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.

Wheaty Brewing Corps Kransky Mini Pils

Tapped October 10th, 2017
If there's one brewery in the country you can trust to take a pun and run with it, it's the Wheaty Brewing Corps. Here, the Kransky of the title refers not so much to the sausage but sausage dogs. Why? Apparently, it's a reference to the small frame of a sausage dog and how they still pack in plenty of personality and character. It's a mid-strength-ish pilsner made with Vienna as the base malt alongside sprinklings of Carapils and acidulated malt and with newish German hop Callista alongside one… Read more
Style
Small PIlsner
Strength
3.7%
Bitterness
18 IBU
Stockists

The Wheaty

4 Pines Keller Door: Australian Double IPA

Tapped October 5th, 2017
There's so many things this write up should probably open with. That this Keller Door release bridges the before and after period in 4 Pines' history – brewed before they sold to AB InBev and released afterwards. Or that it's got an off-the-wall label you could spend an age examining and pondering. Perhaps its size (note to self: look out for words like "double" on labels when selecting a knockoff beer...). But instead all we could think of was how much it looked like Tizer when it hit… Read more
Style
Australian Double IPA
Strength
9.0%
Bitterness
84 IBU
Stockists

Available nationwide

Ocho Beer Lusty Winter

Tapped October 5th, 2017
The second half of the spring 2017 double offering from Launceston based Ocho Beer is another that, like its partner Born In Burton, has its feet firmly planted in old European traditions. It's a Baltic porter, a style that grew from English porters but was also influenced by Russian imperial stouts and is often brewed with a lager yeast (although here it's an ale yeast fermented at a cooler temperature). There's nothing out there by Ocho's occasionally experimental standards either, just a handful… Read more
Style
Baltic Porter
Strength
7.2%
Stockists

Available direct from Ocho here

Wheaty Brewing Corps & Hobart Brewing Co & Van Dieman Ice Coffee

Tapped October 4th, 2017
While showing Scott and Jimmy from Hobart Brewing Co and Will from Van Diemen Brewing around town, the Wheaty Brewing Corps stumbled across a South Australian favourite, Farmer’s Union Iced Coffee. Well, they stumbled on a version of it – instead of finding the milky beverage in a fridge, the group created a beer in its image. The foursome had been discussing opposites and how a beer that looked like an IPA could taste like a stout; the result was the Ice Coffee White Stout. Sweet, sweet lactose… Read more
Style
White Coffee Stout
Strength
6.2%
Bitterness
25 IBU
Stockists

The Wheaty

Wheaty Brewing Corps & Naparbier & 8 Wired Screwdriver

Tapped October 4th, 2017
When a 5kg brick of Belma hop hash landed in her lap, Wheaty Brewing Corps founder Jade Flavell was elated – and for more than one reason. Firstly, neither she nor her collaborators (Søren from NZ's 8 Wired and Juan from Naparbier in Spain) had used hop hash before, while Belma is a relatively new hop variety she hadn’t played with before either, thus creating the opportunity to design a recipe showcasing a certain product. They decided upon an imperial IPA SMASH beer (Single Malt And Single… Read more
Style
Farmhouse IIPA
Strength
8.5%
Bitterness
60 IBU
Stockists

The Wheaty

Ocho Beer Born In Burton

Tapped September 29th, 2017
Years ago, when The Crafty Pint was yet to crystallise into something real, I was sat in a warehouse in Boronia with a bunch of homebrewers preparing for a BJCP exam while looking to improve my knowledge of beer and brewing. The term "Burtonisation" came up in a session on water. "Did you just say 'Burtonisation'?" (Yes, I knew what I liked to drink but little else about the subject back then – it's been a steep and slippery descent since...). "Does it refer to the place… Read more
Style
English IPA
Strength
6.6%
Stockists

Order direct from Ocho

They're packing four of these with four Baltic Porters, which we'll write about soon.

