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!

Stockade Brew Co Refreshing Ale

Tapped September 6th, 2019
Refreshing Ale is the lightest of the Stockade’s core range launched mid-2019, and the most easy-drinking by far. While it’s technically an ale, it feels like a lager with a touch of New World influence. The aroma brings just enough notes of red apple, passionfruit and lemon to draw you in, where the clean quenchability (yes it’s a word - I checked) takes over, bringing light grainy malt flavour and a hard and fast dry finish to leave you ready for more. The “refreshing” in “Refreshing… Read more
Style
Refreshing Ale
ABV
4.2%

Stockade Brew Co Flight Path Pale

Tapped September 6th, 2019
Flight Path replaces Chop Shop as the pale ale in Stockade’s core range from mid-2019. While the muscle car on the label has been supplanted by a jumbo jet in a sky of blue, don’t be worried - this is no jet fuel. It’s slightly higher in alcohol than its predecessor, but it drinks without a hint of turbulence. Hop characters of stonefruit, passionfruit, and a whiff of pine greet you as you arrive at the airport, soft biscuity malts carry you as you sail above the clouds, and you touch down… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
ABV
5.1%

Stockade Brew Co Mr Fruju NEIPA

Tapped September 6th, 2019
In the few short years since Australian brewers discovered New England style IPAs, the trend has been explored and experimented with and altered and adapted, and finally found a spot in the regular lineup of a number of well-respected breweries. Mr Fruju fits comfortably in Stockade’s range of fruity hop-driven beers. Mr Fruju’s haze isn’t the opaque blur of some NEIPAs, but more like sun-infused mist settling on a tropical island. The friendly face of an island totem on the can is made up… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
6.0%
Bitterness
40 IBU

Nowhereman Savvy Nelly & Kiwi Sunshine

Tapped September 6th, 2019
The West Leederville crew are serving up two at a time here in an increasingly swift release schedule, this time celebrating New Zealand hops, silly names and continuing the brewery theme of owning Western Australia’s loudest decal artwork. First out of the gate, Savvy Nelly’s colourful equine decal evokes a tight run through a lean pilsner base with a traditional crisp approach and modern hop embellishment that only a green horse can provide. New Zealand Nelson Sauvin shines with bright grassy… Read more
Style
New World Pilsner & IPA
ABV
5.0% & 6.6%
Stockists

Mane Liquor

Northbridge Brewing Co

Nowhereman Brewery

And select WA stockists

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Balter Brewing Dazy

Tapped September 6th, 2019
At this stage, when it comes to Balter’s limited release scoreboard the two cute smiles on these cans could just as easily be two cute winks. The first, a cheeky but knowing acknowledgement that Dazy will be near ubiquitous in the weeks after its release; the second, a coquettish glance suggesting that, although there are months of technical development behind this, Dazy is for enjoying not overthinking, and that’s perfectly fine. Whether a wink or a smile, Dazy’s widespread return after a… Read more
Style
Double Hazy IPA
ABV
8.0%
Stockists

Find your nearest Dazy here

Eagle Bay Brewers Series: Citrus IPA

Tapped September 5th, 2019
Eagle Bay have revisited a popular past release for this Brewers Series release, revamping their Citrus IPA just in time for some spring sipping. Brewed using citrus grown on the Eagle Bay property, the brewers mainly utilised the flavourful zest, added at a whopping rate of 2.5kg per 1,000 litres, that sees flavours of lemon and lime play a strong lead while the hops lend almost equal support. Cryo Mosaic, Simcoe and Cascade were the hops of choice, contributing a punchy tropical fruit aroma. London… Read more
Style
Citrus IPA
ABV
5.1%
Bitterness
45 IBU

Exit Brewing IIPA (2019 on)

Tapped September 4th, 2019
They’ve never shied away from going big with hops at Exit, whether it’s in the shape of their punchy core range IPA or a series of one-off PAs with varying prefixes: double, red, West Coast... Among their most popular was #010, a fiercely bitter, no-holds-barred West Coast IPA that, thanks to the IIPA printed on the can here, was the sort of experience we expected when we tucked into the beer the can proclaims as possibly the “heaviest beer can ever” and their “Back In Black”. But while… Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
ABV
9.0%

