Moo Brew IPA – On the back of some of the cleverest COVID marketing you’ll see, Tasmania’s largest craft beer brewery has finally released its first ever core range IPA despite saying they never would. Why now? Moo Brew head brewer Dave MacGill told Beer & Brewer now was the right time as he could finally do the style justice. “I said I’d never brew an IPA until I could get a handle on doing it right and keeping the freshness that is so important with an IPA.” With a newly installed smaller tank to work with, MacGill is able to keep the IPAs ticking over nice and quickly and maintaining that all important freshness. It’s devilishly good too (note the ABV). For now it’s just available in Tassy but come July 1 will be distributed in Sydney and Melbourne. ABV: 6.66%.
Hawkers Peaches and Cream Kettle Sour – The aromas from this new rendition of an old favourite immediately take me back to my Mum bottling peaches at harvest time to preserve for the Winter ahead. But hers never tasted this good (sorry Mum!). It’s not too sour – or sweet for that matter – while the addition of the whipped cream-like lactose caps this one off for an exquisite mouthfeel. ABV: 6%.
KAIJU! Beer Mutation Program #005 Demon Cleaner – KAIJU! come through with their fifth Mutation Program release – the Demon Cleaner – a more traditional take on the IPA featuring Nelson Sauvin and Strata hops that’s lean on the malts and where yeast esters are kept to a minimum. The Mutation Program is the Victorian brewery’s series of limited edition beers that don’t necessarily fit their typical style but warrant more than just a very limited release. ABV: 7.6%.
Gage Roads Loop the Lupe Cryo Hop IPA & Atomic Beer Project Cryo Red Alert – The good fellas at Good Drinks have let us know about two of their limited new releases that go big on the Cryo Hops for a whole lotta lupulin love. First up is Gage Roads’ Loop the Lupe West Coast IPA featuring a hop triumvirate (Idaho 7, Citra, Azacca) for ripe tangerine and pine aspects with layers of tropical notes. Head brewer Ross Brown said: “When I was in the US for hop harvest, I visited the Yakima Chief Hops farm and Cryo plant. The smell was out of this world and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some.” ABV: 6.8%. Gage’s Atomic Beer Project’s Cryo Red Ale-rt puts a modern spin on a Winter favourite. The Red Ale is supercharged with Amarillo and Centennial Cryo Hops to deliver intense citrus aromas. Head brewer Nick Ivery said: “The malt profile remains rich, but not too sticky and heavy. We also used 100 per cent Cryo Hops in the dry hop to give it a punchy, yet complex aroma and bright appearance.” ABV: 6.4%.
Hemingway’s FNQ Resilience Lager – Session beers and Far North Queensland are a match made in heaven as Hemingway’s Brewery gets in on the mid-strength action. The FNQ Resilience Lager is described by brewer Jake Banachak (pictured on the right with Hemingway’s CEO Tony Fyfe) as a crisp, clean and refreshing drop. ABV: 3.5%.
Furphy Crisp Lager – The follow up to Furphy’s Refreshing Ale is here and delivered in a clear glass bottle to showcase the light, golden colours. Warren Pawsey, head brewer at Little Creatures Geelong, said creating Furphy Crisp Lager was about staying true to the brand’s roots, while appealing to a wider audience of easy-drinking beer lovers. “In developing a lager from Furphy we wanted to make sure that it had the great quality and brewing credentials the brand is known for, whilst still being super refreshing. We think we’ve created a cracking lager – it’s light, crisp and offers the ultimate refreshment.” ABV: 4.5%.
James Squire Ginger Beer – Venturing for the first time away from beer and cider, James Squire have released a ginger beer as they look to capitalise on this emerging segment of the drinks market. Malcolm Eadie, brand director of premium and craft at Lion, said the ginger beer market was growing at over 50 per cent year on year. ABV: 4%.