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!

Edge Brewing Project Ides & Mimosa

Tapped Today
Winter always brings a glut of citrus fruit and, if their most releases are anything to go by, Edge Brewing Project seem intent on ensuring none of it hits the ground. Brewed in collaboration with the Collingwood fine diners of the same name, Ides is designed to kickstart a meal. The aperitif uses a pilsner base then adds ruby red grapefruit and honey to create a beer that’s largely light and refreshing, where the bitterness balances against the sweetness and has a light citrus twist. Mimosa is… Read more
Style
Honey Grapefruit Pilsner & Citrus Lager
ABV
4.2% & 4.9%

Nail's Red Carpet returns, just as devilishly easy to drink as before

Tapped Today
Originally brewed for GABS 3016 as a 9 percent-plus, scaled up version of the brewery’s Red Ale – itself a permanent iteration of the Citra driven Nail Brew Log #4 – Nail’s Red Carpet returns once more as a winter seasonal for 2016. With a smooth toffee malt focus, Red Carpet is decidedly an imperial re ale, rather than imperial red IPA. Any bitterness at play is purely there for balance, which opens up the palate for citrus, subtle booze licks – this year is its lowest ABV incarnation… Read more
Style
Imperial Red Ale
ABV
8.4%

Bridge Road Hazy Bling IPA

Tapped Yesterday
Bridge Road’s Bling is an elder among Australia’s hop forward releases; it's both one of the country's oldest continually produced IPAs and, as a result of taking some cues from the UK rather than the US, it looks a little darker too. With a rich mix of malts, the beer edges far closer to red IPA territory than many of its peers. And, while the Beechworth brewery has been a pioneer when it comes to brewing some styles locally, hazy IPAs haven't been at the forefront of the Bridge Road release… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
40 IBU

Cheeky Monkey Firefighters Friend Red Ale

Tapped Yesterday
Collaboration has steadily grown in popularity within the wider craft beer world with brewers finding pretty much any reason to collaborate with local, national and overseas brewers or, indeed, those outside the realm of beer: coffee, wine, clothing, TV, sports, food, events, bands... Brewing a beer for charity seems as good a reason as any to organise a brew day and, although Firefighters Red Ale might not be the first beer brewed for charitable purposes, or the first red ale named after firemen… Read more
Style
American Red Ale
ABV
4.5%
Bitterness
30 IBU

Deeds Brewing Fortune & Glory & The Traveller

Tapped July 22nd, 2019
They might both be hazy double IPAs that sit at 8 percent ABV, but these two releases from Deeds Brewing show how well murky beers can shine a light on different hop profiles. Fortune & Glory was originally brewed a few months ago to mark the launch of the Deeds’ Glen Iris brewery. Even though it was a small keg run, the beer’s popularity soon made it clear to the brew team it deserved to enjoy a wider release in cans. What likely drove that popularity was the beer’s smooth body and hopped… Read more
Style
Hazy IPAs
ABV
8.0% & 8.0%

Batch Brewing Co The Huge Kahuna

Tapped July 21st, 2019
There’s the Big Kahuna, Batch’s coconut infused brown ale and then - when the tides are right - there’s the Huge Kahuna, a coconut and cacao infused imperial brown ale. Although this is brown in name, it’s entirely opaque when you hold it up to the light. It’s full and fragrant; the coconut was delivered to the brewery immediately after being toasted at The Bread And Butter Project, a social enterprise bakery just down the road. If you’ll forgive the slightly unoriginal line, this beer… Read more
Style
Imperial Brown Ale
ABV
8.4%

Batch Brewing Co Addison Rye Ale

Tapped July 21st, 2019
Complexity and simplicity come together in this beer to deliver an easy-drinker that can be explored in depth, or enjoyed without a second thought. If you like rye beers, you can appreciate the peppery aroma, the subtle spice, the savoury cracker character. A mix of seven Voyager and Gladfield malts bring layers of light zest and a savoury, earthy edge to the body. If you pair it with spicy food, the sweeter characters are drawn out, and sit parallel on the palate with any salt or grease. The whole… Read more
Style
Rye Ale
ABV
4.8%

