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!

Exit Brewing IIPA (2019 on)

Tapped September 4th, 2019
They’ve never shied away from going big with hops at Exit, whether it’s in the shape of their punchy core range IPA or a series of one-off PAs with varying prefixes: double, red, West Coast... Among their most popular was #010, a fiercely bitter, no-holds-barred West Coast IPA that, thanks to the IIPA printed on the can here, was the sort of experience we expected when we tucked into the beer the can proclaims as possibly the “heaviest beer can ever” and their “Back In Black”. But while… Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
ABV
9.0%

Rocky Ridge & Gweilo Custard Tart Stout

Tapped September 4th, 2019
It's fair to assume that nothing would surprise craft beer drinkers anymore, with an array of interesting and perplexing ingredient-spiked beers coming at us ever faster. So it is that Rocky Ridge's Custard Tart Stout may have punters asking how, but certainly not why, in a era of eccentric beer. Brewed in collaboration with Hong Kong craft brewers Gweilo, the rich pastry stout resembles and acknowledges the iconic custard tart dessert that is famous in the global city. It features lactose, vanilla… Read more
Style
Pastry Stout
ABV
6.0%
Bitterness
20 IBU

3 Ravens & Mr West Peak Hype

Tapped September 3rd, 2019
Right then, let's get the name out the way first. No, not the Peak Hype part, but the style tag that comes with it... TCDHWGSCBBMOCSNEIPA. It's a tongue-in-cheek dig at where the beer industry currently sits but could also be viewed as something of a summary of the diverse beers that come out of 3 Ravens, all wrapped up in one. In full, this collab brewed for Mr West's second birthday is a "Triple Cryo Dry Hopped Wine Grape Skin Contact Barrel Blended Milkshake Oat Cream Sour New England India… Read more
Style
TCDHWGSCBBMOCSNEIPA
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
21 IBU
Stockists

Mr West

One Drop Brewing Saison

Tapped September 3rd, 2019
Sometimes when specialty ingredients are added to a beer, it creates an entirely new flavour profile. At other times, the new ingredients seem to latch onto and bolster the existing flavours. One Drop’s Saison is the latter. A seven grain malt bill that includes rolled oats, wheat, and maize already sets this up with the potential to be a complex and flavourful beer. The use of Belle Saison yeast can be expected to bring spicy character to the finished product, and the Jarrylo hops might add a… Read more
Style
Saison
ABV
7.3%

Holgate Brewhouse Double Decade White IPA

Tapped September 2nd, 2019
When people discuss past trends that turned more to fads, the black IPA tends to come up more than most. Yet it's a beer that still appears with some regularity, particularly in the colder months. Its inverse, on the other hand, is arguably more worthy of a place in such discussions as white IPAs – typically involving the fermentation of a beer that would otherwise be a straightforward IPA with a Belgian witbier yeast – were lesser seen even in the months after they first "trended",… Read more
Style
White IPA
ABV
7.0%

Five Barrel Brewing Ghost Creek Collection

Tapped August 29th, 2019
Five Barrel founder Phil O’Shea comes from a homebrewing background and hasn't forgotten his roots, as made abundantly apparent by this quartet of releases. Created in partnership with Marcus, a Wollongong homebrewer and friend of Five Barrel, it features the homebrewer’s sour culture in combination with an English ale yeast. The sat in a 500-litre barrel for about a year and, upon leaving the barrel, was split four ways; there’s a straight version, one that was dry-hopped, another that made… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Sour Ales
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

Launching at the brewery on August 30, 2019

Otherside Brewing Co Triple Harvest

Tapped August 29th, 2019
“This beer is big, bitter, malty and boozy”. When a brewery provides this kind of quippy truth there’s little more that needs to be covered; nevertheless, those new to Otherside may like to know that Triple Harvest is a thrice scaled version of Harvest, their debut core range red ale that’s become a local favourite in WA. The key to such experiments is balance. Sure, more of a good thing can only be a good thing, however the reality of brewing means exponentially altering ingredients and… Read more
Style
Imperial Red Ale
ABV
10.3%
Stockists

