New Beer Releases: October

The latest beer and beverage releases from Australian and New Zealand breweries for October 2020. These are promotional announcements published in partnership with Brews News’ brewery subscribers.

October 30th

New Coast IIPA | Felons Brewing Co.

Felons Brewing Co., in collaboration with Californian brewery Firestone Walker, is releasing a New Coast IIPA (9.0% abv) – where beer lovers’ favourite characters of US West Coast and East Coast IPAs collide.

The very limited release was brewed for the Carwyn Collaborational Virtual beer festival, and features USA-grown Idaho Gem hops, giving it “nectar-like flavours”.

New Coast IIPA is available now and can be ordered online from the Felons online store.

Hazy Espresso XPA and Sour 01 | Modus Operandi Brewing

Modus Operandi has collaborated with Allpress Espresso to brew the Hazy Espresso XPA (5.0% abv).

The result of combining Allpress’s classic blend The Good Brew and Modus’s Tropical Hazy XPA, the new brew is available online now.



The second upcoming release from Modus is the first in a new series of sours.

Sour 01 (4.5% abv) is an apricot and sea salt sour, brewed with New Zealand’s Riwaka hops, and is set to be released early next week.

How’s it Gosen? Cherry Gose | BentSpoke Brewing Co.

The second version of BentSpoke Brewing Co.’s How’s it Gosen? series has been announced with the Cherry Gose (4.0% abv).

The series’ first version, a crowd favourite at BentSpoke’s Braddon BrewPub, made its first appearance in 2019 as a Tropical Gose.

Both versions of How’s it Gosen? will be on tap at the BrewPub over summer.

The Cherry Gose is available now from the BrewPub and nationally from November 3rd, then online from November 6th.

Pat Pash Sour Ale | Moon Dog Craft Brewery

Moon Dog’s latest brew is a tribute to the mullet of tennis star Pat Cash.

The Pat Pash Sour Ale (4.5% abv) is brewed with 4.2 tonnes of passionfruit and will be available in Victoria from October 30th.

Primal Horde and Daughters of Neptune | Deeds Brewing

Deeds Brewing’s latest brew is the Primal Horde Oat Cream IPA (7.0% abv), brewed with Citra, Centennial and Vic Secret hops.




The brewery’s second new release is a limited edition brew as part of the Carwyn Cellars collaborational event and its second collaboration with Colorado brewery Outer Range Brewing Co.

Daughters of Neptune (9.0% abv) is a Hazy DIPA brewed with HPA 016 and Citra Cryo female hop cones.

Both new beers are available now, however Primal Horde is now sold out on the Deeds online store.

Christmas Gift Packs | Prancing Pony Brewery

With the countdown to Christmas beginning, Prancing Pony Brewery is about to launch three different Christmas Gift Packs:

  • The Limited Edition Mixed Gift Pack (only available in South Australia), featuring the new limited edition Purple Velvet Christmas Beer along with the popular Hunt for Red Velvet and Double Zeppelin;
  • The IPA Mixed Gift Pack;
  • and The Easy Christmas Mixed Gift Pack.

The packs will be available to the public from November 16th.

Eu-Bundy IPA | Eumundi Brewery

Eumundi Brewery has an upcoming new release in collaboration with Bundaberg Rum Distillery.

Releasing November 14th, the Eu-Bundy IPA (6.0% abv) will feature Citra hops paired with Bundaberg Small Batch Spiced Rum as well as Eumundi and Bundaberg ginger.

October 23rd

The Incubator Mixed Dozen Vol. 5 | Fixation Brewing Co.

Fixation Brewing Co.‘s latest mixed dozen features three new beers:

  • Something Like Normal (7.1% abv) – an IPA brewed with Idaho 7, Amarillo and Galaxy Hops, giving flavours of lychee and pineapple,
  • This is a fun place and I had a fun time (6.0% abv) – a Nelson Sauvin IPA, brewed as a tribute to New Zealand, with aromas of marmalade, candied orange and prickly blackberry,
  • The 86 (6.2% abv) – a citrus-y IPA brewed with Simcoe, Mosaic and Galaxy hops.

