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.

Van Dieman Tetu & Duchess

Tapped December 20th, 2017
Time to wrap up the last of the four barrel aged beers released by Van Dieman at the end of 2017 with a duo that are perhaps the least alike of the quartet. First up, Tetu, a farmhouse table beer fermented in oak with fresh raspberries and blackberries from the farm. Once you've uncorked the bottle and disgorged its contents (having a butler on hand is recommended), you're presented with a peachy, pinky, orange drop awash with lovely summer berry aromas. It's light on the palate, with a prickly yet… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Farmhouse Ales

St Andrews Beach Brewery The Strapper Australian Lager

Tapped December 20th, 2017
You've opened a brewery in a popular tourist region, your venue has a large capacity, you're going to be busiest in the hottest months and you're aiming to bring in a wide spectrum of guests – families, locals and tourists as well as beer enthusiasts. In other words, it's not a bad idea to have a broad appeal lager on your lineup. Given the man designing the beers for St Andrews Beach Brewery's launch comes with more than 50 years in the Australian beer industry, it's fair to say he knows his way… Read more
Style
Australian Lager

St Andrews Beach Brewery Box 54 Golden Ale

Tapped December 20th, 2017
Of all the boxes at the former Markdel training facility, none had quite as famous an occupant as Box 54, which housed Makybe Diva, the triple Melbourne Cup winner. Little surprise, then, that when looking to pay tribute to the venue's past life Box 54 was chosen as the title for one of the core range beers. The beer is a golden ale, but it's one a fair way removed from beers of the style that seemed ubiquitous in the local craft beer world just a few years before St Andrews Beach Brewery was even… Read more
Style
Golden Ale
Strength
4.6%

St Andrews Beach Brewery 6 Furlongs Pale Ale

Tapped December 20th, 2017
The training track at Markdel measures six furlongs and, while it's no longer alive with the sound of pounding hooves, it does live on as the name of the brewery's popular pale ale. 6 Furlongs is an American style pale ale, one that retains the bigger malt profile of some classic beers of the style rather than opting for the leaner, more stripped back approach often found with contemporary releases. This sweet caramel side of the beer, while created with specialty German malts, is reminiscent of… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
Strength
5.2%

St Andrews Beach Brewery Race Day Pilsner

Tapped December 20th, 2017
The second lager in the St Andrews Beach Brewery core range is one that offers a step up from the simplicity of The Strapper. Race Day is inspired by European pilsners, but comes with a New World update. Underpinning things is a relatively bold malt base – there's some toasty, biscuity character there – although it's more about the hops. A combination of Czech Saaz and a Kiwi bred offshoot of that classic hop deliver the familiar herbal and spicy Czech pilsner aromas and flavours alongside something… Read more
Style
Pilsner
Strength
5.0%

Boatrocker & Starward Fat Santa BA Imperial Stout

Tapped December 19th, 2017
The romance between Boatrocker and the makers of Starward whiskies shows no sign of abating. Thanks to the success of Ramjet, the collaboration between the Melbourne producers is one of the most high profile in the local beer world and, for Christmas 2017, they've returned to the style with which they began – a whisky barrel aged imperial stout – and then amped things up from there. Yes, really. Because, clearly, straight Ramjet isn't decadent enough for Christmas... Thus Fat Santa merely started… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
Strength
10.7%

Little Bang Brewing Fancy

Tapped December 18th, 2017
The beer geeks of Stepney went all upper class with their very first barrel creation, Fancy. A farmhouse style ale that was co-fermented with cabernet sauvignon grapes, the bottled version even comes with its own wine like label complete with some typically Little Bang descriptors such as: "That sounds like a complete and utter toss. But admit it, you’re intrigued, aren’t you?" and "Farmhouse, that could mean bloody anything. Was it made on a farm? Was it made FROM a farm? Does… Read more
Style
Farmhouse Ale With Grapes
Strength
7.4%
Bitterness
8 IBU

