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!

Ballistic Beer Co Coup de Grâce Imperial Stout

Tapped August 14, 2020
When Ballistic named this Coup de Grâce, were they referring to it being the finishing blow for an evening? Or were they leaning more into the literal translation, "stroke of grace", and referring to the dignity and distinction of the complex flavours within? You can decide for yourself – if you can get your hands on one of the 2,200 bottles, individually numbered and hand-dipped in wax. Coup de Grâce is Ballistic’s first barrel-aged release (and they promise many more to come), and… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
13.9%

Ballistic Beer Co Cold One

Tapped August 14, 2020
When a beer is simply named Cold One, it’s looking to play a very simple role. And so it’s tempting to give it a simple description: “tastes like a beer”. But that wouldn’t give credit to the work that’s gone into making this beer what it is. Ballistic’s original mid-strength core beer Pilot Light has had a full makeover to create this, with the hop bill, mash schedule, and even water profile getting loads of attention. The hops bring light fruitiness while the wheat and oats make for… Read more
Style
Mid-Strength Pale Ale
ABV
3.5%

All Hands Fruit Bat Pale Ale

Tapped August 14, 2020
The 2019 Indies put All Hands Brewing House on many people’s radar for the first time as the brewery took out Champion Independent Brewer NSW and Champion Australian Brewpub. On the same night, they picked up a gold medal for Fruit Bat Pale Ale. The energetic core range beer has been satisfying their regulars at the brewpub for some time, and now that it’s in tinnies, it can spread joy a little further afield. Old favourites Mosaic and Citra set a firm foundation of zesty flavour, but it’s… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
ABV
5.2%
Bitterness
20 IBU

Brick Lane Avalanche Hazy IPA

Tapped August 14, 2020
Brick Lane really are stepping up the frequency of their limited release beers as we move through the second half of 2020; a fortnight ago it was the dark hoppy ale with one foot in winter and the other in spring and now it's followed by a beer with both feet in next season: the hazy Avalanche IPA. It’s a name that adds a little more weight to our theory that the team at Dandenong has an eclectic taste in music, while stylistically it's not their first foray into such territory either, with the… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
6.7%
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Matso's Hard Melon & Hard Berry

Tapped August 14, 2020
The arrival of two new Matso’s Hard variants looks ahead to warmer weather and, for the majority of the nation, freedom. The brewed duo needs little in the way of explaining – there’s no DDH or the like here – however, the balance of mint and lime provide more interest than one might first think. Hard Melon with a hint of mint comes on with watermelon candy aromas before being licked a refreshing common mint on the tongue, which trails after the sip. Hard Berry’s mix of notable blueberry… Read more
Style
Brewed Alcoholic Beverages
ABV
4.6%
Stockists

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Helios Brewing Medusa Black IPA 2020

Tapped August 14, 2020
In an age in which bitterness in IPAs is, for the most part, dying out, Helios’ seasonal Medusa keeps the old ways alive. With tan, voluminous foam and lacing that lasts, this black IPA certainly hits those dark beer checkpoints that suit the middle of winter so well. The malts bring a roasty bitterness with their cocoa and coffee bean notes. But there’s also significant hop bitterness holding tight to the tingles of pine and tail of citrus. Imagine grapefruit peel covered in dark chocolate… Read more
Style
Black IPA
ABV
6.5%

Modus Operandi Hazy Series 05: Cherry, Coconut, Cream

Tapped August 13, 2020
Modus Operandi’s Hazy Series has already taken drinkers on a trip through unnamed hops and ever-changing booze levels with a hefty injection of fruit along the way, and now the series has found its way into milkshake territory. Meet Hazy 05: Cherry, Coconut, Cream – a carnival stop on the brewery’s hazy journey in which lactose and cherry join hype hop Sabro for a tropical and creamy ride. It’s a rather sweet ride too, with the beer’s soft, luscious malt body providing an ice cream like… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
7.0%