Rocky Ridge & Gweilo Custard Tart Stout

Tapped September 4th, 2019
It's fair to assume that nothing would surprise craft beer drinkers anymore, with an array of interesting and perplexing ingredient-spiked beers coming at us ever faster. So it is that Rocky Ridge's Custard Tart Stout may have punters asking how, but certainly not why, in a era of eccentric beer. Brewed in collaboration with Hong Kong craft brewers Gweilo, the rich pastry stout resembles and acknowledges the iconic custard tart dessert that is famous in the global city. It features lactose, vanilla… Read more
Style
Pastry Stout
ABV
6.0%
Bitterness
20 IBU

3 Ravens & Mr West Peak Hype

Tapped September 3rd, 2019
Right then, let's get the name out the way first. No, not the Peak Hype part, but the style tag that comes with it... TCDHWGSCBBMOCSNEIPA. It's a tongue-in-cheek dig at where the beer industry currently sits but could also be viewed as something of a summary of the diverse beers that come out of 3 Ravens, all wrapped up in one. In full, this collab brewed for Mr West's second birthday is a "Triple Cryo Dry Hopped Wine Grape Skin Contact Barrel Blended Milkshake Oat Cream Sour New England India… Read more
Style
TCDHWGSCBBMOCSNEIPA
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
21 IBU
Stockists

Mr West

One Drop Brewing Saison

Tapped September 3rd, 2019
Sometimes when specialty ingredients are added to a beer, it creates an entirely new flavour profile. At other times, the new ingredients seem to latch onto and bolster the existing flavours. One Drop’s Saison is the latter. A seven grain malt bill that includes rolled oats, wheat, and maize already sets this up with the potential to be a complex and flavourful beer. The use of Belle Saison yeast can be expected to bring spicy character to the finished product, and the Jarrylo hops might add a… Read more
Style
Saison
ABV
7.3%

Holgate Brewhouse Double Decade White IPA

Tapped September 2nd, 2019
When people discuss past trends that turned more to fads, the black IPA tends to come up more than most. Yet it's a beer that still appears with some regularity, particularly in the colder months. Its inverse, on the other hand, is arguably more worthy of a place in such discussions as white IPAs – typically involving the fermentation of a beer that would otherwise be a straightforward IPA with a Belgian witbier yeast – were lesser seen even in the months after they first "trended",… Read more
Style
White IPA
ABV
7.0%

Five Barrel Brewing Ghost Creek Collection

Tapped August 29th, 2019
Five Barrel founder Phil O’Shea comes from a homebrewing background and hasn't forgotten his roots, as made abundantly apparent by this quartet of releases. Created in partnership with Marcus, a Wollongong homebrewer and friend of Five Barrel, it features the homebrewer’s sour culture in combination with an English ale yeast. The sat in a 500-litre barrel for about a year and, upon leaving the barrel, was split four ways; there’s a straight version, one that was dry-hopped, another that made… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Sour Ales
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

Launching at the brewery on August 30, 2019

Otherside Brewing Co Triple Harvest

Tapped August 29th, 2019
“This beer is big, bitter, malty and boozy”. When a brewery provides this kind of quippy truth there’s little more that needs to be covered; nevertheless, those new to Otherside may like to know that Triple Harvest is a thrice scaled version of Harvest, their debut core range red ale that’s become a local favourite in WA. The key to such experiments is balance. Sure, more of a good thing can only be a good thing, however the reality of brewing means exponentially altering ingredients and… Read more
Style
Imperial Red Ale
ABV
10.3%
Stockists

