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!

Akasha Project Romeo & Juliet DIPA

Tapped May 20, 2021
Bloody Romeo and Juliet they reckon? A marriage of Montague and Capulet? In this economy? Akasha, reaching the very height of audacity, have endeavoured to bring West and East together in holy matrimony with their newly released double IPA. But how can one conjoin these two bitter enemies? I guess only one of them is bitter, the other is sweeter and more tropical hop focused, but you get the idea. Can Akasha be the ones to stop this senseless bloodshed on the mean streets of Verona? Will six people… Read more
Style
Double IPA
ABV
8.0%

Bodriggy Brewing & Hop Nation The People's Elbow

Tapped May 20, 2021
Among the many collaborative events running during Good Beer Week 2021 was Hop Nation and Bodriggy's battle, North X West Fight Club. Given it was one that involved brewery employees being dunked in tanks of water, you could assume it wasn’t the friendliest of collaborations, but we’ve been told everyone remains as good mates as ever. Launching at that event was The People’s Elbow, an imperial porter featuring each brewery transformed into mascots ready to do battle. The beer inside is 9.5… Read more
Style
Imperial Porter
ABV
9.5%

Burnley Brewing & Blackhearts & Sparrows Apricot Sour

Tapped May 20, 2021
The team at Blackhearts & Sparrows love collaborating with breweries as well as beers inspired by the Old World so, in some ways, it feels like Apricot Sour is a little inevitable. Launched during Good Beer Week 2021 and brewed with Melbourne’s Burnley Brewing, the beer is a highly effervescent and lightly sour saison with apricots aplenty thrown in. That fruit flavour is really quite close to tucking into a fresh bit of fruit that’s been sitting in a fruit bowl for a number of days. That… Read more
Style
Apricot Sour
ABV
3.8%

Nomad Brewing Powder Day: Cookies and Cream

Tapped May 20, 2021
It’s been a while since I’ve walked into Cold Rock Ice Creamery - probably more than a decade. But smell memory is a powerful thing, and somewhere inside me is a vault where the scent of Cold Rock is stored safe and secure. Because Cold Rock has a distinct smell; the moment you walk into a Cold Rock store, full of tubs of various flavours of ice cream and a mass of different chocolatey and nutty and confectionery mix-ins, you’re hit by a barrage of aromas. Laying the base is vanilla - that… Read more
Style
Cookies & Cream Double Milk Stout
ABV
7.8%

BentSpoke & Yakima Chief Hops Hopwheeler IPA

Tapped May 19, 2021
Given BentSpoke's flagship IPA, Crankshaft, holds the number one spot in the GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers at time of writing and is just one of many highly-rated IPAs in the Canberra brewer's oeuvre, what happens when they team up with one of the world's leader growers of hops? The short answer is Hopwheeler, launching at Good Beer Week 2021. But there's a bit more to it than that. The IPA is part of the EXP Series kickstarted by Yakima Chief Hops in 2020, in which they work with brewers to… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.8%
Bitterness
35 IBU
Stockists

Prince Alfred Port Melbourne

Then nationwide

For more on the EXP Series, head here

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Modus Operandi & Koko Black Choc Hazelnut Belgian Stout

Tapped May 19, 2021
First things first: hazelnut is hands-down the single best flavour to accompany chocolate. You can argue with me if you like, but you’d be wrong. It’s good to see that Modus Operandi realise this; when they teamed up with Aussie artisan chocolatiers Koko Black to make a chocolate stout, they included not just 50kg of Belgian couverture chocolate and cocoa nibs but also over 200kg of hazelnuts. It's not that the hazelnuts are a dominant flavour either but they’re certainly a nice touch given… Read more
Style
Belgian Stout
ABV
6.9%

Helios Brewing Classic Series: Extra Special Bitter

Tapped May 19, 2021
What’s the opposite of the marshmallow-custard-avocado-strawberry-cocktail beers of GABS? A traditional ESB would come close. The second instalment in Helios’ Classic Series was released in May 2021 but this Extra Special Bitter is a play on a style that’s three or four hundred years old. Beers like what we now call ESBs have been around since the 17th and 18th centuries, when pale malts became available in to British brewers thanks to the use of a new kind of fuel that gave more control over… Read more
Style
ESB
ABV
5.6%

