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!

Boatrocker Miss Pinky (cans)

Tapped November 2nd, 2018
Session strength sours and their fruit-flavoured siblings have become all the rage in Australia, with venue owners telling us they have customers baying for blood if there's nothing of that ilk on tap these days. One of the pioneers in this area is Boatrocker's Miss Pinky, the raspberry Berliner weisse that secured national distribution via Dan Murphy's. In spring 2018, the brewery launched its first three cans and Miss Pinky was one of the beers chosen. She retains her big, aromatic bouquet, refreshing… Read more
Style
Raspberry Berliner Weisse
ABV
3.5%

Boatrocker Pilsner (cans)

Tapped November 2nd, 2018
Pilsners have made irregular appearances in the Boatrocker lineup over the years. Hoppbier picked up an Australian International Beer Awards gold back in the brewery's earliest days and evolved into the Beer Garden Pilsner later on, so called as its inception can be traced back to brewery co-founder Matt Houghton's backpacking days in Northern Germany. As the brewery moved into cans, this beer – called, simply, Pilsner – is there with Miss Pinky and Sunshine & Rainbows. LIke its forebears,… Read more
Style
Pilsner
ABV
4.5%

BrewSmith XIPA 2018

Tapped November 2nd, 2018
Homebrew recipe suppliers BrewSmith are back with a very limited edition new release. They've created less than 50 packs of the 2018 XIPA, a beer they say is "about pushing into new directions. Trying something different. Taking some risks and making something unique." Says the team: "We’re using an overlooked hop variety and finding some flavours we haven’t seen in an IPA before. Compared to Hoppy Heart IPA, the 2018 XIPA is a much bolder beer. It’s more bitter and resinous… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
5.3% (approx)
Stockists

Order from BrewSmith here

Otherside Brewing Co Lo-Fi Citrus Wheat

Tapped November 2nd, 2018
Mid-strength beers are a challenge for brewers. Walking a tightrope of mouthfeel, flavour and balance at around 3.5 percent ABV has led to many session beers being labelled as "donuts" by the brewing community – all aroma and bitterness but with no body in the middle. Sure, you can make a great caramel malt based mid, but is this really what you want in the height of summer? For a different view, take a trip to the Otherside where its first low ABV beer sees the team embellishing an… Read more
Style
American Wheat
ABV
3.5%
Stockists

From the brewery and WA retailers and venues

4 Hearts Brewing Daily Bread

Tapped November 2nd, 2018
“Give us this beer, our Daily Bread…” While Belgian monks happily brew dubbels and tripels, they generally drink single ales themselves, a lower alcohol version to give them sustenance without sending them to sleep. As such, it’s rare for this kind of beer to ever leave the monastery walls. Inspired by this tradition, 4 Hearts brewed Daily Bread to bring sustenance to the people. They collaborated with the Waste Recycling Industry of Queensland and Oz Harvest, and took 80kg of local, Ipswich-sourced… Read more
Style
Belgian Ale
ABV
4.0%

4 Hearts Bavarian Helles

Tapped November 2nd, 2018
4 Hearts head brewer Ken Friend’s goal with this beer was to brew an authentic Bavarian style Helles (as the name of the beer might suggest). Ken studied under German brewmasters in Berlin so, when he aims for an authentic German beer style, he holds himself to a high standard. Using German pilsner malt and the same yeast used by Munich’s Augustiner Brewery (which brews the lager most Munich residents will recommend), he did a fine job of it. A fluffy white head sits atop the pale straw, slightly… Read more
Style
Helles
ABV
4.7%

4 Hearts Mondlicht Schwarzbier

Tapped November 2nd, 2018
Mondlicht is German for moonlight, and this beauty shines in the darkness. Created for the Pumpyard Oktoberfest, Mondlicht is a traditional Schwarzbier made using the same yeast as the Augustiner brewery in Munich. If you ever find dark beers too heavy, don’t be put off by Mondlicht’s appearance – while it’s as dark as they come, it doesn’t have the heavy, hearty meal quality of many stouts and porters. It’s smooth, sweet and, at 5.2 percent ABV, still quite sessionable. Coffee and chocolate… Read more
Style
Schwarzbier
ABV
5.2%

