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!

Great Ocean Road Australian Lager

Tapped September 25th, 2019
On September 19, 1919, the then Premier of Victoria, Harry Lawson, set off an explosive charge in an area just outside the small and isolated town of Lorne. With a bang, work had begun on what would become the 243 kilometre long Great Ocean Road. It wouldn’t be until 1932 that the road would be completed after some 3,000 veterans of World War I turned the rough terrain into a war memorial - the world’s largest - for the fallen. A century later and the road is one of the most travelled in Victoria… Read more
Style
Australian Lager
ABV
5.2%

One Drop Brewing Blueberry Sour

Tapped September 24th, 2019
Almost immediately after opening, One Drop sent off some of their first batches of beer to be judged at the Australian International Beer Awards… and scored a clutch of gold medals for their troubles. They were the only Australian brewery to win a gold medal in the Fruit Beer category, for their limited release Blueberry Sour. Of course, that batch didn’t last long - can you blame anyone? - so One Drop has done us all a favour by brewing it again. It sits in the glass a deep crimson tinged with… Read more
Style
Blueberry Sour
ABV
5.5%

Moon Dog Tiger's IPA

Tapped September 23rd, 2019
A spot of serendipity for the team at Moon Dog. Their Doggo IPA series celebrates dogs owned by various members of their staff and one of them just happens to have a dog called Tiger, perfect timing as the Tigers set out to try and claim a second AFL flag in three seasons. The beer was launched at the brewery as Richmond achieved a turnaround victory over Geelong and is in stores in time for Tigers fans to stock up before they run out against the Giants. The beer itself is an all Kiwi hop affair,… Read more
Style
NZ IPA
ABV
6.0%

Big Shed Indie IPA

Tapped September 23rd, 2019
At BrewCon 2019, a number of brewers were invited to create beers with new and/or experimental hop varieties. Among them was Big Shed, who went to work with a rarely seen (as yet) Kiwi hop going by the name HORT 4337. The Royal Park team kept the malt bill relatively simple – a base of pale, some oats and wheat for body and a touch of light crystal to balance the bitterness – with the intention of allowing Indie IPA's single hop to unveil its full potential. Pouring a bright orange, the aromas… Read more
Style
Single Hop IPA
ABV
6.4%
Bitterness
35 IBU

Pikes Beer Co Hazy IPA

Tapped September 23rd, 2019
Keeping things moving with their fish scale-liveries limited release series, the Pikes team ventured into the land of the haze with this Hazy IPA. Sitting at 7.2 percent ABV, Pikes’ Hazy IPA gets its cloudiness and hoppy punch from two huge dry hop additions of Citra and Galaxy hops. There's just a slight haze in a beer with a dark orange glow and frothy, big white bubbly head. Those hops lead the way with no malt aromas or flavours presenting themselves any more than is necessary to balance the… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
7.2%

Otherside Brewing Co Grapefruit & Citrus Anthem & NZ IPA

Tapped September 21st, 2019
For September 2019, Otherside have focused their experimental juices on a pair of fairly straight-ahead IPAs by today’s standards, although there is considerable difference between the two. Grapefruit & Citrus Anthem seasonally twists their core range IPA, with the tweaked recipe aiming to amplify the OG via grapefruit and orange additions which come off less pronounced than expected. Slightly lighter in colour than Anthem, there’s orange sherbet in place of melon and a new but subtle creaminess;… Read more
Style
Citrus IPA / NZ IPA
ABV
6.2% & 6.5%
Stockists

Available now from the Myaree brewery, Freo.Social (on tap) and Otherside stockists nationally.

