New Beers

Barely a day goes by without another seasonal or one-off special flying out of an Australian brewery. We'll do our best to tell you what’s coming when, where it’s going and – where possible – what it tastes like before it goes on sale. Be aware, however, that just because a venue’s getting a beer doesn’t mean they’ve tapped it straight away so maybe check it's pouring first.

Little Creatures Extra Pale Ale

Tapped February 22nd, 2018
One of the most enduring discussions in and around the Australian craft beer world in recent years has been of the "Little Creatures Pale isn't what it used to be." / "Yes, it is. If anything, it's better." / "Peoples' tastes have changed, not the beer." variety. Short of boarding Doc Brown's DeLorean with a bunch of expert tasters and heading back in time, there's little hope of it ending. However, for those bemoaning a perceived drop in hoppiness in the beer, the… Read more
Style
Extra Pale Ale
Strength
6.5%
Bitterness
55 IBU
Stockists

Available nationwide

Napoleone Brewers Sauvignon Galaxy & Saison du Chard

Tapped February 22nd, 2018
Napoleone Brewers is just one thread of a business that incorporates a cidery and winery too. So why not make use of the ingredients and techniques within the wider operation? That's what they've done here in creating two releases that aren't beer but they're not quite wine either. For Sauvignon Galaxy, the brewers borrowed some Sauvignon Blanc harvest from Punt Road Wines, added a dry hop addition of Tasmanian Galaxy then fermented in French oak white wine barriques. In the glass, it looks like… Read more
Style
Hybrid Wines
Strength
10.5% & 10.9%
Stockists

Available from Napoleone's cellar door

Beerland Brewing Co Juice Willis NEIPA

Tapped February 22nd, 2018
Following the success of and acclaim for 2017 limited release James Street Juice, the Beerland Brewing family has stepped back into the highly aromatic but turbid whirlpool of the NEIPA. Never afraid of a good beer pun, Juice Willis borrows from the on screen tough guy, comedian and occasional musician Walter Bruce Willis and potentially opens the door for a third in the series, Juice Harder. Juice Willis, however, arrives more David Addison than John McClane with a fluffy white head on a suitably… Read more
Style
NEIPA
Strength
5.8%
Stockists

Northbridge Brewing Co

Whitfords Brewing Co

Newstead Brewing The Zoo v.5.0

Tapped February 21st, 2018
Over the past few months, we'd been a little surprised at the lack of limited release beers from Newstead given how often they tended to fly out of their original Doggett Street home. But, we figured, they've been pretty damn busy: settling into the new Milton facility, launching the core range in cans, overseeing a PhD project (of which more on the latest soon), forging partnerships outside the beer world, and so on. Turns out we just weren't paying close enough attention. The brewing team – and… Read more
Style
Wild Corn Ale
Strength
7.8%
Bitterness
34 IBU
Stockists

Embassy Craft Beer Bar

Newstead Brewing Co Milton

Newstead Brewing Doggett Street

Tippler's Tap

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Two Birds Brewing Stardust IPA

Tapped February 21st, 2018
If you're a frequenter of the online elements of the craft beer world, you may well already be acquainted with this beer from Two Birds Brewing. It's the first release from their new pilot system and it's an IPA they've looked to pack full of tropical, pineapple and pine characters. All of which is well and good, but not why you'll likely have come across it. No, the main reason is that it's a beer that glitters thanks to the addition of, well, glitter. While little is off bounds to brewers these… Read more
Style
Glitter IPA
Strength
5.8%
Bitterness
69 IBU

Hargreaves Hill & Sailors Grave The Bramble

Tapped February 19th, 2018
Those of you with decent memories may recall past Hargreaves Hill collaborations with Red Hill going under the Two Hills banner (there was a cracking Maibock at the first ever GABS at The Local Taphouse in February 2011, for example). So does this count as the Two Graves? Either way, The Bramble represents a coming together of one of Victoria's long established breweries with one of its most talked about (and hardworking) newcomers. And not only have they brought their own particular skills to the… Read more

