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!

Rocky Ridge & Besk & Mane Liquor All Together IPA

Tapped May 15th, 2020
Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately (or maybe in isolation?), you would have seen many a brewery toting a new, collaborative IPA with some striking similarities; that beer is the All Together IPA and it was originally put together by Other Half Brewing Co in New York. The beer and concept were launched to help support hospitality workers who had been laid off amid the coronavirus venue shutdowns. The idea is simple: an easy to follow IPA recipe to be brewed by as many breweries as possible… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.2%

Rocky Ridge Darleen's Draught

Tapped May 15th, 2020
The crew at Darleen’s in Busselton are all about good beer and good times. So it makes perfect sense that the South West craft beer aficionados deserve their own beer and it makes just as much sense for that beer to be adorned with the face of Darleen’s, an enthusiastic granny giving you the finger. "Stupidly. Crushable. Beer." is the tagline and an accurate description if what’s in the tin. This simple and satisfying 4.8 percent ABV lager, brewed to the standards expected of the… Read more
Style
Lager
ABV
4.8%

Beerfarm Shirazzaweiss 2020& Bubblina ft Tallboy & Moose

Tapped May 15th, 2020
Shirazzaweiss, the seasonal release from Beerfarm and LS Merchants that coincides with the South West grape harvesting season, is a hotly anticipated blend of beer, wine and mateship that's been given a third release in 2020. After an outstanding sophomore version that captivated drinkers in 2019, this year’s drop had dizzying heights to live up to. Not a brewery to shy away from a challenge, Shirazzaweiss v3 was born and, somehow, is bigger and better than the last. Revisions start with an increased… Read more
Style
Grape Berliner Weisse
ABV
6.0% & 6.2%
Bitterness
9 IBU

KAIJU! Mutation Program #005: Demon Cleaner

Tapped May 14th, 2020
Oh, how times change... It's pretty much wired into the modern beer lover's system to pick up an IPA and know they'll be met by some combination of tropical fruit salad, sweet, freshly squeezed brekkie juice, candied lollies, and maybe a dash of beach bar cocktail. The one-two punch of jab at the olfactory system followed by swift left hook to the palate of yore has seemingly been lost in a rush to the juice bar. There are still occasional exceptions, however. And KAIJU! are the sort of brewery to… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
7.6%
Bitterness
76 IBU
Stockists

Leaving the brewery from mid-May...

Cowaramup Brewing Chocolate Porter (Cans)

Tapped May 14th, 2020
Cowaramup Brewery was established in 2006, and since that point has held a reputation for producing high quality, traditionally-minded beers to rival any brewery. Their Chocolate Porter is no exception – a beer that's steadily developed a fond following among WA craft drinkers over the last 14 years. However, in order to get your hands on one of head brewer and founder Jeremy Good’s beers you needed to visit the brewery itself, meaning a trip a few hours south of Perth to the brewpub a short… Read more
Style
Chocolate Porter
ABV
5.7%

Rocky Ridge Wake Me Up Before You VoVo & Karl's Thickshake

Tapped May 14th, 2020
Rocky Ridge add another notch to their collaborative belt with the release of Wake Me Up Before You Vovo, one of two decidedly sweet treats leaving the brewery in May. This one is a nod to the cult figure that is the Arnott’s Iced VoVo, adulated in the form of a raspberry, vanilla and coconut spiked milk stout. WMUBYV, was brewed in collaboration with Perth Homebrew Share, a 6,000 member homebrewing club in Western Australia. Initially, Rocky Ridge put forward a competition to the members who submitted… Read more
Style
Dessert Beers
ABV
6.0% & 7.0%
Bitterness
31 IBU & 25 IBU

Balter Brewing Bunker Buster

Tapped May 14th, 2020
It’s important to appreciate the little things. Recently, I’ve been asking people: “Is there anything you’ve liked about lockdown?” For some, it’s more time with family; for others, more time to play video games, or read books, or bake treats; for others, no commute; for others, lower social expectations. Now Balter have released a little thing for us to appreciate in the comfort of our own homes: Bunker Buster, a hazy session ale initially made for keg release only, but now in tinnies… Read more
Style
Session Ale
ABV
4.5%

