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!

Wolf Of The Willows Pacific Sour

Tapped November 30th, 2018
At the sours blind tasting we held as part of WA Beer Week in 2018, it was fascinating to see where different attendees' preferences lay, from those who enjoyed those of a hoppy and low acidity bent to those who were all over the fruit and others that were looking for the funk. And, with this new "tropical sour", the Wolf Of The Willows team almost appear to be attempting to cover all bases, melding the yeast they feature in their Acidulus range with pineapple, guava and mango juices as… Read more
Style
Tropical Fruit Sour
ABV
4.2%
Stockists

Hitting taps across Victoria and out in 355ml cans too

Mornington Peninsula Brewery Hamfish Brut IPA

Tapped November 30th, 2018
What is a hamfish? And what relation does it have to the Brut IPA style? Well, it turns out Hamfish is the nickname of Mornington brewer Hamish and, when the team there was thinking about a name for this Brut IPA they deemed it appropriate. Why? They figured there was a "pompous beer-wankiness" to the style and Hamfish was its "vulgar antithesis" – a means of "taking the piss out of the style and ourselves for being late to the Brut IPA party". For all that there's… Read more
Style
Brut IPA
ABV
6.8%

Hargreaves Hill Margarita Gose 2018

Tapped November 30th, 2018
The second Hargreaves Hill spirit-inspired sours released in quick succession in 2018 is a Margarita Gose. Like the brewery’s collaboration with Four Pillars Distillery, the Gin Barrel Gose, it’s also not the first incarnation of the beer – a version of the beer first made its way through venues in 2017. Using tequila-soaked kaffir lime leaves, fresh lime juice and both lemon and lime peel, put simply it’s a beer that’s big on the citrus. While there’s an undoubted tart and sour edge,… Read more
Style
Margarita Gose
ABV
3.4%

Burnley Brewing Pils

Tapped November 30th, 2018
When Burnley’s head brewer, Michael Stanzel, was 22, he made the move to Germany to study brewing in the land of lager and hefe. And, if the second lager to join the brewery's core range is anything to go by, it seems like he paid attention during those (presumably) exacting days learning about pilsners. Pils is a beer that – a little like the brewer himself – is built with traditional sensibilities but has at least one foot planted in the modern world. Made according to the Reinheitsgebot… Read more
Style
Pilsner
ABV
4.5%

Bridge Road Brewers & Africola Chinotto Saison

Tapped November 30th, 2018
For the third release in its Restaurant Series of collabs, Bridge Road Brewers technically collaborated with the team at Adelaide's Africola. But they managed to enlist the help of a restaurant rather closer to home too, obtaining chinotto fruit from Michael Ryan at Beechworth restaurant Provenance. The citrus was added to a Belgian saison base with the aim of creating something to match the Adelaide venue's South African BBQ style cuisine. What you get is a pale gold pour, unlike the soft drinks… Read more
Style
Chinotto Saison
ABV
5.0%

Burnley Brewing Nitro Coffee Brown

Tapped November 30th, 2018
Burnley Brewing’s Coffee Brown cans may have been released as the brewery celebrated its first birthday but the beer has been a part of the operation since the very beginning. Eager to make a beer that was distinctly “Melbourne”, head brewer Michael Stanzel asked one of Burnley’s owners, Phil Gijsbers - who also happens to own These Days Coffee Roastery - to score him some beans. The benefit of Phil owning both a roastery and a brewery goes beyond the presumed discount when trading between… Read more
Style
Nitro Coffee Brown Ale
ABV
5.3%

Innate Brewers Troposphere Pale Ale

Tapped November 30th, 2018
While initially evoking thoughts of the mid-90s Pauly Shore vehicle, Biodome, the troposphere is actually the lower layer of the earth’s atmosphere, one which appears as various shades of orange when viewed from space should you ever be lucky enough to take a trip there. While the intention behind the name of Innate's new addition to its core range was to conjure thoughts of a more tropical bent, the colour of the troposphere isn't far removed from what arrives in the glass. Citra, Galaxy and… Read more
Style
New World Pale Ale
ABV
4.5%

