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!

Mismatch Brewing White IPA

Tapped Yesterday
Alongside their very consistent and frequently award-winning core range, the team at Mismatch also punch out a long list of limited release beers over the year, many of which are rarely poured outside their home base at Lot 100 in the Adelaide Hills. Now, however, thanks to the installation of a labelling machine at the brewery, these limited releases are set to be packaged and sent further afield. First up is not one for the traditionalist; instead, it's a merging of two styles into one only seen… Read more
Style
White IPA
ABV
6.8%

Batch Brewing Co Chapeau! 2019

Tapped Yesterday
It’s Chapeau! 2019 time everyone and you know what that means?! Time to put on your most offensively idiotic French accent and wish Batch Brewing Co a bon anniversaire then do a whole lot of “oh hoh hoh” French grunting. It’s OK – it’s all for a good cause and you can’t be cancelled for being racist towards the French, it’s the law. Chapeau! is Batch’s annual birthday beer, a raspberry kettle sour. A fruited sour beer isn’t quite as crazy in 2019 as it was six years ago, but you’d… Read more
Style
Raspberry Sour
ABV
6.9%

Catchment Brewing Bublé Brut IPA

Tapped December 6th, 2019
What do you think of when you think Christmas? Bubbly? Baubles? Michael Bublé singing Christmas songs on your nanna’s favourite Christmas CD? Well, Catchment have got you covered with Bublé, a seasonal release Brut IPA brewed especially with the southern hemisphere Christmas - and all three of the aforementioned Christmassy things - in mind. In a can adorned with baubles and Christmas colours, this Brut IPA was fermented on champagne yeast and used a metric Santa-load of Nelson Sauvin for its… Read more
Style
Brut IPA
ABV
8.5%

Catchment Brewing & Chop Chop Chang Juno Yuzu Summer Ale

Tapped December 6th, 2019
A lot of good things are named Juno, like the Ellen Page movie, the NASA mission to Jupiter, and now this beer. Drawing its name from the scientific name for yuzu, Citrus junos, Catchment’s Juno Yuzu Summer Ale was produced in collaboration with Chop Chop Chang’s, a pan-Asian restaurant serving up delicious plates across the street from Catchment’s West End home. The yuzu is a citrus fruit originating in China, introduced to both Japan and Korea during the Tang dynasty that has become a firm… Read more
Style
Yuzu Summer Ale
ABV
4.2%

Cheeky Monkey & South West Craft Beer Bogans Nek Minnut IPL

Tapped December 6th, 2019
Poor Loki. He left his scooter outside the brewery and nek minnut… Perhaps his problems started when WA Facebook beer group South West Craft Beer Bogans rolled up at Cheeky Monkey's Vasse brewery for a summer collab. Using all New Zealand hops – Riwaka, Motueka, Wai-iti and HORT 4337 - the collaborators wanted a forward expression while maintaining the maximum drinkability that six weeks of lagering provides. As a result, Nek Minnut’s clean, dry length is touched with grass, lemon–lime citrus,… Read more
Style
NZ IPL
ABV
5.7%

Bad Shepherd Red IPA & South Island Sour & Double Choc Hazelnut Brown

Tapped December 5th, 2019
They're never shy when it comes to releasing new beers but, for their fourth birthday, Bad Shepherd went on a little splurge. The Red IPA was the official birthday beer, with the style voted for by their fans. Pouring a rusty deep orange, it mixes floral and berry hop aromas with toffee and a deep, broad, toasted bitterness. Indeed, it's a bitterness that packs a punch, one bigger than the restrained aromatics might lead you to expect. The South Island Sour comes with the "session IPA"… Read more
Style
Various styles

Tallboy & Moose Hey Presto & Kokomo IPA & Black Parade

Tapped December 5th, 2019
Since securing a few extra tanks, Preston’s Tallboy & Moose have been focusing on getting more of their beers out onto the road. The latest of their monthly releases is Hey Presto, a crispy and clean summer lager that reminded us a little of a turned up version of the brewery’s cream ale, The Cream. Pouring a cloudy light gold and dry-hopped with Motueka and Mandarina Bavaria, within its lean body look out for flavours of lime, mandarin and a little stone fruit. Make your way to the brewpub… Read more
Style
Various Styles

