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!

Little Creatures XPA

Tapped November 16th, 2018
As Little Creatures celebrates its 18th birthday and is thus able to legally buy itself a beer, the pioneering brewery has marked the milestone with a new core range beer. In doing so, it joins the massed ranks of Aussie brewers with an XPA in their lineup. It's a choice that acknowledges the growing popularity of approachable, lower bitterness beers that still have the hallmarks of Creatures' hoppy heritage, with their XPA tagged as a "drinker not a thinker". Showing its youth, the beer… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
4.9%
Stockists

Available from the breweries in Freo and Geelong

And nationwide

Feral Brewing Tusk IIPA (Spring 2018 Release)

Tapped November 16th, 2018
What began in 2003 as a high ABV beer with no dry hopping has, in recent years, become an incredibly hyped beer that, twice a year, Feral have used to spread the message of the importance of freshness in beer as well as the cold chain when it comes to logistics. Sampling spring 2018’s release, the brewery's biggest iteration yet, an hour after the beer was kegged off, there's no doubt that it delivers on this promise. And then some. Pineapple and papaya are most evident with a wisp of mandarin… Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
ABV
13.5%
Stockists

Foresters Pub & Dining

Launched in WA on Nov 16 then heading east

Including a Tusk Day event at Forester's on Nov 23

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Wildflower Waratah 2018

Tapped November 15th, 2018
People love building boxes. To open tracts of land we assign arbitrary lines of separation, confining ourselves to this or that portion of a map. To carve out our cities, states and countries we create borders, boundaries and bureaucracy within which to live, to separate ourselves from the rest. We put up walls, declare ourselves to be this but not that. We stoke pride and foment envy. Our little boxes come to define us. Life can be pretty comfortable in a box and, by and large, New South Wales is… Read more
Style
Australian Wild Ale
ABV
5.0%

Wildflower Year Old 'Tah (2017)

Tapped November 15th, 2018
Well aren’t they just the pack of sneaky zymurgists at Wildflower. When they released the first Waratah in 2017 they claimed there were only so many bottles in existence. And to be fair they were, technically, telling the truth. They just neglected to mention they’d also rolled a full barrel out back, out of sight and mind. Twelve months on, with a full extra year in oak under its belt, they’ve given the old beer a new release under the name Year Old ‘Tah. If you can recall the original version… Read more
Style
Australian Wild Ale
ABV
5.5%

Wildflower Slip Slop Slap

Tapped November 15th, 2018
You could argue most of Wildflower’s beers are suited for summer. Without exception, they operate within the well established bounds of acceptable ABV – somewhere in the five percent range but often lower. And a great many of them are acidic, a characteristic easily interchangeable with “refreshing” – a desired characteristic from beer consumed in an often oppressively hot climate. But every now and then the brewer/blender throws out something that feels like it has a little more grunt… Read more
Style
Australian Wild Ale
ABV
5.0%

CoConspirators The Henchman

Tapped November 14th, 2018
When the two couples behind CoConspirators first launched their gypsy brewing operation, they did so with a West Coast IPA known as The Henchman. That was back in 2016, at a time when the haze craze hadn’t fully draped its foggy murk over Australia’s craft beer scene and finding an IPA packed with bitterness wasn’t quite the challenge it is today. For those who like their IPAs big and bitter, the decision by the CoConspirators to bring The Henchman back into their core range of cans in 2018… Read more

Bad Shepherd Victoria Pale Ale

Tapped November 14th, 2018
They've already got the Reserve Road Draught in their lineup as a nod to their locale and now the team at Bad Shepherd has come up with a new beer that cements their position as proud Victorians. The Victoria Pale Ale, packed in cans featuring the state's navy blue livery and the slogan: "GROWN HERE MADE HERE", is brewed with malt from Barrett Burston in Geelong, Vic Secret and Topaz hops from Hop Product Australia’s Rostrevor farm in the High Country and water from Melbourne. But where… Read more
Style
Summer Ale
ABV
4.2%
Bitterness
25 IBU
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Bad Shepherd Grapefruit IPA

