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!

Blackman's Brewery Patsy Wildberry Sour

Tapped October 28, 2020
It's been a while since the original beer naming philosophy got a workout at Blackman's. Their initial core range all took names from co-founder and head brewer Renn Blackman's family members. And now it's time for great aunt Patsy to get a look in. She comes dressed in bold deep pink attire and sees a sour make its way into the year round Blackman's lineup for the first time, following many a limited release and those under side label The Barrel Farm. Remove her attire and she's more rose blush… Read more
Style
Fruit Sour
ABV
4.6%

Dainton Brewing Apocalypso II

Tapped October 28, 2020
There’s a classic trope in zombie movies and TV shows where the main character wakes up a few weeks into an apocalypse to find their world simultaneously looking quite the same and entirely different. The high school is still there, the shopping centres remain standing, and it’s still their hometown but there’s nobody wandering about, cars are left empty, and there’s all these zombies looking for brains. Anyone who’s somehow slept through the last eight months in Melbourne might equally… Read more
Style
Second Wave NEIPA
ABV
8.0%

Sunday Road 6ft & Offshore IPA

Tapped October 27, 2020
How often, when you’re looking for a refreshing beer, do you turn towards an IPA? Or, to put it another way: how many IPAs have you had that are flavourful, but are also refreshing and sessionable? Not often, and not many. 6ft & Offshore is a zippy thing. At first impression, it seems like a standard West Coast IPA - clear in the glass from spending time in bright tank, and bringing punchy hop character on the nose in the form of candied orange and mandarin zest tied in with some some mango… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
6.2%

Bridge Road Brewers Raspberry Sour

Tapped October 27, 2020
When a brewery declares the amount of an ingredient added to a beer – hops, fruit, whatever – without putting it in the context of the size of the batch, it doesn't actually mean a great deal. That said, 500kg of raspberries sounds like a lot and as soon as you tip your can of Bridge Road's new gose-style release into a glass you're reassured that it is a lot. This isn't some liquid with a faint hint of pink; this is crimson red and almost thick enough for you to believe there’s raspberry matter… Read more
Style
Raspberry & Lime Gose
ABV
4.3%

St Andrews Beach Brewery Barrier Trial No.3: Stampede Double IPA

Tapped October 27, 2020
Maybe it was a premonition. Maybe it was wishful thinking. More likely it was just a name that fitted both the beer and the brewery's history, but St Andrews Beach Brewery's third Barrier Trials release could well sum up what Victoria's breweries, bars, cafés, wineries, distilleries and so on will be hoping for in the coming days and weeks (in a COVIDSafe manner, of course). Easily the biggest beer the Mornington Peninsula Brewery have released to date, Stampede is a double IPA based around new… Read more
Style
Double IPA
ABV
8.6%
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Holgate Brewhouse Bavarian Beer Pack

Tapped October 26, 2020
As one of the earliest of Australia's craft brewers, Paul Holgate among a tiny band of people looking to change drinkers' perceptions of what beer was and could be. Throughout the two decades and more since, there have been plenty of times the Woodend brewer has played around on contemporary beer's frontier: they were barrel-ageing beers a decade ago, releasing double IPAs well ahead of IPA's time in the sun, experimenting with bugs and blending early too. But Paul's a traditionalist at heart, whether… Read more
Style
Hefe & Dunkel & Pilsner
ABV
5.3% & 5.1% & 5.1%

Big Shed Feelin' Fine & JuNEIPA

Tapped October 26, 2020
Big Shed’s limited releases are flying out of their Port Road brewery thick and fast, with two more to add to their repertoire. The first is part of the Brewers Series, and sees brewer Bender try his luck at an oat cream IPA. Coming in at 5.9 percent ABV, Feelin Fine is brewed to be light and fluffy, which makes its cloudy appearance rather apposite, and it's evident hops drive everything about this beer. Sweet, fleshy peach, lychee, nectarines and juicy papaya combine on the aroma front while… Read more
Style
Oat Cream IPA & Gin-Infused NEIPA
ABV
5.9% & 6.2%
Stockists

