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!

Cheeky Monkey Imperial Monk

Tapped February 28, 2017
Cheeky Monkey’s first limited release beer for 2017 shows the Margaret River brewery building momentum for bigger beers. Last year, the limited release Southern Wailer series included the Silverback, a 10 percent ABV imperial stout revived after laying dormant for three years, a West Coast IPA that evolved into a core range beer and a hop forward, multi-collaborator XPA to name a few. The Imperial Monk is an amplified version of their core range session red ale, Travelling Monk, where the flavours… Read more
Style
Red IPA
ABV
8.3%
Stockists

Imperial Monk is available on tap at the brewery and select venues, with 500ml cans available from good WA liquor stores.

Young Henrys Dunies Lager

Tapped February 28, 2017
It all began with a bet. Through an ever expanding network of top Aussie bands they can count as friends, an offer was put forward by Young Henrys to Brisbane band Dune Rats saying that if their new album made it to number one on the ARIA charts they’d brew a beer with and for them. Sure enough, The Kids Will Know It's Bullshit, the band's collection of stoner rock tunes made it to the top of the pile so it was time to get busy brewing. What might you need to know about the resulting beer? Well,… Read more
Style
Lager
ABV
4.20%

Stockade Brew Co Le Brat

Tapped February 27, 2017
In the hierarchy of beer, few styles are viewed with such apathy by hardened craft beer drinkers as blonde ales; when a beer is low in hops, light in bitterness and economical in aroma, even the quirk of having the lowest possible level of carbohydrates can't mask the fact it pretty much represents pure boredom. But not all blondes are boring. As a counterpoint to ultra low carb blonde beers there are the highly aromatic Belgian style blonde ales and it’s the latter where Stockade’s new beer… Read more
Style
Blonde Ale
ABV
7.0%
Bitterness
25 IBU

Rocks Brewing Nectarine Witbier – RETIRED

Tapped February 22, 2017
It seems they’ve gone at little bit fruity at Rocks. For their second new release of 2017 the Alexandria brewery has decided make use of the abundance of summer’s gorgeous stone fruit by bastardising a witbier with nectarines. The wit, or wheat, style of beer is something their brewhouse happens to be well suited to. Without getting into technical details of efficiency, extractions, conversions and all sorts of other things that get brewers particularly excited, the Rocks brewhouse has something… Read more
Style
Fruit Witbier
ABV
4.4%
Bitterness
20 IBU

Bandicoot Brewing Southern Courage RIS

Tapped February 19, 2017
If you're after an indicator of where the Australian beer industry is, this should do the trick. Southern Courage is a Lark Distillery whisky barrel aged Russian imperial stout from Echuca, the port town where, after more than generation after generation without a brewery to call its own, Bandicoot now operates. It's the baby of successful homebrewer Tracey Green and husband Bruce and this is their boldest statement yet. The first batch of the beer spent six months in Lark barrels before being blended… Read more

Mountain Goat Hashtag IPA

Tapped February 17, 2017
Proving there is apparently no limit to the number of different ways in which they can create an IPA, the brewers at Mountain Goat have come up with something new. They joined forces with hop supplier Hopco to get their hands on a new form of hops from the States. Known as hop hash as it's created by a similar method to the other hash (no, not the one you might occasionally have for breakfast. Well, some of you might do, but, um, the one that gets you high). Once hop flowers have been pelletised,… Read more
Style
Hop Hash IPA
ABV
6.8%

Akasha The Angry @$#% XPA

Tapped February 17, 2017
What should you do when your brewing equipment, mid brew, becomes so jammed with hops that the most likely result of your toil appears to be a ruined beer whose only fate seems to await down the nearest drain? You’d probably do what comes naturally: sweat and swear, channel your inner Hulk and let your anger loose. That’s more or less the story behind Akasha’s Angry @$#%, except, for all the distress and despair, the beer actually turned out fine. Better than fine, in fact. It’s an XPA,… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
6.6%

New England Brewing Co The Bloom

Tapped February 17, 2017
If hops are all the rage in Australia, this may well be the least popular beer in the country. The Bloom is the latest seasonal from the New England Brewing Co. and it’s a beer made entirely without hops. Where to place this beer is a bit tricky. There’s really no way you could call this beer a gruit for it lacks the herbal concoction, but it’s still very much ‘normal’ in that the same water was used, the same malt was used and the same yeast used. It’s just that instead of adding hops… Read more
Style
Flower Ale
ABV
3.5%
Bitterness
3 IBU

3 Ravens Wild Ravens Old Red Ale

Tapped February 16, 2017
Last year, there was a trio of Victorian beers born of similar inspiration that caught the eye. They were blended sours from Holgate (Wild Red Ale), Boatrocker (L.A.B.) and 3 Ravens (Wild Ravens Old Brown Ale). The last of these was also the first of a trio, all of which would feature a portion of various old beers they'd kept around the brewery and which would undergo various maturation and fermentation processes before being bottled (where further re-fermentation will continue). The last of the… Read more
Style
Flemish Red Style Ale
ABV
6.7%

Redoak Malt Teaser

Tapped February 16, 2017
There’s a decent case to claim Redoak brewer David Hollyoak is the Willy Wonka of the Australian beer scene. Not only does he produce a massive number of beers in a dazzling array of styles, but he seems to possess – at least judging by the number of awards lining the Sydney beer cafe’s walls – something of a genius streak when it comes to brewing. Throw in the mysterious quirk whereby no one has seen the inside of his brewery in years and the similarities with Dahl’s character start to… Read more
Style
Dark Lager
ABV
5.8%