Wheaty Brewing Corps & The Bruery Quandong Saison

Tapped July 20th, 2019
It is no secret the Wheaty Brewing Corps team love a collaboration, especially around the time of Good Beer Wheaty. As part of the 2019 mini-fest, the crew from The Bruery in the US jumped into the Thebarton brewery and straight into the hazmat suits, as house culture "The Menace" was once again wheeled out to make something wild and full of unidentifiable bugs. The malt bill was kept simple, with some heavy late Amarillo and Citra hop additions to bring a little something extra. But they… Read more
Style
Quandong Saison
ABV
5.8%
Bitterness
25 IBU
Stockists

The Wheaty

Wheaty Brewing Corps & Small World Bakery Kvass

Tapped July 20th, 2019
The Wheaty Brewing Corps don't just collaborate with other brewers; here, they turned to a business that specialises in a very different type of fermentation: sourdough bread. Along with the Wheaty’s mixed culture yeast, 60kg of Small World Bakery’s rye sourdough was sliced, toasted and thrown into the top of the mash to create a Kvass. It's a style best known in Russia, where old stale bread was wild fermented with sugar to create a sour, very low ABV ale. The Wheaty’s clocks in at 4.8 percent… Read more
Style
Kvass
ABV
4.8%
Bitterness
pH 3.5
Stockists

The Wheaty

Moon Dog Black Lung IX

Tapped July 19th, 2019
Moon Dog’s Black Lung has been busting out of barrels since 2011, with the smoky stout spending its time ageing with a different kind of vessel each year. You can read more about the beer’s story here with past barrels including bourbon, whisky, Cognac, and red wine; this time around, tequila got the guernsey. The barrels were sourced from Tequila Tromba, which is about as Australian as a tequila company can get, having been founded by two Australians and a Canadian. Both the Reposado and Añejo… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Smoky Stout
ABV
9.1%

Moon Dog In The Crumble The Mighty Crumble & Olida Bit Of Haze, Eh?

Tapped July 19th, 2019
The inventive name well at Moon Dog shows no sign of slowing down as the brewery releases two very different (but aptly named) cans. There’s In The Crumble, The Mighty Crumble – an apple crumble sour with lactose, vanilla and cinnamon. Making its way into the world at the same time as the Lion King remake looks rather well planned and it's hard to question how well the beer captures the dessert in a can. The tart apple catches you first, then leads into the sweeter flavours, the vanilla and the… Read more
Style
Various
ABV
5.8% & 6.5%

Hargreaves Hill Brew 1000

Tapped July 19th, 2019
The recent vintages of Hargreaves Hill’s R.I.S. (Russian Imperial Stout) have been a favourite in these quarters, serving up a raft of sumptuous complex flavours in a beer that’s spent no time in oak. So, when we were told the brewery had decided to produce a barrel-aged version of that beer, you can imagine our excitement. Apparently we’re not the only fans of the beer either, with others having called for barrel-aged versions in years gone by. So, when the Yarra Valley brewery realised they… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
10.0%

Stomping Ground & Blackhearts & Sparrows Bramble On

Tapped July 19th, 2019
With eleven stores and another set to open before the end of the year, Blackhearts & Sparrows are getting craft beer (not to mention fine wine and spirits) into a lot of hands. As the business has grown, they’ve also looked to collaborate with more of the producers they stock, offering their staff a chance to understand what goes into the bottles and cans on their shelves. The latest of those collaborations is with Stomping Ground, giving the bottleshop’s Gore Street head office the chance… Read more
Style
Dark Berry Sour
ABV
4.1%

Edge Brewing Project Hannibal & Pimped Up Pomme

Tapped July 18th, 2019
Edge are no strangers to brewing sours or lagers (in fact, aside from the odd imperial stout, you could call it their raison d’etre) and they’ve used both styles as colourful canvases upon which to explore flavour. For winter 2019, they've let both an imperial lager and an imperial sour out into the world, both with the same ABV of 7.2. The aptly named Hannibal is the third in a trilogy of ever boozier red lagers, following Cereal Killer and Psycho Killer. There’s a mix of rich, biscuit and… Read more
Style
Imperial Lager & Imperial Fruit Sour
ABV
7.2%

