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!

Future Mountain Let The Day Begin & Blinking Lights

Tapped November 29th, 2019
Future Mountain only launched earlier this year but already they've shown themselves to be an essential local for anyone in Reservoir with even a passing interest in beer and a brewery to watch for fans of delicate but complex barrel-aged beers. These two releases from the brewery might have different occasions in mind but both show the team’s ability to meld detail and drinkability together in one bottle. Let The Day Begin is something of a weekend brunch beer: a golden sour infused with coffee… Read more
Style
Golden Sour & Amber Sour
ABV
5.5% & 6.0%
Stockists

Both beers are launching at the brewery on the weekend of Nov 29 to Dec 1. On Sunday, Future Mountain and Everyday Coffee will be pouring the beer at their respective homes, along with bacon and egg rolls at the Collingwood café and pastries at the Reservoir taproom.

Future Mountain bottles are heading to some bottleshops but your best bet is the brewery or their online store

Wayward Brewing Passionista & Fusami Victory (Cans)

Tapped November 29th, 2019
The idea of sour beers being crowd pleasers would have seemed laughable just a few years ago, but no longer. A number of breweries - including Wayward Brewing - now have a sour beer in their core lineup, and more still bring out session-friendly sours with the onset of summer and see the masses go wild. Now Wayward has embraced that further by coining the hashtag #summerofsour for 2019/20. First brewed in 2017 under a different name - Passion of the Puss, referencing Wayward’s raspberry Berliner… Read more
Style
Fruit Sour & IPL
ABV
3.8% & 6.1%

Nowhereman & Ronnie Nights & Strange Company Party Sour

Tapped November 29th, 2019
When the decal art direction to Studio Papa is: “fruit, a disco ball and Madonna’s Holiday” you get the idea before even taking a sip. This collab, the first of a planned year-long Party Sour range, captures the vibe of one of WA’s great party joints, Ronnie Nights. It’s fun, fruity and should be consumed with glee while dancing with friends and generally talking too loud. That said, it’s also very likely to work well in Strange Company’s more considered environs and the West Leederville… Read more
Style
Fruit Sour
ABV
4.1%
Stockists

Party Sour is available exclusively from Nowhereman, Ronnie Nights and Strange Company over the next 12 months, with regular fruit changes

Dainton Brewing Sir Spritzalot, Mimosa & Stratasphere

Tapped November 29th, 2019
Quite how they're going to maintain their new can every week mission in the long term is one of the more intriguing sub-plots in the Australian beer world right now, but a fondness for cocktail-inspired beers and IPAs of all shapes and sizes seems to be helping keep the well of inspiration topped up. Here, Sir Spritzalot – a "Snaperol Sour" – takes Aperol Spritz as its starting point, as many will over summer, to create a beer with a distinctly cocktail like perfume accompanying its… Read more
Style
Cocktail Beer / Brut IPA / Single Hop NEIPA
ABV
5.6% / 5.5% / 6.0%

One Drop Brewing Strawberry Honeydew Sour & Guava White Grape Gose & New World IPA

Tapped November 28th, 2019
One Drop and their fruit sours. Wowsers. It turns out when you put in almost 200g of fruit per litre of beer, it has a serious impact... In terms of colour, the Strawberry Honeydew Sour presents a light copper orange, just a shade darker than apple juice, but with a hint of pink to set it apart; while that may sound like an unrealistically complicated colour, the metallic strip on the can captures it perfectly. But it’s the aroma that’ll really blow you away - sweet and potent, like strawberry… Read more
Style
Fruit Sours & IPA
ABV
6.2% / 5.7% / 6.5%
Stockists

Beer Cartel

Harts Pub

One Drop Brewery

Steve’s Cool Booze

No. 5 Restaurant and Bar Alexandria

Bourke St Wine Shop

Liquor Emporium Alexandria

Liquor Emporium St Peters

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Quiet Deeds Double Juice Train

Tapped November 28th, 2019
Juice Train was one of the first local New England IPAs to gain a foothold in Australia, predating the current hazy floodgates that have left us drenched in tropical hops. It was also the beer that switched a lot of beer nerds onto Quiet Deeds, showing they were willing to experiment with up-and-coming styles even before their brewery fired up. Since then, that brewery has opened and Deeds have launched hazy after hazy and seem to have no qualms about how big they make them or how many hops they… Read more
Style
Double NEIPA
ABV
9.0%

