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.

Modus Operandi Cascadian Howl

Tapped Today
Pretty well everyone knows by now that Modus Operandi makes a good hoppy beer. Their reputation has, for the main, been built upon that; look at the pile of trophies and awards their beers have gotten at competitions over the past three years and you’ll find it’s hoppy ones that are responsible for most of them. But the brewery is no one trick pony. Last year, for example, our NSW panel put forward their assortment of dark beers as some of the best new beers in the state. And, just last week, ··· Read more
Style
Black IPA
Strength
8.2%
Stockists

Modus Operandi Brewery

GABS Sydney

Good beer stores where you find MO beers

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Stockade Brew Co The Mountie

Tapped Yesterday
Browse the lists of top beers in the People’s Choice competition at the GABS festival in recent years and there’s a common thread: sweet stouts. That’s understandable. In a lineup of more than a hundred often unusual beers, it tends to be those high in alcohol or sweetness that linger in the memory a little longer – especially when sampling via 85ml tasters. With that in mind, in preparation for the 2017 festival it’s easy to imagine the Stockade team sitting down to come up with a recipe, ··· Read more
Style
Maple Imperial Stout
Strength
12.0%
Stockists

In Victorian bottleshops from May 22 and hitting NSW stores post GABS Sydney

Sailors Grave Autumn Farmhouse Ale

Tapped May 24th, 2017
As part of their pre-opening research, the couple behind Sailors Grave took their young kids on a tour of the States, calling in on many breweries, particularly those in regional areas not dissimilar to their Orbost home in East Gippsland. Among them was Jester King and, while it will likely take years and no little skill to develop cultures and complexities akin to those of the Texan maestros, you can already see influences in the beers released by Chris and Gab Moore, not least in their desire ··· Read more
Style
Farmhouse Ale
Strength
5.9%
Stockists

Beermash

Carwyn Cellars

Slowbeer

Slowbeer Fitzroy

And good beer retailers in Victoria, Sydney and WA

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Grifter Brewing Co Brainstorm

Tapped May 23rd, 2017
In a city where burgers have steadily become an obsession, it says something about Mary’s that they’ve managed to keep their effort at the top of Sydney’s list for a number of years. It probably helps that their Newtown home is dark, loud and full of great booze, creating the perfect environment for devouring a cracky stack of goodness between two worryingly deliciousness buns. In an effort to come up with the ideal accompaniment for their American style cheeseburger (or perhaps just because), ··· Read more
Style
Session IPA
Strength
4.8%

Nomad Brewing Co Orange & Caramel Gose

Tapped May 23rd, 2017
Isn’t it funny where an idea can take you? When Brooks Caretta and Leo di Vicenzo waded into the sea off Sydney’s Northern Beaches to collect some salt water to put in a beer recipe, the two Italian brewers couldn't have imagined that the result would become a defining beer for the Nomad brewery. The beer was to become Freshie, a German style Gose that makes use of salt water and Tasmanian mountain pepper. At that point there were few other Aussie breweries making gose but Nomad’s became popular ··· Read more
Style
Gose
Strength
4.8%

Nail Brewing Hoppy Nut Brown Ale

Tapped May 23rd, 2017
They're cranking out the limited release, keg only beers at Nail Brewing right now. The latest to make its way steadily onto taps across the country from WA is the Hoppy Nut Brown Ale, a beer they've designed to ease beer drinkers into winter. Described as a "happy combination" of something dark and something for those who are stinging for hops, it's a 6.5 percent ABV brown ale hopped with one of the brewers' favourite hops, Citra. The result, we're told, is "an easy drinking brown ··· Read more
Style
American Brown Ale
Strength
6.5%
Stockists

Cellarbrations at Carlisle

Mane Liquor

Sail & Anchor

And a growing number of good beer outlets across Australia

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Sailors Grave Sou' East Draught

