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!

Black Hops Flash Bang

Tapped October 6th, 2018
White IPAs are, more often than not, a cross between an American IPA and a Belgian witbier. As a style, they’re pretty young – the first one to appear is widely accepted to be the 2010 collaboration between the brewmasters of Deschutes Brewing (known for its hoppy beers) and Boulevard Brewing (known for its wheat beers). It wasn’t until 2015 that White IPA then made it into the BJCP style guidelines. Unlike some other newer styles, white IPAs haven’t been popping up left, right and centre.… Read more
Style
White IPA
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
68 IBU

Six String Brewing Five

Tapped October 5th, 2018
It’s almost impossible to identify with any real degree of accuracy, but at some point during the life of a business there comes a time where you can’t imagine it not being there. You’re so used to it that you probably take it for granted. By that point, you’ve almost certainly forgotten what it was like before it existed. That’s what’s so good about an anniversary, the chance to reflect. When the Six String Brewing Company opened its doors in Erina in 2013 there was nothing else like… Read more
Style
Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
9.4%

Innate Brewers The Juice NEIPA

Tapped October 5th, 2018
The continuing onslaught of New England style IPAs suggests they may have a place in the future of beer styles. As they began to appear with greater regularity over the past couple of years, there were many keen to deride them, however brewers have found that, to brew one well, they can be a far more technically challenging proposition than a sideways glance at the turbid contents of a glass might suggest. Indeed, Innate’s head brewer Joel Nash has been tinkering with the style for more than a… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
6.1%

Stone & Wood Pilot Batch: Sticky Nectar Mango IPA

Tapped October 5th, 2018
Stone & Wood might be known for one beer above all else but the brewery has always brewed plenty of limited release beers too, arguably never more than now. Rarely, though, do those make their way much beyond the Byron Bay tasting room. Thus, Sticky Nectar Mango IPA represents something of a shift for the brewery, not just because it’s been widely released on Australia’s East Coast but also because it's an IPA, a style the brewery has shied away from in the past, leaving it in the capable… Read more
Style
Mango IPA
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
45 iBU
Stockists

Sticky Nectar was sent here

Mr Banks Hawaii 5-Gose

Tapped October 4th, 2018
Is there an image that more colourfully conjures a tropical paradise than a pineapple catching a wave? If there is, the chances are good Mr Banks will have a go when summer fully rolls around. Yes, the Seaford based family brewery may have streamlined the look of its core range, but they're still having fun with the look of their eclectic limited release beers, including this, Hawaii 5-Gose, a Copacabana-coloured can filled with a gose laced with a mixture of guava, mango and pineapple. It’s also… Read more
Style
Fruit Gose
ABV
4.2%

Beerland & Dainton Dom Passignon Brut IPA

Tapped October 4th, 2018
Recent commentary about the vinification of beer may be one thing but this makes a strong case, brutish perhaps, that the implied riddling of beer has tickled the zeitgeist more than a Nik Kershaw hit at an 80s party. Certainly, Dom Passignon’s decal carries the élan and excess of high end, carbonated grape juice, then delivers effortlessly on a Passion Pop budget. To this end, the collaborators used passionfruit puree in a souped up Brut IPA with an SRM level approaching the French icon it's… Read more
Style
Imperial Brut IPA with Passionfruit
ABV
8.4%

Old Wives Ales Old Man Yells At Cloud

Tapped October 3rd, 2018
Of all the New England IPAs to have made use of puns invoking the style’s hazy appearance, the Old Man Yells At Cloud NEIPA from Old Wives Ales seems to have really captured something in the fist of Abe Simpson. Maybe it’s the fondness many Australians feel for the The Simpsons, given how many beer drinkers will have been raised on heavy doses of the show. More likely, it's the way the name references the upset the rise of such beers caused among many brewers, often with plenty of kilometres… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
6.5%

