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!

Smiling Samoyed Chilli Beer – RETIRED

Tapped March 24th, 2016
When Simon Dunstone and Kate Henning took over the former Myponga Brewery, one of the beers on the existing lineup was a Chilli Beer. It had a loyal following so the couple felt it should continue in some form. It does so still as an annual seasonal release, albeit reinvented. Such beers do tend to crop up with surprisingly regularity at regional Aussie breweries yet, while we've enjoyed a few chilli chocolate beers and few dishes are prepared at Crafty Towers without at least four or five forms… Read more
Style
Chilli Beer
ABV
4.8%
Bitterness
24 IBU
Stockists

Smiling Samoyed brewery

Select beer venues, mainly in SA

Newstead Brewing Saint George! Extra Special Bitter

Tapped March 24th, 2016
It's a little early in the piece for this beer to have been brewed for St George's Day, the national day on April 23 on which some English celebrate their patron saint by getting lairy, suggesting foreigners bugger off back home and occasionally going on a march. Of course, some celebrate it by being genteel, tucking into traditional English fare and knocking back a pint of three of malty English ales, but they tend to be drowned out by the flag-waving, boisterous loons (sound familiar?). Perhaps… Read more
Style
ESB
ABV
6.0%
Bitterness
62 IBU
Stockists

The Scratch

Newstead Brewing

Others TBC

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Wayward Brewing Lilliput IPL

Tapped March 22nd, 2016
Some time around 2012, before the whole "session IPA" idea had really caught on locally, Wayward released a low alcohol but very flavourful India Pale Ale which they gave the cute name of Tiny IPA. If memory serves, the idea behind that beer was that founder and then gypsy brewer Peter Phillip liked to go out sailing and enjoy a beer or two while still being able to tell port from starboard. With low ABV and hop forward flavours, it was a rather delicious drop and would have suited its… Read more
Style
Session IPL
ABV
4.1%
Stockists

Wayward Brewing Co

Other stockists TBC

Temple Brewing Powerstance Pilsner

Tapped March 21st, 2016
Powerstance Pilsner is a beer conceived through the slightly unusual process of two head brewers on either sides of the planet working through a recipe over the phone. Temple’s then head brewer Glenn Harrison had met the then head brewer at Weihenstephan, Frank Peifer, during a past Good Beer Week and, when Glenn decided he wanted a traditionally minded pilsner, he sought some guidance from Frank. The name is inspired by the manner Glenn uses when addressing an audience: legs apart beyond shoulder… Read more
Style
Pilsner
ABV
5.1%
Stockists

Available relatively widely in good bars and bottleshops

Bright Brewery Hop BLEVE

Tapped March 19th, 2016
Living in the Victorian High Country has its advantages – lots of them. It's a beautiful part of the world, there's a full four seasons of cool stuff to do, particularly if you're of an active bent, there's a bunch of breweries, wineries and other local producers and, of course, it's one of Australia's key hop growing regions. It's the last of these that's now celebrated each March with the High Country Hop festival, launched in 2015 by Bridge Road Brewers and attended by all of the region's small… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

Bright Brewery

High Country Hops

Others TBC

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Riverside Brewing Harvester of Sour

Tapped March 18th, 2016
It’s fair to say that 2015 was a fairly quiet year for the Riverside Brewing Company. After their co-founder and head brewer departed just before the beginning of the year, the business more or less concentrated on keeping things ticking over, bedding in a new brewing team, making slight tweaks to the core recipes and rereleasing a couple of old favourites. In terms of brand new beers, there was only the Tzar imperial red ale to report on. But 2016 already seems set to be a bigger year for the… Read more
Style
Sour Ale
ABV
5.0%
Stockists

Select beer venues in NSW

Newstead Brewing Tracks: Roggenbier

Tapped March 18th, 2016
They've gone a little fancy with their latest small batch release at Newstead. Not just with the beer but with the way you'll spy it on one of the handful of bars upon which you'll find it. Their policy is to name such releases after old Brisbane clubs and venues, with the Tracks here one that existed in the 1980s. Thus there's a nod to the decade in its decals, which have been quite the mission... "I bought 20 brand spanking new white cassette tapes from Melbourne and had the label art designed… Read more
Style
Roggenbier
ABV
6.2%
Bitterness
42 IBU
Stockists

