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!

Hargreaves Hill Brew 1000

Tapped July 19th, 2019
The recent vintages of Hargreaves Hill’s R.I.S. (Russian Imperial Stout) have been a favourite in these quarters, serving up a raft of sumptuous complex flavours in a beer that’s spent no time in oak. So, when we were told the brewery had decided to produce a barrel-aged version of that beer, you can imagine our excitement. Apparently we’re not the only fans of the beer either, with others having called for barrel-aged versions in years gone by. So, when the Yarra Valley brewery realised they… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
10.0%

Stomping Ground & Blackhearts & Sparrows Bramble On

Tapped July 19th, 2019
With eleven stores and another set to open before the end of the year, Blackhearts & Sparrows are getting craft beer (not to mention fine wine and spirits) into a lot of hands. As the business has grown, they’ve also looked to collaborate with more of the producers they stock, offering their staff a chance to understand what goes into the bottles and cans on their shelves. The latest of those collaborations is with Stomping Ground, giving the bottleshop’s Gore Street head office the chance… Read more
Style
Dark Berry Sour
ABV
4.1%

Edge Brewing Project Hannibal & Pimped Up Pomme

Tapped July 18th, 2019
Edge are no strangers to brewing sours or lagers (in fact, aside from the odd imperial stout, you could call it their raison d’etre) and they’ve used both styles as colourful canvases upon which to explore flavour. For winter 2019, they've let both an imperial lager and an imperial sour out into the world, both with the same ABV of 7.2. The aptly named Hannibal is the third in a trilogy of ever boozier red lagers, following Cereal Killer and Psycho Killer. There’s a mix of rich, biscuit and… Read more
Style
Imperial Lager & Imperial Fruit Sour
ABV
7.2%

Young Henrys & Collective Arts Rye IPA

Tapped July 16th, 2019
For this year’s Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival, Canadian brewery Collective Arts brewed collaboration beers with six breweries, and this Rye IPA brewed with Young Henry is Sydney’s contribution. In a sea of juicy IPAs, this beer is a drop of resin; the syrupy body brings West Coast flavours, along with layers of cocoa and spice coming in at the finish, and a surprising bite for only 37 IBUs. Collective Arts are known for using cans as canvases, so you could say the design commissioned for each… Read more
Style
Rye IPA
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
37 IBU

Tumut River Brewing Co Deliverance Red IPA & Coffee Milk Stout

Tapped July 16th, 2019
Tumut River's winter 2019 releases pit sweet malts, dark malts, tropical hops and coffee against one another. In one corner is the Deliverance Red IPA, a name that hopefully isn’t suggesting a boat trip down the Tumut River is akin to taking a canoe down the Cahulawassee (although they do have Squealing Pig in their lineup so make of that what you will...). What is clear, however, is the heady mix of tropical fruit, papaya, melon and mango the beer provides against its sweet malt body. Sitting… Read more
Style
Red IPA & Coffee Milk Stout
ABV
8% & 4.4%
Bitterness
100 IBU & 30 IBU

Otherside Brewshed Debut Releases

Tapped July 15th, 2019
Typically, we cover new beer releases from a brewery as they come to hand. This used to be a straightforward affair but, if the late twenty-teens have taught us – and most drinkers – anything, it’s that more breweries means more beer. In the case of some, the now weekly new release schedule manifests its own destiny, to be devoured and replenished with something fresh, every Friday, indefinitely, which is most certainly the case for Otherside’s Brewshed at Freo.Social. While their main Myaree… Read more
Style
Various styles
Stockists

Otherside’s Brewshed releases continue at 4pm, every Friday, forever, at Freo.Social

Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 9: Peanut Butter Porter

Tapped July 15th, 2019
For the ninth iteration of their Brew Crew series, Bad Shepherd have given recipe rights to Carl, the brewpub’s head chef. An American football fan, Carl supports the Ohio State Buckeyes and the very American-sounding sweets that share that teams name: Buckeye Candy. According to the internet, Buckeye Candy is peanut butter fudge that’s been dipped in chocolate. So to create a beer in its (and Carl’s) honour the Bad Shepherd team went for a porter base before adding the necessarily level of… Read more
Style
Porter
ABV
6.7%
Bitterness
22 IBU

