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!

Red Duck Lazy Sunday, Flight Of The Wolf & Cinnamon Rye Pumpkin Ale

Tapped November 18, 2020
Like most of their peers, the folks at Ballarat's Red Duck have been far from idle during Victoria's lockdowns; how can you be when you run both brewery and distillery? They've emerged from the second shutdown with a new look core range and, in keeping with the DNA that saw them innovating wildly well before most local breweries existed, they've got a trio of new beers out ahead of summer. The most summer suited of those is Lazy Sunday, a strong saison that joins a long line of Belgian-influenced… Read more
Style
Saison & Double IPL & Spiced Belgian Quad
ABV
6.3% & 7.8% & 9.8%

Frenchies Tropical Mist DDH Cryo NEIPAs

Tapped November 18, 2020
Craft beer may never have been more popular and widely available than it is now, however there still must be so much that remains completely inscrutable to the average punter. Case in point: DDH Imperial Cryo NEIPA. It sounds less like a delicious beverage and more like some kind of dumb transportation system Elon Musk “invented” that’s just less efficient in every conceivable way than a train. Which brings us to Frenchies' latest – a duo of Tropical Mists, a lil’ boy and a thicc boy. I… Read more
Style
DDH NEIPA & DDH Imperial Cryo NEIPAs
ABV
7.0% & 8.5%

Deeds Brewing Milk Bar: Blueberry & Raspberry & And Everything Under The Sun is In Tune

Tapped November 18, 2020
Sometimes you have to marvel at how breweries manage to keep on top of things. No sooner have Deeds sent over samples of two new releases than they're sending information on the next three... As for the two in hand (OK, in hand, in mouth, can crushed, in recycling), Blueberry & Raspberry is part of their Milk Bar Series of imperial cream sours. No prizes for guessing what's inside (although you can add vanilla and lactose to the fruits). It pours a lovely crimson colour with a pink foam and,… Read more
Style
Imperial Berry Cream Sour & Single Hop NEIPA
ABV
7.7% & 6.5%

Hop Nation Fool

Tapped November 18, 2020
The raspberry sour Fool first popped up in 2019 as part of Hop Nation’s three-part Sweet and Sour series but the beer’s popularity saw it make the move from limited release to regular run in 2020. Drinking it, it’s not hard to see where that popularity might have come from, since a sour, sweet, raspberry and vanilla-laden beer could very easily contain flavours that really stick out and compete against each other. Instead, Fool’s fruit flavour and the sweetness from the vanilla combine into… Read more
Style
Raspberry Sour
ABV
5.0%

Hop Nation Ground Control & Candyland

Tapped November 18, 2020
Hop Nation’s twin IPA releases in November manage to show off a new(ish) ingredient, a classic style, and craft brewing’s more modern direction. First up, Ground Control is a West Coast IPA brewed with Hop Product Australia’s newly-named Eclipse and is itself named after David Bowie's classic Space Oddity. It's a fitting showcase of Eclipse's mandarin-inducing qualities too, with Ground Control mostly singing that citrus note, joined by a little resinous pine and a quite prominently bitter… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA & Milkshake IPA
ABV
7.0% & 8.0%

Moon Dog & To Øl Dream Cake

Tapped November 18, 2020
Given both breweries' past outputs, any collaboration between Moon Dog and Scandinavians To Øl could have gone in many a direction. Where this one has headed is straight for the patisserie. And how. Dream Cake is tagged a "coconut cake imperial dark ale" and you're not left wondering how far they were willing to push things into cake territory. It's based on Drømmekage, a caramelised coconut cake from Denmark, and the brewers have gone big on the coconut, big on the metaphorical slice… Read more
Style
Imperial Cake Beers
ABV
8.8%