Cheeky Monkey Sherby

Tapped May 14th, 2020
Among a slew of new beers designed to get beer geeks hot under the collar comes something a little different from Cheeky Monkey: a fresh and lightly hazed summer ale, suitably and simply named Sherby. Sliding into the "cheap and cheerful" bracket favoured by a growing number of brewers in these straitened times, Sherby is a cost effective crusher released mid-autumn. At sub 5 percent ABV and with a hopping rate rather milder than the IPAs to have left the brewery around the same time, Sherby… Read more
Style
Session Ale
ABV
4.4%

One Drop Brewing The Hop King & Stratascope

Tapped May 13th, 2020
Apparently, all it took to make us all simultaneously watch a documentary about an eccentric mullet-wearing, gun-toting, tiger-owning, alleged murderer was a global pandemic. Who’d have known? Now, what will it take to make you all simultaneously try this beer? Right from the start, The Hop King hits you with piney notes of a classic West Coast IPA: fresh and earthy and resiny, rounded out with an edge of citrus. It’s like you’re strolling through a pine plantation, the needles thick under… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA & DDH NEIPA
ABV
6.2% & 6.6%

Hop Nation 'Ray Lemon & Lime, Peach & Watermelon & Mint

Tapped May 13th, 2020
Remember that time when the arrival of hard seltzer on these shores was a matter of lively discussion for many? Back when things live music and sport were still a thing. Feels like a loooooong time ago, yet it's actually only 78 days since we published The Alcopopalypse Cometh. The boozy pop offerings continued to come, with Hop Nation joining the party with no less than three – all named after their home 'burb of Footscray – and with the promise of heaps more to come by summer, assuming that's… Read more
Style
Hard Seltzer
ABV
4.5%
Stockists

Available from their online store

And bottleshops nationwide

Hop Nation Melbourne Fog

Tapped May 13th, 2020
There's been many a beer make the transition from keg to can during the pandemic and you can add Melbourne Fog to the list. The pale ale started out as a collab between Hop Nation and Melbourne's Whitehart Bar and sits within the brewery's ever-growing canon of hazy, hoppy releases. It's a combination of Nelson Sauvin, Loral and Mosaic hops in partnership with no less than 50 percent oats in the grain bill that delivers the dense fog as well as hop flavours so textural it's almost like drinking fleshy… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale
ABV
4.8%

Fixation Brewing Fall & Quick Fix

Tapped May 13th, 2020
Completing the quartet of tallboy tinny releases from their Incubator in little more than week – following on from Danker Things and Half Cut – comes another pair of IPAs from Fixation. Fall is the first time they've put one of their spins on the increasingly popular oat cream IPA style into cans. It's not the densest looking pour for such a beer, not overly bitter either, instead centred around smooth, almost vanillin orange and passionfruit creme aromas and fullness of body, with a lemon slice… Read more
Style
Oat Cream IPA & Kveik IPA
ABV
6.3% & 5.9%
Bitterness
15 & 32 IBU

Seasonal Brewing Co Black IPA

Tapped May 13th, 2020
"Make IPAs black again!" It’s amazing the fervour that a new release of a hype style from seven years ago can illicit. The passionate online cries that have surrounded the release of this beer in parts of the WA beer scene are well founded, however, as Seasonal and collaborators Cellarbrations Carlisle have delivered a very authentic take on the style, yet one informed by brewing progressions of the last near decade. For starters, Azacca hops deliver tropical aromas to supplant the citrus… Read more
Style
Black IPA
ABV
6.8%
Stockists

Available from the brewery and bottleshop Plus very limited local WA retailers

Boatrocker Roger Ramjet 2020

Tapped May 12th, 2020
Look, it's not the fanciest or most high brow of words, but it's the one that first came to mind as I tipped my can of Roger Ramjet into a glass (yes, Roger comes in both cans and bottles in 2020, folks). And it's globular. Well, that was the starter for ten, at least. Then there was "sludgy, dense quicksand pit of boozy chocolate dessert through which no light shall pass". But globular is snappier. Yes, it's fair to say this year's Bourbon Trace barrel-aged addition to the canon of Ramjets… Read more
Style
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
10.9%
Stockists

A Point of Difference Liquor

Audacious Monk Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Bottle House Balaclava

Bottle House South Yarra

Carwyn Cellars

Far Side Beers

Grosvenor Hotel

More stockists...