Shenanigans Brewing Funk Wit & ISG

Tapped December 15th, 2017
The final shenanigans from Shenanigans in 2017 appear to be exercises in tying up loose ends. Earlier in the year they released the impressive Brettanomyces focused saison Grisette Superieur then backed it up in short order with the almost-hopless and highly floral Flower Power. They’ve looked to both of those themes, and offered more than a little nod to last year’s delicious White Sky, to bring us the Funk Wit. What we end up with first is a witbier that’s been zested with mandarin, dosed… Read more
Style
Farmhouse Ales
Strength
7.1% & 4.2%

Grifter Brewing Co & Coffee Alchemy Ceremony

Tapped December 15th, 2017
It’s a ceremonious end to 2017 for the Grifter Brewing Company as they see out the year with one last collaboration. It’s one carried out with their friends and near neighbours in Marrickville, Coffee Alchemy, yet it’s not exactly the kind of coffee beer many might expect – at least it’s not if what you’re expecting is a stout topped up with cold drip. Instead, this is a coffee and vanilla infused cream ale. Appearance wise, it’s far lighter than your regular cup of joe – a lighter… Read more
Style
Coffee Cream Ale
Strength
5.8%

Stockade Brew Co Reef Sun Tan Ale

Tapped December 15th, 2017
You couldn’t ever accuse the team at Stockade of having limited horizons when it comes to adjuncts. In 2017, they’ve released beers with various additions such as maple syrup, juniper, passionfruit, plum, lemongrass and kaffir lime – all the while picking up competition medals and a People’s Choice award in the process. With all of that and a summer release in mind, they were evidently struck by the notion of a coconut lotion. Reef has been tagged a Sun Tan Ale and it channels a kind of… Read more
Style
Coconut Golden Ale
Strength
4.6%

Sauce Brewing Saucy Pils

Tapped December 15th, 2017
For the many merits of urban and industrial breweries, one of the downsides is their locations often mean you don’t get the simple pleasure of enjoying a beer outside, whether in the sun or beneath the stars. When it opened towards the end of 2017, the Sauce brewery became one of the obvious exceptions as their Marrickville home has one of the more impressive outdoor beer gardens of any Sydney city brewery. So, one of the first things they did when it was opened to the public was add a year round… Read more
Style
NZ Pilsner
Strength
5.0%

Rover Henty St Ale (Hawkers)

Tapped December 15th, 2017
The Rover line introduced by Hawkers at the very start of 2017 has been reimagined at the very end of 2017. Out go the old school stubbies and in come tinnies off the brewery's newly installed line. There's a new beer inside the bright yellow tinnies too, one that takes its name from the street the Reservoir brewery calls him. It's of a similarly sessionable ABV to its predecessors but possesses a bigger character. Pouring a slightly deeper shade of copper than the tinnies, it fires off sharp, limey… Read more
Style
Hoppy Session Ale
Strength
4.3%
Stockists

Carwyn Cellars

Making its way nationwide in the lead up to Christmas

Batch Brewing Co Chapeau

Tapped December 15th, 2017
It’s Christmas, it’s berry season and that means it’s time to once again say hello to Chapeau. 2017 represents the fourth release of Batch’s annual raspberry sour ale and perhaps the most notable change from last year’s edition comes down to origin. In keeping with their aim of sourcing as many of their beer ingredients as possible from small and independent producers, this year the brewers managed to get their raspberries from a small scale farmer in Tasmania. The finish product is a… Read more
Style
Raspberry Sour
Strength
6.2%

Green Beacon Scrimshaw Australian IPA 2017

Tapped December 14th, 2017
Scrimshaw has been the name of Green Beacon's summer seasonal for a few years now, named after the teeth of harvested whales into which sailors would engrave intricate designs back when whales were still hunted in the 50s and early 60s. It's a pretty brutal source of inspiration for a beer that packs a punch, but is altogether far more pleasant than the stories that inspired it. As in past years, this year's – the first to be canned – is an Australian IPA that layers heaps of Aussie hops atop… Read more
Style
Australian IPA
Strength
5.8%
Stockists

