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!

Big Shed & Hotel Sweeney's I Am Brut IPA

Tapped February 28th, 2019
When Big Shed owners Craig and Jason venture to Sydney, they always drop in to visit their long-time supporters at Hotel Sweeney's. They're big fans of the CBD pub's rooftop bar and figured it was about time they made a collaboration beer that was "quaffable with a boozy kick". The result is I Am Brut … a Brut IPA and Big Shed’s first crack at a style that continues to deliver pun after pun; here the name (and artwork) tips a wink to Guardians of the Galaxy favourite Groot. The bottle… Read more
Style
Brut IPA
ABV
6.6%
Stockists

Hotel Sweeney's

Beerland Brewing Retro Blossom

Tapped February 28th, 2019
What do you do when your family owns and runs an organically certified fruit and vegetable farm in central western NSW and you also happen to work for a brewery? Well, first you get your hands on one tonne of pureed Lapin cherries from said farm (Cantrill Organics), of course. Then you convince Tom, the brewer at Whitfords Brewing Company, to make a Berliner Weisse with them. It sounds like a great idea, and it's one that's turned out a refreshing fruited sour that drinks like a rosé. Typical to… Read more
Style
Cherry Berliner Weisse
ABV
3.8%
Stockists

Northbridge Brewing Co

Whitfords Brewing Co

And select WA venues and growler stations

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Boatrocker G, K & W Australian Wild Ales

Tapped February 27th, 2019
Boatrocker co-founder Matt Houghton has doffed his cap to family members in the past and is at it again with a duo that forms part of three Australian wild ales released at the same time. The family member this time around is grandfather George Kingsley Sutton, who the labels tell us was variously an archaeologist, art collector, gastronomist and patron of the arts. The beers in his honour – G is for George and K is for Kingsley – are born of the same barrel-aged sour base beer, with George… Read more
Style
Australian Wild Ales
ABV
6.5%

Nowhereman Aloha, F**kers Tropical Sour

Tapped February 27th, 2019
Where do you start with a beer name like this? Its aggressively playful title definitely evokes the sour yet sunshine in a glass beer, likewise the limited run of tiki glasses available at the brewery for its debut, but it could come in a little hot for the PC police. No matter, for most people it means there's a new beer to drink and multiple decals available depending on how aggressively playful the venue is. Continuing Nowhereman's theme of fruit-infused summer releases, Aloha F**ckers comes laced… Read more
Style
Tropical Sour
ABV
5.0%
Stockists

Northbridge Brewing Co

The Dutch Trading Co

Whitfords Brewing Co

Nowhereman Brewery

Cabin 401 Bar & Grill, Bibra Lake

Canteen Pizza, Cottesloe

Cutler & Smith, Geraldton

Ezra Pound, Northbridge

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Sauce Brewing Egg Hunt Chocolate Stout

Tapped February 26th, 2019
Though it pains me to say it, we’ve all come to terms with hot cross buns and chocolate eggs appearing in shops months before Easter. So it’s only fair that we should also be able to buy chocolate beers well in advance of Easter, yes? While hot cross buns bought now will go stale before Easter, and chocolate bought now will melt or bloom, Egg Hunt will only improve over the next few months. This dark beauty doesn’t contain any cocoa, but the combination of chocolate malts, vanilla and lactose… Read more
Style
Chocolate Stout
ABV
7.0%

Sauce Brewing Infrared Red IPA

Tapped February 26th, 2019
Sometimes you feel like trying an experimental beer, a new style, something that will surprise and delight you with its imaginative combination of crazy ingredients… and sometimes you want a fine version of a style you’re familiar with. Infrared isn’t an attempt to revolutionise red IPAs. Nor is it trying to be the biggest, baddest, blow-your-face-off red IPA on the block. At six-and-a-half percent, it’s weighty, without being heavy; you can have more than one, but you could never mistake… Read more
Style
Red IPA
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
60 IBU

Sauce Brewing Summer Smoothie & Belgian IPA

Tapped February 26th, 2019
Remember when IPAs were new to you, and you thought they all tasted the same? At the tail end of summer, Sauce has released two IPAs that show just how broad the spectrum of IPAs can be. First up is Summer Smoothie, following in the footsteps of Bubble & Squeak, Trubble & Squeak, and last year’s Breakfast Smoothie. Sauce is no stranger to the hazy IPA, and since we keep asking for them, they keep making bangers. The name says it all for this one. The mango and the lactose team up for that… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA & Belgian IPA
ABV
7.2% & 6.0%