Bad Shepherd Peanut Butter Porter 2020

Tapped May 12th, 2020
They've gradually been transitioning their beers into cans for quite some time now. And, as we move through 2020, they've been getting rather bolder with them too. Exhibit 1: the return of Peanut Butter Porter, which first appeared in black and tan cans as entry nine in their Brew Crew Series last summer but now is reinvented in the sort of gold cans that kept Kylie's career alive a little longer. It's a beer with transportive qualities, whisking me across the Pacific and the decades to the everpresent… Read more
Style
Peanut Butter Porter
ABV
6.4%
Bitterness
22 IBU
Stockists

Leaving the brewery from May 14

Pre-orders available here

Boston Brewing Howlin' XPA

Tapped May 12th, 2020
Although named after the Southern Ocean gusts that drive the Albany wind turbines located not far from Boston's brewery, Howlin’ XPA is carried more by a tropical perfume than a sea sprayed mistral. Fruity Starburst-like waves of pineapple, citrus and peachy-stone fruit aromas are lifted upon a yellow gold, light caramel malt base, with an ABV that nudges, somewhat contrarily for the loose XPA style, above the 5 percent mark. Howlin’ indeed; maybe even Cape West Howlin’. Guy Southern… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
5.4%
Stockists

Order via their online store

Or pick it up at WA stores operating through COVID-19

Blackman's Brewery Needs More Citra

Tapped May 11th, 2020
The Same Day IPA series sees the Blackman's team package a batch of IPA then deliver it to customers around Victoria on the same day so people can be enjoying hoppy goodness the same evening. For their first such beer of the COVID-19 era, that has meant a lot more deliveries straight to individual customers as well as retailers, a change up that has still seen the first batch disappear quickly with a second on the way. Needs More Citra is also comfortably the most overtly hoppy of a series that's… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.5%

Dainton Brewing Pandemic Punch & Rye-Solation

Tapped May 11th, 2020
When the COVID-19 lockdown hit and venues closed their doors, breweries, bars and pubs were forced to find innovative ways to get through their kegged beer. At Dainton – as we wrote about here – they decided to blend a stack of them to create two new canned beers. One featured a variety of fruity, NEIPA styles, the other some rye-heavy drops. And now they're canned and making their way to fridges, they're not quite what I'd have expected; instead of becoming a cacophony of their constituent parts,… Read more
Style
Blended NEIPAs & Rye Ales
ABV
6.6% & 5.8%

Sailors Grave Sake Kasu & Satsuma Plum, Lager Lager Lager & Garden State

Tapped May 11th, 2020
If you were a recipient of the Quarantinnies boxes in which Sailors Grave's latest Sake Kasu beer appeared, you've probably necked it already. But given it's such a tasty drop we thought we'd best include it in this round up of their autumn 2020 releases. Looking not dissimilar to a heavy pinot noir in the glass, this combination of imported sake lees and plums from within a shirt stroll of the Moores' house holds back little on its sour, acidic side and the fruit is to the fore too, yet there's… Read more
Style
Sake Sour & Pilsner & Spiced Pale
ABV
5.0% & 5.0% & 4.7%

White Rabbit Golden Sour Ale

Tapped May 8th, 2020
Not long after Boatrocker opened the doors to their Barrel Room, the first of its kind in Australia, White Rabbit opened theirs in Geelong. Yet, while the former's barrel-aged delights have become some of the most talked about and sought after of their ilk on these shores, those from the latter haven't created as much noise. This despite the fact there have been some quality Flanders red style beers, complex Berliner Weisse and so on released over the years. Maybe it's down to the fact White Rabbit… Read more
Style
Hoppy Golden Sour
ABV
4.7%
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