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!

Mismatch Brewing Pizza Beer

Tapped Today
Mismatch's headquarters reside on the same block of land as their affiliated restaurant and cellar door, Lot 100, where they're known for great wood-fired pizza amongst other things. When restrictions were put in place due due to COVID-19, the Lot 100 crew found themselves with a lot of excess pizza dough destined for waste if not used soon. Given Mismatch's focus on sustainability, they stepped in: the dough was first cooked off in the pizza oven then added to the mash. Hey presto: pizza lager was… Read more
Style
Lager
ABV
5.0%

Mismatch Brewing Super Evil Archie's

Tapped Today
Every year, Mismatch fans wait in anticipation for the release of their autumn seasonal, Evil Archie's Red IPA. In 2020, the beer again proved to be incredibly popular, selling out online in no time at all. However, to keep their lineup fresh and invigorating, the Mismatch crew decided to put this particular beer on the shelf for the foreseeable future. Instead, to honour Evil Archie's, they decided to make it even more wicked, malevolent and sinful, adding a double dry hop to proceedings. Still… Read more
Style
DDH Red IPA
ABV
6.66%

Burnley Brewing Peach Melba NEIPA & Dry Stout

Tapped July 10th, 2020
Burnley Brewing have finished off one series of beers and welcomed winter with another limited release. There’s Peach Melba NEIPA, the fourth beer in the brewery’s collaboration with the podcasters at Brunswick Beer Collective called The Pie Round: four beers inspired by four pies. Technically, it’s a little more of an ice cream sundae than a pie but, given the Peach Melba is named after Australia’s legendary soprano, it seems a fitting way to close the curtain on the series. Brewed with… Read more
Style
NEIPA & Stout

Wolf of the Willows Enigma Pillows

Tapped July 10th, 2020
Enigma Pillows is the first in Wolf of the Willows' new Nitro Hazy Series and it certainly manages to tick some boxes. Hazy? Tick. DDH? Tick. Lactose? Tick. Nitro? Big ol’ tick. The DDH Hazy Nitro DIPA cans aren’t just fun to pour either, they’re pretty nice to look at too thanks to Melbourne illustrator Digable Goods having some fun with the Wolf on the can. Clouds and pillows are definitely fitting motifs for a beer that’s incredibly soft and smooth where a heavy hopping rate of Enigma… Read more
Style
DDH Hazy Nitro DIPA
ABV
8.1%
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Stomping Ground Cherry Smash & Red Moon

Tapped July 10th, 2020
Stomping Ground have been steadily releasing new cans since COVID-19 saw venues close and the brewery doesn’t look to be slowing down as Melbourne’s second lockdown kicks in. There’s Cherry Smash, the latest in the long-running fruited sour series from the brewery with one key difference: nitro cans. Other than tiny bubbles, the beer is also filled with cherries and lactose to make a bright red and equally soft beer. To my mind it was mostly reminiscent of tart cherry lollies from my childhood… Read more
Style
Sour & Red IPA
ABV
4.2% & 6.0%

Frenchies Middy

Tapped July 10th, 2020
It’s only been within the last couple of years that craft fans have begrudgingly acknowledged that yes, cold crispy lagers are actually quite nice and mid-strength beers are great to have as a viable option when you really just aren’t in a position to drink 7 percent IPAs at all times. It’s almost as if the one of the most dominant beer styles in the country for the last century existed for a reason? Like XXXX Gold, Frenchies Middy is a 3.5 percent ABV lager but unlike Gold Middy is almost… Read more
Style
Mid-Strength Lager
ABV
3.5%

Frenchies Lola Apricot Saison

Tapped July 10th, 2020
Alright, quick story time. I’ve had an intense aversion to apricots ever since I was a little bloke. And this is almost entirely due to my Mum cooking apricot chicken probably once a fortnight for about 15 years. I’m not disparaging Mum here, because she’s a great cook, but apricot chicken is an absolute abomination against God and not being allowed to leave the table until you finish your dinner when the dinner is some fetid sickly sweet goo is an enduring image of torture that plagues me… Read more
Style
Apricot Saison
ABV
3.5%

