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This week’s new drink releases

Prancing Pony’s four new dark ales – South Australia’s Prancing Pony Brewery have delivered a new mixed four pack made up of two seasonal beers and two limited releases. The Black Cascadian Ale (ABV: 6%) is their new Porter style dark beer, which puts their bottled Black Ale in a can. The other seasonal is the Magic Carpet Stout (9%). The Miss Kitty Schwarzbier (4.8%) and the Hunt for Red Velvet (9.6%) are their two limited releases for Winter.

Capital Brewing Co’s beefed up stout – Capital’s first ever seasonal beer has been re-imagined and is now available with double the malt, double the coffee and double the booze! Capital Brewing’s First Tracks Imperial Stout (ABV: 10.5%) is only their third special release beer to make it into cans and it features a collaboration with Canberra stable-mate ONA Coffee. The end result is a coffee and oatmeal Imperial stout “that pours black as night” while “a rich and creamy mouthfeel gives way to a naughty hit of booze. Special ONA blend The Founder brings subtle raspberry and black currant notes”. The original First Tracks Stout had been released in keg every Winter since 2016 and normally tipped the scales at 5.2%.

Southern Highlands Brewing’s latest seasonal – On the back of the successful recent debut of their Isolation IPA, the Southern Highlands Brewing Company have launched the first beer of their new Rain Ale or Shine Series – the Dark Tropical (ABV: 6%). All is not as it seems with this one as it presents like an XPA, with distinctive tropical notes, but the dark malts used for colour deliver subtle flavours without the bitterness. On top of their core range, Southern Highlands will be looking to release at least four seasonals a year going forward.

Wayward answer the call – By popular demand, Wayward Brewing Co have brought back their 2019 GABS smash hit – the Coffee & Donuts Milk Stout (ABV: 6%) and once again Grumpy Donuts and Toby’s Estate Coffee are collaborating. The delicious hints of coffee, cinnamon and vanilla are once more on display and the crew at Wayward unsurprisingly suggest enjoying it with a coffee and or a donut!

Stomping Ground’s two limited editions – The first – the Upside Down Brown Ale (ABV: 5.2%) – is reminscent in looks of one of the first beers I ever tried – Dominion Breweries Double Brown from New Zealand – due to the uncanny resemblance in their can design. But that’s where the similarities end. Double Brown actually did taste like the Yarra River that the Upside Down Brown is named after! Whereas Stomping Ground’s rendition is a delicious, English-style brown ale with hints of caramel, hazelnuts and milk chocolate punctuated by light hop floral notes. It has been a tap favourite for Stomping Ground since they opened and is in cans for the first time. The other release – the Resinator IPA (6.1%) – is a resin-fest in a can. Featuring tropical fruit and grapefruit characters thanks to the liberal use of experimental hops and balanced with a firm bitterness. The hops featured are Strata, Ekuanot, Chinook and HBC 520.

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