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!

Otherside Brewing Co Seasons Greetings US IPA

Tapped December 23rd, 2019
Who drops a new release two days out from Christmas?!? As if proving a point, while getting festive at the same time – because who doesn’t want to be canning on December 23 – Otherside’s Season’s Greetings has maximised the "out of can opacity" (see this video for context) with a visual density that wobbles in the glass like jelly looking for the rest of the trifle ingredients before the party can start. And start it does, quite unexpectedly, too, with fruity orange marmalade… Read more
Style
American IPA
ABV
6.3%
Stockists

Freo.Social

And select WA stockists

Beerfarm, Si Paradiso & Dumbo Gelato Aperitivo Sour

Tapped December 20th, 2019
Boasting one of Perth’s best outdoor and late night haunts for anyone in search of good times, it makes sense that the retro Amalfi-styled Si Paradiso and Dumbo Gelato collaboration with Margaret River brewery Beerfarm would pay respect to the Italian tradition of aperitivo. Ciao, happy hour! Fruity blood orange sorbet and muted rhubarb shine in a golden hour-toned beer that comes with a bright and refreshing sour profile and a subtle tart balance. The moderate ABV keeps refreshment at responsible… Read more
Style
Fruit Sour
ABV
4.2%

Big Shed Brewers Series: Pistols Peach Sour

Tapped December 20th, 2019
After listening to Rodenbach’s Rudi Ghequire at BrewCon 2019, Big Shed's head brewer Pete Bradley flew back to SA inspired. Armed with his new knowledge, he decided to whip up a peach sour to add to Big Shed's range. He aimed for a pH of 3.5 and hit his target bang on, adding a huge amount of peach puree right at the end of fermentation to maximise impact. Pouring hazy and bright yellow in colour, with a perfectly white and persistent fluffy head, fresh, fleshy peaches drive the aroma, sending… Read more
Style
Peach Sour
ABV
5.0%

Westside Ale Works Anniversary IPA

Tapped December 20th, 2019
When your career in beer and the name of your brewery are both inspired by the brewing scene on America’s West Coast, there's no prizes for guessing the sort of beer you'll brew for your anniversary. Westside Ale Works brew their Anniversary IPA each year and, though it changes each year, the beer always features a meaty mix of hops. In the 2019 offering, there's seven different varieties, most of them hailing from America but with the addition of some Germans too. It’s a combination the creates… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.8%

Westside Ale Works Imperial Saison Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels

Tapped December 20th, 2019
When Westside Ale Works made the move from one end of Alfred Street, in South Melbourne ,to the other, that change was driven by a need for more space. Other than being able to fit in more beer, taps and a canning line, Casey Wagner was also keen to find room to start barrel-ageing beers. Walk into the brewery today and you’ll see those barrels lining one of the walls, with each release in the series a beer aged in just one barrel to showcase the effect single casks can have on a beer. The first… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Saison
ABV
11.9%

Westside Ale Works Thai Spiced Pale Ale & Evergreen King DDH Double IPA

Tapped December 20th, 2019
Walk into Westside Ale Works and you’ll find twenty taps pouring the brewery’s beers (plus another ten for guests). With that many taps, it’s no surprise head brewer Casey Wagner is constantly exploring new twists on classic styles, with these two beers doing just that. Thai Spiced Pale Ale was brewed with Farang Thai Island BBQ, a food truck that regularly pops up across Melbourne. Rather than arriving packed full of birds eye chillies like I first assumed, it’s a beer designed to pair with… Read more
Style
Various
ABV
5.0% & 7.8%

Westside Ale Works Astro Dog & Best Coast IPA

Tapped December 19th, 2019
Living up to the brewery’s name, Westside Ale Works’ Casey Wagner has recently been exploring some big and bold IPAs. Best Coast IPA is an ever-changing beer: each time it’s brewed, he picks a different mix of hops from Australia, New Zealand and America. The can we got our hands on had a big upfront hit of citrus, stonefruit and pine that was followed by a big, bitter whack at the finish. Astro Dog is an IPA brewed with Comet hops, a variety that’s been around since the 1960s but hasn't… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.6% & 6.7%