Batch Brewing Co DJ Jazzy Ginger & The Zest Prince

Tapped September 29th, 2017
They love a good pun at the Batch Brewing Company, and never more than when it involves a a hip hop reference; 2 Peach Shakur, Mango Mathers and HopFace Fillah – all the big names get a beer here. The latest in the lineage is a throwback to the 90s ft. DJ Jazzy Ginger & The Zest Prince. And it's a ginger and lemon sour ale. Pouring a pale yellow with a little haze, it throws up big aromas of ginger just like a ginger beer – as in the non alcoholic kind – which, if nothing else, makes it… Read more
Style
Sour Ale
Strength
4.5%

Batch Brewing Co Trippy Hippie's XXPA

Tapped September 29th, 2017
One of the ongoing arguments against pre-mixed spirit and soft drink RTDs is that they pack a surprisingly high percentage of alcohol into a surprisingly drinkable – and usually incredibly sweet – package. The key is balance (or, in the case of RTDs, sweetness): the strength of the drink is disguised in order to convince you that buying and necking a discounted case from a big box retailer is a really excellent idea, despite the next morning demonstrating it's very much not. With that in mind… Read more
Style
Double XPA
Strength
8.8%

Batch Brewing Co Das Bock

Tapped September 29th, 2017
Despite being the most widely consumed beer by style in the land, lagers tend to have a bit of a bad rep with Aussie craft beer drinkers; after all, lagers are what the big brewers do. And that’s partly the reason why, when Oktoberfest rolls around, few local brewers tend to make a traditional lager for the occasion. Instead they skirt around the sides, brewing all manner of Märzens, festbiers, dunkels, hefes and the like. Or, in Batch’s case, a bock. Their Oktoberfest beer is Das Bock, a strong… Read more
Style
Strong Lager
Strength
7.6%

Moon Dog Jumping The Shark 2017

Tapped September 28th, 2017
Moon Dog set the bar high with its first Jumping The Shark release. Announced as the biggest, most over-the-top beer they could conceive, it was a huge imperial stout brewed with an insane amount of stupidly expensive truffles. And it lived up to the hype, even snaffling gold at the Australian International Beer Awards. Its follow up didn't do it for us (although, with a few years on it, we'd be willing to give the saffron'd beast another go and see if time has mellowed its aggressive nature) but… Read more

Hargreaves Hill & Four Pillars Gin Barrel Gose 2017

Tapped September 26th, 2017
When you're near neighbours with a shared passion for flavour and finesse in booze, why not come together? That's what Yarra Valley's Hargreaves Hill and Four Pillars Gin did in 2016, joining forces to create a gose (the lightly salty and sour wheat ale style with origins in German and now reborn as something of a global phenomenon) that made use of the barrels the latter used for one of its gins. They didn't make a lot of it but it was enough to make it into our panel's Best New Victorian Beers… Read more

Stomping Ground & Tequila Tromba Paloma Gose

Tapped September 26th, 2017
As inspirations for new beers go, honouring International Paloma Appreciation Week has to rank as one of the more reaching. What next, a vanilla milk stout in memory of Ouyen's Great Vanilla Slice Triumph, which, sadly, ran for the last time six years ago this month? Still, if you're reading this and didn't know about Palomas beforehand, they're a Mexican cocktail featuring tequila and grapefruit found "so often living in the shadow of the world famous margarita", according to the info… Read more
Style
Tequila Gose

Two Birds Brewing Maltergeist

Tapped September 26th, 2017
Two Birds have been embracing all things fancy dress this spring, it seems. Not long ago, they were pouring beers as part of the St Ives Medieval Faire, where they debuted a Marzen (a darker, maltier form of lager with German origins that's typically brewed as an Oktoberfestbier) to keep the jousters refreshed between bouts of trying to remove each others' heads. And now said beer has morphed into their Oktoberfest release. As the name suggests, they've stuck to tradition and looked to put specialty… Read more
Style
Marzen
Strength
5.0%
Bitterness
22 IBU

