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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!

Two Birds Brewing Uncharted IPA

Tapped August 13th, 2018
Given the multiverse of IPA variants to have appeared in recent years, you'd think there would be little left uncharted. Heck, Two Birds even released a glitter IPA in tribute to David Bowie earlier in the year. Still, for the latest IPA in an IPA-heavy year for the Spotswood brewery, Uncharted it is. That said, we're not into a new IPA category here; it's a case of playing around with new ingredients. On the hop front, that means utilising one of Hop Products Australia's experimental varieties,… Read more

Nowhereman Brewing Rhapsody XPA

Tapped August 13th, 2018
New brewer Eddie Still’s first beer for the inner Perth brewery leaves West Leederville’s urban grit behind for more tropical climes. Perhaps it's the illusion of summer during the slow crawl out of the cooler months but, if Rhapsody’s opening weekend is anything to go by, this looks set to become Nowhereman’s best-selling beer. The light orange hue in the glass the echoes the sunshine in glass that waits as tropical aromas, notably passionfruit, and some citrus work in concert with sweet… Read more
Style
XPA
Strength
5.0%

Newstead Brewing Nineteen 09 Coastal Ale

Tapped August 12th, 2018
Newstead Brewing continues to forge partnerships with iconic Queensland organisations, with the Nineteen 09 Coastal Ale a beer that joins the Ballymore Lager, created with Queensland Rugby Union, and other joint ventures with the likes of Queensland Rail and Alliance Airlines. This time around, their collaborators are Surf Life Saving Queensland, hence the bold and familiar yellow and red on the cans and decals. The name refers to the first recorded rescue in Queensland on February 21, 1909, when… Read more
Style
Summer Ale
Strength
4.2%
Stockists

You can order via Newstead's online store

Or look for it at at participating surf clubs, liquor retailers and outlets across Queensland.

Clifton Hill Brewpub IPA

Tapped August 12th, 2018
This American IPA first hit taps at the Clifton Hill Brewpub in 2016 and has been one of the handful of beers that's stuck around since, surviving the regular rotations. And it's done do by changing little over that time and staying true to the classic US IPA template. The hefty late addition of US hops go to work serving you with fruity, piney hop aromas and flavours, not to mention a resinous bitterness. Balance comes in the form of a toffee like malt backbone to create an enjoyable IPA that sits… Read more
Style
American IPA
Strength
6.4%

Clifton Hill Brewpub Lager

Tapped August 12th, 2018
Since taking the decision to fill pretty much all of their 16 taps with their own beers, the brewers at the Clifton Hill Brewpub have been filling them with all manner of beers: malty reds, big IPAs, sour stouts, barrel aged stock ales, fruit sours and so on. But pubs still need a lager for those who don't want to take their palate on an adventure, and this is theirs. One of three core beers to be canned in winter 2018, it eschews the experimentation oft found elsewhere in their lineup for something… Read more
Style
Munich Helles
Strength
4.7%

Stomping Ground Bunker Porter

Tapped August 10th, 2018
The crew behind Stomping Ground has always seen the brewpub as a continuation or renaissance of its home 'burb's brewing traditions and, with the Bunker Porter – so named due to a legend there's a wartime bunker below their Collingwood home, there's a visual nod to beers of the past too. On the outside, it looks like a beer that could have come from a local brewery decades ago – or, indeed, one from the UK – and what's inside the cans doesn't deviate from tradition either. Utterly impenetrable… Read more
Style
Porter
Strength
6.2%

Stomping Ground Sour Red Saison

Tapped August 10th, 2018
A "high-performance" souring bacteria, a fruity saison yeast strain, specialty malts and some fruity new wave European hops... If that's not a combination to deliver a journey for your senses, then little will. Taking Lallemand Brewing's Sour Pitch, a French saison yeast and pungently citrusy Lemon Drop and Mandarina Bavaria hops, the Stomping Ground brewers have turned out a beer with a nose that's both vinous and full of candied berries, flavours that flit between those berries, blood… Read more
Style
Sour Red Saison
Strength
5.0%

Stomping Ground Kompromat Russian Imperial Stout 2018

Tapped August 10th, 2018
The cans have been flying out of Stomping Ground's Collingwood brewery over the past six months or so and now they've got some wax-sealed company in the shape of Kompromat, a bourbon barrel aged Russian imperial stout. It's built from no less than eight grains and a trio of US hops, although it's the time spent on oak that's the defining character. You're met with aromas of coconut, hazelnuts, cocoa and vanilla, and there's a boozy sweetness running through its midst on the palate, enveloped by rich… Read more
Style
Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
Strength
9.9%

Akasha Toucan Tropical IPA

Tapped August 9th, 2018
Toucan Tropical IPA is the latest limited release from the hopsmiths at Akasha and it’s hard to recall them having made one that’s so darn user friendly. The general idea behind it was to make something that looked like a classic American IPA and had the requisite high hop fruitiness, but with an atypically low bitterness. And you’d be hard pressed to argue they didn’t nail the brief with a beer that’s a delightful melange of tropical and stone fruits, a supple salad mix that seems to… Read more
Style
Tropical IPA
Strength
6.8%

Tallboy & Moose Rum Daddy & Berried Alive!

