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!

Rocks Brewing Wet Hop Amber Rye Ale – RETIRED

Tapped April 20th, 2015
Unusually for a fresh hop beer, the story of Rocks’ Wet Hop Amber Rye Ale starts a year ago. Ben Landsberry, brewing BFF of Rocks head brewer Scotty Morgan for 10 years and current brewer at The Kernel in London (one of the driving forces in the British craft beer renaissance), had scored the promise of 50kg of fresh hops and pestered Scotty to get them for the just-opened Alexandria brewery. Scotty not only got the hops but went one better, giving them to Ben to create the brewery’s first specialty… Read more
Style
Fresh Hop Amber Rye Ale
ABV
5.5%
Stockists

Harts Pub

Lord Raglan Hotel

Rocks Brewing

Other good beer venues along the East Coast

Keg only

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Holgate Brewhouse & Frankie's Bull in the Big Smoke

Tapped April 20th, 2015
A wet hop beer, an IPA and a collaboration all in the one beer: it's a veritable beer trend extravaganza! Bull in the Big Smoke sees one of the elder statesmen of the Australian craft beer world, Woodend's 15 years-and-counting Holgate Brewhouse, join forces with one of the liveliest new recruits to the craft beer-pouring world, Sydney's raucous rabbit hole of a venue Frankie's Pizza. At the heart of their joint effort are hops, fresh hops plucked from the recent Aussie harvest and rushed into hot,… Read more
Style
Wet Hop IPA
ABV
6.2%
Stockists

Frankie's Pizza

Holgate Brewhouse

Others TBC

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Young Henrys Winged Victory

Tapped April 19th, 2015
Ahead of ANZAC Day 2014 and the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign, Young Henrys was invited by their local Marrickville Council to brew a beer as part of the area’s commemorative events. Mayor and councillor Mark Gardiner popped down to the brewery and they set about creating an Australian pale ale with a twist in homage to the ANZAC biscuit. To do this, they started with an easy-drinking, golden pale ale recipe then added honey from Marrickville, rolled oats from an organic producer in NSW and… Read more
Style
ANZAC Australian Pale Ale
ABV
4.7%
Stockists

Forest Lodge Hotel

Petersham Bowling Club

Young Henrys Brewery

3 Weeds Rozelle

Coogee Diggers Club

Art House Hotel

Gilroy Hotel

Black Penny

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Nomad Brewing Freshie Salt n Pepper Gose

Tapped April 19th, 2015
Nomad doesn’t tend to do ordinary when designing recipes for their beers but, even by their standards, adding a few buckets of seawater to a beer seems a little out there. But there’s method to the madness here as they’ve tried to capture the essence of the Northern Beaches in a glass by brewing a Gose, the somewhat obscure style of beer originating from the German town of Goslar which counts salted water amongst its ingredients. Nomad’s saltwater came straight from Freshwater Beach, just… Read more
Style
Gose
ABV
4.5%
Bitterness
15 IBU

Mornington Peninsula Brewery / Alehouse Project Continuous Daryl

Tapped April 17th, 2015
For its eighth Hopfest, the Alehouse Project team ensured there would be the usual lineup of rare, new or one-off beers on offer. And among them is the first collaboration brew featuring the venue's owner, Alex Summers. The man who has become something of a hero to the beer nerds of Melbourne's north for his nonstop efforts to secure beers they've not seen before and probably won't again hooked up with one of his favourite breweries, Mornington Peninsula, and together they crafted the sort of beer… Read more
Style
Double IPA
ABV
8.5%
Bitterness
90 IBU

Exit Brewing #007 Smoked Stout – SOLD OUT

Tapped April 16th, 2015
Having first dabbled in the world of smoke with their second commercial release, the come-and-have-a-go-if-you-think-you're-'ard-enough, 7.5 percent ABV Scotch Ale – a beer that just kept piling on more and more layers of malt – Exit revisited it with this Smoked Stout. That said, while it's an occasion in which they indulged their love of smoked and peated malts, there's plenty more going on within its dark brown body. Indeed, so struck were we by the distinct US hop aromas we picked up on… Read more
Style
Smoked Stout
ABV
5.5%

