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!

Fixation Brewing You Tell Me, Symbiotic Robotic & Blush

Tapped Yesterday
After gearing up to welcome guests back only to have to shut their doors again, Fixation have moved quickly to put more of their Incubator beers into cans. In the case of You Tell Me, it's a NEIPA and one that could be submitted as evidence they know what they're doing with such things (there's a fresh batch of their regular NEIPA, The 86, out in big cans too, by the way). Deeply hazy and grapefruit juice like in appearance, there's fruit aplenty, with pineapple leading the way, and some lively,… Read more
Style
NEIPA & Black IPA & Sour IPA
ABV
6.8% & 5.4% & 4.7%

Big Shed Double Hazing DIPA

Tapped Yesterday
It's no secret one of Big Shed’s most popular Brewers Series beers is The Hazing, a 6.5 percent NEIPA [which won the inaugural Pint of Origin Blind Tasting Championship at Good Beer Week 2019 when we were still allowed nice things – Editor]. In order to shake things up and keep their fans guessing, the Big Shed crew decided to up the ante on this fan favourite, taking the booze to 9 percent, all while throwing in even more hops. It was first poured for the brewery's loyal members, the Shed Heads,… Read more
Style
Hazy Double IPA
ABV
9.0%

Little Bang Brewing Undercover Fashion Police 10: Haze of Thunder

Tapped Yesterday
The tenth iteration of Littler Bang’s Undercover Fashion Police – titled Haze of Thunder – takes inspiration from both the movie Days of Thunder and the craziness of the current pandemic. Such unprecedented times called for a reworking of the recipe, which saw the brewers dropping the hammer and doubling up on the hops, the booze and the fun. Clocking in at a high octane 9.1 percent ABV, Haze of Thunder utilises Mosaic, Galaxy and Citra in large quantities to create a storm of resin and tropical… Read more
Style
Double NEIPA
ABV
9.1%

Molly Rose Brewing Baroness & Nitro Persian Coffee

Tapped July 31, 2020
Apparently there's a small army of funky and barrel-aged bottle releases coming any day now from Molly Rose so we'd best get to these two tinnies first. One, Baroness, comes with a coloured label, which to this point has indicated a year round release; here, we're told it's just a wider limited release, an honour granted to a hoppy red lager. The hops come purely in the shape of Kohatu, an NZ variety said to be mahoosive on the tropical fruit front. At first, in combination with the specialty malts… Read more
Style
Amber Lager & Nitro Stout
ABV
Both 5.2%

4 Pines Freshy Extra Refreshing Ale

Tapped July 31, 2020
From the early days when they opened their brewpub in Manly to more recent times when they’ve opened venues up and down the east coast of Australia, 4 Pines have made beachy beers. Not that they make beachy beers exclusively, but sunshine and sea and sand and and salt are definitely in their DNA. The most recent to be added their core range lineup fits right in - Freshy Extra Refreshing Ale. As the name suggests, it’s one for drinking, not thinking. High carbonation stimulates the palate for… Read more
Style
Beer
ABV
4.1%

Margaret River Brewhouse Panther Cream 2020

Tapped July 31, 2020
Sitting atop the long list of beers brewed at Margaret River Brewhouse is Panther Cream. It sits atop the pile in part due to its reputation as one of the best of its class in the state (with multiple trophies to prove it), and also due to its terrorising demeanour as a behemoth of a 10.4 percent ABV barrel-aged imperial stout. This year's iteration finds itself in 375ml cans with a new label, a touch more booze and more time spent in peated ex-Port barrels. Brewed to be big, Panther Cream features… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
10.4%
Stockists

Available on tap and in cans at the brewery

And at selected WA stockists.

