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!

Blackman's Brewery Happy Tears

Tapped May 12, 2021
It's fair to say they've had plenty of practice crafting West Coast style IPAs at Blackman's over the past couple of years. Even putting aside the fact they've had Reginald in their core range since day dot, there's been a run since, say, Super Hop during which they've barely gone more than a couple of months without releasing a new one, not least since their Needs More... series kicked off. While that series has focused mainly on single hop expressions, here they want to have hop fiends crying Happy… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
7.5%
Stockists

Leaving the brewery on May 14

Wildflower & Ravensworth Wines Bright Side Series

Tapped May 11, 2021
If you haven’t already read anything about Wildflower’s Bright Side release, then I’d strongly recommend you go back and check out this article which goes into a bit more detail than I plan on writing here. In short, this five beer release is a culmination of 18 months’ worth of heartbreak, resilience, optimism and to a certain extent, future planning. Following the summer bushfires of 2019/20, the Wildflower team helped harvest Ravensworth Wines' entire vineyard worth of heavily smoke-tainted… Read more
Style
Wild Ales
ABV
All 6.7%

Molly Rose Fernandez, Citrus Tinker & Hand Plucked

Tapped May 10, 2021
The limited releases can come so thick and fast from Molly Rose it takes a bit of effort to work out how best to serve them up on the site in digestible portions. So, while the brewery might view this trio differently – the 500ml cans feature the house mixed culture; the smaller one is a straight Philly Sour pitch – we're going to clump them together under the "sessionable sour" category. Fernandez joins their growing line of coffee citrus sours, and spritzy as beers for that matter.… Read more
Style
Mixed Culture Sours & Peach Sour
ABV
4.9% & 4.9% & 4.0%

Molly Rose Hug Replacement & May As Well IPA

Tapped May 10, 2021
Molly Rose founder and head brewer Nic Sandery seems to be carving out a wee niche in the area of dark and hoppy beers that don't quite fit into the boxes marked black IPA, Cascadian dark ale or even American amber but instead float in the cracks between them. Hug Replacement is one such beer: light in body for a 5.6 percent ABV darker ale, there’s choc-coated shiraz berries and citrus rind on the nose, hints of burnt crust, a dusting of smooth chocolate and a little liquorice spice to uncover… Read more
Style
Hoppy Dark Ale & IPA
ABV
5.6% & 6.4%

2 Brothers The Guvnor III & Voodoo Queen

Tapped May 7, 2021
As autumn has progressed, brewers across Australia have been releasing beers to ease drinkers into the colder months – hoppy ambers, red IPAs, even old school ESBs. In the case of 2 Brothers, it seems they've decided to skip the season entirely and plonk themselves in deepest midwinter... With The Guvnor III – 2021 Vintage, which feels a little like the naming convention from a horror movie franchise two decades in, they've revisited the world of barleywine – a world they've celebrated longer… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Barleywine & Imperial Baltic Porter
ABV
11.0% & 10.0%

Bad Shepherd Lemon Cheesecake Imperial Sour

Tapped May 7, 2021
It's back to the dessert trolley for Bad Shepherd, one they've been dipping into with growing frequency in recent times. And it's one that sounds like a mouthful – or even a case of the increasingly ubiquitous "beer style decided by pulling words at random out of a hat” – a lemon cheesecake-inspired imperial sour which the label says is brewed with real cheesecake. Yet, for all that involves, it's a relatively straight up and down affair – with emphasis on "relatively", of… Read more
Style
Lemon Cream Sour
ABV
7.0%
Bitterness
20 IBU

Bridge Road Brewers Passionfruit Sour

Tapped May 7, 2021
The fruited sour train at Bridge Road Brewers isn’t slowing anytime soon with this passionfruit-packed and guava-guided sour joining the club in May 2021. The brewers have been working on getting fruit into sour beer longer than most too, as with their Belgian inspired and cherry-aged The Creek, but this recent run of tinned sours are brewed quicker and are a little more about speedy refreshment more than quiet contemplation. And that's what we’ve got with Passionfruit Sour, where the heavy use… Read more
Style
Fruit Sour
ABV
4.3%

