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!

La Sirène Saisonette

Tapped December 1st, 2014
Of all the many colourful tales to be found in beer's millennia-long history, there are few that people enjoy telling more than that of the original saisons, mainly because the beer was originally brewed by farmers to water their workers at harvest time when they were given a daily allowance of up to five litres... With most contemporary saisons tipping the scales at or above the 6 percent mark, you can imagine the chaos that may have ensued. But back in the days when the beers that became saison… Read more
Style
Midstrength Saison
ABV
3.8%
Stockists

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Low Buy Liquor – CLOSED

McCoppins

McCoppins Abbotsford

Clifton Hill Brewpub

Good beer venues across Victoria, Tasmania & Queensland

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Black Dog Blood Hound Lager

Tapped November 30th, 2014
A select handful of people may have sampled Black Dog's Blood Hound Lager before as there was a tiny pilot batch released a while back. For its formal release, there's a fair bit changed, not least in the use of a lot more Australian hops, including Enigma, in what seems to becoming something of a (welcome) for the Glenrowan brewery. It takes as its starting point a Vienna lager base, with winemaker / brewer James Booth lining up a veritable smorgasbord of tasty and colourful German malts to give… Read more
Style
Vienna Lager
ABV
5.7%
Bitterness
39 IBU
Stockists

Spotted Mallard

Mr Paul's

Others TBC

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Young Henrys Who's Your Daddy?

Tapped November 29th, 2014
Not content with taking over Sydney's inner west, Young Henrys have got their sights (or sites, even) set on the rest of the country, quite possibly the world, maybe beyond. In fact, there was a rumour circulating that, had Ptolemy not ended up shaded from the sun's power after it landed on the comet Philae recently, one of its core goals was to establish not only whether there were conditions for life on the comet but whether it was suitable for a Young Henrys brewery. While we await Ptolemy's reemergence… Read more
Style
Australian IPA
ABV
5.2%

Australian Brewery Heisenberg Crystal Hef

Tapped November 28th, 2014
It's not blue, it won't keep you up for days on end and you won't get in trouble with the feds for indulging, but the Australian Brewery's latest seasonal release is still a rather smart play on Breaking Bad. The beer is inspired by southern German wheat beers – aka hefeweizen – and also uses a fair amount of Crystal malt, which can add a deeper amber hue and caramel flavours to a beer, among a plethora of other grains. Hence Crystal Hef. Hence Heisenberg. It's a draught-only release described… Read more
Style
Crystal Hefeweizen
ABV
5.0%
Bitterness
24 IBU
Stockists

Australian Brewery

Select tap points around Sydney

Holgate Brewhouse Gate Series: Californian IPA & TOPAZ Single Hop IPA

Tapped November 27th, 2014
It looks like Holgate is embarking on its own take on the soft porn smash of the decade, substituting 50 Shades of Grey for 50 Shades of Hops. OK, so maybe it's not quite 50 but with the release of this Californian IPA – the first release to bear their new "Gate Series" tag – and the "Tank 9" single hop TOPAZ IPA they've got quite the progression of hoppy beers now, from the Mt Macedon Ale through Road Trip IPA to these two new IPAs, the Hopinator Double IPA and, once a year,… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
7.0%
Bitterness
70 IBU

Nomad Brewing & Sixpoint Crush

Tapped November 25th, 2014
Given Nomad, one of Sydney's newest breweries, is a joint venture between Italians Birra del Borgo and importer / distributor Experienceit there's a broad palette of ready made, in-house collaborators to pick from. During 2014's Sydney Craft Beer Week, one of Experienceit's American buddies, Sixpoint, called into the Northern Beaches brewery and got to work with head brewer Brooks Caretta on this American Wheat. American wheat ales use wheat (obviously) alongside barley in the mix but alongside a… Read more
Style
American Wheat
ABV
5.0%
Stockists

Local Taphouse St Kilda

Terminus Hotel

The Local Taphouse Darlinghurst

The Wheaty

Dee Why Hotel

Bitter Phew

Selected craft beer venues

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Nomad & Cigar City Berry Cubana

Tapped November 25th, 2014
Another collaboration with a friend from America for Nomad, this one saw Wayne Wambles from Tampa's highly-rated Cigar City call in to the Northern Beaches. Together, they set about creating a dark brown ale loaded with "tasty caramel, toffee and a slight hint of roasted malts". A driving factor behind the beer was to find a local or native ingredient that would be fun and interesting to add to the beer. In the end, it was Riberries or Lilly Pilly fruits that were chosen for their slight… Read more
Style
Spiced Brown Ale
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

