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!

Bright Brewery Leaf Peeper Red IPA & Raspberry Sweetart

Tapped March 17, 2021
There's not really a bad time to visit the Victorian High Country, but we're sure plenty would pick autumn as the finest. It's a stunning enough region as it is, but when many of the trees start turning shades of red, orange and yellow it's like a new postcard scene every time you turn a corner. In the beer world, you can generally tell when autumn is here by the arrival of a wave red IPAs. So, when you've got autumn and a brewery in the heart of the High Country, it can only mean one thing... Say… Read more
Style
Red IPA & Raspberry Sour
ABV
6.5% & 4.3%

Dainton Beer B'Easter Egg

Tapped March 17, 2021
Dainton Beer are no strangers to waltzing through the confectionary aisle to find inspiration for beers. No strangers? Who am I kidding? Dainton don’t just spend more time down the confectionary aisle than most brewers but are there more often than Willy Wonka himself before Slugworth started stealing the man’s ideas and he became a recluse who’s uncomfortably indifferent to the maiming of children. (Warner Bros, get in touch: I have many ideas for your dark and gritty Wonka prequel and any… Read more
Style
Imperial Choc Ale
ABV
9.0%
Bitterness
35 IBU

Exit Brewing #026: Hazy IPA

Tapped March 15, 2021
The freshly-rebranded Exit chose to open their limited release series for 2021 with a beer of its time, with their 26th one-off a hazy IPA. They've played around in the hazy realm before and also have a habit for nailing styles, so how did they fare here? Well, it's fair to say they could still make out the bullseye clearly through the haze as it delivers just what you (well, certainly what I) would expect from such a beer in 2021. #026 may pour a little darker than many of its ilk but it's not noticeably… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
6.4%

Green Beacon Red's Dead 2021

Tapped March 15, 2021
Green Beacon have a number of seasonals they revisit each year, and each has its own following. When it comes to Red’s Dead, the followers are a mix of malt fans, hop fans, and skeletal pirates who find precious few role models in the beer industry. The label on this autumn seasonal has been tweaked each year, and 2021’s version has seen it come back from portraying a full-bodied skeleton with torn shirt and hook hand and returning to the classic skull-with-knife-between-teeth-and-Rambo-headband. The… Read more
Style
Red IPA
ABV
6.5%

Otherside Brewing Co Triple Juicy WCIPA & Cherry Slurpee Sour

Tapped March 15, 2021
Otherside weren’t mucking around with their first Experimental release for 2021. With COVID logistics hampering the normal flurry of beers, the brewery team describe Triple Juicy West Coast IPA as the biggest and most expensive beer they’re ever made, and also the smallest volume yet. “We wanted to come out with something big,” is how head brewer Rhys Lopez puts it. And there’s no doubting that for a millisecond. Despite the finesse, each sip numbs the back of the head a little more –… Read more
Style
Juicy West Coast IIIPA &B Cherry Pastry Sour
ABV
11.0% & 6.5%

Bright Tank Le' Myrtle Farmhouse Ale

Tapped March 14, 2021
Bright Tank's Le' Myrtle returns the brewery to owner / head brewer Matty Moore’s fondness for farmhouse styles which, for the East Perth brewpub, normally play out in expressive, higher ABV releases, rather than sessionable table beers. Perhaps it’s his energy which has become a liquid conduit between the Wallonian origins and East Perth – whatever the case, Le' Myrtle has presence. Bright native lemon aromas present as hyper-perfumed, almost sherbety confections that continue through the… Read more
Style
Lemon Myrtle Saison
ABV
7.2%
Stockists

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Deeds & Beer Cartel The Syndicate Hazy IPA

Tapped March 12, 2021
Beer Cartel have been bringing the world's beers to Aussie beer lovers for more than a decade now. And, while Deeds haven't been around as long, in recent years they've been causing much excitement for many of those same beer lovers, a situation that saw them shoot up the rankings in Beer Cartel's most recent Australian Craft Beer Survey – and then some. It's a relationship of sorts that's been consummated here with a beer brewed by the latter to be sold exclusively by the former, one going by… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

