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!

Nowhereman 3 Speed Session IPA & Maracujá Sour

Tapped November 15th, 2019
Mid-strength beers can be a tricky proposition. The challenge of achieving enough flavour and aroma while keeping the booze low and everything in balance is a fine art, something that deserves respect, especially if they line up as well as happens here with 3 Speed. It comes with three versions of Keanu Reeves characters riding a bike on the decal – we’ll let you work out who they all are but will say there’s also a nod to a fourth, dude. While joining those dots, the Cascade, Motueka and Idaho… Read more
Style
Session IPA / Fruit Gose
ABV
3.5% / 4.5%

Sailors Grave Skull Rock Gose

Tapped November 14th, 2019
Sailors Grave launched with a gose as part of their initial lineup, back when the beer style was still starting to gain traction in Australia, and have returned to it many times since. Here, with Skull Rock, they do so again, albeit in a manner that's rather different to those that have gone before. Sure, they've used the beer as an opportunity to showcase East Gippsland's bounty, with locally grown Alestar malt joined by indigenous Karkalla (AKA pigface) and Mentha australis (AKA native river mint).… Read more
Style
Gose
ABV
4.5%

Nomad Brewing Jetlag Fingerlime IPA

Tapped November 14th, 2019
If you need a sensory hit to perk you up after a long flight, you’ve come to the right place. Jetlag was one of Nomad’s first three releases back when they opened, taking inspiration from the punchy IPAs of America but adding an Australian twist in the form of finger limes. While Nomad tweaked the recipe in 2019, changing up the hop bill to feature a new blend of Aussie and US varieties (including many people's favourite, Mosaic), they kept the native finger limes in place. While it still drinks… Read more
Style
Fingerlime IPA
ABV
6.0%

Nomad Brewing Rosie's Raspberry Sour Ale

Tapped November 14th, 2019
Raspberry Berliner Weisse style beers have certainly found their place in the hearts of many punters. This particular one follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, Rosie’s Summer Punch, replacing it in Nomad’s lineup. Have you ever had a coral pink beer? If not, here’s your chance. But the colour isn’t the only thing the raspberry brings; a level tartness complements the sour of the base beer, unlike the sweet edge from the hibiscus in the previous incarnation. Don’t expect this beer… Read more
Style
Raspberry Berliner Weisse
ABV
3.8%

Nomad Brewing Juicy As Fruit IPA

Tapped November 14th, 2019
It used to be that adding fruits and other adjuncts was a game for sour beers, 7 percent-plus IPAs, and imperial stouts. But with the increase in demand for lower ABV beers with flavour, a number of brewers are starting to play in the low-ABV-beers-with-adjuncts space. Many of these brewers are just exploring this trend for the first time, but the crew at Nomad Brewing have been playing there for quite some time now. One of their offerings is Juicy As, in which Nomad have taken their already quite… Read more
Style
Fruit Session IPA
ABV
4.5%
Bitterness
65 IBU

Boston & Cellabrations Carlisle Double Afterglose

Tapped November 14th, 2019
Talk about giving away the ending... The collaborators on this spin on Boston Brewing's popular Afterglose have stuck with the: "If it’s good, then double will be twice as good, right?" methodology for what started out as a new beer for Fremantle Beer Fest. It’s a sentiment that can deliver diminishing returns, especially when messing with beloved beers, but that's not the case here: Double Afterglose is a success and a dangerous one at that. Raspberries are bright, there's an implied… Read more
Style
Imperial Raspberry Gose
ABV
8.0%
Stockists

Cellarbrations Carlisle

Boston Brewery

And select WA locations.

