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 Grapefruit IPA

Tapped November 14th, 2018
The IPA series continues apace at Bad Shepherd, where the likes of The Almighty IIPA and the aromatic-as-anything Citrus & Cedar IPA are now joined by this Grapefruit IPA to which fruit rather than fruit extract was added alongside a selection of hops known for their citrusy qualities. It's a hazy copper pour and one that heads towards the more bitter, pithy, tangy side of grapefruit; certainly, it's of a different ilk to some fruit IPAs that present more as a blend between IPA and fruit juice.… Read more
Style
Grapefruit IPA
ABV
5.8%

Rocky Ridge Devine Goodtimes Sparkling Saison

Tapped November 14th, 2018
Chances are, if you've read about a beer from WA in the past couple of years on The Crafty Pint, the words originated with Guy Southern or, to give him his online handle, Goodtimes Craft Beer. Not this time around, however. And that's for a very good reason: Guy was involved in the conception and brewing of this one. He travelled south from Perth to hook up with the team at Rocky Ridge, where they were also joined by folks from de Vine Cellars and set about creating the 4,723rd (or thereabouts) collaboration… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Saison
ABV
8.0%

Wilson Brewing Scurvy Juice

Tapped November 14th, 2018
Serendipity strikes again for Matty Wilson. Whenever he mentions a new beer concept to his Albany hop grower, he’s encouraged to talk with the lady next door, Val. Not only does Val have a mini-orchard to drawn from but she also happens to have twenty 30-year old yuzu trees – not the kind of thing you’d normally expect to find in the Great Southern. Originally a wild hybrid citrus found in China, yuzu has become highly sought after in the brewing world for its complex sour mandarin–grapefruit-lime-like… Read more
Style
Citrus Sour
ABV
6.0%

Beerland Brewing Acid Wolf

Tapped November 13th, 2018
As the temperatures in WA edge towards the mid-20s, a pack of more crushable New World sours is starting to appear. We say "New World" as you can trace a lineage to classic puckering styles yet modern brewing techniques and punter tastes have rounded off the edges, so to speak, positioning these beers in more approachable territory than the battery acid like pH levels of some predecessors. For Beerland, Acid Wolf’s use of the modern lactic Sour Pitch yeast delivers a perfect example of… Read more
Style
New World Sour
ABV
4.7%

Ballistic & Bintani Signature ExPA

Tapped November 13th, 2018
When we’ve gone a while without a beer, we talk about being parched and breaking the drought. But here’s a beer that really aims to help with drought. Ballistic Beer is an Australian brewery. Bintani is an Australian grain supplier. They both know the importance of Australian agriculture, and they’re both keen to help out rural communities and struggling farmers when the going’s tough. That’s why Mitch Bradey from Bintani and Lachy Crothers from Ballistic got together to brew the Signature… Read more
Style
Single Malt XPA
ABV
5.5%
Bitterness
32 IBU

Ballistic Beer Co Hazy IPL

Tapped November 13th, 2018
Ballistic is comfortable with lagers. They proudly hold a craft lager in their core lineup. They call it Dirty Word, and push back against the idea that lager is a dirty word. Their head brewer will tell anyone who listens that a clean, well-made, true-to-style lager is one of his favourite things to drink. So it’s fun to see that they’re also happy to take a lager and boldly throw a bazillion hops in it until it’s almost unrecognisable as a lager. They used apple puree in the boil to provide… Read more
Style
Hazy IPL
ABV
6.0%
Bitterness
19 IBU

Ballistic Beer Co Twang Tropical Sour

Tapped November 13th, 2018
Twang is a sound: the snap of a guitar string, the spring of a diving board, the shock of Wile E Coyote being shot from a giant bow. Twang is a sound… so how does it so perfectly describe the taste of this beer?? This tropical kettle sour is super light yellow and slightly cloudy, with plenty of hop presence on the nose thanks to the Galaxy, Wakatu and Citra. Take a sip, and experience citrus… with a twang. Passionfruit… with a twang. Mango, peach, apricot… with a twang. It could also be… Read more
Style
Tropical Sour
ABV
4.6%
Bitterness
10 IBU

