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!

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

Find out how to get your hands on Molly Rose beers via the brewery website

Mountain Goat North Street Gose

Tapped November 26th, 2018
The North Street sub-brand at Mountain Goat started out as the name for a delightful pale ale initially only available at the brewery that evolved into the lower ABV beer now widely available as, simply, Pale Ale. In its wake has come a series of beers that start out on tap at the Richmond HQ and, in some cases, like the IPA and now this Gose, graduate to a wider bottled release. While the name gives little away, there’s more than a straightforward soured and salted wheat beer here. The brewers… Read more
Style
Spiced Gose
ABV
4.0%
Bitterness
8 IBU
Stockists

Find North Street Gose here

Old Wives Ales Old Man Yells At Cloud Double NEIPA

Tapped November 26th, 2018
Old Man Yells At Cloud has been a runaway success for Old Wives Ales, with the beer’s big, tropical notes and celeber reference to The Simpsons helping the NEIPA stand out in a field of many. As such beers have taken off, plenty of sub-styles have arisen, with bigger and boozier double NEIPAs appearing with greater regularity through 2018. The brewers at Old Wives Ales are the latest to make a beer that fits into that world and, though there are plenty out there that might still deride the haze… Read more
Style
Double NEIPA
ABV
9.0%

Boatrocker Kiwi Hop IPA

Tapped November 23rd, 2018
Boatrocker is best known these days for its Belgian style ales, big, malty beasts and fruity blends. Yet it started out with the hop driven, yet still malty, Alpha Queen and has always had the odd pale ale and IPA floating around its core range over the years. And thus it is that the fourth Boatrocker beer to go into cans is a new IPA. If you ignore NEIPAs and Brut IPAs, longer term trends in the world of IPAs have seen a move towards leaner, more tropical fruit salad style IPAs, but, as the brewery… Read more
Style
NZ IPA
ABV
7.8%

Little Bang Little Banger Super Session Ale

Tapped November 22nd, 2018
As they suggested in our feature on the rise of mid-strengths within the craft beer world, there’s been a gradually dawning realisation at Little Bang that it pays to have something lower in alcohol pouring at your brewery these days. That led to the development of Little Bang, a “super session ale” weighing in a just 3 percent ABV but with the bite of something rather bigger. It’s very pale, with just a little haze, and, for the most part, looks to give the drinker what they’d find in… Read more
Style
Session Ale
ABV
3.0%

Dainton & Revel Fruity Freeze Tropical NEIPA

Tapped November 22nd, 2018
Given the success of the Blood Orange New England Rye IPA (or BONER for short), it’s perhaps little surprise the brewers at Dainton keeping playing in the NEIPA arena. Here, they plunder Frosty Fruits for inspiration, albeit changing the name enough and avoiding any aping of the ice lolly’s packaging to stay away from prying eyes. The tropical IPA is opaque as you like, as if someone has melted ice cream into the fermenter, and serves up lovely fruit juice aromas, a brekkie juice prickle and… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
6.2%

Rocky Ridge & Two Birds Elder Sour

Tapped November 22nd, 2018
In a meeting of minds, Jayne Lewis from Two Birds and Hamish Coates from Rocky Ridge wanted to celebrate her pre-beer, West Australian winemaking background with a release timed for WA Beer Week. After settling on a sour beer, seasonal serendipity struck as the mature elderflower tree behind Rocky Ridge’s small bar, Darleen's, was in full bloom, with the resultant onsite hand-picking of the delicate flowers extending the brewery’s normal terroir 15 kilometres beyond the farm gates. Beginning… Read more
Style
Elderflower Sour
ABV
4.7%
Stockists

Available now from Darleen’s and select WA venues before heading to Two Birds Nest

Ocho Imaginary Ale Blend 2

Tapped November 22nd, 2018
In the early days of his Ocho adventure, Stu Grant spoke of plans to release a series of saisons, something that had the avowed saison freaks at Crafty Towers rather happy. Since then, while some have followed, he’s also diversified, with a seasonal IPA series and many other one-offs occupying much of the release schedule. But, in late spring 2018, a couple of very different saisons have left the Tassie haunt he occupies with Van Dieman. One is the second Imaginary Ale release – and there’s… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Saison
ABV
6.7%
Stockists

Order some here

Cheeky Monkey & Chi Cho Gelato & Mane Liquor Bluzu Summer Sour

Tapped November 21st, 2018
Building on the success of last year’s Frosty Fruits, the WA collaborators behind it were keen not to repeat themselves. Loosely starting with the same "Summer Sour" concept, this iteration from Cheeky Monkey, Chi Cho Gelato and Mane Liquor arrived at an untested combination of yuzu and blueberry as a result of the consistently unique offerings from the gelato artisans. From this point, Cheeky Monkey’s sales manager Brendan Day, ignoring requests for more restrained fruit levels requested… Read more
Style
Blueberry & Yuzu Berliner Weisse
ABV
4.4%
Stockists

Mane Liquor

Also available from the brewery and other WA retailers from late Nov

Bluzu sorbet is also available now

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Grifter Brewing Co & The Henson Neighbourhood NEIPA

Tapped November 20th, 2018
It’s a nice thing to have nice neighbours. The Grifter Brewing Company and The Henson are neighbours and they’re both nice. So they’ve made a beer together and it’s nice too. What they’ve made, specifically, is a very, very hazy New England IPA. It looks filthy, but it tastes the way sunshine feels on a winter day. Not summer sun, because summer sun is intense. This is a little gentler, more subdued. There are hops, of course, in lavish doses, and they serve up their tropical fruit character… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
6.2%

