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!

Brick Lane Trilogy Of Fear 2021

Tapped August 9, 2021
For such a sizeable brewery, Brick Lane certainly seem keen to release myriad beers across as short a time as possible. In a little over a week, they’ve gone for a New Zealand IPA, launched a low-alc series with a 1.1 percent hazy pale ale and given us three barrel-aged imperial stouts. It’s the last of those we come to now, with the beers known as the Trilogy of Fear and being the first barrel-aged releases from the brewery, which given that fact, are fittingly based around a fear of the unknown… Read more
Style
Barrel-aged imperial stouts
ABV
12%, 12% & 10.4%

Ballistic Beer Low Ha

Tapped August 9, 2021
Do not drink this beer as marathon prep. It only contains 2.2g of carbs. That means you’d have to drink five Low Has to get the same amount of carbs as in a full carb beer or a slice of white bread, or twenty-nine to get the same carbs as a large Macca's fries. And you should never drink twenty-nine beers in a sitting. That’s a terrible idea for so many reasons. Honestly, you probably wouldn’t want to buy more than 24 of these at a time and even then you’d want to share them around. A couple… Read more
Style
Low Carb Pale
ABV
4.0%

Eagle Bay Brewing Besk Mates Trio

Tapped August 9, 2021
Hot off the heels of their delectable double drop from July, Eagle Bay have released another trio of creative beers that includes a pumpkin Belgian ale, grapefruit hazy IPA, and a pickle juice and sea water spiked gose. The clever concoctions aren’t entirely Eagle Bay’s doing, however, with all three brewed in collaboration with Besk and Millbrook Winery; the latter supplying the grapefruit, pickle juice and pumpkin used as defining ingredients for the beers. Besk’s Elliot Moore was the brains… Read more
Style
Various Styles
ABV
7.2% & 6.5% & 4.0%

Tumut River Brewing With Or Without You, Bert’s Honey & You Am IPA

Tapped August 6, 2021
There's some rhythm and rhyme running to these three tins from Tumut River Brewing and what better way to greet lockdowns in three cities with some music blasting? The NSW brewery first made With Or Without You (or a version of it) when they opened in 2012, and they haven’t stopped revisiting it since. With three red malts bringing the colour - Redback, Aurora and Shepherd's Delight - this Irish red shines like rust at sunset. It smells of golden syrup spread on wholewheat crackers with just a… Read more
Style
Various
ABV
4.5% & 5.5% & 6.5%

Bad Shepherd Peanut Butter & Jam & Alkonost 2021

Tapped August 6, 2021
Melbourne’s Bad Shepherd are on a dark beer train at the moment, releasing three at once. One is the returning Double Choc Hazelnut Brown, which you can read about here and managed to pick up a gold medal at the most recent Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA). Then there’s the return of the kind of barrel-aged beer you tend not to see all that often (or ever): one inspired by a sandwich. An American sandwich to be exact, given it’s a Peanut Butter & Jam Barrel-Aged Porter. It sold… Read more
Style
Various
ABV
7% & 9.2%

Hop Nation Synchronicity & Enter The Vortex

Tapped August 6, 2021
It feels that Hop Nation are a brewery that can’t really miss at the moment. Hot off the back of securing multiple trophies at 2021’s Australian International Beer Awards, they re-release a pilsner that secured them one of those trophies and it sells out online within 24 hours and then they release a brand new hazy that sells out in about the same timeframe. The new hazy in question is Synchronicity, a double IPA that weighs in at 10 percent ABV and features Vic Secret, Idaho 7 and the hop blend… Read more
Style
Hazy Double IPA & Pastry Stout
ABV
10.0% & 8.0%

