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!

Burleigh Brewing Wild Berry IPA

Tapped September 27th, 2019
It started as a Burleigh Brewing Taphouse exclusive beer… and the people there loved it. So it made its way to Crafted Festival and Beer InCider… where it sold out. The Burleigh Brewing crew can take a hint, so they went and brewed more of this people pleaser, and now the pink stuff is available in a limited run of four-packs of tinnies. I say "pink", but it looks almost exactly like a light red wine - the low carbonation even has the head dissipating quickly to maintain the illusion.… Read more
Style
Berry IPA
ABV
6.8%

Smiling Samoyed Heart Breaker Red IPA

Tapped September 27th, 2019
The team at the Myponga brewhouse were clearly feeling amorous when creating this small batch limited release, cranking out a red IPA called Heart Breaker. Flirting with a mix of malt and hops, the Smiling Samoyed team also added hugs, kisses and a whole lotta love. Complete with a heart-shaped sunglass-wearing Samoyed on the label, this red IPA swaggers onto the scene close to imperial territory, weighing in at 7.3 percent ABV. Heart Breaker pours a deep dark red, and leans more towards the malty… Read more
Style
Red IPA
ABV
7.3%

Quiet Deeds Survivor Type Hazy TIPA

Tapped September 26th, 2019
Since firing up their Glen Iris brewery, Deeds Brewing have been on an absolute tear when it comes to hazy releases. The OG, Juice Train, is now part of the brewery’s core range and head brewer Justin Corbitt has been spending his time exploring the wider hazy IPA arena in various ways: through tweaks to malt bases, the use of different hops, when those hops are added to the beer, and by dialling up the ABV. Survivor Type is the brewery’s biggest to date, out in yellow and black cans ahead… Read more
Style
Hazy Triple IPA
ABV
10.5%

Urban Alley Blush

Tapped September 26th, 2019
When the crew at Urban Alley opened the doors to their Docklands brewery doors a year ago, one of the limited release beers they sent into the world was Blush. The wheat ale came packed with raspberry goodness and, though only a small number of kegs were brewed at the time, the brewery say it’s been one of their best-received beers to date. So, when the brewery venue's first birthday came around, they decided to re-release the beer, this time canning it and sending it a little wider. Pouring with… Read more
Style
Raspberry Wheat Ale
ABV
5.3%
Bitterness
21 IBU

Blackman's Brewery OG XPA

Tapped September 26th, 2019
How can a brewery, even one as good as Blackman's, claim an XPA as the OG when there are so many around these days? When OG refers to their latest venture: a new beer and burger bar in Ocean Grove, just a few kilometres down the road from their OG brewery in Torquay. They pour a bunch of Blackman's beers there but the brewery team felt it also deserved one of its own. It's a beer that slots neatly into the part of the beer spectrum that increasingly appears to be where craft brewers aim when designing… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
4.4%

Blackman's Brewery Milk Choc Dark Lager & Hop Smash

Tapped September 26th, 2019
Two limited releases at once for Blackman's as spring starts to warm up. One continues their fondness for lagers, and indeed darker ones, with Milk Choc Dark Lager sitting somewhere between a Schwarzbier and a chocolate porter in character. It's fuller in body than the former; indeed it comes across bigger than its 4.8 percent ABV would suggest, which allows for a richer chocolaty experience, with a drying roastiness there to add balance. As for Hop Smash, it's one of many collabs that first appeared… Read more
Style
Dark Lager & XPA
ABV
4.8% / 4.4%

La Sirène The Beginning

Tapped September 25th, 2019
Anyone who’s spent a moment with Costa Nikias will likely have heard him speak about his love for La Sirène’s home in Alphington. It's in a small industrial pocket nestled by parklands and the Darebin Creek, making for a warehouse and surrounds where unique natural microbes tie the La Sirène beers to a physical space. Now, nearly a decade on from the brewery’s conception, La Sirène have launched a new series that aims to capture those environs and moment in time in the sort of elegant package… Read more
Style
Spontaneously Fermented Ale
ABV
5.5%

