Stone & Wood Stone Beer 2020 – Stone & Wood’s annual limited-release wood-fired porter Stone Beer 2020 is now available. This iteration is the first to be brewed with all-Australian malts, including a red gum-smoked malt that adds a subtle smokiness to the brew’s roasted barley, coffee and dark chocolate flavours and firm bitter finish. The ABV has also been lowered and is now 6.6%. Stone & Wood have also released a small batch of its Stone Beer 2019 that has been aged for 12 months in second-use whiskey barrels (8.8%). A limited amount of vintage crocks containing the 2019 aged release can be purchased on the Stone & Wood online shop.
Modus Operandi Press Rewind West Coast IPA – With their sixth birthday party celebrations set to go ahead on July 25, Modus go back to their roots with their latest release. The banging Press Rewind West Coast IPA (6.5%) sees them hark bark to their foundation days when this style was their, well, modus operandi. Dripping in resin and pine, with a hop line-up of Magnum, Centennial and Azacca, it all works together on a caramel malt backbone.
Two Birds get their kalsarikännit on – Loosely translated, Finnish word kalsarikännit (kawl-SAW-ree-KAHN-eet) means pantsdrunk – the simple pleasure of drinking at home, comfortably down to your underwear, with no intention of going out. Enforced or not, the Two Birds crew say they’ve never been ashamed to get their kalsarikännit on so thought it was a good time to share the fun. Their kalsarikännit releases are a super juicy Hazy Pale (5.3%) and a Vanilla & Cocoa Stout (5.8%).
Hawkers unveil new entries in their Fresh Coast Series – A “hoot-hollerin’ hectogallon of hops” has gone into the Freedom Units Triple NEIPA (10.5%) while the Moment of Clarity Double IPA (9%) is a beer for the times, designed to sit you down and smell the hops. Both new releases showcase Citra and Mosaic and join the likes of Steph Likes a Party Hazy IIPA and Right on Schedule Hazy IPA in their Fresh Coast Series.
Stomping Ground’s new releases – The new cans keep stomping out of the Collingwood brewery. The Bramble On Dark Sour (4.2%) is produced in collaboration with bottle shop Blackhearts & Sparrows. It will be sold exclusively in their outlets as well as at Stomping Ground’s Beer Hall shop and online store. The Red Moon Red IPA (6%) orbits a toffee-like malt backbone whilst sending your taste buds into outerspace through tropical fruit and hop nebulas.
Campfire Pale Ale – Reflecting the tight knit nature of the Mornington Peninsula community, eight local breweries have collaborated on a new beer release – the Campfire Pale Ale (5%). It is just one way the local brewing industry has bandied together as the tourist region rides out the downturn inflicted by COVID-19. The breweries consist of Red Hill, Jetty Road, Mr. Banks, Mornington Peninsula, St Andrews Beach, Dainton, Hickinbotham of Dromana and Smart Brothers Brewing. It was brewed at Red Hill Brewery with support from Cryer Malt who supplied the raw materials while Pakcan donated the cans, boxes and labour to get it into packaging. The very limited release is available now at all of the participating breweries.
Wolf of the Willows to drop two newbies – Good news wolf pack, Mordialloc’s Wolf of the Willows are unleashing the first in a limited edition series of hazy nitro beers, plus they’re releasing the latest version of their barrel exchange project with Lark Distillery. Enigma Pillows DDH Hazy Nitro DIPA (8.1%) is available from July 10. Think big juicy hops, a little lactose and lots of oats to give it a nice haze, served on nitro for extra mouthfeel. Lark Barrel Aged Imperial JSP III (12.8%) is out July 29. This is the third year in which empty Lark whisky barrels have been individually hand selected, based on their unique sensory characteristics, and filled with an imperial version of Wolf’s Johnny Smoke Porter and left to age.
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