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.

Exit Brewing Pale

Tapped October 20th, 2017
Exit Brewing's core range has always been one of the quirkier out there. Sure, there's nothing barrel aged or sour, for example, but a lineup of Amber, Milk Stout, IPA and Saison is one free of anything in the lager/golden/kolsch/pale arena, making it distinct from most. But, as we head into summer 2017/18, they've relented and made their second canned release a pale ale – and one that heralds a new look for the brewery. The familiar logo is still front and centre, but it's surrounded by imagery… Read more

Tallboy and Moose La Blanche & Pulpa De Oro & Hey Gang! & Zing Tang

Tapped October 20th, 2017
It doesn't seem that long since we last rounded up the new releases from Tallboy and Moose but, clearly, it's been long enough for them to release four new beers... La Blanche is only their second dip into Belgian waters, a witbier of sorts, albeit bigger and fuller in body than most. You'll pick up soft lemon citrus and low, slow spices, not to mention a surprisingly peppery kick tucked in behind the sweet pale malts. Pulpa De Oro is something like their fifth NEIPA variant in a year, one that features… Read more
Style
Various
Strength
Various
Stockists

Foresters Pub & Dining

Great Northern Hotel

Otter's Promise

Slowbeer

Slowbeer Fitzroy

Sun Moth Canteen

The Fitzroy Pinnacle

All on tap at Tallboy and Moose and some also found at the linked venues and a handful of other Melbourne bars including:

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3 Ravens Little Ravens Barley Wine

Tapped October 20th, 2017
As part of their recent brewery bar first birthday celebrations, 3 Ravens brewed a barley wine. It will become an annual thing, with a portion of each year's brew being added to the subsequent year's vintage, inspired by the Solera method of fractional blending traditionally found in other industries. To kickstart the lineage, into this first batch was poured the last few litres of a five-year-old stock ale that was originally part of the brewery's Bitter Sweet End. It was joined in the mix by some… Read more

Bodriggy Brewing & The Mill Roggenbier

Tapped October 20th, 2017
Bodriggy and The Mill are two of the younger brewing operations to call inner Melbourne home. Indeed, the former is still in the process of building its home in a large warehouse in Abbotsford, while the latter only opened its doors in Collingwood for the first time earlier this year. The two got together recently to celebrate their near neighbourly-ness and shared youth in a beer. And they did it with a roggenbier. "A roggenbier?" you cry. Yes, a roggenbier, a style with origins in Germany… Read more
Style
Roggenbier
Strength
5.7%
Stockists

Carwyn Cellars

Cherry Tree Hotel

Royston Hotel

The Catfish

The Mill Brewery

Dr Morse

The Mill

Dr Morse

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7 cent Brewery THe RUSH

Tapped October 20th, 2017
You can always rely on 7 cent to come up with a colourful beer name. These are, after all, the mates that have brought us Get To The Hoppa and Glass Case Of Emotion in the past. Here, it's a rather more close to the bone affair, with THe RUSH another release from their Gisborne brewery to star a "wild" yeast strain; as they say: "the more funk in the beer the gooder it is". It's an IPA entirely fermented with a yeast strain originating in Brussels called Saccharomyces "bruxellensis"… Read more
Style
Wild Bruxellensis IPA
Strength
6.2%

Mornington Peninsula Brewery & Bucket Boys X

Tapped October 20th, 2017
Both Mornington Peninsula Brewery and Bucket Boys are breweries that like to put out hop forward beers so it makes sense that, when they decided to collaborate on a beer at the former's home in Victoria, they would brew a beer with hops at its heart. That beer is X, an XPA originally poured at the Australian Hotel Beer Festival in The Rocks and set to appear at events through Sydney Beer Week, as well as in cans elsewhere. It's not among the most extravagant beers either has put their name to in… Read more
Style
XPA
Strength
5.6%
Stockists

Bucket Boys

Keg & Brew

Mornington Peninsula Brewery

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Pikes Beer Company 'Merica American Pale Ale

