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!

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Sauce Brewing Strawberry Dreamshake & Mimosa Gose

Tapped July 22, 2021
Sydney may be in the throes of lockdown, but a double release from Sauce Brewing is always a welcome distraction. The distraction in this case is a combination they've called Sweet & Sour July. Strawberry Dreamshake Milkshake IPA brings the sweet. After a successful pilot batch of a similar beer earlier in the year, Sauce have brewed this to sate those all sweet-tooths (sweet-teeth?) out there. You don’t have to try very hard to smell the lollies on the label; strawberry puree, lactose and… Read more
Style
Milkshake IPA & Gose
ABV
7.0% & 3.5%

Aether Brewing Oak & Organisms: Respite

Tapped July 22, 2021
Personally, I've been waiting with bated breath for another entry from Aether’s barrel program and now the second Oak & Organisms is here. Respite Breakfast Stout is indeed a welcome respite during the troubled times we find ourselves in midway through 2021. It’s an imperial stout aged for 12 months in barrel before having oats, blueberry, cinnamon, almond and coconut added to it. If you think these muesli-type ingredients sound like they’re incongruous with an imperial stout, rest assured… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Breakfast Stout
ABV
8.2%
Bitterness
30 IBU

Balter Brewing Electric Wonderland

Tapped July 21, 2021
I know Electric Wonderland is a new beer made with modern hop technology. But the moment I saw the neon colours on the can, my brain took me back thirty plus years. I saw Will Smith wearing MC Hammer pants in Fresh Prince. I saw Blade Runner. I heard the synthesiser riff from Take On Me. The Cryo Idaho 7 and supporting Strata and Sabro hops somehow put the ‘West Coast’ in ‘West Coast IPA’; I may have never been to LA, but I can taste the 80s SoCal aesthetic in this beer. The white froth of… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
7.0%
Bitterness
54 IBU

Dainton Beer Insane Uncle IPA

Tapped July 21, 2021
Four months on from (re)releasing their first ever beer, Red Eye Rye, Dainton are back exploring their own back catalogue with Insane Uncle IPA, released in July 2021. For those who haven't been following the Dainton story for its full history, Insane Uncle was the first IPA the - then nomadic - brewing company brewed, back when a family theme was running through their beers. Insane Uncle later morphed into the brewery’s core range IPA and at the time, we’d found it had become a bit leaner and… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.0%
Bitterness
50 IBU

Molly Rose Crowd Goes Mild (Nitro) & Nitro Spiced Fig

Tapped July 20, 2021
Melbourne's Molly Rose haven’t just been releasing alcohol-free beers in recent times, with owner Nic Sandery also putting tiny bubbles into cans with two nitro releases. Crowd Goes Mild has returned from 2020, when it was released (sans nitro) during another lockdown and became quite a popular beer among the wider Crafty Pint team. A dark mild might be the kind of traditional beer style you don’t often see from Melbourne breweries but this one’s a more non-traditional take on the British classic… Read more
Style
Dark Mild & Vegan Dessert Stout
ABV
3.8% & 6.0%

Mismatch Brewing Bourbon Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout 2021

Tapped July 16, 2021
In 2020, Mismatch released their first Bourbon Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout, an outstanding beer that picked up its fair share of silverware. Now it's back, albeit in slightly different form. Sure, the 14 Buffalo Trace barrels haven't changed but the 2021 version has a toned down ABV – albeit still sitting at a tidy 11.2 percent ABV – and, while the original version dripped with bourbon, here that is dialled back a touch, resulting in a rich, complex, balanced beer. The limited release… Read more
Style
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout
ABV
11.2%

Wolf Of The Willows & The Gospel Persistence II

Tapped July 16, 2021
With Melbourne back in lockdown and Sydney facing the same fate until at least the end of July, many of us could use a bit of persistence right now. Fortunately, Wolf of the Willows have delivered some just in time, with their collaboration with The Gospel Distillery making its return as Persistence II. The beer was first released in November 2020, just as Melbourne was finishing up another lockdown and is part of the brewery’s wider Barrel Exchange Project, which has also featured releases made… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
12.2%