Local Taphouse St Kilda

Terminus Hotel

The Local Taphouse Darlinghurst

The Wheaty

Dee Why Hotel

Bitter Phew

Selected craft beer venues

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Cavalier Collaborates with The Catfish & Young Henrys

Tapped November 22nd, 2014
Anyone paying even the slightest bit of attention to social media relating to Australian craft beer this year may have noted something of a common thread throughout the photos being posted from festivals, beer weeks and various other events. Almost without fail, Cavalier's co-founder and marketing sensei Heath Cavalier would be there, grinning away (as anyone at every party in town should be), as he put his body on the line to spread the Cavalier love around the country. With fellow brewery members… Read more
Style
Passionfruit Sour & Imperial Pilsner
ABV
2.4% & 7.0%
Stockists

Foresters Pub & Dining

Rainbow Hotel

The Catfish

The Gertrude Hotel

The Sydney kegs of Galaxy may well be gone but six are coming to Melbourne – venues TBC

Cavalier Catfish will be launched at the linked venues plus Two Row

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Tooborac Brewery Smokin' Summer Ale

Tapped November 21st, 2014
If first impressions are anything to go by, the future is bright for the first limited release to emerge from the recently installed new brewery at Tooborac. The Smokin' Summer Ale's first exposure to the public came at the 2014 Bendigo Craft Beer Festival, where it took out the People's Choice title as Best Beer of the Festival. We're told it's a light bodied, refreshing summer ale, but one with much more going on than those words may initially conjure. Look out for an initial smoke character imparted… Read more
Style
Smoked, Spiced Summer Ale
Stockists

The Catfish

Tooborac Brewery & Hotel

Edinburgh Castle

More to follow

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Nomad Brewing Lost in Dubai

Tapped November 20th, 2014
When is an IPA not an IPA? When it gets lost in Dubai and becomes a Belgian pale ale instead. At least, that's the story here, with the Nomad brewing team initially setting off to brew their Jetlag IPA before they changed their minds along the way and "hijacked the beer and instead we had a stop off in Dubai with a Belgian pale!" Why Dubai? Presumably because it's the stop off point between Italy and Australia for this most international of Aussie breweries and why the reference to stopping… Read more
Style
Belgian Pale Ale
ABV
3.3%
Stockists

Local Taphouse St Kilda

Terminus Hotel

The Local Taphouse Darlinghurst

The Wheaty

Dee Why Hotel

Bitter Phew

Selected craft beer venues

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Mountain Goat North St Pale Ale

Tapped November 19th, 2014
For its latest limited release beer, Mountain Goat tells us the inspiration comes from the Trappist monks of Belgium. "So, a big, rich, fruity, spicy ale then, right?" you may ask. Well, no. The inspiration comes not from the beers they brew but from the fact they brew beers for themselves. So the North St Pale is a tribute to their Richmond home, which is on the corner of North and Clark Streets (so maybe there's a Clark Dark to come). It's also a beer that pays tribute to their beloved… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
ABV
5.7%
Bitterness
35 IBU
Stockists

Mountain Goat Brewery

Seven Sheds Summer Saison

Tapped November 18th, 2014
Seven years into brewing at their home and hop farm in Northwest Tassie, Seven Sheds has created its first saison. And, once again, it's a beer in which Willie Simpson and his brewing team has made full use of local ingredients. Among the fruits of their surrounds to be featured in the beer are locally-grown lemongrass and lemon zest, spelt and oats from Kindred Organics, as well as locally malted barley, plus Aussie Ella and Kiwi Motueka hops and, for good measure, a dose of raw ginger. It was debuted… Read more
Style
Saison
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

New Sydney Hotel

Seven Sheds (bottles)

Red Duck Aztec Lambic Saison & Buck Saison

Tapped November 17th, 2014
Not only is it tricky to keep tabs with how many beers Red Duck releases (OK, we ran an article last week saying they're up to 97 unique brews so that's not strictly true) but now it's becoming hard to keep up with how many saison variants they've put out. There was a run of them a few months ago – straight, honeyed and so one – and now there's a couple more. First up is the Aztec, a hybrid of Belgian lambic and French saison, with added ingredients inspired by, you've guessed it, the Aztecs.… Read more
Style
Saison variations
ABV
7.3% & 5.7%

