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!

T-Bone Brewing Rye IIPA & Puck'n Clouds

Tapped June 14th, 2019
Just like any contemporary brewpub keen to explore, the T-Bone brewers have been firing off shots in many a direction as autumn heads into spring, with this pair of releases about as far from each other as you could imagine. Rye IIPA is, as you'd expect, high in rye malt content and at imperial levels when it comes to booze. And, while they've double dry-hopped with Centennial, Citra and Simcoe hops, it's the ingredient that dominates proceedings. Pouring a deep, rusty hue, it's more a showcase for… Read more
Style
Rye IIPA & Kettle Sour
ABV
8.5% & 4.5%
Stockists

Find cans in good beer outlets in TAS & QLD

T-Bone Brewing Peanut Butter Porter

Tapped June 14th, 2019
You wait years for a chocolaty peanut butter beer to come your way then, whaddya know, two land on your doorstep in two weeks... Following hot on the heels of Barossa Valley's Peanut Butter Chocolate Milkshake comes this porter-with-a-twist from Hobart's T-Bone. And, such was the response to its launch, a second batch was already being brewed by the time the first reached Crafty Towers. Like its SA companion, the beer leaves you in no doubt it's a nutty one. If anything, the crushed nuts aroma –… Read more
Style
Peanut Butter Chocolate Porter
ABV
5.2%

Feral Brewing Imperial Biggie Juice

Tapped June 14th, 2019
Biggie is the juicy gift that keeps giving. Over the past few months, the OG has become core range and iterations like Dirty Biggie, an American oak version, have surfaced; however, they all appear to have been a warm up for this imperial release which dropped, appropriately, during the GABS East Coast run. Rather than just scale up Biggie Juice, the recipe was tweaked to include dry-hopping with Citra and Mosaic. The impact of this is pronounced sweet orange – peel in particular – and mandarin,… Read more
Style
Imperial East Coast IPA
ABV
8.0%
Stockists

Launching at the Swan Valley brewpub on June 14 before a limited nationwide can release.

Noisy Minor Admiral Ackbar

Tapped June 14th, 2019
While Brisbanites have been dusting off their flannel shirts and beanies, preparing to endure the brief and fleeting Queensland winter, Mount Tamborine’s Noisy Minor have quietly released the 2019 run of Admiral Ackbar. The most notable of the Fortitude Brewing offshoot, Ackbar is a big, hoppy red ale that’s a stalwart in the South East Queensland beer scene and, again, does not disappoint. With a big Citra hop-loaded front and a sweet, dry finish, Admiral Ackbar is an 8.2 percent ABV beer that… Read more
Style
Imperial Red Ale
ABV
8.2%
Awards

A "ridiculously small batch” was released to venues in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.

Endeavour Ygritte's Nitro Red & Grapefruit IIPA

Tapped June 13th, 2019
Like the fiery red-haired warrior woman from Game of Thrones, Ygritte’s Nitro Red is a fan favourite. She’s a traditional Irish red, but with a higher proportion of nitrogen than your standard nitro pour, making this beer as smooth and creamy as they come. The cascading, off white head takes its sweet time to gather itself to the top of your glass, instead dancing in slow motion before your eyes, revealing more and more of the copper-red gleam in the liquid as it goes. Soft caramel and toffee… Read more
Style
Red Ale & IIPA
ABV
4.8% & 8.1%

Exit Brewing #023: Double Milk Stout

Tapped June 12th, 2019
Given the vast and growing number of brewing companies in Australia plus the scores that send their beers to Melbourne to be judged every year, it's becoming tougher and tougher to pick up a trophy at the Australian International Beer Awards. There are many fine brewers out there who will never take to the stage to pick up a Best Beer or Champion Brewery trophy. Yet Exit Brewing have managed it not once but twice. At the 2019 AIBAs, brewer Grum was called to the stage to collect the Best Stout trophy… Read more
Style
Double Milk Stout
ABV
8.2%

