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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!

Modus Operandi Southern Hemispheric Black IPA

Tapped August 24th, 2018
The third of the Black Label series beers to leave Modus Operandi's Mona Vale brewery in winter 2018 is a kind of Southern Hemisphere spin on their hugely popular Cascadian Howl. We say "kind of" as it's close to black and chock full of hops, but it's also not as big or dense on the palate. The main point of difference, however, is the provenance of the hops, all of which come from Australia and New Zealand. They're set to work in a beer that, were you to present to a blindfolded mate,… Read more
Style
Black IPA
Strength
6.9%
Stockists

New Brighton Hotel

Saint John Craft Beer

Southern Hemispheric is launched on Aug 24 at:

Carro Bowlo Newcastle

Royal Albert Hotel

New Brighton Hotel

Old Canberra Inn

Mongrel

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Frenchies Brutus IPA

Tapped August 24th, 2018
If Brut IPAs are to have a place, Frenchies feels like the kind of place they belong. After all, for a brewery that strives to make marginally left of centre beers with a European twist that go well with food, what could be more appropriate than a Champagne IPA? Brutus is their first effort at this specific kind of beer, though the idea does go back a bit further. Brewer Vince de Soyres reckons this is the kind of thing he had in mind when Frenchies first released its now retired Old World IPA,… Read more
Style
Brut IPA
Strength
8.5%

Batch Brewing Ginu-Pine & Big Pun-Net & Juicy Pale Ale & Malt Save The Dream & Marrickville Pork Roll

Tapped August 24th, 2018
Prolificacy is a virtue at Batch as the Marrickville brewery has packaged up two very different sours, two very different pale ales and another beer that’s simply very different. Continuing the brewery's run as number one at rap puns, the first sour is Ginu-Pine. This is a pineapple and Mosaic sour and it’s difficult, borderline pointless, to advance that line in terms of useful flavour descriptors. It’s very close to pineapple juice but, crucially, doesn’t leave you with a nasty cloying… Read more
Style
Various styles
Strength
4.2% to 6.0%

Lord Nelson Peking Poppi

Tapped August 22nd, 2018
Given this beer was designed and brewed before the Lord Nelson's trophy win at the 2017 Sydney Royal Beer Awards, there's no way they can have been driven by success-fuelled bravado when it was being conceived. So confidence must have been running through their veins anyway as it features not one but two pretty divisive ingredients in the shape of fennel and anise. What's more, with the supporting base beer kept deliberately slight (it is a session ale, after all), there's no attempt to hide them. So,… Read more
Style
Spiced Session Ale
Strength
4.2%

Wayward Brewing Saint Basil's Russian Imperial Stout

Tapped August 21st, 2018
Despite the entire state of New South Wales being in drought and half of it seemingly on fire, a glance at the calendar confirms that, yes, it is still, technically, winter. So it therefore, technically, still makes sense for Wayward to be releasing a nine percent ABV Russian imperial stout to see out the last vestiges of the supposedly cool season. Saint Basil’s is a no nonsense, straight up-and-down imperial stout, a beer you could almost write a description of before you’ve even bothered… Read more

Five Barrel Brewing Sour Ale Variety Pack

Tapped August 20th, 2018
There are four-in-one additional reasons to poke your head into the Five Barrel tap room as the Wollongong brewery has ventured for the first time into the world of exploratory variety packs. And, as far as experiments go, it’s an interesting one as they’ve essentially taken one sour style ale and presenting it four different ways: unbastardised, hopped, berried and fruited. The logical starting point on the tasting trip is the unadulterated Berliner Weisse, which dishes up lots of lemon character… Read more
Style
Sour Ale Series
Strength
3.5% to 4.5%