Mountain Goat Legend Of The Goat Double IPA

Tapped October 2nd, 2018
Benjamin Franklin once stated: "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Had he lived a couple of hundred years later, he may well have added: "And that Mountain Goat will celebrate milestones with an IPA." And why not when the brewers make them so well, a skill to which a couple of champion IPA trophies can attest. As for the latest milestone, it's now 21 years since the first Hightail was poured. Back then, Melbourne’s beer scene was a different… Read more
Style
Double IPA
ABV
7.6%
Bitterness
63 IBU
Stockists

Join the Goats for a 21st birthday party at the brewery – details here

BentSpoke Brewing Drifter Series: Cluster 8

Tapped October 2nd, 2018
Cluster 8 is a beer that’s long been poured at BentSpoke’s Braddon brewpub and is part of a series of Clusters that, as far as we're aware, has been pushed as high as Cluster 18 so far – with the biggest in the series an IIIIIIPA weighing in at 18 percent ABV. This is where the series started out, however, a double IPA that brings together one serious combination of hops in Galaxy, Citra, Mosaic, Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo to create a beer that packs both a juicy and tropical punch along… Read more
Style
Double IPA
ABV
8.8%

Rocky Ridge Holy S**t, It's A Mid – The Mandarin Edition

Tapped October 2nd, 2018
Given how many high octane IPAs have been leaving the Rocky Ridge farm in recent weeks, it's perhaps not before time that they're serving up a little balance in the form of the latest edition in the Holy S**t, It’s A Mid! series. This time around, the brewery team rescued tens of kilograms of perfectly edible but second grade mandarins from landfill. Normally, farmers would have to pay to dump this fruit, however, thanks to Rocky Ridge, it now receives a second life, reborn in a refreshing, seasonally… Read more
Style
Mandarin Gose
ABV
3.7%

Ballistic Beer Co Sleep When You're Dead Double IPA

Tapped September 30th, 2018
You’ve heard of punchy IPAs. Prepare to meet the punchiest. This entry in Ballistic’s "Sleep When You’re Dead" series – 100 percent cold shipped, hoppy beers with an eight week Dead By date, which you can read about here – is an 8.3 percent ABV double IPA, armed with Columbus, Simcoe and Citra hops. The artwork on the label is of a robot outfitted as a London gangster, Peaky Blinders style, rubbing its fist to show it’s ready to brawl with anyone who dares accept the challenge.… Read more
Style
Double IPA
ABV
8.3%
Bitterness
100 IBU
Stockists

Whitehart Bar

The only keg to make it to Victoria is being tapped at Whitehart Bar on October 5

Innate Brewers Fruit Fest XPA

Tapped September 30th, 2018
Over the past 18 months or so, the XPA style has evolved from a broad collection of beers that weren’t quite pale ales or IPAs into a more defined style, in part thanks to the dominance of certain Queensland brewery’s example. Even within this more myopic field, Innate has decided to prove there's still room for a slightly different take that will appease punters' general understanding of a lean but fruity beer that probably has its origins in the seemingly long forgotten golden ale. Here the… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
4.6%
Stockists

Available from good beer retailers in WA.

Ocho Eucalyptus

Tapped September 30th, 2018
While there have been normal beers along the way for Tasmania's Ocho, such as the ongoing seasonal IPA range, it's fair to say Stu Grant is a brewer that likes to experiment, be it with barrels, yeasts or less-than-obvious ingredients. It's also fair to say the beer he entered as a GABS 2018 festival beer is one that fits into the experimental category. And then some. Says Stu: "I conceived of the idea for the beer while walking through a local area of bush that had recently had a bushfire,… Read more
Style
Spiced Dark Lager
ABV
6.0%

