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.

Two Birds Brewing Pilsner

Tapped Today
If you're stinging for some Kiwi hops this summer, Two Birds Brewing has you covered. The unmistakable essence of South Island lupulin goodness is the defining character of the Spotwood brewery's new seasonal release. The fruity aromas are as sharp and crystalline as the beer is gleaming and golden: they reckon white peach and freshly crushed grapes, we'd add gooseberry to the mix too – not to mention something recalling the lively herbal kick of a South East Asian salad. It looks rather lovely… Read more
Style
NZ Pilsner
Strength
5.2%
Stockists

Available where you find Two Birds beers around Australia

Blackman's & Barrow Boys You're Turning Violet Gose

Tapped Today
At the start of the year, Blackman's released a blackberry gose. It was perfect timing as the Crafty clan happened to be enjoying a spot of summer camping nearby. Or so we thought. By the time we made it to the brewery mid-afternoon, every single can Renn and his crew had filled had already been picked up by locals. As we said back then, it was a sign of the times if ever there was one: a salty, sour, fruity beer selling out at a regional brewery in hours. Unsurprisingly, they're repeating the trick… Read more
Style
Fruit Gose
Strength
4.8%

Nail Brewing Clout Stout 2017

Tapped December 8th, 2017
Seven years since its debut to mark ten years of Nail, some drinkers may be pondering the relevance of Clout Stout, while its limited release each year – and hefty price tag – means many won't have even tried it. The Australian beer landscape, including Nail itself, has changed dramatically since a dark beer with a mighty presence first wandered on to the nascent scene. Sure, it’s won a stack of awards and garnered praise aplenty, with the $70 price point drawing nearly as much attention as… Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stout
Strength
12.3%
Stockists

Look out for it at specialist beer venues across Australia

New England Brewing Co Blowing Raspberries

Tapped December 8th, 2017
On the face of it, saison would seem one of the beer styles best suited to the Australian climate. Characteristically light and dry, with the potential to hold an almost infinite amount of complexity – which in turn makes them a great accompaniment to food – there’s a lot to love. Yet, for all its merits, the style is hardly ubiquitous, that’s despite the efforts of those that see saisons as a way to move forward; Bridge Road has long flown the flag with its Chevalier, they're the focus at… Read more
Style
Raspberry Saison
Strength
5.2%

Feral & Old Faithful Walrus Tears

Tapped December 7th, 2017
An American BBQ joint, an ex-Captain America artist and a shower beer blogger walk into a brewery. No, really, they did and the result was no half cooked idea or rush at opportunism. Instead, Walrus Tears is a poised lemon and rosemary gose that celebrates the flavours of low and slow cooking. The collaborators discussed creating a beer that would enhance the dining experience and settled on the gose style to balance the richness of Perth restaurant Old Faithful's menu. Salt levels for the beer were… Read more
Style
Lemon & Rosemary Gose
Strength
5.3%

Feral & Caboose Mango Ganguly

Tapped December 7th, 2017
When the back of the train reached the heart of the (Swan) valley, the resultant Darjeeling Limited-like collaboration turned into a subcontinental spiced mango lassi IPA. Taking its name (well, half of it) from the former Indian captain and inspiration from his homeland, it's a beer that manages to retain Ganguly's elegant balance despite piling 200g of uncracked cardamom, freshly pulped mango and lactose into the 1000 litre batch. The last of these contribute to a creamy mouthfeel while the fruity… Read more
Style
Mango Lassi IPA
Strength
6.5%
Stockists

Caboose

La Sirène Brewing Saisonette & Fleur Folie 2017

Tapped December 7th, 2017
Not new beers here, more the latest evolution of a couple of La Sirène seasonal releases out in time for summer. The Saisonette is the brewery's lowest ABV saison variant, one brewer Costa Nikias suggests may be most like the original farmhouse beers of the style of all in his broad array. It's a suggestion with added weight now the beer is brewed with the latest iteration of the La Sirène house yeast, containing, as it does, a mix of cultures, including those native to the brewery and its surrounds.… Read more
Style
Saison variants
Strength
3.8% & 6.0%