Tapped November 14th, 2018
The IPA series continues apace at Bad Shepherd, where the likes of The Almighty IIPA and the aromatic-as-anything Citrus & Cedar IPA are now joined by this Grapefruit IPA to which fruit rather than fruit extract was added alongside a selection of hops known for their citrusy qualities. It's a hazy copper pour and one that heads towards the more bitter, pithy, tangy side of grapefruit; certainly, it's of a different ilk to some fruit IPAs that present more as a blend between IPA and fruit juice.… Read more
Style
Grapefruit IPA
ABV
5.8%

Rocky Ridge Devine Goodtimes Sparkling Saison

Tapped November 14th, 2018
Chances are, if you've read about a beer from WA in the past couple of years on The Crafty Pint, the words originated with Guy Southern or, to give him his online handle, Goodtimes Craft Beer. Not this time around, however. And that's for a very good reason: Guy was involved in the conception and brewing of this one. He travelled south from Perth to hook up with the team at Rocky Ridge, where they were also joined by folks from de Vine Cellars and set about creating the 4,723rd (or thereabouts) collaboration… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Saison
ABV
8.0%

Wilson Brewing Scurvy Juice

Tapped November 14th, 2018
Serendipity strikes again for Matty Wilson. Whenever he mentions a new beer concept to his Albany hop grower, he’s encouraged to talk with the lady next door, Val. Not only does Val have a mini-orchard to drawn from but she also happens to have twenty 30-year old yuzu trees – not the kind of thing you’d normally expect to find in the Great Southern. Originally a wild hybrid citrus found in China, yuzu has become highly sought after in the brewing world for its complex sour mandarin–grapefruit-lime-like… Read more
Style
Citrus Sour
ABV
6.0%

Beerland Brewing Acid Wolf

Tapped November 13th, 2018
As the temperatures in WA edge towards the mid-20s, a pack of more crushable New World sours is starting to appear. We say "New World" as you can trace a lineage to classic puckering styles yet modern brewing techniques and punter tastes have rounded off the edges, so to speak, positioning these beers in more approachable territory than the battery acid like pH levels of some predecessors. For Beerland, Acid Wolf’s use of the modern lactic Sour Pitch yeast delivers a perfect example of… Read more
Style
New World Sour
ABV
4.7%

Ballistic & Bintani Signature ExPA

Tapped November 13th, 2018
When we’ve gone a while without a beer, we talk about being parched and breaking the drought. But here’s a beer that really aims to help with drought. Ballistic Beer is an Australian brewery. Bintani is an Australian grain supplier. They both know the importance of Australian agriculture, and they’re both keen to help out rural communities and struggling farmers when the going’s tough. That’s why Mitch Bradey from Bintani and Lachy Crothers from Ballistic got together to brew the Signature… Read more
Style
Single Malt XPA
ABV
5.5%
Bitterness
32 IBU

Ballistic Beer Co Hazy IPL

Tapped November 13th, 2018
Ballistic is comfortable with lagers. They proudly hold a craft lager in their core lineup. They call it Dirty Word, and push back against the idea that lager is a dirty word. Their head brewer will tell anyone who listens that a clean, well-made, true-to-style lager is one of his favourite things to drink. So it’s fun to see that they’re also happy to take a lager and boldly throw a bazillion hops in it until it’s almost unrecognisable as a lager. They used apple puree in the boil to provide… Read more
Style
Hazy IPL
ABV
6.0%
Bitterness
19 IBU

