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!

Bad Shepherd Break Yo' Fast

Tapped December 2, 2020
Did Bad Shepherd co-owner Dereck Hales pull some strings behind the scenes ahead of their fifth birthday party? Or has he instilled such loyalty among the brewery's fans they're only too eager to get behind his country of origin? Either way, when it came to voting for the beer to celebrate the Cheltenham operation's fifth birthday, the winner plucked from their back catalogue was Break Yo' Fast, a maple bacon amber ale with roots in North American breakfasts. The reboot certainly nails the colour;… Read more
Style
Smoked Maple Amber Ale
ABV
5.0%
Bitterness
25 IBU

Venom Brewing Illusion Shaker Imperial Sour

Tapped December 2, 2020
When the conversation preceding a beer involves a long-fomenting concept for a GABS festival beer and a desire to outdo all the stupid things that have happened in beer in 2020, you know you're not going to end up with a classic pilsner. When it also involves a drink popular in Melbourne clubs in the late 80s and early 90s that featured Midori, vodka, triple sec, pineapple juice and fluorescent shot glasses, you know you're not in Kansas anymore, Toto. Which brings us to Illusion Shaker, Venom's… Read more

Molly Rose Little Hazy Beer & Lager

Tapped December 1, 2020
There are plenty of beer styles about which drinkers have made plenty of noise in 2020, yet when it comes to brewers the rise of the hazy pale has got rather more excited. After all, when you live (or brew beer commercially) in a country where the vast majority of craft style beers being sold remain of the pale, hop forward, around 5 percent ABV ilk, what's more likely to sustain your business in the long-term? Entering the fray in time for summer are Molly Rose with Little Hazy Beer, an offering… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale & Pilsner
ABV
3.8% & 5.0%

Temple Brewing Hazy IPA #1 & #2

Tapped December 1, 2020
Having only released their first hazy IPA – the aptly named Last Train To Boston – towards the start of 2020, the Brunswick brewery has doubled down towards the close of the year with the launch of their Hazy Series. It's set to feature four variants, with different Temple brewers designing the recipes for each and having the freedom to explore what's a growing field of hazy sub-styles. The first two come as a pair with Hazy #1 dubbed a DDH New England IPA and featuring the hops Palisade and… Read more
Style
NEIPAs
ABV
6.6% & 8.4%

Bodriggy Brewing Cloudtown & Skyblazer

Tapped December 1, 2020
in yet another twin release from the Abbotsford brewery, Bodriggy have looked to hops and been exploring soft haze and dank bitterness with two big IPAs. Both come in at 8 percent ABV and both are made with the same trio of hops – Simcoe, Mosaic and Cashmere – while sharing similar malt bills before their paths diverge. On the haze train is Cloudtown, which includes unmalted wheat and was fermented with kveik yeast. As well as pouring pale and cloudy, the beer gives off notes of lychee, peach… Read more
Style
Double IPAs
ABV
Both 8.0%

Killer Sprocket You Can't Run Away NEIPA

Tapped November 30, 2020
During Melbourne’s second lockdown, the crew at Killer Sprocket kept themselves pretty busy. Not content with just brewing to get beer to locals in Melbourne’s outer east and their fans further afield, they were also beavering away on a new series. At the end of November, that launched with the first release Killer Brewhouse Series; the plan is for new recipes to follow each month or so. The first beer is a NEIPA, You Can’t Run Away, that features a heady hop mix of Centennial, Cascade, Amarillo,… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
5.8%

Boston Brewing Citrus IPA

Tapped November 28, 2020
Boston’s fun with fruit continues, however this time it’s in the shape of an IPA rather than the southwestern brewery's recent session sour explorations. The titular citrus comes in the form of fresh lime purée and lemon zest, supported by a citrusy hop embellishment courtesy of Citra and Motueka. Sitting in the centre of IPAs stylistically, limey citrus tones present but don’t overwhelm the whole – there’s a cohesiveness at play here. Soft carbonation rises through dank elements, while… Read more
Style
Citrus IPA
ABV
6.3%
Stockists