Young Henrys & Collective Arts Rye IPA

Tapped July 16th, 2019
For this year’s Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival, Canadian brewery Collective Arts brewed collaboration beers with six breweries, and this Rye IPA brewed with Young Henry is Sydney’s contribution. In a sea of juicy IPAs, this beer is a drop of resin; the syrupy body brings West Coast flavours, along with layers of cocoa and spice coming in at the finish, and a surprising bite for only 37 IBUs. Collective Arts are known for using cans as canvases, so you could say the design commissioned for each… Read more
Style
Rye IPA
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
37 IBU

Tumut River Brewing Co Deliverance Red IPA & Coffee Milk Stout

Tapped July 16th, 2019
Tumut River's winter 2019 releases pit sweet malts, dark malts, tropical hops and coffee against one another. In one corner is the Deliverance Red IPA, a name that hopefully isn’t suggesting a boat trip down the Tumut River is akin to taking a canoe down the Cahulawassee (although they do have Squealing Pig in their lineup so make of that what you will...). What is clear, however, is the heady mix of tropical fruit, papaya, melon and mango the beer provides against its sweet malt body. Sitting… Read more
Style
Red IPA & Coffee Milk Stout
ABV
8% & 4.4%
Bitterness
100 IBU & 30 IBU

Otherside Brewshed Debut Releases

Tapped July 15th, 2019
Typically, we cover new beer releases from a brewery as they come to hand. This used to be a straightforward affair but, if the late twenty-teens have taught us – and most drinkers – anything, it’s that more breweries means more beer. In the case of some, the now weekly new release schedule manifests its own destiny, to be devoured and replenished with something fresh, every Friday, indefinitely, which is most certainly the case for Otherside’s Brewshed at Freo.Social. While their main Myaree… Read more
Style
Various styles
Stockists

Otherside’s Brewshed releases continue at 4pm, every Friday, forever, at Freo.Social

Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 9: Peanut Butter Porter

Tapped July 15th, 2019
For the ninth iteration of their Brew Crew series, Bad Shepherd have given recipe rights to Carl, the brewpub’s head chef. An American football fan, Carl supports the Ohio State Buckeyes and the very American-sounding sweets that share that teams name: Buckeye Candy. According to the internet, Buckeye Candy is peanut butter fudge that’s been dipped in chocolate. So to create a beer in its (and Carl’s) honour the Bad Shepherd team went for a porter base before adding the necessarily level of… Read more
Style
Porter
ABV
6.7%
Bitterness
22 IBU

Old Wives Ales Imperial Choc Walnut Brownie Ale

Tapped July 15th, 2019
Among the two dozen new beers brewed for the most recent Carwyn Cellers Canvent Calendar was Old Wives Ales’ Choc Walnut Brownie brown ale. The sweet, chocolaty beer may have been secretly waiting inside fridges at the height of summer but stifling weather should never really stop anyone indulging in chocolate. To up the ante for winter, the team decided to make an imperial version, bringing the 6.2 percent ABV beer up to 8 percent. The resulting bigger beer shares the same sweet and rich chocolate… Read more
Style
Imperial Brownie Ale
ABV
8.0%

Innate & The Monk The Snow Leopard Imperial Stout 2019

Tapped July 15th, 2019
Fresh from their Perth Royal Beer Show Champion Small Brewery award, Innate strike again with a collaboration that brought their relatively near neighbours, The Monk, into the Spearwood brewery. Together, their label art playfully, and welcomely, bucks the dour clad trend of midwinter big black beers: the can story evokes Cold War themes which might be played out by Clancy, le Carre, or Greene – while trying not to be distracted by the near double digit ABV liquid inside. Dark chocolate aromas… Read more
Style
Imperial Stout
ABV
9.1%
Stockists

Available in limited release from Innate's WA stockists

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