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.

Block 'n Tackle Frost II Russian Imperial Stout

Tapped October 19th, 2017
The release of the second anniversary beer from Block ’n Tackle could be seen as the sign of a brewery hitting its stride. The Central Coast business has faced more than its share of hurdles over the past two years, but they’ve battled through each one and appear to have come out the other side in fine form. This is a place that’s gotten by, in the main, by making fairly approachable beer styles and serving them to locals directly from the brewery. But it’s noticeable how the envelope is… Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stout
Strength
8.7%

Mountain Goat Back To The Brewer Double Steam Ale

Tapped October 18th, 2017
When Mountain Goat turned ten, they brewed the Double Hightail – a version of their original beer with twice the proportion of hops and malt and a hefty extra dose of booze too. For their 15th, they rolled out a Triple Hightail. So, when the brewery turned 20 this month, they brewed a Quadruple Hightail. Except they didn't. Instead, they gathered the four head brewers from the two decades – co-founder Dave Bonighton, Jayne Lewis (now Two Birds Brewing), Dave Edney (now Hop Products Australia)… Read more
Style
Double Steam Ale
Strength
7.3%
Stockists

Available widely across Australia

Bootleg Brewery & SWCBB Cobbler American Brown

Tapped October 18th, 2017
SWCBB stands for the South West Craft Beer Bogans, who were invited by fellow southwest beer lovers, Bootleg Brewery, to take part in a homebrew competition. The prize: to have your beer scaled up to commercial scale. And the winner was Dave Baker, described by the brewery as a "super confident and passionate homebrewer from Donnybrook" who entered an American brown ale he'd been perfecting for years at home. And now it's out so you can find out what the judges saw in it. Dave's beer goes… Read more
Style
American Brown Ale
Strength
4.2%

Old Wives Ales Lupulonimbus & Lactohop

Tapped October 17th, 2017
With more and more Australian breweries making New England style IPAs, it should come as little surprise that the words “Imperial” or "Double" should start making their presence felt alongside the letters NE and IPA. Such is the case with Old Wives Ales’ take on the style, with the Melbourne brewery brewing an 8 percent ABV NEIIPA in collaboration with the Terminus. Lupulonimbus pours a cloudy orange with a big, aromatic hit of citrus coming from the combo of Ella, Vic Secret and… Read more
Style
NEIIPA & Hoppy Sour
Strength
8.0% & 5.0%

La Sirène Brewing Belle D'Orange

Tapped October 17th, 2017
On a recent visit to La Sirène's brewery, it's fair to say we were taken aback by one beer. OK, so there were plenty of tasty beers sampled that day but one that was pulled from the tank packed an unexpected amount of pizzazz. It was the Belle D'Orange, so named because it started out as the brewery's Belle French ale before spending 11 months in French oak with a stack of whole Navel oranges for company. Once drawn from the tank where it was undergoing final conditioning before release, you could… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Citrus Farmhouse Ale
Strength
4.8%
Stockists

Carwyn Cellars

Junction Beer Hall

And select Melbourne venues

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Dainton Family Brewery Blood Orange Rye NEIPA

Tapped October 17th, 2017
Clearly, hopping aboard the craze for hazy New England style IPAs currently rampaging through breweries across the country wasn't enough for Dainton Family Brewing. They had to go and give the style something a little more, well, Dan Dainton. So, for their spring entry into the land of the NEIPA, they added his favourite grain, rye, and loaded the beer up with blood orange too – presumably to make sure it really was juicy. Thus, accompanying the citrusy hop aromas you'll find characteristics reminiscent… Read more
Style
Bloody Orange Rye NEIPA
Strength
6.0%
Stockists

Grape and Grain Liquor Cellars

Dainton Brewery Bar

And outlets around Bayside and the Mornington Peninsula

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BentSpoke Brewing Co Sprocket (Can)