Mornington Peninsula IPA (Can)

Tapped November 16th, 2014
Mornington Peninsula Brewery's IPA has had quite the journey. It was one of the brewery's first ever seasonal releases, winning plenty of admirers from the off as one of the bigger, brasher local takes on the American IPA style. Over time it's been refined, losing nothing in the way of hop aroma or flavour but becoming a more balanced beast along the way. It also proved so popular that it wasn't long before it became part of the brewery's core range and was soon one of their top three sellers, with… Read more
Style
American IPA
ABV
6.2%
Stockists

Low Buy Liquor – CLOSED

And good craft beer venues

Stone & Wood Ale Pack

Tapped November 14th, 2014
The story behind the arrival on bottleshop shelves of a new mixed, large bottle six-pack from Stone & Wood for summer starts with the Cloud Catcher. The beer originally released to mark the opening of a second brewery at Murrwillumbah – a delightful fruit salad explosion – proved so popular that the brewers were inundated with requests to bring it back. We can well understand this as when we were lucky enough to be given a pre-release sample at the brewery earlier this year we got about as… Read more
Style
Various
ABV
Various
Stockists

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Young Henrys / Cigar City Young City Brown Ale

Tapped November 12th, 2014
Their beers don't make it to Australia yet but hardcore beer aficionados Down Under are well aware that Tampa's Cigar City Brewing has a reputation as brewer of some of the finest beers in the States. So when brewer Wayne Wambles made a visit to Sydney in October, the arch-collaborators at Young Henrys were only too eager to invite him into their ever-expanding Newtown home for a spot of brewing. It turned out Wayne was a big fan of native Australian ingredients so a pair of tried and tested local… Read more
Style
Spiced American Brown Ale
ABV
5.1%
Stockists

Young Henrys

Others TBC

Black Dog Estate Hopped Saison

Tapped November 11th, 2014
He has quite the little enterprise going up in Glenrowan does James Booth. Not only is he running the family's long-established wine business, Taminick Cellars, and brewing beers as Black Dog on his flash Italian brewery but he's growing ingredients for some of his beers too. For his occasional release, the Estate Hopped Saison, he adds homegrown Aussie Cascade and some local Topaz to the mix, giving this traditional beer style a New World twist. They're not added to the same level as in, say, near… Read more
Style
Hoppy Saison
ABV
6.8%

McLaren Vale VALE EXP #007

Tapped November 11th, 2014
Having hit 007 in their series of occasional experimental releases, the team at McLaren Vale really had no option but to enlist the spirit of Bond. Not only that, but they've snuck in a nod towards the Mike Myers Bond spoof Austin Powers too. In keeping with the Bond theme, the beer is called Goldfinger (and is thus a golden ale); with regards to the International Man of Mystery, the beer features Enigma, the new and set-for-stardom hop from Tassie's Hop Products Australia. According to head brewer… Read more
Style
Golden Ale
Stockists

Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew

Dove & Olive Unlisted

The Gertrude Hotel

Union Hotel Newtown

Young & Jackson

Melbourne:

Robert Burns Hotel

Brunswick Mess Hall

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Black Dog Aussie Terrier IPA

Tapped November 5th, 2014
In between making all of the wine at Taminick Cellars, James Booth has spent the past few years creating beers under the Black Dog banner. Having launched on a 70-litre home brew setup, he's now the proud owner of a shiny, Italian made 18 hectolitre brewery and has established a loyal band of followers who believe the quality of his beers deserve a bigger following. One suspects that beers like this Aussie Terrier, one of the finest of his brews we've tasted to date, should help. There's already… Read more
Style
Australian IPA
ABV
5.7%
Bitterness
45 IBU
Stockists

Alehouse Project

Spotted Mallard

Gertrude Hotel

Royal Hotel Clifton Hill

Park Hotel Werribee

Bottles coming end of November at:

Slowbeer

Purvis Beer Richmond

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La Sirène Belle

Tapped November 1st, 2014
As the brewery has grown, head brewer Costa Nikias has dedicated time to developing a handful of beers of a more easy-drinking nature than those with which La Sirène made its name. Among them are the draught-only Belle, described as a "French table ale". The beer uses the brewery's in-house yeast alongside pale malts to create a beer they say offers "subtle fruit characters [that] initially lead into a medium body with rich yeast characters to conclude with a beautifully crisp dry… Read more
Style
French Table Ale
ABV
5.0%
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