Tapped October 20th, 2017
Pikes Beer Company set off for the States for their 2017 spring seasonal, a 5.5 percent ABV American pale ale aptly named ‘Merica. Loaded to the brim with US hops Cascade, Chinook, Mosaic and – one of the Pikes brewing team's personal favourites – Eureka, with Munich, wheat and a little roasted malt joining the pale malt to add texture, colour and some biscuity flavour. The hops create a citrus bouquet – lemon, orange and grapefruit – mixed with a dash of pine and resin in a beer that… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
Strength
5.5%
Stockists

NOLA Adelaide

Keg only release – just 30 of them heading across the country

Australian Brewery & Bucket Boys If You Like Pina Colada

Tapped October 19th, 2017
New England IPAs are passé; all hail the hazy cocktail IPA… For their second collaboration, The Australian Brewery and Bucket Boys have thrown caution to the wind and released a beer under the banner of a New England Milkshake IPA. For those unfamiliar with the hazy IPA trend that’s been both sweeping and dividing the beer world of late (presumably those people who call home the underside of a rock), the concept of a milkshake beer probably sounds only slightly more appealing than drinking the… Read more
Style
New England Milkshake IPA
Strength
6.7%

Block 'n Tackle Frost II Russian Imperial Stout

Tapped October 19th, 2017
The release of the second anniversary beer from Block ’n Tackle could be seen as the sign of a brewery hitting its stride. The Central Coast business has faced more than its share of hurdles over the past two years, but they’ve battled through each one and appear to have come out the other side in fine form. This is a place that’s gotten by, in the main, by making fairly approachable beer styles and serving them to locals directly from the brewery. But it’s noticeable how the envelope is… Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stout
Strength
8.7%

Mountain Goat Back To The Brewer Double Steam Ale

Tapped October 18th, 2017
When Mountain Goat turned ten, they brewed the Double Hightail – a version of their original beer with twice the proportion of hops and malt and a hefty extra dose of booze too. For their 15th, they rolled out a Triple Hightail. So, when the brewery turned 20 this month, they brewed a Quadruple Hightail. Except they didn't. Instead, they gathered the four head brewers from the two decades – co-founder Dave Bonighton, Jayne Lewis (now Two Birds Brewing), Dave Edney (now Hop Products Australia)… Read more
Style
Double Steam Ale
Strength
7.3%
Stockists

Available widely across Australia

Bootleg Brewery & SWCBB Cobbler American Brown

Tapped October 18th, 2017
SWCBB stands for the South West Craft Beer Bogans, who were invited by fellow southwest beer lovers, Bootleg Brewery, to take part in a homebrew competition. The prize: to have your beer scaled up to commercial scale. And the winner was Dave Baker, described by the brewery as a "super confident and passionate homebrewer from Donnybrook" who entered an American brown ale he'd been perfecting for years at home. And now it's out so you can find out what the judges saw in it. Dave's beer goes… Read more
Style
American Brown Ale
Strength
4.2%

Old Wives Ales Lupulonimbus & Lactohop

Tapped October 17th, 2017
With more and more Australian breweries making New England style IPAs, it should come as little surprise that the words “Imperial” or "Double" should start making their presence felt alongside the letters NE and IPA. Such is the case with Old Wives Ales’ take on the style, with the Melbourne brewery brewing an 8 percent ABV NEIIPA in collaboration with the Terminus. Lupulonimbus pours a cloudy orange with a big, aromatic hit of citrus coming from the combo of Ella, Vic Secret and… Read more
Style
NEIIPA & Hoppy Sour
Strength
8.0% & 5.0%

La Sirène Brewing Belle D'Orange

Tapped October 17th, 2017
On a recent visit to La Sirène's brewery, it's fair to say we were taken aback by one beer. OK, so there were plenty of tasty beers sampled that day but one that was pulled from the tank packed an unexpected amount of pizzazz. It was the Belle D'Orange, so named because it started out as the brewery's Belle French ale before spending 11 months in French oak with a stack of whole Navel oranges for company. Once drawn from the tank where it was undergoing final conditioning before release, you could… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Citrus Farmhouse Ale
Strength
4.8%
Stockists

Carwyn Cellars

Junction Beer Hall

And select Melbourne venues

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Dainton Family Brewery Blood Orange Rye NEIPA