Ballistic Beer Co Twang Tropical Sour

Tapped November 13th, 2018
Twang is a sound: the snap of a guitar string, the spring of a diving board, the shock of Wile E Coyote being shot from a giant bow. Twang is a sound… so how does it so perfectly describe the taste of this beer?? This tropical kettle sour is super light yellow and slightly cloudy, with plenty of hop presence on the nose thanks to the Galaxy, Wakatu and Citra. Take a sip, and experience citrus… with a twang. Passionfruit… with a twang. Mango, peach, apricot… with a twang. It could also be… Read more
Style
Tropical Sour
ABV
4.6%
Bitterness
10 IBU

Batch Brewing Co Rye IPA

Tapped November 13th, 2018
Back in the heady days of 2015 when small breweries were still relatively rare and small distilleries rarer still, the Batch Brewing Co teamed up with the fledgling Archie Rose distillery on an experiment: they made a beer brewed not only to go with a spirit, but also to be turned into it. The beer was the First Wash Rye IPA and it was later distilled into the Hopped Rye Spirit, with both released simultaneously at venues around Sydney as a rather incestuous form of boilermaker – read about it… Read more
Style
Rye IPA
ABV
7.2%

2 Brothers Kung Foo (cans)

Tapped November 12th, 2018
There's plenty of local breweries with lagers in their lineups these days, but it wasn't always the case. Moorabbin's 2 Brothers have been playing there for years, however, initially with the Taxi Pilsner before adding Kung Foo, a rice lager, to the lineup in 2012. It's been one of the brewery's best-sellers ever since, picked up a gold medal at the 2018 Australian International Beer Awards and, in the lead-up to summer 2018, became the first of their beers to appear in cans. A bright golden colour… Read more
Style
Rice Lager
ABV
4.6%
Bitterness
18 IBU

2 Brothers The Guvnor II: Part 2

Tapped November 12th, 2018
Late in 2017, as part of their tenth birthday celebrations, the two brothers behind 2 Brothers and their team launched a new version of one of their trophy-winning beers from the past, The Guvnor strong ale. There was a bit of a twist, however, as they'd split the beer into four parts, ageing them in different ways. Part 1 spent six months on French oak and has been followed by this version, which sat inside barrels obtained from Port Melbourne's Starward Whisky. Thus, while Part 1 was softened by… Read more
Style
Whisky Barrel Aged Strong Ale
ABV
10.0%

Blackman's Brewery Sea Spray IPA

Tapped November 12th, 2018
The Blackman's Brewery crew has never been shy when it comes to celebrating their surrounds and those around them. There's the beers named after family members, past releases tied to surfing competitions taking place just along the coast from their Torquay home and collaborations with local artists too. And, with this beer, they've gone and actually included some of their surrounds in the shape of seawater lugged from the nearby beaches and poured into an IPA. It's not the first time we've come across… Read more
Style
Seawater IPA
ABV
5.8%

Stone & Wood SWX Imperial Stout

Tapped November 11th, 2018
On November 28, Stone & Wood will mark ten years of beers. They've got all manner of plans in place – not to mention a new brewpub coming online in Brisbane – and among them is this beer. It couldn't be much further from the beer upon which the business has been built, but it's certainly the sort you pull out for a special occasion: an imperial stout aged for ten months in former Port barrels. The choice of fortified wine barrels rather than the bourbon or whisky more typically used for barrel… Read more
Style
Port Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
10.0%
Stockists

Find the beer here

Or order a limited edition pack direct from the brewery here

Two Birds Brewing Et Tu, Brut? IPA

Tapped November 9th, 2018
The puns keep coming thick and fast from the team at Two Birds – as do the IPAs – with this one continuing in the same theme as the brewery's recent NEIPA. Here, we go from Jucius Caesar to Et Tu, Brut? and from hazy IPA to their take on the Brut variant. Without travelling to the West Coast of the US to try the beers that launched the style, we can't be certain exactly how such beers are supposed to present, but this one seems to tick the boxes from its descriptors. It's very pale and clear,… Read more
Style
Brut IPA
ABV
6.5%
Stockists

Fancy Hank's

Grape and Grain Liquor Cellars

The Catfish

The Two Birds Nest

And other good beer outlets

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