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!

Sailors Grave Dark Emu Dark Lager

Tapped Yesterday
Gab and Chris Moore at Sailors Grave have collaborated with many people and in may ways over their relatively short existence to date. Yet this project with Bruce Pascoe – which we wrote about here – is one that's particularly close to their heart. While that article goes into more detail about the genesis of and reasons for Dark Emu – the project, the beer is here now too. The key element is the use of mamadyang ngalluk and burru ngalluk grass seed harvested by Yuin people on the banks of… Read more
Style
Dark Lager
ABV
4.8%

Bad Shepherd Tepache Spiced Beer

Tapped Yesterday
You never know what's coming next from Bad Shepherd these days. They've got IPA and sour series on the go, plus their eclectic Brew Crew Series, and have been serving up the odd dessert beer too. Now here's their Christmas 2020 beer, albeit one that comes via Mexico in the shape of a spiced lager inspired by Tepache, a fermented and spiced drink made from the peel and rind of pineapples. In this example, spices come in the form of ginger root, cinnamon, smoked chipotle chillies, star anise, nutmeg… Read more
Style
Spiced Mexican Lager
ABV
5.0%
Bitterness
9 IBU

Dainton Brewery Equalizer

Tapped Yesterday
Fresh from taking out a plethora of trophies and medals at The Indies 2020, Dainton have added a fresh and hazy new beer to their core lineup, Equalizer. Hazy IPAs have been well-covered ground for the Melbourne brewery and responsible for some of those aforementioned awards and here, they’ve looked to dial the booze down compared to some of the recent releases for a hazy pale. It's a style that’s been something of a trend this year with many breweries looking to partner juicy hops and sessionability.… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale
ABV
4.7%
Bitterness
25 IBU

Eagle Bay & Rocky Ridge Eagle Rock 2020

Tapped November 24, 2020
Near neighbours, well, a leisurely 30 minute drive betwixt, reunite for their sophomore album. While autumn 2019’s Eagle Rock Vol 1 was a lightly soured, salty, kviek-fermented affair, Vol 2 mainlines modern refreshment in a way that only India pale lagers seem to achieve. Beginning with the cult-like revered pilsner style, the intent was to bring some less utilised hops – hello, Tettnang – as well as modern favourites Galaxy and Enigma, as well as some from the middle bit – Nelson Sauvin… Read more
Style
India Pale Pilsner
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

Available from both breweries

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Blasta Brewing Sour Mama Pepa

Tapped November 24, 2020
Besides the name, and we’ll get to that in a moment, the first thing that hits here is the colour. Even the ephemeral head radiates lurid fruit pulp – there’s none of your typical "crested with a crisp white head" malarkey going on here. No, this is fruity. Really fruity. And that's from the brewery that's turned heads and impressed beer judges with a quad-fruited beer called Rampant Raspberry. MAngo, hand-peeled PEach, and PAssionfruit in fact – the name now makes a little more… Read more
Style
Fruit Cream Sour
ABV
5.1%

La Sirène Coolship Collection: Time & Place and Age & Beauty

Tapped November 23, 2020
They've been experimenting in so many ways over the past decade at La Sirène that you can never be too sure what's going to be leaving the brewery next. Case in point: we'll be writing about their new IPA – a style brewery founder Costa Nikias said he'd never brew – in the same week two more beers from their Coolship Collection hit the site. Presented in typically elegant La Sirène fashion, and clearly of a kind, both started out as wort allowed to cool overnight in the brewery's coolship with… Read more

Young Henrys B-Sides: From Where You'd Guava Beer

Tapped November 20, 2020
We all got there during lockdown, didn’t we? Distracting ourselves from the insanity of being stuck at home by pretending we were somewhere else. I created a hipster café in my back courtyard, and a winter pub scene in my living room (complete with YouTube fireplace). Some people went further and set up entire vacation scenarios in their house. If this video’s anything to go by, the Young Henrys crew fit into the latter category. Their new Brewers B-Side release, From Where You’d Guava Be… Read more
Style
Fruit Sour
ABV
4.0%

