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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!

Holgate Brewhouse Millennium Falcon 2014

Tapped March 9th, 2014
The beer originally created for Holgate's 1,000th brew is back. The Star Wars-inspired Millennium Falcon is the brewery's hoppiest beer, sitting atop a hierarchy of pale ales that starts with their Mt Macedon Ale and continues through the Road Trip IPA and Hopinator to this Imperial (or Empirial) IPA. Continuing the Star Wars theme throughout the beer, it features Millennium, Falconer's Flight and Galaxy hops. Plenty of them too, with the beer registering 10 percent ABV and 100 IBU (a measure of… Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
Strength
10%

Feral Brewing Watermelon Warhead

Tapped March 7th, 2014
The rise of sour beers in Australia hasn't been as rapid as many might have expected. It is understandable; when you're playing with bugs and barrels and wild beasties ' and something that, like love for Phil Collins, can't be hurried ' you're in a different ballpark than the relatively simple water, hops, malt and yeast scenario. However, the sour that has caused most excitement over the past couple of years is back. Watermelon Warhead made its bow at the 2012 Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular,… Read more
Style
Berliner-Weisse
Strength
2.9%

Prickly Moses Commander IPA

Tapped March 7th, 2014
We're about to enter the time of year where, even more than usual in the current climate, there is a particular focus on hops. Home experimenters with their own handful of plants, small breweries with a few rows of bines and the country's major hop growers are all in the process of, or about to start, harvesting this year's crop. Yet Prickly Moses' latest, despite being an IPA with plenty of all-Aussie hops contain within, is keen for us to focus on another ingredient. It is named Commander after… Read more
Style
Australian IPA
Strength
5.8%
Stockists

Prickly Moses

Hop Factory

New Brighton Hotel

Pourhouse

Petersham Bowling Club

Quarrymans Hotel

Union Hotel Newtown

Grain Store

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Nail Brewing Brown Ale (Dunn Brown)

Tapped March 7th, 2014
Step-by-step, well over a decade after starting out as a craft brewer, the pieces are falling into place for Nail Brewing and its founder John Stallwood. As one half of the BrewCorp project (Feral is the other half) with a sizeable brewery capable of supplying Australia's eager beer lovers, the means has been there to brew plenty of beer and now, with distributors lined up in the eastern states (Heron Towers will receive the first Nail delivery to Victoria this March), the means to deliver that beer… Read more
Style
Brown Ale
Stockists

At good craft beer stockists

Anyone in Vic wishing to get their hands on Nail beers should contact Heron Towers

Riverside Brewing 777 Imperial IPA

Tapped March 6th, 2014
At the tail end of 2013, Parramatta's Riverside Brewing Company quietly released a new beer. It was just a small test batch but, characteristically for the hop-heavy brewery, made up for it by being a very big beer: the '777' Imperial IPA. It was also notable for the disproportionately large impact it had on Sydney hop-heads, sending their hearts all a quiver and being lauded by the lucky few to get their hands on some. So it's very welcome news that the 777 has returned; bigger, with more bitterness… Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
Strength
9.2%
Stockists

Riverside Brewery

Hive Bar, Erskenville

Royal Albert Hotel

Others TBC

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Bright Brewery Spiced Cloudy Apple Ale & Pilot Light

Tapped February 28th, 2014
Just recently, we had our first experience of cult Aussie classic, Billy B's Golden Malted Apple Beer from Thorogood's in South Australia. We've been foisting it onto all and sundry ' heck, The Alehouse Project has even gone and ordered some to pop in its fridge. And now a Victorian brewery has announced an apple beer collaboration too. Bright brewer Jon Seltin has joined forces with craft cider producer Batlow Cider to create an experimental apple ale, the Spiced Cloudy Apple Ale. Using a Strong… Read more
Style
Spiced Apple Beer & English IPA
Strength
6.45% & 2.9%
Stockists

