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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!

CoConspirators The Imperial Henchman

Tapped July 18th, 2018
Back when the gypsy brewers at CoConspirators launched in 2016, they did so with a big West Coast IPA called The Henchman. Though they’ve since riffed aplenty on the the IPA theme, most notably with their popular NEIPA The Matriarch, they’ve never returned to the West Coast influences of those earliest days. That’s until they decided The Henchman was due to return, albeit in imperial form. The Imperial Henchman is a classic big 'n' bitter beer that packs a tropical punch (or should that be… Read more
Style
West Coast Imperial IPA
Strength
8.3%
Bitterness
90 IBU
Stockists

Grape and Grain Liquor Cellars

The Dan O'Connell

And on tap at select Melbourne bars

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The Monk Grisette

Tapped July 18th, 2018
Starting with the idea of creating a “mid with more”, Monk head brewer Mal Secourable considered the table beers of the past that would have been consumed in a Monastery. The grisette style, a typically lower alcohol relative of saison, lends itself to more subtle flavours and reduced alcohol thus perfectly fit the brief. Aromas of nasi pear, citrus, yeast and light spice follow through to the palate, while the pale straw coloured body holds an elegantly tight carbonation provided by the French… Read more
Style
Grisette
Strength
4.1%

The Monk Celia The Beautiful

Tapped July 18th, 2018
Before the Reinheitsgebot’s mandated myopia decreed that beer be produced with just three ingredients – it would be a while before Louis Pasteur discovered yeast – a different brewing world existed that drew from what was available in the surrounds. To counter sweet malt characters brewers would use foraged flora to create beers now loosely bracketed under the gruit ale banner. Considering this while in mad scientist mode, the idea of creating an "Heirloom Dubbel" infused with Gruit-like… Read more
Style
Spiced Dubbel
Strength
6.8%

Sailors Grave Wild Strawberries & Sea Fret

Tapped July 17th, 2018
Late last year, the Peach Melba Pavlova Cream Sour became a surprise hit for the team at Sailors Grave, so much so that the beer has been followed by a number of similar releases. Indeed, you could argue that fruity, creamy sours are becoming something of a house style for the East Gippsland operation (well, apart from the farmhouse ales, goses, stouts...). They created another for the 2018 GABS festival and, again, it proved so popular they've kept on brewing it, even if such a beer sounds as unlikely… Read more
Style
Cream Sour & White Ale
Strength
4.7%

Sauce brewing Breakfast Smoothie & Super Saison

Tapped July 17th, 2018
Fruity, fruitier and fruitiest. That seems to be the natural order of things at Sauce as they gradually crank the tropical dial on their New England IPA releases to the right. The latest – following the "straight" Bubble & Squeak NEIPA and the mango-infused iteration Trubble & Squeak – is Breakfast Smoothie, a beer they’ve termed a Tropical Milkshake IPA. These three beers are, to be fair, all quite different but they’re just so easily lumped together by virtue of them… Read more
Style
New England IPA & Saison
Strength
7.0% & 7.2%

Batch Brewing Tank 6 2018 & Method Man-darin

Tapped July 17th, 2018
Winter 2018 represents the fourth vintage of Batch’s annual Russian imperial stout release, Tank 6. What’s always quite refreshing about this – if refreshing is a word in any way applicable to a beer in the realms of ten percent ABV – is that it’s a straight up big stout. No infusions. No additions. No oak barrels. It’s all malt, hops and time in tank. And, to paraphrase the Mystic Valley Band, that’s the difference. It spends six months in the brewery’s now eponymous tank number… Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stout & Fruit Sour
Strength
9.6% & 4.2%

Tallboy & Moose Shelfie & Das Brut & All Are Neighbours

Tapped July 17th, 2018
With a small system and a guiding principle that a brewpub should always be willing to experiment, Tallboy & Moose aren’t afraid to release multiple beers at any one time, frequently of a diverse nature too. That's the case with this new trio, where the most malt-focused is Shelfie, the brewery’s take on a German altbier or latzenbier (shelf beer). Pouring a deep copper, the beer has a sweetness up front and a touch spice from the hops, which add just a touch to the aroma and leave the malt… Read more
Style
Various styles
Strength
5.8% / 6.8% / 4.2%