Blackman's Brewery Angry Reg DIPA

Tapped February 19th, 2018
As time goes by and craft beer continues its seemingly inexorable rise, the education of both drinkers and retailers becomes an ever more important part of the process. Knowledge around how beer should be treated after it leaves the brewery so it reaches drinkers' glasses in the best possible condition is something the beer industry – brewers, retailers, passionate consumers, media – has been addressing in many and varied ways, particularly when it comes to highly hopped beers. And here, with… Read more

Batch Brewing Co Pash The Magic Dragon

Tapped February 16th, 2018
The Batch brewers have been playing around with all manner of funky, tangy, fruity things for a good while now and, as of summer 2018, it looks like one of the fruitiest fruits of their labours is graduating to become a regularly brewed and canned release. The beer in question is Pash The Magic Dragon, one that meets their requirement for a fun and punny name too. The name hints at what's inside the tinnies, with passionfruit and dragon fruit there in such volumes that you're left with a beverage… Read more
Style
Fruit Sour
Strength
4.5%

Stomping Ground Watermelon Smash

Tapped February 16th, 2018
Collingwood brewery Stomping Ground launched its first tinnies over the festive period with flagship brew Gipps St Pale and Midsumma Festival collab PRIDElweiss. Now, while the mercury is still (mostly) high, they've sent their first seasonal out into the world. And it's a beer that's very much of its time: a fruit sour. This one takes the gently soured and salted gose style as its starting point and then adds watermelon. We're not sure how much watermelon went into each batch (the canned version… Read more

Dainton Family Brewery Tropicana Session Saison

Tapped February 14th, 2018
Not for the first time and, no doubt, not for the last time, the Dainton brewing team has been playing around with fruit. Not just fruit either, with Tropicana a beer that was kettle soured before welcoming a saison yeast strain and pineapple into its midst. That's a fair few ways in which the beer could be twisted, be it the spicy, fruity, peppery, funky elements that might come from the yeast, the acidic tang from the kettle souring and the fruit itself. And yet it's ended up rather, dare we say… Read more
Style
Kettle Soured Fruit Saison
Strength
5.7%

Tallboy & Moose Sonny Brook & DDH Nebula & Polski Prince

Tapped February 14th, 2018
Given the rapidity with which new beers hit taps at Tallboy & Moose's brewpub, we tend to sample them in batches of more than one. They tend to be batches that cover a fair amount of ground and that's no different here, with a trio covering hazy and hoppy, malty and smoky. In the malty camp is Sonny Brook, a Vienna style lager with an American twist (ie more hops). The hops are CTZ out of the US and Dr Rudi from New Zealand, chosen to lend the beer a spiciness, which they do but not at the expense… Read more
Style
Vienna Lager / NEIPA / Grodziskie
Strength
4.7% / 5.5% / 3.8%

Clifton Hill Brewpub Brewer's Series Raspberry Gose

Tapped February 13th, 2018
The evolution at the Clifton Hill Brewpub continues apace. In its earliest days, the in house microbrewery at the former Clifton Hill Hotel was responsible for just four of the 16 beers and ciders on tap – and tended to play safe with those. Then the decision was taken to take over all but a couple of the taps with the brewery's own beers and the extra room to play with saw the likes of imperial IPAs, session ales, hopped up reds and more appear, the diversity increasing further as a number of… Read more
Style
Raspberry Gose
Strength
4.4%
Bitterness
5 IBU

Feral Brewing & Abbe May Bitch Craft

Tapped February 13th, 2018
Feral Brewing has become one of the most frequent collaborators in recent times and here looks to raise the temperature with a brewing cauldron that has one of WA's most lauded songstresses stirring the pot. Named after the second track of R&B funk oozing from Abbe May’s album Fruit, Bitch Craft presents opaque orange in the glass with fresh squeezed lime, candied lime peel and lime flowers on the nose – basically, a bunch of lime variations - with some grapefruit and grassiness in there… Read more
Style
Citrus Summer Ale
Strength
6.0%