All Hands Tafel Belgian Table Beer & Rusty Anchor Barley Wine

Tapped June 12th, 2019
Table beers generally do three things very well: they’re easy-drinking; they go well with food; they’re inconspicuous, staying out of the way so as to allow conversation to flow freely. Tafel does two of these well. Easy-drinking? Definitely. While it’s heavier than your average table beer, it retains the refreshing and quaffable quality that gives this style its charm. Goes with food? Absolutely. There’s a mild fruitiness coming through from the blend of two yeast strains, and an interesting… Read more
Style
Table Beer & Barleywine
ABV
5.4% & 11.5%

All Hands Rouseabout Pale Ale

Tapped June 12th, 2019
In a market where NEIPAs are winning our hearts and mid-strengths are on the rise, All Hands Brewing House have brought out a core range mid that hits a sweet spot. While Rouseabout is labelled as a pale ale, I’d happily call it a session NEIPA: with the alcohol content of a mid, and the explosive flavours of an East Coast IPA. Rouseabout pours bright with a lasting white head, and gives off the kind of aromas and flavours that’ll stick with you in your dreams. A trio of New Zealand hops (Rakau,… Read more
Style
Mid-Strength
ABV
4.0%
Bitterness
30 IBU

BentSpoke Brewing Co Descent 19

Tapped June 11th, 2019
Given his history at the Wig & Pen, there would have been an expectation when BentSpoke opened in Canberra that Richard Watkins would be set free to unleash an array of the experimental and the unlikely upon drinkers. Yet, while visitors to the brewery's Braddon HQ have been able to try a multitude of styles on tap, when it's come to the beers sent further afield they've tended to be of the contemporary and hop forward variety, from Barley Griffin to Crankshaft, Sprocket, Red Nut and Cluster… Read more

Nowhereman AlphaRon 65000

Tapped June 11th, 2019
Nowhereman owner Reece Wheadon’s dad, Ron, had been asking for this for years. He’d even suggested a name: Alpha Dog, a solid name for a winter stout – something honest and dependable to represent a classic beer style. Except the brewery team thought it would be way funnier to name it AlphaRon, add 65000 for more hilarity, then put Ron’s head in a glass jar on the decal in a Futurama-like expression. Have children, they said… It’ll enrich your life, they said… AlphaRon 65000 is a… Read more
Style
Export Stout
ABV
6.5%
Stockists

Nowhereman

And select WA venues

Stone & Wood Stone Beer 2019

Tapped June 10th, 2019
For many people whose good beer awakenings were rooted in the early 2010s, Stone & Wood's Stone Beer would have been their first introduction to a true seasonal. As we approach the 2020s, in an age of beers brewed with bodily yeasts and fried chicken or inside amphorae and taxidermy roadkill, using mere red hot volcanic rocks certainly seems passé. And compared to their most recent Counter Culture release, a sticky mango IPA, a wood-fired porter in 2019 feels positively wholesome. You probably… Read more
Style
Smoked Porter
ABV
7.2%
Stockists

Find yours from June 10 via Stone & Wood's beer finder

Temple Brewing Dia-Brux & Weston Street IPA

Tapped June 8th, 2019
Just before winter kicked into gear, Temple Brewing released two new IPA cans that couldn’t be much further apart in nature from each other. The first, Dia-Brux, was brewed for GABS 2019 and, in true festival fashion, it’s a sour IPA making full use of some of the most hyped brewing ingredients du jour. Hopped with Mosaic, kettle soured with lactobacillus and featuring Belgian yeast strain Saccharomyces Bruxellensis Trois, one that’s used for funkier ferments, it ticks all the right boxes to… Read more
Style
Sour IPA & West Coast IPA
ABV
6.8%

Temple Brewing New World Order Stout (Cans)

Tapped June 8th, 2019
New World Order is a stout that’s been a regular released from Temple for years, originally created by the stout-loving former head brewer Glenn Harrison, a man who's been known to claim he'd love little more than to open a stout-only brewery. Opaque, and American-influenced (in other words, more heavily and punchily hopped than your traditional stout), it joined the brewery’s core range when the lineup was revamped. And, like the rest of Temple's range, it's been moved into cans ready for winter… Read more
Style
American Stout
ABV
6.5%