Wayward Brewing Passionista

Tapped November 29th, 2018
It appears the dogs have won the day at Wayward. Until recently there’d been a low level feline/canine power struggle at the brewery where you’d find cat prints all over the actual beers – the likes of Sourpuss, Passion Of The Puss and even an entire Festival Of The Puss – while pups strutted around the brewery itself to be immortalised on the famed Dogs Of Wayward photo wall. But, with the recent rebrand of Wayward’s beers, cats are evidently on the way out. The AIBA trophy-winning Sourpuss… Read more
Style
Passionfruit & Yuzu Berliner Weisse
ABV
3.8%

Mountain Goat Barrel Breed: Christmas Ale 2018

Tapped November 29th, 2018
Of all their Barrel Breed releases, the Christmas Ale is the one with which the Goat brewers give themselves the most room for manoeuvre. Sure, they'll tweak the recipe and the barrels-of-choice for their annual Barleywine and Imperial Stout offerings, but given "Christmas Ale" isn't a style as such, they've flitted from Belgian quad through delicate strong golden ale to the 2018 festive fare, which is their first wheatwine; in other words a big beast of a beer built upon a grain bill featuring… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Wheatwine
ABV
11.1%
Bitterness
34 IBU
Stockists

Available from the brewery and nationwide

Nowhereman & Petition Beer Corner Lil Sebastian

Tapped November 29th, 2018
Made in collaboration with Petition Beer Corner for their epic Collabosaurus WA Beer Week event, Lil Sebastian’s heart belongs to a tiny horse from the comedy series, Parks and Recreation. The venue’s team member Laura Thomas suggested the name with the miniature beer in mind, however the result is a something of grander stature as a result of the second in the Nowhereman Bartender Collab series. Idaho 7 hops were used throughout the New World beer, yet six weeks of lagering shows old school… Read more
Style
New World Session Lager
ABV
3.5%
Stockists

Available exclusively from Nowhereman Petition Beer Corner

Nowhereman & Strange Company & Ronnie Nights Strange Bloody Nights

Tapped November 29th, 2018
Pushing the postcodes of collaboration, Nowhereman invited the combined teams of Fremantle sister venues Strange Company and Ronnie Nights to develop a beer that best represents the venues. The lively siblings share a fondness for using shrubs, a type of vinegared syrup, in cocktails. So, in paying homage to this, an Oleo-Saccharum technique was used in which citrus peel is sealed in sugar to draw the oils into an increasingly concentrated citrus syrup. While all of this sounds rather fancy, the… Read more
Style
Blood Orange & Mandarin Sour
ABV
4.0%
Stockists

Available from Nowhereman, Strange Company and Ronnie Nights in limited release

Nowhereman Miia IPA

Tapped November 29th, 2018
Named after his newborn daughter Miia, head brewer Eddie Still’s mind may well have been fighting evil with hops as the colourful decal suggests, yet there's a good chance that it came about as he had a little time waiting for her arrival so why not brew another beer? Whatever the case, Miia delivers punchy hop characters but still sits comfortably within Nowhereman’s approachability driven ethos. An El Dorado heavy trio of hops have left some welcome hop haze in the glass, creating fruity aromas… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.6%

Beerfarm Double IPL & Double IPA

Tapped November 28th, 2018
The Beerfarm is celebrating its third birthday with a couple of doubles in the shape of supersized versions of its most popular beers. It’s a confident move to play around with the India Pale Lager (IPL) in particular, given it's a beer that arrived as an instant classic, however, the beerfarmers do like a party and there is a lot to celebrate. Although still light on its feet, the IPL arrives with more weight and alcohol sweetness than the original. This seems obvious given the light malt body,… Read more
Style
Double IPL & Double IPA
ABV
7.8%
Stockists

Cellarbrations Carlisle

Mane Liquor

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Otherside Brewing Co Experimental Series Red Creaming Sour