Otherside Brewing Co Indie XPA

Tapped December 5th, 2019
I first heard the term "indie" in 1991. Nirvana were breaking and Sonic Youth were between releasing a pair of overground albums that would influence the 90s American sound and resonate globally. Both had capitalised on hard fought yet building awareness, partly due to a deal with a major label, Geffen Records, which for purists were sell out moves. But how would I have known? Before hearing the term, the notion there was any other option for a band was foreign to my teenage self, but once… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
5.2%
Stockists

Freo.Social

Otherside Brewery

And Otherside stockists nationally

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Otherside Brewing Co DDH Hazy IPA & Catharina Sour

Tapped December 5th, 2019
If there was ever a chance to release a beer of the moment, this is it. As 2019 ebbs towards a new decade, the density of haze surrounding most drinkers is only increasing so, in an accidentally anarchic response, this limited release is actually relatively clear. The DDH Hazy IPA wasn’t supposed to be; however, the Otherside team happily owned the moment of unexpected clarity and released it anyway as a reminder that visuals are but one of many elements of experience. Kohatu, Mosaic, Denali and… Read more
Style
IPA & Fruit Sour
ABV
6.8% & 5.2%
Stockists

Freo.Social

Otherside's Myaree brewery

And Otherside stockists nationally.

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Moo Brew NEIPA

Tapped December 4th, 2019
Earlier in 2019, Moo Brew kicked off a roster of new releases every few months – a first for a brewery best known for its focus on a largely traditional core range. To welcome summer and close out the year, the Tasmanian brewers have gone for a style far from traditional and one few might have seen Moo brewing until recently too: a New England IPA. Like the recent Belgian pale launch, the beer comes with its own model too, only rather than finding the palest Belgian male, the Moo team has gone… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
6.2%
Bitterness
30 IBU

Murray's Kick! Passionfruit

Tapped December 3rd, 2019
When people first taste Stone & Wood’s Pacific Ale (a nostalgic time for many of us), the common descriptor is “passionfruit” - and some are surprised to hear that there’s no actual fruit in the easy-drinking beer and that the passionfruit characters are all derived from the now iconic Galaxy hops. In 2019, however, seeing the word “passionfruit” attached to a beer generally means you can expect full-on tartness, as brewers now use fruit additions in sour beers for a tangy and refreshing… Read more
Style
Passionfruit Wheat Ale
ABV
4.2%

KAIJU! & Blackhearts & Sparrows Signal Sun IPA

Tapped December 3rd, 2019
Blackhearts & Sparrows are having quite the time when it comes to creating collabs with local brewers. For the most part, they've had something a little funky or sour about them, but the team behind the ever-growing indie retail empire have been known to play with hops too, and that's where they head here in the company of KAIJU!, a brewery that knows a thing or two about the little green treasures. Signal Sun is tagged a session or "sessionable" IPA yet sits a little above many beers… Read more

CoConspirators Brewing The Neighbour

Tapped December 3rd, 2019
At the start of October, CoConspirators Brewing asked beer fans to come up with a name for their forthcoming New Zealand IPA, a move we’ve been assured doesn’t mean they’re anywhere near running out of characters to cover their releases. Hundreds of people put their thoughts forward, with The Neighbour winning out as the top choice. Thus, rather than taking the shape of the underworld figures often found on a CoConspirators release, The Neighbour is instead the friendly rugby player down the… Read more
Style
NZ IPA
ABV
7.0%
Stockists

A Point of Difference Liquor

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Bottle House Balaclava

Bottle House South Yarra

McCoppins Abbotsford

Otter's Promise

Purvis Beer Online

Purvis Beer Richmond

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Sauce Brewing Mosalaxy IPA & Sunrise In Berlin

Tapped December 2nd, 2019
Those who enjoyed Sauce’s second birthday beer Mosarillo - that is, surely, everyone who tasted it - are in luck. The Marrickville hop specialists have just introduced Mosalaxy, a juicy IPA showcasing an abundance of Mosaic and Galaxy hops. Aromatics leap from the glass, hitting your nose with tingly citrus - think mandarin sherbet - and smooth tropical notes of ripe mango, pawpaw, and light passionfruit. These characters are joined by deeper flavours of mandarin peel and a warm liqueur sweetness,… Read more
Style
Juicy IPA & Fruit Sour
ABV
7.5% & 4.1%

