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!

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Bad Shepherd Oat Cream IPA II

Tapped August 13, 2021
Only a couple of months on from their exploration of oats, lactose and Pahto, Talus, Cashmere and Galaxy hops, Bad Shepherd have brewed a sequel to that beer to bring us Oat Cream IPA II. After brewing that first instalment of Oat Cream IPA, the Melbourne brewery were particularly happy with how it let them showcase different hop varieties and particular nuances in each hop so for this beer, they've brewed with two types they’d never before used, Sequoia and Meridian. Those two haven’t been common… Read more
Style
Oat cream IPA
ABV
7.6%

Mismatch Brewing Red Rye IPA

Tapped August 12, 2021
Back in 2013, when Mismatch launched, they started their journey with a beer called Archie's Red Ale, a malt driven beer that paid homage to a friend who was ill at the time. The beer was an instant hit and soon other variations made an appearance: Evil Archie's, Super Evil Archie's and Archie's Evil Twin. The beer was then retired for a while, put to one side so the recipe could be revamped. Now, in August 2021, Red Rye IPA hits the shelves, using the original malt structure with a touch of rye,… Read more
Style
Red Rye IPA
ABV
7.0%
Bitterness
65 IBU

White Bay & Lotus Dining Group Australian Rice Lager

Tapped August 12, 2021
Fried rice. Dumplings. Noodles. Sake. Beer. Rice is an incredibly versatile grain. With eight venues across Sydney, Lotus Dining Group goes through a lot of rice and a lot of beer. Partnering with a brewery to create a rice lager to pair with their Asian dishes was a logical step and White Bay’s a brewery that takes lager damn seriously. The Lotus lager sparkles in the light, and its glassy appearance is a gorgeous visual representation of how clean this beer is. The brew team at White Bay are… Read more
Style
Rice Lager
ABV
4.5%

Otherside Brewing Co Headliner IIPA 2021

Tapped August 12, 2021
Otherside’s annual Headliner limited release has become one of their most anticipated, even amid the heady rush of new beers landing in fridges each week. The Myaree crew play their part in it too, adding twice-monthly additions to the boundless nouveau churn, but perhaps there’s as much presence in the name as the liquid in this case. Head brewer Rhys Lopez describes this year’s lupulin impact as “hops four ways”, with T90, LupoMax, Incognito and Supercritical CO2 hop extract all onstage,… Read more
Style
Double IPA
ABV
8.0%
Bitterness
66 IBU
Stockists

Available in limited release from the Myaree brewery

And Otherside stockists

Bright Tank XPA

Tapped August 12, 2021
Bright Tank’s playful limited release schedule has circled back from the recent Lemon Myrtle Saison and Cacao Porter to their take on the modern Australian pale ale, the XPA. Although not a technically recognised style, XPAs own a space where sessionablity meets New World hops, often with a lighter malt base. As Bright Tank’s head brewer Justin Bishop says: “The XPA does everything you’d expect from the style. There’s a light malt profile with plenty of hop character. It’s designed to… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
5.5%

Exit Brewing #027: Campfire Imperial Stout

Tapped August 11, 2021
Camping might be off the agenda for many of us at the moment but Exit Brewing have looked to bring the campfire into the home (metaphorically at least - this is not something you ever want a brewer to actually do) with their 2021 winter seasonal, Imperial Campfire Stout. It’s #027 in their long-running lineup of limited releases and draws on Exit's love for dark beers - which has picked them up plenty of glory at the nation's beer awards - and is also inspired by head brewer Grum's early days homebrewing.… Read more
Style
Imperial Stout
ABV
10%
Stockists

A Point of Difference Liquor

Carwyn Cellars

Grape & Grain Liquor Cellars

Otter's Promise

Uitgang Bar & Beer Garden

Acland Cellars, St Kilda

The Hop Shop, Frankston

Ritchies IGA Liquor, Carrum Downs

More stockists...

Burnley Brewing Get Lost

Tapped August 11, 2021
As far as beer names go, Get Lost is a fitting one for Burnley Brewing’s New Zealand IPA for two reasons. First off, that's because there's a difficult to define medley of fruit flavours at play (more on that below) and secondly, there's as an impressively detailed scene on the can's design that you could spend a lot of time getting lost in. The post-hike campfire scene includes the likes of a search and rescue crew, a crocodile, a long-dead pilot that had me thinking of the television’s seminal… Read more
Style
New Zealand IPA
ABV
6.0%

Nowhereman Mr Otter’s Barley Wine 2021, Dumb Enough & Tommy Gose Again

Tapped August 11, 2021
Nowhereman celebrate their fourth birthday with a trio of tins featuring iterations that will be familiar to fans. Leading with this year’s largest – because what four-year-old wants to open a small present first? – Mr Otter’s Barley Wine 2021 sees the astute, hirsute malt master bump the ABV up to 13 percent thanks to an enthusiastic English yeast strain. Pouring a deeper mahogany hue than 2020, Mr Otter’s is all vanilla Jersey Caramels, with dried fruit dissipating into an unmentioned… Read more
Style
Various Styles
ABV
13.0% & 6.8% & 4.4%
Stockists

Available from the venue

And via WA stockists

Bridge Road Hazy Pale

Tapped August 10, 2021
When I saw the serene clouds on the can, I figured Bridge Road’s Hazy Pale would super relaxed. I figured wrong. Idaho 7, Simcoe and Citra all provide a rush of aroma like running through an orchard in springtime - ripe peach and nectarine fills the nose, with a hint of candy sweetness following. And when you start to drink, it doesn’t let up - that’s when the confectionery jumps forward to join the fruits in full. This is when orange fruit drink and rosewater join in as well, like the Talus… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale
ABV
6.0%

Burleigh Brewing Burleigh Fifteen

Tapped August 10, 2021
There aren’t too many independent Australian breweries that have made it to 15, so it seems like a milestone that’s very worthy of a special beer. Such a celebration seems even more essential when you’re a pioneer in your region, with Burleigh Brewing having launched in the Gold Coast in 2006, well before South East Queensland was home to nearly as many breweries as it is today. If you’d like to learn more about how the journey of Burleigh's cofounders Peta and Brennan Fielding, you can read… Read more
Style
Dusseldorf Dunkle
ABV
6.0%

Colonial Brewing South West Sour Watermelon Raspberry

Tapped August 10, 2021
The peach-hued South West Sour has become a major beer for Colonial Brewing, having first been brewed as a seasonal at their smaller Margaret River brewery and since joining the ranks of the brewery’s core range. Ahead of summer 2021, that beer’s been given a buddy in South West Sour Watermelon Raspberry, which takes that original beer’s tart base and brings in watermelon juice and pureed raspberry. It pours a similar light gold to its sibling but there’s a touch of pink in its colour that… Read more
Style
Fruited Sour
ABV
4.0%
Bitterness
6 IBU

Akasha Project Grand Tour

Tapped August 9, 2021
As we all know, International IPA Day is celebrated on the first Thursday of August every year. This dearly beloved and internationally celebrated day was first observed in 2011 as a US only national day started by the prophet, The Beer Wench. A mere decade later, on August 5 2021, people across the globe raised a glass of IPA to their lips and whispered a quiet prayer to the humble India Pale Ale, in all its glory. On the east coast of Australia, many of those glasses contained the Grand Tour IPA,… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
7.2%

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%