Colonial Brewing Co South West Sour

Tapped February 12th, 2018
Colonial’s seasonal release program gives the brewers a chance to play around with local and fresh ingredients plus whatever happens to be on trend. In South West Sour’s case, the Indian summer gave the Margaret River team a chance to cast a gaze over the refreshing Berliner weisse style. The intent was to create one that celebrates a style for season rather than being clinically true to style. In this sense the 4.6 percent ABV and Bertie Cider like can sit well within the Colonial range and… Read more
Style
Hoppy Sour
Strength
4.6%

Social Bandit Sooky La La

Tapped February 12th, 2018
As naming stories for a beer go, a car journey with a disgruntled child is one of the least likely, but that's how Social Bandit's brewer Jeff Whyte landed upon a name for a sour beer he'd been working on at his brewpub. Before having a name, the beer started out as a Berliner weisse to which was added guanabana AKA soursop AKA a fruit with a bunch of other different names but, for the purposes of Jeff's beer, was introduced for its passionfruit and coconut like qualities. The result of this mix… Read more
Style
Berliner Weisse
Strength
4.0%

Dainton & Ballistic Fruit Punch IPA

Tapped February 9th, 2018
Not only does Dan Dainton seem to be doing a remarkably good job of continuously collaborating with fellow brewers, he's managing to flit between states at a rate of knots while doing so. This time around, his partner-in-crime is Lachy Crothers, head brewer at Brisbane's Ballistic and their joint effort is an IPA loaded up (as most Dainton beers seem to be these days) with added fruit, in this case passionfruit and pineapple. It's a combination that saw them leave Ballarat Beer Festival with the… Read more
Style
Fruit IPA
Strength
6.3%
Bitterness
45 IBU

Feral Brewing Biggie Juice East Coast IPA

Tapped February 9th, 2018
The momentum around Feral’s Biggie Juice continues as the turbid, tropical NEIPA – here labeled an East Coast IPA – rolls out of the Perth brewery as its latest Brewpub Series release. What began last May as a one-off collab for Good Beer Week with friends from the Royston in Melbourne – featured on the label here – evolved into a highly sought after beer that eventually landed 88th place in 2017’s Hottest 100, one of the few draught only entries to do so, as well as a slot in our Best… Read more
Style
East Coast IPA
Strength
6.0%
Bitterness
40 IBU
Stockists

Launched in WA on Feb 8

Making its way nationwide thereafter

Staves Brewery XXPA & Ruby Grapefruit Sour

Tapped February 9th, 2018
Glebe brewpub Staves has kicked off its limited release schedule for 2018 with a pair of warm weather beers sitting at different points on the spectrum. The first was brewed in 2017, albeit on the very last day of the year, and has been sitting around conditioning since. It’s been labelled an XXPA, a style you won’t find in any official beer judging guidelines but which could, for reference, be described as a slightly stronger pale ale or perhaps a slightly less aggressive IPA. Whatever you… Read more
Style
IPA & Fruit Sour
Strength
7.5% & 5.0%

Hargreaves Hill The Phoenix Imperial Red 2017

Tapped February 8th, 2018
The Phoenix is the annual Hargreaves Hill tradition dating back to the brewery's rebirth after the original brewery shed was destroyed by the Black Saturday fires. Each year, it returns in weighty, individually numbered, wax sealed 750ml bottles accompanied by a handful of kegs and, year on year, it retains a spot as one of the highest rated Australian beers of all time according to online rating sites. All in all, there's a good argument for the beer being the Yarra Valley brewery's equivalent of… Read more

Nowhereman & Blackman's Coast To Coast IPA

Tapped February 7th, 2018
Nowhereman Brewing’s Lager Party WA Beer Week event with Blackman’s Brewing offered the perfect opportunity to collaborate. So, on that warm November evening, as Renn Blackman and Nowhereman head brewer Paul Wyman sipped the clean drinking delights of bottom fermentation, their efforts from earlier in the day were beginning to bubble. Prior to starting out in the pro brewing game, the collaborators had been to beer school together and previously worked together at The Monk, in Fremantle, too,… Read more
Style
American IPA
Strength
6.0%
Bitterness
75 IBU
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