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!

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%

Burnley Brewing x5 Fruits x1 Beer

Tapped May 8th, 2020
It might look like the name of another Elon Musk and Grimes kid but x5 Fruits is instead Burnley Brewing’s latest limited release. It’s one that covers fairly familiar territory for the brewery too, where they've regularly featured heavy regimes of fruit and berries in beers pouring at their Richmond brewpub. But five fruits in one can is new territory, with the beer a Berliner Weisse and the five fruits strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, passionfruit and blackberry. It pours almost as purple… Read more
Style
Fruited Berliner Weisse
ABV
4.5%

Wayward Brewing Midnight Barley Cowboy

Tapped May 8th, 2020
Midnight Cowboy. Such a versatile phrase. If you can only think of the Dustin Hoffman film, you’re missing all the possibilities - it could just as easily be a men’s cologne, a B-grade arthouse slasher, or an erotic novel. For better or for worse, Wayward focused the phrase a number of years ago by tweaking it to Midnight Barley Cowboy and making it the name of a winter seasonal beer. But they definitely kept the genre-bending nature of the phrase by applying it to a hopped porter, which few… Read more
Style
Hoppy Porter
ABV
6.0%

Two Bird Brewing Eazy-Duz-It Hop Harvest Session IPA

Tapped May 7th, 2020
Straight Outta Spotswood, a motherfuckin' tinnie called Eazy... They've shown quite the fondness for puns inspired by the world of music in recent times at Two Birds Brewing, including those drawn from the hip hop. And here, following on from their Brew Tang Cans, comes another, with their 2020 wet hop beer sharing its name with the debut album from N.W.A. founding member Eazy-E (although, presumably, taking a rather more enlightened approach to woman than said album). Indeed, it's a pretty gentle… Read more
Style
Wet Hop Session IPA
ABV
4.0%
Stockists

Find the beer here

Wolf of the Willows Wolf Pup

Tapped May 7th, 2020
Had the past few weeks gone to plan, Wolf of the Willows would be welcoming guests to their new Mordialloc brewery venue right now. And awaiting them would have been a house beer, Wolf Pup. Given things haven't gone quite to plan – you can read about how owners Scott and Renae have been adapting here – you can now enjoy the supposedly taproom only release at home. As the name suggests, it's a beer that's relatively small in stature: a 4 percent ABV Aussie pale ale. Built with a pale malt and… Read more
Style
Aussie Pale Ale
ABV
4.0%
Stockists

Find Pup here

3 Ravens Espresso Quarantini & Black 2020

Tapped May 6th, 2020
3 Ravens have let fly two dark releases amid this chilly Melbourne autumn, one a returning classic and the other originally destined for venues but quickly moved into cans. The returning beer is an historic one in the modern craft beer world too, with 3 Ravens Black a stout that was in the brewery’s core range from 2003, launching back way back when the brewery started before sliding away in recent times. It’s back for 2020 and looks worlds apart from the original's bottles, instead sitting inside… Read more
Style
Oatmeal Stout & Oaked Coffee Brown Ale
ABV
4.5% & 4.0%

Sanctus Brewing Triple B Stout

Tapped May 5th, 2020
Taste is subjective. I get that. I know my preferences aren’t everyone’s preferences. But I’m gonna go ahead and call it: when Sanctus Brewing described beer as a "gift from the gods" and put a picture of the Holy Grail as their logo, they had this imperial stout in mind. After I took my first sip, I half expected a 900-year-old knight to tell me I had chosen… wisely. Drinking Triple B Stout (big, bold, beautiful!) is an exercise in luxury. The dense head is the colour of milk chocolate,… Read more
Style
Imperial Stout
ABV
10.0%

Nomad Brewing & Iron Maiden The Trooper

Tapped May 5th, 2020
“And as I lay there gazing at the sky, My body’s numb and my throat is dry. And as I lay forgotten and alone, Without a tear I draw my parting groan.” No, this isn’t a description of someone who’s had a few too many - it’s the final verse of Iron Maiden’s The Trooper. The song was inspired by the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade in 1854, and Nomad’s The Trooper XPA is inspired by the song. It’s not the world’s first version of The Trooper - Robinson’s Brewery in England… Read more
Style
Australian XPA
ABV
4.5%

Nomad Brewing Pine Lime Sour

Tapped May 5th, 2020
Nomad have already got a bunch of light sours under their belt, a number of which are fruity. So you’d be forgiven for thinking you know what you’re in for when you crack open this Pine Lime Sour. But you might get a few surprises here. The aroma is intense. An initial hit of lactic acid quickly morphs into the full-face sweetness of Pineapple Fanta. I've smelled subtle pineapple in fruited beers before, but there's nothing subtle about this. Once the sipping starts, this beer is a style-straddler.… Read more
Style
Fruit Sour
ABV
5.0%

Fixation Brewing Danker Things & Half Cut

Tapped May 4th, 2020
In the space of a few weeks, the team at Fixation's Incubator in Collingwood have gone from wondering what the hell they're going to do with tanks and kegs full of IPA (including some from other brewers sent to their ResinFest just before venues closed) to filling as many growlers in a month as they'd previously done in a year and repackaging a keg run of Little Ray into cans. And now they've decided to speed up their short run can program too, with four 500ml IPAs set to land in little more than… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA & Hazy Mid-Strength
ABV
7.0% & 3.5%

