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!

Helios Brewing Medusa Black IPA 2020

Tapped August 14, 2020
In an age in which bitterness in IPAs is, for the most part, dying out, Helios’ seasonal Medusa keeps the old ways alive. With tan, voluminous foam and lacing that lasts, this black IPA certainly hits those dark beer checkpoints that suit the middle of winter so well. The malts bring a roasty bitterness with their cocoa and coffee bean notes. But there’s also significant hop bitterness holding tight to the tingles of pine and tail of citrus. Imagine grapefruit peel covered in dark chocolate… Read more
Style
Black IPA
ABV
6.5%

Modus Operandi Hazy Series 05: Cherry, Coconut, Cream

Tapped August 13, 2020
Modus Operandi’s Hazy Series has already taken drinkers on a trip through unnamed hops and ever-changing booze levels with a hefty injection of fruit along the way, and now the series has found its way into milkshake territory. Meet Hazy 05: Cherry, Coconut, Cream – a carnival stop on the brewery’s hazy journey in which lactose and cherry join hype hop Sabro for a tropical and creamy ride. It’s a rather sweet ride too, with the beer’s soft, luscious malt body providing an ice cream like… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
7.0%

3 Ravens 55 (2020) & Passion Juicy

Tapped August 12, 2020
There's an interesting line to be traced between these two beers from Melbourne's longest-established independent brewery. It's one that shows the evolution in tastes within the world of hoppy, US-inspired beers, with the original 55 released in 2008 as the brewery's fifth birthday beer, featuring five hops and five grains and measuring 5.5 percent ABV. Back then, it was one of the punchier, livelier, fruitier pale ales you could pick up in Australia and became their flagship beer, only to fall away… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale & Fruited NEIPA
ABV
5.5% & 6.0%
Bitterness
38 & 12 IBU

Bright Brewery Rock Paper Scissors NEIPA

Tapped August 12, 2020
It's come to something when it's not enough to release multiple new beers every month and you feel the need to give the same beer three different labels... I'm not sure I fully understand the reason, other than Rock Paper Scissors is a three-piece game; maybe you're supposed to challenge your mates with a can hidden behind your back and the winner gets to drink them both? What I do understand is it's another NEIPA / hazy IPA from head brewer Reid Stratton, this time featuring newly launched hop variety… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
6.2%

Bright Brewery Popcorn-Ucopia & Off The Wagon Wheel

Tapped August 12, 2020
Two confectionary-inspired beers left Bright around the same time during winter 2020, with one also appearing in this year's GABS Mixed Packs. That's Popcorn-Ucopia, destined to be their Festival Beer before the festivals were postponed, and which sets out to bring you salted caramel popcorn in liquid form. Now, I've got a pretty sweet tooth (OK, I'll consume pretty much anything without a face if I'm honest), but even I approached this with trepidation as the success rate with dessert beers / pastry… Read more
Style
Dessert Amber & Fruited Chocolate Porter
ABV
6.0% & 5.8%

Bright Brewery Barrel Series: Doppelbock 2019

Tapped August 12, 2020
You don't see doppelbocks around very often (although we have posted a couple to the site recently); even less so barrel-aged versions. Yet there's little Bright haven't turned their hands to in the past year or two, with this release from their glitzily-labelled Barrel Series following the barleywine that dropped at the end of 2019 and which I thoroughly enjoyed and April's shiraz barrel-aged Belgian Golden Ale. Doppelbocks, by their very nature, are of the rich, malty and sweet sort and here the… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Doppelbock
ABV
10.0%

Nowhereman Small Odds DIPA & Mr Otter's Barley Wine

Tapped August 12, 2020
Although equally delicious, one of this pair is about to receive more attention. I’m sure that for parents of twins, especially non-identical twins, the love is framed equally, but outside the family home things are less impartial, as is the case with this double IPA and barley wine. Small Odds will likely carry itself with celebratory third birthday cheer, charming and wowing those it meets like the wrecking ball on its label. Citrus – grapefruit, a little mandarin and candied lime – lead… Read more
Style
Double IPA & Barleywine
ABV
8.0% & 11.8%

