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!

Wilson Brewing Racewars Summer Ale

Tapped March 21st, 2019
Wilson Brewing are getting pretty good at brewing beers to satisfy Albany locals. When Racewars, an Albany based drag-racing competition, approached the family-run brewery to brew a collaboration beer for the event's thirsty punters, the brewing team couldn't think of a reason not to, and so a 4.2 percent ABV summer ale was born. Loaded with Cascade, Ella and Galaxy hops, this light summer slammer has plenty of citrusy hop presence and just as much drinkability. If that sounds like your thing, race… Read more
Style
Summer Ale
ABV
4.2%

Innate Brewers Renegade Red IPA 2019

Tapped March 21st, 2019
Innate’s autumn seasonal returns entirely refreshed and now smartly packaged in 440ml cans. Although the Western Australian days still hover in the low 30s, the beer's rapturous ride of caramel and biscuity malts soon lure the drinker into thoughts of cooler evenings contemplating the passing seasons... Wait a minute, it's a red IPA we're dealing with here, not metaphysics! That said, the switch to Maris Otter malt, and the way in which Renegade has improved from last year, is worthy of a little… Read more
Style
Red IPA
ABV
6.8%
Bitterness
65 IBU

Rocky Ridge Scratch That Itch Kveik IPA

Tapped March 21st, 2019
Kveik is the craft beer world's latest fascinating beer trend. So, as you'd expect from a brewery that releases new beers with such frequency, like a bat out of hell, the Rocky Ridge brew team got their hands on some of the magic Norwegian yeast to brew a collab with The Dutch Trading Co, themselves no strangers to the weird and wonderful realms within craft beer. After time spent conditioning at the brewery, the public got the chance to experience a monster 9 percent ABV, fresh-hopped Kveik IPA.… Read more
Style
Kveik IPA
ABV
9.0%
Bitterness
70 IBU

Rocky Ridge Shake & Bake Milkshake IPA

Tapped March 21st, 2019
When it comes to one of the many crazes swirling around the global beer world today, milkshake IPAs, it seems that thick and juicy is the rule of thumb. The team over at Rocky Ridge clearly just took that as their launchpad, however, and created a pavlova-inspired spin on the style that's thicker and juicier than any I've encountered before. Hefty additions of freshly juiced passionfruit, kiwifruit, blueberries and strawberries make up a flavour profile that's more fruit salad than IPA. A dose of… Read more
Style
Milkshake IPA
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
15 IBU

BrewSmith XPA 2019

Tapped March 21st, 2019
BrewSmith is the local business founded by a homebrewing husband and wife team in Melbourne that looks to ease anyone into brewing at a level above your traditional brew-at-home kits yet without the need to invest in a full blown homebrew setup. As well as providing kits with which you can create – with some flexibility – recipes in your kitchen, they're always releasing new beer styles, with XPA joining the ranks in autumn 2019. According to the BrewSmith team: "We like XPA and wanted to… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
4.6%

Thunder Road Bright Berry Fruit & Big 'n Juicy & Shake It Up

Tapped March 20th, 2019
Thunder Road might be best known for their down-the-line Brunswick Bitter but anyone who’s stepped foot inside the brewery’s Brunswick home in recent times would have been greeted by a whole gamut of beer styles. The brewery’s limited edition “Brewhouse” series is designed to showcase that diversity in the shape of brightly-coloured 440ml cans featuring a humanoid hop, and is being launched with a triplet of beers. The first among them is Bright Berry Fruit, a Berliner Weisse made with… Read more
Style
Fruit Berliner Weisse / NEIPA / Milkshake IPA
ABV
5.0% & 6.0% & 5.8%

Feral Brewing Biggie Juice (Cans)

Tapped March 19th, 2019
It was all dream… In late Autumn 2017, a lurid, hip hop-referencing beer appeared at Feral’s Swan Valley brewpub with little fanfare. As an early Australian expression of the then little known New England IPA style, it was soon attracting lines of growler-wielding trub-chasers, much to the surprise of product development brewer Will Irving. The scenes mimicked the hazy pandemic sweeping breweries through the USA. With no locally available examples, Australian punters were coming to grips with… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

Hitting WA stores from March 22 then nationally from April 1.