Tallboy & Moose Shadow Ban

Tapped July 16, 2021
Tallboy and Moose brew a lot of different beer styles but one they say they’re particularly keen to see make a full return is the black IPA. To do their part in that revival, they’ve brewed Shadow Ban, with a label that looks like it's from another era too. There's a lot of detail to unpack with it but effectively their graphic designer has looked to an online chatroom circa the mid-2000s and provided swathes of messages to find. As for the beer, it uses midnight wheat to provide the beer’s… Read more
Style
Black IPA
ABV
6.2%

Hawkers Barrel Aged Baltic Porters 2021

Tapped July 16, 2021
Well, the barrel releases don't seem to be slowing at Hawkers. Not content with releasing four different barrel-aged imperial stouts at the end of June, they’ve followed up a few weeks later with two barrel-aged Baltic porters. Sure, with both coming in above 10 percent ABV, it might be a little hard to distinguish these beers from equally boozy imperial stouts but there is a softness to them that reveals they’re slightly different affairs. The Brandy Barrel Aged Baltic Porter is the largest,… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Baltic Porters
ABV
11.7% & 10.8%

Stomping Ground Iced Faux-Vo & Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout 2021

Tapped July 15, 2021
Stomping Ground’s tinnie releases have at times shown Melbourne brewery like to explore beer from many different angles and their winter releases in 2021 are no different. First up let’s, dive into Iced Faux-Vo, which you may have already tried at Stomping Ground’s glorious Melbourne GABS stand which leaned heavily into their Smash series and took its cues from a fruit and veg market. The beer itself was inspired by the classic Australian biscuit, bringing together raspberry and coconut and… Read more
Style
Sour Beer & Barrel-aged Stout
ABV
6.5% & 9.5%

Bright Brewery Aviation Cocktail Sour & Maple Heist Porter

Tapped July 15, 2021
Towards the start of 2021, Bright Brewery looked to deliver a cocktail experience in beer form with Penicillin. Following on its tail is this GABS beer, which saw the High Country brewery partnering up with the town’s Reed & Co Distillery to create Aviation Cocktail Sour, which has been given a wider release following the festival's conclusion. The botanicals used in the beer were selected by Reed’s head distiller Hamish Nugent to reflect the namesake cocktail made of gin, maraschino liqueur,… Read more
Style
Cocktail Sour & Maple Porter
ABV
5.1% & 6.5%

Bridge Road Blood Orange Sour

Tapped July 14, 2021
Another month, another gose from Bridge Road. This one has blood orange in the mix, and it brings all kinds of fresh delights to the senses. To the eye, a slightest blush. Golden with a touch of pink. To the nose, a heady rush. Whether you describe it as sour orange or grapefruit, it’s a wonderfully zappy smell. To the mouth, a gentle tang. There’s orange, there’s sour, there’s salt, but the overarching theme is crisp refreshment. If you take small sips, it’s extremely easy drinking. If… Read more
Style
Gose
ABV
4.3%

Colonial Brewing Inquest 2021

Tapped July 14, 2021
In these uncertain times, it’s good to have a beer release you can set your watch to. Colonial’s Inquest has become a release along those lines, with the American Imperial Stout being brewed for in winter every year since 2017 and at the time, it was the biggest beer in Australia released in cans. It's been joined by many other big tins since and though the recipe and approach changes each year, it does remain a highly awaited release from the brewery which is based in both WA and Victoria. This… Read more
Style
American Imperial Stout
ABV
10.0%
Bitterness
780 IBU
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Black Brewing Coconut Porter & Bad Boy Bao Bao