Nowhereman & Clarences Tommy Gose Nowhere

Tapped August 20th, 2018
Kicking off Nowhereman’s small bar series, Tommy Gose Nowhere brings out the tropical heart of their Mt Lawley collaborators with a sessionable riff on the Tommy’s Margarita. For the uninitiated, the International Bartenders Association describes Tommy’s as a New Era iteration of the classic margarita, one that replaces orange liqueur with agave syrup. In this case, agave liqueur was used to season the beer, with lime peel and juice completing the homage. Pouring a hazy, magic-hour sunshine… Read more
Style
Margarita Gose
Strength
3.2%
Stockists

Available from the brewery and Clarences

Cheeky Monkey & Petition Treat Yo Self

Tapped August 20th, 2018
Cheeky Monkey’s latest celebration of state sales manager Brendan Day’s love of "big dumb beers" started out as a Maple Blueberry Pancake Barleywine concept with the team from Petition Beer Corner. With the beer progressing well, the proposed final addition of a ludicrous amount of maple syrup was narrowly avoided thanks to the common sense of head brewer Ross Terlick who judged the beer to be fine just the way it was. That’s not to say Treat Yo Self isn’t big or dumb; 60 kilograms… Read more
Style
Blueberry Barleywine
Strength
11%
Stockists

Available from the brewery, Petition Beer Corner and select WA venues.

Beerland Brewing Brutal IPA

Tapped August 20th, 2018
The reveal of the new Beerland Brut IPA during August's Beer Club blind tasting highlighted the strengths and weaknesses of this most nascent of styles. While Brutal IPA was celebrated by all for its white wine like characters, refined poise and drinkability, unfortunately the same couldn't be said of some of its stylistic peers. Whereas hazy New England style IPAs offer visual cues of quality to discerning drinkers, typically losing their brightness and developing a tired, murky look, it seems that… Read more
Style
Brut IPA
Strength
6.6%

La Sirène Farmhouse Noir

Tapped August 17th, 2018
As winter 2018 draws to a close, La Sirène has added another beer to its core lineup. It's one with a suitably wintry hue that's the closest the brewery has come to its much-loved Praline in terms of colour. Any similarities with that decadent stout pretty much end there, however, as this sits within their farmhouse lineage as the next step along from their delightful, vinous Farmhouse Red. The label suggests serving at 7C but it seems to benefit from being allowed to get warmer still; it maybe… Read more
Style
Dark Farmhouse Ale
Strength
6.0%

Woolshed Brewery Double Destructor Double IPA

Tapped August 17th, 2018
There are few animals on the planet with a better scientific name than the common yabby. Cherax destructor. It opens up all manner of possibilities. For the brewers at Woolshed, it's the name given to their core range IPA. And, now that they've decided to give it a bigger sibling, they've gone with Double Destructor. It's built with a blend of US and Aussie hops (Cascade, Galaxy, Ella and Amarillo) but with the balancing malt bill ramped up too so that it presents more as a big, boozy and bitter… Read more
Style
Double IPA
Strength
8.3%

Bright Brewery Stubborn Russian & Black Diamond 2018

Tapped August 17th, 2018
There appears to have been a particularly large delivery of roasted and other specialty malts to an address in Bright in recent months as the brewery has put together no less than half a dozen dark beers of varying ilks. Four of them are only available at the venue or via their Mash Club (more on them later), but two are available more widely. One is the latest entry in their annual Stubborn Russian series of imperial stouts that's moved around stylistically over the years although is settled into… Read more
Style
Various styles

Blasta Unleash The Beast NEIPA

Tapped August 17th, 2018
The first limited release from Blasta Brewing dives straight into the murky world of NEIPAs. Informed by a trip Steven Russell took to the UK shortly before brew day, Unleash the Beast is the largest beer to date from the Burswood brewery and ably delivers the tropical breakfast juice vibe that drinkers have come to expect from the style. The name refers to the expansive ingredients for style – three yeasts, five grains and four hops – as well as the massive aroma that filled the venue side… Read more
Style
NEIPA
Strength
6.8%
Stockists