Tapped October 16th, 2017
With such a fine lineup of beers covering a broad array of styles – IPAs of every size, farmhouse style ales, lagers, red ales, brown ales, experimental releases and so on – it can be tough to settle on a favourite from the BentSpoke stable. Yet our first encounter with Sprocket, in its original format, led to its appearance as the brewery's representative in The Great Australian Beer Guide at the expense of more popular fellow IPA, Crankshaft. It's easy to go either way, however; one waft of… Read more
Style
IPA
Strength
7.0%
Stockists

Find Sprocket here

BentSpoke Brewing Co GFG (Can)

Tapped October 16th, 2017
Joining Sprocket as the first of two beers in BentSpoke's "Drifter Series" of canned releases is GFG, AKA Gluten Friendly Ginger. It's uses an enzyme brewers can add to break down gluten from any barley or wheat in the beer to make it suitable for some people with gluten intolerance. And, of course, it uses ginger – and plenty of it too. The beer won a vote run through the brewery's website last year asking which one drinkers would most like to see in a can and it certainly offers something… Read more
Style
Ginger Beer
Strength
4.0%
Stockists

Find GFG here

Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 4: Amber Rye Ale

Tapped October 16th, 2017
The Brew Crew Series is the place where Bad Shepherd's non-brewing staff get to play around in the brewery. And, for beer number four in the series, the baton was passed to chef Jen. When pairing beer with food, you're generally going to find more room to manoeuvre with malt or yeast driven beers than anything loaded up with hop bitterness and here Jen has plumped for the former in creating an amber ale enlivened with a dose of spicy rye. The tasting notes say it's "loosely" based on an… Read more
Style
Rye Amber Ale
Strength
5.0%
Bitterness
40 IBU

Prancing Pony Indie Kid Pilsener

Tapped October 16th, 2017
It's getting harder to know how much faith to put into professions of independence in the beer world these days, as bigger businesses with deep pockets look to buy themselves credibility and a slice of the growing craft beer pie. Yet independence is just one thing SA's Prancing Pony is looking to celebrate with its Indie Kid Pilsener; the Kids of the title is a nod to their investment in a couple of apprentices while the beer is also the first to roll off a newly installed bottling line. As for the… Read more
Style
Pilsener
Strength
4.8%
Bitterness
36 IBU

Wildflower – St Florence

Tapped October 14th, 2017
Wildflower has a way of making every beer feel a bit special, but its newest release is particularly so. Called St Florence, it’s been made in celebration of the recent birth of head brewer Topher’s daughter and the beer appears to have had a gestation as complex as the miracle occurring in the womb. At the beginning of the year it started life spontaneously, from fruit grown down south in Gerringong and Sauvignon Blanc grapes from out west in Orange. After spending a week macerating, a barrel… Read more
Style
Wild Ale
Strength
7.0%

Foreigner Brewing Co Imperial Pilsner

Tapped October 14th, 2017
If you’re a Melbourne brewery founded by two Czech expats then the choice of beer to mark your first birthday should be a pretty straightforward one: take the world-conquering style which originated in your homeland and make it bigger and bolder. So that's what Foreigner Brewing Co did, by brewing an imperial pilsner to celebrate the occasion. Featuring the traditional Saaz hop and somewhat less traditional Ella, before being dry hopped with New Zealand’s Motueka, it’s a beer that to blends… Read more
Style
Imperial Pilsner
Strength
6.4%
Stockists

Foreigner Brewing Co

Frenchies Oceanna's Saison

Tapped October 13th, 2017
Back in 2014, when he was head brewer at the Flat Rock Brew Cafe, Vince de Soyres brewed Flynn’s IPA, a beer made for and named in celebration of the birth of his son. In due course Flynn got a sister, Oceanna, but Vince wasn't working in a brewery at that time so she missed out on an honorary beer. Skip further ahead and Vince recently got a third child, of sorts, in the shape of the Frenchies brewery. And that meant he could finally make a beer in Oceanna’s name. The one she got is a dainty… Read more
Style
Raspberry Saison
Strength
3.5%