Limited release from the brewery, Freo.Social and Otherside stockists nationwide

Capital Brewing Co Big Drop Double IPA

Tapped August 28th, 2019
The beer lovers of Canberra know Big Drop. In fact, not only do they know it, many of them love it, with the beer picking up the second highest number of votes from ACT in our Best New Beers Of 2019 – So Far roundup, enough indeed to put the beer in our top 20 nationwide. And that's when the beer was still a draught only release the brewers had been tweaking over the past couple of years. Now it's been given a limited release in cans so punters further afield can get their hands on it too. The… Read more
Style
Double IPA
ABV
8.2%
Bitterness
90 IBU
Stockists

Find the beer here

Hawkers & Circus Oz Strong Pale Ale

Tapped August 28th, 2019
Hawkers and Circus Oz have a relationship that stretches back a fair while and features one of Good Beer Week's least likely events. Back in 2017, the iconic Australian troupe worked with the Reservoir brewery for a show featuring National Institute Of Circus Arts performers making full use of everything they could get their hands on. It's led to Hawkers providing beer at all their big shows and now they've gone a step further with the release of this strong pale ale, from which Circus Oz receive… Read more
Style
Strong Pale Ale
ABV
5.7%

Wayward Brewing Discovery Series: Ripasso Bianco & Ripasso Rosso

Tapped August 27th, 2019
Continuing to blur the lines between wine and beer, Wayward have once again experimented with the Ripasso method, which involves the refermentation of wine - or, in this case, beer - on grape skins to give it added depth and intensity. They learned a few things from the initial release in 2018, which has been used to improve this year’s, the most pertinent of which was to not just release one beer, but two. Ripasso Bianco and Ripasso Rosso are both part of the Wayward Discovery Series, a collection… Read more
Style
Beer-Wine Hybrids
ABV
6.1%

Wayward Brewing Discovery Series: Balthazar 2019

Tapped August 27th, 2019
Joining the two Ripassos as launch beers in Wayward’s Discovery Series is Balthazar, an imperial stout aged for six months in ex-Jack Daniels whisky barrels. The base beer was built upon expertise gained in using dark malts in the development of Coffee & Donuts, their 2019 GABS release. As expected, that gives it the typical flavours of chocolate and caramel. Then, however, things start to get more interesting. Ageing in barrels imparts flavours of burnt toffee and vanilla, whose slight sweet… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
9.4%

Felons Brewing Co Belgian Dubbel

Tapped August 27th, 2019
With Brisbane’s brief spring fast approaching, the Felons are getting their last licks of winter in with a classic Belgian-inspired dark beer. The Dubbel pays homage to the patron saint of beer, Saint Arnold, who saved lives during the medieval era by insisting people drink beer as opposed to disease-ridden water. Fortunately, that kind of motivation isn’t required to sample this particular drop. A love letter to the Trappists, the Dubbel is a deep russet in colour with a caramel head. Felon’s… Read more
Style
Belgian Dubbel
ABV
8.0%
Bitterness
25 IBU
Stockists

Pouring at the Felons brewpub

Tallboy & Moose Pillow Fight

Tapped August 26th, 2019
They've been filling CANimals at their brewpub bar for years and must have tapped well over 100 different beers since first opening the doors to the public, yet, as spring 2019 looms, Tallboy & Moose have released their first "proper" can. They've chosen to do so with a beer that brings together elements of many others than have poured through their taps – haze, hops, oats, fruit and cream. It's called Pillow Fight, is tagged an "Oat Cream IPA with grapefruit", and it's… Read more
Style
Oat Cream IPA
ABV
6.0%

Dainton Kinky Cola & Nutters & 3D & The Hybrid

Tapped August 26th, 2019
What to do when a brewery is on a mission to release a new can every week? Take them on in fours seems as reasonable a response as any in this manic new world we currently inhabit. And, as we kick off this approach to Dainton's beers, it's fair to say there's plenty to differentiate between the quartet. Kinki Cola is a spin on Cherry Coke, featuring black cherries and sharing common ground some some of the dark sours that pop up occasionally (of the kettle or quick, rather than barrel-aged and blended… Read more
Style
Various styles
ABV
5.2% & 6.0% & 8.1% & 6.4%
Bitterness
15 / 30 / 82 / 33 IBU

