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!

CoConspirators Brewing & Carwyn Cellars The Spy

Tapped Today
Well before we knew what a novel coronavirus was, CoConspirators Brewing and Carwyn Cellars began harbouring a secret beer across several barrels. The Spy is an imperial rye beer that's been aged in aquavit, sherry and port barrels and after spending two years aging in wood, the conspirators blended their secret together, put it in bottles and dipped his head in wax for release in 2021 just as Melbourne hit its first cold snap of the year. It’s a fitting beer for a cold night too, with the 12.5… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Rye
ABV
12.5%

Burnley Brewing Doppelbock (With Mr West) & Main Character

Tapped April 9, 2021
It’s not all that often a locally brewed doppelbock is released and, while Burnley Brewing make them more often than most, theirs isn’t normally brewed until their Richmond brewpub is preparing to transform into Bavaria for a celebration of all things Oktoberfest. But there’s a good reason Burnley have brewed Doppelbock early in 2021: it’s to celebrate dogs. Two dogs in particular – the beer is a collaboration with Mr West and the can's artwork features both Burnley's brew dog Harry and… Read more
Style
Doppelbock & Fruited Lager
ABV
7.2% & 4.2%

Six String Brewing Sleight Of Hand White Chocolate Stout

Tapped April 9, 2021
It could be a line from an epic rock song: "Sip from the can Before you pour this Sleight of Hand." Six String Brewing's April limited release offering is a magnificent, creamy, sweet stout masquerading as a "white" ale. Sleight of Hand refers to manipulation and entertaining, and that's where the team at Erina step in: what Six String have done is manipulate the meaning of the name Sleight of Hand, coupled with their own "Easter egg", to perhaps point their loyal followers… Read more
Style
White Chocolate Stout
ABV
6.8%
Bitterness
18 IBU

Colonial Brewing Hazy IPA

Tapped April 9, 2021
In a few short years, hazy IPAs have gone from being a rarity to a fixture in the Australian beer landscape, with some breweries devoting most of their brew schedule to them and others regularly rebrewing them or exploring different recipes. Colonial Brewing's Hazy IPA is one such beer that keeps coming back, first brewed at Colonial's Port Melbourne home in late 2019 (which is why it features Port Melbourne Football Club's home of The Borough on the can) then returning each year since with slight… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
6.7%

Sailors Grave #Fuckenthing

Tapped April 9, 2021
Close to two years ago, Chris and Gab Moore at Sailors Grave lost a close friend. In 2021, as a celebration of his life, they've created a beer in his honour. Andrew King was a rep for Genovese Coffee while the Moores were running a restaurant in Sydney and the beer, #Fuckenthing, features Ethiopian Kedamai from that roastery, with each can in the four-pack covered different artwork and phrases from Andrew’s Instagram. As for the beer, while many brewers making beer with coffee opt for a stout… Read more
Style
Raspberry, Coffee & Cream Gose
ABV
5.4%

Gage Roads Rock Dance IPA

Tapped April 8, 2021
Building upon 2020’s well received limited release Loop The Lupe, Gage Roads' Rock Dance IPA – a core range release in their home state of WA, a seasonal in the eastern states – captures the coastal vibe of Injidup’s natural spa, a location that’s become an West Australian Instagram hotspot. As summer in WA endures, the baked ancient ochre forms offer no respite for the unprepared: it’s a rock dance to reach the alluring the turquoise water, the ballet of which is all movement, energy… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
6.5%

Holgate Brewhouse Hazy IPA (2021)

Tapped April 8, 2021
The evolution of Holgate’s regularly released but limited Hazy IPA continues in 2021. The beer’s origins go back to GABS 2017, when the brewery made Cloudy With A Chance Of Mangoes. Since then, Holgate have given it a wider release in kegs, then it appeared in 440ml cans in 2020 before arriving at the present day in a 375ml can. The beer itself, on the other hand, hasn’t changed so much. And, while mango might have been in the original name, it’s not fruit steering things here. Instead,… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
6.8%