Batch Brewing Co Rye IPA

Tapped November 13th, 2018
Back in the heady days of 2015 when small breweries were still relatively rare and small distilleries rarer still, the Batch Brewing Co teamed up with the fledgling Archie Rose distillery on an experiment: they made a beer brewed not only to go with a spirit, but also to be turned into it. The beer was the First Wash Rye IPA and it was later distilled into the Hopped Rye Spirit, with both released simultaneously at venues around Sydney as a rather incestuous form of boilermaker – read about it… Read more
Style
Rye IPA
ABV
7.2%

2 Brothers Kung Foo (cans)

Tapped November 12th, 2018
There's plenty of local breweries with lagers in their lineups these days, but it wasn't always the case. Moorabbin's 2 Brothers have been playing there for years, however, initially with the Taxi Pilsner before adding Kung Foo, a rice lager, to the lineup in 2012. It's been one of the brewery's best-sellers ever since, picked up a gold medal at the 2018 Australian International Beer Awards and, in the lead-up to summer 2018, became the first of their beers to appear in cans. A bright golden colour… Read more
Style
Rice Lager
ABV
4.6%
Bitterness
18 IBU

2 Brothers The Guvnor II: Part 2

Tapped November 12th, 2018
Late in 2017, as part of their tenth birthday celebrations, the two brothers behind 2 Brothers and their team launched a new version of one of their trophy-winning beers from the past, The Guvnor strong ale. There was a bit of a twist, however, as they'd split the beer into four parts, ageing them in different ways. Part 1 spent six months on French oak and has been followed by this version, which sat inside barrels obtained from Port Melbourne's Starward Whisky. Thus, while Part 1 was softened by… Read more
Style
Whisky Barrel Aged Strong Ale
ABV
10.0%

Blackman's Brewery Sea Spray IPA

Tapped November 12th, 2018
The Blackman's Brewery crew has never been shy when it comes to celebrating their surrounds and those around them. There's the beers named after family members, past releases tied to surfing competitions taking place just along the coast from their Torquay home and collaborations with local artists too. And, with this beer, they've gone and actually included some of their surrounds in the shape of seawater lugged from the nearby beaches and poured into an IPA. It's not the first time we've come across… Read more
Style
Seawater IPA
ABV
5.8%

Stone & Wood SWX Imperial Stout

Tapped November 11th, 2018
On November 28, Stone & Wood will mark ten years of beers. They've got all manner of plans in place – not to mention a new brewpub coming online in Brisbane – and among them is this beer. It couldn't be much further from the beer upon which the business has been built, but it's certainly the sort you pull out for a special occasion: an imperial stout aged for ten months in former Port barrels. The choice of fortified wine barrels rather than the bourbon or whisky more typically used for barrel… Read more
Style
Port Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
10.0%
Stockists

Find the beer here

Or order a limited edition pack direct from the brewery here

Two Birds Brewing Et Tu, Brut? IPA

Tapped November 9th, 2018
The puns keep coming thick and fast from the team at Two Birds – as do the IPAs – with this one continuing in the same theme as the brewery's recent NEIPA. Here, we go from Jucius Caesar to Et Tu, Brut? and from hazy IPA to their take on the Brut variant. Without travelling to the West Coast of the US to try the beers that launched the style, we can't be certain exactly how such beers are supposed to present, but this one seems to tick the boxes from its descriptors. It's very pale and clear,… Read more
Style
Brut IPA
ABV
6.5%
Stockists

Fancy Hank's

Grape and Grain Liquor Cellars

The Catfish

The Two Birds Nest

And other good beer outlets

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Green Beacon & Pizza Port Lucky Break West Coast IPA