Prancing Pony Purple Velvet Christmas Beer

Tapped November 17, 2020
Christmas markets might be cancelled across Northern Europe for 2020, but that doesn't mean the team at Prancing Pony can't get into the festive spirit. Corinna Steeb and Frank Samson hail from Esslingen, a town close to Stuttgart, where among the sweet and spicy Christmas traditions is a cake / cookie called Lebkuchen. It's the inspiration for their second cake-as-beer creation, Purple Velvet, which follows in the footsteps of The Hunt For Red Velvet. The labels are inspired by the wonderful architecture… Read more
Style
Christmas Dunkelweizen
ABV
5.2%
Bitterness
32 IBU

Rocky Ridge & Short Order Burger Short Order Beer

Tapped November 17, 2020
No strangers to collaboration, Rocky Ridge have teamed up with Short Order Burger here for a classic Aussie lager. It’s an idea which seems almost foreign for a brewery pushing out double oat cream IPAs, TDH triple IPAs and barrel-aged pastry quads; however, the notion recognises that simple is best when pairing with one of Australia’s best burgers – no, really, the burger team have been rated Top 5 nationally. Short Order Beer’s light, bready malt base is dusted with subtle herbal hop notes,… Read more
Style
Aussie Lager
ABV
4.8%
Stockists

Available from Short Order Burger Fremantle

Nowhereman & Mane Liquor Hopkuna Hoptata IPA

Tapped November 17, 2020
While many are talking about the fragmentation of beer styles, some with increasingly parodic nomenclature, there’s also the name to contend with. What seems humorous, and a little cute here, actually starts making a whole lotta sense when linking Mane Liquor and manes, especially once you realise Studio Papa’s artwork features a big cat version of Mane’s Josh Daley, complete with matching tattoos. It’s a creative concept but what the collaborators didn’t do was create a cocktail of adjuncts,… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
6.5%
Stockists

Mane Liquor

Nowhereman Brewery

Nowhereman WA stockists

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Hargreaves Hill Beatnik Raspberry Sour

Tapped November 16, 2020
It must be tricky being the funky little sibling when your older, supposedly more sensible, elder starts playing up. When Hargreaves Hill launched Beatnik, the offshoot was designed as a home for beers that might not fit within the ethos honed over more than a decade, as well as allowing the Yarra Valley brewer to put some beer into cans. Roll on a few years and massively hopped hazies, cocktail-mimicking beers, and pastry stouts are among the limiteds bearing the Hargreaves Hill name, often in cans… Read more
Style
Raspberry Sour
ABV
4.0%

Eumundi & Bundaberg Eu-Bundy IPA

Tapped November 16, 2020
Bundaberg is known for its rum. Eumundi is known for its beer. Both are known for their ginger. Surely you can see where this is going. Eu-Bundy IPA, a collaboration between Eumundi Brewery and Bundaberg Rum, is a West Coast IPA made with Bundaberg’s Small Batch Spiced Rum and additions of ginger from both Bundaberg and Eumundi. Duncan Littler from the Bundaberg Rum Distillery says: “Finally, we can deliver a rum-influenced IPA to the beer lovers of Queensland!” - apparently something that… Read more
Style
Rum & Ginger Infused IPA
ABV
6.0%

Tallboy And Moose Nice Cola & TDH Miasma

Tapped November 16, 2020
Tallboy and Moose may be busy back welcoming people inside their Preston brewpub - or outside, in the case of their driveway-based beer garden - but they’ve also kept cans flying out into the world too. The brewery’s two November releases are returning recipes, though both have undergone a few changes and are spreading their wings far wider than the previous keg-only releases. The sour Nice Cola is a re-worked and canned re-issue of the brewery’s LA Cola kegs from a little while back. It’s… Read more
Style
Cola sour & TDH IPA
ABV
6% & 7.1%

Mountain Goat XL Extra Lager

Tapped November 15, 2020
The Mountain Goat story started out as two mates looking to shake things up in Melbourne's beer scene by giving drinkers something very different to the lagers that had commanded the 20th century. They certainly achieved their goal, with founders Cam and Dave claiming Champion Australian Beer at the AIBAs in 2015 for a barrel-aged barleywine before selling the business to Asahi. Since then, they've picked up more trophies for IPAs although, somewhat ironically, the beer that's performing heroics… Read more
Style
Hoppy Lager
ABV
4.9%
Bitterness
25 IBU
Stockists