Limited release from the brewery, Freo.Social and Otherside stockists nationwide

Capital Brewing Co Big Drop Double IPA

Tapped August 28th, 2019
The beer lovers of Canberra know Big Drop. In fact, not only do they know it, many of them love it, with the beer picking up the second highest number of votes from ACT in our Best New Beers Of 2019 – So Far roundup, enough indeed to put the beer in our top 20 nationwide. And that's when the beer was still a draught only release the brewers had been tweaking over the past couple of years. Now it's been given a limited release in cans so punters further afield can get their hands on it too. The… Read more
Style
Double IPA
ABV
8.2%
Bitterness
90 IBU
Stockists

Find the beer here

Hawkers & Circus Oz Strong Pale Ale

Tapped August 28th, 2019
Hawkers and Circus Oz have a relationship that stretches back a fair while and features one of Good Beer Week's least likely events. Back in 2017, the iconic Australian troupe worked with the Reservoir brewery for a show featuring National Institute Of Circus Arts performers making full use of everything they could get their hands on. It's led to Hawkers providing beer at all their big shows and now they've gone a step further with the release of this strong pale ale, from which Circus Oz receive… Read more
Style
Strong Pale Ale
ABV
5.7%

Wayward Brewing Discovery Series: Ripasso Bianco & Ripasso Rosso

Tapped August 27th, 2019
Continuing to blur the lines between wine and beer, Wayward have once again experimented with the Ripasso method, which involves the refermentation of wine - or, in this case, beer - on grape skins to give it added depth and intensity. They learned a few things from the initial release in 2018, which has been used to improve this year’s, the most pertinent of which was to not just release one beer, but two. Ripasso Bianco and Ripasso Rosso are both part of the Wayward Discovery Series, a collection… Read more
Style
Beer-Wine Hybrids
ABV
6.1%

Wayward Brewing Discovery Series: Balthazar 2019

Tapped August 27th, 2019
Joining the two Ripassos as launch beers in Wayward’s Discovery Series is Balthazar, an imperial stout aged for six months in ex-Jack Daniels whisky barrels. The base beer was built upon expertise gained in using dark malts in the development of Coffee & Donuts, their 2019 GABS release. As expected, that gives it the typical flavours of chocolate and caramel. Then, however, things start to get more interesting. Ageing in barrels imparts flavours of burnt toffee and vanilla, whose slight sweet… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
9.4%

Felons Brewing Co Belgian Dubbel

Tapped August 27th, 2019
With Brisbane’s brief spring fast approaching, the Felons are getting their last licks of winter in with a classic Belgian-inspired dark beer. The Dubbel pays homage to the patron saint of beer, Saint Arnold, who saved lives during the medieval era by insisting people drink beer as opposed to disease-ridden water. Fortunately, that kind of motivation isn’t required to sample this particular drop. A love letter to the Trappists, the Dubbel is a deep russet in colour with a caramel head. Felon’s… Read more
Style
Belgian Dubbel
ABV
8.0%
Bitterness
25 IBU
Stockists

Pouring at the Felons brewpub

Tallboy & Moose Pillow Fight

Tapped August 26th, 2019
They've been filling CANimals at their brewpub bar for years and must have tapped well over 100 different beers since first opening the doors to the public, yet, as spring 2019 looms, Tallboy & Moose have released their first "proper" can. They've chosen to do so with a beer that brings together elements of many others than have poured through their taps – haze, hops, oats, fruit and cream. It's called Pillow Fight, is tagged an "Oat Cream IPA with grapefruit", and it's… Read more
Style
Oat Cream IPA
ABV
6.0%

Dainton Kinky Cola & Nutters & 3D & The Hybrid

Tapped August 26th, 2019
What to do when a brewery is on a mission to release a new can every week? Take them on in fours seems as reasonable a response as any in this manic new world we currently inhabit. And, as we kick off this approach to Dainton's beers, it's fair to say there's plenty to differentiate between the quartet. Kinki Cola is a spin on Cherry Coke, featuring black cherries and sharing common ground some some of the dark sours that pop up occasionally (of the kettle or quick, rather than barrel-aged and blended… Read more
Style
Various styles
ABV
5.2% & 6.0% & 8.1% & 6.4%
Bitterness
15 / 30 / 82 / 33 IBU
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