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!

Pirate Life Throwback IPA

Tapped March 20th, 2015
There's been much debate about the term "session IPA" in the beer world. It seems that a lot of people get rather hot and bothered about what it means, whether it has any validity or is just a marketing swizz, and that the cause of humanity would be advanced if the two words were never uttered in unison ever again. Seems to us there are more pressing matters to get worked up about but if we were to just assume that session IPA is here to stay as a descriptor then what should it be? We'd… Read more
Style
Session IPA
ABV
3.5%
Bitterness
35 IBU

Modus Operandi / Royal Albert The Dopey One

Tapped March 19th, 2015
The Royal Albert Hotel and Modus Operandi seem to be getting on rather well. The former has been pouring one or another of the latter’s beers almost every day since MO started exporting beyond Mona Vale and into Sydney proper. The Albert is also the only place outside the brewery to have one of Modus’ infamous CANimal machines behind the bar. If it wasn’t clear that these guys are already BFFs, they’ve now gone and made a beer together which, in brewing terms, pretty much means they’re… Read more
Style
American Brown Ale
ABV
5.0%
Stockists

Royal Albert Hotel

Young Henrys Esther's Ale

Tapped March 17th, 2015
Young Henrys Esther’s Ale is named after head brewer Richard Adamson’s grandmother Esther who, come St Patrick’s Day 2015, would have been turning a grand old 99 years of age. In true St Paddy’s style, Esther’s Ale is a stout, but in true Young Henrys style it’s no normal stout. Developed by young brewer Agnes as part of the Young Henrys’ program which sees all their up and coming brewers create a recipe for commercial release, this is a Red Velvet Stout. Now, aiming to get the flavours… Read more
Style
Fruit Stout
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

Draught only

Young Henrys Brewery

Other venues TBC

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Murray's Brewing Scratchley's Itch

Tapped March 16th, 2015
So, a brewer, a motorcycle company owner, a tattoo artist and a promoter walk into a bar... But this is no dumb joke, it’s the cast of characters who conspired on the latest collaboration brew from Murray’s. The beer is called Scratchley’s Itch, a play on Fort Scratchley, the historical and iconic Newcastle fort which dominates the entrance to the Hunter River. In a similar vein to Stone & Wood’s Mash Collective offshoot, the creation of Scratchley’s Itch brought an array of people… Read more
Style
Pilsner
ABV
4.5%
Stockists

Murray's Brewery

The Edwards Bar

Other venues in Newcastle

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Bridge Road Brewers Little Bling

Tapped March 13th, 2015
First there was Bling. Then came Bling Bling. Next up was the new, improved Bling. And now there’s Little Bling, as Bridge Road adds a third blingy string to its roster of IPAs (not counting the rather lengthy list of single hop IPAs, such as Galaxy, Summer, (St)Ella, Vic Secret, even Pride of Ringwood, of course). The Little Bling is, as the name suggests, the smallest of the Bling family but equally eye-catching in its choice of clothing, opting for a mildly hallucinatory skin of vision-wobbling… Read more
Style
Session IPA
ABV
3.5%
Stockists

Bridge Road Brewers

Nationwide at good beer venues in bottle and on tap

Australian Brewery All Star Session IPA

Tapped March 12th, 2015
It was unusual, considering how much Australian drinkers love their fresh, punchy and hoppy beers, that The Australian Brewery declined to brew any form of New World IPA for so long. Perhaps even more so that, when they did finally relent in 2015, they opted for a Session IPA. But they had good reason as the original version of this beer was constructed in consultation with some Sydney bartenders who were after a post-work quencher in the realms of an IPA but without the accompanying high alcohol.… Read more
Style
Session IPA
ABV
4.3%
Bitterness
45 IBU

Boatrocker Brewery Miss Pinky

Tapped March 10th, 2015
The sour German beer style Berliner Weisse is proving rather popular with Aussie brewers these days. First released on a relatively wide scale by Feral in the guise of their Watermelon Warhead, it's been attempted with varying degrees of success by many brewers since. And it looks like Braeside's Boatrocker is making a stab at becoming something of a Berliner Weisse specialist with Miss Pinky becoming its third in March 2015 on the back of the pretty regularly released Mitte and the Orange Sherbet… Read more
Style
Raspberry Berliner Weisse
ABV
3.4%

