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!

Eagle Bay & Mane Liquor Black & Tannin

Tapped September 10, 2015
Back in 2013, Eagle Bay and Mane Liquor, the Perth bottleshop with the most ridiculous array of beers from all over the world, joined forces on Saisonnay, a saison aged in Chardonnay barrels. Two years on, they got back together to design a beer for the 2015 GABS festival, one that again combined beer and wine. This time around the chosen style was a black IPA, a beer style Eagle Bay had previous with, and the weapon of choice on the wine front was former cabernet sauvignon barriques. The beer proved… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Black IPA
ABV
7.2%
Stockists

Mane Liquor

Eagle Bay Brewery

Como Liquor, Como

More stockists when the next batch arrives

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Tooborac Brewery Maple Cream Brown Ale

Tapped September 9, 2015
It's all change at Tooborac or, perhaps more accurately, change continues at Tooborac. It's been a while now since they installed Garage Project's old brewing kit at the back of their bluestone hotel on the Northern Highway in Victoria and a while too since well travelled brewer Stu Ritchie took over the brewing reins. The most recent change is skin deep, with the brewery's old school, English-inspired branding replaced with something more in keeping with the times. The first beer to bear the new… Read more
Style
Maple American Brown Ale
ABV
5.8%
Stockists

The Catfish

Tooborac Hotel & Brewery

The Raccoon Club

Station Hotel Footscray

The Cambrian Bendigo

Mr Beebe's Bendigo

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Nomad Brewing Couch Stout

Tapped September 9, 2015
Winter may, technically, be over but the cooler weather that's been clinging to much of Australia for the past few months doesn't appear to have given up the ghost just yet. So no doubt there will be plenty happy to welcome another stout into the world. Couch Stout is an oatmeal stout from Nomad of Sydney's Northern Beaches and was conceived by co-founder Leonardo di Vincenzo (Birra del Borgo) as a "coccola", which means cuddle or caress as far as we can discern but in this case indicates… Read more
Style
Oatmeal Stout
ABV
5.3%
Bitterness
18 IBU
Stockists

Cellarbrations Carlisle

Dove & Olive Unlisted

The Oak Barrel

The Wheaty

Warners at the Bay Bottleshop

On tap:

Winston Ale House

Little Prince

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Brisbane Brewing Co Gnarley Wine / Party-Guile Sonic Boom / Hefe-rything

Tapped September 8, 2015
One of the advantages of having your own brewpub – particularly one that's attracting plenty of customers (not to mention having a second venue, as is the case here) – is the freedom to brew as many beers as you like. You don't have to come up with packaging for them (beyond a decal or chalk scribble on a board), you've got regulars coming through the doors looking for something new and, chances are, your brew length is such that even if a beer moves slowly you've not got a huge amount to get… Read more
Style
Barley Wine / Sour / Hefeweizen
ABV
11.6% / 4.0% / 5.3%
Bitterness
60 / 10 / 15 IBU
Stockists

Brisbane Brewing Co

Brewhouse Brisbane

Red Duck La Foret & Dr F

Tapped September 7, 2015
Red Duck has always presented its beers well, a legacy of head brewer Scott Wilson-Browne's pre-brewing career as a graphic designer. For its latest offerings, it's stepped things up a notch. La Foret and Dr F, two more beers to have received barrel treatment at Red Duck's Ballarat home, are the first to appear in 750ml bottles – slinky bottles at that. La Foret is based on the brewery's Lapin, a "French Ale" brewed with French hops that's made a couple of appearances over the past year.… Read more
Style
Biere de Garde & Imperial Stout
ABV
6.0% & 10.1%
Stockists

Grape & Grain Liquor Cellars

Purvis Beer Richmond

Purvis Cellars Surrey Hills

Slowbeer

The Oak Barrel

Red Duck Cellar Door

Coach House Ales, Ballarat

Fitz + Pots

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Two Birds & Fancy Hank's Smoked Chipotle Brown Ale

Tapped September 6, 2015
What better way to hammer home the message that you're craftying up your beer offering than brewing your own beer? That's what the guys at Melbourne's Fancy Hank's decided to do – and not in the form of banging a Fancy Hank's logo onto some faceless lager brewed by an unnamed local brewery. No, instead they joined forces with the brewing team at nearby Two Birds and joined them at their Spotswood "Nest" for the brew day. Given they're above all else a BBQ joint, the beer was designed… Read more
Style
Smoked Brown Ale
ABV
5.4%
Stockists

Fancy Hank's

Two Birds Nest

2 Brothers & The Park & Great Northern Kryptonite

Tapped September 4, 2015
You have to love the generosity often found in the beer world. Late on Wednesday night, we received an email about a new beer from 2 Brothers that was going to be tapped at the brewery's Beerhall two days later. It was to be draught only (at least initially) but we thought we'd ask if there was any chance of getting a sample so we could list it on the website. Sixteen hours later, one of the brewery's reps rocked up at Crafty Towers with a hand capped bottle filled from one of the kegs complete with… Read more
Style
Black IPA
ABV
6.9%
Stockists

Great Northern Hotel

The Park Hotel

2 Brothers Beerhall

Other stockists TBC

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Stone & Wood Green Coast Lager

Tapped September 4, 2015
Spring is usually a good time for a refresh. And that's what's happened at Stone & Wood. They've taken their Lager – their second biggest-selling beer – and given it a makeover. It's one that starts on the surface, with the bottles switching from green to brown (which provides better protection against "skunking" by light) and continues inside with the packaged beer now to be the same one you may have had on tap: unfiltered. The new beer has a new name too; just as the likes of… Read more
Style
Kellerbier
ABV
4.7%
Stockists

Available nationwide

Hargreaves Hill Golden Ale – RETIRED

Tapped September 3, 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 3, 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 1, 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 31, 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 27, 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 27, 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 27, 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 26, 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 25, 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 24, 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 21, 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 21, 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

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