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!

Bright Brewery Mixed Berry Sweetart Sour

Tapped Yesterday
Bright Brewery may be back open but when you're venue is as popular as the High Country brewpub is, leaving lockdowns causes some issues. Reduced capacity limits means bookings can disappear fast and while drinking at that brewpub is one of life's great joys, fortunately, you don't need to visit it to enjoy a taste of Bright. With Victoria's latest lockdown causing the brewery to postpone their Darker Days festival, the team quickly launched not one but two beer boxes featuring those producers impacted… Read more
Style
Sour Ale
ABV
4.3%

Morrison Brewery Smoked Chilli Black IPA

Tapped Yesterday
Writing from a purely personal position, Smoked Chilli Black IPA is certainly a fortunate release from Morrison Brewery. Having spent a lot of 2020 getting really into growing chillies and making hot sauce, one of the many varieties I bought and planted from seed was the Moruga Scorpion, but sadly the hot sauce I’d planned never came to be. It wasn't for lack of trying either as those seeds never sprouted, despite trialling many means of planting them, which makes me doubt they ever had much life… Read more
Style
Black IPA
ABV
6%

Eagle Bay Brandy Barrel Aged Belgian Strong Ale & Burnt Caramel Barley Wine

Tapped Yesterday
It’s a throwdown of epic proportions for Eagle Bay Brewing Co amid a particularly wet and wild winter in 2021 for WA’s South West. A burnt caramel barley wine as well as a brandy barrel-aged Belgian strong ale make up a decadent duo the coastal brewers envision warming many a cockle through the colder, darker months of the year. The Brandy Barrel-Aged Belgian Strong Ale was brewed in collaboration with Blind Corner; the stalwart Margaret River winemakers provided the ex-chardonnay barrel which… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Belgian Strong Ale & Barlewine
ABV
6.8% & 11.7%

BentSpoke Brewing Co Budding Cells: Flemm

Tapped July 28, 2021
Joining BentSpoke’s well-loved core range, limited release Drifters, and the boundary-pushing Bending Spoke releases is a new series – and an old beer. Budding Cells looks to pay tribute to barrel-aged and mixed culture beers by giving them a chance to shine under their own banner. It’s a fitting name and series too, given the Canberra brewery has a history with utilising barrels that goes back further than most indie breweries have been in existence. The Flanders red ale named Flemm, for instance,… Read more
Style
Flanders Red Ale
ABV
5.0%
Stockists

Take a look at the BentSpoke beer finder.

Hawkers Beer Hazy IPA

Tapped July 28, 2021
If there’s any doubt there’s some love for the Hawkers brand in the beer market, them adding a new member to their core range might make short work of it. Hazy IPA was released in the afternoon on July 26, 2021 and less than 24 hours later, it was gone from the brewery’s webstore. Considering nobody had drunk the beer when it launched, it’s not a bad sign for the brewery’s consistency either and fortunately, at the time of writing, it's still available from a wide range of retailers and… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
6.2%
Stockists

A number of retailers are offering a bonus tin of Hawkers' Hazy Pale with the purchase of packs of Hazy IPA. Participating retailers are here.

Helios Brewing Kronos 2021

Tapped July 27, 2021
Once again, Kronos proves himself worthy of the title king of the Titans - a godkiller of a brew that somehow takes an intense pantheon of flavours and beats them into submission for his own glory. After 2018’s big breakfast stout, 2019’s Belgian strong dark ale and 2020’s imperial nitro coffee stout, 2021’s Kronos is an imperial American porter that takes huge hop presence in one hand and malty brute strength in the other. If you received this beer while you were blindfolded, the first sniff… Read more
Style
Imperial American Porter
ABV
9.5%
Bitterness
60 IBU

Feral Brewing Runt (2021)

Tapped July 27, 2021
Although it appears here in a shiny new can, Runt’s history stretches back a decade when it first appeared as a 4.7 percent ABV riff on Feral's then brewery flagship, Hop Hog. Despite collecting some accolades along the way, it’s since been in and out of the Swan Valley brewery's lineup, often appearing as a draught-only offering, a legacy which, perhaps unintentionally, aptly reflects its name. Well, that’s about to change because in mid-2021 Feral welcomed Runt to their core litter, now as… Read more
Style
Mid-Strength Pale Ale
ABV
3.5%

