the same block of land as their affiliated restaurant and cellar door, Lot 100, where they're known for great wood-fired pizza amongst other things. When restrictions were put in place due due to COVID-19, the Lot 100 crew found themselves with a lot of excess pizza dough destined for waste if not used soon. Given Mismatch's focus on sustainability, they stepped in: the dough was first cooked off in the pizza oven then added to the mash. Hey presto: pizza lager was… Read more
Style
Lager
ABV
5.0%

Mismatch Brewing Super Evil Archie's

Tapped July 12th, 2020
Every year, Mismatch fans wait in anticipation for the release of their autumn seasonal, Evil Archie's Red IPA. In 2020, the beer again proved to be incredibly popular, selling out online in no time at all. However, to keep their lineup fresh and invigorating, the Mismatch crew decided to put this particular beer on the shelf for the foreseeable future. Instead, to honour Evil Archie's, they decided to make it even more wicked, malevolent and sinful, adding a double dry hop to proceedings. Still… Read more
Style
DDH Red IPA
ABV
6.66%

Burnley Brewing Peach Melba NEIPA & Dry Stout

Tapped July 10th, 2020
Burnley Brewing have finished off one series of beers and welcomed winter with another limited release. There’s Peach Melba NEIPA, the fourth beer in the brewery’s collaboration with the podcasters at Brunswick Beer Collective called The Pie Round: four beers inspired by four pies. Technically, it’s a little more of an ice cream sundae than a pie but, given the Peach Melba is named after Australia’s legendary soprano, it seems a fitting way to close the curtain on the series. Brewed with… Read more
Style
NEIPA & Stout

Wolf of the Willows Enigma Pillows

Tapped July 10th, 2020
Enigma Pillows is the first in Wolf of the Willows' new Nitro Hazy Series and it certainly manages to tick some boxes. Hazy? Tick. DDH? Tick. Lactose? Tick. Nitro? Big ol’ tick. The DDH Hazy Nitro DIPA cans aren’t just fun to pour either, they’re pretty nice to look at too thanks to Melbourne illustrator Digable Goods having some fun with the Wolf on the can. Clouds and pillows are definitely fitting motifs for a beer that’s incredibly soft and smooth where a heavy hopping rate of Enigma… Read more
Style
DDH Hazy Nitro DIPA
ABV
8.1%
Stockists

Full list of stockists can be found here

Stomping Ground Cherry Smash & Red Moon

Tapped July 10th, 2020
Stomping Ground have been steadily releasing new cans since COVID-19 saw venues close and the brewery doesn’t look to be slowing down as Melbourne’s second lockdown kicks in. There’s Cherry Smash, the latest in the long-running fruited sour series from the brewery with one key difference: nitro cans. Other than tiny bubbles, the beer is also filled with cherries and lactose to make a bright red and equally soft beer. To my mind it was mostly reminiscent of tart cherry lollies from my childhood… Read more
Style
Sour & Red IPA
ABV
4.2% & 6.0%

Frenchies Middy

Tapped July 10th, 2020
It’s only been within the last couple of years that craft fans have begrudgingly acknowledged that yes, cold crispy lagers are actually quite nice and mid-strength beers are great to have as a viable option when you really just aren’t in a position to drink 7 percent IPAs at all times. It’s almost as if the one of the most dominant beer styles in the country for the last century existed for a reason? Like XXXX Gold, Frenchies Middy is a 3.5 percent ABV lager but unlike Gold Middy is almost… Read more
Style
Mid-Strength Lager
ABV
3.5%

Frenchies Lola Apricot Saison

Tapped July 10th, 2020
Alright, quick story time. I’ve had an intense aversion to apricots ever since I was a little bloke. And this is almost entirely due to my Mum cooking apricot chicken probably once a fortnight for about 15 years. I’m not disparaging Mum here, because she’s a great cook, but apricot chicken is an absolute abomination against God and not being allowed to leave the table until you finish your dinner when the dinner is some fetid sickly sweet goo is an enduring image of torture that plagues me… Read more
Style
Apricot Saison
ABV
3.5%
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