Tapped August 9th, 2018
They've gone for some no holds barred flavour explosions at Tallboy & Moose with this pair of beers. One is their latest collaboration with near neighbours Carwyn Cellars, who lent them a barrel that previously contained Iridium Gold Rum from Mt Uncle Distillery in North Queensland, into which was poured some of the brewpub's Malt Daddy vintage ale. The effect is to take what was already a rich, deeply malty beer, one with fruity, toffee characters sitting somewhere between an English old ale… Read more
Style
Rum Barrel Aged Strong Ale & Berry Yoghurt
Strength
8.8% & 6%

Wildflower St Phoebe 2018

Tapped August 8th, 2018
Little more than three weeks after their last limited release fruit beer, Wildflower has launched another one. And, sigh, it’s just as bloody lovely. Then again, well over a year in, with the barrel stock having expanded significantly and the core Gold blend – from which so many other beers are derived and dependent – arguably having never tasted so good, you kind of have to accept that if they started fermenting their beers with a bucket of turnips it’d still taste great. Doing it with raspberries… Read more
Style
Raspberry Wild Ale
Strength
5.0%

Bridge Road Hopped Cola & Mayday Hills Apple

Tapped August 8th, 2018
If you wanted to highlight the many ways Bridge Road Brewers like to approach the world of beverage making, this pair wouldn't be the worst place to start. One isn't even a beer (or wine or cider, both of which have left the Beechworth brewery at times in the past). Hopped Cola is Bridge Road's second non-alcoholic hopped drink, following in the footsteps of Lemon, Lime & Hop Bitters and taking a similar approach. To a pretty full and sweet cola they've added Galaxy hops, which themselves take… Read more
Style
Apple & Cinnamon Red Ale
Strength
6.5%

Cupitt Craft Brewers Co-Ferments: Arneis & Tempranillo

Tapped August 8th, 2018
In 2018, Cupitt began a kind of internal cultural exchange, combining its winemaking and brewing arms to create a couple of co-fermented libations to the mysterious deities of wild and mixed fermentation. The results are sort of wine and sort of beer but not quite either. One is the Arneis Co-Ferment. This was begun back in April by trucking in grapes from Orange to Ulladulla, where they were pressed in the Cupitt winery. A day into ferment the fruity mush was wheeled across to the brewery where… Read more
Style
Beer-Wine Hybrid
Strength
7.6% & 7.7%

Cupitt Craft Brewers Barrel Aged Imperial Stout 2018

Tapped August 8th, 2018
If Cupitt’s 2018 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout proves any one thing it’s that being the biggest and boldest isn’t the be all and end all when it comes to this style of beer. Conceived in 2017, this spent spent eleven months sitting, dwelling and developing inside old shiraz barrels before being bottled. Once you’ve selected a suitably salubrious occasion to chip your way through the thick (and rather fun) black wax cap, you’ll be met by a beer that shows off satisfying characters of cocoa,… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
Strength
8.0%

Boatrocker Banshee Barleywine 2018

Tapped August 7th, 2018
You don't tend to see a lot of barley wines/barleywines around (which is perhaps why you find brewers spelling it as both one and two words). It's understandable given their size, the cost of such boozy beers under Australia's tax system and their limited appeal in a country that, for the most part, is still waking up to hoppy pale ales. Yet winter 2018 has seen a veritable smorgasbord leave local breweries, including the latest iteration from Boatrocker. It's another of the Braeside brewer's beers… Read more
Style
Whisky Barrel Aged Barleywine
Strength
12.8%

Bridge Road & Movida Grisette

Tapped August 6th, 2018
Bridge Road Brewers has brewed beers with dozens of beer venues over the years as part of its Bar Series. The Beechworth brewer has also looked to work with restaurants over the years, whether on dinners, beer launches or just being part of a push for more diverse beer lists, often via its Chevalier Saison. So its Restaurant Series, launched with this beer created in conjunction with Melbourne's Movida – and in the same vein as Edge Brewing Project's work with the likes of Brae – feels like a… Read more
Style
High Country Grisette
Strength
5.0%

Endeavour New South Pils & Reserve Amber & Belgian Tripel

Tapped August 6th, 2018
From their company’s inception, the founders of Endeavour talked about one day having two things: a brewery of their own and a beer estate where they could grow their own grain and hops and produce beers that were a true reflection of their location. While they’ve managed to chalk off the first thing on the list with their lovely little brewpub in The Rocks, that dream of country life is still some way off. In the meantime they’re doing they next best thing and collaborating with growers. And,… Read more
Style
Pilsner & Amber & Tripel

Sauce Brewing You Bruty! IPA

Tapped August 6th, 2018
Considering the appetite their customers have shown for the “haze craze”, which has prompted the brewery to unfurl an ever expanding range of New England IPAs, it perhaps ought not to be surprising to learn that Sauce is one of the first breweries in Sydney to jump onto the latest trend to afflict the beer world. Their Brut IPA, nicely channelling a catchy colloquialism, is called You Bruty! and it’s been launched in conjunction with their near neighbours at good beer bar Uncle Hops. That’s… Read more
Style
Brut IPA
Strength
7.0%
Stockists

Uncle Hops

Bridge Road Single Hop Series 2018

Tapped August 2nd, 2018
Ben Kraus and his Bridge Road Brewers team have been pushing the cause of Aussie hops more than any other local brewer for the best part of a decade now, with their Single Hop IPA series just one way in which they've created greater awareness for varieties grown by Hop Products Australia (HPA) in their part of the world (and Tassie). With the HPA lineup altering in recent years, they've had to switch up the hops in the series and have decided to tweak the base recipe for the quartet too, making the… Read more
Style
Single Hop IPA Series
Strength
6.0%

Green Beacon Cutwater Hazy IPA

Tapped August 2nd, 2018
Are we in a position yet to describe a beer as a line and length New England style IPA? Have Aussie brewers here been releasing beers in the style long enough for that to be a valid judgement call? Very probably. And, were you to nominate someone in the current climate to turn out such a beer, would Green Beacon be high on the shortlist? Very probably, what with their knack for knocking out fine beers in seemingly any style they fancy (and the trophies to prove it). Which brings as to their latest… Read more
Style
NEIPA
Strength
6.0%
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