More info here

Akasha Projects Eclipse IPA

Tapped November 14, 2020
There’s something kind of thrilling about the official unveiling of a new hop variety. They go through an incredibly gruelling development process so, when one is finally bestowed with a name, it stands aloft on the broken and battered corpses of thousands of others that didn’t quite make the cut. Naturally, it’s gotta have something going for it, right? Eclipse has been floating around for years under the slightly less snappy moniker HPA-016, and has been spoken about in hushed tones of reverence… Read more

Swell Brewery Corduroy Lines Hazy IPA

Tapped November 14, 2020
Fashion styles tend to work in a circular manner, yet I imagine most would be happy if humanity makes an exception for the corduroy pant. Apart from the dreary colour spread spanning light beige, beige, medium beige and darker beige colour selection [I dunno, I've seen some pretty mean purple ones! – Editor], they were just plain unexciting. Which puts them at stark contrast to Swell’s new hazy IPA, Corduroy Lines, which is an ode to a dream surf day at the beach. Lines upon lines of perfect… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
7.0%

Swell Brewery Small Swell

Tapped November 14, 2020
Man can't survive on 7 percent ABV, fruit-laden monsters, much as we might like to; sometimes we need a stayer. Something to mix with a burst of activity or a long chill session in the outdoors. Enter Small Swell, a 3.4 percent ABV mid-strength with those longer sessions in mind: a refreshing ale to clean the salt from the mouth after a long day riding waves. Pale, Vienna, oats and wheat combine to provide a solid base so the Wai-iti and El Dorado can throw down some fruity vibes. Light in body… Read more
Style
Mid-Strength Pale
ABV
3.4%

Frenchies The World Of Yesterday & Triple (with Little Alchemist Brewing)

Tapped November 14, 2020
I think what’s most endearing about Frenchies is their ability to continuously take on classic styles that rarely see the inside of a bottleshop fridge and absolutely nail them while pumping out DDH hazies and milkshake IPAs at the same time. It’s a sort of best of both worlds type situation, as long as you’re the kind of beer nerd who is positively fizzing at the thought of picking up a four-pack of German lager to balance out the mouth-stripping humulus assault of almost every other beer… Read more
Style
Vienna Lager & Belgian Tripel
ABV
4.5% & 9.0%

Wolf of the Willows & The Gospel Persistence

Tapped November 13, 2020
Resilience is a word that's been bandied about a lot in 2020, along with pivot, unprecedented and oh, for fuck's sake (OK, that last one is a phrase rather than a word, but you catch my drift). You have to feel that, as we in Australia look to be coming out of the darkness and into the light, persistence deserves a guernsey too. Particularly for people and businesses in Melbourne, where they've endured two lockdowns like champions (well, aside from Murdoch's goons and their ilk) and can now look… Read more

CoConspirators Brewing & Fizz and Hop The Architect

Tapped November 13, 2020
Both the brewers at CoConspirators and the team at the Moonee Ponds bottleshop Fizz and Hop have been busy building of late. Work is still being done on the former’s Brunswick brewpub while, at the latter, they've spent two Melbourne lockdowns getting their bar and restaurant Holmes Hall ready to welcome people inside. Like any beer, a good idea needs good design and the two operations have teamed up to recognise that via oat cream IPA, The Architect. With flaked oats in the malt bill and additional… Read more
Style
Oat Cream IPA
ABV
6.5%
Stockists

List of stockists avaialble here

Shelter Brewing Summer Sour

Tapped November 12, 2020
Would any ambitious brewpub open without a sessionable sour in their lineup these days? Probably now, which is an indication of just how much the beer scene has changed over the past few years. Shelter's Summer Sour is a clean, slightly salty sour with good balance. Watermelon and berry flavours mix with a slightly estery yeast profile. And, while the acid character is prominent, it's balanced by a short, spritzy finish.… Read more
Style
Gose
ABV
4.0%
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