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!

Burnley Brewing & Brunswick Beer Collective The Spring Slice

Tapped November 1st, 2019
Earlier this year, Burnley Brewing and the podcasters at the Brunswick Beer Collective teamed up to launch the Pie Round, a four-part series that would see a different pie-inspired beer released each season. July’s beer was the very warming Apple Pie Imperial Stout and for spring and Halloween, the collaborators went for a pumpkin pie brown all. The Spring Slice saw Burnley’s chefs cook up some 68 kilos of butternut pumpkins that the brewing team threw in the kettle along with cinnamon, nutmeg,… Read more
Style
Pumpkin Pie Brown Ale
ABV
5.9%
Bitterness
10 IBU

Mismatch Brewing Co Strawberry Berliner Weisse

Tapped November 1st, 2019
Mismatch's can designs have something of the classy cricket club's logo about them, yet still work even when taken into bold colour territory. And they're rarely bolder than when they put out one of their fruited Berliner Weisse. The livery for this strawberry-laced affair might not be as bright as its mandarin predecessor but it's strawberries-and-cream lolly shades are a good precursor for what lies inside. That said, there's no even a hint of pink to the liquid; but there is a creaminess to the… Read more
Style
Strawberry Berliner Weisse
ABV
3.0%

Black Hops Full Nelson Double Hazy IPA

Tapped October 31st, 2019
Gold Coast brewers Black Hops are firmly driving the juice caboose with this offering. The Full Nelson Double Hazy IPA showcases the polarising New Zealand native Nelson Sauvin hop, noted for its fruit forward characteristics and dank, resinous base speckled with earthy, slightly spicy tones. The Full Nelson comes out grappling from the outset, with dank hop sweetness and subtle notes of pepper on the nose. With a big, juicy punch upfront, the beer tightens its grip with a lingering bitterness set… Read more
Style
Hazy Double IPA
ABV
7.4%
Stockists

Both Full and Half Nelson are available in a mixed 16-pack at select retailers and individually at good beer spots where you usually find Black Hops.

Ocho Rainbow Hills Double IPA

Tapped October 31st, 2019
In a craft beer market populated by an ever-increasing number of players – many of them voraciously devouring hops – and in which there can be fluctuating availability of key varieties, it pays not to become too wedded to particular hops or recipes lest circumstances change. When they do, however, some brewers view a potential challenge as a chance to evolve and innovate, and that's the case with this release from Ocho in Tasmania. Rainbow Hills is Stu Grant's evolution of his double IPA –… Read more
Style
Double IPA
ABV
8.0%
Stockists

Available direct from Ocho from Nov 1

CoConspirators Brewing The Imposter

Tapped October 31st, 2019
To coincide with the first Indie Beer Day, CoConspirators looked to poke some fun at the world’s largest breweries through their new limited release, The Imposter. The West Coast IPA takes aim at big companies that try to look small and the beer's blurb encourages you to look beyond any mustachioed figures and instead study what's in your hand. If it’s The Imposter that’s in your hand, you’ll find a swirl of tropical flavours thanks to the Citra, Mosaic and Ekuanot hop combo. Papaya mixes… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

A Point of Difference Liquor

Beermash

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Bottle House South Yarra

Carwyn Cellars

Dr Morse

Grape & Grain Liquor Cellars

Hardimans Hotel

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CoConspirators Brewing & Blackhearts & Sparrows The Merchant

Tapped October 31st, 2019
The crew at Blackhearts & Sparrows haven’t just been hard at work opening new stores of late (you can read the story of the family-run bottleshops here), they’ve also been collaborating with an increasing number of breweries too. Among their collaborators are Melbourne gypsy brewers CoConspirators, with whom they brewed The Merchant, a feijoa sour complete with a label designed in the likeness of Blackhearts co-founder Jess Ghaie. Though the feijoa doesn’t have the same kind of popularity… Read more
Style
Feijoa Sour
ABV
4.8%