Old Wives Ales Imperial Choc Walnut Brownie Ale

Tapped July 15th, 2019
Among the two dozen new beers brewed for the most recent Carwyn Cellers Canvent Calendar was Old Wives Ales’ Choc Walnut Brownie brown ale. The sweet, chocolaty beer may have been secretly waiting inside fridges at the height of summer but stifling weather should never really stop anyone indulging in chocolate. To up the ante for winter, the team decided to make an imperial version, bringing the 6.2 percent ABV beer up to 8 percent. The resulting bigger beer shares the same sweet and rich chocolate… Read more
Style
Imperial Brownie Ale
ABV
8.0%

Innate & The Monk The Snow Leopard Imperial Stout 2019

Tapped July 15th, 2019
Fresh from their Perth Royal Beer Show Champion Small Brewery award, Innate strike again with a collaboration that brought their relatively near neighbours, The Monk, into the Spearwood brewery. Together, their label art playfully, and welcomely, bucks the dour clad trend of midwinter big black beers: the can story evokes Cold War themes which might be played out by Clancy, le Carre, or Greene – while trying not to be distracted by the near double digit ABV liquid inside. Dark chocolate aromas… Read more
Style
Imperial Stout
ABV
9.1%
Stockists

Available in limited release from Innate's WA stockists

Tallboy & Moose Citrus Got Real & Nectarine Of The Gods & Imposter Importer

Tapped July 15th, 2019
Two fruit-flavoured IPAs and a great pretender of a collab are the latest releases out of Tallboy & Moose’s Preston home. The former include Citrus Got Real (5.9%), an IPA brewed with the citrus-forward mix of Citra, Lemon Drop and Motueka hops and a “backyard tree” worth of lemons. The orange haze is a sign of those flavours lurking within, where juicy orange and lemon sherbet push against a smooth beer with a gentle bitterness. By comparison, Nectarine of the Gods is an IPA focused on… Read more
Style
Various styles
ABV
5.9% & 5.9% & 6.4%

Felons Brewing Co DDH APA

Tapped July 12th, 2019
Tinkering away beneath Brisbane’s Story Bridge, Felons have served up another limited release for local beer fans, particularly fans of hops. The Double Dry Hopped American Pale Ale (DDH APA) makes use of potent Cryo hops (a concentrated form of hops), featuring varieties Mosaic, Idaho 7, Ekuanot, Amarillo and Loral hops from American hopsmiths Yakima Chief added at two stages in the fermentation process. Maintaining the American theme, yeast from White Labs was used to create a hop bomb travelling… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
ABV
6.0%
Bitterness
60 IBU
Stockists

Only available at Felons

Young Henrys & Brix Distillers Rumming With The Devil

Tapped July 11th, 2019
Do you live life like there’s no tomorrow? All you’ve got, did you have to steal? Or did you need to beg or borrow? Whether or not Van Halen is governing your life choices, you have to appreciate the name of this rum and raisin brown ale. Rumming With The Devil is the newest “Brewers B-Sides” beer from Young Henrys and came to life with the input of Brix, Sydney’s only dedicated rum distillery and bar. According to Brix head distiller Shane Casey: “Brix White-soaked Aussie raisins and… Read more
Style
Rum Brown Ale
ABV
6.4%
Bitterness
30

BentSpoke Brewing Co Big Nut

Tapped July 10th, 2019
The latest beer to make its way into cans as part of BentSpoke’s limited release Drifter series is another popular pour from the Braddon brewpub: Big Nut. The name itself stems from one of the taps at the brewpub, all of which are the work of Peter Rogers. Peter and BentSpoke head brewer Richard Watkins have known each other for years and have their working relationship locked down. Sometimes Richard comes up with a beer and Peter goes away and designs a handle, other times Richard creates a handle… Read more
Style
Black IPA
ABV
6.8%