Fury & Son Double IPA

Tapped September 29th, 2018
For the release of their first can, Fury & Son aren't messing about. Not only have they gone for tallboys complete with a striking purple label, but they've popped their biggest beer to date inside it: a double IPA weighing in at 8.6 percent ABV. They describe it on the label as "a full-bodied and boozy treat" and they're not wrong. There's plenty of hops crammed in, delivering predominantly piney characters with a touch of citrusy fruit at play too, but there's a solid supporting act… Read more
Style
Double IPA
ABV
8.6%
Bitterness
75 IBU

Flat Rock Brew Cafe Pale Ale

Tapped September 28th, 2018
Being the epitome of a brewpub, Flat Rock has never much bothered with packaging its beer. In the past, they’ve hand bottled some of their barrel aged stuff, and you can always get growler fills, but otherwise theirs has been a tap only proposition. But everyone’s putting their beer in cans these days, so if you can’t beat ‘em… They got in touch with their mates at Hope Estate and have had a crack at packaging a version of their longstanding Henry Lawson pale ale. It’s a beer that’s… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
ABV
4.5%

Flat Rock Brew Cafe IIPA & Black IPA

Tapped September 28th, 2018
A double IPA is a far cry from the easy drinking English cask ales which make up one of the key tenets of the Flat Rock Brew Cafe. Then again, maybe this one isn’t so different in principle considering it’s so supremely easy to drink. Ok, it may be dense and dank thanks to the Cascade and Chinook hops throwing up plenty of citrus and pine character, plus a very slight touch of spiciness, but it hides its power beneath a lush blanket of chewy caramel malt flavour that negates any harsh bitterness… Read more
Style
Double IPA & Black IPA
ABV
7.3% & 4.6%

Flat Rock Brew Cafe Chilli Stout & Belgian Dubbel

Tapped September 28th, 2018
Few edible substances are as divisive as chilli. Some can’t take the slightest hint of heat while others openly weep in the painful pleasure of dousing themselves in the hottest thing they can lay their hands on. Similarly, in beer it can provide an interesting enhancer to the natural spiciness and capsicum-like characters offered by some hop varieties, or it can be loaded up in doses that are borderline lethal. Flat Rock’s Chilli Stout sits in the latter category. Apparently, the steam from… Read more
Style
Chilli Stout & Belgian Dubbel
ABV
6.0% & 6.3%

Sailors Grave & 3 Ravens Over His Banes

Tapped September 28th, 2018
Considering both breweries have a penchant for creating unusual beers that make full use of foraged and left of centre ingredients, it was surely only a matter of time before Sailors Grave and 3 Ravens brewed a beer together [Don't forget the head brewers' shared passion for long beards – Editor]. Over His Banes takes its name from the Scottish ballad Twa Corbies which was itself based on the English folk ballad, The Three Ravens. The Scottish version is somewhat darker than the original, a fact… Read more
Style
Sahti
ABV
5.9%

Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 7: Passionfruit Sour

Tapped September 28th, 2018
For the seventh in their Brew Crew Series, in which someone outside the brewing team is invited to create a beer, Bad Shepherd turned to Diti "The Brand Manager". It's a title that does Diti something of a disservice as she's actually the co-founder of the Cheltenham brewpub as well as mother to the next generation of Bad Shepherd. And, it seems, she's also a fan of fruity kettle sours. This one offers up a hint of lactic acid on the nose and delivers a gentle tang too, but equally has… Read more
Style
Passionfruit Sour
ABV
4.3%
Bitterness
8.5 IBU

Hargreaves Hill Beatnik XPA

Tapped September 27th, 2018
If you know Hargreaves Hill reasonably well, you'll know they've made a name for beers that are typically classically inspired and delivered in refined and traditional packaging. In the past year or so, however, they've loosened the shackles a little and had more fun with some of their limited releases and now, well into their second decade, they're taking things further still with the launch of the Yarra Valley brewery's first ever can. Thing is, cans don't really fit with the carefully manicured… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
5.0%
Bitterness
28 IBU
Stockists

Great Northern Hotel

Join the team for a launch party at the Great Northern on October 7.

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