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!

Beerland Brewing Bees Please

Tapped Yesterday
The start of spring has been a busy time for the brewers at Beerland Brewing. One might say they've been busy bees... Head brewer Andrew had the idea to recreate one of the most popular beers from Matilda Bay's past, Beez Neez, adding 22kg of Australian honey late in the fermenter to a wheat beer base. While most of this ends up transformed into alcohol, it becomes a balancing act to get the ABV and residual honey flavours just right. In the case of Bees Please, the finish is dry and there is a… Read more
Style
Honey Wheat Beer
ABV
5.2%

Beerland Brewing Summer Break IPL

Tapped Yesterday
There could be a bit of "Build it and they will come" here, with Beerland's brewers creating a beer laced with summer vibes in the hope of bringing warm weather to the west. Either way, Summer Break comes channelling a summertime Euro trip. German hops of new (Huell Melon) and older (Tettnanger) heritage help to create a beer that is both Festbier and European lager in style. Pilsner and Munich malts contribute to a clean malt base while a German lager yeast works with the hops to lay… Read more
Style
India Pale Lager
ABV
5.0%

Beerland Brewing Golden Hour

Tapped Yesterday
In teaming up with good friends BredCo Bakery in Albany for this collaboration, Beerland conceived a recipe featuring one hundred wholemeal sourdough loaves in the mash tun to create a sour pale with a twist. Hints of spice lead into a refreshing tartness in this clean and dry kettle sour, where Slovenian Dragon hops add stone fruit and peach flavours. It's an easy-going entry point for those taking first steps into sour beers, while the name is a reference to dawn in WA's Great Southern. Mike Cridge… Read more
Style
Golden Semi-Sour Pale
ABV
5.7%

Beerland Brewing Destination XPA

Tapped Yesterday
There seems to have been something of a theme with the rash of new beers out of Beerland's twin Perth brewpubs this spring. While all four have their own personality, the terms "pale" and "refreshing" apply across the quartet. In the case of Destination XPA, you've got a beer bursting with bright citrus and stonefruit as the Citra and Mosaic hops sing their little green hearts out. The XPA has become an increasingly popular beer, often a gateway for people into the world of hoppier… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
4.6%

Otherside Brewing Co Experimental Series: Amchoor & Sencha Sour

Tapped Yesterday
The Otherside brewing team continue to take the road less travelled. Here, the use of amchoor, an Indian dried green mango spice, and Japanese sencha green tea shows not only how diverse and creative beer can be, but does so while serving up an intriguing refreshment. Leading with an earthy, green tea aroma, the palate soon shifts towards the fruity yet with a slight sweetness. Rather than plump mango, amchoor imparts something of an exotic tropical, citrusy element; it's one that's somehow rooted… Read more
Style
Spiced Sour
ABV
5.0%
Bitterness
4 IBU
Stockists

Freo.Social

Otherside Brewery

And Otherside stockists nationally

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Bright Brewery Mystery Beer No.1

Tapped Yesterday
Bright's man about Melbourne Evin Craney had long had an idea. Well, he'd probably had more than one, but there was this particular one: that a brewery should allow their brewer to create a beer – no guidance as to what it could be or what should be in it – and they and they alone would know what it was. The beer would then be sold and drinkers would be invited to guess what it was. At Bright Brewery, he found the people willing to back his plan and, as of October 2019, it is no longer a plan… Read more
Style
?????
ABV
6.1%
Stockists

A Point of Difference Liquor

Carwyn Cellars

East of Everything

Far Side Beers

Fishers Craft Beer

Grape & Grain Liquor Cellars

Hopheads

McCoppins

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Batch Brewing Co Tasman Tango South Pacific Ale

Tapped October 22nd, 2019
In late 2018, Batch released two session IPAs under the name Tasman Tango - one made with Australian malts and hops, the other made with New Zealand malts and hops - and sold them in mixed four-packs, partnered up so people could compare them and see what they liked about each. Now, nearing the end of 2019, Batch has taken the Tasman Tango name and put it on a beer that essentially brings together the best of both countries as they dance the dance of love. The malts in Tasman Tango approach with… Read more
Style
Pacific Ale
ABV
4.5%