Prancing Pony E2 West Coast IPA

Tapped February 26th, 2019
While it's unlikely anyone would accuse the Prancing Pony crew of being one trick ponies, given the diversity of beers they've released over the years, there is one trick they're happy to repeat. And it comes in the shape of a West Coast IPA. The first time they performed it was in the shape of E1, a beer poured at a very select collection of venues around Adelaide in order to gain some feedback. After a few tweaks and improvements to the recipe, the second release has been launched on a larger scale… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
6.9%
Bitterness
76 IBU
Stockists

Beer Barrel

Prancing Pony Brewery

Venues across SA & WA

Blind Bear, Cronulla

Woolpack Hotel, Redfern

Leura Cellars

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Clare Valley Brewing Co Hazy Mosaic & Mango Berliner Weisse

Tapped February 25th, 2019
Summer tropical vibes are pouring out of the Clare Valley brewery as summer prepares to transition into spring, with not one but two new limited releases taking a juicy approach to slaking your thirst: a 6.5 percent ABV single hop hazy IPA and a Berliner Weisse laced with mango. The Hazy Mosaic enters the glass a deep golden colour – hazy rather than murky – with a thin wispy white head. The Mosaic hop goes about its business well, with juicy passionfruit aromas so strong they're reminiscent… Read more
Style
Hazy SHIPA & Mango Berliner Weisse
ABV
6.5% & 3.8%

Boatrocker DDH IIPA

Tapped February 25th, 2019
We might still be in February but Boatrocker is closing in on double figures for new releases this year – or, at least, new releases and repackaged oldies. And, while there are the sort of barrel-aged beers for which the brewery has become best known among those new releases, there's a focus on hop forward releases too, with the well-received Jeepers Creepers SNEIPA joined by the DDH IIPA. For the most part, we've seen the DDH / TDH abbreviations (double or triple dry-hopped respectively) attached… Read more
Style
IIPA
ABV
8.5%

Pirate Life & Limeburners Barrel-Aged Stout 2018 Vintage

Tapped February 23rd, 2019
The debut Hindmarsh Collection release for Pirate Life began nearly three years ago. Clearly these things take time, however the relationship cemented between the brewery and Limeburners distillery, regarded as one of the world’s best, quickly evolved through mutual admiration and respect, and more than a few beers. The series premiere is a blend of 30, 18 and six-month-old American oak whisky barrel aged stout and arrives in an elegantly noir package that evokes a similar statement of intent… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
8.6%
Stockists

Available across Australia and in Singapore too

Sailors Grave Summer Farmhouse 2019

Tapped February 22nd, 2019
The first of Sailors Grave's seasonal farmhouse ales for 2019 has snuck out of the Orbost brewery just in time to still be seasonally appropriate. The quartet of annual releases typically operate upon a saison-esque base from which the team launches into a flight of fancy armed with fruits, flowers, weeds and whatever they can get their hands on in Gippsland. In this case, at play are lees from Lightfoot & Sons Chardonnay, strawberries and rhubarb "from Joe's garden" and foraged fennel… Read more
Style
Spiced Farmhouse Ale
ABV
5.2%

Indian Ocean Get Pitted

Tapped February 22nd, 2019
It’s fun to imagine the way in which the phrase “get pitted” was heard in the brewhouse when this beer was imagined. Perhaps it was said joyously at the idea of brewing a NEIPA with Belgian yeast or maybe it was said in disbelief at the idea of hand-pitting 200kg of stone fruit. Either way, the addition of Belle Saison yeast and a mix of nectarines and peaches makes for a boozy, spicy and fruity release. There’s a subtle citrus pithiness in the beer but the spotlight shines on the battle… Read more
Style
Fruit Saison
ABV
7.0%
Stockists

Cellarbrations Carlisle

Mane Liquor

The Dutch Trading Co

Indian Ocean Brewery

Cellarbrations Superstore Hamilton Hill

Cellarbrations Maylands

Palace Arcade

Old Faithful

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Otherside Brewing Co Experimental Series: Banana Shake IPA

Tapped February 22nd, 2019
Banana. The word is right there in the title of the beer. But how much banana flavour should one expect? In these hazy days of fruits and hops, when a flavour is right there in the name of the beer, it’s hard to set your expectations as to whether you’re about to experience something soft and subtle or loud and menacing. In this case, the banana is on the quieter end of the scale, the flavour carefully imparted via the use of a hefeweizen yeast. From there, the team pressed on with an IPA. Well,… Read more
Style
Milkshake IPA
ABV
6.4%
Stockists

