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!

Van Dieman Deep Roots Oaked XPA

Tapped September 6, 2021
Even with the pace of beer releases remaining at such a dizzying speed, there's still ways to stand out with a new release – and that point remains true even when you approach a beer style so many of the country's other brewers have made. It feels like Van Dieman's spring 2021 release does just that; it's not only a left-of-centre XPA but a bit of a left-of-centre seasonal from the brewery too. Often, the Tasmanian brewery's releases are expressions of their farm but – aside from wet-hopped beers… Read more
Style
Oaked XPA
ABV
5.7%

Holgate Brewhouse Big Pash

Tapped September 6, 2021
Many beer fans are drawn in by hops but I'd argue one of the great beers to enjoy by the pint in a beer garden is a fruited kettle sour. Sure, they might not be as complex as a barrel-aged wild ale, but when you're sitting in the sun a lightly tart, highly effervescent sour with straightforward fruit notes sure hits the spot (I can picture it right now). Helping matters further is the fact many sit close to 3.5 percent ABV, with the modest booze level aiding their drinkability. Breaking away from… Read more
Style
Passionfruit Sour
ABV
7.0%

Sauce Brewing Bruclipse TDH Juicy IPA

Tapped September 4, 2021
Sauce have released another IPA in their dual-hop series “where we showcase two outstanding hops, and give the beer the least imaginative name possible.” Meet Bruclipse, which sounds like a disaster movie starring Channing Tatum. Brewers use American hop variety Bru-1 is to impart strong pineapple aroma and flavour in their beer, while Aussie-grown Eclipse is known for its powerful mandarin character. And what does Bruclipse smell like? Pineapple juice and mandarin. So unoriginal, Sauce. And… Read more
Style
Juicy IPA
ABV
7.5%

Malt Shovel Brewers Our Green Beer

Tapped September 4, 2021
If you’re after a beer that’s “just a bit more kind for our planet”, Malt Shovel Brewers have just released Our Green Beer.† As well as celebrating a number of the environmentally-friendly processes they’ve implemented for all of their brewing, such as their carbon neutral accreditation and use of renewable energy, this beer relies on ingredients that highlight the ways breweries can reduce their footprint: malt from Gladfield, a company focused on improving their sustainability with… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.3%

7th Day Brewery Smokey Dark Days

Tapped September 3, 2021
As winter comes to a close and NSW’s lockdown comes to a solid middle, 7th Day have released a dark lager in honour of the frontline workers who have kept pushing forward through the dark days. Smokey Dark Days brings a balance of flavours worthy of your attention while still capturing that easy-drinking quality head brewer Mike loves about lagers. Smoke malts bring a savoury character that intertwines with subtle cola in the mouth, flowing over the tongue smoothly as it comes to a gentle chocolate… Read more
Style
Smoky Dark Lager
ABV
5.5%

Black Arts Dark Wild With Blueberry & Coffee & Apricot Wild

Tapped September 3, 2021
A key part of Black Arts Brewers & Blenders passion isn’t just driven by their love for making wild and barrel-aged beer but their fondness for collaborating and sharing what they do. Here, they've done just that twice over. Dark Wild with Blueberry & Coffee was made with the perennial collaborators at Carwyn Cellars as well as the distributors at Forward Hops and saw the trio select a mature dark wild ale and age it on both blueberries and coffee to conjure a complex mix of flavours in… Read more
Style
Wild Ales
ABV
8.6% & 6.5%
Stockists

Available from Black Art's webstore

Bevy Brewing Co Caboose Juice

Tapped September 3, 2021
One pub door closes, and another opens – in this case literally in the same spot. Last year’s closure of Perth institution, The Flying Scotsman, offered the opportunity for the Clarke’s Building's southern tenant to go full pupa, ready to reveal itself as The Elford – a now-gleaming version of a once charming boozer atop Beaufort Street in Mt Lawley. It’s new publicans previously partnered with Lion’s Bevy Brewing at The Camfield, a joint venture that brings us to Caboose Juice, a hazy… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale
ABV
5.2%
Stockists

Available in limited release

From The Elford and Camfield

Reckless Brewing Double Cherry Sour

Tapped September 3, 2021
We all had plans scuttled by 2020. For the gang at Reckless Brewing, it meant missing out on the chance to brew a beer for their first birthday. So, when their second came around, the leapt at the chance to brew something delightfully different to their other offerings. Enter Double Cherry Sour – cherry sour since since Jarrod fell in love with the style on his last trip to the US, and double since Grace felt it was only fitting for a beer celebrating two years of Reckless. Pouring a glorious hot… Read more
Style
Cherry Sour
ABV
6.0%

Temple Brewing Last Tram To Brunswick

Tapped September 2, 2021
They’ve been making up for lost time at Temple. Their first hazy IPA to appear in tins arrived as recently as early 2020 – the aptly named Last Train To Boston – but the Brunswick East brewery soon followed that with a four-part Hazy IPA series released across six months. Now, in 2021, they’ve brewed a sibling to that original hazy; a DDH NEIPA by the name of Last Tram To Brunswick. In some ways, the brewers have done a disservice to tram lovers everywhere as the label image features an illustration… Read more
Style
DD NEIPA
ABV
6.8%

Otherside Brewing Co Cloudburst Hazy IPA

Tapped September 2, 2021
For all the music and lolly references that come to mind when approaching this addition to Otherside’s core range, Cloudburst actually has a localised heavenly drenching to thank for its name – and at least 18 months' worth of limited release, foggy knowledge and experimentation for the quality of the liquid. As a result, this hazy IPA debuts as a highly considered beer, replacing Indie XPA in the process, at the same time as Social Helles becomes a draught only offering. Vic Secret, Citra and… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
5.8%