Beer Cartel

One Drop Brewing Fresh Off The Boat

Tapped March 12, 2021
They say it’s not what you know, but who you know. To this end, One Drop partnered with Yakima Chief Hops to get their hands on fresh hops landing in Australia from the latest crop from the USA’s West Coast. While One Drop puts out hazies abundant in both number and opacity, head brewer Nick is partial to West Coast IPAs, and so has jammed all the fresh Simcoe, Citra, Centennial, Idaho 7 and Cascade hops he could wrangle from Yakima into a bright and beautiful IPA. When I poured Fresh Off The… Read more

Margaret River Brewhouse 3 Sours Of Power: Apricot & Inside Out 2021

Tapped March 12, 2021
Hot off the heels of their first release for 2021, Drifter Blood Orange Gose, comes yet another fruited sour from the team at Margaret River Brewhouse. On this occasion, however, the fruit is apricot, and the style is a clean and simple kettle sour. 3 Sours of Powers is a recurring offering from the South West brewers featuring some variation with each release. This edition features more than 100kg of apricot puree, added midway through the ferment to boost acid while retaining fresh fruit character.… Read more
Style
Apricot Sour & Strata IPA
ABV
4.5% & 6.5%
Bitterness
8 & 45 IBU

Six String Pinoy Fiesta

Tapped March 11, 2021
They know how to throw a party in the Philippines. My wife and I lucked out while taking our time moving to Melbourne back in 2008, spending a few days on the tiny island of Malapascua either side of the Sinulog Festival. Despite measuring a mere 2.5km by 1km and with only a few thousand inhabitants, the island became a riot of colour and noise (memories embellished by the laughing cops posing for my camera while chowing down on BBQ skewers, rifles casually pointing skywards from their hips). Presumably… Read more
Style
Pineapple Gose
ABV
5.0%
Bitterness
4 IBU

Akasha & Reckless Frida XPA

Tapped March 11, 2021
Brewed to coincide with International Women's Day 2021, Frida is a collaboration with fellow Sydneysiders, Reckless Brewing. Named after the early 20th century Mexican artist, icon and all-round legendary figure, Frida Kahlo, this is a bright and tropical XPA that somewhat belies the deeply serious and, frankly, disgraceful level of gender inequality that still exists in this country and the world at large. Really, it’s a testament to Grace, Alice, Katy, Alex, Nichole and all the other women associated… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
4.2%

Braeside Brewing Cube, Mixed Berry Compass Sour, Milk Stout & Sign Wizard

Tapped March 11, 2021
There must have been some busy days on the canning line at Braeside Brewing in recent weeks with no less than four limited releases leaving their brewpub in quick succession. Starting with hops, as many like to, and you have Cube, a New England pale ale in which they've combined kveik and English ale yeast strains with Mosaic, Lotus and Bravo hops and taken the booze content close to 6 percent. It's an approach that serves up plenty of sweet, juicy fruit gum aromas and flavours with a grassy edge,… Read more
Style
NEPA, Fruit Sour, Milk Stout & DIPA
ABV
5.9% & 6.0% & 6.0% & 7.8%

Hawkers & Three Weavers Kylie

Tapped March 11, 2021
Without making much noise about it, Hawkers have been racking up an impressive number of collabs with top American breweries. In 2020, they created Jacki with past AIBA champions Three Weavers: a rye IPA honouring Aussie icon Jacki Weaver. And now they're back with another in the same vein: Kylie, also featuring rye, but this time in a bigger double West Coast IPA. Now, I don't know about you, but when I read "double West Coast IPA", "rye", and "8%" on the same label,… Read more
Style
Double Rye West Coast IPA
ABV
8.0%

