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!

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Little Creatures Pacific Ale

Tapped August 30, 2021
In 2021, Little Creatures reached the impressive milestone of turning 21 and they celebrated with a few changes. Their iconic Pale Ale was moved into cans as all their cans were given a branding refresh, keeping the brewery’s signature cherub front-and-centre while simplifying the look and feel. They also added some new members to the core range, including this Pacific Ale, styled on the light and easy-drinking, Australian-hopped beer that many Australian breweries have been inspired to create… Read more
Style
Pacific Ale
ABV
4.4%

Little Creatures Hazy IPA

Tapped August 30, 2021
To celebrate turning 21 in 2021, Little Creatures made a few changes to their core lineup beers, placing their Pale Ale in cans and adding two new core range members; a blue-tinned Pacific Ale and this orange-tinned (and orange-coloured beer) Hazy IPA. Using a combination of American and Australian hops, the cloudy, soft-textured beer brings together tropical notes in what's an accessible and approachable, 6 percent ABV juicy IPA. Those juicy flavours take the form of mango, pineapple and melon… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
6.0%

Moo Brew Oat Cream IPA

Tapped August 29, 2021
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Moo Brew are certainly making up for lost time when it comes to IPAs. They've gone from being a brewery saying they wouldn't brew one, to adding one to their core range and now, a few months on from the appearance of their Winter IPA (a black IPA or Cascadian dark ale by any other measure), they’ve followed it with the more springtime-appropriate Oat Cream IPA. In true Moo fashion, it's been launched with a campaign featuring some familiar faces… Read more
Style
Oat Cream IPA
ABV
6.2%

Good Land Brewing 100s & 1000s

Tapped August 27, 2021
The Good Land Brewing core range might be an accessible one, featuring a lager, pale ale and an XPA but the brewery’s limited releases can really head in any direction. In the case of the hazy IPA, 100s & 1000s, that direction is clearly one of hops. Using 20 grams per litre of beer, it's a beer dry-hopped with Citra Lupomaxc, Columbus and the new experimental American hop, HBC 630 all in the mix, while Eclipse was also thrown in at a lower temperature in the whirlpool to further push out big… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
6.1%

Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 15: XPA

Tapped August 27, 2021
Bad Shepherd’s Brew Crew series can often take the brewery in quite weird and wonderful directions (Sticky Date Stout anyone?) but number 15 in the series sees them take a step back and brew a style more often found in a core range than in a limited release program. The simply titled XPA was brewed with Aaron, a brand ambassador for the brewery and an investor who on getting his chance to brew his own beer, decided he wanted to go with a sessionable crowd pleaser. It seems he got his wish too,… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
4.7%
Bitterness
30 IBU

Slow Lane Entirety & Cellar Worthy 2021

Tapped August 26, 2021
Indulge me, if you will, in a little peak behind the curtain into the glamorous and fast-paced life of the C tier [When did you move up, Judd? – Editor], part-time beer writer... You receive an email from one of the handful of breweries that routinely send you new beers to write about letting you know a package is on the way. This is great news, of course, but is tempered by the revelation that the four beers contain more than 13 standard drinks and, ideally, you’d like to write them up ASAP… Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stouts & Barleywines
ABV
Big & Boozy

Hawkers Whisky Barrel-Aged Stouts 2021

Tapped August 26, 2021
We all have different ways we choose to see off winter and, for Hawkers, their method involves wishing the coldest months goodbye with two barrel-aged imperial stouts. That should come as no surprise to anyone who has been following the Melbourne brewery's journey of late, with these twin releases coming barely a month on from two barrel-aged Baltic porters and two months after they released four at once. The late August duo have a shared affinity too – both are close collaborations between Victorian… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stouts
ABV
13.2% & 12.3%

