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!

Indian Ocean Fruitulus Lupulus NEIPA (2019)

Tapped November 28th, 2019
Fruitulus Lupulus arrived in March 2018 amid a flurry of interest from locals in Perth’s northern corridor. This soon spread further afield, going on to record the quickest keg draining at Mane Liquor then featuring in this publication's Best New WA Beers list for that year. Clearly, its deft execution and broad appeal had found many friends. As 2019 draws to a close, the beer has made the leap to core range under the stewardship of incoming head brewer Thomas Fleay, formerly of Beerlands' Whitfords… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
5.9%

Australian Brewery & Messina Gelato Ale

Tapped November 27th, 2019
On a hot summer’s day, some people say gelato is the way to keep cool. Others say beer’s the way to go. Australian Brewery and Gelato Messina say: “¿Porque no los dos?” The two businesses have collaborated to create a beer called Gelato Ale using Messina’s in-house dulce de leche, a sweet caramel-like sauce that’s hugely popular in South America. Dulce de leche is the base of one of Messina’s most popular gelato flavours; they take it so seriously that, when Australia banned the import… Read more
Style
Dulce de Leche Beer
ABV
5.5%
Stockists

Beer Cartel

Bitter Phew

Bucket Boys

Uncle Hops

Australian Brewery

You can find other stockists and watch a video of the making of the beer here

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Modus Operandi Beached Az Brew Trans Tasman Ale

Tapped November 26th, 2019
Cult cartoon Beached Az made a return recently in the shape of a new ten-part series to mark the decade of whale and seagull's first adventures on the ABC. The shows – and accompanying documentary series Teached Az – focus on issues such as climate change, overfishing, the impact of plastic on beach and ocean life and so on. As whale and seagull tell Josh Pikefish in one episode, if you want to get a message across to someone it's best to do it in a positive manner. And what could be more positive… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
ABV
4.5%

Bodriggy Brewing Utropia Pale Ale

Tapped November 22nd, 2019
For Thomas More, Utopia was a land without lawyers, private ownership and where any religious person could live free and well. Unfortunately for Thomas More, he didn’t live in his imagined state and, less than two decades after publishing his political manifest, Henry VIII came for his head when More the Catholic wouldn’t get on board with the Protestant Reformation. For Bodriggy, Utopia looks a little more like a world plastered in tropical hops and good times. It’s a sensation the brewery… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale Ale
ABV
4.8%
Stockists

Check Bodriggy's Froff Finder here

Boston Brewing Squeeze New England IPA

Tapped November 21st, 2019
Boston’s Squeeze returns in cans, well timed for the transition into warmer weather. The Denmark brewer’s New England IPA has been appearing in limited release for more than a year and this release shows the strength of Squeeze's appeal, not the Great Southern team need convincing, as head brewer Tyson Addy notes: “It’s what the brewers drink most days after work.” While not as visually dense as some, Amarillo, Azacca, Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado deliver bright tropical hop aromas which… Read more
Style
New England IPA
ABV
6.5%
Stockists

Squeeze is available from the brewery and select WA retailers in limited release.

Gage Roads Small Batch Lager

Tapped November 21st, 2019
West Coast brewers Gage Roads celebrate their crystal brewing anniversary with a throwback to their debut beer from 2004. They've released many lagers over the years; however, this return offers a window into Australia’s early Y2K beer landscape, one in which Euro-inspired lagers dominated consumption and which might be something of a curiosity for many recent converts to craftier drinking: wait, there’s no lactose in this? No DDH? No fruit? Nope, but that might be a nice change … and it does… Read more
Style
Vienna Lager
ABV
4.7%

Molly Rose Brewing Shoulders Of Giants

Tapped November 19th, 2019
Having spent several months travelling through various global beer cultures while refining his plans for Molly Rose, there was little doubt Nic Sandery would be someone eager to doff his cap to those who inspired him. Or, in this case, those who inspired a generation of brewers and drinkers. Shoulders Of Giants is his homage to the big IPAs from the West Coast of the US that helped kickstart the style's eminence within the craft beer revolution. As such, it's brewed with the classic "three Cs"… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
7.4%
Bitterness
85 IBU