Reckless Brewing Oat Cream IPA

Tapped August 6, 2021
Oat Cream IPA may be Reckless’ biggest beer to date, but this refreshing tropical cocktail goes down easier than the sun sinking into the ocean. Sultana hops are known for bringing a big ol’ pineapple hit to a beer and Sabro hops are famously known for their coconut character. Bring these two together and it’s hard not to start singing the Piña Colada song, even if you didn’t pick up the references on the can’s label. The beer isn’t one dimensional - among the tinned pineapple and desiccated… Read more
Style
Oat Cream IPA
ABV
7.0%

Bodriggy Brewing Bingboozled

Tapped August 6, 2021
There are a number of reasons breweries choose to collaborate with different businesses on a beer. If it’s two breweries working together, sharing knowledge is obviously a key one and it’s the same when non-brewery businesses pick up the mash paddle too. But often it can be a way to help both brands reach new audiences and quite simply, it can also be a whole lot of fun too. But in the case of Bodriggy’s collaboration with the cookie makers at Butterbing, surely that’s a collaboration driven… Read more
Style
Pastry Stout
ABV
5.0%

TWØBAYS Brewing Big Red

Tapped August 5, 2021
TWØBAYS have unveiled their latest seasonal and it’s one that’s quite perfectly suited to the season too. For one, Big Red is a red IPA, which makes it the kind of beer you want when the days start to warm up, even if the mornings and nights are still quite brutally cold. But secondly, these words are being written on IPA Day, with the beer's release timed so that anyone who can't enjoy gluten can still enjoy a crafty IPA on the first Thursday in August. Visitors to the Mornington Peninsula… Read more
Style
Red IPA
ABV
6.0%

The Welder's Dog Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Tapped August 5, 2021
Not content with opening their third bar, winter 2021 also sees the brewing arm of The Welder’s Dog release it's very first barrel-aged beer. Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is a 9.8 percent ABV that’s been brought to life with the support of another regional NSW boozemaker too, with the beer having spent time in whisky barrels from Corowa Distilling. As if travelling from the bottom of NSW to the top wasn't a grand enough journey, before being used to age Corowa's whisky, those barrels started life… Read more
Style
Barrel-aged Imperial Stout
ABV
9.8%

Modus Operandi Neon Nectar Hazy IPA

Tapped August 5, 2021
Modus Operandi 's August 2021 seasonal is a bit of a retro release for the brewery, with it being some time since they released a big hoppy beer in the big silver cans. There’s a certain irony to Modus calling this beer ‘Neon’ too, considering how light-blockingly hazy it is; seriously, you could wallpaper a room with the stuff. Don’t get me wrong - the oat-and-wheat-induced cloudiness doesn’t stop it from being bright orange but if you’re going to photograph it, make sure you hit it… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
6.5%

Ballistic Beer Sleep When You’re Dead: Juicy Double IPA

Tapped August 5, 2021
How would you describe a cat to someone who had never seen one, but had only seen dogs? Think about it for a moment. If you’re anything like me, you’d basically just compare them to dogs and point out the differences. And then if you asked them to draw one, they’d draw a picture of a very catty dog. Using this ridiculous scenario as a point of reference, hear me out: this beer is like a West Coast IPA made by someone who’d only ever had hazies, but had had West Coast IPAs described to them. “They’re… Read more
Style
Hazy IIPA
ABV
8.0%

Moon Dog Jumping The Shark 2021

Tapped August 4, 2021
Moon Dog’s Jumping The Shark has taken us to many places over the years. For those unaware, the beer is the Melbourne brewery's exploration of beer at its most extreme edges and started out life in 2013 as an imperial stout with truffles, later included saffron, has been a concentrated IPA, and has spent time with many different spirit barrels too. The 2021 iteration, however, takes a journey to fermentation’s earliest days due to a period spent in an amphora: ancient ceramic storage and fermentation… Read more
Style
Cherry, Chocolate & Coconut Rum Barrel Aged & Amphora Conditioned Imperial Stout
ABV
12.6%