Batch Brewing Co Juicy As Phuck NEIPA 2019

Tapped October 22nd, 2019
As trite as they can sound in certain contexts, the phrases “becoming who you are” or “finding yourself” ring true for most of us. As we go through life, the years teach us things and help us to grow into ourselves in a way that we could never have imagined in the past. We become a truer version of ourselves. And we can apply this same philosophical psychobabble to Batch Brewing’s Juicy As Phuck, which has undergone a recipe change that brings it more into itself. Juicy entered the market… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
7.0%

Batch Brewing Co Farmhouse XPA

Tapped October 22nd, 2019
When Batch opened their second location, Small Batch, they said it would function as a kind of engine of innovation, providing experimentation and market research for developing new beers. As well as, you know, being a kickass venue where shuffleboard is king. Farmhouse XPA is the first fruit of this process. (The innovation and experimentation, not the shuffleboard.) The brewers had the time and space at Small Batch - not to mention a small army of drinkers - to work with the recipe and road test… Read more
Style
Farmhouse XPA
ABV
5.4%

Innate Brewers Fauxdenbach

Tapped October 22nd, 2019
It’s a funny name. Once you get past the chucklesome reference, the idea of creating a kettle soured version of one of the world’s most iconic, awarded and influential beers is rather hilarious. Or at least it is until you actually try it. Whether the result is driven by chutzpah, deft technique or, most likely, a combination of both, Fauxdenbach’s mimicry is impressive. Sure, the oak depth and implied cherry tones aren’t the same as one would expect from ageing liquid for three years in… Read more
Style
Kettle Soured Flanders Red Style Ale
ABV
5.0%
Stockists

Available in limited release from WA Innate stockists

Hop Nation & Akasha East/West IPAs

Tapped October 21st, 2019
If you were to compile a list of Aussie breweries best known for their hop forward releases, Sydney's Akasha would be up there. And, while they've diversified into many more areas of beer (and wine), Footscray's Hop Nation have a fair few hoppy beers with more than a few fans, led by their Jedi Juice NEIPA in the popularity stakes. So, when the pair decided to get together to brew a collab, it was only ever likely to go one way. Except it ended up going two ways, and not necessarily as you'd have… Read more
Style
IPAs
ABV
6.2% & 6.8%
Stockists

Beer DeLuxe

Bitter Phew

Brewski

Carwyn Cellars

Dr Morse

Local Taphouse St Kilda

The Horse

Uncle Hops

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Sailors Grave Squid vs Whale Hop Maelstrom 4

Tapped October 18th, 2019
Cramming mountains of hops into a beer isn't the sort of activity you typically associate with Sailors Grave. But it's what they do with their Squid vs Whale beers – as the Hop Maelstrom subtitle tells you. It's now into its fourth iteration, with Galaxy, Idaho Gem and Citra the weapons of choice for the lightly lactosed IPA this time around. Apparently, brewer Chris Moore suggested to the team he may have gone a little too far with the hops this time. [Isn't that the whole point of the industry… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.4%

Sailors Grave This Is Not A Table & Into The Pines 2019

Tapped October 18th, 2019
How do you make a low ABV farmhouse-inspired table beer any more Sailors Grave? How about dropping a reference to Magritte? In character, This Is Not A Table ticks plenty of the boxes they've made for themselves, rather than those you might have come across in other table beers (think honey like malts and Belgian golden ale esters). Instead it's leaner and more earthy, initially hay like but with a cloudy creaminess once quaffed then a farmhouse and Cashmere-Sorachi Ace hop-derived zestiness. The… Read more
Style
Table Beer & Brown Ale
ABV
3.5% & 5.4%