Bright Brewery

Barossa Valley Brewing The Barossa Threesome

Tapped February 26th, 2014
The brewers at Barossa Valley Brewing have brought in the expertise of their local winemakers before. Yet they have never got their great-loving neighbours involved to quite the same extent as with their latest beer, The Barossa Threesome. Pitched as "a fusion of the best of the Barossa", the beer takes a hefeweizen base then adds Semillon and Riesling wines. The result, we're told, is a beer with "a beautiful hefe nose of banana" in which "the wines' acidity changes the… Read more
Style
Krystalweizen with wine
Strength
4.5%

Grifter Brewing Co Acid Drop

Tapped February 24th, 2014
What do dynamite, Post-Its and penicillin have in common with this beer from the Grifter Brewing Company? The answer is they all came about by accident. When the boys were brewing up a recipe for a Steam Ale, they experienced a bit of misfortune in the form of a dead burner, meaning they were stuck with 1400 litres of wort they were unable to boil. Because they hadn't yet mashed out the spent grain, they kept their wits about them and did what anyone should in that situation: call for The Doctor.… Read more
Style
Berliner-Weisse
Strength
4.2%

Cavalier Brewing IPA

Tapped February 20th, 2014
Much as we'd love to, we don't always get to sample every single beer released in Australia before telling you about it. However, we do always try and get as much information about said beer out of the brewers before posting here. And sometimes, it would seem, we are more successful at this than at others. Anyone who has met Heath from Melbourne's Cavalier will know he likes to chat and has a way with words. Thus, we expected a little more than: "A beautifully rounded beer with a big hop flavour… Read more
Style
IPA
Strength
6.5%
Bitterness
50 IBU

Six String Brewing Bobby Brown

Tapped February 18th, 2014
The name 'Bobby Brown' means different things to different people. If your formative years included the late 1970s, it might conjure up memories of Frank Zappa's confused sexual deviant. A decade later, the infamy of the name passed to another Bobby Brown whose prerogative was apparently excessive use of drugs and drop crotch pants. With those sorts of associations, you might expect a beer called Bobby Brown to be similarly twisted. But what's in a name, right? The Bobby Brown Ale from Six String… Read more
Style
American Brown Ale
Strength
5.1%
Stockists

Six String Brewing

Union Hotel Newtown

Spooning Goats

Quarrymans Hotel

Forest Lodge Hotel

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Bootleg Brewery Coconut Hefeweizen

Tapped February 13th, 2014
As they start to gear up for the third South West Craft Beer Festival, the brewers at Bootleg have been having some fun in the brewery. Never ones to shy away from getting playful when it comes to their seasonal releases, which might feature fruit or spends time the note, this time around the inspiration seems to have come from Germany via the Caribbean. It's a Coconut Hefeweizen that does exactly what you would expect from the title. The beer started out as a traditional German style wheat beer,… Read more
Style
Coconut Hefeweizen
Stockists

Bootleg Brewery

Bridge Road & Nogne O Aurora Borealis II

Tapped February 12th, 2014
Given the extraordinary lengths that Bridge Road and their Norwegian brewing buddies went to to create the Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis beers – involving brews on either side of the planet, and unrefrigerated shipping of said brews from one side of the world to the other in barrels via ship – they will presumably be rather chuffed with their reception. Aurora Australis is currently the highest rated Australian beer ever on Ratebeer and Aurora Borealis scored a top 10 finish in the recent… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Tripel
Strength
9.1%
Stockists

Bridge Road

And at good craft beer-supporting bottleshops.

Hargreaves Hill New Season IPA

Tapped February 9th, 2014
The brewers at Hargreaves Hill have been enjoying themselves with hops, particularly new varieties (or varieties new to them), in recent years. There's been the Topaz & Amarillo IPA (A.K.A. Melanie), Admiral Nelson IPA, C4 IPA and the recent Eldorado IPA list a few. With the most recent crop of US hops recently arrived in Australia, their back with another. This time they are showcasing varieties that play an important role in some of their core beers, Pale Ale and Extra Special Bitter. They… Read more
Style
IPA
Strength
6.2%