Available from the Denmark brewery

Boston Vic Park

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3 Ravens Zappa Juicy, Nat Rav Bloody Shiraz Negroni & Piña Colada Creamsicle

Tapped November 27, 2020
Sometimes a name tells you everything you need to know, and that's certainly the case with Zappa. The newly-arrived neomexicanus hop variety is one of the more avant-garde you'll come across, a mélange of the unexpected, and thus has produced a Juicy unlike any other in 3 Ravens' long line of Juicies. Zappa Juicy – pretty clear and golden rather than overly NEIPA-y in appearance – is the most radical and out there to date. Sure, there's a bit of contemporary fruitiness at play but it’s also… Read more
Style
Various styles
ABV
6.0% & 9.6% & 3.5%
Bitterness
12 & 18 & 15 IBU

Fixation Brewing Straight To DVD, Deep Green, Sparkle & Fade & Piece Of Cake

Tapped November 27, 2020
For IPA lovers, one of the boons of COVID-19 has been Fixation's decision to go from very occasional limited releases in cans to no less than 28 in eight months. The final foursome for the year lands just ahead of summer and covers a few bases too. Straight To DVD is a pretty straight down the line hazy, the sort of beer Sam Bethune has been perfecting over his time at the Incubator: citrusy, tropical, a little sweet, a little bitter, and not around for long in your glass. Deep Green pours a slightly… Read more
Style
Various IPAs
ABV
6.5% & 7.0% & 8.2% &

Margaret River Brewhouse Zappa IPA

Tapped November 27, 2020
Zappa, a rhythm apart, yet familiar; mutant charisma. Or, in hop form, “tropical weirdness”, according to Margaret River Brewhouse. And they’re not far off. So much here feels like a reminder of an old friend, but with an amplified, almost abrasiveness; a shouty character that takes time to settle into. MRB’s Zappa is demanding of the drinker, and probably more so of those treading hazy paths, but in return there’s so much on offer. There’s a definite old school IPA lean which gathers… Read more
Style
Single Hop IPA
ABV
6.5%
Stockists

Available from the brewery

And Margaret River Brewhouse stockists in WA

Future Mountain Incantation (2020)

Tapped November 27, 2020
First released in 2019, Future Mountain’s Incantation was given a bit of a remix in 2020 just as the weather started to heat up. The “Farmhouse Table Beer” is an easy-drinking 3.4 percent ABV and is one designed to be shared; historically maybe during a farmworker’s lunchbreak in Wallonia but more recently at a park, with olives, soft cheeses and finksa. To better accommodate sharing the beer, the brewery and blendery made the move to release it in 750ml bottles; making it the Future Mountain's… Read more
Style
Farmhouse Table Beer
ABV
3.4%

Pirate Life Citrus Hystrix & Hazy Pale

Tapped November 26, 2020
I'll be honest: I initially read the name of Pirate Life's mid-strength sour as Hysterics and started wondering whether they'd moved from putting nitro doses into their beers to giving fans a shot of nitrous oxide. But it turns out no nangs were harmed in the making of Citrus Hystrix; it's the name of a type of lime native to South East Asia, which makes plenty of sense once you taste the beer as the lime character isn't your typical one. It reminded me a little of the tingly tea tree and lime shower… Read more
Style
Fruit Sour & Hazy Pale
ABV
3.5% & 5.4%

La Sirène FUNQ IPA

Tapped November 26, 2020
La Sirène founder Costa Nikias always said he'd never brew an IPA. But, like the team at Moo Brew and the late Sean Connery, it's a case of never say never again as FUNQ becomes the brewery's latest farmhouse can. That said, it's not your typical IPA so he could qualify on a technicality. They've clearly thrown plenty of hops at this densely hazy beer, and they present themselves in a twofold manner: there's much in the way of sweet mango (the flesh closest to the seeds) and overripe pineapple,… Read more
Style
Farmhouse IPA
ABV
5.8%

