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!

Rocky Ridge Karl Joins The Mafia

Tapped June 17th, 2019
A 9 percent ABV imperial white stout brewed with coffee from a boutique coffee roastery in Margaret River in collaboration with a tiny craft beer bar in a Singaporean Chinatown complex... That's a lot to digest but, then again, this was initially brewed for GABS, and is another Rocky Ridge beer worth savouring. Karl Joins the Mafia is the latest release in a series of beers adorned with the "Karl" persona, an unlucky character who always seems to land in worrying predicaments. Thankfully,… Read more
Style
Imperial White Stout
ABV
9.0%
Bitterness
30 IBU

Rocky Ridge Alfie's Lager

Tapped June 17th, 2019
Afie's Lager – a doppelbock – was brewed in honour of a Rocky Ridge family pup. Alfie is the trusty brewpup of head brewer Ross Terlick and spends his days helping on the Rocky Ridge brewery and farm. The beer itself is pretty self explanatory: a gutsy doppelbock brewed to a generous 7.6 percent ABV and 22 IBU. Don't let the big numbers worry you, though, this lager is well balanced and oozes drinkability. Pronounced malt and sweetness are key players on the nose and palate alike, with generous… Read more
Style
Doppelbock
ABV
7.6%
Bitterness
22 IBU

Blackman's Brewery Coffee Lager

Tapped June 17th, 2019
Coffee has been used in beer in many different ways over the years. Sometimes brewers want to add its roasty qualities to a beer, on occasion it's more about extracting the perfume like characteristics of the beans instead. And many methods have been explored in terms of how the coffee is prepared, and when and how it's added. So what of Blackman's collab with Geelong's Coffee Cartel? Well, let's just say they kept the approach simple. My tasting notes refer to a distinct and very coffee like roasted… Read more
Style
Coffee Lager
ABV
4.8%

Barrel Farm By Blackman's Quince & Honey Saison

Tapped June 17th, 2019
The third release from Blackman's offshoot dedicated to beers of a more funky and farmhouse nature sees the Torquay team move from sour to saison. It's no straightforward saison, however, with locally sourced quince and honey added to the mix. As you might expect, the resultant beer sits at the fuller, sweeter end of the saison spectrum, a fair way from some of the wilder, tart affairs on the market. Richly fruity and malty upfront – and full of body too – with just a little perfume like fragrance… Read more
Style
Quince & Honey Saison
ABV
6.5%

Wayward Brewing Coffee & Donuts

Tapped June 16th, 2019
Wayward went through more than four kegs of their 2019 GABS beer in Sydney alone, so it’s no surprise they’ve decided to rebrew it, stick it in cans, and release it nationwide. Although an early version appeared in Dan Murphys’ Festival Variety Pack – one that led them to issue this statement, this is a refined version, with a touch of hops to alter the flavour ever so slightly. Inspiration for the beer came from ice hockey teammates Jason Adair and Lachlan Berger, who play in Wayward-sponsored… Read more
Style
Milk Stout
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

Available in NSW, VIC, QLD & ACT.

Batch Brewing Co The Big Kahuna

Tapped June 16th, 2019
One of Batch’s earliest releases and now a regular winter seasonal, The Big Kahuna, returns for the year, making its way into cans for the very first time. Inspired by founders Chris and Andrew’s Hawaiian travels, this brown ale is packed with malty goodness from no less than six different malts. But, the real stunner is a massive addition of toasted coconut at all stages of the process – mash, boil and fermenter. That coconut carries through in all aspects of the beer too, from aroma and flavour… Read more
Style
Coconut Brown Ale
ABV
4.8%

Batch Brewing Co Campos Milk Stout

Tapped June 16th, 2019
Sydney coffee institution Campos is a household name in the Inner West, with their Newtown outpost having helped thousands of bleary-eyed students of the University of Sydney survive their studies (or maybe that’s just me.) Similarly, Batch share a similar level of fame when it comes to beer, so it’s only natural for these two to collaborate to create a delicious yet simple milk stout. Using a variant of Elsie the Milk Stout as the base, the beer is brewed with whole coffee beans from Campos… Read more
Style
Nitro Coffee Milk Stout
ABV
4.4%