3 Ravens 55 (2020) & Passion Juicy

Tapped August 12, 2020
There's an interesting line to be traced between these two beers from Melbourne's longest-established independent brewery. It's one that shows the evolution in tastes within the world of hoppy, US-inspired beers, with the original 55 released in 2008 as the brewery's fifth birthday beer, featuring five hops and five grains and measuring 5.5 percent ABV. Back then, it was one of the punchier, livelier, fruitier pale ales you could pick up in Australia and became their flagship beer, only to fall away… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale & Fruited NEIPA
ABV
5.5% & 6.0%
Bitterness
38 & 12 IBU

Bright Brewery Rock Paper Scissors NEIPA

Tapped August 12, 2020
It's come to something when it's not enough to release multiple new beers every month and you feel the need to give the same beer three different labels... I'm not sure I fully understand the reason, other than Rock Paper Scissors is a three-piece game; maybe you're supposed to challenge your mates with a can hidden behind your back and the winner gets to drink them both? What I do understand is it's another NEIPA / hazy IPA from head brewer Reid Stratton, this time featuring newly launched hop variety… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
6.2%

Bright Brewery Popcorn-Ucopia & Off The Wagon Wheel

Tapped August 12, 2020
Two confectionary-inspired beers left Bright around the same time during winter 2020, with one also appearing in this year's GABS Mixed Packs. That's Popcorn-Ucopia, destined to be their Festival Beer before the festivals were postponed, and which sets out to bring you salted caramel popcorn in liquid form. Now, I've got a pretty sweet tooth (OK, I'll consume pretty much anything without a face if I'm honest), but even I approached this with trepidation as the success rate with dessert beers / pastry… Read more
Style
Dessert Amber & Fruited Chocolate Porter
ABV
6.0% & 5.8%

Bright Brewery Barrel Series: Doppelbock 2019

Tapped August 12, 2020
You don't see doppelbocks around very often (although we have posted a couple to the site recently); even less so barrel-aged versions. Yet there's little Bright haven't turned their hands to in the past year or two, with this release from their glitzily-labelled Barrel Series following the barleywine that dropped at the end of 2019 and which I thoroughly enjoyed and April's shiraz barrel-aged Belgian Golden Ale. Doppelbocks, by their very nature, are of the rich, malty and sweet sort and here the… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Doppelbock
ABV
10.0%

Nowhereman Small Odds DIPA & Mr Otter's Barley Wine

Tapped August 12, 2020
Although equally delicious, one of this pair is about to receive more attention. I’m sure that for parents of twins, especially non-identical twins, the love is framed equally, but outside the family home things are less impartial, as is the case with this double IPA and barley wine. Small Odds will likely carry itself with celebratory third birthday cheer, charming and wowing those it meets like the wrecking ball on its label. Citrus – grapefruit, a little mandarin and candied lime – lead… Read more
Style
Double IPA & Barleywine
ABV
8.0% & 11.8%

Two Birds Watermelon Chirpy

Tapped August 11, 2020
For the most part, the brewers who've decided to enter the hard seltzer market here in Australia have done so in a kind of arm's length manner, creating a new brand – Sunly, 'Ray, Tidal, Great White – to act as a home for their boozy pops. Not so Two Birds, who've joined the party with Watermelon Chirpy. Sure, she comes in the seltzer can-of-choice – taller, thinner 330ml tubes – but the branding is the same as their Brew Tang Can trio and the brewery's logo sits front and centre underneath… Read more
Style
Hard Seltzer
ABV
4.0%

Gage Roads Pipe Dreams

Tapped August 11, 2020
Gage Road’s pipe dream of launching with a Vienna lager fifteen years ago continues to evolve as, in the same week they announce their grand plans for a Freo brewery venue, they've released another lager. Pipe Dreams, however, is a classic European pilsner-inspired beer, which head brewer Ross Brown describes as showing “some restraint which creates a better and more drinkable beer” – and comes adorned with their new logo too. Much like its ancestors, Pipe Dreams is designed for sessionability… Read more
Style
Pilsner
ABV
4.2%