Hobart Brewing Co Extra Pale Ale

Tapped February 13, 2017
With their brewery venue hitting its groove in the Red Shed on Hobart's Waterfront, Hobart Brewing Co, back in early 2017 put a first beer into packaged form so more people could find out what brewer Scott Overdorf is up to. The beer was an XPA that visitors to the brewery had previously enjoyed on tap. And it was a beer that stood out from the majority of pale ales, XPAs and IPAs hitting the local market at the time as, while it was highly hopped like most (a not inconsequential 55 International… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
5.8%
Bitterness
55 IBU
Stockists

Available widely in Tasmania

And in select Melbourne bottleshops

Modus Operandi Lost Key XPA

Tapped February 10, 2017
At the end of last year, our panel selecting their best new NSW beers of the year threw something of a curveball. Modus Operandi has, more than anything else, made its name on the back of a series of fine hop forward releases. Yet the panel chose to highlight the Mona Vale brewery's darker side. For the first limited run can release of 2017, however, it's back to their beloved little green flowers in the shape of Lost Key, an XPA first brewed with Black Bunny Kitchen from the Sunshine Coast late… Read more

Tallboy & Moose & West City Brewing Citrachi IPA

Tapped February 9, 2017
One of the in-house policies at Preston's new brewpub Tallboy & Moose is to offer a tap or two to guest brewers. Usually, it's done by means of a keg swap that sees the other brewer put a keg of Dan and Steve's beer on at their venue. In the case of Citrachi, it's a partnership that's a little more direct: they joined forces with West City Brewing to create a single beer together. That beer is Citrachi IPA, one that most readers of this site will be able to decipher pretty quickly: it's an IPA… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
45 IBU
Stockists

Tallboy and Moose

Tallboy & Moose Only HPA035

Tapped February 9, 2017
Aside from the brewery's Cream Ale, Only is the closest that Tallboy & Moose comes to a core beer. It's a series that retains the same pale ale style base but features a different single hop in each brew. This time around, it's one of Hop Product Australia's (HPA) more recent "experimental" varieties (the use of speech marks here is due to it being an experiment that has been supplied to a rather large number of breweries around Australia for the past couple of years, suggesting it… Read more
Style
Single Hop Pale Ale
ABV
5.5%
Stockists

Tallboy and Moose

Hop Nation & Sawmill The Expat Double IPA

Tapped February 8, 2017
Those who know Hop Nation know that founders Sam and Duncan are both winemakers who met working in vineyards and travelled the world before deciding to start making beer in Melbourne. It turns out they're not the only people within their group of mates to follow that path; Duncan's mate Logan Richmond ended up working for the Sawmill brewery in New Zealand, and it was Sawmill's old brewery that Hop Nation bought when setting up their home in Footscray. Earlier this year, they reunited at Sawmill… Read more
Style
Double IPA
ABV
8.6%

Sailors Grave Altocumulus Blueberry & First Harvest Grisette

Tapped February 7, 2017
East Gippsland brewery Sailors Grave continues down its idiosyncratic path with its first two seasonal releases of 2017. Both make use of the natural resources local to the brewery and both offer something for fans of off kilter beers. One is the second in the Altocumulus dry-hopped Berliner Weisse range. Its predecessor, featuring mandarins, made our Best New VIC Beers of 2016 list; here, the mandarins are replaced with blueberries, with Amarillo and Cascade the chosen hops. Clearly, they didn't… Read more

Stockade Brew Co Plum Perfect

Tapped February 6, 2017
Eating a plum is all about timing. When you get it right, just when the skin gives in a little to a light touch, it is one of nature’s sweet and simple pleasures. But there are times when your optimism coaxes you into biting down too soon, before the fruit has ripened, and instead of being met with luscious sweetness you’re hit with a hard bite and astringent flavour. By virtue of positive reinforcement, when considering plum flavours in anything it is more than likely to be the former, sweeter… Read more
Style
Berliner Weisse
ABV
3.1%

Mornington Peninsula Brewery IPL

Tapped February 5, 2017
In what feels like something of a rarity from Mornington Peninsula Brewery these days, they've released a new limited run beer and left the canning line alone. Thus, this IPL [India pale lager – think IPA hopping rates but with a lager instead of ale yeast] is appearing only on tap, perhaps as a testing ground to see if it will eventually join the #tinnage series. Head brewer AG handed the reigns to one of his brewing team for this one, with Stefan opting for nothing but Aussie hops. Indeed, we're… Read more
Style
India Pale Lager
ABV
6.1%
Stockists

Beer DeLuxe

The Fitzroy Pinnacle

Mornington Peninsula Brewery

And select craft beer venues

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Newstead Brewing Brewsvegas Beer 2017

Tapped February 4, 2017
Each year, not only does Brewsvegas bring the good times to Brisbane for a week and a bit of marvellous beer events, it brings out a commemorative beer too. Sure, it's not going to stick around like the mug your gran got to commemorate the wedding of Charles and Di, but you can be sure it's got better taste. For 2017, they enlisted the services of Newstead, who took time out from building a whopping new brewery and showing off all their trinkets on social media to knock out a brew that ticks plenty… Read more
Style
Hoppy Kettle Sour
ABV
5.5%
Bitterness
54 IBU

Boatrocker Brewery Blonde

Tapped February 1, 2017
Oh, what fun it must be to be Boatrocker Brewery founder Matt Houghton or one of his brewers, making your way up and down aisles of barrels of varying sizes, sampling liquids of various origins and in various states of development, deciding which ones are ready for bottling, which need more time, which will need blending to make a marvellous final product, which would suit an addition of fruit or coffee. Certainly, there are worse ways to spend one's life. The latest wooden vessel to be emptied of… Read more
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