Staves Brewery / Harts Pub IPA

Tapped October 12th, 2017
Staves Brewery and Harts Pub have a kind of natural affinity. At heart, both are pretty traditional, English-style venues that don't seek to be too flamboyant, instead just focusing on serving up good beer and a cosy, convivial ambience; the rest is up to you. This kind of mutual thinking perhaps explains why Harts was the first – and so far only – place to have had a Staves showcase. And it’s probably part of the reason why the two ended up teaming up on a beer. It began, as these things… Read more
Style
IPA
Strength
6.2%
Stockists

Harts Pub

Staves Brewery

Little Creatures Single Batch Reinhold

Tapped October 12th, 2017
They like to flit around the beer spectrum with their Single Batch releases at Little Creatures and here, after a couple of highly hop forward releases and the return of the Dreadnought, they aim for one of the spectrum's lesser visited realms. Reinhold takes inspiration from Germany, in particular the region around Dusseldorf. There, you can find beers called altbiers – or "old" beers – dark brown, malty and often packing a drying, spicy bitterness. Occasionally brewers will create… Read more
Style
Sticke Altiber
Strength
6.5%
Bitterness
50 IBU
Stockists

Find Reinhold here

Block 'n Tackle / Oldfield Cellars – The Limey

Tapped October 12th, 2017
After a slow start – at least when compared with many other populous parts of the country – the fortunes of beer drinkers on the NSW Central Coast have been changing for the better in recent years. Slowly but surely new breweries have been opening up and bars and bottleshops have been getting tempted into craftier waters, never to look back. To further encourage this collective pursuit of better things, two of what you might call the new breed, the Block n Tackle brewery and Oldfield Cellars,… Read more
Style
Saison
Strength
6.6%

Frenchies Lapérouse (Spring 2017)

Tapped October 12th, 2017
The launch of the Lapérouse must be a nice feeling for Frenchies brewer Vince de Soyres. For some time – what feels like years – he’s spoken of a plan to fully satisfy what is an apparent affection and curiosity for the Biere de Garde style of his homeland. As such, when the Frenchies brewery was commissioned in 2017 he wasted little time in launching the first of what will be four annual variants of the style, one for each of the seasons, and the timing dictated that it would be a Spring… Read more
Style
Biere De Garde
Strength
7.2%

Frenchies San Fransisco Lager

Tapped October 12th, 2017
Back in the 1970s, with the number of US breweries at an all time low outside Prohibition and the country awash with big brand lager, the future wasn't looking great for small brewers. But San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing was daring to be different. On the back of the now famed Anchor Steam, the archetypal example of the California Common beer, the historic brewery morphed into one of the icons of the modern American craft beer industry. And it proved, if nothing else, that you don't have to accept… Read more
Style
California Common
Strength
4.9%

Grifter Brewing Co Medusa

Tapped October 11th, 2017
Last weekend, the team behind Brisbane’s most eclectic beer venue, Netherworld, held its first Monster Menagerie event, inviting sixteen local brewers to come up a with wild and/or weird beer to launch over one wild and/or weird weekend. With their invitation, the Grifter Brewing Company chose to make Medusa, a watermelon and mint IPA. Regulars at the Marrickville brewery will well know the brewers there are fully capable of successfully utilising watermelon in a beer, as evidenced by their Serpent’s… Read more
Style
IPA
Strength
5.9%

Wheaty Brewing Corps & Doctor's Orders & Gladfield Malt Moule Rouge

Tapped October 10th, 2017
Every year, Jade Flavell and the Wheaty Brewing Corps team up with Darren "Doc" Robinson when he's town for Good Beer Wheaty. In 2017, Gabi from Gladfields Malt in New Zealand jumped in to the brewery too, bringing some red, malty goodness with her. Vienna was used as the base in a beer designed to showcase Gladfield’s Aurora, Supernova and Shepherd’s Delight malts. In typical Doc fashion, he wanted to shake things up a little, which here meant the addition of Boston Bay Mussels and… Read more
Style
Mollusc Red Ale
Strength
6.0%
Bitterness
25 IBU
Stockists

The Wheaty

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