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!

Hargreaves Hill Golden Ale – RETIRED

Tapped September 3rd, 2015
After playing around with a few recipe tweaks and trialling the beer on tap at their Yarra Valley restaurant, Hargreaves Hill has added a new beer to its core range. It's a golden ale designed to give the brewery a beer with mass appeal among drinkers who might find their hoppy Pale or popular ESB too much. And, given they already have those two New World hopped pale ales on offer, the Golden Ale takes a different tack. It's inspired by the golden ales of Cologne, AKA Kolsch, thus eschews extravagant… Read more
Style
Kolsch
ABV
4.7%

Gage Roads Dale's Saison

Tapped September 3rd, 2015
Thanks to the backing of Woolies, Gage Roads has gone in the past few years from small WA startup to the state's biggest brewer by volume. Yet for its latest limited release batch it's shining a light on brewing's grassroots. For its "Backyard to Bottleshop" venture, the brewery invites home brewers to compete for the right to have their recipe brewed on a large, commercial scale and sold nationwide. The 2015 contest invited entrants to come up with the perfect summer beer and the beer… Read more
Style
Saison
ABV
5.8%
Stockists

On tap and in good bottleshops around WA

Outside WA, all sales are being directed through BeerBud

Green Beacon The Whaler 2015

Tapped September 1st, 2015
Last year, Green Beacon released The Whaler as its spring seasonal. Taking inspiration from the tale of a ship, the Duke of York, that, in the 1830s, having been repurposed as a whaler, turned out to be rather useless. On its maiden whaling voyage it was wrecked north of Moreton Bay without catching a single whale. The 2014 Whaler celebrated the moment via the means of a zesty golden ale. This time around, they've decided to step things up. In comes new American hop Azacca (joining country fellows… Read more
Style
Blood Orange IPA
ABV
6.1%
Bitterness
50 IBU
Stockists

Green Beacon Brewery

Good beer venues around Brisbane

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Big Shed Brewing KolsChisel

Tapped August 31st, 2015
The arch-punsters at Adelaide's Big Shed have been it again with their latest release – and may have outdone even themselves. For their take on the German Kolsch style – released in a very limited number of kegs earlier in 2015 but now out in bottles too – they've given it a good 'ol Aussie reworking that offers a nod to the rockers from their hometown that goes beyond the name KolsChisel. Take a close look at the artwork on the label and you'll spot Jimmy Barnes' headband and a microphone… Read more
Style
Kolsch
ABV
4.2%
Bitterness
25 IBU
Stockists

Big Shed Brewing Concern

Good beer stockists in SA, VIC & NSW

Mornington Peninsula #Tinnage 1: Sacchariferous Stout

Tapped August 27th, 2015
Mornington Peninsula Brewery has decided to have a bit of fun with its canning line. To date, its Pale and IPA have been the two beers to get the treatment but, now that they're old hands with the gear, they've decided to launch a series of small batch releases too. They're going under the #tinnage moniker and will be released in 300 case, never to be repeated batches, each featuring quirky artwork. First up for the #tinnage treatment is a beer that first appeared in keg earlier this winter: the… Read more

Mountain Goat Pale Ale

Tapped August 27th, 2015
A few years back, Mountain Goat had a Pale Ale that formed part of a range that also featured the Organic India Pale Ale, Hightail and Surefoot. Now, after the original pale was abandoned when they streamlined to Steam Ale and Hightail, a new Pale has arisen. It's a much different beast from the original and is based upon the delicious North St Pale Ale that's been pouring over the brewery bar for the past year or so: a fruity as you like, well balanced and extremely drinkable American-inspired pale.… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
ABV
5.2%
Bitterness
35 IBU

4 Hearts Brewing / Black Hops I Heart Lager

Tapped August 27th, 2015
We're always keen to know the stories behind beers, particularly when there's a collaboration. Just what was it that inspired two breweries to work together: an occasion, a joint passion, a drunken bet. Of all the origin stories we've heard for collabs, the one behind I Heart Lager is one of our favourites. According to Eddie from Black Hops: "I'm not sure to be honest. [4 Hearts founder] Wade's my cousin in law (I think that's what he is – he married my cousin) so maybe he was just being… Read more
Style
India Black Lager
ABV
5.7%