Mixed Dozen Vol. 5, which features four cans of each of the three new releases, is available now from the Fixation online store.

Raspberry Sour | Bridge Road Brewers

Bridge Road Brewers’ latest release is a raspberry sour with lime (4.3% abv), brewed in the style of a traditional German Gose.

Brewed with 500kg of raspberries, the sour is available from October 23rd.

Mandarin, Coriander & Basil Berliner Weisse | Sea Legs Brewing Company

As part of its Homestead Series – which features small batch, fruit and veggie inspired beers brewed with local produce – Sea Legs Brewing Company is releasing a Mandarin, Coriander and Basil Berliner Weisse (3.8% abv), dry hopped with Mandarina Bavaria hops.

The new brew will be available from the brewery and online from midday on October 22nd.

Listless Drift | White Bay Beer Co.

White Bay Beer Co.’s Listless Drift (3.7% abv) is a hazy crusher brewed with house ale yeast and double dry hopped with German grown hops, giving the beer flavours of gummy peach rings, white grape and nectarine.

Overdrive | Dainton Beer

Dainton Beer has a new brew out with the Overdrive West Coast IPA (7.0% abv).

The IPA is “bold and resinous, piney and proud” and available now from the Dainton online store.

Korben | Akasha Brewing Company

Brewed with Simcoe, Centennial and Mosaic hops, the Korben Double IPA (8.5% abv) is the Akasha Project’s latest brew.

Korben has flavours of passionfruit and tropical fruits and is now available online, at the Akasha Taproom or from local stockists.

Disco of the Dead | Wolf of the Willows

Wolf of the Willows, in collaboration with Mexican Bar, El Gallo Altanero, and Tequila Tromba, is releasing a Pink Guava Atole Kettle Sour in celebration of the Day of the Dead.

Disco of the Dead (5.7% abv) is inspired by El Gallo Altanero’s special cocktail of Tequila Tromba, Pink Guava and Atole and, in a nod to classic atole recipes, the sour uses corn maize in the mash alongside oats, wheat and lactose.

The beer is kettle soured with lactobacillus then dry hopped with Galaxy and Enigma hops, before the addition of guava puree, Madagascan vanilla and cinnamon.

The 440ml cans feature art by Marcos Diaz from Digable Goods and will be available from Monday, October 26th in Victoria and interstate later in the week.

It is available for preorder now from the Wolf of the Willows online store.

October 16th

Hard Seltzer | Wayward Brewing Co.

NSW’s Wayward Brewing Co. has launched a Hard Seltzer “with no nasty stuff”.

Available in lime, mango and berry flavours, the seltzers are described as being low in sugar and carbs and gluten-free.

The seltzers will be available in cans and on tap at Wayward as well as bottle shops and venues throughout NSW, VIC and QLD from 23rd October.

Rice Rice Baby | Two Birds Brewing

Melbourne’s Two Birds Brewing launched Rice Rice Baby this week, available in cans and kegs.

First brewed in 2015, Rice Rice Baby combines Motueka and Sorachi Ace hops, plus fresh ginger, lemongrass, Vietnamese mint and Thai basil.

The team say it is inspired by the flavours available at the Footscray market.

Order now via Local Delivery if you’re in Footscray, visit Two Birds online or find a stockist.

Cyclops IPA & Sea Legs Collab | Helios Brewing Company

Queensland breweries Sea Legs and Helios Brewing have teamed up for a collaboration set to launch in mid-November.

The triple IPA looks set to be more than 10% abv and in the West Coast style, with US hops and Australian malt. Check out the video of the collaboration so far.

It is also welcoming Cyclops IPA to the core range in cans. With modern American hop varieties and lifted dry hop rates, the 6% abv Cyclops IPA is available online.

Cherry Cream Dream Nitro Milkshake Ale & Mystery Beer Batch-02 | Bright Brewery

Victoria’s Bright Brewery has launched its latest limited release, the Cherry Cream Dream Nitro Milkshake Ale

A combination of black cherry, vanilla, and lactose with a hit of nitro gas the 5.7% abv brew will be available in kegs and cans.