Tapped May 23rd, 2017
Sailors Grave does have supporters in its local region in the far east of Victoria – even some that drink its beers as well as those that appreciate the arrival of a quirky new business making use of East Gippsland's abundant produce. But there are plenty more for whom the thought of a raspberry grisette or seaweed gose is, as things stand, about as appealing a thought as a punch in the face. All in good time... So the Moores decided to create a beer with their local pubs and clubs in mind: the ··· Read more
Style
Beer
Strength
4.8%

Grifter Brewing Co Banshee

Tapped May 22nd, 2017
Part of growing up is letting go. That’s something the Grifter brewers have been grappling with lately as their brewery becomes a busier place. For almost five years (yes, it’s been that long…) all the recipes for Grifter beers have been created with a fastidious eye by the founding brewers. But, with more balls to juggle, it was inevitable they would want to give themselves a little leeway every now and then by allowing one of the apprentices to else to take control of a beer, from recipe ··· Read more
Style
Dark Lager
Strength
4.9%

4 Pines In Season IPA

Tapped May 18th, 2017
In a way, it feels like it’s been building to this. Over the past few years, 4 Pines has turned out a conveyor belt of IPA variants: American, imperial, double, double black, black, white, triple, rye – if it’s big on hops, they’ve had a go. And underpinning them all has been a steady pursuance and promotion of the "fresh is best"; you’ll find that, when first released, many of these beers will be tapped at local venues within hours – sometimes within the hour – of being packaged ··· Read more
Style
IPA
Strength
6.3%
Stockists

Available nationwide

Temple Brewing Under The Cover Of Darkness

Tapped May 18th, 2017
What happens when the brewers see a spare tank and feel like brewing something different? According to the team at Temple, they brew a new beer and don’t tell anyone. Apparently: "The GM doesn’t need to know. The accounts people don’t need to know. The sales team, they'll be fine." So, "under the cover of darkness", that's what the brewers did. The beer, which they're tapping at the brewery during Good Beer Week, sits somewhere between English and American brown ales. Repping ··· Read more
Style
Brown Ale
Strength
5.7%
Stockists

Temple Brewery

Other venues TBC

Bodriggy Brewing Gongim Red IPA

Tapped May 17th, 2017
Bodriggy, like many other brewing companies, has new beers out for Good Beer Week. Unlike most, they're putting both of theirs into cans too as part of an ongoing process to switch the entire range to tinnies over the coming weeks. One of the two is Gongim, as red IPA that's their biggest beer yet, a collaboration with the Tramway Hotel and also a reference to the "Hey Hey, It's Saturday" scene in The Castle. While there's some caramel and sweet biscuity malt flavours in the mix of this ··· Read more

Bodriggy Brewing Blinker Oatmeal Stout

Tapped May 17th, 2017
Bodriggy continues its embrace of the local Melbourne beer and bar community via this collaboration with Collingwood venue Nighthawks. Alongside their near neighbours they concocted Blinker to be launched on May 17 at Nighthawks as part of a Good Beer Week event screening the documentary A Band Called Death about Detroit's punk pioneers. So, how do you honour a punk band in beer? Something dark would seem to fit the bill and that's what you have here: an oatmeal stout also available in cans complete ··· Read more

Dainton Family Brewing ESB / Double Red / Oatmeal Stout

Tapped May 16th, 2017
Brewery founder Dan Dainton is back at the brewing helm and appears to be wasting little time creating new beers, with no less than four appearing in black liveried 500ml cans in quick succession. One is the returning Insane Uncle IPA, which we've written about before, but the other three are new arrivals. Approaching them in the order you'd probably drink them over the evening, let's start with the ESB or English Special Bitter. Here, it's best to take Hargreaves Hill's beer of the same name as ··· Read more
Style
ESB / Imperial Red Ale / Oatmeal Stout

Brewmanity & Colonial Brewing Dr Freezemeister

Tapped May 16th, 2017
Brewmanity's Good Beer Week and GABS special releases for 2017 couldn't be much further removed from its Social Beast. For a start, Dr Freezemeister is twice the strength of their Australian pale ale. And, while Social Beast puts hops front and centre, this limited release draught beer is all about malt, booze and, well, ice. It's a take on the German Eisbock style created in collaboration with Colonial and inspired by Big Freeze events for which the base beer was partially frozen to increase its ··· Read more
Style
Eisbock
Strength
9.0%
Stockists