Stone & Wood Forefathers Phil Sexton English Brown

Tapped August 26th, 2015
What better way to educate the new generation of beer drinkers about the past than via beer? That's what Stone & Wood is doing with its Forefathers series, annual releases they'll create in conjunction with people they acknowledge as pivotal in beer's renaissance in Australia. First to the oche is Phil Sexton, co-founder of the Sail & Anchor, Matilda Bay and Little Creatures (not to mention the creator of the first ever American IPA and founder of multiple wineries) with whom they've conceived… Read more
Style
English Brown
ABV
4.8%
Stockists

Find the beer here

Bridge Road & Beer DeLuxe Little REDemption IPA

Tapped August 25th, 2015
We're coming to suspect that Ben Kraus and his team at Bridge Road are operating a series of hidden underground breweries as well as the one that you can see when you visit their Beechworth home. How else to explain the fact that we seem to list plenty of new releases from them (not to mention the regulars they keep pumping out in-house and the small batches that only go to Posse members) and yet still seem to miss some? Either that or Fairy Gary has been spreading some magical beer dust over the… Read more
Style
Red IPA
ABV
5.0%

Hargreaves Hill Tripel

Tapped August 24th, 2015
The expansion of the palette at Hargreaves Hill continues apace. In recent times, they've explored the world of hops with a series of fine single (or occasionally double) batch IPAs while also releasing their first forays into the world of bacteria. The Yarra Valley brewery now has a Belgian-inspired brew doing the rounds in the shape of their Tripel. They've long brewed one of the country's best Belgian dubbels (the AD or Abbey Dubbel) and now it has a stablemate. The Tripel was the farewell brew… Read more
Style
Tripel
ABV
9.2%
Stockists

Carwyn Cellars

Local Taphouse St Kilda

Royal Albert Hotel

Terminus Hotel

Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew, South Yarra

Hargreaves Hill Restaurant, Yarra Glen

Tipplers Tap, Brisbane

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Modus Operandi Pale Ale

Tapped August 21st, 2015
The adding of ‘y’ to the end of words is an endearing quirk of the Australian vernacular. Any name to which it’s applied immediately seems to become a little more informal, grounded and familiar; it must be nice walking into a room with a name like Barnesy, Warney or Hughesy – like you’re wearing a blanket of general acceptance. For foreigners though, it can take a while to catch onto the local dialect. So, as part of their steps towards further integration, the American brewers at the… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
ABV
5.2%
Awards

Best International Style Pale Ale – AIBA 2016
Champion Australian Pale Ale – CBIA 2015

Stockists

Modus Operandi Brewery

Modus Operandi Cream of the Hop #2

Tapped August 21st, 2015
When Modus Operandi released their Cream of the Hop #1 in July, we were under the impression that it was going to be an annual brew and we wouldn’t see the follow-up until 2016. Considering that it’s only August and they’re releasing Cream of the Hop #2, we were apparently rather mistaken. The idea of this series is to use the same base beer each time but showcase a different, experimental hop. Far from being a way to trial only the latest Australian grown hops – as was the case in COTH… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
ABV
5.6%
Stockists

Modus Operandi Brewery

3 Ravens Little Raven Turkish Delight

Tapped August 21st, 2015
It's been good times in many ways at 3 Ravens. Last year's AIBA Champion Small Australian Brewery recently collected Best Beer in Show at WA's awards for its cult favourite Dark (the smoky one). The Mash Brewing Berliner Weisse brewed at 3 Raven's Thornbury home fared well too, one of them collecting a trophy. And they've upped the production schedule for their limited releases. Their first Little Raven (making use of their mini-brewhouse and accompany tank) came out early last year and then there… Read more
Style
English Bitter with extras
ABV
4.0%
Stockists

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew

Carwyn Cellars

Low Buy Liquor – CLOSED

McCoppins

McCoppins Abbotsford

Purvis Beer Richmond

Purvis Cellars Surrey Hills

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Dainton Family Brewery Skeletor's Stout