Catchment Brewing Citrio Pale Ale

Tapped October 30th, 2019
They've been wasting little time expanding their can lineup since debuting with the Pale Select and Whynot Lager, with Catchment Brewing adding Citrio to their offering as summer 2019 approaches. In doing so, they've created another approachable beer tailored to the warm local climate. Citrio is an American pale ale brewed with lemon myrtle leaf, an ingredient native to central and south-eastern Queensland. Not content with simply brewing with it, the beer's name comes from its scientific name, Backhousia… Read more
Style
Pale Ale with Lemon Myrtle
ABV
5.0%

All Hands Kolsch & Loose Juice NEIPA

Tapped October 30th, 2019
After years of knocking out impressively constructed beers at, first, the King St Brewhouse and, more recently, the upgraded All Hands Brewing House that replaced it, the brewpub on Sydney's harbour edge picked up the Champion Brewpub title at the 2019 Indies. So, how do you follow that? By continuing to knock out impressively constructed beers, of course. This Kolsch is a tight little number that does everything right. Made on a Pils malt base, with predominantly old world Hallertau hops, and fermented… Read more
Style
Kolsch Style Ale / NEIPA
ABV
5.6% / 6.5%
Bitterness
20 / 40 IBU

Seasonal Brewing Co Mild Regrets

Tapped October 30th, 2019
Tasting Seasonal’s grisette makes the drinker wonder why this low alcohol style isn’t more prominent in Australia. The more approachable yet ironically lesser known cousin of saison is made for warm weather drinking and food pairing, particularly the sort of share options that have dominated Australian menus in the past two decades. In the case of Mild Regrets, its clean, spritzy and light body is tickled with just enough light banana and clove to show its style origins without overwhelming… Read more
Style
Grisette
ABV
4.4%

Seasonal Brewing Co Runaway Forklift

Tapped October 30th, 2019
On debut, Seasonal's pale ale drinks bigger than many of its local peers; however, it’s indebted to a number of modern Australian classics. Much of this has to do with the Cascade hop and Crystal malt expression, which has become pervasive on taps nationwide and which head brewer Brody Watts references through a textural chewiness, caramel, tropical fruit and ephemeral floral touches. Or, put simply, a modern Australian take on the classic American pale ale. … Read more
Style
Pale Ale
ABV
6.1%

Seasonal Brewing Co Malicious Compliance

Tapped October 30th, 2019
A sign of the style's pervasive appeal as the 2010s close is the decision to launch a new brewery with a New England IPA in your core range. Seasonal’s low bitterness, juicy offering is driven by El Dorado, early harvest Amarillo and Idaho 7 hops that explode out of the glass in the manner of Starburst-like overripe pineapple and stonefruit. The palate remains smooth with none of the chalkiness found in many NEIPAs, while a slight booze weight provides deft ballast. Guy Southern… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
7.3%

Seasonal Brewing Co Otis

Tapped October 30th, 2019
Named after owner Nick Southwell’s son, Otis pours with a lighter hue than is typical for the red IPA style, yet bold citrus and pine soon bring the beer back into more familiar territory. Caramel maltiness is balanced by a tight, dry finish which feels almost West Coast IPA-leaning, something that's likely to evolve over future batches, as Otis – both boy and beer – matures. Guy Southern… Read more
Style
Red IPA
ABV
7.4%

Seasonal Brewing Co Conflict Of Interest

Tapped October 30th, 2019
Launching with an imperial IPA may seem almost passé in today's climate yet there’d be few that would have been brave enough to even consider it a few short years ago. As an early showcase of the Seasonal Brewing Co’s breadth, this high ABV hop monster firmly asserts itself both within the Maylands brewery's opening range and the wider WA beer landscape. A bittersweet tango dances throughout the lengthy palate, while the hoppy trio of Azacca, Centennial and Columbus showcase citrus marmalade… Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
ABV
8.1%