Brick Lane Revolver

Tapped July 31, 2020
Brick Lane’s Revolver aims to appease the innate need in many craft beer drinkers to switch to darker drops during the winter while also providing them with a reminder that spring isn’t too far away. Dubbed a Dark Hoppy Ale, the winter release leans comfortably towards black IPA territory, combining dark roasted malts with the American hops Ekuanot and Simcoe and booze content that's nudging towards six percent. The brewery’s calling it a dark beer with a bright soul but given the name you… Read more
Style
Dark Hoppy Ale
ABV
5.8%

Wolf of the Willows & Lark Distillery Barrel-Aged JSP III

Tapped July 30, 2020
They've got quite the thing going on with Aussie spirits producers, have Wolf of the Willows. They've brewed beers with Tequila Tromba and Patient Wolf Gin and here comes their third collab with the godfather of Tasmania's whisky community, Lark Distillery. This instalment follows the same traditions as the previous two in their ongoing Barrel Exchange Project: barrels from Lark make their way to Melbourne to be filled with an imperial version fo Wolf of the Willows' JSP (Johnny Smoked Porter); after… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Smoked Porter
ABV
12.8%
Stockists

Find the launch events here

Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 11: Sticky Date Stout

Tapped July 30, 2020
Now, when it comes to desserts, sticky date pudding is not one to which you would apply the term "subtle". It's one that comes at you armed to the teeth with butter, sugar and, of course, dates, which add their own layers of rich and sweet. And so it is that, as they dip once more into the pantry for a limited release after enjoying success with their recent peanut butter-inspired beers, Bad Shepherd serve up a palate-walloping dollop of Sticky Date Stout. It's the eleventh entry in their… Read more
Style
Dessert Stout
ABV
7.5%
Bitterness
20 IBU
Stockists

Launching at the brewpub on July 31

Hitting retailers soon afterwards

4 Pines Keller Door: Nitro Pavlova Ale

Tapped July 30, 2020
Look, I don’t know what I expected when I opened the Facebook post about 4 Pines’ Nitro Pavlova Ale. But it wasn’t Drag Nan, a fake seagull and a remote-controlled pavlova. Despite all the whipped cream and fresh fruit in the fun video above, this beer is far from being a sweet mess, however. Think less of a “I hope you’ve saved some room for dessert” kind of beer, and more of a “pale ale with a difference” kind of beer. The nitro and lactose make it smooth and a little creamy across… Read more
Style
Nitro Pavlova Pale
ABV
5.1%

Boatrocker & Carwyn Cellars JackJet 2020

Tapped July 29, 2020
I'm not sure whether this is more cruel than kind. After all, when the only two businesses selling this beer – collaborators Boatrocker and Carwyn Cellars – put their allocation of bottles up for pre-sale online they both sold out within minutes. So, as far as I'm aware, now I've consumed mine there's a grand total of something like two dozen awaiting the first people through the doors at the two venues this Friday. But part of our mission is to tell readers about new releases and when they're… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
11.3%
Stockists

Carwyn Cellars

Boatrocker Barrel Room

Moon Dog In The Crumble, The Might Crumble: Apple Edition

Tapped July 29, 2020
The berry edition of Moon Dog's occasional In The Crumble series of dessert-inspired sours took me by surprise earlier in the year, tastily delivering on its promise despite making its way from can to glass like slurry from a sewage pipe into a canal. It was the second such beer, with the series debuting with 2019's "Apple Crumble Dessert Sour Ale", which now returns for a wider release in 330ml cans. It pours with a similarly murky quality to its berry counterpart albeit with more of a… Read more
Style
Dessert Sour
ABV
5.8%

Tallboy & Moose Lightning Axe 2020

Tapped July 29, 2020
It was almost exactly two years ago when I first heard an Australian brewery owner talk about a "new" Norwegian yeast that brewers had started using in America and Australia and which was, in fact, very old. Called kveik (it remains to this day a word I manage to say differently on each pronunciation), the yeast was known for its incredibly fast ferments and Steven Germain and the rest of the Tallboy & Moose team had been eager to play around with it. They did so with what they dubbed… Read more
Style
Kveik IPA
ABV
7.0%

