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!

Bridge Road Brewers Mayday Hills Hoppy Sour

Tapped June 4th, 2020
Am I the only one who sees the words “Hoppy Sour” and can’t help but expect a hoppy kettle sour? I blame the meteoric rise of kettle sours over the past few years for this - my brain has been conditioned to expect this as the norm. But Bridge Road’s newest addition to the Mayday Hills series is not a kettle sour; as with all other Mayday Hills beers, it’s fermented in an oak foedre, and develops its sourness from the yeast and bacteria therein. So, while my brain had the misguided expectation… Read more
Style
Foedre-Fermented Hoppy Sour
ABV
3.8%

Deeds Brewing Chit Outta Luck, Milk Bar Strawberry & Vanilla & Conductors Special

Tapped June 4th, 2020
Not the sort of people to fall asleep at the wheel, the Deeds crew instead continue to put pedal to metal by dropping three new beers this week. Starting with the lightest (which still weighs in at 7.5 percent ABV), Chit Outta Luck is a hazy double IPA that might not contain the huge hopping rates of past Deeds releases - a mere 18 grams per litre - but still explores new ground for the brewery. It does that by utilising chit malt, a type of malted barley often used for foam stability in beer but… Read more
Style
Hazy DIPA & Imperial Fruit Cream Sour & Smoked Baltic Porter
ABV
7.5% & 7.7% & 9.5%

Ballistic Beer Pale (2020 onwards)

Tapped June 3rd, 2020
Some pale ales are a wolf in sheep’s clothing - or rather, an IPA in pale ale’s clothing. And some pale ales do exactly what they say on the can. Ballistic’s core pale is the latter. It pours a light gold bordering on sappy orange, coincidentally matching the orange colour of the text on the label. Ballistic have packed a respectable amount of fresh hop character into a modest 4.6 percent ABV, with a blend of tropical, citrus and spice in the aroma. Once it hits the tongue, it’s hard to tell… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
ABV
4.6%
Stockists

For more on the new core range head here

Ballistic Beer IPA

Tapped June 3rd, 2020
When it comes to limited releases, Ballistic put out hoppy beers aplenty - juice boxes, haze bombs, and bitter beasts. Between pale ales, IPAs and hopped-up variations of just about any style you could hope for, Ballistic have hops coming out the wazoo, often accompanied by higher ABVs. When it comes to their core range, however, Ballistic focuses on sessionability and wallet-friendly prices for punters. Which means their IPA isn’t the biggest and baddest in town; it’s more like that buddy you… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
5.8%
Stockists

For more on the new core range head here

Ballistic Beer Lager

Tapped June 3rd, 2020
This is for anyone who enjoys a beer cleaner than your grandma's pride and joy china cabinet. Ballistic’s core range Lager is a no fuss German-style pilsner, drinking crisp with a healthy bitterness throughout. It’s straw gold, clear as a crystal ball, and tastes like chewing on soft bread fresh from the oven. The brewers put in a tonne of effort behind the scenes to make sure you don’t have to put in any effort when you drink it. Both the clean white labels and the clean finish on the palate… Read more
Style
Lager
ABV
4.4%
Stockists

For more on the new core range head here

Feral Brewing Boris 2020

Tapped June 3rd, 2020
Boris is back, and that’s a good thing. There’s a straightforwardness to this beer that allows the drinker to meet it on Boris’ terms, which for most WA drinkers was always the dark, belligerent, odd-one-out in Feral's Swan Valley brewpub tasting paddles... “People drink this?” There's no concessions here. You like it or you don’t. However, it’s a relationship that grew over time and, like all great romances, ended up created a faithful following. As such, while times have changed,… Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV
9.1%
Stockists

Find Boris at Feral stockists nationwide

Barossa Valley Brewing COWIT-20

Tapped June 3rd, 2020
Sometimes when the world is all doom and gloom, we need a little bit of fun in our lives, a little reminder to look at a situation as glass half full. Cue Barossa Valley’s latest, COWIT-20, a spiced herb beer that looks to shine a light on the positives that have come from the pandemic. Positives such as fuel dropping to under a dollar a litre [And the fact we barely need to use it – Editor], pollution noticeably improving in some cities, wildlife returning to otherwise empty canals and streams… Read more
Style
Spiced Witbier
ABV
4.5%