Rocky Ridge & Baby Mammoth Inglorious Chutney

Tapped November 2nd, 2018
It’s one thing to be creative and it’s another to make a chutney beer aged on apricots for six months in ex-chardonnay barrels. It’s also quite another to launch said chutney beer as the only liquid pairing for a six-course degustation but the Baby Mammoth team wouldn’t have any other way. Just to add to the collaborative creativity, when the dinner took place, each course included ingredients foraged from Rocky Ridge’s farm. To be clear, Inglorious Chutney is something unique – a food… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged American Spiced Amber Ale
ABV
6.9%
Stockists

Baby Mammoth

Darleens Busselton plus selected retailers and venues

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Blackman's Local Standard Ale

Tapped November 2nd, 2018
Over the past couple of years, we've seen a sharp rise in the number of breweries adding beers designed for their locals – often bearing a name referencing their locale too – as well as mid-strengths to their offering. Here, with its Local Standard Ale, Torquay's Blackman's is doing both at the same time. At 3.9 percent ABV, it's a little higher in booze than many mids, but still well within "session" territory. It's also one that packs a pretty potent punch on the hop front, firing… Read more
Style
Session Ale
ABV
3.9%

Beerfarm & Smith Street Taps Asam Boi

Tapped November 2nd, 2018
In 2011, Daniel Goh opened the first craft beer joint in Singapore inside the Chinatown Hawkers centre and, three years later, launched Smith Street Taps in the stall next door. For those that have never been to Singapore, your humid arrival through the bustling labyrinthine second floor is akin to Indiana Jones finding the Holy Grail that just happens to be surrounded by some of the best food in the Lion City. Drawing from this rich culinary history, Daniel and the Smith Street Taps suggested using… Read more
Style
Salted Plum Gose
ABV
4.5%
Stockists

From the Beerfarm, selected WA locations and, if you happen to find yourself in Singapore, Smith Street Taps.

All Hands Friend In Hand Strawberry Berliner Weisse

Tapped November 2nd, 2018
A couple of months ago, some asshole, or assholes, somewhere in Australia decided it would be a fabulous idea to start sticking sewing needles in strawberries for some cheap laughs and in the process crippled an industry and prevented the rest of us from indulging in one of life’s simplest pleasures: gobbing a perfectly ripe strawberry whole without fear of getting a piece of sharp metal lodged in your throat. Fuck youse. Anyway, wanting to show a little solidarity with the strawberry farmers,… Read more
Style
Strawberry Berliner Weisse
ABV
3.5%

All Hands Hedgerow English IPA

Tapped November 2nd, 2018
The Australian beer world has become increasingly Americanised in recent years, from the hops we use to the trends we follow to the number of US brewers who have shifted south to ply their trade Down Under. One of them, Sam Clayman, heads the brewing team at All Hands and, somewhat unusually, he has a soft spot for British style beers. That’s partly the reason why the Darling Harbour brewpub is one of a small handful of breweries in Sydney to always serve up cask ale and it’s also why they tend… Read more
Style
English IPA
ABV
6.2%

Grifter Brewing Co Pearly White

Tapped October 31st, 2018
They’ve made a lot of different styles of beer at Grifter but, until now, never a witbier. Then again, upon reflection, few in Australia make them. Wheat and oats are used widely, but so much as a means of showing them off in the style of beer that puts them so front and centre. That makes Pearly White something of a refreshing change – and in this case a quite literal one as it sits at a bona fide mid-strength level of 3.5 percent ABV and is deliberately restrained in its wit-iness. Yet it’s… Read more
Style
Mid-Strength Witbier
ABV
3.5%

Burleigh Brewing Black Giraffe (Cans)