Mismatch Brewing Hazy IPA (Batch 2) & Strawberry Sour

Tapped April 8, 2021
South Australia’s Mismatch Brewing have two returning beers out in tins for April 2021. Well, in the case of one of them, it’s not quite a returning beer and more a variation on a theme, with Hazy IPA following a similar release in 2020. The idea for the IPA series is to let Mismatch's brewers explore different ingredients, alcohol levels and tweak other aspects of the recipe, with Batch 2 coming in at 6 percent ABV and using Galaxy, Sabro, Citra plus experimental Kiwi hop NZ-107. Pouring a very… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA & Strawberry Sour
ABV
6.0% & 3.0%

KAIJU! Cthulhu On The Moon Black IPA

Tapped April 7, 2021
Given they launched themselves into the Aussie beer scene with beers that – at the time, at least – would have been one-off or seasonal releases for most of their peers, it's quite striking how infrequently KAIJU! release one-off beers themselves. Sure, there's a few that appear only in kegs each year, and fewer still that appear in cans, such as their Mutation Program beers, but for the most part they keep themselves happy (and growing in volume) with a pretty tight lineup, which makes revisiting… Read more
Style
Black IPA
ABV
6.5%

Hop Nation Fresh Hop Ground Control

Tapped April 6, 2021
When Hop Products Australia unveiled the name of their newest proprietary hop, Eclipse, in November 2020, the hop grower teamed up with a dozen brewers and Beer Cartel to mark the launch with a special mixed pack dedicated to the hop. The dozen beers were an impressive showcase too, particularly thanks to the diversity of beer styles brewed to explore what Eclipse can do; sure it's nice to know what flavours a hop imparts on an IPA but its just as exciting to see the tasting notes on display in a… Read more
Style
Fresh Hop West Coast IPA
ABV
7.0%

Hargreaves Hill Pursuit Of Hoppiness No.9 & Fruitopia No.3

Tapped April 5, 2021
Hops – lots of them, mostly added late in the brewing process – have been the unifying factor in Hargreaves Hill's Pursuit of Hoppiness series (the clue is in the name, after all). Yet, across the eight prior releases to date, they'd touched upon a few bases, with a Cryo Oat Cream IPA – No.7 – and imperial red IPA – No.8 – probably my picks from the lineup to date. And it's in similar territory to the former they head as they close in on double figures. Pursuit of Hoppiness No.9 is an… Read more
Style
Oat Cream IPA & Imperial Fruit Sour
ABV
7.0% & 8.0%

DTC & Friends Dankfest 2021 Quartet

Tapped April 3, 2021
Ever wanted to have a party with some mates and celebrate the good old days, but want it to be as fresh as it probably wasn’t then? So do The DTC crew, who've been celebrating all things dank in beer via four collabs created for their Dankfest 2021 weekender: each was conceived by a pair of hop-focused brewers – one East Coast, one West. All Shook Up is a double grapefruit IPA that's an amplified meld of classics from two breweries of Scottish origin, with the internationals from BrewDog lending… Read more
Style
Various IPAs
ABV
9.0% & 8.5% & 7.0% & 7.0%
Stockists

The Dutch Trading Co

Available from The DTC and online

Balter Brewing Eazy Hazy

Tapped April 1, 2021
Another day, another entry in Balter’s Hazy series. Scott Hargrave, Balter’s head brewer, says Eazy Hazy was the result of a few experiments last year making session beers, including Bunker Buster, Super Sipper, Quaff Bomb and Session Hazy. Each of those was well received in their own right, which says a lot for the final result – low alcohol, low bitterness, plenty of flavour, plenty of drinkability. Would you expect anything less from Balter? This opaque yellow drop is fruity but gentle and… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale
ABV
4.0%