Barossa Valley Brewing Peanut Butter Chocolate Coffee Milkshake

Tapped June 3rd, 2020
The Barossa Valley brewing team had a little bit of spare time on their hands and decided to experiment with two of their most popular darker beers – the Chocolate and Coffee Stout and Peanut Milkshake Stout – melding the peanut butter sweetness of the latter with the richness of chocolate and coffee in the former. The coffee comes from local provider Bean Addiction, the peanut introduced via PB2 powder – dehydrated peanut. It makes for an experience close to the perfect dessert stout, as… Read more
Style
Peanut Butter, Chocolate & Coffee Milk Stout
ABV
6.5%

Eagle Bay Brewing Single Series: Norwegian Barleywine & Assembled Cabernet BA Stout

Tapped June 3rd, 2020
One benefit of the COVID-19 lockdown for WA's beer lovers has been the necessity for Eagle Bay's brewers to put out five beers destined to be keg-only releases in bottles in very quick succession. And, if punters were stoked to get their hands on the limited, single series Dark Lager, IPA and Red IPA, then they might have to take a seat for the latest double drop. A barleywine with a Norwegian edge and a cabernet barrel-aged imperial stout complete the rapid-fire quintet and, although they’re… Read more
Style
Barleywine & Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
Both 10.0%
Bitterness
66 IBU & 58 IBU

Ocho Winter IPA 2020

Tapped June 2nd, 2020
Given the past pattern of seasonal IPAs from Ocho, you’d be forgiven for expecting something dark and hoppy for the latest winter instalment. This time, however, brewer Stu Grant has flipped the bird at your expectations and delivered a juice bomb for which even the fussiest haze-heads (or haters) will be lining up to demand seconds. Who said you can’t have juice in winter? There are no adjunct tricks in this 6.5 percent ABV pillow fight. Although when we say pillow fight, we really mean cloud… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
34 IBU

Helios & Nowhereman Single Malt Red IPA

Tapped June 2nd, 2020
Samples of this beer were sent to two Crafty contributors at the same time and their reviews landed within 2.5 hours of each other. So I thought we'd run them together for a bit of fun... When brewer Charlie Hodgson gets the chance to brew a beer with any of his mates from WA, you can always taste the friendship, and this collab between Helios and Nowhereman in Perth is no exception. To be fair, though, the platonic love can only take partial credit for the rich flavours in this red IPA - Voyager… Read more
Style
Red IPA
ABV
7.5%

St Andrews Beach Brewery Tidal Artesian Hard Seltzer: Yuzu Citrus & Lime

Tapped June 2nd, 2020
While it's still early days and we'll likely not be able to make much in the way of a judgement call about hard seltzer in Australia until we've had the next summer (assuming things are in any way normal by then), it's already apparent there's some variety to be found in the offerings from local producers. With their entry into the fledgling market, St Andrews Beach Brewery on the Mornington Peninsula have eschewed the pastel shades favoured by many here and overseas; their slim, white Tidal cans… Read more
Style
Hard Seltzers
ABV
4.2%

Cheeky Monkey Silverback Imperial Stout 2020

Tapped June 2nd, 2020
Cheeky Monkey’s Silverback is a hotly anticipated cult icon within WA's craft beer scene. Released annually and currently in at least its sixth packaged reiteration (along with three barrel-aged versions), it’s back for 2020 and, as usual, is here to blow us away. As with most releases of Silverback, this year’s interpretation sees a few cheeky changes from the last. Most noticeably in 2020, it's delivered in a 375ml can with refreshed, on-brand artwork. Simplified graphics and a familiar silver… Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV
10.0%