On limited release from Blasta and select WA venues

Red Hill Brewery Truffled Scotch Ale

Tapped August 16th, 2018
One of the benefits of the cooler months on the Mornington Peninsula this year was a bumper crop of truffles. So Red Hill Brewery decided to take advantage, joining their local truffiere at Red Hill Truffles and gathering a few "huge" specimens – $3,000 worth, apparently – to add to a batch of their longrunning staple, Scotch Ale, via a truffle-infused vodka. The original beer is already one with a soft, full and rounded body and here the addition of the truffles seems to have made… Read more
Style
Truffle Infused Scotch Ale
Strength
5.8%

3 Ravens Galaxy Juicy

Tapped August 15th, 2018
As they prepare to launch another IPA series in cans (the rather less obviously IPA like Milkshake series, of which more when the Salted Caramel tinnies appear), the Juicy series rolls on at 3 Ravens. This time around, it's another single hop variant based around the darling of the Australian hop growing program, Galaxy. You'll no doubt have had about 1500 beers featuring the Galaxy hop in the past few years but, it has to be said, if you can get your hands on one of these fresh (which is the whole… Read more

Bodriggy Brewing Staunch Pilsner

Tapped August 15th, 2018
Staunch Pilsner is Bodriggy’s first release in what the Abbotsford brewery is calling its Pub Series; beers where it seems both the recipe and the can artwork is designed to just feel right when they are cracked over the bar at any number of classic old Melbourne watering holes. Staunch eschews the look of many of Bodriggy’s other tinnies, which can more closely resemble a shoegaze album sleeve than a beer label, and is instead wrapped in mostly black from top to bottom. Even the psychedelic… Read more
Style
Pilsner
Strength
4.3%

O'Brien Beer Gluten Free Stout

Tapped August 15th, 2018
As awareness and understanding around Coeliac disease and associated intolerances grows, we're seeing more focus on gluten free alternatives in all walks of life, not least beers. The pioneer in this field in Australia is O'Brien, the Ballarat brewer that's been releasing a range of beers typically based around millet and sorghum grain bills since 2005. Thirteen years on from the release of Australia's first GF beer, they've put out this Stout as their winter seasonal. Dark brown more than pitch… Read more
Style
Gluten Free Stout
Strength
5.3%

Little Bang Ira

Tapped August 14th, 2018
There might be debate as to whether the Little Bang duo, a pair that moved from designing video game characters to beers, are nerds or geeks, but a desire to put Ira on a can suggests they know where they sit. According to the label, the bespectacled redhead "doesn't go for sports, he's not interested in the school disco, but you should see his collection of vintage Spiderman." It's their inimitable way of saying an India red ale might not be the coolest beer style around, "but beyond… Read more

Little Bang Galactopus Barleywine

Tapped August 14th, 2018
They may have Little as part of their brewery name, but it was with a rather large bang that Ryan and Fil launched Little Bang back in 2014. It was a 10 percent ABV bang that's returned for just the second time in cans for winter 2018. And it's name is Galactopus, the creature that adorns one wall at their Stepney brewery. The beer is a barleywine and first impressions will have you expecting the sort of high octane, malt forward beer that originated in England. But it doesn't take long, once liquid… Read more

Rocky Ridge Kenny Wagon Wild Zebra

Tapped August 14th, 2018
Rocky Ridge's first charity beer, Kenny Wagon Wild Zebra, is one very close to the brewery’s heart. McKenzie Spalding – aka Kenny Wagon - is the daughter of one of the Rocky Ridge team and is currently undergoing treatment for Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that affects the bones and connective tissue, including muscles and fat. The full 100 percent of proceeds will be donated to Sock it to Sarcoma!, a group that supports and raises awareness for those affected by the disease. Ambassadors Chris… Read more
Style
Milk Stout
Strength
5.0%
Stockists

Launched on Aug 15 at a charity dinner at new Perth burger & beer venue, Big Bopper

A limited release will follow via select WA retailers

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