Women of Beer Unite 2015 Red Ale Variations

Tapped April 14th, 2015
For this year's annual Women of Beer collaboration brew day, the Aussie ladies got together at five different locations to brew five different beers. As you can read in our article "So Much Pink" on the brews elsewhere on the site, there was a recipe drawn up by the Pink Boots Society for each brewing group to follow. Two of the five groups followed the red ale recipe closely, whereas there were three variations on a theme. The variations included the use of Zinfandel grapes in WA, where… Read more
Style
Red Ales
ABV
Various
Stockists

Two Birds Nest

Young Henrys

Other venues TBC

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Women of Beer Unite 2.0

Tapped April 11th, 2015
The Women of Beer collaborations have been growing wings. In Australia, what started as a Victorian venture has spread nationwide, while the Pink Boots Society kickstarted in the US now has branches worldwide, including more and more in Australia. This year, the collaboration brew day that took place on International Women's Day led to five brews in Australia and there's also this spin off brew too. Unite 2.0 took place when Two Birds' head brewer Jayne Lewis was in New Zealand last August and hooked… Read more
Style
American Stout
ABV
6.2%
Bitterness
60 IBU
Stockists

Two Birds Nest

Red Duck Wolf / Cactus / Bizarre Love Triangle

Tapped April 10th, 2015
If we told you that a brewery was releasing three new beers at once with five more to follow in a few weeks and another half a dozen after that, we reckon you'd have a pretty good stab at guessing which Aussie it was. If we mentioned that among them were barrel-aged sours, one featuring swede and potato and a couple of collaborations the chances are better still. Yes, after a short period in which we didn't much about new beers from Ballarat's Red Duck they're about to unleash the beasts again. Indeed,… Read more
Style
Various
ABV
Various
Stockists

The usual Red Duck stockists

Colonial Brewing Co Small Ale

Tapped April 7th, 2015
In 2014, Colonial Brewing decided to pop beer inside a can in the shape of their Kolsch rebranded as the somewhat logic-bending Draught Ale. A fine drop it is too, one that deserves to find a home in Eskies across the country whenever the warm weather hits. They followed it up with a second canned beer. But this one comes with a twist. Or is that a spin? Or a 360 degree turn? You see, not content with merely popping their Small Ale (a 3.5 percent ABV citrus hopped mid-strength that takes its name… Read more
Style
Midstrength
ABV
3.5%

Bridge Road Harvest Ale & Dark Harvest 2015

Tapped April 3rd, 2015
These days, you'll find plenty of people brewing their own variants of wet hop or fresh hop beers come harvest time, utilising hops taken from the farm in their beers on the day they are picked without drying or processing them first. Australia's most notable exponent of such beers has been Bridge Road Brewers who, for a number of years (eight, they reckon), has taken full advantage of their proximity to one of the country's largest hop farms to use unreleased, experimental varieties in the annual… Read more
Style
Fresh Hop Beers
ABV
4.4% & 6.6%
Stockists

Bridge Road Brewers

Good beer venues across the country in bottle and limited kegs

Murray's Chocolate Easter Egg Beer

Tapped April 3rd, 2015
Every Easter weekend it’s become tradition for Murray’s to open their Port Stephens brewery up to a mini festival of blues music, brewery tours and an Easter egg hunt through the venue’s vineyard and surrounds. They also use the occasion to release an Easter beer. Most recently that’s tended to be some variation of a spiced ale which recreates many of the cinnamon and other spice flavours you’d expect from Easter’s ubiquitous hot cross buns. But for 2015, new/returning brewer Graeme Mahy… Read more
Style
Chocolate Beer
ABV
4.5%
Stockists

Murray's Brewery

Stone & Wood Beers of the Earth

Tapped April 1st, 2015
What is it they say about great minds thinking alike? In the same month, two of the country's biggest, most successful and fastest-growing breweries have released mixed six-packs and, not only that, the concepts behind them are eerily similar. As we've posted elsewhere on the site, Sydney's 4 Pines has released the Bastard Children of the British Empire, their attempt to tell the story of the evolution of pale ale from its first appearances in the UK through the US, New Zealand, Australia and Belgium.… Read more
Style
Various
ABV
Various
Bitterness
Various
Stockists