Colonial Brewing Co Port Melbourne

The Catfish

GABS 2017

Then other venues in very limited amounts

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King River Brewing Waiting for Godot

Tapped May 13th, 2017
Waiting for Godot is a play by Samuel Beckett so elemental it has been interpreted in myriad ways over the decades. For King River Brewing founder Nathan Munt, he sees in the play a message that you can spend your entire life waiting for something to happen to you – and whatever it is you're waiting for may never happen. His answer: get up off your arse and take control of your destiny. It was while enjoying one of his homebrewed tripels that he decided to do just that – make the moves to take ··· Read more
Style
Tripel
Strength
7.2%
Stockists

A Point of Difference Liquor

King River Brewing

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Little Creatures Fire Falcon

Tapped May 12th, 2017
Little Creatures has already brought its much loved Dreadnought back for the colder months. But, given that beer's limited availability (from the two breweries or via Lion's online store only), it's this winter seasonal you're more likely to come across. Fire Falcon is, we're told, inspired by the Freo sunset and puts hop blend Falconer's Flight front and centre. It's a blend of five hop varieties from the Pacific Northwest created in honour of an iconic figure from that region's beer industry and ··· Read more
Style
Red Ale
Strength
5.8%
Stockists

Available nationwide

There's a launch event as part of Good Beer Week 2017 too

Newstead Brewing & 8 Wired Eden

Tapped May 12th, 2017
One of the many wonderful things about beer weeks is the opportunities it gives brewers to come together, share ideas and make beer. It will be happening at many breweries across Melbourne and Victoria during this Good Beer Week and happened during Brewsvegas in March. Arch collaborators Newstead invited Soren from 8 Wired to join them at their Doggett Street home to create a beer together: Eden, a 10.5 percent ABV smoked brown ale. It is, we're told, a modern day twist on a traditional Adambier, ··· Read more
Style
Imperial Smoked Brown Ale
Strength
10.5%
Stockists

Newstead Brewing's two venues

KAIJU! Cthulhu On The Moon (Can)

Tapped May 11th, 2017
Krush has company. Last year, the having-a-bucket-of-tropical-juice-dumped-over-your-head pale ale of that name became the first KAIJU! release to appear in a can – and what a fine looking can it is too. It was no one-off, no cashing in on the arrival of East Coast Canning on the scene, but rather a sign of where things are heading for the brewery that burst onto the scene with a double IPA and has continued to launch hopped 'n' boozed up beers ever since. If you're a fan of such beers, it can ··· Read more
Style
Black IPA
Strength
6.5%

Tallboy & Moose & Carwyn Cellars Milky Wet Galaxy

Tapped May 11th, 2017
There's been a rush of New England style IPAs hitting the market locally in recent months. Some have hit the mark – hazy, hoppy and juicy as hell, yet soft and with minimal bitterness – better than others. And this collab between Preston's Tallboy & Moose and Thornbury venue Carwyn Cellars is one that ticks the boxes and adds another one too: it was brewed with wet Galaxy hops less than 24 hours after they were picked. As well as the stack of hops added at various stages in the brewing and ··· Read more
Style
New England IPA
Strength
6.6%
Bitterness
70 IBU

Tallboy & Moose Rye'd Beard & Noisy Weisse

Tapped May 11th, 2017
Such is the rate at which Tallboy Dan adds new beers to the list at the brewpub he runs with Moose Steve, it can be hard to keep up. So it is that, despite the fact brewery isn't that far from Crafty Towers, we've not managed to get our hands on this pair of new releases. So we'll leave it to the duo to tell us what's what. Rye’d Beard is "built around a heap of malted rye. Unique French hop Barbe Rouge gives it a red berry/red liquorice twist and altogether the beer has a subtle spiciness ··· Read more
Style
Rye Ale & Berliner Weisse
Strength
5.1% & 3.5%
Stockists

Tallboy & Moose

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