Nowhereman & Besk One Tonne Plum Farmhouse Ale

Tapped August 26th, 2019
In the venue equivalent of "Let’s invite the new neighbours around for a beer", Perth's 6007 buddies Nowhereman and Besk got to work creating something to help mark the launch of the latter’s new digs. To make things more interesting, a literal tonne of Margaret River plums was juiced for the saison, which originally had more puckering design intentions. Instead, what arrives in the glass is visually lurid, looking akin to a health juice despite being filtered three times, and with… Read more
Style
Plum Farmhouse Ale
ABV
5.2%
Stockists

Pouring at both venues

Boatrocker Vintage Kriek & House Red 2019 & Apricot Wild Ale 2019

Tapped August 23rd, 2019
The Boatrocker brewers have been plundering their barrel stock and blending away to create three new releases – two new vintages of past beers and one a fruited sour that's been cellared for three years. Starting with the new new beer, Vintage Kriek is a blended wild ale aged on Morello cherries from the Yarra Valley and sits a long way from the sweeter, cordial like Krieks you may have encountered from some Belgian producers. It's more pink blush in colour than lurid red, with a fizzy carbonation… Read more
Style
Blended Barrel-Aged Ales

Quiet Deeds Long Days & Pleasant Evenings & Hummingbird

Tapped August 23rd, 2019
The Quiet Deeds brewers continue to go crazy for the hazy with another twin release hot on the heels of Fortune & Glory and The Traveller. They continue to find differentiation within that space too, with Long Days & Pleasant Evenings using an all-Southern Hemisphere hop lineup of Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin and Riwaka to move away from the typically OJ and brekkie juice territory of most into something more vibrant. It has a lively hop aroma of lime, kiwifruit, grapefruit and, as they say on the… Read more
Style
Hazy IPAs
ABV
7.2% & 9.0%

Bright Brewery Inversion NEIPA & King Kveik

Tapped August 23rd, 2019
Head brewer Reid Stratton continues to make his mark at Bright Brewery as the new releases come not only thick and fast but from diverse regions of the beer world. In the case of Inversion, it's a NEIPA inspired by the brewery's region of the world in winter, with an icy mountainscape coated in clouds on the label. The clouds are repeated in the glass, which pours a little darker than most NEIPAs doing the rounds and with a little more sweetness too. It's a sweetness that helps accentuate the hop… Read more
Style
NEIPA & Kveik Ale
ABV
6.7% & 5.9%

Sailors Grave Prodigal Sun & Root Beer

Tapped August 23rd, 2019
The ever innovative Sailors Grave are proving popular collaborators and seem happy to accept the invitations coming their way. Here are two more joint ventures, with Prodigal Sun a psychedelically-livoried concoction conceived with Earl's Juke Joint in Newtown. Inspired by the venue's El Chooky cocktail, it comes with a suitably Sailors Grave genesis: kettle soured and laden with red malts, various citrus fruits, coconut and bitter aperitif as well as Citra and Cascade hops. It kicks off with a cherry… Read more
Style
Spiced Dark Sour & Boozy Root Beer
ABV
4.6% & 5.0%

Mash Brewing Techno Viking Kviek IIPA

Tapped August 22nd, 2019
Mash Brewing decided to plunder the realms of the hottest yeast in town for their Perth Craft Beer Festival beer in 2019. They used the Loki kveik strain from Norway to create the aptly named Techno Viking Kveik IIPA. If you're wondering who or what a Techno Viking is, the brewery has provided a handy QR code on the can that takes you to the classic YouTube video; and, given this Viking is part of their Brewers Series, the can features the brewer who designed the beer as the Techno Viking. Once… Read more
Style
Kveik IIPA
ABV
8.0%
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