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!

CoConspirators Brewing The Imposter

Tapped October 31st, 2019
To coincide with the first Indie Beer Day, CoConspirators looked to poke some fun at the world’s largest breweries through their new limited release, The Imposter. The West Coast IPA takes aim at big companies that try to look small and the beer's blurb encourages you to look beyond any mustachioed figures and instead study what's in your hand. If it’s The Imposter that’s in your hand, you’ll find a swirl of tropical flavours thanks to the Citra, Mosaic and Ekuanot hop combo. Papaya mixes… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

A Point of Difference Liquor

Beermash

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Bottle House South Yarra

Carwyn Cellars

Dr Morse

Grape & Grain Liquor Cellars

Hardimans Hotel

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CoConspirators Brewing & Blackhearts & Sparrows The Merchant

Tapped October 31st, 2019
The crew at Blackhearts & Sparrows haven’t just been hard at work opening new stores of late (you can read the story of the family-run bottleshops here), they’ve also been collaborating with an increasing number of breweries too. Among their collaborators are Melbourne gypsy brewers CoConspirators, with whom they brewed The Merchant, a feijoa sour complete with a label designed in the likeness of Blackhearts co-founder Jess Ghaie. Though the feijoa doesn’t have the same kind of popularity… Read more
Style
Feijoa Sour
ABV
4.8%

Catchment Brewing Citrio Pale Ale

Tapped October 30th, 2019
They've been wasting little time expanding their can lineup since debuting with the Pale Select and Whynot Lager, with Catchment Brewing adding Citrio to their offering as summer 2019 approaches. In doing so, they've created another approachable beer tailored to the warm local climate. Citrio is an American pale ale brewed with lemon myrtle leaf, an ingredient native to central and south-eastern Queensland. Not content with simply brewing with it, the beer's name comes from its scientific name, Backhousia… Read more
Style
Pale Ale with Lemon Myrtle
ABV
5.0%

All Hands Kolsch & Loose Juice NEIPA

Tapped October 30th, 2019
After years of knocking out impressively constructed beers at, first, the King St Brewhouse and, more recently, the upgraded All Hands Brewing House that replaced it, the brewpub on Sydney's harbour edge picked up the Champion Brewpub title at the 2019 Indies. So, how do you follow that? By continuing to knock out impressively constructed beers, of course. This Kolsch is a tight little number that does everything right. Made on a Pils malt base, with predominantly old world Hallertau hops, and fermented… Read more
Style
Kolsch Style Ale / NEIPA
ABV
5.6% / 6.5%
Bitterness
20 / 40 IBU

Seasonal Brewing Co Mild Regrets

Tapped October 30th, 2019
Tasting Seasonal’s grisette makes the drinker wonder why this low alcohol style isn’t more prominent in Australia. The more approachable yet ironically lesser known cousin of saison is made for warm weather drinking and food pairing, particularly the sort of share options that have dominated Australian menus in the past two decades. In the case of Mild Regrets, its clean, spritzy and light body is tickled with just enough light banana and clove to show its style origins without overwhelming… Read more
Style
Grisette
ABV
4.4%

Seasonal Brewing Co Runaway Forklift

Tapped October 30th, 2019
On debut, Seasonal's pale ale drinks bigger than many of its local peers; however, it’s indebted to a number of modern Australian classics. Much of this has to do with the Cascade hop and Crystal malt expression, which has become pervasive on taps nationwide and which head brewer Brody Watts references through a textural chewiness, caramel, tropical fruit and ephemeral floral touches. Or, put simply, a modern Australian take on the classic American pale ale. … Read more
Style
Pale Ale
ABV
6.1%

Seasonal Brewing Co Malicious Compliance

Tapped October 30th, 2019
A sign of the style's pervasive appeal as the 2010s close is the decision to launch a new brewery with a New England IPA in your core range. Seasonal’s low bitterness, juicy offering is driven by El Dorado, early harvest Amarillo and Idaho 7 hops that explode out of the glass in the manner of Starburst-like overripe pineapple and stonefruit. The palate remains smooth with none of the chalkiness found in many NEIPAs, while a slight booze weight provides deft ballast. Guy Southern… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
7.3%