Six String Triple Dark Red IPA

Tapped June 15th, 2019
For many of us, Six String’s Dark Red IPA was the first red IPA we could consistently get our hands on. It’s a beautiful, balanced drop, with the hops and malt intertwining masterfully and with intensity. When Six String brought out the double, they amped it up, put a tiger on the label, and we all raced to try it. The increase in malt was more prominent than the increase in hops, which was a little surprising, considering they’d doubled the malt but tripled the hops. The result was a little… Read more
Style
Triple Dark Red IPA
ABV
12.0%

Cheeky Monkey Long Mac Topped Up

Tapped June 15th, 2019
This is a beer that could only be made by a Western Australian brewery. Anyone from WA, or who has spent time there, knows this coffee order. Furthermore, any Sandgroper that’s tried to order it outside of state lines knows they'll usually be met by a confused barista and the sharp retort: "You’re from WA, aren’t you?" While this may be taken as a cultural slight or, at best, a café faux pas, the collaborators here have made no apologies for the regional interpretation of what’s… Read more
Style
Sweet Stout
ABV
7.0%
Stockists

Available exclusively from West Australian Liquor Barons outlets

Bright Tank & Brew U Snob Bait

Tapped June 15th, 2019
Bright Tank’s zeitgeist dabbling continues to see the urban brewery move further away from owner Matt Moore’s beloved saisons. Here the East Perth operation have partnered with the brew on premise, craft home brew team Brew U. With commercial brewing aspirations themselves, Snob Bait’s concept was built around an old school lime ice cream in honour of the ascendant amateur John Stocky’s birthday, while the name is a pithy play on – and at – a WA based beer group. As Matt says, laughing:… Read more
Style
Milkshake IPA
ABV
6.8%
Stockists

Available from the brewery and select WA retailers

Moon Dog Jacket's & Vinnie's IPAs

Tapped June 14th, 2019
Their association with the canine world has long gone beyond the brewery name and roaming brewery dog. There's been sponsorship of various dog-related events and now both a series of IPAs named after dogs with a connection to the brewery and Doggy Adoption Day at the brewery on June 16. The day will also see the launch of two more Doggo IPAs, both brewed with Norwegian "super yeast" kveik, which saw the beers fermented in just 48 hours (in layman's terms: insanely fast). Jacket's is a West… Read more
Style
Kveik IPAs
ABV
6.5%

T-Bone Brewing Rye IIPA & Puck'n Clouds

Tapped June 14th, 2019
Just like any contemporary brewpub keen to explore, the T-Bone brewers have been firing off shots in many a direction as autumn heads into spring, with this pair of releases about as far from each other as you could imagine. Rye IIPA is, as you'd expect, high in rye malt content and at imperial levels when it comes to booze. And, while they've double dry-hopped with Centennial, Citra and Simcoe hops, it's the ingredient that dominates proceedings. Pouring a deep, rusty hue, it's more a showcase for… Read more
Style
Rye IIPA & Kettle Sour
ABV
8.5% & 4.5%
Stockists

Find cans in good beer outlets in TAS & QLD

T-Bone Brewing Peanut Butter Porter

Tapped June 14th, 2019
You wait years for a chocolaty peanut butter beer to come your way then, whaddya know, two land on your doorstep in two weeks... Following hot on the heels of Barossa Valley's Peanut Butter Chocolate Milkshake comes this porter-with-a-twist from Hobart's T-Bone. And, such was the response to its launch, a second batch was already being brewed by the time the first reached Crafty Towers. Like its SA companion, the beer leaves you in no doubt it's a nutty one. If anything, the crushed nuts aroma –… Read more
Style
Peanut Butter Chocolate Porter
ABV
5.2%

Feral Brewing Imperial Biggie Juice

Tapped June 14th, 2019
Biggie is the juicy gift that keeps giving. Over the past few months, the OG has become core range and iterations like Dirty Biggie, an American oak version, have surfaced; however, they all appear to have been a warm up for this imperial release which dropped, appropriately, during the GABS East Coast run. Rather than just scale up Biggie Juice, the recipe was tweaked to include dry-hopping with Citra and Mosaic. The impact of this is pronounced sweet orange – peel in particular – and mandarin,… Read more
Style
Imperial East Coast IPA
ABV
8.0%
Stockists

Launching at the Swan Valley brewpub on June 14 before a limited nationwide can release.