Wayward Brewing Wayward Son Lupulin IPA 2021

Tapped July 26, 2021
It’s now four years since head brewer Shaun Blissett’s son Austin was born and little AB is now a walking talking human person. Similarly, while the 2021 has seen the stork has bring back the beer first brewed to mark Austin's birth back, Wayward Son isn’t the same beer it was four years ago. While Wayward still refer to this beer as a West Coast, it drinks like a hybrid between west and east. The first sniff hits you like a freshly cracked mandarin, which is no doubt thanks to the addition… Read more
Style
Lupulin IPA
ABV
7.3% ABV

Fury & Son Padre Coffee Brown Ale & Shiraz Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Tapped July 26, 2021
The continued cold of Victoria’s winter is being met by two warming releases from Fury & Son Brewing. Padre Coffee Brown Ale is a collaboration with the Melbourne coffee roasters, who provided single origin Ethiopian Chechele beans to the brewers. Those beans in turn provide substantial fruited notes too, with cherry and redcurrant leading the charge and joined by notes of burnt sugar and a touch of caramel in a dark brown ale with a biting bitter finish. From dark to darker, Shiraz Barrel… Read more
Style
Coffee Brown Ale & Imperial Stout
ABV
5.8% & 10.1%

Aether Brewing Oak & Organisms: Respite

Tapped July 25, 2021
Personally, I've been waiting with bated breath for another entry from Aether’s barrel program and now the second Oak & Organisms is here. Respite Breakfast Stout is indeed a welcome respite during the troubled times we find ourselves in midway through 2021. It’s an imperial stout aged for 12 months in barrel before having oats, blueberry, cinnamon, almond and coconut added to it. If you think these muesli-type ingredients sound like they’re incongruous with an imperial stout, rest assured… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Breakfast Stout
ABV
8.2%
Bitterness
30 IBU

Six String Electric Feel: West Coast IPA

Tapped July 23, 2021
It's been a fine few weeks for Central Coast's Six String Brewing. They claimed an AIBA trophy for their Coastie lager and followed that with Best In Show for their stand at GABS Sydney. Now, aiming to show that good things do come in threes, they've launched their Electric Feel series, which will also come in threes – three beers designed to showcase what brewers can achieve with Cryo Hops, a form of hops designed to deliver intense flavours and aromas. First up, they're doing so with a West Coast… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
7.2%
Bitterness
72 IBU

Moon Dog Magic EyePA

Tapped July 23, 2021
Well here’s a very Moon Dog release: an IPA in a can where if you peel the label, you can enjoy a magic eye. Whether or not Magic EyePA does form any image isn’t something I can answer and it's not for lack of trying either. Rather it seems I have the same relationship with them as Mr Pitt does. On the other hand, my relationship with IPAs is a little better (well I know how to spot them anyway), so what I can say is there's a lot of hop notes leaping from the the clear, bitter and lightly golden… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
7.0%

Grifter Brewing Co Lager

Tapped July 23, 2021
Shouting lager, lager, lager, etc.* There's been something bittersweet going on in 2021. Grifter have said goodbye to their yellow-clad pilsner tinnies, and welcomed a pool-table-green-clad European inspired lager to their core range. The inclusion of Galaxy hops has new world hop aromas dancing in the background - a clean peachiness accompanied by light florals - but the Saaz and Motueka keep everything firmly grounded in familiar lager territory with their noble hop characteristics. A touch of… Read more
Style
Lager
ABV
4.5%

Batch Brewing Co Blueberry Cheesecake & Little Lou’s Crème Brûlée

Tapped July 23, 2021
Like the grandparent who spoils the kids with sweets whenever they want, Batch are slinging dessert beers for before and after dinner. After winning hearts at Batch’s Sourfest event, Blueberry Cheesecake returned in winter 2021. Shining the bloody stain of smashed blueberries with a lavender purple foam, Blueberry Cheesecake is a cheeky little brat, and surprisingly drinkable for a 7.2 percent ABV dessert sour. It’s luxurious but surprisingly balanced with a creamy nitro head, sweet jammy aroma… Read more
Style
Nitro Sour & Pastry Stout
ABV
7.2% & 8.0%

