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!

Grifter Brewing Co C-Boogie Cucumber Kolsch

Tapped Yesterday
You don’t eat cucumber looking for a lot of flavour. Not really. But put them in a salad, a sandwich, a watermelon juice or a G&T and they add a layer of freshness and crispness. So perhaps it’s no surprise that C-Boogie is crisp as a winter’s morning and refreshing as a Pimms Cup. Using a Kolsch-style beer as a base all but guaranteed that outcome. But the drinkability of the Kolsch and crispness of the cucumber are augmented with a smooth malt body, making C-Boogie billow in the mouth… Read more
Style
Cucumber Kolsch
ABV
5.2%

Temple Brewing 888 Mandarin Ale

Tapped Yesterday
With a history stretching back 3,800 years, to say Chinese New Year is an important celebration on the calendars of millions around the globe is an understatement. Marking the start of the Lunar Calendar, it sees people toast to good fortune, prosperity and wealth among many other things, as well as being a time for gift giving, special meals and catching up with family and friends in a manner not unlike the Christian festive period. Symbolism during Chinese New Year is strong. For example, the colour… Read more
Style
Mandarin Ale
ABV
4.5%
Stockists

Available from the brewery and Temple stockists nationwide

Queenscliff Brewhouse Cool Change & American Dream

Tapped January 22nd, 2020
They're ripping through the beers at the Queenscliff Brewhouse this summer, with these two hop forward offerings unlikely to last much longer than the Hazy IPA that preceded them. Cool Change is an India pale lager we're told has "notes of grapefruit and pine" plus aromas and flavours of "bread and dried fruit", while the lager yeast "gives it a nice clean, slightly sweet finish with lingering stone fruit notes" according to the brewing team. As for American Dream, it's… Read more
Style
IPL & American Amber
ABV
6.0% & 6.1%

Tallboy & Moose Goblinoid & Snot Goblin

Tapped January 22nd, 2020
Tallboy & Moose have let two mischevious goblins losse from their Preston brewpub in cans that, for our part, brought to mind the illustrations that covered Roald Dahl’s books. Both goblins are 7 percent ABV IPAs that showcase the power of Cryo hops, a relatively new form of concentrated hop power from Yakima Chief Hops that aims to get as much aroma and flavour into a beer. In the case of Goblinoid, the combination of Cryo CTZ, Mosaic, Chinook and Centennial packs a whole heap of tropical… Read more
Style
Cryo-Hopped IPAs
ABV
7.0%

Tallboy & Moose Lazy Riviera & Wolfenstein

Tapped January 22nd, 2020
Two new European-inspired releases from Tallboy & Moose have taken modern styles and given them a twist. Lazy Riviera is a bright and golden saison dry-hopped with Cascade and Styrian Goldings. So, while a classic peppery and herbal note from the yeast are there, you’ll pick up a fairly substantial zesty orange alongside them. The second is Wolfenstein, a German-style altbier with biscuit and toffee flavours that sticks to the beer's origins by finishing quite clean and dry. The Tallboy brew… Read more
Style
Saison & Altbier
ABV
5.2% & 5.0%

Akasha All Australian IPA

Tapped January 22nd, 2020
At the end of every AFL season, an illustrious panel of experts select an All Australian team. The best players in each position are given a guernsey in recognition of being the best of the best throughout the season. What if we were to adopt this tradition in the beer world? What would an All Australian beer team look like? Now, I’m a Queenslander living in Sydney and the last game of AFL I watched was when I unceremoniously leapt clear of the Lions bandwagon as it careened into a ravine that… Read more
Style
Australian IPA
ABV
6.8%

Endeavour Brewing Hoppy Days XPA

Tapped January 22nd, 2020
Hoppy Days tastes like the first rain after a dry spell. It pours a lemony gold, looking more like a pale lager than most XPAs, which is the first hint at a refreshing drinking experience. And it certainly delivers on this promise - high carbonation, a full fluffy head, semi-dry on the palate and a clean finish all make this a beer that sinks faster than your sunnies when you drop them in the pool. But unlike a pale lager Hoppy Days hits you with Galaxy hop aromas before you even raise it to your… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
4.2%