Stone & Wood Counter Culture: Dark Unicorn

Tapped August 26, 2021
Stone & Wood’s Counter Culture beers have included no shortage of very sweet items since launching – well, what do you expect when you turn French toast into a liquid – so it would be easy to assume the 13th in the limited release series would be among the sweetest. After all, when you call a beer Dark Unicorn and label it a Salted Choc Scotch Ale, it does all feel a bit like a special ice cream flavour more than a beer. Instead, what we have is a beer that's one of the closest, well,… Read more
Style
Salted Choc Scotch Ale
ABV
7.6%

Five Barrel Brewing Puddle Jumper & Always Greener

Tapped August 25, 2021
When brewer Brent Edwards moved from New Zealand to Wollongong in 2020 and joined the Five Barrel team, he was bound to bring some of his homeland with him. And now Puddle Jumper NZ Pilsner gives Brent the opportunity to share one of his favourite styles with us. In a previous feature, Brent told us how Emerson’s Organic Pilsner was his epiphany beer, and in Puddle Jumper he takes the fresh crispness of a pilsner and injects Riwaka, Nelson Sauvin and Motueka hops to bring a vibrant zing to the… Read more
Style
NZ Pilsner & NZ Hazy DIPA
ABV
5.0% & 8.0%

Hargreaves Hill Bourbon Barrel-Aged RIS 2021

Tapped August 25, 2021
The Hargreaves Hill’s Russian Imperial Stout is a much-loved release at Crafty Towers, with the annual beer tending to blend complexity, richness and drinkability each time it arrives. All the more impressive too, is how that complexity tends to be developed without the aid of barrels but more recent times have brought some very rare exceptions to that rule, first with V.S.O.P brandy barrels in 2019 and for the first time, 2021 has brought a bourbon-aged release. It sold out in a near-instant… Read more
Style
Barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout
ABV
11.5%
Stockists

A Point of Difference Liquor

Audacious Monk Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Carwyn Cellars

Grape & Grain Liquor Cellars

Hopheads

Hopheads Altona

Hopheads Yarraville

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Local Brewing & Veneziano Coffee On What Grounds

Tapped August 25, 2021
One drink might be designed for the start of the day and the other for the end of it but there’s a natural affinity when it comes to coffee roasters and brewing companies. Decades ago, those drinking either might not have put too much thought into what's in the glass - or mug - but recent history has seen small operators encourage people to carefully consider both drinks. Bringing the two together in August 2021 are Local Brewing and Veneziano Coffee Roasters, with the collaborative coffee porter… Read more
Style
Coffee Porter
ABV
6.1%

La Sirène & Carwyn Cellars Supernaturally Wild Ales

Tapped August 25, 2021
The crew at Carwyn Cellars have been working closer and closer with booze makers - even turning their hand at making their own - and La Sirène are an urban farmhouse brewery that likes to work closely with growers. So, it seems their 2021 Supernaturally collaboration might in some ways beer inevitable over supernatural. To find out more about how the beer came to be, you can read this story but in short: in February 2021 the collaborators headed to Sunland Fruit Orchards near Cobram to secure some… Read more
Style
Fruited Wild Ales
ABV
4.2% & 5.8%

Newstead Brewing Bubble & Rendezvous

Tapped August 25, 2021
There is some real wishful thinking on display with these two releases from Newstead. For anyone particularly affected by the serious curbs on travel – which for some means going no further than their front door – these beers are either something you’ll be daydreaming over – or may require a trigger warning... Bubble is an unfortunately-timed name for a luminous New Zealand pilsner. It’s dry and crisp but has texture and a slight malty chewiness owing to the use of decoction mashing –… Read more
Style
NZ Pilsner & French Saison
ABV
5.0% & 6.5%

Bridge Road Brewers NEeD Vol.5: Cold IPA

Tapped August 24, 2021
Cold IPAs are making their way onto the scene as a clean style, bringing a touch of tidiness and refinement to the world of IPA – something like a cross between a lager and an IPA. But Bridge Road’s latest entry in the NEeD series shows that refined doesn’t have to mean dainty and delicate. It might have something to do with Bridge Road’s twist on the style; rather than using a lager yeast for this cold IPA, they’ve used an ale yeast but fermented the beer at a lager temperature. The result… Read more
Style
Cold IPA
ABV
7.0%