Beer DeLuxe

In 375ml cans and on tap across WA then hitting the East Coast

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Beerland Brewing Fresh as Kittens Double NEIPA

Tapped February 22nd, 2019
Beerland have gone large with this limited release. Brewer Andrew aptly named it Fresh as Kittens because kittens are always bright-eyed and ready to pounce on you at any moment (he also likes cats, but that's less relevant to the beer). The beer itself is a double NEIPA is bursting with fresh orange, pineapple and nectarine thanks to a generous dry-hopping regime featuring Azacca, Galaxy, Vic Secret and Citra. So where does the kitty come in? Well, at 8 percent ABV, it's to sneak up on you and give… Read more
Style
Double NEIPA
ABV
8.0%
Stockists

Northbridge Brewing Co

Whitfords Brewing Co

Plus select WA venues and growler stations

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Wayward Brewing Funky Pineapple Hand Grenade Brett IPA

Tapped February 21st, 2019
Funky Pineapple Hand Grenade Brett IPA... the name alone is a mouthful but what of the beer itself, which has returned in a limited run in the latter part of summer 2019 after debuting as a GABS festival beer in 2016? Well, first up, a clarification: there's no pineapple involved, at least not in fruit form. Or, indeed, hand grenades. But it does feature Brett and is, thus, a little funky. Essentially a West Coast IPA with a twist, the beer was fermented with nothing but Wayward's favoured Brettanomyces… Read more
Style
Brett IPA
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
50 IBU

Exit Brewing #020 Raspberry Saison

Tapped February 21st, 2019
The limited release tinnies are coming thick and fast from Exit at the start of 2019, with the hazy HIPA Juice joined by a spin on their Saison within just a couple of weeks. The spin comes in the addition of pureed raspberries, with the base recipe otherwise unchanged. If you're familiar with Exit's Saison (and, for that matter, pureed raspberries), the beer has turned out just as you might imagine. There's a layer of juicy berry sweetness throughout, one that's more thinly-spread-with-a-knife than… Read more
Style
Raspberry Saison
ABV
6.3%
Stockists

Uitgang Bar & Beer Garden

Launched at Uitgang on Feb 22 with cans appearing in retailers the following week

Eagle Bay Brewing Did We Just Become Friends? IIPA

Tapped February 21st, 2019
Eagle Bay’s habit of sneaking new beers out to market has struck again. The latest Single Series beer is a Will Ferrell-referencing IIPA that draws dryness lessons from their recent IPL although, being Eagle Bay, this is only to enhance sessionability – more on how that works in an 8 percent ABV beer later. The dry-hop expressions of Citra, Amarillo and Cascade hops are somewhat subsumed by Sorachi’s lemon meringue vibe, which leads the way on the aroma front. Pineapple also appears as do… Read more
Style
IIPA
ABV
8.0%
Stockists

Mane Liquor

Eagle Bay Brewing Co

The Goose, Busselton

The Pourhouse, Dunsborough

The Dunsborough Tavern

The Norfolk Hotel, Fremantle

The Thirsty Camel, Maddington

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Bootleg Brewery The Hulk Festival IIPA

Tapped February 20th, 2019
Bootleg got together with the team from Buzz Media to create a beer for the 2019 South West Craft Beer Festival. In agreeing on a style, they decided a session double IPA was flavour of the month, with the Margaret River region's brewer drawing up a recipe in which a light malt body would let the hops shine, while the alcohol content would be kept at a “manageable” festival level. If you're wondering what that means in beer festival terms, they went with 7.2 percent ABV. The result is a clean… Read more
Style
Double IPA
ABV
7.2%
Stockists

Available in very limited quantity at WA retailers

Moon Dog The Magnificent Mullets 2019

Tapped February 19th, 2019
Back in the barely remembered, distant era that was beer in 2012, back when many argued that craft beer was just a fad that would fade away as it had done in the past, when you'd be told in no uncertain terms that the revolution would never take off in Brisbane and when execs at the biggest beer companies swore blind 6 percent ABV, highly hopped, bitter IPAs would never work in Australia, Moon Dog released The Magnificent Mullets. By the standards of the fledgling brewery, they might not have seemed… Read more
Style
Fruit Sours
ABV
4.5%
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