Staves Negative Tests, Positive Vibes & Lost At Sea & Frankie

Tapped September 2, 2021
Negative Tests, Positive Vibes Smoked Pineapple & Lime Nitro Sour... Flies in the face of winter. Flies in the face of COVID-19. Flies into your face. Expect a solid sour tang, with lime acidity cutting through the pineapple flavour. The smoke is only gentle, like the charred effect on a slice of fresh pineapple cooked on the barbecue. But the more you drink, the more the smoke aroma comes to the front. The nitro effect is quite light on, but you won’t find that to be an issue if you follow… Read more
Style
Nitro Sour, New World IPA & Triple IPA
ABV
3.8% & 7.3% & 10.1%

Blackman's Brewery Angry Reg (2021)

Tapped September 1, 2021
They love making IPAs at Blackman’s Brewery and fortunately, they tend to be quite adept at brewing them. Their Same Day IPA series has shown a spotlight on beer freshness, their Needs More lets singular (and occasionally dual) hops shine and before either of those beer series launched, they were brewing Angry Reg, a dialled up version of their popular core range Reginald IPA. Late August has seen the Victorian brewery release batch number six of the big beer and this time around, it’s the biggest… Read more
Style
West Coast Double IPA
ABV
8.8%

Moon Dog The Baron of Barrels

Tapped September 1, 2021
A few months on from the arrival of The Duke of Chifley, Moon Dog have returned to the royal courts for another regal beer in big bottles. This time it's a golden strong ale by the name of The Baron of Barrels, which has been ageing away in multiple barrels since before the novel coronavirus (AKA 2019, but that seems like a fitting way to measure time these days) – three different varieties too: Cognac, white wine and red wine – ready to be launched just in time for spring 2021. The result of… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Golden Stronmng Ale
ABV
11.3%

Little Creatures Pacific Ale

Tapped August 30, 2021
In 2021, Little Creatures reached the impressive milestone of turning 21 and they celebrated with a few changes. Their iconic Pale Ale was moved into cans as all their cans were given a branding refresh, keeping the brewery’s signature cherub front-and-centre while simplifying the look and feel. They also added some new members to the core range, including this Pacific Ale, styled on the light and easy-drinking, Australian-hopped beer that many Australian breweries have been inspired to create… Read more
Style
Pacific Ale
ABV
4.4%

Little Creatures Hazy IPA

Tapped August 30, 2021
To celebrate turning 21 in 2021, Little Creatures made a few changes to their core lineup beers, placing their Pale Ale in cans and adding two new core range members; a blue-tinned Pacific Ale and this orange-tinned (and orange-coloured beer) Hazy IPA. Using a combination of American and Australian hops, the cloudy, soft-textured beer brings together tropical notes in what's an accessible and approachable, 6 percent ABV juicy IPA. Those juicy flavours take the form of mango, pineapple and melon… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
6.0%

Moo Brew Oat Cream IPA

Tapped August 29, 2021
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Moo Brew are certainly making up for lost time when it comes to IPAs. They've gone from being a brewery saying they wouldn't brew one, to adding one to their core range and now, a few months on from the appearance of their Winter IPA (a black IPA or Cascadian dark ale by any other measure), they’ve followed it with the more springtime-appropriate Oat Cream IPA. In true Moo fashion, it's been launched with a campaign featuring some familiar faces… Read more
Style
Oat Cream IPA
ABV
6.2%

Good Land Brewing 100s & 1000s

Tapped August 27, 2021
The Good Land Brewing core range might be an accessible one, featuring a lager, pale ale and an XPA but the brewery’s limited releases can really head in any direction. In the case of the hazy IPA, 100s & 1000s, that direction is clearly one of hops. Using 20 grams per litre of beer, it's a beer dry-hopped with Citra Lupomaxc, Columbus and the new experimental American hop, HBC 630 all in the mix, while Eclipse was also thrown in at a lower temperature in the whirlpool to further push out big… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
6.1%

Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 15: XPA

Tapped August 27, 2021
Bad Shepherd’s Brew Crew series can often take the brewery in quite weird and wonderful directions (Sticky Date Stout anyone?) but number 15 in the series sees them take a step back and brew a style more often found in a core range than in a limited release program. The simply titled XPA was brewed with Aaron, a brand ambassador for the brewery and an investor who on getting his chance to brew his own beer, decided he wanted to go with a sessionable crowd pleaser. It seems he got his wish too,… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
4.7%
Bitterness
30 IBU

Slow Lane Entirety & Cellar Worthy 2021

Tapped August 26, 2021
Indulge me, if you will, in a little peak behind the curtain into the glamorous and fast-paced life of the C tier [When did you move up, Judd? – Editor], part-time beer writer... You receive an email from one of the handful of breweries that routinely send you new beers to write about letting you know a package is on the way. This is great news, of course, but is tempered by the revelation that the four beers contain more than 13 standard drinks and, ideally, you’d like to write them up ASAP… Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stouts & Barleywines
ABV
Big & Boozy

Hawkers Whisky Barrel-Aged Stouts 2021

Tapped August 26, 2021
We all have different ways we choose to see off winter and, for Hawkers, their method involves wishing the coldest months goodbye with two barrel-aged imperial stouts. That should come as no surprise to anyone who has been following the Melbourne brewery's journey of late, with these twin releases coming barely a month on from two barrel-aged Baltic porters and two months after they released four at once. The late August duo have a shared affinity too – both are close collaborations between Victorian… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stouts
ABV
13.2% & 12.3%