Fixation Brewing Obsession Session IPA

Tapped December 6th, 2017
The mystery beer referred to in our most recent blind tasting write up? That was this, the latest addition to the Fixation lineup of IPAs. Slotting in as the little sibling to the brewing company's flagship IPA, Obsession is a session IPA (also referred to on the label as "where extra pale ale meets IPA") and gives Fixation fans a first sub-5 percent ABV beer. Aside from the fact they nailed the name, the beer itself continues the brewing company's mission to focus on hops above all. Pine/spruce… Read more
Style
Session IPA
Strength
4.6%
Stockists

Find it at good independent beer venues and retailers nationwide

Wayward Brewing Passion of the Puss

Tapped December 6th, 2017
Back in May of this year, Wayward’s Sourpuss Raspberry Berliner Weisse won the trophy for Best European Style Ale at the Australian International Beer Awards. Shortly afterwards, presumably to celebrate the win, they held an event at their brewery called Festival Of The Puss at which they tapped the champion beer alongside seven cousins, all small batches made with the same base beer but infused with something different, from cucumber to fig to blood orange. The one that was deemed to have the… Read more
Style
Berliner Weisse
Strength
3.8%

La Sirène Cuvée de Bois

Tapped December 6th, 2017
The final Avant Garde limited release of 2017 from Melbourne's urban farmhouse brewer La Sirène is another highlighting the direction founder Costa Nikias is keen to follow – and another that's been quite some time in the making. It's a blend of three separate beers: the original Cuvée and two older, barrel fermented saisons. The former started out as an open fermented farmhouse ale that was co-fermented with chardonnay grapes from Coldstream in the Yarra Valley and left to naturally sour. The… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Wild Ale
Strength
6.2%

Ocho Beer Reserve Bière de Garde

Tapped December 5th, 2017
The final days of spring 2017 saw Tasmania's Ocho Beer release the first of its Reserve series: barrel aged beers in 750ml bottles that have always been founder and brewer Stu Grant's intended direction. The first of the two we sampled was Imaginary Ale, a blended saison, with the beer accompanying it this Bière de Garde. Those who've been following Ocho from the early days will have had a brush with the beer before – in a manner of speaking – as it started out as A Fox In The Cellar, the rich,… Read more
Style
Bière de Garde
Strength
8.2%
Stockists

Get hold of it via Ocho's website

2 Brothers The Guvnor II: Part 1

Tapped December 2nd, 2017
As 2017 comes to a close, another Victorian brewery is turning ten. This time around, it's the turn of Moorabbin's 2 Brothers, founded by brothers Andrew and Dave Ong. As part of their birthday celebrations, they're launching a special beer – one with a past and a future as well as a (birthday) present. The original Guvnor was a 10.3 percent ABV English barley wine released in early 2011 that went on to take out that year's AIBA Premier's Trophy for Best Victorian Beer (much to the teetotal then… Read more
Style
Oak Aged Barley Wine
Strength
10.0%
Bitterness
40 IBU

Shedshaker & Wilson & Market Gone Troppo Summer Ale

Tapped December 2nd, 2017
Shedshaker is the new name for the Castlemaine based brewery formerly known as Castlemaine Brewery. Wilson & Market is the multi-faceted Prahran Market based café, restaurant, wine bar, function space and food & wine store. And Gone Troppo is the name of a seasonal summer ale created by the pair. It's a pale drop hopped with Vic Secret and Galaxy that we're told give the drinker "tropical pineapple and passionfruit aromas ... with a background of pine and citrus" as well as "a… Read more
Style
Summer Ale
Strength
5.0%

BentSpoke Brewing Mort's Gold (Cans)