Hope Brewery Imperial Blueberry Tart Sour & Imperial Pink Grapefruit Sour

Tapped July 28, 2020
Two more in Hope’s imperial sour series! While it has the cloudy and blushed look of guava juice and cooked strawberries, the smell of the Imperial Blueberry Tart Sour is distinctly blueberry. The complex, caramelised sugar taste of stewed fruit brings to mind blueberry jam still bubbling in the pot, along with slightly more earthy notes of rhubarb. These sweet flavours are balanced by a kombucha-like potent tartness, which is enough to get you salivating. I was surprised to find there was also… Read more
Style
Imperial Sours
ABV
Both 7.0%

Hope Brewery Single Hop(e) RIPA & Smoked Porter

Tapped July 28, 2020
Not all winter warmers are knock-you-silly imperial stouts. The first time I tasted the flavours of bourbon whiskey and orange come together, I fell in love. I subsequently invented my own cocktail called a Breakfast in the West - one part bourbon, one part Cointreau, two parts soda water, served over ice in an old fashioned tumbler with a twist of orange zest. Thank me later. I mention it because this Single Hop RIPA captures some of the essence of Breakfast in the West. Since most red IPAs are… Read more
Style
Red IPA & Smoked Porter
ABV
7.0% & 6.0%

CoConspirators Brewing The Postman

Tapped July 28, 2020
Let's be honest, The Postman doesn't command the same level of underworld cachet of the figures that usually adorn CoConspirators beers, but considering the important role they've played keeping beer fridges full this year, it's fitting the brewery would turn such a figure into a beer. As always, the can design is the work of Clint Weaver from Pocketbeagles, with the image likely a familiar one for any brewing company or drinker that found a package of much-needed beer going missing as parcels flew… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.5%

Van Dieman Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush

Tapped July 28, 2020
What is the world coming to? A fruited sour from Van Dieman in which I don't have to look up the name of the fruit to find out what it is – whatever next? After releases featuring rarities such as medlar and greengage, this time around Will Tatchell looks to lead us a merry dance with mulberries. It's another beer from the brewery's Wilderness Project featuring spontaneously fermented and barrel-aged specialties; here, farm-grown mulberries have been added to liquid that spent close to three years… Read more
Style
Fruited Australian Wild Ale
ABV
6.2%
Bitterness
8 IBU
Stockists

Available for pre-order here.

3 Ravens Barley Apera

Tapped July 27, 2020
Barley Apera or barely beer? The brewing team at 3 Ravens has long been one of the more experimental, whether in terms of techniques, choice of ingredients, packaging and so on. And here they've thrown another oddity into the mix in the shape of a beer-based version of apera, the name given to sherry in Australia. If it were a book, its subtitle would be "Fortified barrel-aged and blended barleywine" (as everyone knows the one thing barleywines require is fortification). And it would be… Read more
Style
Barley Apera
ABV
19.7%

Wayward Brewing Wayward Son Lupulin IPA

Tapped July 27, 2020
Carry on, my Wayward Son, There'll be peace when you are done. Lay your weary head to rest… Don't you cry no more. Two years ago, Wayward head brewer Shaun marked the birth of his son Austin by brewing Wayward Son, a West Coast IPA bursting at the seams with lupulin hop powder. Of course, an IPA isn’t the kind of beer you cellar away to revisit each year in celebration, so instead Wayward returns to brewing fresh batches of the celebratory beer. But, just as Shaun’s son has grown and changed… Read more
Style
Juicy IPA
ABV
7.3%

Beerfarm & Friends Tsars

Tapped July 27, 2020
This dark winter delight from the Beerfarm sees the South West WA brewers concoct a pair of collaborative imperial stout aged in transcontinental whisky distillery barrels, with the aim being to highlight the nuances within each. The western iteration saw the Beerfarmers pair up East Perth’s Whipper Snapper Distillery and Cellarbrations Carlisle. Aged in cask strength and one quinoa whisky barrel, Western Tsar pours as black as a Russian winter, and subtly reveals its oaky influence as vanilla,… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stouts
ABV
9.6%
Stockists

Cellarbrations Carlisle

Available from the brewery, collaborative bottleshops and, if any remains, from WA Beerfarm stockists.

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