Bridge Road NEeD IPA Vol.1: Double Hazy

Tapped November 20, 2020
Screw the preamble. Bridge Road are starting a new IPA program, and the first tinnie off the line has gone off like a stick of dynamite in a fruit stand – it’s packing Mosaic, Galaxy and El Dorado hops, as well as Sabro hops two ways. Glowing gold with a sea foam head, the Hazy Double hits the nose as a huge bowl of mango drizzled with coconut cream. But in the mouth it refracts into a plethora of tropical flavours: imagine you’re stuck in the stocks, helpless before a crowd of rowdy people… Read more
Style
Double Hazy IPA
ABV
7.6%

Akasha Project Cloud 9 Hazy IPA

Tapped November 20, 2020
I used to think I had a pretty good handle on the nomenclature of hazy/New England IPAs, but I’m not nearly as sure anymore. At one point, it seemed pretty clear cut that hazy IPAs were more or less in line with West Coast IPAs with some protein haze and a lot more cold side hopping, and NEIPAs were of the minimal bitterness variety that look and taste like fruit juice. However, lately, it feels like more and more Australian breweries are happy with calling any IPA that’s not crystal clear hazy,… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
6.2%

Two Birds Brewing Total Eclipse Of The Hop XPA

Tapped November 19, 2020
Two Birds are no strangers to the newly-named hop Eclipse or giving their limited release beers musically-inspired names and in November 2020, they've done both at once. Back in 2018, the brewery used the hops - then going by the name of HPA-016 - to brew a pale and hazy IPA named Uncharted. To celebrate Eclipse being given a name, now they've reworked that IPA recipe to brew a slightly more summery XPA and given it the Total Eclipse of the Hop (which coincidentally, is the same name of the article… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
5.5%
Stockists

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Otherside, The Dutch Trading Co & North Street Store Big Loaf

Tapped November 19, 2020
American strong ales are rarely seen on these shores, perhaps due to climate, meteorological or political, and, most likely, because it’s a beer family that’s as broad and misunderstood as saison. Moreover, the style icon is a Bastard, and the most widely available local example was a Convict, both of which may seem mothballed check-ins. And yet, such beers can be so generous, at once it’s a double IPA, imperial red ale and baby American-style barleywine, with equal avenues of complexity and… Read more
Style
American Strong Ale
ABV
7.4%
Stockists

The Dutch Trading Co

Available in limited release from the brewery

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Red Duck Lazy Sunday, Flight Of The Wolf & Cinnamon Rye Pumpkin Ale

Tapped November 18, 2020
Like most of their peers, the folks at Ballarat's Red Duck have been far from idle during Victoria's lockdowns; how can you be when you run both brewery and distillery? They've emerged from the second shutdown with a new look core range and, in keeping with the DNA that saw them innovating wildly well before most local breweries existed, they've got a trio of new beers out ahead of summer. The most summer suited of those is Lazy Sunday, a strong saison that joins a long line of Belgian-influenced… Read more
Style
Saison & Double IPL & Spiced Belgian Quad
ABV
6.3% & 7.8% & 9.8%

Frenchies Tropical Mist DDH Cryo NEIPAs

Tapped November 18, 2020
Craft beer may never have been more popular and widely available than it is now, however there still must be so much that remains completely inscrutable to the average punter. Case in point: DDH Imperial Cryo NEIPA. It sounds less like a delicious beverage and more like some kind of dumb transportation system Elon Musk “invented” that’s just less efficient in every conceivable way than a train. Which brings us to Frenchies' latest – a duo of Tropical Mists, a lil’ boy and a thicc boy. I… Read more
Style
DDH NEIPA & DDH Imperial Cryo NEIPAs
ABV
7.0% & 8.5%

Deeds Brewing Milk Bar: Blueberry & Raspberry & And Everything Under The Sun is In Tune

