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!

Matso's Hard Lemon

Tapped September 13th, 2019
Hard Lemon. It’s brewed but it’s not beer. In fact, it’s one of the biggest commercial success stories of the past twenty years in the US and in the run into the Australian summer, Matso's has debuted what they'll hope could be a game changer for many drinkers. Hard Lemon’s reduced sugar, low gluten and vegan-friendly credentials provide far-reaching appeal, with a flavour profile that may surprise. You can read more about the style in our feature from early 2019 here. After rolling the… Read more
Style
Hard Lemonade
ABV
4.6%

Two Birds Brewing Brew Tang Cans

Tapped September 12th, 2019
A new season brings with it a new lineup of beers – and another punny title – from Two Birds as they launch a trio of beers under the Brew Tang Can moniker. It's a name as colourful as the cans, with the beers resplendent in pinks, reds, greens and yellows. The trio appears chosen with the belief warmer days lie ahead, made up of a summer ale, fruit sour and NEIPA. The first of these, the Sundaze Sippah reminds me a little of Gage Roads' bestseller, Single Fin – a bright yellow pour with rounded… Read more
Style
Summer Ale / NEIPA / Tropical Sour
ABV
5.0% / 6.0% / 3.8%
Stockists

A Point of Difference Liquor

Beer Cartel

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Brewski

Bucket Boys

Carwyn Cellars

Hopheads

Mane Liquor

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FogHorn Brewery Young Americans IPA (cans)

Tapped September 12th, 2019
In 2015, the NSW Government made a bizarre decision to remove the last three stations on the Newcastle rail line and replace the service with on-street light rail. While it definitely had nothing to do with opening up a large swathe of prime land for development, there was a lot of uncertainty as to how it would affect local businesses. One thing is for certain, however: the Hype Train never stopped at FogHorn Brewery anyway. Co-owner and head brewer, Shawn Sherlock, knows exactly what he’s about… Read more
Style
American IPA
ABV
6.6%
Awards

AIBA 2017 – Gold

Burnley Brewing Helles

Tapped September 12th, 2019
When you return from a holiday that includes some of Europe’s top beer destinations, there’s a few beer styles you really want to sink your teeth into and, largely, it’s those packed with New World hops. But with Burnley Brewing about to launch into their month-long Oktoberfest celebrations, it turns out this beer writer’s first beery writings are instead on a style far closer to those enjoyed during the long hot last days of Germany’s summer. Helles is the Melbourne brewery’s recreation… Read more
Style
Munich Lager
ABV
4.5%
Bitterness
18 IBU

Atomic Beer Project XPA

Tapped September 12th, 2019
The third permanent entry in Atomic Beer Project’s hop exploratory range shows more restraint and approachability than its peers. Indeed, XPA’s breezy pale blue can is indicative of contents that come on more like a lean-bodied summer ale than the beers you'll find at the robust end of the loose XPA style. Hazy sunshine in the glass, Azacca and Vic Secret hops provide tropical touch points, supported by Ekuanot’s light citrus influence, all while keeping bitterness at a lowish 25 IBUs. It's… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
4.2%
Bitterness
25 IBU
Stockists

Available nationwide

Gage Roads Side Track All Day XPA

Tapped September 12th, 2019
They've been getting plenty of practice when it comes to brewing mid-strengths at Gage Roads, what with having to supply ticket holders seated outside Perth Stadium's premium areas with lower ABV variants of their flagship beers since landing that primo deal. And now here's one for their core range, a beer to tuck in alongside their big-selling summer ale Single Fin. With sensibility at heart and a playful can design to boot, Side Track is what you might term a modern mid-strength: a beer that’s… Read more
Style
Mid-Strength XPA
ABV
3.5%

Blasta & Rocky Ridge Incan Saison

Tapped September 11th, 2019
Flipping the usual collaborative process for Rocky Ridge, the team at Blasta invited the Busselton brewers north to create a little beer magic in Burswood. Adding to the intrigue, the duo used an exotic Marañón Canyon wild cacao yeast to kick off fermentation before finishing with a comparatively straightforward Belgian saison yeast. The backstory of the former yeast from White Labs is quite incredible; it’s derived from the Northern Peruvian white cacao bean, until recently thought to be extinct,… Read more
Style
Berry Saison
ABV
5.0%