Tapped October 17th, 2017
Clearly, hopping aboard the craze for hazy New England style IPAs currently rampaging through breweries across the country wasn't enough for Dainton Family Brewing. They had to go and give the style something a little more, well, Dan Dainton. So, for their spring entry into the land of the NEIPA, they added his favourite grain, rye, and loaded the beer up with blood orange too – presumably to make sure it really was juicy. Thus, accompanying the citrusy hop aromas you'll find characteristics reminiscent… Read more
Style
Bloody Orange Rye NEIPA
Strength
6.0%
Stockists

Grape and Grain Liquor Cellars

Dainton Brewery Bar

And outlets around Bayside and the Mornington Peninsula

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BentSpoke Brewing Co Sprocket (Can)

Tapped October 16th, 2017
With such a fine lineup of beers covering a broad array of styles – IPAs of every size, farmhouse style ales, lagers, red ales, brown ales, experimental releases and so on – it can be tough to settle on a favourite from the BentSpoke stable. Yet our first encounter with Sprocket, in its original format, led to its appearance as the brewery's representative in The Great Australian Beer Guide at the expense of more popular fellow IPA, Crankshaft. It's easy to go either way, however; one waft of… Read more
Style
IPA
Strength
7.0%
Stockists

Find Sprocket here

BentSpoke Brewing Co GFG (Can)

Tapped October 16th, 2017
Joining Sprocket as the first of two beers in BentSpoke's "Drifter Series" of canned releases is GFG, AKA Gluten Friendly Ginger. It's uses an enzyme brewers can add to break down gluten from any barley or wheat in the beer to make it suitable for some people with gluten intolerance. And, of course, it uses ginger – and plenty of it too. The beer won a vote run through the brewery's website last year asking which one drinkers would most like to see in a can and it certainly offers something… Read more
Style
Ginger Beer
Strength
4.0%
Stockists

Find GFG here

Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 4: Amber Rye Ale

Tapped October 16th, 2017
The Brew Crew Series is the place where Bad Shepherd's non-brewing staff get to play around in the brewery. And, for beer number four in the series, the baton was passed to chef Jen. When pairing beer with food, you're generally going to find more room to manoeuvre with malt or yeast driven beers than anything loaded up with hop bitterness and here Jen has plumped for the former in creating an amber ale enlivened with a dose of spicy rye. The tasting notes say it's "loosely" based on an… Read more
Style
Rye Amber Ale
Strength
5.0%
Bitterness
40 IBU

Prancing Pony Indie Kid Pilsener

Tapped October 16th, 2017
It's getting harder to know how much faith to put into professions of independence in the beer world these days, as bigger businesses with deep pockets look to buy themselves credibility and a slice of the growing craft beer pie. Yet independence is just one thing SA's Prancing Pony is looking to celebrate with its Indie Kid Pilsener; the Kids of the title is a nod to their investment in a couple of apprentices while the beer is also the first to roll off a newly installed bottling line. As for the… Read more
Style
Pilsener
Strength
4.8%
Bitterness
36 IBU

Wildflower – St Florence

Tapped October 14th, 2017
Wildflower has a way of making every beer feel a bit special, but its newest release is particularly so. Called St Florence, it’s been made in celebration of the recent birth of head brewer Topher’s daughter and the beer appears to have had a gestation as complex as the miracle occurring in the womb. At the beginning of the year it started life spontaneously, from fruit grown down south in Gerringong and Sauvignon Blanc grapes from out west in Orange. After spending a week macerating, a barrel… Read more
Style
Wild Ale
Strength
7.0%

Foreigner Brewing Co Imperial Pilsner

Tapped October 14th, 2017
If you’re a Melbourne brewery founded by two Czech expats then the choice of beer to mark your first birthday should be a pretty straightforward one: take the world-conquering style which originated in your homeland and make it bigger and bolder. So that's what Foreigner Brewing Co did, by brewing an imperial pilsner to celebrate the occasion. Featuring the traditional Saaz hop and somewhat less traditional Ella, before being dry hopped with New Zealand’s Motueka, it’s a beer that to blends… Read more
Style
Imperial Pilsner
Strength
6.4%
Stockists

Foreigner Brewing Co

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