Quiet Deeds Fiscal Damage Hazy TIPA

Tapped December 19th, 2019
There are two arms races in the local beer world when it comes to hopping rates in beers. There's the one where heaps of brewers are trying to outdo each other with more grams per litre in their hazy IPAs and double IPAs. Then there's the one taking place at 4 Paran Place, Glen Iris, where the Deeds brewing team are merely trying to outdo themselves. Taking the in-house mantle of lupulin lunacy champ as the year draws to a close is Fiscal Damage, so called because of the ridiculous amount of Mosaic… Read more
Style
Hazy Triple IPA
ABV
9.5%

Cheeky Monkey & Mane Liquor & Besk & Chicho Gelato Twin Pole Sour

Tapped December 19th, 2019
It started with Frosty Fruits, a collaboration that can be credited with sending WA sours overground. The following year came Bluzu, a blueberry yuzu sour, and closing out the Summer Sour triptych comes a mid-strength pair designed to be combined. Pineapple Sour keeps things light and breezy with a mild fruit impact and similar level of acidic zippiness, while Raspberry Sour is the more fruit forward of the pair, although similarly light-bodied. There’s also an earthiness and subtle tart character… Read more
Style
Fruit Sours
ABV
3.0%
Stockists

Mane Liquor

Both Cheeky Monkey locations

Besk

More stockists...

Nail Brewing Gareth Skywalker Golden IPA (Cans)

Tapped December 18th, 2019
It’s one of the most well known chapters of Nail’s near two-decade history; however, for this particular release, it deserves revisiting lest the attention be consumed by a galaxy far, far away... On Good Friday 2004, Nail owner John Stallwood was coward punched opposite The Monk in Fremantle, an event that almost killed him and changed the course of his life. The member of the public that chased his attacker and made a citizen’s arrest was Gareth "Skywalker" Tarrant, a man John didn't… Read more
Style
Golden IPA
ABV
7.0%
Stockists

Available from WA and SA Nail stockists in limited release

4 Hearts Super Model

Tapped December 18th, 2019
Super Model first appeared in a few small batches throughout 2019, but its popularity among Ipswich locals quickly prompted 4 Hearts to lock it in as a regular. This mid-strength nestles comfortably between the Ipswich Challenger and their Limestone Pale Ale, and now that it’s in tinnies, it comes in at a single standard drink per can to make for easy beer maths. This pale ale uses all Australian ingredients: hops from Tasmania and Victoria, Voyager malts from the Riverina and yeast from Toowoomba…… Read more
Style
Mid-Strength Pale Ale
ABV
3.5%

4 Hearts Smoked Marzen & West Coast IPA

Tapped December 18th, 2019
It’s not uncommon for Australians to think all lagers taste the same. But when 4 Hearts head brewer Ken Friend makes a lager he’s looking to his time studying under German brewmasters. Sometimes that results in a super clean and light quaffer. And sometimes it results in a Smoked Marzen. Influenced by the German town of Bamberg and its reputation for Rauchbier, Ken made this beer with 15 percent smoked malt from Bestmalz. Between the smoky and savoury character of the smoked malt, the bready… Read more
Style
Smoked Marzen & West Coast IPA
ABV
5.6% & 6.8%

Burnley & Old Wives Ales Kiwi Lemon NEIPA

Tapped December 18th, 2019
When two breweries make most of their beer in the same space, it can really only be a matter of time before ideas for a collaboration come to mind. That’s what happened for Burnley and Old Wives Ales anyway, with the latter regularly using the former’s Dandenong production site to make their beers. Kiwi Lemon NEIPA borrows from Old Wives Ales' love for hazy beers and the Burnley crew's affinity for throwing fruit additions into their beers. Some 400 kilos of golden kiwifruit feature in what ultimately… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
6.2%
Bitterness
18 IBU