Indian Ocean Fruitulus Lupulus NEIPA (2019)

Tapped November 28th, 2019
Fruitulus Lupulus arrived in March 2018 amid a flurry of interest from locals in Perth’s northern corridor. This soon spread further afield, going on to record the quickest keg draining at Mane Liquor then featuring in this publication's Best New WA Beers list for that year. Clearly, its deft execution and broad appeal had found many friends. As 2019 draws to a close, the beer has made the leap to core range under the stewardship of incoming head brewer Thomas Fleay, formerly of Beerlands' Whitfords… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
5.9%

Australian Brewery & Messina Gelato Ale

Tapped November 27th, 2019
On a hot summer’s day, some people say gelato is the way to keep cool. Others say beer’s the way to go. Australian Brewery and Gelato Messina say: “¿Porque no los dos?” The two businesses have collaborated to create a beer called Gelato Ale using Messina’s in-house dulce de leche, a sweet caramel-like sauce that’s hugely popular in South America. Dulce de leche is the base of one of Messina’s most popular gelato flavours; they take it so seriously that, when Australia banned the import… Read more
Style
Dulce de Leche Beer
ABV
5.5%
Stockists

Beer Cartel

Bitter Phew

Bucket Boys

Uncle Hops

Australian Brewery

You can find other stockists and watch a video of the making of the beer here

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Modus Operandi Beached Az Brew Trans Tasman Ale

Tapped November 26th, 2019
Cult cartoon Beached Az made a return recently in the shape of a new ten-part series to mark the decade of whale and seagull's first adventures on the ABC. The shows – and accompanying documentary series Teached Az – focus on issues such as climate change, overfishing, the impact of plastic on beach and ocean life and so on. As whale and seagull tell Josh Pikefish in one episode, if you want to get a message across to someone it's best to do it in a positive manner. And what could be more positive… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
ABV
4.5%

Bodriggy Brewing Utropia Pale Ale

Tapped November 22nd, 2019
For Thomas More, Utopia was a land without lawyers, private ownership and where any religious person could live free and well. Unfortunately for Thomas More, he didn’t live in his imagined state and, less than two decades after publishing his political manifest, Henry VIII came for his head when More the Catholic wouldn’t get on board with the Protestant Reformation. For Bodriggy, Utopia looks a little more like a world plastered in tropical hops and good times. It’s a sensation the brewery… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale Ale
ABV
4.8%
Stockists

Check Bodriggy's Froff Finder here

Boston Brewing Squeeze New England IPA

Tapped November 21st, 2019
Boston’s Squeeze returns in cans, well timed for the transition into warmer weather. The Denmark brewer’s New England IPA has been appearing in limited release for more than a year and this release shows the strength of Squeeze's appeal, not the Great Southern team need convincing, as head brewer Tyson Addy notes: “It’s what the brewers drink most days after work.” While not as visually dense as some, Amarillo, Azacca, Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado deliver bright tropical hop aromas which… Read more
Style
New England IPA
ABV
6.5%
Stockists

Squeeze is available from the brewery and select WA retailers in limited release.

Gage Roads Small Batch Lager

Tapped November 21st, 2019
West Coast brewers Gage Roads celebrate their crystal brewing anniversary with a throwback to their debut beer from 2004. They've released many lagers over the years; however, this return offers a window into Australia’s early Y2K beer landscape, one in which Euro-inspired lagers dominated consumption and which might be something of a curiosity for many recent converts to craftier drinking: wait, there’s no lactose in this? No DDH? No fruit? Nope, but that might be a nice change … and it does… Read more
Style
Vienna Lager
ABV
4.7%

Molly Rose Brewing Shoulders Of Giants

Tapped November 19th, 2019
Having spent several months travelling through various global beer cultures while refining his plans for Molly Rose, there was little doubt Nic Sandery would be someone eager to doff his cap to those who inspired him. Or, in this case, those who inspired a generation of brewers and drinkers. Shoulders Of Giants is his homage to the big IPAs from the West Coast of the US that helped kickstart the style's eminence within the craft beer revolution. As such, it's brewed with the classic "three Cs"… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
7.4%
Bitterness
85 IBU