Tapped October 30th, 2018
The Black Giraffe was one of the first releases in Burleigh Brewing's Bit On The Side series, with the black coffee lager making its debut way back in 2010 and promptly picking up a gold medal at the World Beer Championships in the US soon after (a feat repeated many times since). It made a habit of reappearing, sometimes a little tweaked but always the same at heart, in large bottle format and has now made the transition to cans. It's a combination of coffee roasted locally to the Burleigh Heads… Read more
Style
Black Coffee Lager
ABV
4.7%

Sauce Brewing Pazy Hale

Tapped October 29th, 2018
Ever since Sauce decided to try wading into murky waters by brewing the Bubble & Squeak New England IPA, the brewers have been afflicted by the haze craze. They’ve taken the burgeoning trend to heart and fine tuned their recipe to the point where it’s become one of the brewery's most popular releases and, arguably, their signature beer. So it all seemed very reasonable when they chose to release a fruitier and boozier cousin to that beer in the form of the Trubble & Squeak imperial NEIPA.… Read more
Style
New England Pale Ale
ABV
5.8%

Sauce Brewing Peach Sauce

Tapped October 29th, 2018
There’s only so long you can keep brewing a one-off batch with such regularity that you have to accept that you might as well make it part of your core range. It took the folks at Sauce about ten months to get there but they did get there when they announced that Peach Sauce had officially joined the team. Now, it’s not exactly the same beer as the one they first launched in January 2018 under the name Son Of A Peach and which has gone through a few iterations in keg and can, but it is a completely… Read more
Style
Peach Berliner Weisse
ABV
4.0%

Hargreaves Hill & Four Pillars Gin Barrel Gose 2018

Tapped October 25th, 2018
Two of Yarra Valley's leading booze producers have been at it again, creating their beer-gin hybrid for the third year running. The Gin Barrel Gose has become something of a cult hero in local beer circles since first landing late in 2016. It starts out as a gently soured and salted Leipziger gose style wheat beer infused with gin botanicals and is then matured in some of Four Pillars barrels before being bottled by Hargreaves Hill and sent into the world. The 2018 iteration is a return to the bright… Read more
Style
Gin Barrel Aged Gose
ABV
4.7%

Australian Brewery & Sydney Beer Week 2018 Festival Beer – Table Beer

Tapped October 25th, 2018
Ahead of the opening of festivities, the official Sydney Beer Week beer has been shipped out to the venues preparing to unleash a torrent of good feels and great times at events across the city. For 2018, the festival beer was brewed by the team at Rouse Hill's Australian Brewery in collaboration with the festival’s general manager Liam Pereira. And, for the first time, it’s been packaged in cans, wrapped in the kind of colourful artwork that characterises the festival program – of which more… Read more
Style
Grisette
ABV
5.0%
Stockists

Find the beer across Sydney Beer Week 2018 events

Philter IPA

Tapped October 25th, 2018
Philter set out from the start to make drinking beers. Sure, beers with flavour and character but, more than anything, that you'd want to put away then have another. A stack of awards would suggest they're doing a pretty good job of making such beers well and it's likely this IPA, the fourth addition to the core range, will see the brewing company headed by Sam Füss continue in that vein. It's a beer that does what it promises on the tin – passionfruit, grapefruit and orange aromas welcome you… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
5.8%

Mash & Perth Home Brew Share Imperial Swan

Tapped October 24th, 2018
While many from the homebrewing community aspire to make the leap into professional brewing, there’s not many that end up doing so. Perhaps the reality of potentially backbreaking work in wet conditions without long-term financial security is a reality check for many weekend brew warriors but, for the WA online community that is Perth Home Brew Share, this collaboration with Mash has helped make more than 4,000 dreams come true. Bucking the spring seasonal trend towards lighter styles, Imperial… Read more
Style
Imperial Red Ale
ABV
8.0%
Stockists

The recipe is available online for all to try

The original is at Mash Brewing and select WA retailers

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