Little Bang Brewing Schwangberry & Guava sNEIPA

Tapped September 21st, 2019
The Stepney brewers are at it again, releasing two new beers that are variations on their Schwang and sNEIPA ranges. Next up in the kettle sour range of Schwangs comes Schwangberry, utilising fresh raspberries to add a tartness, fruitiness and a vibrant colour to the beer. Due to the hefty load of added fresh raspberries, the beers pours a hazy bright pink with a light white head. A decent acidic aroma announces itself initially, along with solid backing from the fresh raspberries. It's an easy-drinking… Read more
Style
Raspberry Sour / Sour NEIPA
ABV
3.0% / 5.1%
Bitterness
11 IBU / 15 IBU

Nowhereman Mango Fandango

Tapped September 20th, 2019
As the weather warms, Nowhereman have committed to putting at least one sour on tap until winter next year, which in real terms for Perth is about mid-August 2020. Kicking off the puckerfest is Mango Fandango, a fruity dance of 60 kilograms of mango atop the house gose base. Unsurprisingly, the tropical fruit dominates proceedings but not in a pulpy fashion – this is clean refreshment. Acidity and brine remain supportive in the golden sunshine-coloured beer, one that radiates warmth and good vibes,… Read more
Style
Mango Gose
ABV
4.6%

Moon Dog Jumping The Shark 2019

Tapped September 19th, 2019
How do you jump the shark when, from the very off, doing just that was part of your schtick? In the case of Moon Dog, it was to create a series of beers even bigger and more batshit crazy than those they were releasing already. The Jumping The Shark series kicked off with a barrel-aged imperial stout weighing in at more than 15 percent ABV that was loaded with truffles and ended up with an AIBA gold medal. There's been the odd miss along the way, with The Fonz failing to stick his landing when he… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
12.2%

Batch Brewing Co Azacca IPA

Tapped September 19th, 2019
With Azacca hops headlining, and Citra and Ekuanot playing a supporting role, this beer is full of flavour, but doesn’t demand to be centre of the occasion. As far as IPAs go, this one’s at the easier end of the scale; or alternatively, you could think of it as a pale ale jacked up to 11. Florals and citrus aromas give you expectations of a delicate little number, and they’re joined with sweet fruits when you first put it to your lips. But it fades into flavours more reminiscent of noble hops,… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.4%

Ballistic & Deep Creek Hybrid IPA

Tapped September 19th, 2019
If we want to know what to expect from this beer, where should we look? It’s called a Hybrid IPA, with “the grit and bitterness of a West Coast IPA” and an "East Coast style dry-hopping schedule”. Well, if we look halfway between West Coast USA and East Coast USA, you’re landed smack bang in the middle of America. Nebraska, perhaps? Or Iowa, or the Dakotas? Nowhere particularly renowned for their IPAs, anyway. Or, since this is a collaboration between Brisbane’s Ballistic Beer and… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.4%
Bitterness
60 IBU

Bright Tank Dank Tank West Coast IPA

Tapped September 19th, 2019
As new head brewer Jackson Purser finds his feet at Bright Tank following his move south from Indian Ocean, the brewery’s toys have started to come into play. The reverse osmosis unit has quickly become a favourite for dialling in exact water profiles to best express each style. And in the case of Dank Tank, part of its dry appeal can be attributed to water chemistry, which may not be super interesting for most drinkers but is when it comes to delivering the beer's very tight outcome, something… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
6.4%
Stockists

Available now from the brewery, with limited amounts hitting taps at select WA venues.

3 Ravens Strawberries & Cream Shake & Party Lager

Tapped September 18th, 2019
"Treat like milk" it says around the rim of the can. And, in the case of this Shake release from 3 Ravens, it looks like it deserves a spot next to the previous Coffee Shake in the milk fridge too. That said, it does say "beer" a couple of times on the label: "Great Beer Taste" front and centre and a Simpsons reference on the side we'll leave you to discover for yourself. As for the liquid inside Strawberries & Cream, it's going to elicit the same love it / hate… Read more
Style
Milkshake IPA & Festbier
ABV
6.0% / 5.6%
Bitterness
15 / 28 IBU

Future Mountain Harrow & Harvest

Tapped September 17th, 2019
Future Mountain’s take on a classic Belgian witbier, Harrow & Harvest is made with malted, rolled and raw wheat plus orange peel and coriander seeds. The last of those ingredients was sourced from the Indian supermarket a few shops down the brewery’s home in Reservoir in keeping with their ethos, of course. Though it's clearer than the typical haze found in Belgium’s wits, you’ll find flavours familiar from those originals: a mix of sweet orange and coriander, yeast-derived clove, some… Read more
Style
White Ale
ABV
4.3%
Stockists