Seasonal Brewing Co Midnight

Tapped October 30th, 2019
Straight outta the 18th century Baltic States and into Perth’s inner northeast comes Midnight, giving their opening salvo of beers a big, bold end point. The lager yeast fermentation gives the beer a clean profile, one that's given a little character thanks to a touch of rye. Coffee and dark chocolate are soon joined by raisin, plum and assorted dark fruit, plus a booze-derived warmth that lifts the palate while touches of liquorice and dusty Dutch chocolate appear too. It's a combination that… Read more
Style
Baltic Porter
ABV
8.0%

Seasonal Brewing Co No.9

Tapped October 30th, 2019
Seasonal’s Franco-Belgian farm party kicks off with pear and apple on the nose, which open to white pepper, banana and estery notes. Combine these with playful effervescence, substantial booze and a lengthy dryness and this is a beer in which Seasonal get to show off their swagger. If that’s not enough, discussions are already underway for a Brett version which will add further complexity to No.9. Guy Southern… Read more
Style
Saison
ABV
7.8%

Seasonal Brewing Co Late Lunch

Tapped October 30th, 2019
Seasonal's head brewer Brody Watts describes Late Lunch with nostalgic affection as a beer that reminds him of his uni days: a classic Australian-style lager with an uncomplicated refreshment that keeps things simple. Fittingly, Australian Pride of Ringwood hops – so off trend these days yet good enough for Coopers Pale among many others – deliver earthy and herbal notes but nothing too fussy or flashy. Instead, Late Lunch is a liquid ode to keeping it simple and it would seem plenty of Seasonal… Read more
Style
Australian Lager
ABV
5.5%

Ballistic Beer Co Nelson Sauvin IPA

Tapped October 29th, 2019
People say the parallel lines of vineyards make for a pleasant view, but I’ll take rows of hop bines over grape vines any day, and I guess the folk at Ballistic think the same way too. They’ve given a facelift to their series of Single Hop IPAs, with the tinnie labels now showing a hop bomb dropping between rows of rising hops. The series is designed to help you recognise and appreciate the nuances and characters of one particular hop at a time… but, if we’re being honest, we mostly just… Read more
Style
Single Hop IPA
ABV
6.1%
Bitterness
60 IBU

Ballistic Beer Co Oaked XPA

Tapped October 29th, 2019
The past few years have seen the introduction and subsequent rapid rise of XPAs within the Australian beer market. But while "XPA" is only a young style, it’s already undergone the treatment that Australians notoriously give to everything: “Let’s mess around with it and see what happens.” So, when Ballistic decided to brew an XPA, they chose to give it a clear hop profile of Citra (with some Magnum for bittering) and to ferment it on toasted American oak chips. In doing so, they’ve… Read more
Style
Oaked XPA
ABV
5.8%
Bitterness
50 IBU

Exit Brewing & Rocky Ridge Brekkie Juice IPA

Tapped October 28th, 2019
It's become pretty commonplace to describe some of the haziest, thickest IPAs as aking to brekkie juice. And, here, collaborators Exit and Rocky Ridge go the whole hog (or should that be juice bar) in loading up an IPA with a quartet of fruits. As you can imagine, this moves the appearance beyond hazy and into full on brekkie juice territory, while it's the mango that dominates on the fruit front, with the guava, passionfruit and pineapple fighting it out for the lesser podium spots. It's not as… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA with Fruit
ABV
6.7%

Colonial Brewing Co Hazy IPA

Tapped October 27th, 2019
It seems fairly safe to say hazy IPAs / NEIPAs are here to stay. While other IPA variants such as Bruts have proven to be a flash in the pan, if anything brewers only seem to be getting started in terms of working out just where these beers a million miles away in appearance terms from what was once considered a "good" beer can be taken. In the case of Colonial's brewers, they really are just getting started, at least in terms of bring such a beer to market. But, as head brewer Ash Hazell… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
6.7%
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