Rocks Brewing Ten Year Red IIPA

Tapped July 16th, 2018
Ten years represents a pretty decent journey in the brewing industry, a period of time that allows for plenty of ups and downs. As they sit back and reflect on a decade gone, it’s easy to imagine the team behind Rocks Brewing having felt every mile and undulation. The company launched in 2008 as a gypsy brewer, with Harts Pub in The Rocks acting as their spiritual home. To make their beer, foundation brewer Scotty Morgan would traipse across Sydney and beyond, brewing anywhere and everywhere that… Read more
Style
IIPA
Strength
7.4%
Stockists

Lord Raglan Hotel

Native Rose Hotel

Rocks Brewing

And other Sydney venues

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Bruny Island Metric Stout 2018

Tapped July 16th, 2018
Bruny Island Beer Co seems to be less a brewery focused on a beer for each season than one that switches up its offering entirely as the seasons change in Tassie. Through the warmer months, brewer Evan Hunter focused almost exclusively on brewing various saisons to augment the core range (four different ones, by our reckoning) and, since things have turned rather cooler, it's back to stouts and hearty, malt led affairs. Sadly, the insane length of time and number of processes that went into creating… Read more
Style
"Post-Imperial" Stout
Strength
10.5%

Beerfarm Black IPL

Tapped July 15th, 2018
The Beerfarm flagship is blackened for winter... Even the label’s hop laden ships appear to need a Jolly Roger flag rather than one highlighting the brewery’s environmental ethos but, this being the Beer Farm, the change is not at the expense of drinkability. Indeed, it’s a clever iteration that references their iconic IPL and, at once, pushes it forward into uncharted territory. This exudes far more tropical and citrus aromas than the IPL’s stone fruit vibe. The use of darker malts doesn't… Read more
Style
Black IPL
Strength
6.0%

Eagle Bay Brewing Pepita Baltic Porter

Tapped July 15th, 2018
In the past year, the Eagle Bay team has developed a habit of rolling out sneaky releases from the brewery. This winter, WA drinkers may also find a Ginger & Lemon Myrtle XPA, India Pale Lager, Red & Morty Red IPA and Imperial Kolsch pouring at the brewery and venues around the state in addition to the returning winter seasonal, Cocoa Stout. Then there's Pepita, where the idea was to create a more savoury take on a Baltic porter, something that was partly derived via the addition of 10 kilograms… Read more
Style
Baltic Porter
Strength
8.7%
Stockists

Find it on tap at the brewery and WA venues

Boston & Clare Valley Russian Imperial Stout & Guava Berliner Weisse

Tapped July 13th, 2018
Before the 2018 winter beer festival season kicked off in Adelaide, Clare Valley teamed up with WA’s Boston Brewing on a two-way deal. On the first leg, the Clare team flew west to brew a Guava Berliner Weisse, a 4.2 percent ABV drop featuring a generous amount of guava pulp atop a simple and light malt bill designed to let the fruit shine through. The return trip saw Boston's brewers head to the Clare Valley to create a 7.7 percent ABV stout. The Russian Imperial Stout pours an intense shade of… Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stout & Berliner Weisse
Strength
7.7% & 4.2%

Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 6: Sour Dark Saison

Tapped July 13th, 2018
We’d always assumed the idea behind the Brew Crew Series at Bad Shepherd was to allow team members outside the brewery to have a crack at designing a beer. But, clearly, they like to play fast and loose with the rules at Bad Shepherd as, for number six, they’ve invited one of the brewers, Casey, to take up the reins. Whatever the background to the beer, they’re reins he’s grabbed with both hands, creating a funky amalgam tagged a Sour Dark Saison. It's a dark brown, cola like pour in which… Read more
Style
Sour Dark Saison
Strength
6.2%