Brick Lane Sidewinder: Hazy Pale

Tapped August 4, 2021
Brick Lane have been brewing alcohol-free beers for a range of contract partners for some time, so when you look at the Melbourne brewery’s lineup, it seems there’s an ultra low ABV-shaped hole in their core range. That hole was filled midway through 2021, however, with the launch of the brewer’s Sidewinder series, named after the boats from the 1970s and featuring a can that takes you there too. Breaking a little from the norm, the first in the series isn't below 0.5 percent ABV but instead… Read more
Style
Ultra Low Alc
ABV
1.1%

O'Brien Beer XPA

Tapped August 4, 2021
O’Brien Beer’s XPA was added to the brewery’s core range in 2021 and it’s one that sits in a unique position for the style. For one, like all of the brewery’s beers, it’s gluten-free, using millet and sorghum over the likes of wheat and barley. But also making it an XPA outlier is the fact at a rather modest 3.8 percent ABV, it's quite a bit lighter than many in the category. Where it’s still very much an XPA though, is with the hops leading out in front, with Citra and Cascade providing… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
3.8%

Cheeky Monkey Silverback 2021

Tapped August 4, 2021
Cheeky Monkey’s famed Russian imperial stout has made a big return in 2021, both metaphorically and physically, landing in OG spec 750ml bombers to much fanfare. The South West brewers clearly decided bigger is better and that Silverback was worthy of a more prodigal aesthetic moving forward, with the new look capped off (pun intended) with crisp, white wax seals. The AIBA gold medal-winning 2021 vintage has received some adjustments within the bottle too, with minor brewhouse tweaks to the grist… Read more
Style
Imperial Stout
ABV
12.0%

Pikes Beer Co Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout & Choc Hazelnut Porter

Tapped August 3, 2021
Pikes have crossed the beams of their beer and wine operations before, but this time things are a little different. In creating their second Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, ex-shiraz barrels were sent to Starward in Melbourne to create whisky, before being sent back to the Clare Valley and filled with a Russian imperial stout. Now transferred to cans and, ultimately, the glasses of beer drinkers, it's a take on the style that showcases subtle barrel and liquor qualities, working in harmony with… Read more
Style
Whisky Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout & Choc Hazelnut Porter
ABV
10.0% & 6.5%

Brick Lane Avalanche Hazy IPA - Winter 2021

Tapped August 2, 2021
Brick Lane’s hazy exploration of hops continues in winter 2021, with the brewery looking across The Ditch for their latest Avalanche. The series first launched midway through 2020, followed by an IPA containing freshly-landed hops from the Northern Hemisphere, and now it’s New Zealand's Motueka, Wai-iti, Riwaka – plus some Strata from the US – who have a chance to shine. The hops see a mix of tropical flavours coming to the fore, with melon largely leading the charge followed by lime, green… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
6.7%

Mountain Goat Hog's Head

Tapped July 30, 2021
A hogshead is the name of a kind of large barrel, but when it comes to this Mountain Goat Rare Breed, the barrel is only part of the story. Sure, it's important this beer was aged in a rum barrel and the oak makes it tender and gentle even as the rum adds a spiritous sweetness and warmth. But the element that caught my attention first when seeing the can was the smoked cherries. I’ve had cherries fresh, baked in a pie, preserved in sugar, soaked in brandy… but never smoked. The dark cherries… Read more
Style
Barrel-aged Imperial Stout
ABV
11.5%
Bitterness
22 IBU

Ballistic Beer Reef Pale & Reef Lager

Tapped July 30, 2021
You can’t spell REFRESHING without R-E-E-F. (And R-I-N-S-H, I suppose). Since expanding up north earlier this year, Ballistic haven’t wasted any time getting in and helping out - they’ve recently released Reef Pale and Reef Lager to support conservation and restoration efforts along the Great Barrier Reef. For every can of Reef Pale and Reef Lager sold at Ballistic Whitsundays, Ballistic is donating 10c to Eco Barge Clean Seas, who will use the funds to feed and medicate sick and injured turtles… Read more
Style
Pale Ale & Lager
ABV
Both 4.2%