Find the beers here: http://stoneandwood.com.au/beers-of-the-earth/

Blackman's Brewery Bells Pro Pale Ale

Tapped April 1st, 2015
Blackman's Brewery is in Torquay, where the beer is brewed just a hop and a skip from the surf. It means it's not much further away from Bells Beach, one of the world's most famous surf spots and home of the prestigious surfing competitions, the Bells Beach Rip Curl Pro. The 2015 comp kicks off in April, with Mick Fanning and co no doubt ready to work up quite a thirst. So it would be remiss of Renn Blackman and partner Jess Giudice not to offer them something to quench their thirst, which they're… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
Stockists

Blackman's Brewery

Boatrocker Brewery Ramjet 2014

Tapped April 1st, 2015
The all-conquering Ramjet is back! The first vintage of the barrel-aged imperial stout from Boatrocker wowed all beer lovers whose path it crossed, won over by its luscious blend of roast characters, chocolate, vanilla, oak and whisky. And now the 2014 vintage, which was offered to punters as a sneak peak at last month's Good Beer Week Gala Showcase where it promptly won People's Choice Best Beer, is out, initially in bottles and with a seriously limited number of kegs to follow between now and Good… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
10.4%
Awards

GBW Gala Showcase People's Choice Best Beer

Nomad & Stone Brewing AiRyEvil

Tapped March 31st, 2015
If you were going to brew an India Pale Ale and could choose one person in the world to help you do it, Mitch Steele might just be your man. He’s the brewmaster at Stone Brewing, the famed American brewery whose name can barely be spoken without the letters ‘I’, ‘P’ and ‘A’ following immediately afterwards. This is a man who not only oversees the production of some of the most iconic IPAs in American brewing, but has gone so far as to write a book about the style. So when Mitch came… Read more
Style
Rye IPA
ABV
5.2%

Moon Dog Breakfast of Champions

Tapped March 30th, 2015
In addition to his official title of Señor Brewer, the man who helped 3 Ravens to the Champion Small Australian Brewery title before crossing town to Moon Dog could also be tagged The Recreator. One of Adrian McNulty's last beers at 3 Ravens was his attempt to recreate Pedro Ximenez in beer form (The Druid) and more recently he's looked to recreate champagne as beer with Bad Boy Bubbly. He's at it again here with a beer that originated as a brewery bar single keg but has since been given a guernsey… Read more
Style
Bloody Mary Red Ale
ABV
7.6%
Bitterness
18 IBU

4 Pines Bastard Children of the British Empire

Tapped March 30th, 2015
One can never accuse the crew at 4 Pines of lacking ambition. They've rapidly grown to become one of the biggest craft breweries in Australia and have managed their growing pains so well their beers continue to win trophies, all while maintaining a sense of joy and mischief. And now they've released their most ambitious Keller Door release to date. Not content with releasing one new beer, they've conjured five that are being sold in eye-catching, no-expense-spared six-packs following their launch… Read more
Style
Pale Ales
ABV
Various
Bitterness
Various
Stockists

Carwyn Cellars

McCoppins

McCoppins Abbotsford

Purvis Beer Richmond

Purvis Cellars Surrey Hills

And at select venues on draught and widely in mixed 500ml bottle six-packs

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Bright Brewery Hop Harvest Ale 2015

Tapped March 28th, 2015
Here they come: the 2015 hop harvest, fresh hop, wet hop beer brigade! There will be a few on display this weekend (March 28) when Bridge Road hosts the first High Country Hops Festival, among them this from Bright. The story behind the beer is as follows... "At Bright Brewery we are very lucky to be only a few minutes down the road from one of Australia’s major hop farms, run by Hop Products Australia (HPA). Over the last couple of years the HPA Rostrevor Hop Garden in Eurobin has produced… Read more
Style
Harvest Ale
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

The Alehouse Project

Keg:

Bright Brewery

High Country Hops Festival

And limited bottles online and over the Bright Brewery Bar

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Red Hill Brewery The Bloody Plums

Tapped March 28th, 2015
To mark ten years of brewing in Red Hill, Karen and David Golding and their team are brewing ten different red beers. Each will feature artwork by a different local artist, with beer number one – The Bloody Plums – featuring some colourful work by Nick Kallincos. It also features plums from the big plum tree that is part of the farm on the Mornington Peninsula where they've been welcoming guests since 2005. It's not the reddest of beers, but definitely has a tinge of blood orange to its cloudy… Read more
Style
Fruit Saison
ABV
7.5%
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