Lord Nelson Mac Nelson Scotch Ale

Tapped December 2nd, 2019
The Lord Nelson Hotel is the kind of place your grandad used to go get a pint and a pie with his buddies in the 30s… and where you can still go for a pint and a pie with your buddies today. It captures the quaint feel of a pub in the UK, and yet somehow that’s not a problem even on a sunny Sydney day. And when you step inside and take in the stone walls, the dark timber, the crackling fireplace… you already get an idea what the Mac Nelson tastes like. Mac Nelson isn’t the first beer at the… Read more
Style
Scotch Ale
ABV
5.3%
Bitterness
32 IBU

Black Brewing Summer Sour

Tapped December 2nd, 2019
Margaret River’s Black Brewing have debuted a seasonally-adjusted sour range with this raspberry and rhubarb crusher which aims for maximum fun and refreshment. As such, the fruit and vegetable additions – yep, that would be rhubarb, which was hand squeezed for the keg stock – radiate a hot ruby colour while the sour side of things provides a gentle acidity rather than jowl sucking. This, and the drying light spritz, balances the fruity raspberry characters that evoke Zooper Doopers as it… Read more
Style
Raspberry & Rhubarb Sour
ABV
5.2%
Stockists

Summer Sour is available in limited release from the brewery and Black stockists throughout WA.

Future Mountain Let The Day Begin & Blinking Lights

Tapped November 29th, 2019
Future Mountain only launched earlier this year but already they've shown themselves to be an essential local for anyone in Reservoir with even a passing interest in beer and a brewery to watch for fans of delicate but complex barrel-aged beers. These two releases from the brewery might have different occasions in mind but both show the team’s ability to meld detail and drinkability together in one bottle. Let The Day Begin is something of a weekend brunch beer: a golden sour infused with coffee… Read more
Style
Golden Sour & Amber Sour
ABV
5.5% & 6.0%
Stockists

Both beers are launching at the brewery on the weekend of Nov 29 to Dec 1. On Sunday, Future Mountain and Everyday Coffee will be pouring the beer at their respective homes, along with bacon and egg rolls at the Collingwood café and pastries at the Reservoir taproom.

Future Mountain bottles are heading to some bottleshops but your best bet is the brewery or their online store

Wayward Brewing Passionista & Fusami Victory (Cans)

Tapped November 29th, 2019
The idea of sour beers being crowd pleasers would have seemed laughable just a few years ago, but no longer. A number of breweries - including Wayward Brewing - now have a sour beer in their core lineup, and more still bring out session-friendly sours with the onset of summer and see the masses go wild. Now Wayward has embraced that further by coining the hashtag #summerofsour for 2019/20. First brewed in 2017 under a different name - Passion of the Puss, referencing Wayward’s raspberry Berliner… Read more
Style
Fruit Sour & IPL
ABV
3.8% & 6.1%

Nowhereman & Ronnie Nights & Strange Company Party Sour

Tapped November 29th, 2019
When the decal art direction to Studio Papa is: “fruit, a disco ball and Madonna’s Holiday” you get the idea before even taking a sip. This collab, the first of a planned year-long Party Sour range, captures the vibe of one of WA’s great party joints, Ronnie Nights. It’s fun, fruity and should be consumed with glee while dancing with friends and generally talking too loud. That said, it’s also very likely to work well in Strange Company’s more considered environs and the West Leederville… Read more
Style
Fruit Sour
ABV
4.1%
Stockists

Party Sour is available exclusively from Nowhereman, Ronnie Nights and Strange Company over the next 12 months, with regular fruit changes

Dainton Brewing Sir Spritzalot, Mimosa & Stratasphere

Tapped November 29th, 2019
Quite how they're going to maintain their new can every week mission in the long term is one of the more intriguing sub-plots in the Australian beer world right now, but a fondness for cocktail-inspired beers and IPAs of all shapes and sizes seems to be helping keep the well of inspiration topped up. Here, Sir Spritzalot – a "Snaperol Sour" – takes Aperol Spritz as its starting point, as many will over summer, to create a beer with a distinctly cocktail like perfume accompanying its… Read more
Style
Cocktail Beer / Brut IPA / Single Hop NEIPA
ABV
5.6% / 5.5% / 6.0%
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