Hawkers IPA – RETIRED

Tapped March 10th, 2015
Hawkers co-founder Mazen Hajjar is a man never shy with his opinions. And among those many strongly held opinions is that his IPA is his favourite of the Hawkers core range. You can see where he's coming from; having stepped up the hop aromatics a touch from the first batch, the brewing team has ended up with a beer of both depth and sessionability. Based upon the same three hops as the pale, but within a very different structure, it possesses pleasant enough grapefruit, passionfruit and pine aromas,… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
70 IBU

Noisy Minor Patersbier

Tapped March 9th, 2015
It's hard to come across a Belgian style beer bearing the name "Pater" – especially one with a stained glass window for its label – without thinking of possibly the most inappropriate label to appear on a beer: that for Beer Here's delicious Malus Pater. This one is far more tastefully decorated with the brewer's notes telling us: "Patersbier means 'Father’s Beer' - the beer the monks drink at their table after a long day brewing dubbels and tripels. It is lighter in alcohol… Read more
Style
Belgian Session Ale
Stockists

Fortitude Brewery

Hargreaves Hill Small Beer

Tapped March 7th, 2015
Maybe there's good reason we have a soft spot for Hargreaves Hill head brewer Kai Damberg's loquacious tasting notes. Having had a taste of this beer when it made a pre-launch appearance at The Alehouse Project for Craft Beer Rising, we sent an email to the brewery's rep asking for more info so we could post this listing. In said email, we described the beer as "spritzy", a word that, according to proper dictionaries at least, doesn't exist. Through came the tasting notes: "A light,… Read more
Style
Berliner Weisse
ABV
3.5%
Stockists

Beer DeLuxe

Carwyn Cellars

East of Everything

Great Northern Hotel

Local Taphouse St Kilda

Royal Albert Hotel

Royston Hotel

The Alehouse Project

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La Sirene Saison Nouveau – RETIRED

Tapped March 6th, 2015
"Another new saison variant from La Sirene?" you ask. Well, yes and no. For some time now, the beer bearing the name Saison from the Alphington brewery that you may have seen on tap has differed from the bearing the name Saison in bottle. When putting the original 6.5 percent beer into kegs, head brewer Costa Nikias couldn't get the results he wanted in the same way so he reworked the beer to pour as desired on tap. The result was a different beer with a lower ABV and now he's decided to… Read more
Style
Saison
ABV
5.0%
Stockists

Beer DeLuxe

Carwyn Cellars

Foresters Pub & Dining

Rainbow Hotel

Then appearing at other good beer venues in Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland

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Murray's Ed Session IPA

Tapped March 6th, 2015
When Fred, Murray’s take on a West Coast American IPA, was released mid-late 2014, it plugged one of the very few gaps in the IPA style spectrum that Murray’s hadn’t brewed via its use of US instead of Kiwi hops. Well, it seems they’re now determined to plug every gap because hot on the heels of Skully – a Red IPA which was as delicious as it was limited in supply – comes Ed, Fred’s younger cousin. Ed is, goes the official description, “not quite as grown up, but just as brash”.… Read more
Style
Session IPA
ABV
4.5%
Stockists

Murray's Brewery

Various good beer outlets

Draught only

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Seven Sheds Cherry Saison

Tapped March 4th, 2015
Seven Sheds' Cherry Saison is another beer that showcases more of their local region's producers. Here, one a year since 2015, they gather up tart, white-fleshed Kentish cherries from Mole Creek and Spreyton and put them through the wine press for the brew. The cherries add a pink hue and tart refreshing quality to what's a relatively full-bodied saison, joining soft spicy, banana like esters in a beer that starts out pretty sweet and ends much drier.… Read more
Style
Cherry Saison
ABV
5.8%

Australian Brewery Saison D'Heretique

Tapped March 3rd, 2015
Brewer Neal Cameron's take on the French / Belgian farmhouse style crosses borders by blending French and Belgian yeasts to create a suitably complex beer – one with a big character too. For while the saison style is one that's typically subtle and not "big" in the sense of, say, a hopped up IPA or big stout, this one holds little back. The aroma coming from its towering, fluffy white head is awash with herbal characteristics, and with green peppercorn and clove too, while the malt sweetness… Read more
Style
Saison
ABV
6.2%