Moon Dog Thunder Lips Yuzu Red IPA 2019

Tapped March 19th, 2019
One of Moon Dog's limited releases from 2018 is back, this time around in cans. The beer is a red IPA laced with yuzu, a citrus fruit that sits close to grapefruit in terms of character. And it's not just the format that's changed for its 2019 rerun; the alcohol content has been lowered and, if we're to go off the write up we published last year, the malty side of the beer is more prominent. Thus you can expect a red IPA with the emphasis tilting more towards the red – rich, sweet toffee and treacle… Read more
Style
Red IPA
ABV
6.0%

Nomad Brewing Surfside Lager

Tapped March 19th, 2019
If you were asked to pick a defining thread that runs through the brewing history of Nomad, you'd likely plump for their fondness for showcasing native ingredients. Or maybe you'd go for their love of collaborating. Certainly, while they've released a few pale ales of a more line and length nature over the years, you wouldn't describe it as a line and length brewery. Yet, what do we have here, but a lager featuring the sort of hop profile you'd expect in a traditional European offering and a dash… Read more
Style
Lager
ABV
5.0%

Barrel Farm By Blackman's Sour & Sour NEIPA

Tapped March 19th, 2019
Barrel Farm is a new side project from Torquay's Blackman's Brewery, where the brewers get to indulge their love of Old World blending and brewing. Apparently, inspiration dates back to a first visit to Cantillon in 2012 and, seven years later, has been launched with two beers. You wouldn't mistake either for a Cantillon beer, but you would find common ground with the sort of beers upon which Renn Blackman and team have built their reputation, as both Sour and Sour NEIPA work in subtleties more than… Read more
Style
Sour Ale & Sour NEIPA
ABV
4.5% & 6.5%

Stone & Wood Counter Culture: Killer Kween

Tapped March 18th, 2019
Stone & Wood have released the first beer in an offshoot series focusing on far more experimental beers than you'd normally expect from the brewery – and it's one that's as alliterative as it is pop culturally apposite. Bearing both curly Cs and kicking Ks, not to mention a rather stern-looking ruler, Counter Culture volume one is, like the hit film of recent months, a Killer Kween. First, some stats. The beer – an imperial Berliner Weisse – features no less than 1.2 tonnes of raspberries.… Read more
Style
Imperial Raspberry Berliner Weisse
ABV
7.6%
Stockists

There's a launch party at The Mill as part of Brewsvegas 2019 on March 18.

Then the beer is on sale nationwide.

La Sirène Season Ale

Tapped March 15th, 2019
For their third can release, Season Ale, Melbourne-based urban farmhouse brewery La Sirène have arguably opted for a more traditional approach than with the beer's predecessors. While Urban Pale saw Costa Nikias and his team bring a heap of hops to the hazy farmhouse party and, in Citray Sour, combine the juiciest of fresh oranges with a delightfully refreshing acidity, here you've got something more akin to the saisons upon which the brewery first made its name. You'll pick up some of the characteristics… Read more
Style
Farmhouse Session Ale
ABV
4.0%
Stockists

Available nationwide from March 15, 2019

Ballistic Beer Co SHIPA: Simcoe

Tapped March 15th, 2019
Having worked its way through the likes of Centennial, El Dorado, Enigma and the somewhat more exotic Pekko and Fortnight, Ballistic Brewing Co’s ongoing Single Hop IPA series has worked its way around to West Coast IPA workhorse Simcoe. On the nose the Simcoe SHIPA is vaguely citrusy and (significantly less vaguely) very hoppy, with a hint of fruitiness somewhere in the vicinity of apricot. In the mouth – the best way to experience a beer, in my personal opinion – is a pleasantly light level… Read more
Style
Single Hop IPA
ABV
6.4%
Bitterness
60 IBU

