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This week’s new drink releases

Mountain Culture wet baby’s head with newborn NEIPA – The weekly new releases keep coming from Mountain Culture Beer Co in the Blue Mountains and that’s despite owners DJ and Harriet McCready having a five week old newborn at home. The Yellow Brick Road NEIPA (8%) is released today in their daughter Dorothy’s honour. “She was born at about 9pm on a Sunday night and pretty much I was back in the brewery 12 hours later making beer or otherwise we would have run out in a matter of weeks – it’s been that nuts keeping up with demand,” DJ told Beer & Brewer this morning. Head here for our full interview with DJ. “For Dorothy, who’s named after my Grandmother by the way not because of the Wizard of Oz, I wanted to brew a beer that was a celebration of her and to do something that was fun and incorporate her name in a somewhat subtle way. It just so happened to turn out that this beer is really yellow too!” Yellow Brick Road won’t be the last new weekly release either. “We’ve jumped on this weekly release concept to keep things interesting for our customers but also it keeps us on our toes as a brewery. It’s been a win-win. We just keep honing in and honing in on these recipes and using things like different hop strains and different water profiles. We’re learning and improving every day.”

Black Hops bring back GABS Hottest 100 beer – Black Hops’ limited release for August sees them welcome back #86 in last year’s Hottest 100 – the Caribbean Haze Fruit & Rum-Soaked Hazy IIPA (7.8%) brewed in collaboration with Mount Gay Rum. The Caribbean-inspired hazy Double American IPA is spiced with citrus, pineapple, mango and coconut-infused Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum to give this already aromatic style a fresh Caribbean twist. It launched at the Black Hops taprooms in Burleigh and Biggera Waters yesterday in (new-look) cans and on tap while selected venues and bottleshops nationwide will have it in stock soon.

Wolf of the Willows release Nitro Brown Ale – Wolf of the Willows are adding to their burgeoning nitro repertoire this week with new release Kanelbulle – a Swedish Cinnamon Bun Nitro Brown Ale (6.2%). In collaboration with local cake house Söt by Mork, the pastry brown ale celebrates the kanelbulle cinnamon bun – the moreish Swedish traditional treat. Boasting flavours of Ceylon cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla pods and cacao nibs, it’s all rounded out with a nitro-boosted lactose mouth hug. With a limited number of kegs dropping in selected venues soon, it’s available direct from Wolf of the Willows or in VIC indie bottlos from tomorrow and in other states from next Friday.

Wayward’s New World hop hazy – Wayward Brewing Co’s limited release for August is the Cashmere Cat Hazy IPA (6.3%) – an East Coast-style juice bomb featuring Cashmere, Riwaka, Galaxy and Citra hops. Cashmere is to the fore though as this fledgling hop becomes more synonymous with IPAs Down Under. Developed by Washington State University by crossing Cascade and Northern Brewer strands, it was first released in 2013. It’s known for its complex and intense fruitiness with strong overtones of lemon, lime, peach, and melon plus secondary notes of coconut, lemongrass, candy, and herbs. A full list of stockists will be released on the Wayward Facebook page tomorrow.

Nomad Brewing’s new Salute! range – Tapping into the brewed alcoholic soda scene, Nomad Brewing Co have gone softer than your traditional hard seltzer with a new range of 2.5% low-cal, low-carb, low-gluten beverages. All brewed with the key beer ingredients, plus with real added fruit, the Salute! range come in three flavours – Tropical Crush, Pine Lime Squeeze and Berry Blush. With a gluten rating of 14 parts per million and just 75g of calories and 3g of carbs, they will have the health conscious on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and well beyond saluting these punchy, ABV-defying aromatic alternatives to a fuller strength option.

BrewDog Australia launch Black is Beautiful beer – Following Ballarat’s Dollar Bill Brewing, BrewDog Australia have also thrown their support behind the Black Lives Matter movement by brewing a Black is Beautiful Imperial Stout (9%). The beer is available at BrewDog’s Brisbane taproom, DogTap, and all proceeds raised from its sale will be donated to All Together Now – the Australian organisation dedicated to promoting racial equity and education. The Black is Beautiful campaign was conceived by Marcus Baskerville, founder and head brewer of Weathered Souls Brewing in Austin, Texas, who wanted to support the Black Lives Matter movement and show that the brewing community is an inclusive place. The campaign, which started in early June, has now garnered support from over 1,100 breweries in 20 countries around the world. The collaboration sees the participating breweries use the same base open-source stout recipe and label to show solidarity with the cause and donate 100 per cent of the beer’s proceeds to a local organisation aligned with ending systemic racism. Each head brewer is then welcome to add their own twists or ideas to the beer to create a unique brew.

Bondi brands launch coffee stout – Blurring the lines between breakfast beverage and summer staple, Bondi brands Bondi Brewing Co. and Will & Co coffee have collaborated to release a White Coffee Stout (5%) that is available now at selected bottle shops and venues. The stout is made with ale malt and oats with Peruvian organic cacao nibs and Will & Co’s signature Eight-o-Eight blend. The Eight-o-Eight is a blend of 100 per cent Arabica beans from Guatamalan and Brazilian origins. The resulting stout has creamy, hoppy notes of roasted malt, caramelised nuts and dark chocolate flavour with a smooth coffee finish, and is lighter in colour compared to other stouts on the market. The limited edition release can be purchased at selected BWS stores, Dan Murphys and on tap at the Bondi Bowling Club.

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