4 Hearts Brewing Wabbit Saison 2019

Tapped September 11th, 2019
Wabbit Saison began life in 2015 as a way to use wonky carrots that would otherwise go to waste. Using carrots from Queensland local Kalfresh Vegetables, 4 Hearts’ original iteration of the beer was a 6.5 percent ABV Belgian saison that came out almost fluorescent orange, making it perfectly weird for GABS 2015, the festival where it made its debut. Four years on, Wabbit Saison has evolved. Current head brewer Ken Friend specialises in tradi-tional and approachable European styles, and has altered… Read more
Style
Carrot Saison
ABV
3.8%

4 Hearts Brewing Super Model & Das Meister

Tapped September 11th, 2019
Super Model pale ale uses all Australian ingredients: hops from Tasmania and Victoria, Voyager malts from the Riverina and yeast from Toowoomba… as well as Ipswich water, of course. This mid-strength addition to the 4 Hearts tap lineup (the version I tried was 4.2 percent ABV but it's been revised to 3.5 since) nestles comfortably between the Ipswich Challenger and Limestone Pale Ale. It’s a clean drinker with passionfruit and subtle orange notes, but with none of the hubris you might accumulate… Read more
Style
Aussie Pale & Dunkel
ABV
3.5% & 5.4%

Pirate Life OG Stout

Tapped September 11th, 2019
When Pirate Life first released a stout in cans, the tallboy tinnie'd Stout, it might have taken a few of the brewery's fans by surprise, in that it took inspiration from the traditional beers of England rather than the hopped up versions that followed in the States. Here, with OG Stout – a beer that's proving popular enough it may transition to a permanent slot in the lineup – it's a similar approach, albeit reined in a little on the booze front. As with an OG stout from England, it's dark,… Read more
Style
Stout
ABV
5.8%

Pirate Life Tropical IIPA

Tapped September 11th, 2019
Pirate Life's IIPA might not have been the country's first imperial IPA but its impact in 500ml cans, both in terms of "Wow!" factor and success in competitions both public and industry based, can still be felt, with a series of other brewers following suit and popping such beers into bigger cans than their lower ABV hoppy releases. Here, the SA brewers give their icon a neon-flecked companion piece, albeit in their now standard 355ml cans and at a slightly lower 8 percent ABV. The can… Read more
Style
IIPA
ABV
8.0%

Pirate Life Boysenberry Dark Sour & NW Pale (Dan Murphy's exclusives)

Tapped September 11th, 2019
You never know when a memory is going to be brought back to life – or indeed what those memories might be. In the case of Pirate Life's Boysenberry Dark Sour – one of two Dan Murphy's exclusives from the brewery in 2019 – it's sitting in the dining room of the Holiday Inn in Dover circa 1985 and ordering the ridiculously sugar-laden soft drink they had on the kids menu; I can't recall the name but it was essentially Coke with blackcurrant cordial in it (what were my parents thinking?). Here… Read more
Style
Dark Sour & Pale Ale
ABV
6.0% & 5.8%

Homestead Collabs ft Dimattina & Rodney's Bait & Tackle

Tapped September 11th, 2019
On the back of the Vanilla Porter that appeared earlier in winter 2019, Homestead Brewery have followed up with another dark beer, this time a Coffee Stout local roaster Dimattina, charged with selecting the blend. The result is a beer with fresh coffee aromas and a creamy sweetness, balanced with roasted characters from the dark malts that give just the right amount of dusty cocoa. It's easy-drinking, big on flavour and low on ABV, making for a welcome winter warmer. Playing in rather different… Read more
Style
Coffee Stout & NEIPA
ABV
4.0% & 5.8%