Barrow Boys India Amber Ale 2017

Tapped September 25th, 2017
Two years ago, almost to the day, we joined the Barrow Boys team for a taste of what was then their new one-off, draught only release. It was an India Amber Ale so good we happily declared it one of the best Victorian beers we'd tasted that year, ending the review with the plea: "Here's hoping it becomes, at the very least, an annual release." Our wish wasn't granted. At least until now, with the beer returning for the start of spring in greater volume and in bottles too. The gypsy operation… Read more
Style
India Amber Ale
Strength
6.3%
Bitterness
60-plus IBU
Stockists

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Carwyn Cellars

Freddie Wimpoles

Local Taphouse St Kilda

Mr West

And good beer stockists around Melbourne and Geelong

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Cheeky Monkey Double IPA

Tapped September 25th, 2017
In an increasingly hazy world, Cheeky’s brewing monkeys have bucked the trend and announced the arrival of spring with a straight up double IPA. As the can's evocative label – one of the best yet from the brewery – suggests, this beer is designed to be all about citrus, something the brewers set out to achieve through judicious use of Citra, Mandarina Bavaria and the relatively new Lemon Drop hop. A resinous aroma teases while the taste keeps things tight with light marmalade, a clean but weighty… Read more
Style
Double IPA
Strength
8.1%

New England Brewing Co India Pale Lager

Tapped September 22nd, 2017
As they waited for their new canning line to be installed, tested and readied for action, the brewers at New England had to do a little juggling of their normal brewing schedule. The ideal scenario was to shift things around so the first beer destined for cans would be ready at just the right time to transfer from the tank, which meant they had to hold off brewing it. And that, in turn, resulted in them having a little extra time and tank space to fill. This India Pale Lager is what they filled it… Read more
Style
India Pale Lager
Strength
6.3%
Bitterness
66 IBU
Stockists

Bitter Phew

The Horse

And select Sydney venues

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Endeavour Dark Ale

Tapped September 22nd, 2017
When you stand at the bar at the Endeavour Tap Rooms waiting to order a beer, you pretty well know what you're going to get: after all, it says the name of the beer right there above the taps. Except, that is, if you're looking at tap number 7. That one is simply called "Something Dark" and it indicates that, yes, there’s a dark beer in here but, no, it won’t always be the same one. When coming up with the next beer it’s almost a case of brewer JB sticking his head out the door, seeing… Read more
Style
Mild Ale
Strength
4.1%
Bitterness
19 IBU

Endeavour India Red Ale

Tapped September 22nd, 2017
Andy Stewart, one of Endeavour’s founders and the original driving force behind the business’ beer recipes, missed out on giving the Tap Rooms brewery a proper christening due to being ensconced in the USA. So, understandably, on his most recent trip home he was keen to get his hands dirty and head brewer JB was only too happy to help him; he was even so generous as to organise a 5am start, mere hours after Andy had spent the preceding 24 in a plane. The pair got busy brewing an India red ale,… Read more
Style
India Red Ale
Strength
6.1%
Bitterness
58 IBU

Cavalier Brewing & The Park Hotel Hoppy Lager

Tapped September 22nd, 2017
They love a collaboration at Cavalier and it's another one that has brought this Hoppy Lager into life. It's been created with The Park in Werribee, who snaffled the only kegs in Victoria, with the rest making their way to Queensland. The hops come in the shape of Nelson Sauvin and Amarillo, layered atop a pretty simple malt base to create what the brewers are calling a "big ol' hoppy lager with tropical, fruity, citrus aromas and flavours, low bitterness and a dry malty finish." … Read more
Style
India Pale Lager
Strength
6.4%

La Sirène Brewing Forêt Sauvage

Tapped September 21st, 2017
When you're a brewery like La Sirène, it's good to have time on your side. Outside its core range of saisons and farmhouse style ales is an ever-growing and diversifying series of projects incorporating spontaneous fermentation, barrel ageing and much more besides. Some of them were kickstarted several years ago, in the early days after the brewing company built its brewery in Alphington, giving the brewers liquids that have been evolving for years to play with, sometimes blending them, racking… Read more
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