Otherside Brewing Co Headliner 2020, DDH Sabro Oat Cream IPA, Triple Vinyl & Mango Raspberry Slurpee Sour

Tapped August 11, 2020
Released with ten days of each other, this quartet showcases not only the scope of Otherside’s brew schedule but also acts as a snapshot of 2020’s pointy end beer zeitgeist. They’d also work quite well at some sort of beer degustation, if that was possible. Kicking off with the latest Creative Series release, Headliner 2020 may be a shock for some who anticipate something akin to the punchy double IPA from last year, as this is best described as juicy – not hazy, although there is an opaqueness,… Read more
Style
IIPA, Oat Cream IPA, TBIPA & Imperial Fruit Cream Sour
ABV
8.0% & 7.1% & 10.2% & 7.5%

Six String Strange Brew Oat Cream IPA

Tapped August 10, 2020
In ’67, Eric Clapton took hold of the mic and sang lead for the first time with Brit band Cream, the legendary outfit with the original superstar drummer, Ginger Baker. Strange Brew was the name of their Top 20 hit and it’s no real surprise to see the team at Six String doff their caps at Clapton, Baker and Jack Bruce. If you know your bands and you know Six String, you can see how the world’s first supergroup has influenced the brewery this time round; just check out the can’s design with… Read more
Style
Oat Cream IPA
ABV
7.0%
Bitterness
15 IBU

Bridge Road Brewers Nitro Imperial Blueberry Sour

Tapped August 10, 2020
From Jimmy's Bake Shop Isolation Cake via their Mountain Lager and Robust Porter, the nitro-doser has been getting a solid workout at Bridge Road's Beechworth home. And here it gets a fourth shot in the sort of beer that wouldn't have existed a few years ago and certainly wouldn't have been considered for nitro treatment until recently either. First things first: while "Imperial", this fruit sour actually sits at a relatively sedate 6 percent ABV. Where they haven't held back is on the… Read more
Style
Nitro Imperial Blueberry Sour
ABV
6.0%

White Bay Beer Co Dolcé Noir Imperial Stout

Tapped August 7, 2020
Given the era in which we live – one in which there's a flurry of excitement for dessert-like releases in which one of the only ways to identify the liquid as beer is the word "beer" on the label – and the contents of the ingredient list on Dolcé Noir, you'd be forgiven for thinking this winter release from White Bay should come with a handy guide on how to unblock arteries. Not only is it a 9 percenter but it's tagged a chocolate stout and features lactose as well as toasted hazelnuts… Read more
Style
Imperial Chocolate Stout
ABV
9.0%

Tallboy & Moose Silk Road Sunrise & DDH Stardust

Tapped August 7, 2020
From Sunrise to Stardust, this Tallboy & Moose twin set covers a lot of ground. Silk Road Sunrise is a Belgian pale made with sumac and pomegranate molasses that might sound a little odd but it's an approach that primarily makes for a line-and-length Belgian ale. There’s herbal and spicy notes from the yeast, joined by a tart-yet-rich kick from the pomegranate and citrus zest from the sumac. If you want a food pairing (even if you don’t, here it is), try it with some grilled protein from… Read more
Style
Belgian Pale & IPA
ABV
5.0% & 6.0%

Mismatch Brewing Hazy IPA

Tapped August 7, 2020
If there's been a silver lining to Melbourne's stage 4 lockdown on a personal level, it's been the kindness shown by interstate brewers in sending care packages to Crafty Towers. It's fair to say that, less than a week in, if the lockdown is extended (please no!) we won't be short of beer. Among those to lend a liquid helping hand are the folks at Mismatch, who sent over a collection of their most recent releases, with which I promptly committed a faux pas. I posted a shot online of the beers that… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
6.8%
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