Endeavour Citrus Pale Ale

Tapped November 20th, 2018
Olfaction carries a unique kind of nostalgic magic. None of our other senses are so quick to flash us back to a specific memory in the long distant past; voyages in grandma’s wardrobe, the torment of a childhood medicine, the school-era aroma of pencil shavings and a new eraser. This was the ensuing train of thought having been poured a can of Endeavour’s new Citrus Pale Ale to be met with an aroma not encountered for nigh on two decades: the smell of Fanta. It’s a rampant flourish of sweet… Read more
Style
Citrus Pale Ale
ABV
4.5%

Endeavour Dark Wheat

Tapped November 20th, 2018
There’s a Fawlty Towers-esque “Don’t mention the war!” element underpinning this release from the Endeavour Tap Rooms. Specifically: “Don’t mention the Dunkel!”. This beer, according to most style guidelines, would be classed a Dunkelweizen but of course they wouldn’t dare call it that because who actually knows what that is or would buy one unless they were lingering alone and confused in some Bavarian beer hall? “Dark Wheat” seems far less foreign and terrifying so that’s… Read more
Style
Dunkelweizen
ABV
5.1%

Smiling Samoyed Baby Brain Pale Ale

Tapped November 16th, 2018
It was a joyous occasion: Kate and Simon had just welcomed their first son, Alvin, into the world; they were over the moon. Anyone who has experienced a newborn can attest to the fact that sleep is hard to come by, especially in the first few weeks, and the idea of feeling even remotely human has to be put on hiatus. However, the show must go on and that is exactly what Simon did – after very little sleep. His intentions when he got to work were to brew Smiling Samoyed's American pale ale, 12… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
ABV
5.9%

Smiling Samoyed Shamouti Stout

Tapped November 16th, 2018
Striking up friendships in the modern world of business is extremely important and that is exactly what Smiling Samoyed has done with Adelaide CBD venue, The Griffins Hotel. To celebrate their love for each other, the two companies have teamed up for the first of many collaboration beers. Shamouti Stout is a 7 percent ABV chocolate oatmeal stout brewed with orange zest and tropical hops. As for the name, Shamouti is a type of orange also known as the Jaffa, which helps make sense of the beer. Pouring… Read more
Style
Orange Stout
ABV
7.0%

Little Creatures XPA

Tapped November 16th, 2018
As Little Creatures celebrates its 18th birthday and is thus able to legally buy itself a beer, the pioneering brewery has marked the milestone with a new core range beer. In doing so, it joins the massed ranks of Aussie brewers with an XPA in their lineup. It's a choice that acknowledges the growing popularity of approachable, lower bitterness beers that still have the hallmarks of Creatures' hoppy heritage, with their XPA tagged as a "drinker not a thinker". Showing its youth, the beer… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
4.9%
Stockists

Available from the breweries in Freo and Geelong

And nationwide

Feral Brewing Tusk IIPA (Spring 2018 Release)

Tapped November 16th, 2018
What began in 2003 as a high ABV beer with no dry hopping has, in recent years, become an incredibly hyped beer that, twice a year, Feral have used to spread the message of the importance of freshness in beer as well as the cold chain when it comes to logistics. Sampling spring 2018’s release, the brewery's biggest iteration yet, an hour after the beer was kegged off, there's no doubt that it delivers on this promise. And then some. Pineapple and papaya are most evident with a wisp of mandarin… Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
ABV
13.5%
Stockists

Foresters Pub & Dining

Launched in WA on Nov 16 then heading east

Including a Tusk Day event at Forester's on Nov 23

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Wildflower Waratah 2018

Tapped November 15th, 2018
People love building boxes. To open tracts of land we assign arbitrary lines of separation, confining ourselves to this or that portion of a map. To carve out our cities, states and countries we create borders, boundaries and bureaucracy within which to live, to separate ourselves from the rest. We put up walls, declare ourselves to be this but not that. We stoke pride and foment envy. Our little boxes come to define us. Life can be pretty comfortable in a box and, by and large, New South Wales is… Read more
Style
Australian Wild Ale
ABV
5.0%

Wildflower Year Old 'Tah (2017)

Tapped November 15th, 2018
Well aren’t they just the pack of sneaky zymurgists at Wildflower. When they released the first Waratah in 2017 they claimed there were only so many bottles in existence. And to be fair they were, technically, telling the truth. They just neglected to mention they’d also rolled a full barrel out back, out of sight and mind. Twelve months on, with a full extra year in oak under its belt, they’ve given the old beer a new release under the name Year Old ‘Tah. If you can recall the original version… Read more
Style
Australian Wild Ale
ABV
5.5%

Wildflower Slip Slop Slap

Tapped November 15th, 2018
You could argue most of Wildflower’s beers are suited for summer. Without exception, they operate within the well established bounds of acceptable ABV – somewhere in the five percent range but often lower. And a great many of them are acidic, a characteristic easily interchangeable with “refreshing” – a desired characteristic from beer consumed in an often oppressively hot climate. But every now and then the brewer/blender throws out something that feels like it has a little more grunt… Read more
Style
Australian Wild Ale
ABV
5.0%

CoConspirators The Henchman

Tapped November 14th, 2018
When the two couples behind CoConspirators first launched their gypsy brewing operation, they did so with a West Coast IPA known as The Henchman. That was back in 2016, at a time when the haze craze hadn’t fully draped its foggy murk over Australia’s craft beer scene and finding an IPA packed with bitterness wasn’t quite the challenge it is today. For those who like their IPAs big and bitter, the decision by the CoConspirators to bring The Henchman back into their core range of cans in 2018… Read more
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