It’s also launching another mystery beer, the Mystery Beer Batch-02. It will be sending out the beer to customers and stockists, and is asking them to jump online and guess what it is for a chance to win 12 cases of Bright Brewery beer.

Launching today (16th October) the competition will run until 1st January. Last year’s mystery beer was a huge success, with no one guessing the niche style of Stickebier.

“You don’t need to be a massive beer nerd to be in with a chance to win,” said marketing manager Laura Gray. “All you need to tell us is the style of beer, and what it tastes like.”

“Brewers like to think that no one knows beer better than them but we reckon Aussie craft beer lovers will give them a run for their money,” she said.

Visit the website to enter and for more information.

Bavarian Beer Pack | Holgate Brewhouse

In honour of Oktoberfest, Holgate Brewhouse has launched its Bavarian beer pack.

It contains the 5.1% abv Dunkel Lager, a Munich style copper lager, a 5.1% abv Pilsner with Noble hop aroma, and a Hefe Weiss Bavarian wheat beer at 5.3% abv.

Check out Bavarian beer pack options online.

Lark IPA Boiler Maker | Moo Brew

Tasmania’s Moo Brewhas released a limited edition brew in collaboration with Lark Distillery, the IPA Boilermaker.

It brings together the brewery’s IPA with a single malt whisky from Lark’s bond store.

The 7.8% abv brew is available online.

Pacific IPA | Bad Shepherd Brewing Co.

Bad Shepherd Brewing Co.’s latest twist on the West Coast IPA is the Pacific IPA.

The 5.5% abv beer is fermented at a high temperature with Voss Kviek yeast, and hopped with Galaxy, Mosaic, Vic Secret and Citra, with 15g/L of dry hops.

October 9th

The Bay XPA | Gage Roads Brew Co.

Gage Roads Brew Co., in collaboration with national surf publisher SurfVisuals, is releasing a new beer in support of the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI), a program coordinated by the not for profit Tangaroa Blue.

The Bay XPA (5.0% abv) is brewed with Citra and Sabro hops, giving it “juicy citrus and tropical fruit aromas” as a tribute to a shared love of afternoon surfs and clean waves.

Gage Road’s partnership with AMDI also includes a series of national beach clean-ups.

Since the program was launched in 2004, AMDI has removed more than 16 million pieces of debris (1,369 tonnes) from Australian coastlines. Following the debris’ collection, it is recorded into a database used to track what items are found and where they come from.

The Bay XPA is now available in Western Australia.

Raspberry Smash Nitro | Stomping Ground Brewing Co.

Following the positive response to its limited edition Cherry Smash Nitro, Stomping Ground Brewing Co. has released a second edition – the Raspberry Smash Nitro (4.4% abv).

The limited edition Smash sour beer has added lactose and nitrogen as well as raspberries, resulting in a “creamy, fruity twist on a traditional German style tart wheat beer”.

Raspberry Smash Nitro is available now online, at the Beer Hall bottleshop or from local independent bottleshops.

Cool As Ice and Pet-Nat | Willie Smith’s Cider Makers

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Willie Smith’s Cider Makers has developed the cider subscription service Cider Club as a way of sharing their ciders around Australia.

“Twice a year Club members will receive the pick of our ciders, those really pushing the limits of what cider can be with their use of heirloom apples and different fermentation techniques, delivered straight from our farm to their door” said Willie SMith’s Cider Makers Co-Founder and Director, Sam Reid.

This Spring’s release features two never before made ciders; the 2019 Cool As Ice and 2020 Pet-Nat.

Cool As Ice is an iced cider made from Yates apples. To create this cider, the juice was concentrated by freezing, then the first 50% of the thaw was drained. The cider was then fermented in one large 500L oak barrel.

Pet-Nat is a cider brewed with 100% apples and no other additives, fermented with naturally occurring yeasts then bottled towards the end of the ferment.

These new ciders are available to members of the Cider Club. More information about the club can be found here.

Double Vision | Wolf of the Willows

Wolf of the Willows’ latest release is a hazy double dry hopped double IPA, brewed with Galaxy, Vic Secret and Citra hops to give the beer lime, grapefruit, passionfruit and mango flavours.