Seasonal Brewing Co Otis

Tapped October 30th, 2019
Named after owner Nick Southwell’s son, Otis pours with a lighter hue than is typical for the red IPA style, yet bold citrus and pine soon bring the beer back into more familiar territory. Caramel maltiness is balanced by a tight, dry finish which feels almost West Coast IPA-leaning, something that's likely to evolve over future batches, as Otis – both boy and beer – matures. Guy Southern… Read more
Style
Red IPA
ABV
7.4%

Seasonal Brewing Co Conflict Of Interest

Tapped October 30th, 2019
Launching with an imperial IPA may seem almost passé in today's climate yet there’d be few that would have been brave enough to even consider it a few short years ago. As an early showcase of the Seasonal Brewing Co’s breadth, this high ABV hop monster firmly asserts itself both within the Maylands brewery's opening range and the wider WA beer landscape. A bittersweet tango dances throughout the lengthy palate, while the hoppy trio of Azacca, Centennial and Columbus showcase citrus marmalade… Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
ABV
8.1%

Seasonal Brewing Co Midnight

Tapped October 30th, 2019
Straight outta the 18th century Baltic States and into Perth’s inner northeast comes Midnight, giving their opening salvo of beers a big, bold end point. The lager yeast fermentation gives the beer a clean profile, one that's given a little character thanks to a touch of rye. Coffee and dark chocolate are soon joined by raisin, plum and assorted dark fruit, plus a booze-derived warmth that lifts the palate while touches of liquorice and dusty Dutch chocolate appear too. It's a combination that… Read more
Style
Baltic Porter
ABV
8.0%

Seasonal Brewing Co No.9

Tapped October 30th, 2019
Seasonal’s Franco-Belgian farm party kicks off with pear and apple on the nose, which open to white pepper, banana and estery notes. Combine these with playful effervescence, substantial booze and a lengthy dryness and this is a beer in which Seasonal get to show off their swagger. If that’s not enough, discussions are already underway for a Brett version which will add further complexity to No.9. Guy Southern… Read more
Style
Saison
ABV
7.8%

Seasonal Brewing Co Late Lunch

Tapped October 30th, 2019
Seasonal's head brewer Brody Watts describes Late Lunch with nostalgic affection as a beer that reminds him of his uni days: a classic Australian-style lager with an uncomplicated refreshment that keeps things simple. Fittingly, Australian Pride of Ringwood hops – so off trend these days yet good enough for Coopers Pale among many others – deliver earthy and herbal notes but nothing too fussy or flashy. Instead, Late Lunch is a liquid ode to keeping it simple and it would seem plenty of Seasonal… Read more
Style
Australian Lager
ABV
5.5%

Ballistic Beer Co Nelson Sauvin IPA

Tapped October 29th, 2019
People say the parallel lines of vineyards make for a pleasant view, but I’ll take rows of hop bines over grape vines any day, and I guess the folk at Ballistic think the same way too. They’ve given a facelift to their series of Single Hop IPAs, with the tinnie labels now showing a hop bomb dropping between rows of rising hops. The series is designed to help you recognise and appreciate the nuances and characters of one particular hop at a time… but, if we’re being honest, we mostly just… Read more
Style
Single Hop IPA
ABV
6.1%
Bitterness
60 IBU

Ballistic Beer Co Oaked XPA

Tapped October 29th, 2019
The past few years have seen the introduction and subsequent rapid rise of XPAs within the Australian beer market. But while "XPA" is only a young style, it’s already undergone the treatment that Australians notoriously give to everything: “Let’s mess around with it and see what happens.” So, when Ballistic decided to brew an XPA, they chose to give it a clear hop profile of Citra (with some Magnum for bittering) and to ferment it on toasted American oak chips. In doing so, they’ve… Read more
Style
Oaked XPA
ABV
5.8%
Bitterness
50 IBU

