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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!

Thunder Road Rip Snorter IPA

Tapped May 16th, 2018
Taking inspiration from the many session IPAs Thunder Road's owners have enjoyed on trips to America, Rip Snorter is designed for those looking to settle in for more than one, weighing in just under 5 percent ABV. The aim has been to use predominantly Australian hops to produce what the label describes as "fruit salad, stone fruit and passionfruit", although they play second fiddle to the sweet caramel and biscuit malts that nudge the beer towards amber ale territory.… Read more
Style
Session IPA
Strength
4.9%
Bitterness
40 IBU

Feral Brewing & RTR FM The Pines

Tapped May 16th, 2018
To celebrate the 25th In The Pines music festival, Perth community radio station teamed up with Feral to create a celebratory beer. Local musicians Lucky Peach and Em Burrows joined head brewer Will Irving at the Swan Valley Brewpub with the intention of creating a sessionable beer that would suit a full day underneath the Somerville Auditorium pines – but one with a local spin. With this in mind, the addition of native Aussie quandong (the second appearance of the marvellously named fruit in a… Read more
Style
Australian Pale Ale with Quandong
Strength
4.8%

Thunder Road & The Rum Diary Spiced Rum Dark Lager

Tapped May 16th, 2018
Back when it picked up one of its back to back AIBA Champion Brewery trophies, one of the beers that collected a gold medal for Thunder Road was a Spiced Rum Dark Lager. It's back for autumn 2018 as a collaboration with The Rum Diary bar. Master Blender Daniel Monk created a special spiced rum for the brew, blending the venue's Caribbean rum with all natural spices of vanilla, liquorice, star anise, wattleseed, cacao and white oak. This was then infused with the brewery's interpretation of a German… Read more
Style
Rum Spiced Dark Lager
Strength
5.4%

New England Brewing Co Imperial Chai Brown Ale & Malt & Beans

Tapped May 16th, 2018
Much as in the endless beer versus wine debate, people can sometimes get a bit protective of their personal preference when it comes to tea and coffee. What perhaps gets lost too easily by both sides, in both arguments, is that it’s quite ok to not place such stringent limits on ones enjoyment of life’s little pleasures. Still, seemingly not wanting to take any chances, the folks at New England have covered their bases with a near-simultaneous releases of a tea beer and a coffee beer. The first… Read more
Style
Brown Ale & Stout
Strength
7.7% & 5.6%

Philter Caribbean Stout

Tapped May 15th, 2018
If you'd drawn one conclusion from the first 12 months of Philter, the Sydney based brewing company that snaffled a trophy for its XPA within months of launching, it's that here was an operation with a penchant for creating flavoursome beers in tight, approachable packets. (Alternatively, you might have looked at the cans and assumed they were NASCAR-following, Stuyvies-smoking bogans who just happened to love craft beer.) So the choice of beer to mark their first anniversary may have come as something… Read more
Style
Export Stout
Strength
7.0%

Hawthorn Brewing Raisin Shine Export Stout

Tapped May 15th, 2018
There's not many who aren't suckers for a good pun in the beer world, with the residents of Crafty Towers among those susceptible to a bit of wordplay. So, hello to the punsome winter seasonal for 2018 from Hawthorn, a beer debuted in draught form at March's Good Beer Week Gala and now back in bottles. It's the first release in their "Back of the Coaster" series and comes with a title that hints at two of its ingredients: raisins and coffee, with the former added twice – first on their… Read more

Hope Brewhouse Macedon Harvest 2018 & Hunter Harvest 2018

Tapped May 14th, 2018
Surrounded by Hunter Valley vineyards, it seems natural that Hope Brewhouse would come under the influence of the fruit of the vine. This makes even more sense given the brewery itself is located at the heart of its own sprawling vineyard. As such, the annual grape harvest in now sees 200 kilograms of Hope Estate chardonnay juice incorporated into the Macedon Harvest and a similar amount of local semillon juice into the Hunter Harvest. Both imperial IPAs feature the hallmarks of many such beers,… Read more
Style
Imperial IPAs ft Grape Juice
Strength
9.5%
Bitterness
90 & 93 IBU

La Sirène Barrel Aged Wild Saison & Praline

Tapped May 14th, 2018
If you've dropped into La Sirène's brewery in recent times, you'll be aware the team there is amassing quite the collection of barrels. If you haven't but you're a fan of the brewery, you'll be aware they've been emptying and releasing a fair few of them too. Now, with Good Beer Week and GABS rolling around for another year, they've unleashed two more. They're barrel aged versions of two of the brewery's best-loved beers, one of which is the Wild Saison that was La Sirène's second release, back… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Saison & Belgian Stout
Strength
6.5% & 6.0%
Stockists

Find them at select venues during Good Beer Week

Wildflower St Henry 2018

Tapped May 12th, 2018
In 2017, Wildflower was widely lauded for many reasons, but one of the particular highlights was St Florence. Named in honour of the daughter of chief brewer/blender Topher, this was a spontaneously fermented ale featuring grapes, several rounds of blending and various bouts of ageing inside different vessels. Some six months – and one hard act to follow – later, the second saint in the series has arrived: St Henry is an Australian wild ale that’s been re-fermented with apricots and, in keeping… Read more
Style
Blended Apricot Wild Ale
Strength
5.5%
Stockists

Launched at the blendery on May 12

Hargreaves Hill Kenneth Son Of Zenith 2018

Tapped May 11th, 2018
Zenith, the IPA from which, in a roundabout way, Kenneth was spawned may be no more – at least in name. Hargreaves Hill's core range IPA is now simply that: IPA, with Zenith the name consigned to the archives. But his son lives on. Not only that, he's got new clothes; as the brewery's core range has fallen into (clean) line(s), elsewhere there's more fun to be had. In this case, it's fun involving a spin on the birth of Adam from the Sistine Chapel, while what's inside the new look packaging is… Read more