Tapped November 28th, 2018
The irony about this Experimental Series release from Otherside is that, while it stretches the notion of what beer can be in true experimental fashion, the name tells you everything you need to know – it actually couldn’t be more transparent with the throbbing head rush of saccharine vanilla and raspberry, a combination that’s fuelled equal amounts of children’s glee and parents' concern. In its beerified format, the immediate sugar rush is palpable, while the romance of flavours plays out… Read more
Style
New World Sour
ABV
4.7%

Tallboy & Moose The Noodler & Guava Fresca & Pillow Fight & Sleight Of Hand

Tapped November 27th, 2018
As December fast approaches, Tallboy & Moose is ready to hit you with another four new beers, all of which are worthy of being enjoyed in the sun. The Noodler (4.7 percent ABV), is an American wheat beer brewed for the fifth birthday of one of Fitzroy’s top craft beer haunts, The Catfish. Taking its name from a difficult-to-believe-is-real pastime in America’s South, where bare hands are used to capture live catfish, it’s a beer designed for a long day on the lake, one to keep you hydrated… Read more
Style
Various styles
ABV
Various ABVs

Brewhouse Margaret River & Scott Butson Fischer's Weisse

Tapped November 27th, 2018
Each year for the past three years, the Brewhouse Margaret River crew has held a Backyard Brewing Tournament, inviting amateurs to enter a beer in the hope of being voted the best and seeing their creation scaled up to a full batch brew. In 2018, the winner is Scott Butson, with the winning beer a hefeweizen with a great family backstory. The beer's creation started out when Scott travelled to the Alps in Northern Italy in 2006 and met up with his father-in-law Gerhard Fischer in the city of Bolzano.… Read more
Style
Hefeweizen
ABV
5.0%
Stockists

On tap & in bottles at the brewery

Modus Operandi Tropic Haze Unfiltered Pale

Tapped November 27th, 2018
For their final nationwide new release of 2018 Modus Operandi hasn’t delivered a showstopper. At least not in a knockout punch / injury time field goal / fireworks at the end of a concert way. Tropical Haze is more a case of subtle envelopment, where you don’t necessarily know you’ve been got ’til they have you. And it’s part of a longer journey. The beer itself is a five percent ABV pale ale (remember those?) rather than the almost-anticipated big, hazy IPA. Yes, it’s still got a boatload… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale Ale
ABV
5.0%
Stockists

Available nationwide from good beer stockists

Otherside Brewing Co Pilot Series: Break Antipodean Pale Ale

Tapped November 27th, 2018
A tipping point has arrived at Otherside. For the past 18 months, their brewery has come together and, as the brewers have got to grip with it, the momentum gathered through a steady stream of beers is becoming instead a torrent of releases through Otherside’s various handles. The latest in the Pilot Series is a tropically inspired pale ale and, although it’s a limited release, one imagines this could very well end up in the core range. Pouring golden and with a subtle orange-tinged haze, Break… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
ABV
5.0%
Stockists

Available in limited release from the brewery & select WA retailers and venues

3 Ravens Heavy Double IPA

Tapped November 27th, 2018
The 3 Ravens brewers have been playing with their favourite American hops to create another in their series of annually released double IPAs. But it's not just the year or the look – now a black can coated in neon swirls – that's different this time around; as the name suggests, it's a heavier, fuller beer than the lean machine that has appeared in the past. According to head brewer Brendan O'Sullivan, the revitalised Schooner malts they used lent the beer a more prominent malt sweetness, bready… Read more
Style
Double IPA
ABV
8.0%
Bitterness
60 IBU
Stockists

Beer DeLuxe Hawthorn

On tap at the brewery bar

Heading to venues in VIC, WA, QLD, NSW and TAS

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Molly Rose Brewing La Forge Saison

Tapped November 26th, 2018
However you approach beer, you'll typically find the deeper you dig, the more avenues you find to follow. Whether that’s exploring beer history or the science of brewing, it appears you can never know too much. Even within seemingly tight style categories, there’s often plenty of wriggle room. So, while this beer from Molly Rose’s second Foundation Series pack is technically a Brett saison like the brewing company’s only regularly brewed beer to date – Matilde – it’s a pretty different… Read more
Style
Brett Saison
ABV
6.5%
Stockists

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