Future Mountain bottles are heading to some bottleshops but your best bet is the brewery or their online store

Future Mountain Incantation

Tapped September 17th, 2019
The first saisons might have been found in the fields of Belgium and Northern France but when they’re made with a lower ABV – which few modern ones are – there’s no limit to where, when or how they should be enjoyed. Well carbonated, light on the palate and unlikely to lead to a nap post-consumption, it’s a beer ready to match with almost any meal at almost any time of the day. That’s certainly the case with Future Mountain’s Incantation, a sprightly-carbonated table beer that sits… Read more
Style
Table Beer
ABV
3.4%
Stockists

Future Mountain bottles are heading to some bottleshops but your best bet is the brewery or their online store

Future Mountain Series of Dreams

Tapped September 17th, 2019
Beginning its life as golden ale, after six months in barrels Series of Dreams was transferred to spend a further two months on fresh raspberries from the Yarra Valley. The beer spent those two months refermenting away and extracting a lot from those berries, as its vibrant, bright red colour can attest to. It plucked out a whole lot of flavour too, packing a hefty punch of raspberries with a jammy quality that matches against the beer’s tart acidity. Will ZIebell… Read more
Style
Raspberry Sour
ABV
5.8%
Stockists

Future Mountain bottles are heading to some bottleshops but your best bet is the brewery or their online store

Future Mountain Memoria

Tapped September 17th, 2019
Even before they opened the doors to their Reservoir brewery, Future Mountain’s Ian and Shane were busy working with local farmers to get their hands on seasonal fruits for their beers. They were keen to brew for the seasons, finding the right fruit when it was ready and thus bringing beer and its agricultural roots together. They’re not quick to waste any of that bounty either, as Memoria is a testament to using apricots that had already had one beer flow through them. The first was Two Wheeled… Read more
Style
Apricot Sour
ABV
5.8%
Stockists

Future Mountain bottles are heading to some bottleshops but your best bet is the brewery or their online store

Future Mountain A Million Stars

Tapped September 17th, 2019
A Million Stars was designed during the depths of winter and is a farmhouse beer that even the brightest stars wouldn't shine through. Made with a bouquet of cardamon, black pepper, rosemary, star anise and juniper plus the French hop Aramis, which contributes further spice and some pine. Flavours of lavender and bergamot also come to the fore alongside its roasted, savoury malts and, while it might pour the deepest of browns, it’s dry and slightly light body makes you think it could just as easily… Read more
Style
Dark Farmhouse Ale
ABV
5.5%
Stockists

Future Mountain bottles are heading to some bottleshops but your best bet is the brewery or their online store

Moon Dog Barrel-Normal Activity

Tapped September 14th, 2019
Back in early 2019, we spoke to Jason Perrault, a hop breeder from the American Northwest. Towards the end of the interview, he spoke of a new hop variety they were developing that could give barrel-ageing qualities to a beer. The hop doesn't yet have a "proper" name but has started appearing very occasionally in limited release beers here, including an IPA that's just left Ballistic's brewery in Brisbane. Moon Dog got their hands on some of Yakima Chief Hops' HBC 472 too and decided to… Read more
Style
Porter
ABV
6.3%

Hop Nation Sweet & Sour Trio

Tapped September 13th, 2019
Their Site Fermentation Project may have become home for their more esoteric sour beers but the Hop Nation team clearly feel there's still a place for beers from that ever-expanding realm to live within their original brand. In the case of the "Sweet & Sour" beers, there's room for three that share much in common: each features a hefty addition of fruit as well as a lick of lactose (the sweet). Taken in the order I opened them, Cobbler is a peach sour inspired by the dessert of the… Read more
Style
Fruit Cream Sours
ABV
4.5% / 5.0% /
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