Rocks Brewing Conviction ESB

Tapped March 2nd, 2015
To mark the first year of having their own brewery (with splendid accompanying venue) in Alexandria, Rocks held a party. And they brewed a new beer too. That beer was the Conviction ESB, the abbreviation standing for the British beer style Extra Special Bitter. According to the brewers, it was very much with the UK tradition of knock off pints in mind that this beer was designed, to wit: "The knockoff bell chimes; it’s time to head down to your local watering hole for a pint of ale. The eclectic… Read more
Style
ESB
ABV
5.0%
Stockists

Great Northern Hotel

Harts Pub

Local Taphouse St Kilda

Lord Raglan Hotel

Royston Hotel

The Alehouse Project

Rocks Brewing

Various Sydney venues

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Two Birds Brewing Rice, Rice, Baby

Tapped February 28th, 2015
The year 2015 is shaping up to be the year of the humorous and punny beer name for Aussie brewers. We've had the likes of Full Metal Anorak, Stupid Sexy Flanders and Bad Boy Bubbly in recent weeks and now the Two Birds are at it. They've created a new beer to be launched at their Craft Beer Rising party on February 28 (then go out further afield beyond that) called Rice, Rice, Baby – complete with cartoon Vanilla Ice on the decal. There's no vanilla. No ice. No mid-brew change of direction from… Read more
Style
Spiced Rice Ale
Stockists

Two Birds Brewing (launched Feb 28)

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Shenanigans Brewing Imperial Winston

Tapped February 28th, 2015
Winston, Shenanigans’ pale ale and only regular release, impressed a lot of people in 2014, ending up on several ‘Best of’ lists (including ours) and putting in an impressive debut showing in the Hottest 100 Australian Craft beers poll. Perhaps as something of a reward, it’s now been given the royal treatment. Imperial Winston isn’t so much a reworking of the original, but rather a literal doubling: twice the amount of hops have been used, which is quite a lot when you consider how hoppy… Read more
Style
Imperial Pale Ale
ABV
9.1%
Stockists

Beer Cartel

Harts Pub

Hotel Sweeney's

Lord Raglan Hotel

Petersham Bowling Club

The Local Taphouse Darlinghurst

The Oak Barrel

Uncle Hops

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Clifton Hill Brewpub New World Pilsner - RETIRED

Tapped February 26th, 2015
Wheat beers are a funny one. Sure, not too many are brewed in Australia, fewer still brewed anywhere close to the standards of the originals from southern Germany. But even when they are done well – even with those quality imports – they remain possibly the most divisive or unloved by many of styles. We know plenty of people with an honest appreciation of good beer who will happily declare, on sampling a good one: "I can tell it's a good wheat beer. I just don't like 'em." When the… Read more
Style
New World Pilsner
Stockists

Clifton Hill Brewpub

Green Beacon Uppercut Imperial IPA

Tapped February 20th, 2015
The biggest and baddest of Brisbane's Green Beacon's beers is back for a third round of heavy-hitting, hop forward action. The Uppercut is an ever-evolving beast with its exact makeup changing round by round according to the brewer's whim, but "always bold, always courageous. The latest, draught-only release pours a bright gold with the brewers aiming for the "big hop aromas typical of classic West Coast IPAs". As such, the malt side of things has been kept lean to "let the hops… Read more
Style
West Coast IIPA
ABV
8.2%
Bitterness
85 IBU
Stockists

Archive Beer Boutique

Embassy Craft Beer Bar

The Scratch

The Transcontinental Hotel

Tipplers Tap old

Tomahawk - South Brisbane

Hoo Ha Bar - South Brisbane

The Burrow - West End

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Hawkers Pale Ale – RETIRED

Tapped February 19th, 2015
As a way to announce yourself to the world, Hawkers' first beer did a pretty good job. Released on a Thursday, voted People's Choice Best Beer at the Great Australian Beer Festival in Geelong on the Saturday. It went on to sell faster than any beer in history – by a rate of two-to-one – at local bottleshop / bar Carwyn Cellars and the first 15,000 litres was sold out within 20 days. The beer itself is an American style pale ale and one that aims for the punchy character of the APAs you'd find… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
ABV
5.2%
Bitterness
50-plus IBU
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