Tapped November 8th, 2018
Early in 2018, Green Beacon head brewer Johann van der Walt and general manager Chris Borbas took a trip to California. Their main aim was to do some research around yeast and visit the home of Premier Stainless Systems, the company that built their breweries. But, as you do, they smuggled a couple of suitcases worth of Aussie hops in with them just in case. That's the start of the tale that has led to the release of Lucky Break, but the beer's name came about from what followed. The guy who'd commissioned… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
7.0%
Bitterness
67 IBU

Moo Brew & Archie Rose Whisky Barrel Aged Stout 2018

Tapped November 7th, 2018
Tasmania's Moo Brew was one of the first local breweries to experiment with barrels, putting out very limited volumes of barrel aged stout each year in the first half of the decade. In the past few years, as the brewery has continued to grow and made the transition to cans, as new beers have arrived and others have departed the scene, the annual Stout has remained an ever-present – but an oaked companion hasn't followed. At least not until now with the launch of a new partnership with Sydney's… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
10.8%
Stockists

Available via Moo Brew online or at MONA

Bruny Island & Ocho Beltane Fire

Tapped November 7th, 2018
Drinking beers from either one of Bruny Island Beer Co or Ocho can be educational, whether it's through the use of unusual ingredients or the story being told. Here, this collaboration between the Tasmanian duo offers a little of both, with buckwheat and wine yeast making an appearance and the name a reference to a Celtic celebration of the changing of the seasons held midway between the spring equinox and summer solstice. The beer itself is an attempt to obtain an "outrageous tropical fruit… Read more
Style
Farmhouse Ale
ABV
5.5%

Moon Dog Cherry Pie À La Mode

Tapped November 7th, 2018
À la mode means in fashion. And quite why cherry pie is deemed as such by the experimental side of the Moon Dog brewing team we're not sure; maybe it's a nod to the US elections, what with cherry pie being the quintessential American pie, or maybe it's down to so many of the ingredients used within the brew – bourbon barrels, vanilla, fruit, Brettanomyces – becoming increasingly commonplace for brewers the world over. In the case of Cherry Pie À La Mode, the beer started out as a red ale built… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Wild Cherry Red Ale
ABV
7.0%
Stockists

Available on tap and in 650ml bottles nationwide

KAIJU! & The Empress Movember-Jito Sour

Tapped November 7th, 2018
Each year Movember sees tens of thousands of men across the planet attempt to grow moustaches for a month while raising money and awareness around important men’s health issues, including prostate cancer and mental health. Many in the hospitality world have embraced the fundraiser with fervour, so fear not when you see your local barista or bartender with a strip of fur across their upper lip for the rest of the month. Playing their part in the cause, North Fitzroy’s Empress Hotel and KAIJU!… Read more
Style
Lime & Molasses Sour
ABV
4.2%

Clare Valley Brewing Co Brut IPA

Tapped November 6th, 2018
One of two IPAs released simultaneously by Clare Valley – the other being a NEIPA – this beer was created in partnership with Portland’s Migration brewing and opts for a grain bill of pilsner malt, wheat and corn grits in order to allow the hops to shine. The Brut IPA pours a clear, bright yellow with effervescent bubbles and a cloudy, peaky perfect white head. The aroma confuses the senses a little, offering a mix that sits somewhere between white wine and beer. Aromas more commonly associated… Read more
Style
Brut IPA
ABV
7.5%

Clare Valley Brewing Co NEIPA

Tapped November 6th, 2018
Clare Valley continues to showcase its growing fondness for limited release beers with the launch of two at once. It's a pairing that sees them playing around with two of the most recent IPA variants to catch fire, in the shape of a NEIPA and a Brut IPA. The NEIPA unleashes a tirade of hops – El Dorado, Ekuanot, Mosaic and Galaxy – upon a base of pale malt, wheat and oats to create a beer with trademark haze and fruit bowl aromas that stand up and punch the drinker in the face. The first blow… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
6.2%
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