Beerfarm Big Hazy

Tapped August 24, 2021
Big Hazy sees Beerfarm lean into their penchant for brewing hop loaded, hazy ales. Big Hazy does as it says on the tin: pouring a hazy, charred orange hue, juicy citrus and ripe stonefruit aromatics emanate as soon as it hits the glass. A moderate body carries overripe mango and passionfruit flavours thanks to the generous use of Yakima Chief’s Cryo Pop blend, which is undoubtedly the star of the beer. Canadian malted oats from Cryer, on the other hand, add a malty backbone that underpins that… Read more
Style
Hazy Double IPA
ABV
7.8%
Bitterness
40 IBU
Stockists

Available from WA, NSW & VIC stockists

Wild Hop New Releases – August 2021

Tapped August 24, 2021
Since launching in 2019, Wild Hop have released an ever-changing beer list that could well be on its way to featuring every recognisable style of beer on the planet. At any moment in time, their tap list features 11 original (in style and name) Wild Hop beers and one locally made cider, available for in house consumption and takeaway growler fills. July and August 2021 have seen hops well represented; of the seven hop-centric beers that feature, Meme Fatigue NEIPA easily stands tall, featuring huge… Read more
Style
Various Styles
ABV
Various ABVs

Stomping Ground Into The Wood: Whisky Barrel-Aged Barleywine

Tapped August 23, 2021
Stomping Ground’s barrel-aged Into The Wood series has seen the brewery quietly forge relationships with local distillers and their latest takes them to Bakery Hill. Well, not the literal Bakery Hill in Ballarat where the Eureka Stockade took place, but rather the well-regarded Melbourne distillery, known for their single malt whisky. Pouring with a golden and amber hue, even though Whisky Barrel-Aged Barleywine might be a 10 percent beer, its colour makes it resemble a classic American pale ale.… Read more
Style
Barrel-aged Barleywine
ABV
10.0%

Burnley Brewing Brut IPA

Tapped August 23, 2021
Back in 2018, well before any of us had any idea about a novel coronavirus, there was quite a bit of excitement in both the local and international beer world about the arrival of a new IPA. Brut IPAs were designed to be incredibly dry hoppy offerings, made with an amylase enzyme for that drying purpose and with hte name borrowed from the world of champagne. While there was a bit of excitement at the time, the style never quite took off to become as popular as hazies and soon faded like tears in… Read more
Style
Brut IPA
ABV
6.4%

Big Shed Brewing BruChocs Beers 2021

Tapped August 23, 2021
When it comes to cult icons in South Australia, we have quite a few: the Malls Balls, frog cakes and Stobie poles to name just three. So, when two top SA companies team up, the people of SA tend to go crazy. Big Shed and Robert Menz have been working together for a while; now, ahead of the ten years of FruChocs Appreciation Day, they decided to step things up a notch. Instead of just rereleasing the original BruChocs stout, they went all out and created four different BruChocs-inspired beers alongside… Read more
Style
FruChocs-Inspired Beers
ABV
Various ABVs

Tallboy & Moose Spring Chicken & Crayzon

Tapped August 20, 2021
Well, here’s a couple of releases from Tallboy & Moose that let us know a seasonal change is on its way. Like the sun bursting out from behind a cloud, the Spring Chicken comes to life in the shape of the Preston brewpub's juicy pale ale, which was first brewed as a hazy IPA but has been given a little tweak. Here the focus is the hop BRU-1, known for pineapple and floral characteristics, and one of the few hops out there that offers precious little in the way of puns (that's not a challenge… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale Ale & Dry Hopped Saison
ABV
5.5% & 5.9%