Seasonal Brewing Co Session IPA & Incitatus DDH IIPA

Tapped March 11, 2021
The essence of a brewpub is about keeping things local, and that's certainly the case with Seasonal’s collab with Commune Wine. In fact, without the Midland line separating them, the pair would be near neighbours, and what libation would imbibe a neighbourly catch up better than a Session IPA? Sure, you might like to go larger but, really, you both know it’s better to keep things easy breezy lest there be some awkwardness when taking the bins out. In line with this, the collab rolls peachy with… Read more
Style
Session IPA & DDH IIPA
ABV
3.8% & 9.0%

Deeds Brewing Daydreaming In Autumn & Keyboard Warrior '21

Tapped March 10, 2021
Deeds have dipped into the recipe book and pulled out a couple of past favourites to herald the arrival of autumn – quite literally in the case of Daydreaming In Autumn. The DDH hazy pale was designed for sitting around a campfire, which is exactly where my cans were cracked, with the predominantly Kiwi hop bill – Kohatu, Wakatu and Wai-iti plus American Mosaic – coming together to create an easy-going easy-drinker. Very citrusy from the off, with a herbal edge and a little softness on the… Read more
Style
DDH Hazy Pale & Hazy TIPA
ABV
5.7% & 10.0%

Prancing Pony Serenity Of Speed

Tapped March 9, 2021
This week, the owners of Prancing Pony Brewery, their friends, and scores of other racers are gathered at Lake Gairdner for Speed Week, at which Corinna Steeb will be attempting to beat her own land speed record – which you can read about here. Prior to heading to the salt lake, they'd brewed a beer referencing a comment by one of their fellow racers – one featuring salt from Lake Gairdner they'd collected on a previous visit. We're told interest in pre-sales was so strong, this first batch has… Read more
Style
Pale Ale with A Pinch Of Salt
ABV
4.8%

Wildflower & Malfroy's Gold Hive: Post Brood

Tapped March 6, 2021
“Oh, it’s some kind of honey beer or something? Big whoop! Anyone can throw a bloody drum of Capilano into some wort. It’s all sugar anyway, that shit just ferments right out, no worries.” Well, guess what, imaginary jaded dude I invented to help sell the idea that Hive: Post Brood is way cooler than just a beer with honey in it? It’s not just beer with honey in it – this beautiful golden bounty is some real one-of-a-kind, world first shit. Post brood honey is produced using as little… Read more
Style
Australian Wild Ale
ABV
7.0%
Stockists

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Ballistic Beer Black Forest Birthday Cake Stout

Tapped March 6, 2021
Ballistic Beer Co is one brand that’s grown to three locations over five years, with an abundance of excellent beers and countless satisfied customers. That’s worth celebrating. For their fifth birthday, the Ballistic team have made themselves a cake: a Black Forest Birthday Cake Stout that promises decadence all the way down, from the description to the can design. But does it do what it says on the label? I poured my friend a glass of this beer and handed it to him without telling him what… Read more
Style
Black Forest Stout
ABV
8.0%
Bitterness
12 IBU

Wildflower & Balter Dime A Dozen

Tapped March 5, 2021
The origins of Dime a Dozen go all the way back to July 2019 when Wildflower’s Topher Boehm got together with Scotty Hargrave of the little indie brewery that could, Balter, to lay down a lager together. As far as I’m aware, absolutely nothing significant has occurred to either of these collaborators in the intervening 20 months and I will not be investigating further. Balter’s half of this beer was aged in oak and released at their Gold Coast taproom in early December 2019 and, once again,… Read more
Style
Fruited Barrel-Aged Lager
ABV
5.0%

Two Birds Brewing Warrior Woman 2021: Juicy Pale Ale

Tapped March 5, 2021
It's not hard to work out why Two Birds call their annual International Women's Day release Warrior Woman. But it is the sort of name that suggests any beer under the banner should have a little fire in its belly. So, what of 2021's release, one that's very much in a style du jour? It's tagged a Juicy Pale Ale – one of the terms that floats in a similar space to hazy pale or East Coast pale, as we addressed recently here and here. And this one certainly has a little fire in its belly, pumping heaps… Read more
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