Beerfarm & LS Merchants Shirazzaweiss 2021

Tapped May 7, 2021
With vintages wrapping up around the Margaret River wine region, Beerfarm and LS Merchants have wasted no time dropping their annual post-harvest celebratory beer for the masses, with the popular fruited sour landing in a fresh new tin, and with a little extra juice too. Coming in at 6 percent ABV and a very restrained 10 IBU, Shirazzaweiss 2021 is the by-product of a fruitful relationship between the natural winemakers and farm-centric brewers. In 2021, a whopping three tones of shiraz grapes were… Read more
Style
Fruited Sour
ABV
6.0%
Bitterness
10 IBU

Rocky Ridge Bla Bla Blueberry & Pine Ridge

Tapped May 7, 2021
Rocky Ridge continue their onslaught of creative releases in 2021 with the release of a "thicc" fruited sour brewed with blueberry, vanilla, oak and lactose, and a bold 8.5 percent ABV West Coast DIPA… with pine needles in the mix. Bla Bla Blueberry is aptly described as thicc – it's densely creamy and entirely unsafe for vegans. The 260kg of blueberry juice add a striking, pale purple colour as well as bolstering acidity and lending a blueberry and dark fruit complexity. Oak rounds… Read more
Style
Blueberry Cream Sour & West Coast DIPA
ABV
Both 8.5%
Bitterness
10 IBU & 80 IBU

Swell Brewery Winter Sessions & Pororoca Stouts

Tapped May 7, 2021
During the hot months, the Swell brewers are all about finding the perfect waves and firing out surf-inspired hazies and summer smashers; as we head towards winter, the ocean is traded out for the slopes (or maybe the boardshorts for the wetsuit) where a warming stout is needed after a session. So, just as the temperature hints at a drop in South Australia, the Swell team have come in heavy with not one but two very different stouts. Winter Sessions starts out as the more traditional of the two… Read more
Style
Foreign Extra & Chocolate Stouts
ABV
5.9% & 5.0%

Otherside Brewing Co's May Quartet

Tapped May 7, 2021
May 2021 sees Otherside release a quartet of flavour forward, bigger ABV beers, handily timed to arrive at the exact moment West Coast temperatures started dropping. One of them is the latest appearance for a beer with a considerable cult following, so much so it could be released during a February heatwave and likely still be voraciously consumed. Sabbath started as a stout that was pastry. The following year it was a pastry stout that seemed closer to stout. And, for its third annual outing, Sabbath… Read more
Style
Pastry Stout, RIS, IPA & RIIPA
ABV
6.5%, 10.5%, 7.2% & 8.8%

Cheeky Monkey Fire & Ice & Cow Bombie

Tapped May 7, 2021
For Margaret River/Vasse brewers Cheeky Monkey, the beers just don’t stop rolling out of the brewhouse. And, with a penchant for hop driven styles, it was only a matter of time before another unsuspecting surf break got a beer named after it. In this case, it's Cow Bombie (or Cowaramup Bombora), a big wave surf break, that gets a nod with an East Coast imperial IPA. Brewed with stacks of El Dorado and Citra, along with Loral and Azacca Cryohops, Cow Bombie is big on orange with supporting roles… Read more
Style
East Coast IIPA & American Red Ale
ABV
8.0% & 7.0%

Ocean Reach Artist Series: Oat Cream IPA & Sour IPA

Tapped May 7, 2021
Ocean Reach's Artist Series kicks off with this pair of IPAs that stems from when head brewer Simon Bismire first met Joel Ebsworth back in 2019 at Cottonmouth Records in Sydney. It took until 2021 for the latter's art to appear on the former's beers, bringing, among other things, a penguin manning a spaceship to the party in a manner that reminds me of the incredible underwater episode of Bojack Horseman. Oat Cream IPA comes double dry-hopped with Citra and Azacca, pale yellow and pretty darn hazy.… Read more
Style
Oat Cream IPA & Sour IPA
ABV
Both 7.2%