Frenchies Tahiti Lager

Tapped July 10th, 2020
What the bloody hell is a Tahiti Lager and what is it doing in a Frenchies can? Look, I can’t answer the majority of that question but I can give it a bloody good go. Tahiti, being the largest island of French Polynesia, was colonised by the French in the 19th century and therefore retains a great deal of French influence in the two thousand and twentieth year of our Lord. Thus how a Sydney-based French brewery and brasserie might draw some Tahitian influence into brewing a lovely little tropical… Read more
Style
Tropical Lager
ABV
4.5%

Frenchies Kamchatka

Tapped July 10th, 2020
Of all the beers Frenchies have released since opening in 2017, in this writer’s opinion Kamchatka is the one that most represents the founders Vince de Soyres and Thomas Cauquil. No one would ever jam a brewery and French fine dining bistro in together on the same premises. And no one would ever brew a bière de garde and jam it full of enough Carafa malt to render it black as the void. Kamchatka is named for the far eastern Russian peninsula where Vince and Thomas made a 700km trek through a… Read more
Style
Black Bière de Garde
ABV
6.1%

All Inn Brewing Arrive Late Leave Early

Tapped July 9th, 2020
We’re all getting sick of 2020, so thank goodness All Inn Brewing have brought us a bangin’ West Coast IPA to take us back to 2013, when Frozen stole our hearts and Man of Steel disappointed us bitterly. All Inn call this beer a “descent into dankness”, and they’re not wrong. It begins on the nose as mostly floral notes - with support from grapefruit, pineapple and gin botanicals - that capture the feel of the pink California sunset on the label. But from the first sip there’s a definite… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
7.0%

Mismatch Brewing Bourbon Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout

Tapped July 9th, 2020
The Mismatch team’s first crack at barrel-ageing dates back to when they brewed out of Big Shed, when they created a sweet coffee stout aged in whisky barrels. Now they have a bit more room at their Adelaide Hills brewery, they brought in fourteen Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels have moved in and whipped up a big 12.75 percent ABV RIS that spent several months inside them. Upon opening the can, the beer exudes bourbon, even before your nostrils become within cooee. Pouring pitch black with a creamy… Read more
Style
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout
ABV
12.75%

Mismatch Brewing Chocolate Stout 2020

Tapped July 9th, 2020
Every year, Mismatch reach out to Adelaide Hill chocolatiers Melba Chocolate for help with a chocolate stout. The final product is slightly different every year and, for 2020, Melba decided to whip up a liquid chocolate that was then poured into the base stout featuring a stack of specialty malts along with further additions of vanilla. There's no mistaking the chocolate goodness; even Willy Wonka would be impressed. On the nose it's pretty sweet with milk chocolate, a hint of vanilla, some nuttiness… Read more
Style
Chocolate Stout
ABV
5.6%

Mismatch Brewing Traditional Stout

Tapped July 9th, 2020
Lactose, peanut butter, cocoa nibs, vanilla, pastries, berries, chilli, coffee, chocolate... the list goes on. In today’s beer world, there's a whole array of adjuncts used in a wide variety of beer styles but sometimes you just want a good old fashioned beer. And that's what Mismatch have created here: a stout that's straight up solid and drinkable and brewed using just water, hops, yeast and malt. There's a flicker of red within this deeply black Traditional Stout that kicks off with sweet cream,… Read more
Style
Stout
ABV
6.2%