Two Birds Watermelon Chirpy

Tapped August 11, 2020
For the most part, the brewers who've decided to enter the hard seltzer market here in Australia have done so in a kind of arm's length manner, creating a new brand – Sunly, 'Ray, Tidal, Great White – to act as a home for their boozy pops. Not so Two Birds, who've joined the party with Watermelon Chirpy. Sure, she comes in the seltzer can-of-choice – taller, thinner 330ml tubes – but the branding is the same as their Brew Tang Can trio and the brewery's logo sits front and centre underneath… Read more
Style
Hard Seltzer
ABV
4.0%

Gage Roads Pipe Dreams

Tapped August 11, 2020
Gage Road’s pipe dream of launching with a Vienna lager fifteen years ago continues to evolve as, in the same week they announce their grand plans for a Freo brewery venue, they've released another lager. Pipe Dreams, however, is a classic European pilsner-inspired beer, which head brewer Ross Brown describes as showing “some restraint which creates a better and more drinkable beer” – and comes adorned with their new logo too. Much like its ancestors, Pipe Dreams is designed for sessionability… Read more
Style
Pilsner
ABV
4.2%

Otherside Brewing Co Headliner 2020, DDH Sabro Oat Cream IPA, Triple Vinyl & Mango Raspberry Slurpee Sour

Tapped August 11, 2020
Released with ten days of each other, this quartet showcases not only the scope of Otherside’s brew schedule but also acts as a snapshot of 2020’s pointy end beer zeitgeist. They’d also work quite well at some sort of beer degustation, if that was possible. Kicking off with the latest Creative Series release, Headliner 2020 may be a shock for some who anticipate something akin to the punchy double IPA from last year, as this is best described as juicy – not hazy, although there is an opaqueness,… Read more
Style
IIPA, Oat Cream IPA, TBIPA & Imperial Fruit Cream Sour
ABV
8.0% & 7.1% & 10.2% & 7.5%

Six String Strange Brew Oat Cream IPA

Tapped August 10, 2020
In ’67, Eric Clapton took hold of the mic and sang lead for the first time with Brit band Cream, the legendary outfit with the original superstar drummer, Ginger Baker. Strange Brew was the name of their Top 20 hit and it’s no real surprise to see the team at Six String doff their caps at Clapton, Baker and Jack Bruce. If you know your bands and you know Six String, you can see how the world’s first supergroup has influenced the brewery this time round; just check out the can’s design with… Read more
Style
Oat Cream IPA
ABV
7.0%
Bitterness
15 IBU

Bridge Road Brewers Nitro Imperial Blueberry Sour

Tapped August 10, 2020
From Jimmy's Bake Shop Isolation Cake via their Mountain Lager and Robust Porter, the nitro-doser has been getting a solid workout at Bridge Road's Beechworth home. And here it gets a fourth shot in the sort of beer that wouldn't have existed a few years ago and certainly wouldn't have been considered for nitro treatment until recently either. First things first: while "Imperial", this fruit sour actually sits at a relatively sedate 6 percent ABV. Where they haven't held back is on the… Read more
Style
Nitro Imperial Blueberry Sour
ABV
6.0%

White Bay Beer Co Dolcé Noir Imperial Stout

Tapped August 7, 2020
Given the era in which we live – one in which there's a flurry of excitement for dessert-like releases in which one of the only ways to identify the liquid as beer is the word "beer" on the label – and the contents of the ingredient list on Dolcé Noir, you'd be forgiven for thinking this winter release from White Bay should come with a handy guide on how to unblock arteries. Not only is it a 9 percenter but it's tagged a chocolate stout and features lactose as well as toasted hazelnuts… Read more
Style
Imperial Chocolate Stout
ABV
9.0%