Noisy Minor Admiral Ackbar

Tapped June 14th, 2019
While Brisbanites have been dusting off their flannel shirts and beanies, preparing to endure the brief and fleeting Queensland winter, Mount Tamborine’s Noisy Minor have quietly released the 2019 run of Admiral Ackbar. The most notable of the Fortitude Brewing offshoot, Ackbar is a big, hoppy red ale that’s a stalwart in the South East Queensland beer scene and, again, does not disappoint. With a big Citra hop-loaded front and a sweet, dry finish, Admiral Ackbar is an 8.2 percent ABV beer that… Read more
Style
Imperial Red Ale
ABV
8.2%
Awards

A "ridiculously small batch” was released to venues in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.

Endeavour Ygritte's Nitro Red & Grapefruit IIPA

Tapped June 13th, 2019
Like the fiery red-haired warrior woman from Game of Thrones, Ygritte’s Nitro Red is a fan favourite. She’s a traditional Irish red, but with a higher proportion of nitrogen than your standard nitro pour, making this beer as smooth and creamy as they come. The cascading, off white head takes its sweet time to gather itself to the top of your glass, instead dancing in slow motion before your eyes, revealing more and more of the copper-red gleam in the liquid as it goes. Soft caramel and toffee… Read more
Style
Red Ale & IIPA
ABV
4.8% & 8.1%

Exit Brewing #023: Double Milk Stout

Tapped June 12th, 2019
Given the vast and growing number of brewing companies in Australia plus the scores that send their beers to Melbourne to be judged every year, it's becoming tougher and tougher to pick up a trophy at the Australian International Beer Awards. There are many fine brewers out there who will never take to the stage to pick up a Best Beer or Champion Brewery trophy. Yet Exit Brewing have managed it not once but twice. At the 2019 AIBAs, brewer Grum was called to the stage to collect the Best Stout trophy… Read more
Style
Double Milk Stout
ABV
8.2%

All Hands Tafel Belgian Table Beer & Rusty Anchor Barley Wine

Tapped June 12th, 2019
Table beers generally do three things very well: they’re easy-drinking; they go well with food; they’re inconspicuous, staying out of the way so as to allow conversation to flow freely. Tafel does two of these well. Easy-drinking? Definitely. While it’s heavier than your average table beer, it retains the refreshing and quaffable quality that gives this style its charm. Goes with food? Absolutely. There’s a mild fruitiness coming through from the blend of two yeast strains, and an interesting… Read more
Style
Table Beer & Barleywine
ABV
5.4% & 11.5%

All Hands Rouseabout Pale Ale

Tapped June 12th, 2019
In a market where NEIPAs are winning our hearts and mid-strengths are on the rise, All Hands Brewing House have brought out a core range mid that hits a sweet spot. While Rouseabout is labelled as a pale ale, I’d happily call it a session NEIPA: with the alcohol content of a mid, and the explosive flavours of an East Coast IPA. Rouseabout pours bright with a lasting white head, and gives off the kind of aromas and flavours that’ll stick with you in your dreams. A trio of New Zealand hops (Rakau,… Read more
Style
Mid-Strength
ABV
4.0%
Bitterness
30 IBU

BentSpoke Brewing Co Descent 19

Tapped June 11th, 2019
Given his history at the Wig & Pen, there would have been an expectation when BentSpoke opened in Canberra that Richard Watkins would be set free to unleash an array of the experimental and the unlikely upon drinkers. Yet, while visitors to the brewery's Braddon HQ have been able to try a multitude of styles on tap, when it's come to the beers sent further afield they've tended to be of the contemporary and hop forward variety, from Barley Griffin to Crankshaft, Sprocket, Red Nut and Cluster… Read more
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