The Scratch

Newstead Brewery

Tippler's Tap

Mill on Constance

Hopster

Others TBC

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Modus Operandi Escobar Stout

Tapped March 18th, 2016
After a couple of years dazzling people with their straight up hoppy IPAs, Modus Operandi has been quietly following a more esoteric path of late. First there was the Earthless-inspired Sonic Prayer IPA, then the Powcohicora-influenced Drupey One, now comes a stout made with yerba mate and named after everyone’s favourite pre-nineties moustachioed purveyor of illicit narcotics, Pablo Escobar. The beer is built on a traditional British oatmeal milk stout base of crystal and chocolate malts, but… Read more
Style
Oatmeal Stout
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

Modus Operandi Brewery

Others TBC

Murray's & Bloodhound Bar Get Rich Or Die Ryeing

Tapped March 17th, 2016
For Brewsvegas 2016 the team at Brisbane’s Bloodhound Bar decided to resurrect Hopfields, an event they’d held once before, towards the end of 2015, during which they dispensed a huge range of very hoppy beers over the course of a weekend. For round two they teamed up with the hop fiends at Murray’s to add a collaborative beer to proceedings. The recipe development was a joint back and forth effort, with the Bloodhounds deciding on a Red Rye IPA, the Murray’s team taking ownership of the… Read more
Style
Red Rye IPA
ABV
5.8%

Wolf Of The Willows & Bloodhound Bar Wolf Blood

Tapped March 17th, 2016
Now happily ensconced at the brewery they share with Bad Shepherd in Cheltenham, we can expect to see more beer and beers from Wolf of the Willows, including one-offs such as this. Scott and Renae McKinnon has collaborated with the team at Bloodhound Bar in Brisbane for the Hopfields event it's hosting as part of Brewsvegas. Wolf Blood is one of the collaborations to be launched on the night and is a punchy West Coast style red IPA. The brewers tell us it's all about "hops, hops and more hops… Read more

Shenanigans Brewing Flight Path (2016)

Tapped March 14th, 2016
In the autumn of 2015 Shenanigans released a brown ale infused with coffee from Marrickville merchant Double Roasters. The beer was dubbed Flight Path, the same name applied to the most popular blend of beans sold at Double Roasters' home below the air approach to Sydney airport. Flight Path the beer, using Flight Path the coffee, has been brought back by Shenanigans for autumn 2016, though it’s a vastly different drop. For starters, the malt bill has been stripped back and refined, to the point… Read more

Old Wives Ales Full Moon

Tapped March 10th, 2016
The Full Moon comes with a tale of apricot beards, snatched moments of passion, trembling in blankets and a wolfman. Which, according to the Old Wives Ales crew, translates in beer form to a black IPA, in other words a beer that looks to all intents and purposes like a stout or porter but drinks like hopped up pale beer. In the case of Full Moon, the subterfuge on the eyes is caused by the use of Midnight Wheat, which lends a beer blackness with little in the way of chocolate or roasted characters… Read more
Style
Black Rye IPA
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
70 IBU

Nomad Brewing Myrtle's Summer Fling

Tapped March 9th, 2016
In Myrtle’s Summer Fling, the team at Nomad has released its first dedicated summer ale. However, being the slightly and deliberately off-centre brewery they are, it’s got two things to differentiate it from your average summer ale release. The first is that, at just 2.8 percent ABV, it’s a bona-fide light beer. The other is that it’s been released in autumn. To be entirely accurate, the beer has made the odd appearance at the brewery and one or two other venues in the past month or so, but… Read more
Style
Summer Light Beer
ABV
2.8%
Stockists

