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!

Bright Brewery

Big Shed Brewing BruChocs Beers 2021

Tapped August 23, 2021
When it comes to cult icons in South Australia, we have quite a few: the Malls Balls, frog cakes and Stobie poles to name just three. So, when two top SA companies team up, the people of SA tend to go crazy. Big Shed and Robert Menz have been working together for a while; now, ahead of the ten years of FruChocs Appreciation Day, they decided to step things up a notch. Instead of just rereleasing the original BruChocs stout, they went all out and created four different BruChocs-inspired beers alongside… Read more
Style
FruChocs-Inspired Beers
ABV
Various ABVs

Tallboy & Moose Spring Chicken & Crayzon

Tapped August 20, 2021
Well, here’s a couple of releases from Tallboy & Moose that let us know a seasonal change is on its way. Like the sun bursting out from behind a cloud, the Spring Chicken comes to life in the shape of the Preston brewpub's juicy pale ale, which was first brewed as a hazy IPA but has been given a little tweak. Here the focus is the hop BRU-1, known for pineapple and floral characteristics, and one of the few hops out there that offers precious little in the way of puns (that's not a challenge… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale Ale & Dry Hopped Saison
ABV
5.5% & 5.9%

Wolf of the Willows Lark Barrel Aged Imperial JSP IV

Tapped August 20, 2021
As those who have visited the Wolf of the Willows taproom in Mordialloc would know, the brewery is serious about barrels. But while the oak from Lark and other local operations that lines the back of the brewery may provide a visual cue, the partnership between spirit makers and Wolf goes back to before they even had a taproom of their own. The Barrel Exchange Project with Lark launched in 2018 and, while it has since expanded and brought in other distilleries, Wolf's partnership with Lark remains… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Smoked Porter
ABV
11.8%

Bright Brewery El Grande Mole

Tapped August 20, 2021
There are precious few ways to keep yourself entertained in lockdown but one method I’ve been enjoying is by giving my housemate’s a new release beer, telling them very little about it, then making note of their response. With Bright Brewery releasing a Mexican Black Mole Stout, it seemed like a perfect beer for such brilliant entertainment (if anyone has any streaming shows to recommend, I’ll take them) and the reactions were along the lines of: “Look at how thick it pours, this is so rich.” and… Read more
Style
Mexican Black Mole Stout
ABV
7.0%

Nail Brewing Flaming Lamington (Cans)

Tapped August 20, 2021
Lord Lamington, or his chef, Armand Galland, birthed the eponymous treat back in the late 1800s, which raises an odd thought: just who would have been rolling vanilla sponge cake squares in molten chocolate, then desiccated coconut – an ingredient for which we have the chef’s Tahitian wife to thank – in Brisbane back then? Years ahead of the pastry curves when it first appeared, Nail’s 2015 liquid ode to the cocoa-choc cubes pimped the icon with the addition of bird's eye chilis, for reasons… Read more
Style
Chili Coconut Chocolate Stout
ABV
5.2%

Future Mountain Dark Eyes, Born In Time & Ramble On Rose

Tapped August 20, 2021
The relationship between Future Mountain and the Yarra Valley’s Rayner’s Orchard has been around since before the brewery even launched and that partnership has been responsible for many fruited releases from the brewers and blenders. It’s one that only continues to blossom and this trio of releases is an impressive showcase of seasonality in beer - which you can read more about here. They've been brought out in a new format for the brewery too, with each beer encased in glass bottles with… Read more
Style
Barrel-aged fruited sours
ABV
5.8%, 5.8% & 6.0%

Philter Double Red Ale

Tapped August 20, 2021
Red IPAs might have mostly fallen by the wayside in craft beer over the last decade, but for whatever reason, double red IPAs remain one of the only original American IPA variants to survive to great IPA hazening of the last four years. Philter’s latest special release is officially labelled a Double Red Ale but I’ll be buggered if I can see how the two styles can be differentiated? Cast in the precise mould of one of Australia’s original Hype Beers™, Modus Operandi’s Former Tenant, Philter’s… Read more
Style
Double Red Ale
ABV
8.0%