Tapped December 2nd, 2017
It's not just the 360 degree removable lids that make BentSpoke's cans among the finest in the land. The artwork that may initially look like mere background detail goes a long way towards telling the story of the beer inside. So, if the canary yellow livery and "CLEAN & CRISP LAGER" hadn't already set you on the path to working out what Mort's Gold is intended for, just look a little closer: swimming pools, kites, buckets and spades, water pistols and so on. Yes, it's a beer for kids!… Read more
Style
Lager
Strength
4.4%

Six String Brewing Aloha NEIPA

Tapped December 1st, 2017
Brewers across Australia just can't help themselves from fruitifying their fruity IPAs and juicying up their juicy ones. And that includes Central Coast's Six String, who hooked up with near neighbours Eastcoast Beverages and “threw all the brewing rules out the window” on their Aloha New England IPA. To this very hazy beer has been added the juicer’s POG blend which is short for passionfruit, orange and guava, and those are flavours you get in high doses within this tropical riot of a beer.… Read more
Style
Juicy NEIPA
Strength
7.5%
Bitterness
30 IBU

Wolf Of The Willows Acidulus II

Tapped December 1st, 2017
Given they were one of the earliest adopters of the now ubiquitous XPA title for one of their beers (their first, no less), we shouldn't be surprised to find Wolf of the Willows potentially angering traditionalists by being one of the first locals* to bring another new "style" to the Aussie beer scene. This time it's the subtitle given to the returning Acidulus II: New England Sour. So what does it mean? Firstly, it continues their fondness for a dead language: Wolf of the Willows is derived… Read more
Style
New England Sour
Strength
5.7%
Stockists

You can find Acidulus II here

Aether Brewing Twisted Vine

Tapped November 30th, 2017
How do you make a fruity New England style IPA even more fruity? Add fruit, of course. At least, that's where a couple of years of experimentation led Aether's Dave and Jimmy. Twisted Vine has had both fresh passionfruit and blood orange added to its hazy mix and is also the first Aether beer chosen to appear inside a can. They reckon it's a beer that "embodies the fresh, bright boldness of a Queensland spring bursting with life" and is one that received an "overwhelming" when… Read more
Style
Passionfruit & Blood Orange NEIPA
Strength
5.5%

Tallboy & Moose SummaTime XPA & Ping Tang & OiPA

Tapped November 30th, 2017
Still no messing at Preston brewpub Tallboy & Moose where they've got three new beers on tap right now (as well as at a few other Melbourne venues). One is SummaTime XPA, a beer designed with the next Crafty Pint blind tasting at the brewpub mid-December in mind. We're going to be looking at New World style pale ales – essentially taking the American pale ale concept but layering on Aussie and Kiwi hops and, usually, featuring less booze and bitterness. And this beer achieves those goals, with… Read more
Style
Various styles
Strength
4.7% & 4.0% & 6.5%
Stockists

Belgian Beer Café Melbourne

Carwyn Cellars

Mr West

Otter's Promise

Terminus Hotel

Tallboy & Moose

And a handful of other Melbourne venues

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Bad Shepherd Reserve Road Draught

Tapped November 29th, 2017
On any visit to Bad Shepherd's brewpub in Cheltenham, you won't be short of beers to pick from; even without venturing into the Wolf Of The Willows or guest beers section of the tap list, the in-house offerings are likely to cover hops, fruit, something dark and something high in alcohol. But they decided they wanted to add something at ground level, a true session beer, something for locals for whom the brewpub might be a first brush with the wide world of craft beer. So they came up with Reserve… Read more
Style
Pilsner
Strength
4.2%

The Craft & Co Vermont IPA

Tapped November 29th, 2017
Among the first canned beers to come out of Collingwood’s The Craft & Co is the brewery’s take on hazy IPAs. Head brewer Heath McVeigh says the brewery went for Vermont IPA to keep the beer distinct from the cloudiest examples of the style and focus instead on the hops and how they were added to the boil. Featured hops are El Dorado, Citra, Falconers Flight and Idaho 7, which together produce a medley of flavours from tropical fruit, citrus and pine, with a light hint of honey. Compared to… Read more
Style
Vermont IPA
Strength
6.3%
Stockists

The Craft & Co

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