A Point of Difference Liquor

Beermash

Carwyn Cellars

Grape and Grain Liquor Cellars

Hopheads

International Beer Shop

Mane Liquor

McCoppins

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Van Dieman Estate Ale: Max

Tapped December 14th, 2017
There's plenty that has Van Dieman founder Will Tatchell excited about his estate ales project. But, possibly, nothing has excited him as much as Max, one of the three beers he's producing with malt, water, hops and yeast grown on the family farm in Tasmania. At various times in our discussions about the project, Will has declared it to be "pure enjoyment", something he'd have "no problem drinking from 7am to 12am" (we're certain he hasn't got time to do so...), "a pure delight"… Read more
Style
Estate Grown Saison
Strength
5.3%
Bitterness
20 IBU

Van Dieman Estate Ale: Edward

Tapped December 14th, 2017
One of the first two estate ales released by Van Dieman is Edward, brother to Max and very different in nature. Despite being built with many of the same constituent parts, including the same indigenous yeast, Edward is something of a bruiser compared to the light and flighty Max. Described as a hoppy farmhouse ale, it delivers on both fronts. The "hoppy" comes from Van Dieman's Super Pride hops and brings a resinous, drying hop bitterness to the table as well as, presumably, contributing… Read more
Style
Estate Grown Hoppy Farmhouse Ale
Strength
5.4%
Bitterness
35 IBU

Boatrocker & Pambula Oyster Co Auster La Vista

Tapped December 13th, 2017
It's little more than a year since we first encountered Mark McKillop from Pambula Oyster Co. Initial contact via Instagram, while he was at the Royal Melbourne Show technically showcasing his gold medal winning produce but seemingly spending more time making connections with the country's brewers, led to a visit to his shed on Pambula Lake and a beer-for-oysters swap. He spoke of his love for great beer and desire to get more involved with the industry and he's certainly done that, with appearances… Read more
Style
Oyster Gose
Strength
5.5%
Stockists

Carwyn Cellars

Boatrocker Barrel Room

Other venues TBC

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Van Dieman Loquacious Barrel Aged Wild Ale

Tapped December 13th, 2017
Loquacious is one of six beers released at the same time at the end of 2017 by Tasmania's Van Dieman, alongside three other barrel aged beers and the brewery's first two "estate ales". It's also the one of the six that, once it was poured into glasses, conjured the least initial excitement thanks to the presence of some "floaties" within the hazy orange liquid. Why were they there? Well, the beer – as hinted at by its title – contains loquat, a member of the citrus family.… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Loquat Wild Ale
Strength
7.5%
Bitterness
50 IBU

Sailors Grave Peach Melba Pavlova Cream Sour & Tangerine Dream

Tapped December 13th, 2017
Sailors Grave comes bearing two more beers with an acidic underbelly and fruity additions as 2017 draws to a close. One is as much of a mouthful to ask for as it is to describe: the Peach Melba Pavlova Cream Sour. Taking inspiration from a couple of classic Antipodean summer desserts and combining them with some of brewer Chris' favourite ingredients, lactose and souring bacteria lactobacillus, this kettle sour also features peaches, raspberries and vanilla. Not as fattening as the dishes it looks… Read more
Style
Cream Sour & Citrus Berliner Weisse
Strength
4.8% & 4.4%

Moon Dog Son Of A Plum

Tapped December 12th, 2017
As you may well have noticed, sour beer styles are becoming rather popular, at least inside the beer bubble. It's an area in which Moon Dog has played around since day dot, opening its account with beers including the barrel aged wild black ale Perverse Sexual Amalgam and following soon after with Mr Mistoffelees. Yet, while they've continued to play silly buggers on their original brew kit, with the big new beast next door charged with keeping the Beer Can, Old Mate and co flowing, their sour side… Read more
Style
Fruit Sour
Strength
4.5%
Bitterness
10 IBU
Stockists

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