Slow Lane Brewing Botany Weisse Pineapple, Simple Coercion & Frozen Sea

Tapped August 19, 2021
The city may be under a collective depression, but that won’t stop Sydney’s Slow Lane from releasing a cavalcade of delicious beers from their Botany home [A name change for the brewery might be in order at this rate – Editor]. This three-part release includes a new variant of a favourite, a not so simple, on-trend hazy pale ale, and a season appropriate Baltic porter. Slow Lane’s Botany Weisse is likely one of the only traditionally brewed Berliner Weisse in the country. Probably because… Read more
Style
Fruit Berliner Weisse, Hazy Pale & Baltic Porter
ABV
3.5% & 5.0% & 8.5%

3 Ravens Eclipse Juicy

Tapped August 19, 2021
3 Ravens might be a brewery that brews just about every beer style under the sun - and some beers that are barely beer at all - but one thing that's clear is that when it comes to Juicy, it's a series that's always on the mind. In fact, it seems that even when making one Juicy, the plan for the next round of hops on haze is already firing away. Back when they brewed Mandarin Juicy - which used Cascade, Centennial Cryo, Eclipse and Mandarina Bavaria hops plus mandarin zest and juice - the 3 Ravens… Read more
Style
Single-hop NEIPA
ABV
6%
Bitterness
17 IBU

Venom Beer & All Inn Brewing The Rhubarbarian

Tapped August 18, 2021
With a mighty axe and pet snake, like a hero from a television show designed to encourage people to eat more veggies, The Rhubarbarian cuts a striking figure. The rhubarb pastry sour is a collaboration between Melbourne’s Venom Beer and Brisbane’s All Inn Brewing, with the concept born in Brisbane back in March after both brewing teams were enjoying drinking sours in the hot sun. The collaborators came up with the idea of creating a winter sour resembling a rhubarb Danish that would be vegan… Read more
Style
Rhubarb Pastry Sour
ABV
6.0%

Moon Dog Conga Lines

Tapped August 18, 2021
If there’s one dance move you should probably not do anywhere right now - well, at least on the East Coast of Australia, Darwin, or New Zealand - it’s a conga line. It's just not the kind of dance that's conducive to social distancing and, furthermore, is it even something people do outside of weddings on long-finished sitcoms? Fortunately, Moon Dog's Conga Lines can be enjoyed from the comfort and safety of your own home, with the "Passion-Fruit-Pineapple-Imperial-Ice-Cream-Sour-Ale"… Read more
Style
Imperial Sour Ale
ABV
7.5%

Dainton Beer Free S'Peach

Tapped August 18, 2021
Of all the fruits, peaches unmistakably most closely resemble a human butt. Such is the likeness that when used as an emoji, it’s almost always there to represent butts, which is why you might wonder why Dainton would release a beer that features a group of butts protesting. It’s not butts, however, with Free S’Peach instead a salted peach sour. So, why are those peaches protesting? Well it's probably best not to look too deeply into that and instead remember the brewery's longstanding love… Read more
Style
Salted Peach Sour
ABV
4.5%

Hop Nation Better Distractions & Jawbone

Tapped August 17, 2021
Melbourne’s latest 2021 lockdown might be looking a little too similar to 2020’s but, fortunately, Hop Nation have released two distractions, with one in the shape of a new hazy IPA and the other a returning beer from life before COVID. The aptly named Better Distractions was originally brewed for Akasha Brewing’s IPA Invitational, which was scheduled for August 7 but has been postponed due to, well, you know why. Given the success the brewery has found with their core range J Juice and many… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA & Stout
ABV
7.1% & 6.3%