Sunday Road Bigger Enigma & Dust From A Distant Sun

Tapped April 1, 2021
Between the clarity, the craftsmanship, and the awe-inspiring beauty, Bigger Enigma is what I imagine stained glass windows taste like. Sunday Road have hit five years of brewing, and this beer is how they’re celebrating. Since Enigma Ale was the brewery's first to market and remains their flagship, it’s only right for it to become the basis for their birthday beer with Bigger Enigma turning things up by containing twice the malt, twice the bitterness and four times the dry-hop of the original.… Read more
Style
Double IPA & Double Oat Cream IPA
ABV
8.6% & 7.0%
Bitterness
60 IBU & 22 IBU

Sunday Road Over The Bridge

Tapped April 1, 2021
At the end of 2020 Kirrawee Bridge opened and now that it takes pedestrians over the Princes Highway, it’s no longer necessary to play a real-life game of Frogger to get from Sunday Road Brewing to the Prince Hotel. Walking between the two safely now takes just three minutes and twenty seconds (or 436 steps for those of you watching your Fitbits). That’s as good a reason as any to celebrate, right? Sunday Road and the Prince believe it is, so they teamed up to make Over The Bridge, a returning… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale
ABV
4.5%
Bitterness
18 IBU

Dainton Brewing Red Eye Rye 2021

Tapped March 31, 2021
It might be shocking to hear but 2013 was an entire eight years ago. It was the year the word selfie was invented (in Australia, no less), Daft Punk released their last album (which makes you wonder what they’d been doing from then until their breakup last month) and it was a little bit easier to keep track of who was brewing what in Australia. One of the new breweries to appear on the scene in that year was Dainton Family Brewery, a nomadic operation headed up by brewer Dan Dainton and his old… Read more
Style
Red IPA
ABV
5.5%

Bridge Road Brewers Harvest Hazy & Dark Harvest 2021

Tapped March 30, 2021
Snap lockdowns aside, March 2021 is starting to feel a whole lot more normal than 2020. For one, beer festivals are back, including The High Country Hop which not only returned at the end of the month but was bigger than ever, having moved from the carpark at Bridge Road Brewers to the Beechworth Historic Precinct Reserve. The festival’s return also heralds the arrival of Bridge Road’s longrunning fresh hop beers, which have been brewed for far longer than other breweries have been exploring… Read more
Style
Fresh Hop IPAs
ABV
6% & 6.6%

Bridge Road Brewers Mango Sour With Lime

Tapped March 30, 2021
A month or so after loading some 500 kilograms of berries into a beer, in the month of March Bridge Road again filled their brewery with the same amount of fruit to create Mango Sour With Lime. Like Very Berry Sour, the “Sessional Sour Beer” really pushes the limits of how beers meant to look, with it appearing far closer to a juiced mango over juiced malts in the glass (I know you don’t quite juice malts: please don’t email). Mango Sour is not quite as syrupy as the path many breweries are… Read more
Style
Sessionable Sour Ale
ABV
4.3%

Boston Brewing Great Southern, Mango Oat Cream & Idaho 7 IPAs

Tapped March 30, 2021
After a summer spent exploring fruit in sours, Boston have moved on to showcase a spectrum of hoppy IPAs, which will no doubt please the many Easter holiday guests at their twin homes in Denmark and Vic Park. First up, if there was ever a beer that I felt qualified to cover, this is it. To be fair, however, the name Great Southern references the vast WA region, a mosaic of farming and ancient forests, that’s washed by the Antarctica-fuelled Southern Ocean, but I’m happy to take a little shine… Read more
Style
IPA, Mango Oat Cream IPA & IPA
ABV
5.8% & 7.0% & 7.0%
Stockists

Boston Brewery, Denmark

Boston Vic Park

And more WA stockists to follow

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Slow Lane Brewing Weka Pale Ale

Tapped March 29, 2021
Weka Island is a 5.8 percent ABV hazy pale ale from Slow Lane and also a tiny island off the coast of another small island which is off the coast of the island nation of Aotearoa. Got it? I’ll get to the beer shortly but first I’m going to write a totally unnecessary and barely relevant bit about our national neighbour and its birds. Weka Island is located off the east coast of Rakiura, an island that sits south of the southern most point of the south island of Aotearoa. Rakiura and the islands… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale
ABV
5.8%
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