NOLA Adelaide

You can join the brewers for a JuNEIPA launch at NOLA on October 28

Moon Dog Fizzer: Piney Limey, Tropical Punch, Coco Mango & Strawbs & Cream

Tapped October 25, 2020
We're still in the early days of hard seltzer's invasion from the other side of the Pacific, where the alcoholic flavoured water craze has gone, well, utterly crazy in the past few years. While I've not tasted every Aussie variant to arrive to date – forgive me – those that have come my way have typically shared common traits: pastel or jaunty, approachable colours, typically on a white background; names that look to conjure joy in the manner of a yoga session on the beach as the sun peeks over… Read more
Style
Hard Seltzers
ABV
All 4.0%

Feral Brewing West Coast IIPA

Tapped October 23, 2020
Feral celebrate eighteen years of brewing the only way they know how: with a massive IPA that invites you to knock back a four-pack – even though you know this is probably a really bad idea. In order words, pretty much like many an eighteenth birthday party. As the first Feral beer designed by the entire brew team – and one which features Strata, Ekuanot and HPA-016, all hop varieties not normally associated with the brewery – West Coast IIPA could have moved stylistically away from its historical… Read more
Style
West Coast IIPA
ABV
9.0%
Stockists

Launched Oct 23 at besk and the Swan Valley brewpub

Nationwide the following week.

Wolf of the Willows Disco Of The Dead

Tapped October 23, 2020
Looks like it's disco season in the Melbourne craft beer scene (you'll see what we're on about next month...) as Wolf of the Willows return to territory they've had fun in before: taking inspiration from the cocktail world when creating a new sour. We're told Disco Of The Dead celebrates Mexican bar El Gallo Altanero in Guadalajara and Tequila Tromba, and has been created remotely with bartender Alejandra De Aguinaga. They've gone for a "Pink Guava Atole Sour", which has seen them use corn… Read more
Style
Pink Guava Atole Sour
ABV
5.7%

Wayward Brewing W Seltzer Range

Tapped October 23, 2020
Before this year, I didn’t hear the word "seltzer" unless I was watching an American sitcom. But the arrival of hard seltzers has changed that; like "curb", "cookie", and Taco Bell, this American has come to Australian shores and is likely here to stay. Wayward have entered the hard seltzer market with a bang, introducing not one but three flavours of this brewed beverage under the sub-brand W Seltzer. The tall 330ml cans make you feel a little bit fancy and summery,… Read more
Style
Hard Seltzers
ABV
All 4.3%

Moo Brew & Lark Distillery Boilermaker

Tapped October 22, 2020
Boilermakers have been increasingly commonplace around the hospo scene in recent years, and the barrel-ageing of beers takes place at many a brewery too. We've even seen whisky and beer blended as one in the past: Boatrocker's Dramjet (still and sparkling), for example; also Loch Brewery & Distillery's Boilermaker releases. The last of these remains a true rarity, however, and I'm pretty certain I've not come across a local blend of IPA and whisky – at least not one created purposefully by… Read more
Style
IPA/Whisky Blend
ABV
7.8%

Black Hops Neverland Grapefruit IIPA

Tapped October 21, 2020
They certainly love their IPAs at Black Hops, with the Gold Coast brewery holding multiple in their core range and regularly letting new ones fly out as limited releases. Joining the fray is Neverland, a grapefruit hazy IIPA that was originally brewed as BHII taproom manager Jesse’s staff beer. Normally the Black Hops staff beers stay inside the four walls of one of the brewery’s two (about to be three) homes but Neverland proved a popular one and has been given a much wider release as a result.… Read more
Style
Grapefruit Hazy IIPA
ABV
8.2%

Sailors Grave Hot Dram & Original Sin Snakebite

Tapped October 21, 2020
The arch-collaborators are at it again – both Sailors Grave and Blackhearts & Sparrows – with the pair joining forces once more for Hot Dram and the former also releasing a beer-cider hybrid with fellow East Gippsland producers Gurneys. Hot Dram is a whisky sour-inspired beer: a Berliner Weisse initially split in two – one portion infused with caramelised oranges, the other aged in Starward whisky barrels – then blended. It's a hazy golden pour with just a hint of apricot blush and a… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Berliner Weisse & Snakebite
ABV
5.8% & 6.7%