Grifter Brewing Co Cold War

Tapped February 7th, 2014
There's a war going on in the beer world. It's one of attrition between two fundamentally different attitudes. At the extreme of the Old World thinking is the immovable pillar of the Reinheitsgebot - the German purity law decreeing thou shalt only brew using water, barley and hops. At the opposite extreme is the 'anything goes' policy of the New World, where the blending of styles and use of new ingredients is not only welcomed but encouraged. And somewhere amidst all of this is an invisible line… Read more
Style
Hopfenweizen
Strength
5.3%

Red Duck Supa Nova / Saison / Saison Bee

Tapped February 7th, 2014
Ballarat's Red Duck is showing no signs of slowing down in 2014. Already, a number of limited release seasonals have hit shelves, with more coming, including sours, barrel-aged beers and the like. The most recent three to appear are the Supa Nova Australian IPA, Saison and Saison Bee. The Supa Nova features just the one hop, the ubiquitous Galaxy, and despite tipping the scales at 7.5% ABV isn't particularly fierce, instead allowing the familiar citrus and tropical hop aromas obtained from the use… Read more
Style
IPA & Saisons
Strength
7.5% / 6.2% / 5.2%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Mountain Goat India Red Ale

Tapped January 31st, 2014
Time for the first Rare Breed of 2014... Fresh from seeing six beers hit the Hottest 100, with their first can, Summer Ale, hitting the top 10, Mountain Goat has brought back a beer first trialled in kegs last year. This time around, they've given the India Red Ale a boost and a tweak and popped it into suitably bright red Rare Breed bottles too. The ABV has been nudged up to 6.6 per cent and they've done something of a tour of the world for the ingredients, with three different US hops (Athanum,… Read more
Style
India Red Ale
Strength
6.6%
Bitterness
60 IBU

Mountain Goat India Red Ale

Tapped January 31st, 2014
Time for the first Rare Breed of 2014... Fresh from seeing six beers hit the Hottest 100, with their first can, Summer Ale, hitting the top 10, Mountain Goat has brought back a beer first trialled in kegs last year. This time around, they've given the India Red Ale a boost and a tweak and popped it into suitably bright red Rare Breed bottles too. The ABV has been nudged up to 6.6 per cent and they've done something of a tour of the world for the ingredients, with three different US hops (Athanum,… Read more
Style
India Red Ale
Strength
6.6%
Bitterness
60 IBU

Seven Sheds Platypus 200

Tapped January 22nd, 2014
Tasmania's northwest doesn't tend to be lavished with as much attention by tourist bods as some of its other regions. But on a trip there for a travel feature a couple of years ago, in the company of brewer and beer writer Willie Simpson, we were introduced to all manner of colourful, quirky and fascinating local producers, often hailing from other parts of the world and settling in NW Tassie after years travelling the globe. For his 200th batch of Seven Sheds beer, Willie decided to bring a few… Read more
Style
Spiced Brown Ale
Stockists

Just 500 bottles available from Seven Sheds

Moon Dog Bjorn To Boogie

Tapped January 16th, 2014
It's almost as if they knew the heatwave was coming... For their latest release, Moon Dog has returned to the fruit bowl and, vaguely, to the scene of one of their earlier adventures. Some of you may recall the Magnificent Mullet series of beers that saw Mel(on) Gibson, MacGuava and Billy Ray Citrus star as fruity, wheaty, tarty ales. Foregoing the temptation to forge an ancestral thread through the beers by releasing a Limey Citrus (a beer that would no doubt require more twerking than tweaking),… Read more
Style
Watermelon Weizen
Strength
5.3%
Bitterness
11 IBU
Stockists

At good craft beer venues nationwide.

If you want help finding it near you, contact Moon Dog's distributor Phoenix.

Mornington Peninsula Brewery Black IPA

Tapped January 14th, 2014
Midway through presenting the "Malt" week of the beer course we run with a fellow Good Beer Weeker late last year, we fell out. Not in a punching each others' lights out or sulking way, just in a "tomayto / tomahto" kind of way. He said Black IPAs were just gimmick beers, something brewed for geeks to talk about, we felt that they were a valid style and, when made well, one of the tastiest outcomes of the modern craft beer world's love of melding styles. Whether you think it gimmick… Read more
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