Great Ocean Road Australian Lager

Tapped September 25th, 2019
On September 19, 1919, the then Premier of Victoria, Harry Lawson, set off an explosive charge in an area just outside the small and isolated town of Lorne. With a bang, work had begun on what would become the 243 kilometre long Great Ocean Road. It wouldn’t be until 1932 that the road would be completed after some 3,000 veterans of World War I turned the rough terrain into a war memorial - the world’s largest - for the fallen. A century later and the road is one of the most travelled in Victoria… Read more
Style
Australian Lager
ABV
5.2%

One Drop Brewing Blueberry Sour

Tapped September 24th, 2019
Almost immediately after opening, One Drop sent off some of their first batches of beer to be judged at the Australian International Beer Awards… and scored a clutch of gold medals for their troubles. They were the only Australian brewery to win a gold medal in the Fruit Beer category, for their limited release Blueberry Sour. Of course, that batch didn’t last long - can you blame anyone? - so One Drop has done us all a favour by brewing it again. It sits in the glass a deep crimson tinged with… Read more
Style
Blueberry Sour
ABV
5.5%

Moon Dog Tiger's IPA

Tapped September 23rd, 2019
A spot of serendipity for the team at Moon Dog. Their Doggo IPA series celebrates dogs owned by various members of their staff and one of them just happens to have a dog called Tiger, perfect timing as the Tigers set out to try and claim a second AFL flag in three seasons. The beer was launched at the brewery as Richmond achieved a turnaround victory over Geelong and is in stores in time for Tigers fans to stock up before they run out against the Giants. The beer itself is an all Kiwi hop affair,… Read more
Style
NZ IPA
ABV
6.0%

Big Shed Indie IPA

Tapped September 23rd, 2019
At BrewCon 2019, a number of brewers were invited to create beers with new and/or experimental hop varieties. Among them was Big Shed, who went to work with a rarely seen (as yet) Kiwi hop going by the name HORT 4337. The Royal Park team kept the malt bill relatively simple – a base of pale, some oats and wheat for body and a touch of light crystal to balance the bitterness – with the intention of allowing Indie IPA's single hop to unveil its full potential. Pouring a bright orange, the aromas… Read more
Style
Single Hop IPA
ABV
6.4%
Bitterness
35 IBU

Pikes Beer Co Hazy IPA

Tapped September 23rd, 2019
Keeping things moving with their fish scale-liveries limited release series, the Pikes team ventured into the land of the haze with this Hazy IPA. Sitting at 7.2 percent ABV, Pikes’ Hazy IPA gets its cloudiness and hoppy punch from two huge dry hop additions of Citra and Galaxy hops. There's just a slight haze in a beer with a dark orange glow and frothy, big white bubbly head. Those hops lead the way with no malt aromas or flavours presenting themselves any more than is necessary to balance the… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
7.2%

Otherside Brewing Co Grapefruit & Citrus Anthem & NZ IPA

Tapped September 21st, 2019
For September 2019, Otherside have focused their experimental juices on a pair of fairly straight-ahead IPAs by today’s standards, although there is considerable difference between the two. Grapefruit & Citrus Anthem seasonally twists their core range IPA, with the tweaked recipe aiming to amplify the OG via grapefruit and orange additions which come off less pronounced than expected. Slightly lighter in colour than Anthem, there’s orange sherbet in place of melon and a new but subtle creaminess;… Read more
Style
Citrus IPA / NZ IPA
ABV
6.2% & 6.5%
Stockists

Available now from the Myaree brewery, Freo.Social (on tap) and Otherside stockists nationally.