Tapped July 13, 2021
Two is almost always better then one, which could be why Black Brewing have released two dark, unique, seasonally-appropriate beers for punters to enjoy. The brewers at their Caves Road home have dropped a coconut porter and a new take on their Bao Bao Stout – a sweetened marshmallow infused reiteration – right at the midpoint of winter. Coconut Porter is a decadent treat perfect for slow sipping. Pouring inky black with a strikingly dense, mocha head, and displaying rich cocoa and coconut on… Read more
Style
Coconut Porter & Sweet Stout
ABV
6.5% & 7.4%

Wheaty Brewing Corps Exquisite Corps Session Saison

Tapped July 13, 2021
Collaborations between musical outfit COMA and the Wheaty Brewing Corps have been an ongoing thing for some time now, bringing us beers such as (COMA)toes IIPA, COMA Chameleon Mango Sour, and Rizzocato, which was the starting point for their now core range Rizzo Rice Lager. In 2021, the collaboration went down the Belgium route, taking the form of a session saison at 3.4 percent ABV and featuring pilsner, flaked oats, wheat and acidulated malts, Magnum, Mandarina Bavaria, Amarillo and Eclipse hops,… Read more
Style
Session Saison
ABV
3.4%
Bitterness
5 IBU

Plonk Dark Beer Box

Tapped July 13, 2021
Whether you’re a brewery or booze retailer, reaching 15 years is an important milestone and worthy of a celebration. Canberra’s Plonk have done just that, working with six breweries to create seven unique dark beers sold in a special Winter Beer Box of 12. That’s quite a few numbers to get your head around and quite a bit to unpack (not to mention beers to enjoy) so let’s get stuck into what’s inside. Starting with the lightest in terms of ABV, but certainly not one that’s light in flavour,… Read more
Style
Various Styles
ABV
Various ABV

Molly Rose Citra Citra & Strawberry Sublime

Tapped July 12, 2021
As much as alcohol-free beer seems to be on the ascent, in terms of breweries making two in time for Dry July, Molly Rose seems to stand out a little. For one, they're quite a bit smaller than many brewing companies that have made them and though they might be small in stature, they have a good reason for doing it. Brewery founder Nic Sandery has been trying them alongside the rest of us and as a father of a young child, values sleep over ABV and wanted to try his hand at brewing them. He's entered… Read more
Style
Citrus IPA & Strawberry Lime Gose
ABV
Both 0.5%

Cheeky Monkey Rabbit Hill East Coast DIPA

Tapped July 12, 2021
This addition to Cheeky Monkey's rapid-fire Surf Break Series of hazy IPAs is one of their biggest: an 8.1 percent ABV East Coast Double IPA named after Rabbit Hill in Yallingup, famously a favourite wave of local pro surfer, Taj Burrows. The beer pours a pale, hazy orange with a lasting and lacy head. Passionfruit and citrus aromas are front and centre thanks to a generous dry-hopping with Nelson Sauvin, as well as a touch of Citra and Simcoe Cryo hops. There are some gentle tropical esters that… Read more
Style
Double IPA
ABV
8.1%

Jetty Road Attention To Detial & Beeramisu

Tapped July 9, 2021
Jetty Road's core range might be a little approachable but with winter 2021 in full swing, head brewer Blake Bowden and the team have been making beers aimed to satisfy certain cravings. If it’s hops you’re after, there’s Attention To Detial, which is either a very funny name or a very unfortunate typo come printing day. The beer also represents the brewery's highest dry hop rate to date, and their most expensive beer to make, with 30 grams per litre of Cryo Simcoe and Idaho 7 used. It’s… Read more
Style
Oat Cream IPA & Pastry Stout
ABV
7.2% & 6.5%

Bodriggy Brewing Stingrays Draught

Tapped July 8, 2021
Much like its namesake bar (and the individual who spawned the bar’s name), Stingrays Draught is a little left of centre. Sure the beer inside may be straightforward enough but it represents a different look and feel when compared with the broader Bodriggy family, with the idea being that this is a beer grabbed by the case and enjoyed straight from the tin. Being a bit of a play for the mainstream lager drinker's attention, it hits the mark well too, pouring with a glistening gold with a bright… Read more
Style
Kolsch
ABV
4.5%