Tallboy & Moose Silk Road Sunrise & DDH Stardust

Tapped August 7, 2020
From Sunrise to Stardust, this Tallboy & Moose twin set covers a lot of ground. Silk Road Sunrise is a Belgian pale made with sumac and pomegranate molasses that might sound a little odd but it's an approach that primarily makes for a line-and-length Belgian ale. There’s herbal and spicy notes from the yeast, joined by a tart-yet-rich kick from the pomegranate and citrus zest from the sumac. If you want a food pairing (even if you don’t, here it is), try it with some grilled protein from… Read more
Style
Belgian Pale & IPA
ABV
5.0% & 6.0%

Mismatch Brewing Hazy IPA

Tapped August 7, 2020
If there's been a silver lining to Melbourne's stage 4 lockdown on a personal level, it's been the kindness shown by interstate brewers in sending care packages to Crafty Towers. It's fair to say that, less than a week in, if the lockdown is extended (please no!) we won't be short of beer. Among those to lend a liquid helping hand are the folks at Mismatch, who sent over a collection of their most recent releases, with which I promptly committed a faux pas. I posted a shot online of the beers that… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
6.8%
Stockists

Available for pre-order from Mismatch online from Aug 7

Shipping Aug 18

And in Mismatch stockists nationwide

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One Drop Brewing Strawberries Milkshake IPA & Cream & Twisted Fate IIPA

Tapped August 7, 2020
One Drop brewed Strawberries & Cream Milkshake IPA as their GABS beer for 2020 (with whatever disclaimers need to come along with that in these times), and it certainly nails the brief. Inhale deeply and let this beer fill your nose with a perfect facsimile of the aroma of strawberries and cream (I am of course talking about the lollies, as opposed to the quaint dessert eaten by farming families in books set in the English countryside. And by hobbits). In this novelty beer, One Drop have taken… Read more
Style
Milkshake IPA & IIPA
ABV
6.2% & 8.0%

One Drop Brewing Watermelon & Rose Sour & Lemondrop Double IPA

Tapped August 7, 2020
It’s difficult to describe the smell of rose. It seems to permeate the air like nothing else, and reach further into the olfactory system than other aromas. In this Watermelon & Rose Sour, it goes further still by inviting the more acute aroma of watermelon to join forces. The two scents entwine like tangled ivy, and the floral and the fruity combination is seductive. I kind of want to ask it out on a date – maybe dinner at a fancy restaurant. Don’t tell my wife. In the mouth, the watermelon… Read more
Style
Fruit Sour & Double IPA
ABV
6.8 & 7.6%

Bodriggy Brewing Coconut & Mango Thundercloud & Muckamuck

Tapped August 7, 2020
There must be a coconut fiend at Bodriggy as the brewery have two releases out featuring the shredded stuff. There’s the return of the Thundercloud Sour IPA series in which coconut and mango are the featured fruits. While the coconut is only lightly sprinkled in there, the mango does the heavy lifting and meets the beer's tart edge to bring it awfully close to fresh juice. Second in the coconut run - and with added vanilla - is the imperial stout, Muckamuck. It’s a returning beer for the brewery… Read more
Style
Sour IPA & Imperial Stout
ABV
6.4% & 7.8%

Bad Shepherd Russian Imperial Stout Series 2020

Tapped August 7, 2020
It's rare we add any beers to the site that haven't been tasted by someone in the team; in fact, I can't recall the last time we did. But sometimes it just makes sense, in this case because a) there's barely any of these bottles around, b) because we'd have to set aside so much time to do them justice they'd probably be sold out, and c) in stage 4 lockdown we can't even share them with Crafty team members or mates so we'd either be pickled or have one very decadent wastewater pipe leaving the kitchen... So,… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stouts
ABV
All 9.0%
Bitterness
All 70 IBU
Stockists

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White Bay Beer Co Wherever I Rove

Tapped August 6, 2020
The plan at young Sydney brewery White Bay is to always have an IPA as part of their lineup. Just not the same one all the time. And with head brewer Dennis de Boer having spent a few years knocking out IPAs a little to the north at Modus Operandi before becoming part of the founding team at the Balmain operation, it's a style he knows inside out. In the case of Wherever I Rove, the statement on the cans that it's brewed with "bushels of oats" might have minds picturing a hefty, hazy affair,… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.0%
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