Batch Brewing Co Draught

Tapped July 23, 2021
Dazza: “Wanna go to Batch for a beer?” Shazza: “They make that craft beer stuff. I feel like a beery beer. Might just head down the road to the bowlo.” Dazza: “Nah they’ve got beery beer too. A proper draught ale. Big frothy head and everything. It’s got guts - savoury grain that fills the nose, fills the mouth, fills the bloody soul.” Shazza: “Don’t go getting all fancy on me.” Dazza: “Couldn’t help myself. It’s good but. Just try it.” Shazza: tries it “Not bad. Tastes… Read more
Style
Draught
ABV
4.2%

Batch Brewing Co All Time Low & Autumn Dawn

Tapped July 23, 2021
There's two very different hoppy beers available from Batch at the moment (actually knowing Batch, there's probably quite a few more - but here's a couple we've tried). Sitting at a petite 1.25 percent ABV - that’s just 0.3 standard drinks per tinnie - All Time Low is Batch’s way of giving a lighter alternative to other beers. Rather than aiming for the lager or hoppy pale ale flavour profiles of other low alcohol beers, All Time Low is more in the amber ale camp. It pours a reddish hue and gives… Read more
Style
Ultra Low Session Ale & India Red Ale
ABV
1.25% & 6.6%

Holgate Brewhouse Wild Red Ale & Sour Brett Ale 2021

Tapped July 22, 2021
Two of Holgate’s more popular releases – particularly among the geekier elements of the craft beer world – return simultaneously in 2021. Starting off with Wild Red Ale 2021 – a beer that upon its first release in 2016 took out top spot in our Best New Victorian Beers poll, and which has tended to impress with subsequent releases – it's the regional Victorian brewery's version of a Flanders red ale. The latest vintage has taken some time to get here too, spending 18 months souring and maturing… Read more
Style
Wild Red Ale & Brett Pale Ale
ABV
Both 7.0%
Stockists

Available from Holgate's online store.

Sauce Brewing Strawberry Dreamshake & Mimosa Gose

Tapped July 22, 2021
Sydney may be in the throes of lockdown, but a double release from Sauce Brewing is always a welcome distraction. The distraction in this case is a combination they've called Sweet & Sour July. Strawberry Dreamshake Milkshake IPA brings the sweet. After a successful pilot batch of a similar beer earlier in the year, Sauce have brewed this to sate those all sweet-tooths (sweet-teeth?) out there. You don’t have to try very hard to smell the lollies on the label; strawberry puree, lactose and… Read more
Style
Milkshake IPA & Gose
ABV
7.0% & 3.5%

Balter Brewing Electric Wonderland

Tapped July 21, 2021
I know Electric Wonderland is a new beer made with modern hop technology. But the moment I saw the neon colours on the can, my brain took me back thirty plus years. I saw Will Smith wearing MC Hammer pants in Fresh Prince. I saw Blade Runner. I heard the synthesiser riff from Take On Me. The Cryo Idaho 7 and supporting Strata and Sabro hops somehow put the ‘West Coast’ in ‘West Coast IPA’; I may have never been to LA, but I can taste the 80s SoCal aesthetic in this beer. The white froth of… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
7.0%
Bitterness
54 IBU

Dainton Beer Insane Uncle IPA

Tapped July 21, 2021
Four months on from (re)releasing their first ever beer, Red Eye Rye, Dainton are back exploring their own back catalogue with Insane Uncle IPA, released in July 2021. For those who haven't been following the Dainton story for its full history, Insane Uncle was the first IPA the - then nomadic - brewing company brewed, back when a family theme was running through their beers. Insane Uncle later morphed into the brewery’s core range IPA and at the time, we’d found it had become a bit leaner and… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.0%
Bitterness
50 IBU