Deeds & Tallboy & Moose All Work & No Play

Tapped October 18th, 2019
Back when Justin Corbitt was a wide-eyed brewer getting his start in the beer industry at Hawkers, one set of steady hands (attached to rather tall body were) showing him the ropes belonged to Dan Hall. Today, both brew out of different breweries, with Dan the Tallboy at Tallboy & Moose and Justin steering the ship at Deeds Brewing. To relive their days spent together, the two teamed up for All Work & No Play, a DDH Hazy IIPA with a downright mad level of dry-hopping: 40 grams per litre.… Read more
Style
DDH IIPA
ABV
8.5%

Sauce & Garage Beer Co Citrus Haze IPA

Tapped October 18th, 2019
Sauce Brewing have become known for some damn fine hoppy and, more specifically in recent years, hazy beers. Garage Beer Co from Barcelona have become world-renowned for their NEIPAs. So, when the Spanish brewers recently visited Australia, the team at Sauce knew they had to bring them in for a collab brew. The result, brewed in an Australian brewery and given a label the colours of the Spanish flag, was Citrus Haze IPA. The partnership sure didn’t skimp on the haze, dialling it up to almost milky… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
6.7%

Six String Blood Orange Vanilla Magik

Tapped October 18th, 2019
Few breweries make a Kolsch for the Australian market. Fewer still will make a Kolsch and advertise it as a Kolsch, often simply selling it as a lager. And fewer still experiment with the style. But Six String have taken the traditionally clean style and gone to town on it. To be fair, we should stick with the brewery's language of “inspired by a Kolsch” - after all, Blood Orange Vanilla Magik wasn't brewed in Cologne, and it most definitely doesn't abide by Reinheitsgebot regulations. Nor is… Read more
Style
Citrus & Vanilla Kolsch
ABV
4.7%
Bitterness
20 IBU

Wilson Brewing Scurvy Nights

Tapped October 18th, 2019
The seemingly unstoppable Wilson Brewery have launched yet another mouth-watering fruited ale into 2019 in the shape of their hotly-anticipated Scurvy Nights Sour Cherry Dark Ale. Initially brewed as a clean malt-driven dark ale, the unfermented wort was spiked with lactobacillus, yielding a tonne of tart and a touch of funk. Post fermentation, the beer was finished off with a healthy dose of fresh cherries, grown in the brewery’s hometown of Albany. Refreshingly tart and pleasingly robust, Scurvy… Read more
Style
Sour Cherry Dark Ale
ABV
6.0%
Bitterness
20 IBU

Blasta & Stone LIST.LOUD.REACT.

Tapped October 17th, 2019
Collaborating with one of the largest and most influential craft brewers in the USA was not something Blasta owner Steve Russell ever thought he’d be doing while homebrewing in his kitchen just three years ago. In a similar sense, it’s doubtful Stone co-founder/owner Greg Koch ever expected to be on tour with one of the world’s best-selling bands, Metallica, when he and Steve Wagner started telling drinkers that they weren’t worthy in 1996. Although the 2019 Metallica tour has been cancelled,… Read more
Style
Double IPA
ABV
8.488%
Stockists

Launching at the brewery on Oct 18

Balter Brewing Hazy/DC

Tapped October 16th, 2019
The instant Balter’s Hazy poked its nose onto the scene earlier in 2019 to mass excitement, it became clear a trio of limited hazy IPAs released nation-wide in 2019 would have no problem gaining attention (though, if we’re being honest, it probably could have been predicted even before then). So, with the release of the third, Hazy/DC, Balter has again given the people what they want. Like Dazy before it, Hazy/DC made its debut at GABS 2019 before eventually coming out in 500ml tinnies. And,… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
6.0%
Bitterness
30 IBU

Boston Brewing Barrel-Aged Cherry Porter

Tapped October 16th, 2019
Driven by Antarctic bellowing across the Southern Ocean, winter in the small town of Denmark on WA’s Southern Coast casts an almost mystic cloak on the region’s already stunning landscape; this is time for reflection and alchemy. A few minutes out of town, Boston’s head brewer Tyson Addy has quietly used this yearly ebb to create a sizeable barrel program, the first significant release of which seems perfectly designed for gathering around a log fire and telling long stories. The porter base… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Cherry Porter
ABV
8.4%
Stockists

Available in limited release from the brewery and select WA retailers.

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