Molly Rose Brewing When Life Gives You Lemons

Tapped November 19th, 2019
Many beers can give a drinker lemons, whether it's the citric tang of some kettle sours or hop-derived. Not too many come loaded with actual lemons, however. Or, to be more accurate in the case of this Molly Rose beer, "dry-lemoned". But that's one of the steps Nic Sandery took with this farmhouse ale, one that features a colourful hop combo (Loral, Cascade, Amarillo, Centennial and Ahtanum) plus some specialty malts, with the aim of creating a lemon slice like character. You'll not be… Read more
Style
Farmhouse Ale with Lemons
ABV
5.2%

Molly Rose Brewing Beaming

Tapped November 19th, 2019
Why Beaming? Because, according to the man behind the beer, this is an IPA designed to be drunk from an esky in the sunshine in a park or at the beach. Smaller, paler and leaner than the Shoulders Of Giants IPA released at the same time, it features local hop Ella alongside a quintet of popular (and, for the most part, fruity and citrusy) American varieties. It reminds me of IPAs of the Thornbridge Jaipur / 3 Ravens New World IPA ilk: light and lean, with plenty of bitey, pithy, and champagne like… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
5.7%

Grifter Brewing Co Pilsner

Tapped November 19th, 2019
The Grifter crew love brewing all kinds of beers with all kinds of flavours. But you know what else they love? Pilsners. They can’t get enough of them. So late 2019 has seen them finally get around to adding a yellow-tinned pilsner to their core lineup. Nope, I’m not talking about Serpent’s Kiss, their watermelon pilsner that’s got fruit for days. Nope, I’m not talking about a renewal of the 6.2 percent pilsner they brewed when they first moved into their own brewery in 2013. Nope, I’m… Read more
Style
Pilsner
ABV
4.4%

Nomad Brewing Budgy Smuggler Pale Ale

Tapped November 18th, 2019
This beer is beautiful inside and out - a series of eye-catching label designs on a deliciously drinkable beer. You might even say this beer’s got the whole package. [And you had the gall to accuse me of making dad jokes earlier - Editor] For context, this beer is the collaboration between Nomad and Budgy Smuggler Swimwear in Manly. Both are family-owned businesses; both began in the Northern Beaches and export to the rest of the world; both enjoy loud patterns and having a laugh. The beer itself… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
ABV
5.0%
Stockists

Join them for a launch at Manly Wine on Nov 23 – details here

Wolf Of The Willows XXXPA

Tapped November 17th, 2019
It's been a big few weeks for Scott and Renae from Wolf Of The Willows, what with securing their own brewery site that's set to open in 2020 and marking a half decade of beers. And they've celebrated the latter with a suitably big beer, one that takes their debut XPA and ratchets it up to double the size and throws in a triple dry-hop with Mosaic, Galaxy, Kahatu and Nelson Sauvin for good measure. Oh, and it's in big black cans too, complete with bold red lettering, the XXX perhaps intended as a… Read more
Style
Imperial XPA
ABV
9.2%

Little Bang Brewing Schwangermelon

Tapped November 17th, 2019
The Little Bang crew have utilised loads of different fruit in their beers to date, largely across their sNEIPA and Schwang range. In the past, it's mainly been berries and citrus fruits but here it's watermelon’s chance to shine within the aptly named Schwangermelon kettle sour. The schwangermelon takes on a perfectly clear, extremely light-yellow appearance, gaining little in the way of colour from the fruit additions. Certainly, the watermelon is dominant in the aroma, but it also brings with… Read more
Style
Watermelon Sour
ABV
3.0%