Endeavour Brewing Rockstar Pale Ale

Tapped January 22nd, 2020
Summer in Australia seems to be dominated by cricket. People who follow cricket throw around terms like “big bash” and “sandpapergate” and people like me just have to nod along and pretend to understand. But there’s one thing I do know about cricket - watching a Test match is really an exercise in long days of taking it slow with a few beers, interspersed with moments of concentration and excitement. (I assume playing in a Test match is similar, albeit minus the beers.) Rockstar Pale Ale… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
ABV
4.5%

Endeavour Brewing Rosé Pilsner & Lemon Lime Sorbet Ale

Tapped January 22nd, 2020
If you enjoy beers that give you a pleasant little surprise, then Endeavour have a couple of treats for you. When you first look at the Rosé Pilsner, you get all kinds of expectations as to what it might taste like. Rosé? Raspberry? Strawberry? Then you’re told that it’s a Czech-style pilsner that tastes like a pilsner, with juuuust enough natural blackcurrant juice in it to give it a pink-reddish hue. But your eyes are still telling you to expect that “pink” flavour. Then you taste it…… Read more
Style
Fruit Pilsner & Fruit Sour
ABV
Both 5.1%

Grifter Brewing Co Acid Drop

Tapped January 22nd, 2020
With the meteoric rise of fruit sours, it appears many of us have forgotten there are any other options for what a sour beer can taste like. But… what about hops? Acid Drop came about as a result of a fortunate accident in 2014. It doesn’t have the same following as some of the other Grifter beers (we’re looking at you, Serpent’s Kiss, you crowdpleaser you), but it’s a quiet achiever, and won the hearts of the Grifter crew. They’ve brewed a few different iterations and changed up the… Read more
Style
Hoppy Sour
ABV
4.3%

TWØBAYS Brewing Co No Man's Land XPA

Tapped January 17th, 2020
It's fair to say TWØBAYS head brewer AG likes his hops. Certainly, he's been adding them in greater volumes to many of the Dromana brewery's beers than any other locally brewed gluten free beers we've tasted and that's the case here with the No Man's Land XPA. While the can talks of its citrusy character, aroma wise it's a deeper, danker form of citrus than their juicily orangey pale but no less hoppy. There's a touch of edgy tropical hops there too, particularly to taste, while it's got a touch… Read more
Style
Gluten Free XPA
ABV
5.0%

Rocky Ridge EXP IIPA #1

Tapped January 17th, 2020
The seemingly perfunctory nature of EXP IIPA #1's name and obi-strip label does little to educate the drinker as to what exactly is inside this geometric clad can. Could it be hazy? Or is this a straightforward – whatever that means in 2020 – IIPA? Has this been designed with first year geology and engineering students in mind? With precious little to go on, could the contents be actually pink, given that’s the only reference outside of the monochromatic design scheme? It’s hard to say and,… Read more
Style
IIPA
ABV
9.0%
Stockists

Darleen's Taphouse

Rocky Ridge cellar door

And Rocky Ridge stockists until it’s not. Or is called something else.

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La Sirène Praline (2020 Onwards)

Tapped January 16th, 2020
If you were asked to come up with an example of a cult beer in Australia, La Sirène's Praline would fit the bill. Thrust into the limelight by its success at GABS 2014, the Belgian style stout featuring organic vanilla pods, cacao nibs and hazelnuts helped bring the Alphington brewery to the attention of many local drinkers. But it's also been something of a millstone around their necks; attend a La Sirène event and, if it features, it's likely to be with a caveat as it's the only beer in their… Read more
Style
Sour Stout
ABV
6.0%