Molly Rose Brewing When Life Gives You Lemons

Tapped November 19th, 2019
Many beers can give a drinker lemons, whether it's the citric tang of some kettle sours or hop-derived. Not too many come loaded with actual lemons, however. Or, to be more accurate in the case of this Molly Rose beer, "dry-lemoned". But that's one of the steps Nic Sandery took with this farmhouse ale, one that features a colourful hop combo (Loral, Cascade, Amarillo, Centennial and Ahtanum) plus some specialty malts, with the aim of creating a lemon slice like character. You'll not be… Read more
Style
Farmhouse Ale with Lemons
ABV
5.2%

Molly Rose Brewing Beaming

Tapped November 19th, 2019
Why Beaming? Because, according to the man behind the beer, this is an IPA designed to be drunk from an esky in the sunshine in a park or at the beach. Smaller, paler and leaner than the Shoulders Of Giants IPA released at the same time, it features local hop Ella alongside a quintet of popular (and, for the most part, fruity and citrusy) American varieties. It reminds me of IPAs of the Thornbridge Jaipur / 3 Ravens New World IPA ilk: light and lean, with plenty of bitey, pithy, and champagne like… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
5.7%

Grifter Brewing Co Pilsner

Tapped November 19th, 2019
The Grifter crew love brewing all kinds of beers with all kinds of flavours. But you know what else they love? Pilsners. They can’t get enough of them. So late 2019 has seen them finally get around to adding a yellow-tinned pilsner to their core lineup. Nope, I’m not talking about Serpent’s Kiss, their watermelon pilsner that’s got fruit for days. Nope, I’m not talking about a renewal of the 6.2 percent pilsner they brewed when they first moved into their own brewery in 2013. Nope, I’m… Read more
Style
Pilsner
ABV
4.4%

Nomad Brewing Budgy Smuggler Pale Ale

Tapped November 18th, 2019
This beer is beautiful inside and out - a series of eye-catching label designs on a deliciously drinkable beer. You might even say this beer’s got the whole package. [And you had the gall to accuse me of making dad jokes earlier - Editor] For context, this beer is the collaboration between Nomad and Budgy Smuggler Swimwear in Manly. Both are family-owned businesses; both began in the Northern Beaches and export to the rest of the world; both enjoy loud patterns and having a laugh. The beer itself… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
ABV
5.0%
Stockists

Join them for a launch at Manly Wine on Nov 23 – details here

Wolf Of The Willows XXXPA

Tapped November 17th, 2019
It's been a big few weeks for Scott and Renae from Wolf Of The Willows, what with securing their own brewery site that's set to open in 2020 and marking a half decade of beers. And they've celebrated the latter with a suitably big beer, one that takes their debut XPA and ratchets it up to double the size and throws in a triple dry-hop with Mosaic, Galaxy, Kahatu and Nelson Sauvin for good measure. Oh, and it's in big black cans too, complete with bold red lettering, the XXX perhaps intended as a… Read more
Style
Imperial XPA
ABV
9.2%

Little Bang Brewing Schwangermelon

Tapped November 17th, 2019
The Little Bang crew have utilised loads of different fruit in their beers to date, largely across their sNEIPA and Schwang range. In the past, it's mainly been berries and citrus fruits but here it's watermelon’s chance to shine within the aptly named Schwangermelon kettle sour. The schwangermelon takes on a perfectly clear, extremely light-yellow appearance, gaining little in the way of colour from the fruit additions. Certainly, the watermelon is dominant in the aroma, but it also brings with… Read more
Style
Watermelon Sour
ABV
3.0%

Little Bang Brewing Rabbit Hole #1: Gin/Shiraz Barrel Saison

Tapped November 17th, 2019
Rabbit Hole #1 begins a barrel-ageing adventure for the Little Bang crew, this time in conjunction with Adelaide spirit gurus Prohibition Liquor. Ever since their new venue was opened, a large display of barrels has graced the brewery, but with little communication as to what lay inside. A clever ploy, one might say, amping up the hype of their barrel-aged brand. Rabbit Hole #1 is the first release an experimental series that will never see a beer repeated. They started with a barrel that originally… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Saison
ABV
4.4%
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