Tapped November 18, 2020
Sometimes you have to marvel at how breweries manage to keep on top of things. No sooner have Deeds sent over samples of two new releases than they're sending information on the next three... As for the two in hand (OK, in hand, in mouth, can crushed, in recycling), Blueberry & Raspberry is part of their Milk Bar Series of imperial cream sours. No prizes for guessing what's inside (although you can add vanilla and lactose to the fruits). It pours a lovely crimson colour with a pink foam and,… Read more
Style
Imperial Berry Cream Sour & Single Hop NEIPA
ABV
7.7% & 6.5%

Hop Nation Fool

Tapped November 18, 2020
The raspberry sour Fool first popped up in 2019 as part of Hop Nation’s three-part Sweet and Sour series but the beer’s popularity saw it make the move from limited release to regular run in 2020. Drinking it, it’s not hard to see where that popularity might have come from, since a sour, sweet, raspberry and vanilla-laden beer could very easily contain flavours that really stick out and compete against each other. Instead, Fool’s fruit flavour and the sweetness from the vanilla combine into… Read more
Style
Raspberry Sour
ABV
5.0%

Hop Nation Ground Control & Candyland

Tapped November 18, 2020
Hop Nation’s twin IPA releases in November manage to show off a new(ish) ingredient, a classic style, and craft brewing’s more modern direction. First up, Ground Control is a West Coast IPA brewed with Hop Product Australia’s newly-named Eclipse and is itself named after David Bowie's classic Space Oddity. It's a fitting showcase of Eclipse's mandarin-inducing qualities too, with Ground Control mostly singing that citrus note, joined by a little resinous pine and a quite prominently bitter… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA & Milkshake IPA
ABV
7.0% & 8.0%

Moon Dog & To Øl Dream Cake

Tapped November 18, 2020
Given both breweries' past outputs, any collaboration between Moon Dog and Scandinavians To Øl could have gone in many a direction. Where this one has headed is straight for the patisserie. And how. Dream Cake is tagged a "coconut cake imperial dark ale" and you're not left wondering how far they were willing to push things into cake territory. It's based on Drømmekage, a caramelised coconut cake from Denmark, and the brewers have gone big on the coconut, big on the metaphorical slice… Read more
Style
Imperial Cake Beers
ABV
8.8%

Prancing Pony Purple Velvet Christmas Beer

Tapped November 17, 2020
Christmas markets might be cancelled across Northern Europe for 2020, but that doesn't mean the team at Prancing Pony can't get into the festive spirit. Corinna Steeb and Frank Samson hail from Esslingen, a town close to Stuttgart, where among the sweet and spicy Christmas traditions is a cake / cookie called Lebkuchen. It's the inspiration for their second cake-as-beer creation, Purple Velvet, which follows in the footsteps of The Hunt For Red Velvet. The labels are inspired by the wonderful architecture… Read more
Style
Christmas Dunkelweizen
ABV
5.2%
Bitterness
32 IBU

Rocky Ridge & Short Order Burger Short Order Beer

Tapped November 17, 2020
No strangers to collaboration, Rocky Ridge have teamed up with Short Order Burger here for a classic Aussie lager. It’s an idea which seems almost foreign for a brewery pushing out double oat cream IPAs, TDH triple IPAs and barrel-aged pastry quads; however, the notion recognises that simple is best when pairing with one of Australia’s best burgers – no, really, the burger team have been rated Top 5 nationally. Short Order Beer’s light, bready malt base is dusted with subtle herbal hop notes,… Read more
Style
Aussie Lager
ABV
4.8%
Stockists

Available from Short Order Burger Fremantle

Nowhereman & Mane Liquor Hopkuna Hoptata IPA

Tapped November 17, 2020
While many are talking about the fragmentation of beer styles, some with increasingly parodic nomenclature, there’s also the name to contend with. What seems humorous, and a little cute here, actually starts making a whole lotta sense when linking Mane Liquor and manes, especially once you realise Studio Papa’s artwork features a big cat version of Mane’s Josh Daley, complete with matching tattoos. It’s a creative concept but what the collaborators didn’t do was create a cocktail of adjuncts,… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
6.5%
Stockists

Mane Liquor

Nowhereman Brewery

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