TWØBAYS Brewing Co Breakaway Summer Ale

Tapped January 16th, 2020
As the canned offering from gluten free brewery TWØBAYS grows, it appears to be doing it in increments, offering up a scale of hop forward beers of slightly different ABVs and subtly different natures. Moving in at the lower end of the booze scale is Breakaway, the summer ale introduced in late 2019. If you wanted to distil this down to two words, "light" and "delicate" might do the trick. It pours a very light pale colour with a light haze. Delicate citrus and pineapple aromas… Read more
Style
Gluten Free Summer Ale
ABV
4.0%

White Rabbit Jackalope

Tapped January 15th, 2020
The fearsome Jackalope, a rabbit with the horns of an antelope – not to be confused with a horse with the head of a rabbit and the body of a rabbit – are said to roam North America and would strike fear in the hearts of travellers who'd been on the road a little too long. Head to the White Rabbit barrel hall in Geelong and you’ll find a different Jackalope roaming, one with the base of a wheat beer and a top of whisky from months in Starward barrels. The beer was first brewed for GABS back… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Wheat Beer
ABV
5.5%

White Rabbit Sour Red Grand Cru 2018

Tapped January 15th, 2020
Less than a year after moving the brewery from Healesville to Geelong, the brewers at White Rabbit released Sour Red. It was the kind of beer that might have shocked a few beer nerds who expected the Lion-owned brewery to focus on better known styles once the new operation was up and running. This site's founder was among them, giving the beer highly dubious honour of being The Crafty Pint’s lengthiest beer write up at the time (and likely still). A few years on and the brewery's remained committed… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Sour Red
ABV
7.7%

Seasonal Brewing Co Farmhouse Ale & Hawaiian Holiday

Tapped January 15th, 2020
Seasonal’s New Year duo have, inadvertently, the summer break in mind – but for two very different locales. For the expression in their Farmhouse Ale, the broad "farmhouse" term is shorthand for a pale, straw-coloured beer that comes across almost cider-like thanks to light kettle souring. Typical saison esters are muted, while guava and citrus cleanly zip across the tongue. It’s quickly become a refreshing punter favourite, perhaps for those with a tree change farmstay getaway in… Read more
Style
Farmhouse Ale & NE Pale
ABV
4.4% & 5.8%
Stockists

Available at the Maylands brewpub until they're not.

Wheaty Brewing Corps Apricot's Hour & Blank Czech Pilsener

Tapped January 12th, 2020
To close out 2019 with a bang, the Wheaty Brewing Crew invited long-time friend and collaborator Ben Kraus from Bridge Road Brewers into their house to play with something fruity and sour one more. The fruit of choice this time around was Swan Reach Apricots, with South Australian Bridge Road sales rep Dave lending a hand to pit and slice 40kgs of fresh fruit for the fermenter. The fruit sour saison was then dry-hopped with Aussie HPA-016 and US Amarillo for added stone fruit characters, while the… Read more
Style
Apricot Sour & Czech Pilsener
ABV
3.9% & 5.1%
Stockists

The Wheaty

Felons Brewing Co Champagne Sour & Crusade IPA

Tapped January 11th, 2020
The last couple of years have seen a surge of wine flavours make their way into beer, whether it be from wine barrels, beer-wine hybrid styles, wine yeasts, or vinous hops. Felons Brewing’s Champagne Sour uses the latter two, and captures the taste of a sparkling wine without ever touching any grapes or wine. While this is called Champagne Sour, the “sour” is more about the method and style than flavour description - this beer has been kettle soured, but is only meant to be sharp enough to… Read more
Style
Champagne Sour & Belgian IPA
ABV
4.8% & 6.3%

Tooborac Brewery Dolci Colline Italian Pilsner

Tapped January 9th, 2020
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Saison Dupont, Pilsner Urquell. All beers that have inspired countless imitations and all names that are treated with reverence by beer drinkers. Birrificio Italiano’s Tipopils doesn’t quite share the same recognition, despite the beer being an archetype of its own style. First brewed in 1996, the beer is often considered the classic Italian pilsner, a clean beer dry-hopped for aroma that's inspired the likes of Firestone Walker’s widely popular Pivo Pils and many other… Read more
Style
Italian Pilsner
ABV
4.5%
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