Rocks Brewing Coffee Ale

Tapped July 13th, 2018
Not a great many things look like a pale lager, smell like coffee and taste a bit like chocolate. That would make this one of the few. Channeling their inner Wonka, the crew at Rocks Brewing has turned out a Coffee Ale sub-categorised as a white stout. The basic premise of the “style” is to gamble on a consumer having being conditioned to relate to stout as a delicious black noun rather than an adjective representing strength, thus leaving the brewer free to present a strong pale beer with similar… Read more
Style
White Stout
Strength
5.0%

Grifter Brewing Co Altered Beast

Tapped July 13th, 2018
There were several reasons for the team at The Grifter Brewing Company to get excited about the 2018 BrewCon conference and its associated awards, The Indies. At the latter they won a trophy for The Omen, their oatmeal stout, while for the former they created a new beer: Altered Beast. It’s an Altbier made in collaboration with Kiwi maltster Gladfield so, as you might therefore reasonably conclude, it’s a beer centred around the malt character. That’s thanks to a medley of five varieties (Munich,… Read more
Style
Altbier
Strength
4.8%

Wildflower St Thomas

Tapped July 13th, 2018
Before Wildflower opened its doors, and in much of the subsequent time since, the steadfast focus for the Marrickville blender was on the progression and development of their core beers, Gold and Amber. These are the bread and butter of the business. Their babies. But more babies have arrived – real ones. Co-founders Topher and Chris have a few between them and for each birthday they were determined to release a new fruit beer, in celebration. But when your beers take a long time to produce, that… Read more
Style
Cherry Saison
Strength
6.0%

Wildflower Keen As Mustard

Tapped July 13th, 2018
For the first in a new subset of releases, Wildflower has decided to eschew its usual naming convention – the one which has seen beer given titles inspired by Greek characters, Saints and children (or both) and the occasional ancient ageing process – in favour of becoming an enthusiastic adopter of Aussie colloquialisms. First up: Keen As Mustard. In principle this beer has gone through the same process as all Wildflower’s flagship blends; primary fermentation in barriques, secondary fermentation… Read more
Style
Australian Wild Ale
Strength
5.0%

Big Shed Boozy Fruit NEIPA

Tapped July 13th, 2018
It was a stinking hot day in the Royal Park brewery, with the Big Shed heating up quickly. The brewhouse there is a pretty manual affair and the brewers’ clothes were drenched with sweat. Being a good boss, co-founder Craig Basford nipped out to the local shops to grab some Frosty Fruit ice blocks to cool the brewers down. The idea sparked a conversation:, “Let’s have a crack at a Frosty Fruit style beer for GABS.” The rest is history, with the Big Shed crew taking out the 2018 GABS People's… Read more
Style
NEIPA
Strength
6.0%
Bitterness
50 IBU

Rocky Ridge White Buffalo

Tapped July 13th, 2018
Let’s get this out of the way early – stouts weren’t always black. We can thank Guinness for popularising this idea, but the term stout originally meant a stronger form of any beer before becoming solely associated with stout porters and, ultimately, turning into its own thing. With this in mind, the Dr Seuss-like concept of brewing a golden coffee stout may have broader appeal than first glance might suggest as many drinkers aren’t inclined to darker beers. Once again, Rocky Ridge enlisted… Read more
Style
White Coffee Stout
Strength
6.2%
Stockists

White Buffalo is on limited release via WA retailers

Exit Brewing IIPA

Tapped July 12th, 2018
They’ve never shied away from going big with hops at Exit, whether it’s in the shape of their punchy core range IPA or a series of one-off PAs with varying prefixes: double, red, West Coast... Among their most popular was #010, a fiercely bitter, no-holds-barred West Coast IPA that, thanks to the IIPA printed on the can here, was the sort of experience we expected when we tucked into the beer the can proclaims as possibly the “heaviest beer can ever” and their “Back In Black”. But while… Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
Strength
9.0%
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