Cheeky Monkey Gallows East Coast IPA

Tapped June 2nd, 2020
Cheeky Monkey’s surf break series has very quickly become a highly sought-after collection of hazy IPAs for WA craft drinkers. The fourth in the series, Gallows East Coast IPA, will surely attract the same kind of attention as its predecessors thanks to the striking can artwork and distinct orange juice like appearance. Named after the famous break in Wilyabrup that's been heavily surfed since the 1950s, Gallows is, by contrast, a modern day beer. Thick and hazy appearance aside, Gallows is firmly… Read more
Style
East Coast IPA
ABV
6.0%

Hop Nation Site Fermentation Project Lapin 2019

Tapped June 1st, 2020
This time last year, Hop Nation released Lapin under their Site Fermentation Project banner: a blend of cherries and their foedre-aged sour blonde ale. It returns for winter 2020 but has taken a slightly different route to this point. The beer still features organic Lapin cherries from Mark’s Farm in Benalla, but this time they were added to the 3,000 litre oak vessel where the fruit-enhanced liquid was allowed to re-ferment for a few months longer. It still shares qualities with a French table… Read more
Style
Cherry Sour Blonde Ale
ABV
8.0%

Hops to Home & Blackman's Hopsie & Homie

Tapped June 1st, 2020
It's not particularly rare to come across brewers using essentially the same beer then changing one element – the hops, the yeast, the barrels, etc – to showcase the impact that change can have on the finished product. It's essentially what Blackman's have done here in partnership with online retailer Hops to Home although the different directions in which they've taken the base of this IPA leave them a long way apart on the beer spectrum. Hopsie is a West Coast IPA that fires of crystalline… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA & Raspberry Hazy IPA
ABV
6.6% & 6.7%
Stockists

Hops To Home

Hawkers & Against The Grain Bo & Luke Down Under 2020

Tapped May 29th, 2020
The story of Bo & Luke Down Under goes back a while. Sticking to the Australian chapter of the story, the beer was brewed in May 2019 when Against The Grain were in Melbourne for Good Beer Week. They laid down a smoked imperial stout featuring rye, mesquite and beechwood smoked malts, which then spent time in rum barrels before being split into a trio of formats: straight, maple and hazelnut & cocoa. I've only tasted the first two, with the straight version less the larrikins of Dukes of… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stouts
ABV
13.0% & 12.9%

Wolf of the Willows ISO GABS Collection

Tapped May 29th, 2020
Just because there was no GABS this May / June doesn't mean breweries haven't been putting out GABS beers. In the case of Wolf of the Willows, three of them, all of which are collabs with local producers too. The newcomer is The S'Mores Man, a nitro amber ale with a marshmallow twist (and man on the label) featuring organic cacao from longstanding Wolf mates Essential Wholefoods. For much of the experience, you're very much in traditional amber territory, like their Woodsman - some toasty dryness,… Read more
Style
Nitro Amber & Gin Sour & Nitro Milk Porter
ABV
6.2% & 5.7% & 6.2%
Stockists

Find Wolf stockists on their website

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Eagle Bay Brewing Single Series: Dark Lager

Tapped May 29th, 2020
Hot off the heels of not one but two Single Series IPAs from the Eagle Bay crew comes a lager ready to fill the void between summer sour crushing and winter warmer sipping. A dark lager, to be exact, loaded with brooding, rich malts and noble hops. An expansive malt bill and lengthy lagering process give this biscuity lager plenty of robust character. Chocolate malt, roasted wheat and Aurora malt add complexities in the form of dusty chocolate, sweet biscuits and light caramel, which are apparent… Read more
Style
Dark Lager
ABV
5.0%
Bitterness
26 IBU

Bright Tank IIPA

Tapped May 29th, 2020
When their recently canned East Perth Lager arrived, gone was the graff-inspired artwork and in its place arrived a clean aesthetic that echoed the brewery venue itself, while also featuring the long mothballed East Perth power station. Clearly, change was afoot at Bright Tank. Now comes this IIPA, wrapped in the new skin and featuring the nearby Matagarup Bridge, its shape reflecting the black swans that glide below, and the Wagyl, the Noogar Aboriginal serpent which created the Swan River. This… Read more
Style
IIPA
ABV
8.0%
Stockists

Available from the brewery and WA stockists

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