Stockists TBC

Hargreaves Hill Cherry Harvest 2016

Tapped March 7th, 2016
It wasn't too long ago that many of the limited releases coming out of Hargreaves Hill in the Yarra Valley were experiments with hops: a series of fine IPAs, the occasional pilsner. These days, more often than not, when a short run beer leaves the brewery it's as likely to have spent time conversing with oak and / or been dosed up with some form of bacteria or funky yeast. The first such release was last year's Cherry Harvest Sour, a beer that began as the run off from last year's Phoenix Imperial… Read more

Cheeky Monkey & The DTC Dark Secret

Tapped March 4th, 2016
They do love a venue / brewery collaboration in the west. Latest to join forces are the guys from The Dutch Trading Co (The DTC) and Margaret River's Cheeky Monkey. Originally brewed for last month's South West Craft Beer Festival in the region, a full batch was brewed meaning there was enough left over to head to a few bars and bottleshop to fill glasses and growlers. According to Cheeky brewer Ross: "The DTC crew was originally thinking along the lines of an Aussie hopped and dry hopped pilsner.… Read more
Style
Black Pilsner
ABV
4.8%
Bitterness
34 IBU

Mornington Peninsula Brewery #tinnage003 Whysocereal?

Tapped March 4th, 2016
Mornington Peninsula Brewery's range of limited edition can releases going by the #tinnage banner reaches entry number 003. The beer to get the call up and done fancy new clothes is an oatmeal pale that originally appeared as a limited release, draught only beer. Now it's been reinvented as Whysocereal? complete with angry cartoon-adorned tin. A mere 400 cases have been produced and are being distributed nationwide. Brewer AG reckons it's a "highly smashable summery ale with lovely citrus and… Read more

Modus Operandi The Drupey One

Tapped March 3rd, 2016
The first new beer for Modus Operandi in 2016 is a bonafide autumn seasonal release, although not one directly inspired by the Australian version of autumn. Rather, its roots lie in the fall of the northern hemisphere which marks the onset of the pecan nut harvest. MO brewer Dennis, an American whom we can trust for such tidbits, says pecans are synonymous with autumn in the states and that the pecan is the only nut native to the USA; it was purportedly a major autumnal food source for Native Americans,… Read more

Australian Brewery Holy Union

Tapped March 3rd, 2016
Have you ever wondered what it would taste like if you mixed the All Star IPA with the Saison D’Heretique? The brewers at The Australian Brewery did, so they did. The result is a draught-only release called the Holy Union. It uses the exact same strain of French/Belgian saison yeast the Rouse Hill brewery uses to such great effect in its Saison D’Heretique and combines it with the generous hopping regime of their session IPA. While there’s yeast spiciness on the nose, it’s the latter hop… Read more
Style
Belgian Session IPA
ABV
4.5%
Bitterness
36 IBU
Stockists

Australian Brewery

Other venues TBC

Newstead Brewing Drought Relief Autumn Lager

Tapped March 2nd, 2016
Four times a year, Brisbane's Newstead Brewing releases a lager – a different one each time. Their most recent summer version was Cyclone Season, a hoppy, bitter take on the pale lagers out of Dortmund. For autumn, they've cranked up the malt and hop profile to create Drought Relief, which they're calling an American red lager. That means lots of caramel and biscuit malts to lend the beer its darker colour and some sweeter malt flavours, as well as a sizeable load of hops to create a "solid… Read more
Style
Red Lager
ABV
5.5%
Bitterness
56 IBU
Stockists

Black Bunny Kitchen

The Scratch

Newstead Brewing

The Mill on Constance

And a handful of other beer venues

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Ocho Beer Barrel Saison

Tapped March 1st, 2016
If your intention is to stand out from the crowd, even in today's incredibly and increasingly diverse craft beer landscape in Australia, a beer such as this is the sort to do the trick. As the name suggests, Barrel Saison is a saison style ale that was fermented in oak, spending a month there before being dry-hopped then bottle conditioned for another three months. The outcome is a very pale and spritzy beer, high in carbonation and light on the palate. There's a hint of lemon and oak in the aroma,… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Saison
ABV
5.5%
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