Slow Lane Brewing 1st Birthday Beers

Tapped May 19, 2021
The first year of life is a wonderful thing. For some, it’s the joy of watching a little sentient mass of meat learn how to cry more and sleep less; for others it’s building a taproom and winning awards. For Slow Lane Brewing, the last 12 months have featured both, although less of the former and more of the latter – and I am hearing reports they are finally sleeping through. To celebrate their first birthday, they've released a birthday quartet of beers. If you can think of a better way to… Read more
Style
Various styles
ABV
ABVs as indicated

Feral Brewing Dark Matter 2021

Tapped May 19, 2021
Dark matter surrounds us. There’s a lot of deep science about light, electromagnetic radiation and the like, and no agreement on what exactly it is or how we can even find out. Thankfully, there’s also coffee! And Feral’s returning dessert porter featuring Perth coffee roaster Laika’s new carbonic macerated bean from Veracruz, Mexico, as well as Dutch cocoa, Madagascan vanilla pods and lactose, puts it to work. But this isn’t the pastry party some may assume, instead Dark Matter 2021 is… Read more
Style
Dessert Porter
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

Available from the Swan Valley brewpub

And Feral stockists nationwide

Urban Alley The Rubinstein & Fire In The Hole

Tapped May 18, 2021
Urban Alley have two autumnal releases out for 2021 and they’re the type of beers that manage to suit both the sunny and the tremendously cold days the season brings in Melbourne. For the slightly warmer afternoons, there’s The Rubinstein, a Belgian-style sour red ale named for the brewery’s longtime head brewer, Shaya Rubinstein. Having used American oak to make the beer, it's that character that really leads the charge with a real depth of palate weight and big notes of vanilla filling the… Read more
Style
Sour Red Ale & Baltic Porter
ABV
4.9% & 5.9%

Hop Nation Max Capacity & Carbonado

Tapped May 18, 2021
Hop Nation are well and truly celebrating the good times that come with Good Beer Week 2021, with the brewery releasing two limited cans to line up with the weeklong celebrations. Max Capacity was launched at GABS Sydney before being given a wider release in cans and the “Festival IPA” is the Melbourne brewery’s tribute to the haze of a beer festival. It’s a beer that doesn’t just pack a lot of tropical hop flavours but also a variety of hops (or rather, hop products) into one beer. There’s… Read more
Style
Festival IPA & Barrel-Aged Stout
ABV
7.0% & 5.2%

Fox Hat Bearded Mongrel 2021

Tapped May 17, 2021
Now in its third year, Fox Hat’s Bearded Mongrel continues to utilise parent company Bickford's resources, with the brewers ageing a Russian imperial stout once again in Bearded Lady bourbon barrels for several months. Originally launched at the 2019 Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival, the barrel-aged version of the Phat Mongrel and its bigger brother, the Full Mongrel has proved popular every year and, in 2021, it comes in a new look, bright yellow can. The Bearded Mongrel is quite a measured stout,… Read more
Style
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
10.8%
Bitterness
100 IBU

Moon Dog Bless The Haze

Tapped May 14, 2021
If there's one thing the world needs right now, it's more hazy IPAs. So let's shower praise upon Moon Dog for seeing us in our hour of desperation and delivering the manna we need. Clearly, producing eight hard seltzers at the same time can't distract them from their godlike mission. OK, we don't strictly need more hazy IPAs, but drinkers sure like knocking them back, so what will they discover when they choose to Bless The Haze, aside from a can that looks like army camo reimagined for the DMT wonderland… Read more
Style
Oat Cream IPA
ABV
7.2%