Aether Brewing Chaotic Good NZ Pilsner

Tapped December 17th, 2019
I’ve only played Dungeons & Dragons once; it’s all fun and games until you’re reckless and don’t listen properly and your character dies early on in the game. But I’ve seen enough memes to know that “Chaotic Good” is a reference to the D&D Alignment Chart, which maps out characters according to their morals and worldview. Chaotic Good are happy to break the rules and do things their own way, but are ultimately good-hearted folk. Think Michael Scott from the Office, or Marvel’s… Read more
Style
Mid-Strength Pilsner
ABV
3.3%

Molly Rose Brewing East of Kent & Spotlight El Dorado IPA

Tapped December 17th, 2019
For all that the global craft beer revolution has brought lost styles back to the fore and hungrily created new ones, there is plenty of collateral damage, in part due to a growing willingness by brewers to be led by the wild fancies of the noisiest corners of the market. Among the beers that nobody seems to want to brew or drink anymore are traditional English ales, at least outside the British pubs that retain the passion and knowledge to treat them properly. But Nic Sandery at Molly Rose, as much… Read more
Style
English Pale Ale & US IPA
ABV
4.0% & 6.0%

Mr Banks Cake Eater 3 & Peach Hat

Tapped December 17th, 2019
Of the many hazy IPAs and double IPAs released by Mr Banks over the past couple of years, the first iteration of Cake Eater is one of the most popular. It's spawned a Cloudwater-esque series, in which borderline insane amounts of hops are added to an oats 'n' cream double IPA, with the hops in question changing each time. For number three, they've gone with NZ superstar Nelson Sauvin and fruity American variety El Dorado. If you're familiar with those hops, you'll be going in expecting a tropical… Read more
Style
Hazy DIPA & Peach Cream Sour
ABV
8.0% & 3.5%

Mr Banks McConaughaze & Rancho Relaxo

Tapped December 17th, 2019
They love a play on words at Mr Banks and McConaughaze – the name given to a DDH hazy pale that has made a couple of appearances in 2019 – is up there with our favourites. The beer inside the limited run of cans released in the lead into Christmas 2019 us up there with our favourite Mr Banks beers too. Very, very pale, it's one of the most easy-drinking of hazy pales we've come across. Aromas flit from lemon-lime-mandarin citrus to a touch of chalkiness, while it's grapefruit and lime all the… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale Ale & Mexican Lager
ABV
5.1% & 4.5%

Prancing Pony The Stage Roadie

Tapped December 17th, 2019
Prancing Pony have always been a brewery that's prised approachability in their beers – with some notable exceptions, of course. Their Black and Amber ales, for example, aren't as big or full as many of the style, while the core range lineup has room for three beers that sit in golden / pale ale territory. Yet there had never been a mid-strength. At least until the latter part of 2019. The Stage Roadie, launched at Liam Gallagher's Bird In Hand concert, sees them fill that gap in their offering,… Read more
Style
Mid-Strength Pale Ale
ABV
3.4%

Queenscliff Brewhouse Swede & Sour Raspberry Berliner Weisse

Tapped December 17th, 2019
On a small 300 litre brewhouse tucked inside the Queenscliff Brewhouse, head brewer Mattias Isaksson is given a fairly free reign when it comes to what limited release beers he brews. Clearly, he has plenty of control when it comes to naming those beers too, with the brewery’s summer release named Swede & Sour in homage to his home country. The beer itself is designed for drinking in the warmer weather: a Berliner Weisse soured with Greek yoghurt and, if you make it into the brewhouse, here’s… Read more
Style
Raspberry Berliner Weisse
ABV
3.5%

Seasonal Brewing Co Old Saint Nick IPA

Tapped December 17th, 2019
Sharing its name with the patron saint of brewers (and many other things) – old mate spreading joy via a flying sleigh pulled by horses with horns – and also with Seasonal's part-owner Nick Southwell, this festive treat ably fills the gap in the Maylands' brewpub's taps left by an intense two-month opening period that's seen the initial lineup of kegs blow with increasing frequency. Guava, green mango and a general tropical appeal meet old school orange and subtle pine, which makes Old Saint… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.5%
Stockists

Available from the brewery in limited release

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