Exit Brewing & Rocky Ridge Brekkie Juice IPA

Tapped October 28th, 2019
It's become pretty commonplace to describe some of the haziest, thickest IPAs as aking to brekkie juice. And, here, collaborators Exit and Rocky Ridge go the whole hog (or should that be juice bar) in loading up an IPA with a quartet of fruits. As you can imagine, this moves the appearance beyond hazy and into full on brekkie juice territory, while it's the mango that dominates on the fruit front, with the guava, passionfruit and pineapple fighting it out for the lesser podium spots. It's not as… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA with Fruit
ABV
6.7%

Colonial Brewing Co Hazy IPA

Tapped October 27th, 2019
It seems fairly safe to say hazy IPAs / NEIPAs are here to stay. While other IPA variants such as Bruts have proven to be a flash in the pan, if anything brewers only seem to be getting started in terms of working out just where these beers a million miles away in appearance terms from what was once considered a "good" beer can be taken. In the case of Colonial's brewers, they really are just getting started, at least in terms of bring such a beer to market. But, as head brewer Ash Hazell… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
6.7%

Hop Nation Organic Lager

Tapped October 25th, 2019
Flick through the Rolodex of new releases from Hop Nation over the past couple of years and you'll find barrel-aged blends, hazies aplenty, fruit sours and wine. Yet the beer they've been putting as much time and effort into as any is something rather more straightforward: a lager. A lager in which the most remarkable or distinctive part is the fact it's certified organic: brewed using organically grown hops and malt. It's been designed with summer sessions in mind and, presumably, in the hope it… Read more
Style
Organic Lager
ABV
4.0%
Stockists

Launching at Hop Nation on the weekend of October 25-27 with $5 tinnies, $10 pints, and specials on takeaway purchases.

Nomad Brewing South Pacific Luau & Supersonic Yuzu

Tapped October 25th, 2019
When it comes to botanical additions to beers, Nomad often goes in a distinctly Aussie direction. But these two releases from the brewery are designed to give Australian drinkers a taste of other lands. So, take a sip, close your eyes, and let the flavours whisk you far from home... With South Pacific Luau, Nomad have taken their South Pacific Dream a step further - or rather, three steps further - by adding passionfruit, orange and guava into the mix, turning the South Pacific Ale into a full-on… Read more
Style
Fruit Pale & DIPA
ABV
4.1% & 7.8%

Brewmanity Yuzu & Citrus Sour

Tapped October 25th, 2019
I guess the joy of catching up with an AFL legend – one who has a bar named after him at the CUB fortress that is the MCG, no less – to take delivery of a new beer release should have subsided by now, especially as David Neitz has been in the game with Brewmanity for years. But, let's be honest, moments such as chatting to him about the recipe and brewing process for their Yuzu & Citrus Sour remains up there with the unlikeliest of the many unexpected delights that have come my way since… Read more
Style
Yuzu & Citrus Berliner Weisse
ABV
3.8%
Stockists

Try it first at Brewmanity's Beer Market Pop-Up on Oct 26 and 27.

Then find it in independent retailers

Feral Brewing Tusk IIPA 2019 Edition

Tapped October 25th, 2019
Tusk started life as Australia’s first double IPA, way back in 2003: brash, arrogant and without a dry hop regime in sight, because no one knew what DH or DDH was at the time, but that wasn’t the point. The OG was just big, malty and bitter; a creative endeavour to push things further. A decade later, it was resurrected with a tighter focus: quality. After pouring cooked imported IPAs into a potted ficus at the Swan Valley brewpub, former Feral owner Brendan Varis and innovation brewer Will… Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
ABV
10.9%
Stockists

Archive Beer Boutique

Beer DeLuxe

Caboose

Forest Lodge Hotel

Hopscotch

Royston Hotel

Union Hotel Newtown

Tapped first at Feral's Brewpub Tusk Day celebration on Oct 25 then...

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