Double Vision (8.1% abv) features a can design from artist and illustrator Marcos Diaz, whose work is also featured on Wolf of the Willow’s Enigma Pillows and Wolf PUP cans.

Double Vision will be available in 440ml cans and a small number of kegs from October 9th in indie retailers around Victoria and nationally in the following week.

Double Queen | Akasha Brewing Company

Akasha Brewing Company’s creative side series, Akasha Project, has a new release with the Double Queen Red IPA (8.0% abv).

Brewed with Citra and Centennial hops, Double Queen is available now.

October 2nd

Dark Sour of the Moon | Young Henrys

Young Henrys has announced the latest edition to its Brewer’s B-Sides Series is now in cans.

Dark Sour of the Moon (5.2% abv) is a dark blueberry sour created by brewer Neal Lucas and features specialty malts and Aussie blueberries.

The new brew is now available in tinnies from the Young Henrys online store and Tasting Bar as well as bottle shops.

Hazy 07 | Modus Operandi Brewing

Hazy 07 (4.2% abv), the latest in Modus Operandi’s Hazy series, combines flavours of blackcurrant, citrus, passionfruit, honeydew melon, strawberry and vanilla.

Brewed with Mystic and Huell Melon hops, Hazy 07 is available now.

Jimmy & Lawson’s IPA | Moon Dog Craft Brewery

Moon Dog’s seventh edition to its Bestest Brewery Doggo IPA series features a dog duo, Jimmy and Lawson.

The 7.2% abv Double Dry Hopped NEIPA is hopped with Vic Secret, Galaxy and Topaz hops giving the beer passionfruit and pineapple flavours and aromas.

Jimmy & Lawson’s IPA is available now online and from the Moon Dog breweries, and will be available nationwide in the coming weeks.

BRU-1 Hazy and West Coast Single Hop IPA | Ballistic Beer Co.

To showcase the next hop in the Ballistic Beer Co. Single Hop series, BRU-1, the brewers have made two beers, a Hazy IPA and a West Coast IPA.

Read the full media release here.

DKAT Motueka and Sawtooth | Deeds Brewing

Deeds Brewing’s new release this week is Sawtooth, a 4.4% abv pineapple sour brewed with Motueka and Azacca hops and fermented with French Saison yeast.




Deeds Brewing has also released the next brew in its Don’t Know About That hop series, spotlighting a particular hop with each beer.

The latest hop in the spotlight with this 8.5% abv Hazy DIPA is Motueka, available now to pre order for release on 7th October.

Bayside Golden Strong | Bad Shepherd Brewing Co.

Bad Shepherd Brewing Co. has a new beer in its Brew Crew series, the Bayside Golden Strong (8% abv).

Although the brewery’s Black Sheep team was unable to come to the brewery for tastings, brew day or canning day, they worked together over zoom to create the new beer.

Brewed with lemon myrtle, the Bayside Golden Strong will be launched on Friday, October 2nd.

Woolya Wah Red Ale | Beerfarm

Beerfarm’s Native Series has a new edition with the Woolya Wah Red Ale (6.2% abv), brewed with Magnum and Ahtanum hops as well as the native ingredient of wattleseed.

The Native series’ seventh edition is available now.

Louis | Napoleone Cider Co.

Napoleone Cider Co. has released a new barrel-fermented cider in honour of orchard worker Louis Cardinoux who, in 1905, lost an eye working on their renowned property on St Hubert’s Rd in Coldstream.

Louis cider was made from the 2020 harvest of Yarra Valley apples before being steeped in skins for 24 hours then taken to seasoned oak puncheons to ferment.

The 4.5% abv cider has notes of apple blossom florals, grapefruit, lime and shortbread, and is available now.

Seven High Country breweries have teamed up to create Collab Cases in lieu of the annual collaborative brew day cancelled by COVID-19.

“There are three Collab Cases to choose from each packed with a mouthwatering variety of 24 bottles or cans of fine seasonal and limited-releases, plus a couple of core faves, from each.”

Read the full media release here.

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