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Newstead Brewing The Art Series: Sodamouf Soda Ale

Tapped November 13th, 2019
The team at Newstead are passionate about beer and the concept of beer as an art form. As such, extending that passion into a collaborative series in support of art and artists feels like a natural evolution. That evolution draws on inspiration from breweries like Canada's Collective Arts to give us The Art Series, which launched with an art show at Newstead’s Milton brewery before being released into the wild. The first edition is the Sodamouf (The Art Series #1) Soda Ale, brewed in collaboration… Read more
Style
Soda Ale
ABV
5.6%
Bitterness
46 IBU

Rocky Ridge Rock Juice V5

Tapped November 13th, 2019
The Rocky Ridge team have unleashed the fifth version of their crowd-pleasing Rock Juice, reuniting with Celebrations Carlisle and Cape Cellars to create a tweaked and better-then-ever imperial NEIPA. Building on previous iterations, V5 brings with it a fresh look that’s in line with recent brand and packaging upgrades from the brewery. Throw in an increase in ABV – now up to a sizeable 10.5 percent ABV – and an all Australian hop bill, including Galaxy, Melba, Ella and Vic Secret, and you've… Read more
Style
Imperial NEIPA
ABV
10.5%
Bitterness
25 IBU
Stockists

Cellarbrations Carlisle

Darleen's Taphouse

Rocky Ridge Cellar Door

Cape Cellars

And other good beer stockists where you find Rocky Ridge beers

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The Mill Brewery Altered Beast IPA

Tapped November 12th, 2019
Anyone who’s ever played Altered Beast will know it to be a game where a man transforms into a werewolf or dragon to battle underworld monsters. Apparently, if you get far enough you can turn into a bear too. How does it end? Who’s to say, it’s damn near impossible to finish and the game feels more like it was designed to take coins from kids in the 80s rather than being purely about fun. At Collingwood’s The Mill Brewery, they keep their Altered Beast on free play because the crew are not… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.3%
Stockists

A Point of Difference Liquor

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Carwyn Cellars

McCoppins

McCoppins Abbotsford

Beer 360

Galah

Samuel Pepys Wine Merchant

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Beerfarm Royal Haze IPA

Tapped November 12th, 2019
They might be sauntering in late to the party yet the arrival of a hazy IPA from the Beerfarm crew feels like it had to happen. After all, such beers are designed to be easy-going, fun, low in bitterness and fruity as all hell – which is a pretty decent summation of the entire Metricup operation. With Royal Haze, they might have taken their time, but it means they've been able to put ticks in all the appropriate spots on the hazy IPA checklist, not least the one for haziness: this one's dense as,… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
5.8%
Bitterness
15 IBU

3 Ravens Pine & Lime Creamsicle

Tapped November 11th, 2019
During 2018, 3 Ravens released a series of Acid Test beers – draught only spins on their Acid sour designed to test the water for future releases. And, as we approach summer 2019, one of those Tests – the Pine & Lime Creamsicle – has returned in cans. It's not the first beer borne of such inspiration to have come from a Melbourne brewery; Moon Dog, who now have a second brewery taking shape mere minutes from 3 Ravens, have been releasing their Splice Of Heaven IPA for a number of years… Read more
Style
Fruited Cream Sour
ABV
3.5%
Bitterness
15 IBU

Hop Nation Site Fermentation Project Wine Series 2019

Tapped November 11th, 2019
The weaving of their lives past, present and future continues for Sam and Dunc at Hop Nation with the release of the 2019 Wine Series. It's made up of a quartet that all underwent a similar process: discarded grapes from wineries across Victoria were added to the brewery's foedre-fermented sour blonde ale before undergoing a period of ageing in barrels; barrels that, in a fairytale kind of manner, appear on the labels as homes surrounded by flora, bugs and fungi, presumably a reminder of how much… Read more
Style
Beer-Wine Hybrids
ABV
6.0%

Hawkers & Alchemy Distillers Antifogmatic Beertail

Tapped November 11th, 2019
It's not every day you find three men at your front door, armed with enthusiasm, cans of beer, ice, lemon, a chopping board, knife and broad smiles. But who's going to complain when they're there with the sole purpose of treating you and your wife to a glass of their latest beer-cocktail hybrid? That was the scene at Crafty Towers last Friday morning as the trio from Hawkers stopped by to tell the tale of how they'd come up with Antifogmatic, a drink they'd conceived with craft distillers Alchemy.… Read more
Style
Beertail
ABV
4.7%