Black Hops East Coast Haze

Tapped May 14, 2021
What's in a name? If you delve into the backstory of Black Hops' new (sorta) core range hazy pale, rather a lot. You can check it out on their blog – a tale that takes in weather patterns, surfing, plenty of discussions, a name change, and now a big campaign to push what's kinda G.O.A.T.'s little sibling to a wider audience. We've looked at the growth in popularity of hazy pales a fair bit this year – and featured them in a blind tasting too, one in which East Coast Haze's forebear, East Coast… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale
ABV
4.5%

Blasta Brewing First Port Of Call

Tapped May 14, 2021
Being the closest brewery venue to Perth airport, Blasta may well be the first port of call for many travellers; however, back in 1829, the area was the last stop for Henry Camfield. The English gentleman settled on the Swan River peninsula, naming it after one of his estates, Burr’s Wood, near Tunbridge Wells, Kent – with Burrswood a moniker Blasta have used previously for their Helles . Whether Camfield was a stout fan remains a mystery, but there's no doubt about Blasta owner Steve Russell’s… Read more
Style
Imperial Stout
ABV
7.0%
Stockists

Available from the brewery

And Blasta stockists

Pirate Life 440

Tapped May 14, 2021
With their new digs progressing behind the cladding at 440 Murray Street, this offering from Pirate Life Perth is made with sessionability in mind, whether those sessions are post-CBD work drinks, or weekend ‘burbs catch-ups. As Pirate Life Perth head brewer Jackson Purser points out: "It’s definitely set to be an ale punters will want to go back for" – especially when the Perth venue opens later this year, with 440 set to be the first pour. 440 takes aim at summer / Pacific / golden… Read more
Style
Hoppy Golden Ale
ABV
4.8%

Mismatch & Hop Nation Meet In The Middle

Tapped May 14, 2021
South Australia’s Mismatch join forces with Melbourne’s Hop Nation for Meet in the Middle, a beer designed to be equal parts West Coast and East Coast, complete with a solid haze for good measure. Originally planned for the cancelled 2020 Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival, it's instead been brewed in time for Good Beer Week 2021. And they didn’t mess around, going head with heavy-hitting hops Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe to rain down juicy tropical fruit and hazy deliciousness. As for the beer’s… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
8.0%

La Sirène Reserve Saison & Cuvée de Bois 2020

Tapped May 13, 2021
La Sirène have taken their original Saison to many places in the decade since the first batch took local drinkers by pleasant surprise. Even the beer bearing the tag of their original Saison is a rather different beast these days, although not as far from the starting point as these two variations on a theme. Reserve Saison 2020 is the third iteration of a beer that first appeared in 2018, and again the liquid is a blend of various vintages of their Saison aged in Burgundian barriques and hogsheads.… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Saison & Wild Ale-Wine Hybrid
ABV
7.0% & 6.2%

Bodriggy Brewing Zooter Doozy: Nebbiolo

Tapped May 13, 2021
In 2019, Bodriggy partnered with their mates at Little Reddie to get their hands on some pinot gris grapes to turn into the sour, Zooter Doozy. In 2021, the Melbourne brewery have brought back their collaboration with the Castlemaine winery but this time instead of pinot gris, they’ve gone with Nebbiolo. Pouring with a light touch of crimson, the beer might not look like a glass of red but there is a palate weight on this iteration of Zooter Doozy which brings it quite close to wine. There’s… Read more
Style
Wild Nebbiolo Sour Ale
ABV
5.3%

Bad Shepherd The Professor's Pilzner & Orange Creamsicle

Tapped May 13, 2021
If you're going to make a pilsner with a man who's gone by the nom de plume Professor Pilsner for well over a decade, you're not going to muck about with centuries of tradition, are you? And that's the case with Bad Shepherd's collab with Pete Mitcham, released for their joint Good Beer Week 2021 event focused on, you've got it, pilsners. The Professor's Pilzner is inspired by the softer Germany examples and, while the label says it's been brewed with modern day hops, it remains firmly planted in… Read more
Style
Pilsner & Milkshake IPA
ABV
5.0% & 10.0%
Bitterness
24 & 47 IBU