Ocean Reach Grapefruit IPA & Hazy Pineapple DIPA

Tapped August 17, 2021
For August 2021, Phillip Island’s Ocean Reach Brewing have been combining fruit with hops that tend to conjure sensations with a close association to fruit, which, as I write these words, has my mind wandering to this classic Simpsons clip. Grapefruit IPA is a returning seasonal and combines fresh ruby grapefruit with America’s Amarillo, Azacca and Citra hops for a pithy punch that’s heavy on the grapefruit but also provides a broader coalition of citrus in the shape of orange and tangerine.… Read more
Style
IPA & Hazy DIPA
ABV
7% & 8%

Range Brewing Culaccino, Orbit & Sunstorm

Tapped August 16, 2021
The latest trio of beers from Range Brewing, released on August 13, all might showcase hops in their own way but more than anything, they feel like beers that are destined to be drunk with the sun warming your skin. Culaccino (apparently pronounced Cool-uh-chino), is an Italian pilsner brewed from a distance with Range’s mates at Capitano, the Carlton Italian restaurant from the same team that run Bar Liberty. The idea is that the hoppy pilsner should be paired with the many tasty items on Capitano's… Read more
Style
Various
ABV
5.6%, 3.6% & 5.1%

Sailors Grave Brewing Rite & Deep Into The Forest

Tapped August 16, 2021
Sailors Grave’s Deckhand is the Orbost brewery’s membership club which sees them ship a dozen beers every couple of much to their thirsty fans, or salty seadogs as they're occasionally known. It typically includes a mix of core range beers, limited releases and new beers and included in August's box are these two new ones, which are also more widely available. Rite is the latest in the brewery's collaborative Jerra Ngia - story you, story me - series with Nura Gunya; an education and cultural… Read more
Style
Native Cherry Wood Smoked Porter & Stout
ABV
5.2% & 5.5%

Colonial Brewing Co XPA

Tapped August 16, 2021
This Citrus XPA joined the Colonial core range midway through 2021, with the beer available in Dan Murphy's across the country and BWS outlets in the brewery's home states of Western Australia and Victoria. Given the brightness of the orange on the can, we'd wager you could ascertain which fruit would be the champion of this beer from some distance and here, citrus is provided by adding both mandarin juice and Eclipse hops from Hop Products Australia. The beer pours a bright, clear golden orange… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
4.6%
Bitterness
20 IBU

Colonial Brewing Co Hazy Pale

Tapped August 16, 2021
Hazy pale ales have become important members of many brewery’s core ranges, tapping into the unstoppable love some beer drinkers have for tropical hops served atop a lush creamy surface, while offering a little less booze compared with typical IPAs. Midway through 2021, Colonial Brewing added their own, with the metallic blue cans channelling classic Casio G-Shock watches and becoming available across Coles Liquor's group of stores. The beer inside isn't quite as over-the-top as the can might suggest,… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale
ABV
4.8%
Bitterness
25 IBU

The Suburban Brew Raspberry & Salted Chocolate & Fig Stouts

Tapped August 15, 2021
It's a case of two stouts are better than one here as, for the second year running, Suburban have doubled down on limited release wintry goodness. Their pair of stouts come in the form of a 5.7 percent ABV raspberry offering and a bigger one brewed with salted chocolate and fig stout. the fruited puree was added into the ferment creating fresh raspberry flavours and aromas. And for the bigger of the two, first a big roasty chocolate stout base was brewed before dried figs and pink Murray River salt… Read more
Style
Flavoured Stouts
ABV
5.7% & 8.2%

Nomad Brewing Jetlag-02 & Supersonic Passionfruit & Lime DIPA

Tapped August 13, 2021
It's August, Sydney's in lockdown and Nomad are onto the second instalment in their DDH IPA series and Jetlag-02 is a smooth ride. For some of us, this beer may stir up bitterness in our souls as it reminds us that we haven’t been able to get on a plane in months. But that’s the only bitterness you’ll find here. Featuring Galaxy, Mosaic and Enigma hops, this hazy brings a blend of flavours that’s familiar, but delivered with finesse. It’s like taking a photo from a nostalgic period of your… Read more
Style
DDH IPA & DIPA
ABV
6.5% & 7.8%