Bodriggy Brewing Space Milk Vol. 3

Tapped March 15th, 2019
Bodriggy’s Space Milk series is now a trilogy with the release of a lactose sour that might feature the Abbotsford brewery's most unusual collection of ingredients yet. Following on from the lactose-sour-pineapple-lime-cayenne pepper offering, Bodriggy has returned with a Cashmere-hopped soursop, alphonso mango sour. Popular in Central and South America, soursop is a sweet fruit often used in juices and is variously described as being akin to sweet pineapple, strawberry, citrus and smooth banana.… Read more
Style
Lactose Fruit Sour
ABV
3.0%

Beerfarm Boonta New England IPA

Tapped March 15th, 2019
New England IPAs mean different things to different people. For Beerfarm, it means collaborating with Perth streetware stalwarts Street X and throwing down a bespoke 6 percent ABV IPA loaded with a hop cocktail of El Dorado, Citra, Sorachi Ace and Magnum. Heavy doses of late-hopping and dry-hopping equate to a mere seven on the International Bitterness Units (IBU) scale and, if that has you questioning whether this is really an IPA at all, fear not, as what it might lack in hop bitterness it makes… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
6.0%
Bitterness
7 IBU
Stockists

On tap at the Metricup brewhouse and hitting select bottleshops from March 2019

Eagle Bay Brewing Nut Brown Ale

Tapped March 13th, 2019
Eagle Bay Brewery have never shied away from brewing the classic styles often forgotten by other brewers in search of wacky and on trend substitutes. Their coastal brewery has been pumping out well made and distinguishable beers for almost a decade now and, here, lead brewer Keegan Steinbacher and brewing manager/owner Nick d'Espeissis aren't looking to buck any trends with their latest Brewers Series release either. Instead, continuing to take inspiration from the seasons for such beers, their Nut… Read more
Style
Nut Brown Ale
ABV
5.4%

Eagle Bay Brewing 6821 Gose

Tapped March 13th, 2019
Eagle Bay's Single Series features super limited, brewery-only releases that allow their brewers complete freedom to experiment with different ingredients, explore new styles and most importantly, have some good old fashioned brewhouse fun. The latest is a locally-inspired gose brewed with Geraldton Wax, saltbush and saltwater drawn from Eagle Bay Beach. The brewers reckon it's so local, simply naming it after their postcode is apt. 6281 Gose is a low IBU, 4.5 percent ABV sour ale that's full of… Read more
Style
Spiced Gose
ABV
4.5%

Brewhouse Margaret River Sour and the Passion

Tapped March 13th, 2019
Brewhouse Margaret River can fly a little under the radar in the craft beer world, but that isn't to say they're not holding their own against the other brewers in the South West of WA; their on premise sales are significant and they've done a great job in capturing the family market in a region drowning in boutique wineries. The quality and consistency of their core range suggests they've got their brewhouse dialled in, but their limited release beers tell us that head brewer Ryan Ashworth has plenty… Read more
Style
Passionfruit Sout
ABV
4.0%

Otherside Brewing Pilot Series: Distortion Kettle Sour

Tapped March 12th, 2019
In an earlier version, Distortion was a liquid resume that brewer Andrew Skipp provided as part of his interview with Otherside. Given Skipp got the job, the beer must have made quite the impression and now the beer has made its way from homebrew to commercial release. Part of their Pilot Series of beers, Distortion is a dry-hopped kettle sour with the emphasis very much on the dry hop. “It’s actually the biggest dry hop we’ve ever done,” says brewer Rhys Lopez. The beer pours a hazy pale… Read more
Style
Kettle Sour
ABV
4.7%

Holgate Brewhouse 600 Above Citrus Saison

Tapped March 8th, 2019
Paul and Natasha Holgate have long been brewery owners keen to showcase their love for Woodend and its surrounds. Afterall, Mt Macedon Pale Ale was among the brewery’s first ever releases and was a beer that advertised the fact you can see the mountain range in question from Holgate’s historic pub home. It’s now 20 years since Holgate first released a beer and, though the brewery is now much larger, it still sits in the same corner of Woodend it's inhabited since moving out of the family home… Read more
Style
Citrus Saison
ABV
6.2%
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