Nomad & Rogue Wattleseed Brown Ale & Alefarm DDH Pale Ale with Rainforest Lime

Tapped May 4th, 2020
We all know the old axiom: “It’s not what you know; it’s who you know”. When it comes to collaborations, the Nomad team have always taken advantage of the contacts of their sister company ExperienceIt Beverages to get together with world renowned brewers. Their new One Brew Nation series is a celebration of these beers: “One time, one place. The world’s best brewers coming together to brew phenomenal beers, and just one brew only!” The distinctive design on the cans is a nice touch,… Read more
Style
Brown Ale & DDH Pale
ABV
5.0% & 4.5%

Cheeky Monkey North Point IPA

Tapped May 4th, 2020
Cheeky Monkey’s surf break series has quickly become one in which every release is highly sought-after haze for WA's beer lovers. And the arrival of North Point sees no change to that theme. Working with one of the hottest hops of recent years, Strata, the Vasse team have celebrated the eponymous, and globally renowned, break with a beer possessing a lusciously smooth mouthfeel through which pineapple, OJ, ruby grapefruit, Calypso mango, subtle pine and an artful bitterness bring the goods. Indeed,… Read more
Style
East Coast IPA
ABV
7.2%
Stockists

Available from the Vasse brewery, Cheeky Monkey website and WA stockists

Dollar Bill Cider Ways Vintage 2020

Tapped May 1st, 2020
Brewer's notes: Wild-fermented cider made from a blend of Granny Smith, Pink Lady and Packham pears, dry-hopped with US and Australian hops, matured in French barriques. Hop driven citrus fruit and piney resin blend with acid and funk in this complex farmhouse cider. Ready to drink now but will cellar well for several years.… Read more
Style
Wild-Fermented, Barrel-Aged Cider
ABV
8.0%

BentSpoke Brewing Flemm

Tapped May 1st, 2020
Something new from BentSpoke that's been around a long time in more ways than one (how very BentSpoke, no?). Flemm is their autumnal Bending Spoke limited release, but this take on the Flanders Red style popularised by Rodenbach – inspired by a sampling session at the Belgian brewery many years ago – was first brewed by brewery co-founder Richard Watkins more than a decade and a half ago. Now it becomes one of the first such beers to appear in cans in Australia. A blend of three beers – one… Read more
Style
Flanders Red
ABV
5.0%
Stockists

Check the BentSpoke beer finder

T Bone Brewing 50/50 Hazy IPA & Puck'n Fresh Hop Hazy Sour

Tapped May 1st, 2020
The latest IPA from Hobart's T-Bone Brewing features images of fruit and coconut on the tins and, once decanted into a glass, you might well suspect flesh has been scraped into 50/50 Hazy from the inside of the latter and juice squeezed from the former. It's hazy to the point of pulpy and emits lime and pineapple aromas upfront before that coconut flesh builds on the nose and gradually wends its way into flavour town too. Yet it's all the work of "copious amounts of Mosaic and Sabro" hops,… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA & Fresh Hop Sour
ABV
6.8% & 4.5%

Molly Rose Brewing Bit Of A Chuckle & Scarf Weather & Vegan Dessert Stout

Tapped April 30th, 2020
There's a fair bit of humour running through this trio of limited releases from Collingwood-based Molly Rose, or two of the three, at least. The naming of A Bit Of A Chuckle makes that much clear, with the beer a pale ale that's something of a rollercoaster, albeit delivering a ride that's rather more enjoyable than the one everyone in the beer industry has been strapped into over the past couple of months. The name refers to the daft amount of hops – Cascade, Citra, Mosaic, Chinook and Simcoe… Read more
Style
Pale Ale & Spiced Amber & Vegan Milk Stout
ABV
4.8% & 4.8% & 5.7%

Bright Brewery Hop Harvest Ale 2020 & Affogato Stout

Tapped April 30th, 2020
There can be a tendency when playing with wet hops rushed from farm to fermenter (or whirlpool or wherever a brewer decides to add them to their brew) to end up extracting a subdued, more mellow, sometimes grassy character as they've not been dried and thus had their unique character distilled. That's very much not the case here with Bright's 2020 Hop Harvest Ale. Brewer Reid Stratton has taken the Ella variety – a relative of Galaxy – and squeezed a vibrant and intense fruitiness from the cones… Read more
Style
Harvest Ale & Affogato Stout
ABV
5.5% & 5.3%

CoConspirators The Fall Guy & The Pastry Chef

Tapped April 30th, 2020
This pair of releases from CoConspirators happen to be two of the brewing company’s strongest and both feel like fitting subjects on Melbourne’s coldest April day in decades. First up is The Fall Guy, an autumnal double hazy IPA hopped with El Dorado, Mosaic, Azacca and Idaho 7. In many ways, the beer is familiar territory for the brewing company, which has attracted plenty of fans for The Matriarch NEIPA, with The Fall Guy taking that template and stepping into bigger and boozier territory.… Read more
Style
Double Hazy IPA & Salted Caramel Slice Stout
ABV
8.3% & 8.2%

Blasta Brewing Ya Wee Blasta Wee Heavy

Tapped April 29th, 2020
Steve Russell’s relentless pursuit of ideas seems to favour him, as if guided by his brewery's unicorn talisman. Here, while wanting to make a wee heavy – a strong and malt rich beer – the idea of incorporating traditional Scottish ingredients, including some from his hometown, was too good an opportunity to pass up, even if that meant overcoming a fair few challenges to get hold of Scottish heather honey and ex-whisky staves from the Highland distillery that was his local before emigrating.… Read more
Style
Oak-Aged Wee Heavy with Heather Honey
ABV
8.8%
Stockists

Available from the brewery

WA and national stockists to follow

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