Mr Banks Distraction In A Barrel Triple IPA

Tapped June 8th, 2019
Aside from running one of the most inviting brewery venues in Victoria and being delightful people, the thing the Mr Banks crew have become known for more than anything else is their love of IPAs. And, while they've brewed all manner of them, they have a particular penchant for hazy ones. Their Wheeze The Haze is one of the best NEIPAs around and, to mark turning three, they took that concept and, well, turned it up to three. With a name that's another reference to Chris Farmer's beloved Mighty Ducks,… Read more

La Sirène & Bannockburn Vineyards Convergence

Tapped June 7th, 2019
One of the advantages of being at the top of your field has to be the relative ease with which doors must open for collaborations. In this case, Costa Nikias got to work with one of his favourite wineries, Bannockburn Vineyards in the Geelong region. The Convergence in question isn't just between beer and wine but between La Sirène's wild house yeast and that of Bannockburn, with the liquid undergoing fermentation in one of the latter's old 500 litre puncheons. It goes without saying when a limited… Read more
Style
Farmhouse Ale
ABV
5.8%
Stockists

Beermash

Carwyn Cellars

McCoppins

McCoppins Abbotsford

Otter's Promise

Audacious Monk Cellars

Corks Crew Cellars

Decanters By The Bay

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Bridge Road Brewers Saisons de Wilde

Tapped June 7th, 2019
When Bridge Road Brewers use the tag "de Wilde", it means you've got a bit of side-by-side experimentation ahead of you. In this case, it's four saisons side by side once you've opened up your four-pack featuring the original Chevalier Saison then three other versions barrel fermented with wild yeasts sourced from active chardonnay ferments at three of the brewery's favourite wineries then aged in oak for 12 months. Chances are you know the original beer well, but what of the others? Let's… Read more
Style
Saison Variants
ABV
5.8%

Little Creatures Stout 2019

Tapped June 7th, 2019
You can set your watch by it. Winter arrives – Little Creatures release a seasonal stout. While that might sound repetitious, it's actually a gentling evolving affair, moving up and down in ABV and floating around the wider realm of the stout world, albeit without doing anything too crazy. In 2019, they've upped the hops although, in choosing English classic Fuggles and newer US variety Loral – which possesses something of the Old and New Worlds about it – to do the heavy lifting on that front,… Read more
Style
Stout
ABV
5.8%
Bitterness
58 IBU
Stockists

Available nationwide

Hop Nation The Forager Blueberry NEIPA

Tapped June 6th, 2019
The Forager first made an appearance late in 2018 as another entry in Hop Nation's NEIPA family, in this case adding blueberry to the mix. After receiving feedback on the beer, they decided to give it an overhaul ahead of its reappearance, with raspberry introduced to give the berry side of the beer a little more oomph. What's more, due to the increased acidity from the berries, a little lactose has been added this time around. As brewery co-founder Sam Hambour tells us: "While we are always… Read more
Style
Berry NEIPA
ABV
6.5%

Burnley Brewing & Mountain Distilling Botanical Sour

Tapped June 6th, 2019
Presumably brought together by their shared names [Are you really leading off with that, Ziebell? – Editor], soon after meeting Burnley Brewing’s Michael Stanzel and Mountain Distilling’s Michael Harris decided to brew a beer together. Initially released at GABS 2019 and followed up with a wider can release, the collaboration the two Michaels landed on is an attempt to capture the distillery’s gin in a can. To do that, they decided on a Berliner Weisse hopped with Citra and brewed with the… Read more
Style
Botanical Berliner Weisse
ABV
3.5%
Stockists

Join them for the launch on June 6

Bodriggy Brewing Space Milk Vol. 4

Tapped June 6th, 2019
To date, Bodriggy’s Space Milk series has explored a list of ingredients not often traversed in brewing, with the likes of soursop, alphonso mango, cayenne pepper, wild Australian raspberries and coffee skins all added to a beer despite sounding more suited to the menu of a trendy café. For number four in the lineup of lactose sours, the Abbotsford brewery has gone for an Annie apricot, marigold and almond sour. Considering marigold is a flower used to make some margarines, it shouldn’t be surprising… Read more
Style
Fruit Cream Sour
ABV
3.0%
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