Little Bang Brewing Schwangberry & Guava sNEIPA

Tapped September 21st, 2019
The Stepney brewers are at it again, releasing two new beers that are variations on their Schwang and sNEIPA ranges. Next up in the kettle sour range of Schwangs comes Schwangberry, utilising fresh raspberries to add a tartness, fruitiness and a vibrant colour to the beer. Due to the hefty load of added fresh raspberries, the beers pours a hazy bright pink with a light white head. A decent acidic aroma announces itself initially, along with solid backing from the fresh raspberries. It's an easy-drinking… Read more
Style
Raspberry Sour / Sour NEIPA
ABV
3.0% / 5.1%
Bitterness
11 IBU / 15 IBU

Nowhereman Mango Fandango

Tapped September 20th, 2019
As the weather warms, Nowhereman have committed to putting at least one sour on tap until winter next year, which in real terms for Perth is about mid-August 2020. Kicking off the puckerfest is Mango Fandango, a fruity dance of 60 kilograms of mango atop the house gose base. Unsurprisingly, the tropical fruit dominates proceedings but not in a pulpy fashion – this is clean refreshment. Acidity and brine remain supportive in the golden sunshine-coloured beer, one that radiates warmth and good vibes,… Read more
Style
Mango Gose
ABV
4.6%

Moon Dog Jumping The Shark 2019

Tapped September 19th, 2019
How do you jump the shark when, from the very off, doing just that was part of your schtick? In the case of Moon Dog, it was to create a series of beers even bigger and more batshit crazy than those they were releasing already. The Jumping The Shark series kicked off with a barrel-aged imperial stout weighing in at more than 15 percent ABV that was loaded with truffles and ended up with an AIBA gold medal. There's been the odd miss along the way, with The Fonz failing to stick his landing when he… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
12.2%

Batch Brewing Co Azacca IPA

Tapped September 19th, 2019
With Azacca hops headlining, and Citra and Ekuanot playing a supporting role, this beer is full of flavour, but doesn’t demand to be centre of the occasion. As far as IPAs go, this one’s at the easier end of the scale; or alternatively, you could think of it as a pale ale jacked up to 11. Florals and citrus aromas give you expectations of a delicate little number, and they’re joined with sweet fruits when you first put it to your lips. But it fades into flavours more reminiscent of noble hops,… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.4%

Ballistic & Deep Creek Hybrid IPA

Tapped September 19th, 2019
If we want to know what to expect from this beer, where should we look? It’s called a Hybrid IPA, with “the grit and bitterness of a West Coast IPA” and an "East Coast style dry-hopping schedule”. Well, if we look halfway between West Coast USA and East Coast USA, you’re landed smack bang in the middle of America. Nebraska, perhaps? Or Iowa, or the Dakotas? Nowhere particularly renowned for their IPAs, anyway. Or, since this is a collaboration between Brisbane’s Ballistic Beer and… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.4%
Bitterness
60 IBU

Bright Tank Dank Tank West Coast IPA

Tapped September 19th, 2019
As new head brewer Jackson Purser finds his feet at Bright Tank following his move south from Indian Ocean, the brewery’s toys have started to come into play. The reverse osmosis unit has quickly become a favourite for dialling in exact water profiles to best express each style. And in the case of Dank Tank, part of its dry appeal can be attributed to water chemistry, which may not be super interesting for most drinkers but is when it comes to delivering the beer's very tight outcome, something… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
6.4%
Stockists

Available now from the brewery, with limited amounts hitting taps at select WA venues.

3 Ravens Strawberries & Cream Shake & Party Lager

Tapped September 18th, 2019
"Treat like milk" it says around the rim of the can. And, in the case of this Shake release from 3 Ravens, it looks like it deserves a spot next to the previous Coffee Shake in the milk fridge too. That said, it does say "beer" a couple of times on the label: "Great Beer Taste" front and centre and a Simpsons reference on the side we'll leave you to discover for yourself. As for the liquid inside Strawberries & Cream, it's going to elicit the same love it / hate… Read more
Style
Milkshake IPA & Festbier
ABV
6.0% / 5.6%
Bitterness
15 / 28 IBU
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