Wildflower St Florence 2019 – Black Muscat & Semillon

Tapped September 10th, 2019
St Florence, Wildflower Brewing and Blending’s wine grape-laced annual release, has returned for 2019. First brewed in 2017 with sauvignon grapes, Florence has become founder Topher Boehm’s annual flirtation with oenology that, let’s face it, barely remains hidden at the best of times. Like last year, Wildflower has gone for another grape double feature. This time we have black muscat from Thornbrook Orchard in Orange and semillon from Tyrrell’s Estate in Pokolbin. Both of these beers were… Read more
Style
Australian Wild Ales with grapes

Sauce Brewing Lemon, Lime & Bitterness Units

Tapped September 10th, 2019
There’s a lot of fun to be had with the trend of naming beers after a non-beer food or drink - whether a chocolate bar or lolly, a juice or cocktail, a dessert or something else. That fun is intensified when the beer delivers something pretty damn close to what’s on the label. Lemon, Lime & Bitterness Units nails it. If you’ve ever ordered a lemon, lime & bitters at a pub and had them make it in front of you (as opposed to pouring a glass of the packaged soft drink), this is sure to… Read more
Style
Brut IPA
ABV
6.2%

Ballistic Beer Co Ex-IPA HBC 472

Tapped September 10th, 2019
Hot on the heels of telling the world they're to start work on a third venue, Brisbane’s Ballistic have another new – and experimental – release hitting taps and fridges. It's one that could be said to encapsulate much of what's helped them enjoy such a successful start to life too, one that's been based upon a solid core range, a delightful series of single hop IPAs and their unique oaked ale beers. Because here you have a beer that combines elements of those in a unique, slightly odd, but… Read more
Style
Single Hop IPA
ABV
6.2%
Stockists

Ballistic Alehouse & Kitchen

Ballistic Brewery

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Stomping Ground Into The 'Wood: The First Six

Tapped September 9th, 2019
It feels a little sacrilicious to squeeze six beers like this into the one beer write up, but such is the nature of the beer world's release schedule these days, here we are. Into The 'Wood is a series that's been a long time in the making at Stomping Ground, with one of the beers here featuring liquids up to three years old and barrels and fruit at play too. Working through them in the order you'd likely approach them, first up is the Shiraz Barrel-Aged Saison, which spent 12 months in former Heathcote… Read more
Style
Various styles

Beerland Brewing Reality Czech & Schrödinger's Stout

Tapped September 9th, 2019
August 2019 saw the brewers at Beerland Brewing launch a couple of paradigm shift beers. By nature, that means a fundamental change in a basic concept, which in the case of the Reality Czech Dark Lager sees them creating a beer with the colour and many of the characteristics of a porter or stout but the drinkability of a pilsner. Lagering the beer creates a clean, sessionable drop with minimal roasted characters and a light bitterness. Check your reality at the door. The second beer is along the… Read more
Style
Dark Lager & White Stout
ABV
4.4% & 5.2%

3 Ravens Strata Juicy & Coffee Shake

Tapped September 8th, 2019
Before they knew they were the Indies 2019 Champion Small/Medium Brewery, the 3 Ravens brewers were finding favour with their peers at BrewCon, the Independent Brewers Association's annual conference. Hop suppliers use it as an occasion to show off new varieties alongside those experimental crops that may become commercial at some point. The showcasing typically takes place by sharing hops with Aussie brewers and asking them to come up with a new beer. Here, there were beers in which the hops mimicked… Read more
Style
Juicy IPA & Coffee Milkshake IPA
ABV
Both 6.0%
Bitterness
15 & 16 IBU

Hawkers IPA 2019

Tapped September 6th, 2019
The launch of the new look Hawkers core range is completed by this IPA. As with their new Pale Ale, it's a leaner and hoppier affair than the original bottled Pale and IPA with which the brewery launched in 2015. Out go some of the specialty malts to reduce the beer's sweeter side, in come more hops. On the hop front, it's an array of New World big-hitting crowd-pleasers: Simcoe, Mosaic, Centennial, Citra and Nelson Sauvin. So, as you can well imagine, it's punchily aromatic, with plenty of tropical… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.0%
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