CoConspirators Brewing The Park Ranger & The Distributor

Tapped July 10th, 2019
The gypsy brewers at CoConspirators have been busy conspiring with hops of late, with two hazy collaborations released in quick succession. The more restrained of the two was brewed with The Park Hotel in Abbotsford and pays homage to Yogi Bear’s constant foil: The Park Ranger. And, like a walk through Jellystone Park or a raid of the picnic basket, the hazy pale provides a fragrant mix of fruit flavours. Largely those take the shape of citrus, pawpaw and pine that stand out against the palest… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale Ale & Hazy Double IPA
ABV
4.5% & 7.6%

Bright Tank Big Red Smeg Head Red IIPA

Tapped July 10th, 2019
Bright Tank’s limited release program continues apace with hip hop and science fiction related pop culture references seemingly the only anchor. Presumably, Wu Tang Clan playing Comic-Con would be the team's dream release party or, in this beer's case, Smeg and the Heads, given the allusion to cult British TV show Red Dwarf. Pouring a dark amber/rust colour, grapefruit and lime are prominent with the malt bill supplying caramel, melonidian characters and some toast. Near 8 percent ABV booze provides… Read more
Style
Red IIPA
ABV
7.8%
Stockists

Available in limited release from the brewery and WA stockists

Bruny Island Last Ferry Lager & Rye Smile & Black Pudding

Tapped July 9th, 2019
These three releases from Bruny Island Beer Co are determined to showcase the brewers' diversity. The first deals with a problem that’s surely been faced by many tourists who have made their way to Bruny. With the last ferry leaving the island soon after 7pm, it’s one you don't want to miss. On the other hand, spending another night on an island awash with oysters, cheese and beer doesn’t sounds all that bad. If you do miss it, Last Ferry Lager would be a fitting way to celebrate that extra… Read more
Style
Various styles
ABV
6.6% & 5.9% & 6.0%

Bruny Island Metric Stout 2019

Tapped July 9th, 2019
Just as they like to focus on brewing with Tasmanian ingredients, Bruny Island are big on brewing for Tasmania’s weather too. In the warmer months, as the days are longer, saisons regularly waltz across the small island and, when winter comes along, it’s time for beers to cut through the chill. The most warming beer from the brewery is Metric Stout – a “Post-Imperial” annual release. The 2019 vintage sits at 12.3 percent ABV, is hopped with Cascade and has spent 32 weeks in Tasmanian whisky… Read more
Style
Post-Imperial Stout
ABV
12.3%

Beerfarm Barrel-Aged American Barleywine

Tapped July 9th, 2019
Historically, Beerfarm have liked their beers to make an impression when they hit the market and are looking to do just that with the first packaged release from their barrel program. The Metricup brewers have taken their tried and tested American barleywine recipe then thrown the beer into locally sourced cab sauv barrels, locked it up for 12 months and thrown away the key, before returning to put the finished product into cans and releasing it to the masses. The gutsy ale is unashamedly American… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Barleywine
ABV
10.0%
Bitterness
55 IBU

Cheeky Monkey Silverback Russian Imperial Stouts 2019

Tapped July 9th, 2019
Silverback’s annual release has become a keenly anticipated winter occurrence in WA. In 2018, the Cheeky Monkey brewers expanded on the OG with a trio of barrel expressions and a vastly simplified recipe. For 2019, the recipe remains lean with the most obvious difference being the replacement of the angry animal climbing up a building on the label with a Planet of the Apes meets Soviet space program chimp in line up with the recent rebrand. The straight Silverback holds masses of coffee and dark… Read more
Style
Imperial Stouts
ABV
10.0%

Bright Brewery Stubborn Russian 2019

Tapped July 8th, 2019
Bright Brewery's Stubborn Russian series of imperial stouts has been appearing each winter since 2011 and each iteration often brings a different ABV and a new mix of adjuncts. This year the bottle’s taken on a new look too; gone are the hammer and sickle seen in previous years and in their place is another image that loomed over the Cold War: the space race. This year's release is the first to come out under the watch of Bright's new head brewer Reid Stratton and, at 12 percent ABV, it sits just… Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV
12.0%
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