Bruny Island Beer Co 2018 Hop Harvest Ale

Tapped May 11th, 2018
If you've not been to the Fresh Hop Festival in Launceston, firstly, you should. There's scores of festivals around the country now at all times of the year, yet this one still manages to stand out from the crowd as it brings together close to 30 Aussie brewers to launch beers made with wet hops. Secondly, if you do go, you'll find plenty of beers you might not have expected. Think "wet hop beer" and you're likely to imagine something pale in which malt and yeast are there just to let the… Read more
Style
Wet Hop Belgian Golden Ale
Strength
6.8%

Batch Brewing Co Pilsner & Das Vienna Lager & Das Roggen

Tapped May 11th, 2018
There’s common comment, if not quite lament, that too few local brewers go to the trouble of making lagers. Perhaps it’s something to do with lagers having become so common that they’re seen as boring. Perhaps it's that their flavours are too subtle compared to the bold New World beer styles. Perhaps it’s just that they take longer to produce, which pushes against commercial necessities. Probably it’s a mixture of all three. Batch is one brewery that’s never felt locked to a particular… Read more
Style
Lagers
Strength
5.4% to 5.6%

Endeavour Donker Zuur

Tapped May 11th, 2018
Dark Saison. Barleywine. Double IPA. Cascadian Dark Ale. Remember the time when it felt like all Endeavour brewed was golden or pale ales? The latest in the increasingly expansive range of one-off beers to come from the little brewpub in The Rocks is arguably their most confronting to date: a dark sour ale that’s something of a homage to Oud Bruins. At the best of times it’s a style of beer that polarises thanks to its inherent vinegar-like quality, yet once you get past the intense sourness… Read more
Style
Sour ale
Strength
5.5%

Young Henrys Motorcycle Oil

Tapped May 10th, 2018
Last May, as is their wont, Young Henrys released a couple of new beers. The first was a limited edition dark ale named Motorcycle Oil while the second was the nationwide release of their Winter Hop Ale. Fast forward a year and the black bikie beer is the only one to have completed a full lap and come back, in the process taking the mantle as the brewery’s major winter release for 2018. Yet, in a way, this beer feels as though it strides both previous releases anyway. Motorcycle Oil has been labelled… Read more
Style
Hoppy Porter
Strength
5.5%

Six String Brewing Black & Gothic

Tapped May 10th, 2018
Things have clearly taken a turn at the Six String Brewing Company. Where the warmer months on the Central Coast were once characterised in the main by new and fruity IPAs and lagers, these early parts of the cooler seasons have seen the brewers turn towards the darker side of beer styles – very dark, as it turns out. Indeed, they've gone so dark the first large scale release is an oatmeal stout that’s been called, simply, Black. Yet if it’s a beer that’s meant to appear menacing – and… Read more
Style
Stouts
Strength
5.1% & 9.4%

Boatrocker Brewers & Distillers Stout

Tapped May 9th, 2018
The sinuous evolution of the Boatrocker range continues as winter 2018 approaches, with the arrival of the previously draught only Stout in bottles. If you've not tried the beer before, said bottle gives you a pretty good inkling of what's to come; none of the brewery's wilder flights of fancy, blends, adjuncts or barrel influences here – this is a straight down the line, no nonsense stout. If you were to place it on the sliding stout scale, it might be pegged slightly nearer the sweeter end, not… Read more
Style
Stout
Strength
5.5%

Colonial Brewing Co Robust Porter

Tapped May 9th, 2018
Porter. Noun. A person employed to carry luggage and other loads, especially in a railway station, airport, hotel or market. This eponymous beer style evolved from the dockside strongmen’s favoured dark quencher in 1700s London, becoming, at one period during the following century, the most consumed beer style in the world. These days, with pale lagers holding that mantle by some considerable margin, this most malt focused of beers has become more of a respected classic, one pulled from the lesser… Read more
Style
Porter
Strength
6.0%
Stockists

Available nationally throughout winter 2018

Little Bang Brewing The Pinkening

Tapped May 8th, 2018
The prolific team at Little Bang can always take you in various directions via the taps lining the brewery bar. Hops various ways, booze levels from high to low, fruity, a little funky or deeply malty – and, should The Pinkening be pouring, colourful as all hell too. The name hints at what to expect, but they could as easily have got away with calling it The Bloody Bright Reddening. As with Little Banger, this beer came from a desire to have a light beer on tap but not get to that point by sacrificing… Read more
Style
Hibiscus Session Sour
Strength
3.0%
Bitterness
10 IBU

BrewSmith Red Rye Ale 2018

Tapped May 8th, 2018
The homebrew-with-ease suppliers BrewSmith has decided to rework one of its more popular recipes, that for its hearty rye red ale. In many ways, it's still the same beer: built upon a base featuring the same four different specialty grains as before. But the hops have changed. According to the BrewSmith team: " This year, we’re adding more hops (and a different variety) to pump up the aroma and make it a true all-rounder. It’s still as big and hearty ... but with more delicate tropical fruits… Read more
Style
Red Rye Ale
Strength
Estimated 5.9%
Stockists

Available from BrewSmith

Edge Brewing Project Toast

Tapped May 8th, 2018
Edge has released plenty of lagers over the years and, in doing so, has attempted to show just how diverse the broad church can be, rather than simply the pale lager/pilsner style that's become shorthand for the style. Toast follows in a lineage of Edge beers that includes Cereal Killer and its recent follow up, Psycho Killer, in that it's one to which Adam Betts has added a basket full of different grains. So, while it's not Toast Ale, it does have many of the ingredients with which you could bake… Read more
Style
Pilsner
Strength
4.4%
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