Capital Brewing Trop Pop Sour

Tapped November 26, 2020
Remember when sourness was something only found in the Aussie breweries of people who didn't know what they were doing or maintained filthy habits? Or in the fridges of the tiny band of Belgian beer cognoscenti? Or when adding fruit to beer was a fad that wouldn't last? It really wasn't that long ago, yet now it seems like one in every three beers landing at Crafty Towers is sour, laden with fruit, or, commonly, both. That's the case with Capital's summer seasonal, which arrives in your glass with… Read more
Style
Fruit Sour
ABV
4.8%
Bitterness
25 IBU
Stockists

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Sailors Grave Dark Emu Dark Lager

Tapped November 25, 2020
Gab and Chris Moore at Sailors Grave have collaborated with many people and in may ways over their relatively short existence to date. Yet this project with Bruce Pascoe – which we wrote about here – is one that's particularly close to their heart. While that article goes into more detail about the genesis of and reasons for Dark Emu – the project, the beer is here now too. The key element is the use of mamadyang ngalluk and burru ngalluk grass seed harvested by Yuin people on the banks of… Read more
Style
Dark Lager
ABV
4.8%

Bad Shepherd Tepache Spiced Beer

Tapped November 25, 2020
You never know what's coming next from Bad Shepherd these days. They've got IPA and sour series on the go, plus their eclectic Brew Crew Series, and have been serving up the odd dessert beer too. Now here's their Christmas 2020 beer, albeit one that comes via Mexico in the shape of a spiced lager inspired by Tepache, a fermented and spiced drink made from the peel and rind of pineapples. In this example, spices come in the form of ginger root, cinnamon, smoked chipotle chillies, star anise, nutmeg… Read more
Style
Spiced Mexican Lager
ABV
5.0%
Bitterness
9 IBU

Dainton Brewery Equalizer

Tapped November 25, 2020
Fresh from taking out a plethora of trophies and medals at The Indies 2020, Dainton have added a fresh and hazy new beer to their core lineup, Equalizer. Hazy IPAs have been well-covered ground for the Melbourne brewery and responsible for some of those aforementioned awards and here, they’ve looked to dial the booze down compared to some of the recent releases for a hazy pale. It's a style that’s been something of a trend this year with many breweries looking to partner juicy hops and sessionability.… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale
ABV
4.7%
Bitterness
25 IBU

Eagle Bay & Rocky Ridge Eagle Rock 2020

Tapped November 24, 2020
Near neighbours, well, a leisurely 30 minute drive betwixt, reunite for their sophomore album. While autumn 2019’s Eagle Rock Vol 1 was a lightly soured, salty, kviek-fermented affair, Vol 2 mainlines modern refreshment in a way that only India pale lagers seem to achieve. Beginning with the cult-like revered pilsner style, the intent was to bring some less utilised hops – hello, Tettnang – as well as modern favourites Galaxy and Enigma, as well as some from the middle bit – Nelson Sauvin… Read more
Style
India Pale Pilsner
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

Available from both breweries

Their websites

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Blasta Brewing Sour Mama Pepa

Tapped November 24, 2020
Besides the name, and we’ll get to that in a moment, the first thing that hits here is the colour. Even the ephemeral head radiates lurid fruit pulp – there’s none of your typical "crested with a crisp white head" malarkey going on here. No, this is fruity. Really fruity. And that's from the brewery that's turned heads and impressed beer judges with a quad-fruited beer called Rampant Raspberry. MAngo, hand-peeled PEach, and PAssionfruit in fact – the name now makes a little more… Read more
Style
Fruit Cream Sour
ABV
5.1%

La Sirène Coolship Collection: Time & Place and Age & Beauty

Tapped November 23, 2020
They've been experimenting in so many ways over the past decade at La Sirène that you can never be too sure what's going to be leaving the brewery next. Case in point: we'll be writing about their new IPA – a style brewery founder Costa Nikias said he'd never brew – in the same week two more beers from their Coolship Collection hit the site. Presented in typically elegant La Sirène fashion, and clearly of a kind, both started out as wort allowed to cool overnight in the brewery's coolship with… Read more
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