Tapped August 20th, 2015
Dainton's first foray into the world of oak saw the brewery create a beery version of the Manhattan cocktail for their friends at award-winning Melbourne bar, The Everleigh. It now has a stablemate, albeit one that in conception is about as far from the home of Woody Allen films, 12-piece blues bands playing subway stations, Strawberry Fields and the "I NEED MONEY FOR WEED" guy as you can get. This time around, Dan Dainton swaps the avenues of Manhattan for the battlements of Castle Grayskull… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Stout
ABV
6.4%

Young Henrys Beltin' Wee Swally

Tapped August 19th, 2015
They’ve always been a community-oriented bunch have the crew at Young Henrys. During their short lifetime they’ve seemingly been open to teaming up with anyone that happens to walk through their door with an idea. Back in March, they got involved with a competition when one of their favourite Enmore haunts, the Vic on the Park, asked them to help find the best local home brew. The winner would have their recipe scaled up at Young Henrys and see their beer pouring at the pub. The competition was… Read more
Style
Wee Heavy
ABV
8.8%
Stockists

Young Henrys

Vic on the Park

Stone & Wood Garden Ale

Tapped August 18th, 2015
Stone & Wood's Garden Ale has been around in one form or another as an annual release for a few years now, originally featuring juniper berries before being tweaked steadily over time. If you lived close to the brewery, you could get it year round, however. And now, as of August 2015, so can everyone else. The beer – always a sub-four percent ABV beer inspired by summertime beer garden quaffing, has joined stablemates Pacific Ale, Jasper and Lager as a permanent nationwide release, available… Read more
Style
English Bitter
ABV
3.5%

Dainton Family Brewery Samurye Lager

Tapped August 17th, 2015
Dan Dainton has a particular love of rye. It's in most of his beers somewhere and, now, in the title of two of them too. The Samurye is his first lager and, like his first commercially released ale, the Red Eye Rye, places his favourite (non hop) ingredient front and centre. Rye isn't alone in making up a left of centre grain bill in this lager either – white rice makes an appearance to keep things sprightly on the palate too. Samurye is to slot in from the off as part of the newly reworked and… Read more
Style
Rice Lager
ABV
4.5%

Young Henrys Panama Mosaic

Tapped August 17th, 2015
In October 2013, the team at Young Henrys teamed collaborated with Sydney coffee roaster Toby’s Estate to create the OkTobyfest, a bock style beer which used not only straight coffee beans but also utilised cáscara, the bean’s husk which, when dried, gives off fruity characters and is often used as a tea. Two years later the two have put their respective brewing skills together again on the Panama Mosaic, a coffee-infused rye ale. The coffee character this time around is more of a classic addition… Read more
Style
Coffee Rye Ale
ABV
5.0%
Stockists

Young Henrys

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Nomad / Victory Secunda Pils

Tapped August 14th, 2015
Around the time of Good Beer Week 2015, there were a lot of international brewers flying in and out of the country and, while here, many of them took the opportunity to visit a local brewery or three to collaborate on a beer. One of those was a legend of the US scene in Bill Covaleski of Pennsylvania’s Victory, who spent some time at Nomad’s Brookvale brewery. What he had a hand in creating is a sort-of sequel to the Prima Pils, Victory’s very highly regarded take on a classic pilsner. Called… Read more
Style
Pilsner
ABV
5.7%

Moon Dog Holdin' Hay Time & Splice of Heaven

Tapped August 13th, 2015
British expats d'uncertain age may recall Wesley "Two Scoops" Berry. The American was a contestant on Gladiators and had a party trick that saw him able to jump, without assistance, over a car. Pretty impressive, no doubt. But as impressive as releasing a double scoop of ice cream themed beers in a two-pack bearing colours of lurid pink, orange and green? We reckon that could prove a leap too far for even Two Scoops. But for the mentalists at Moon Dog? No Biggie. It's the second time they've… Read more
Style
Ice Cream Beer
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
Splice 60 IBU / Haytime 22 IBU
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