Tumut River Your Shout Easy Ale

Tapped July 9th, 2020
Less a new release than a tweak and a new name for the beer formerly known as Aussie Ale, Your Shout – now an Easy Ale – still makes use of malt from Voyager Craft Malt in the Riverina and hops grown locally in the Snowy Mountains. And it still reminds me more of the UK than anything Aussie. Arguably its standout feature is its appearance, with those Voyager malts giving it a beautiful deep amber colour. That said, they also contribute heavily to its traditional ESB like character, producing… Read more
Style
ESB
ABV
5.0%

Tumut River Brewing Bounty Hunter 2020

Tapped July 9th, 2020
If you were to pick up a can of Tumut River's Bounty Hunter and have your eyes alight on the words below the logo – "DARK ALE" – you may well be in for a surprise. The real clue is in the name at the top. Sure, it is a dark ale, but it's got rather more than a dark brown hue and chocolaty, toasty malts in wait for you. It's their Bounty chocolate bar-inspired release, one that first appeared in 2019 and has been requested by many since. It comes with desiccated coconut flavours and… Read more
Style
Choc Coconut Dark Ale
ABV
5.1%

Tumut River Man-Gose Wild

Tapped July 9th, 2020
As word came through that New South Wales was closing its borders to Victorians (leading to an earlier-than-planned dash south from Broken Hill) and that Melbourne was going back into lockdown, the name of this beer has taken on even greater personal significance. Already a nod to the wild ride that is 2020, the prospect of being cooped up for another six weeks has led to discussions around just how long we could survive on solar power, cold showers and occasional runs to the nearest town to stock… Read more
Style
Fruit Gose
ABV
4.6%

All Hands Brewing Backyard Harvest Ale '20 & Red Ale & "Can’t Believe It’s Not Coconut” Brown Ale

Tapped July 8th, 2020
When All Hands Brewing House re-opened their doors to the public post-COVID-lockdown, they did so offering a string of single batches they hadn’t been able to share with punters recently. So take advantage of the low tourist numbers at Darling Harbour and three highly drinkable special releases at All Hands. The usual fanfare surrounding fresh hop beers got kind of drowned out by other news this year, so the quiet confidence of this iteration seems appropriate. While it was piled full of 50kg of… Read more
Style
Harvest Ale & Red Ale & Brown Ale
ABV
4.4% & 4.6% & 5.1%

Hawkers Moment Of Clarity & Freedom Units

Tapped July 8th, 2020
Hawkers have two very big releases that are set to keep Melburnians hopped up as we return to our couches. The lighter of the two is Moment of Clarity, which isn’t actually named Jay Z’s track from his seminal The Black Album and instead refers to that moment when a double IPA first hits your lips. Pouring perfectly clear and using the one-two of Citra and Mosaic hops, it packs a punch of pine, resin and a tropical pairing of guava, lychee and lime. As Hawkers have managed well in the past, the… Read more
Style
Double IPA & Triple IPA
ABV
9.0% & 10.5%

Stomping Ground & Melbourne Cocoa Double Choc Double Milk Nitro Stout

Tapped July 7th, 2020
To celebrate World Chocolate Day, which happens to be today (July 7), Stomping Ground got together with Melbourne Cocoa to create one beer and one chocolate bar in the shape of Double Choc Double Milk Nitro Stout. To recreate milk chocolate as beer as much as possible, the brewing crew used a mix of both cocoa powder and liquor plus lactose and carbonated the cans with nitro - a first for the brewery. The accompanying chocolate bar, on the other hand, was made with the inclusion of brewing malts.… Read more
Style
Sweet Stout
ABV
6.3%

Modus Operandi Press Rewind IPA

Tapped July 7th, 2020
When Modus set up their hazy program, they did two things. One: they gave themselves licence to experiment further with hazy beers. Two: they gave themselves space to keep working with non-hazy beers, rather than getting entirely swept up in the haze craze. With Press Rewind, they’ve pulled away from the tropical juice flavours, negligible malt character and low bitterness of the NEIPA nebula and have landed back in West Coast IPA territory. Not only does Press Rewind not look like brekky juice,… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.5%
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