Little Bang Brewing Rabbit Hole #1: Gin/Shiraz Barrel Saison

Tapped November 17th, 2019
Rabbit Hole #1 begins a barrel-ageing adventure for the Little Bang crew, this time in conjunction with Adelaide spirit gurus Prohibition Liquor. Ever since their new venue was opened, a large display of barrels has graced the brewery, but with little communication as to what lay inside. A clever ploy, one might say, amping up the hype of their barrel-aged brand. Rabbit Hole #1 is the first release an experimental series that will never see a beer repeated. They started with a barrel that originally… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Saison
ABV
4.4%

Blasta Brewing Rampant Raspberry

Tapped November 17th, 2019
What began as a beer for GABS 2019 has returned plumper than ever. It’s no secret Blasta’s owner Steve Russell has an affinity for fruited beer but this takes things to a new level. Four fruit additions were made throughout Rampant Raspberry’s creation and it shows. The gloriously hot pink beer leads with raspberry, masses of it, before being joined by passionfruit and suggestions of cranberry from the hibiscus addition. Although brightly acetic, there’s a whipped fruit smoothie creaminess… Read more
Style
Fruited Kettle Sour Wild Ale
ABV
4.7%
Stockists

Available in limited release from the brewery and Blasta stockists nationally.

Rocks Brewing Short Session IPA

Tapped November 17th, 2019
Short Session started life as a small batch trial as a session IPA, bringing fruity punch but with a little less oomph than most IPAs. Butm as it started to win people over - not least the brewers - it got re-brewed on a larger volume, with an extra blast of hops, and a jump in ABV, bringing it from its original 4.6 to up to 5.8 percent. So, what can you expect from a session IPA that’s no longer a session IPA? It’s managed to keep its clean profile and approachability. Its flavours are citrus-forward,… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
5.8%

Seasonal Brewing Co Gourdgeous Gose

Tapped November 17th, 2019
To celebrate the 2019 Maylands Street Festival, the Seasonal team brewed a beer that was perfectly timed for weather in the mid-30s: a watermelon and cucumber gose. Having attended on the day, head brewer Brody Watts' prescience for this level of refreshment was both welcome and quite astonishing. Juice from both fruits was added to the lightly kettle soured base, which translates initially as something almost lolly-like in its vibrant expression before the acid and light spritz provides balance.… Read more
Style
Watermelon & Cucumber Gose
ABV
4.2%

Wildflower St Henry 2019 – White Peach

Tapped November 15th, 2019
St Henry is to be the last of the Saint series of Wildflower fruited beers for 2019. In devastating news for the beer lovers who can only experience joy through vertical tastings, 2019 is unfortunately substantially different to 2018. For starters, it’s a completely different fruit. A hailstorm in late 2018 destroyed the apricots at the Thornbrook Orchard in Orange and partially damaged a good proportion of peaches. So, in keeping with the Wildflower ethos of sustainability, 400kg of otherwise… Read more
Style
Australian Wild Ale with Peaches
ABV
5.6%

Bright Brewery M.I.A. IPA (2019 onwards)

Tapped November 15th, 2019
Way back in the Paleozoic era (well, something like 2012, anyway), the first release of M.I.A. was the moment that tipped us off that Jon Seltin was a brewer to watch. He'd not long been plucked from homebrewing and put straight into the head brewer role at Bright and this IPA – named after an incident that saw him crash land his paraglider and go missing in action the day before it was being launched – was a real statement of intent. The beer, brewer and brewery have all undergone change since… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
50 IBU

Bright Brewery Spring Fling Tropical Pale

Tapped November 15th, 2019
Passionfruit is a potent little bugger, isn't it? And Bright's head brewer Reid Stratton has got his hands on some and isn't afraid to us it. Here, it's been added to a pale ale base beer, thus boosting its tropical fruit juice aromas. More than that, the fruit addition also gives the beer a really distinct tang; if you didn't know better, you'd swear you were drinking a fruited lacto sour. James Smith… Read more
Style
Pale Ale with Passionfruit
ABV
4.7%
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