Bodriggy Brewing Gongim Red IPA

Tapped May 6, 2021
Given how many times I’ve watched The Castle - it was about a monthly viewing at one stage - I’d assumed it would be pretty hard for a brewery to release a beer containing a reference to the movie that I didn't immediately get. But Bodriggy achieve that with Gongim; a reference that’s obvious once you think about it but which I missed until the beer was gone. The Red IPA was first released during Good Beer Week in 2017 and received a new look and slight recipe tweak for Autumn 2021. Though… Read more

BentSpoke Brewing & Malt Shovel Brewers BentShovel XBA

Tapped May 6, 2021
What's an XBA, you ask? Why, this is.* This is the third annual collaboration between Malt Shovel and BentSpoke as they celebrate their friendship and mutual love of Belgian style ales. The 2021 iteration of BentShovel brings together a chewy amber malt bill, new-school hop varieties Idaho 7 and Cashmere and a farmhouse yeast to tie it all up with some of that lovely Belgian banana and spice character - all of which adds up to create an Extra Belgian Ale. The deep hues in the glass tell of the malt… Read more
Style
XBA
ABV
6.0%
Bitterness
38 IBU

Molly Rose Brewing Artist Series: Underground Summer

Tapped May 6, 2021
Collingwood-based Molly Rose join the ranks of breweries celebrating the arts through beer can design with the launch of their Artist Series. They've done so in the company of Collingwood neighbours Studio TunTun, inviting them to design the labels for Underground Summer, another farmhouse ale featuring tea from the prolific brewer. Here, it's a grisette base layered with carrot (yes, carrot), ginger and black tea: a hazy golden pour that's herbaceous, floral and farmhouse all in one. It brings… Read more
Style
Spiced Grisette
ABV
4.0%

Modus Operandi Barry White Beer

Tapped May 5, 2021
While Modus Operandi have focused much of their brewing on US-style hoppy beers (with plenty of Aussie tinkering), a quick look over their history shows that they’re willing to enter the ring with European styles as well – saison has set the pace from day one, there was a doppelbock to keep us company in the middle of a pandemic, and now here's a witbier to seduce us. With a label reminiscent of Magnum ice creams and a description written like a love letter in gold script, your instinct might… Read more
Style
White Beer
ABV
4.5%

Vale Brewing Australian Spiced Rum Porter

Tapped May 5, 2021
These days, Vale Brewing occupy a handy spot, nestled under the roof of a beverage company that produces cordials, ciders, juices, gin, wine, bourbon, rum, tequila and brandy among other drinks. Therefore, when it comes to limited release time, there's no shortage of products to integrate into the recipes. Summer 2020 saw them add gin to a sour beer base; for autumn 2021 they've cracked open another bottle of spirits. This time it's to create a Beenleigh Spiced Rum Porter, with the spiced rum added… Read more
Style
Spiced Rum Porter
ABV
4.5%

Moo Brew Winter IPA

Tapped May 4, 2021
For a brewery that was never going to release an IPA, Moo Brew have certainly been making up for lost time in the past year or two. They've got an (excellent) core range IPA these days and have released others in can since that appeared, including this limited release for winter 2021. If you pick one up on the mere strength of it being Moo Brew (with the confidence that engenders) and an IPA, you might be in for a wee shock early on. There's nothing on the label to let you know the liquid inside… Read more

Felons Brewing Co & Leans West Coast IPA

Tapped May 4, 2021
It's not that uncommon for brewers to get involved with the arts, or indeed to brew beers for festivals. It is arguably a sign of the times, however, that the beers chosen for such occasions are leaning into craftier waters. That's certainly the case with Felons' beer for the 2021 Brisbane Street Art Festival, for which they invited local artist Leans to design the label art. Inside there's no sub-5 percent ABV, gently hopped session ale; instead you've got a West Coast IPA. For those of a technical… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
6.6%
Bitterness
50 IBU
Stockists

Available from Felons and online here