Tallboy And Moose Goblin Warlord and Elven Prince

Tapped October 21, 2020
For Tallboy and Moose’s twin October releases, the Preston brewpub is back exploring Cryo hops but this time around, they're facing a battle of good versus evil in the fantasy realm. We can’t provide any help on how to defeat goblins or ghouls but if you'd like to know more about Cryo hops and the flower itself, take a look at our recent story exploring all things hops. Back to the beers at hand, first up there’s the Goblin Warlord, a “dungeon boss” version of their original Cryo IPA, Goblinoid.… Read more
Style
Cryo IPAs
ABV
7.5% & 7%

Rocky Ridge deVine Goodtimes Sparkling Saison 2019

Tapped October 20, 2020
If you're a member of our beer club, The Crafty Cabal, there's a good chance you'll have not only tasted this beer but also know everything there is to know about it following its debut as part of our second Virtua-Cabal event with Rocky Ridge. If not, you'll likely appreciate a little background. First brewed in 2018 as a collaboration between the Busselton brewers, Crafty contributor Guy Southern – AKA Goodtimes Craft Beer, and deVine Cellars, it's a chardonnay barrel-aged saison that spent several… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Brett Saison
ABV
8.0%
Stockists

Rocky Ridge Cellar Door

deVine Cellars

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Slow Lane Brewing Quake Pale Ale

Tapped October 19, 2020
Returning to Slow Lane’s unorthodox beer lineup is Quake, a pale ale brewed with a strain of Norwegian kveik yeast and Kiwi Nelson Sauvin hops. One of the most prized properties of kveik is the ability to fully ferment a beer in as little as one or two days at temperatures that would usually result in some pretty unpleasant off flavours in most other beer yeasts. So, of course, Slow Lane made sure to keep Quake in tank for a month because why do anything quickly when you can take your time? One… Read more
Style
Kveik Pale
ABV
5.4%

Bad Shepherd Pacific IPA

Tapped October 17, 2020
With brighter days seemingly ahead for Melburnians, one of the city's breweries has looked to capture summery vibes in a can. Bad Shepherd have added to their long-running IPA Series with Pacific IPA, one that's the lightest in the series in terms of ABV, yet still goes heavy on the hops: 15 grams per litre of fruity Galaxy, Mosaic, Vic Secret and Citra. Clear and copper coloured in the glass, there's as broad selection of aromas and flavours as you'd expect with that hop combo: juicy pineapple and… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
5.5%
Bitterness
50 IBU

Bright Brewery Mystery Beer No.2 & Cherry Cream Dream Nitro Milkshake Ale

Tapped October 16, 2020
Think you know your beer? Then Bright want you to have a crack at guessing their Mystery Beer. It's the second time their head brewer Reid Stratton has concocted a beer without telling anyone what the style is, and if you can guess it right you'll win a year of beer – a case a month for 12 months. First time around he brewed a Stickebier, a stronger version of the German altbier style, and beer two comes with a secret ingredient for you to guess at too. You can check out a promo video featuring… Read more
Style
Mystery Beer & Nitro Dessert Beer
ABV
5.9% & 5.7%

Venom & Coburg Imperial Portello Sour

Tapped October 15, 2020
When I first visited District Bottle Store, opened in Pascoe Vale by the families behind Venom Beer and Coburg Brewing Co, Joel Drysdale – founder of the former – brought my attention to an imperial fruit sour from Sydney's One Drop, claiming it had blown him away and was the sort of beer he love to brew. (I bought a can; it was indeed marvellous.) Roll on a few months to October 2020 and here comes an imperial fruit(ish) sour from Joel and his partners-in-booze (who are counting down the days… Read more
Style
Imperial Portello Sour
ABV
7.0%
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