Bodriggy Brewing Space Milk Vol.5

Tapped November 8th, 2019
Now that Bodriggy have opened their doors to the public, they’ve got a lot of taps to keep full for the hordes of people keen to enjoy the brewery's Abbotsford home. One unfortunate consequence of opening a bustling brewpub that struck fear into the heart of this writer is that it might spell an end to one of my favourite series, Space Milk. The lactose-laced sours have previously welcomed the likes of almond, cayenne pepper, marigold and coffee skins into their lives in a way that works surprisingly… Read more
Style
Fruit Cream Sour
ABV
3.0%

All Hands Berry Berry Sour

Tapped November 8th, 2019
This beer is not about the hops. It’s not about the malt. It’s not about the yeast. It’s not even really about the sour. This is all about the fruit. We’re not talking “enough fruit that you can justify putting it on the label”. We’re talking “enough fruit to turn the beer the colour of cartoon grapes” - two hundred kilos of blueberries and blackberries added to less than a thousand litres of beer. Even the head is a rich candy pink, which is fitting since the aroma is all musk… Read more
Style
Fruit Sour
ABV
6.2%
Bitterness
12 IBU

Pikes Beers Co IPA

Tapped November 7th, 2019
Luckily a fish has many scales, what with Pikes highlighting a different one on every limited release beer's label and sending them out with greater frequency throughout 2019. This time around, after a journey that's passed through the haze, taken in some old wine barrels, mandarin trees and more, they've arrived back in IPA territory. Eureka combines with American power hop Mosaic in a malt grist not too dissimilar to the Clare Valley brewery's core range Sparkling Ale. There's no trace of murky… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.5%
Stockists

NOLA Adelaide

Sturt Street Cellars

Clare Valley Brewery

Republic

Kings Head Hotel

The Crafers Hotel

Little Pub

Historian Hotel

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Deeds Draught

Tapped November 7th, 2019
Since they first started brewing at their Glen Iris home in early 2019, Deeds Brewing have been releasing beers at a furious pace; and it's a brew schedule that shows no sign of slowing down. For the most part, those beers have been big and bold (not to mention hoppy) but Deeds Draught is an entirely different affair. This addition to the brewery's core range is instead a lager that's more about subtleties and refreshment, where maize in the malt bill is designed to aid the beer's easy-drinking nature.… Read more
Style
Lager
ABV
4.2%

Quiet Deeds & Merri Mashers Slenderman / Quiet Deeds & Venom Viper Pit / Dark Deeds & Froth Resting Witch Face

Tapped November 7th, 2019
Halloween’s here to stay in Australia and as much as the American-inspired holiday might annoy many Aussies, all that we can do on that front is direct you here. Deeds Brewing looked to join those celebrations in 2019 by releasing not one but three rather spooky beers, which follow closely on from their Tallboy & Moose collab, itself inspired by The Shining. The lightest of this trio is Slenderman, an IPA brewed with Merri Mashers member Rohan Lowe. Rohan took out the Deeds Brewers Choice award… Read more
Style
IPA / Hazy DIPA / Spiced Porter
ABV
5.8% / 9.0% / 6.0%

Little Creatures Return Of Anna Pavlovah

Tapped November 7th, 2019
This fruity affair began as a Pink Boots Society collab created for Fremantle BeerFest 2017 and went on to win most popular beer during that year's WA Beer Week. Now, on the eve of the 2019 BeerFest, Little Creatures have reissued the dessert-inspired pacific ale, inspired by a Russian prima Ballerina, in collaboration with the West Australian Liquor Barons group. The key here, as with the dessert’s meringue base and a ballet dancer's craft, is poise. Although it might be tempting to lunge into… Read more
Style
Pavlova Pacific Ale
ABV
5.5%
Stockists

Available from the Freo brewery and Liquor Barons stores

Eagle Bay & Old Bridge Cellars Flounders Red

Tapped November 7th, 2019
Gone are the days where a trip to Western Europe was essential for acquiring sour, complex, barrel-aged beers that carried with them notions of rarity and allure. Travelling is still an option, however modern breweries in all corners of the world are trying their hand at producing world class sour ales to rival those traditional offerings. Eagle Bay Brewing are one of those breweries and here, in collaboration with North Fremantle’s Old Bridge Cellars, they've put out what they’re calling a Sour… Read more
Style
Sour Belgian Red Ale
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
7 IBU
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