New Beers

There has never been a time like now: more breweries releasing more new beers than ever before. Here, in The Crafty Cuppa, and in our weekly newsletter, we'll bring you details – and, if we've sampled them, our honest, independent take – on as many of them as possible. Enjoy!

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Helios Brewing Heracles Australian Pale

Published Today
Last year, Helios teamed up with the crew at Caboolture Sports Group to brew Eos, a hazy pale ale that was a rollicking success for brewery folk and sports club folk alike. As the calendar ticked over to 2022, no one needed much convincing to get together for another collab. Heracles Australian Pale wins my heart right off the bat with label art that clearly depicts brewer Charlie Hodgson as Heracles. I like to think he got bare-chested, oiled up and rugged in faux fur to pose for the portrait. If… Read more
Style
Aussie Pale Ale
ABV
4.5%
Bitterness
25 IBU

Gage Roads Yeah Buoy Non-Alcoholic XPA

Published Yesterday
Flavor Flav’s catchcry given a nautical twist may soon become a fav flavour in the no-lo beer realm courtesy of Gage Road’s sub-0.5 percent ABV debut. But it's not easy being low, as head brewer Ross Brown points out. “Producing a well-balanced non-alc beer is a real challenge," he says. "We had to approach recipe development and ingredient selection in a slightly unconventional way. Process and quality control need to be spot on as any small variations have a big impact on the finished… Read more
Style
Non-Alcoholic XPA
ABV
<0.5%
Bitterness
14 IBUs
Stockists

Available from Gage Roads stockists nationally

And at Gage Roads Freo

2 Halfs Keller Pils, SIPA & Sim-Citt

Published Yesterday
When I briefly holidayed in Prague a decade or so ago, one of my most treasured memories was picking up a crate of Kozel lager longnecks from the corner store and then returning the crate with the empty bottles for a few coins or a discount on the next one. Most people would probably more fondly remember walking across Charles Bridge to visit St Vitus Cathedral, or having lunch in Wenceslas Square near the Astronomical Clock, but I guess I’m just built different (a beer pig). When I first laid… Read more
Style
German Pils, Sour IPA & West Coast IPA
ABV
5.6% & 6.6% & 6.4%

Australian Brewery Mosaic Single Hop IPA

Published Yesterday
While the previous couple of entries in Australian Brewery’s single hop series were pale ales, it seems Mosaic beckoned for the brewers to make it the star of an old school IPA. The aromatics are multifaceted, like you’ve tripped and landed face first in a fruit platter. You can’t quite recognise all the sticky orange fruits smooshed on your face, but you think there’s a blueberry stuck up your left nostril. Yet the fruit salad subs out for malty dankness in the mouth. This IPA isn’t quite… Read more
Style
Single Hop IPA
ABV
7.0%
Bitterness
45 IBU

New England Brewing Co India Saison Citra & Big Holiday 2021

Published Yesterday
While rural communities in Australia are known more for their consumption of session lagers than saisons, it seems fitting that a brewery in farming country would put out farmhouse ales. By this standard New England Brewing Co are certainly fitting, as they’re regularly putting farmhouse styles into their rotation. But the crew aren’t content to let sleeping saisons lie – they’ll poke and prod the style to get it all ruffled up, giving country and city drinkers alike variety even within their… Read more
Style
Single Hop Saison & Barrel-Aged Black Saison
ABV
7.2% & 9.8%
Bitterness
70 & 30 IBU

Shelter Brewing Table Sour

Published Yesterday
For their first limited release of 2022, Bussleton’s Shelter Brewing partnered with the fashion outfit Highs And Lows to create a modern Australian take on a classic European style. Table Sour uses peaches and saltbush sourced from WA in a beer designed to be shared with good food and company, with a tart enough edge to cut through any meal yet sessionable enough to keep the conversation on track. At 2.4 percent ABV, it’s hard to think of many social occasions where Table Sour wouldn’t fit… Read more
Style
Table Sour
ABV
2.4%

Eagle Bay 90 Day Pilsner

Published January 27, 2022
If you were told the lager you were drinking was made the previous year, you might have a few questions for the person serving you, mainly along the lines of: "Do you have anything fresher?" But, for Eagle Bay’s latest single series release – an uber crisp pilsner – they’re boasting a 90-day process that means, according to its January 2022 release date, brewing took place back in spring 2021… Although historically the turnaround for lagers was typically lengthy – the term "lager"… Read more
Style
Pilsner
ABV
5.0%

Five Barrel Brewing Pre-Prohibition Porter & Esuna Botanical Sour

Published January 27, 2022
I always love getting the opportunity to try an historical beer style, and Five Barrel’s Hot Take is just that: a snapshot of what English porters were like in America in days past. (Apparently George Washington was a big fan of porters like this, but I don’t subscribe to these trendy influencers.) To keep things authentic, Five Barrel brewed Hot Take with maize, dark wheat and blackstrap molasses (which is more bitter than molasses). The resulting porter smells very familiar – rich roast,… Read more
Style
English Porter & Botanical Sour
ABV
6.0% & 4.0%

Stomping Ground PRIDElweiss Midsumma Ale 2021

Published January 27, 2022
Since 2017, Stomping Ground have partnered with Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival to create PRIDElweiss, a beer that delivers a portion of profits to a program that supports emerging LGBTQIA+ artists. To date, the brewery’s raised more than $45,000 for the Midsumma Futures program and in 2022 they’re hoping to raise a further $15,000, which is to say, if you buy this can, you'll help support an important cause. Both the can and what’s inside have changed, with the new design inspired by the Progress… Read more
Style
Midsumma Ale
ABV
4.4%

3 Ravens & Beer Here Wild Ravens Raw Ale

Published January 27, 2022
A few years ago, I took esteemed drinks writer Max Allen to 3 Ravens to meet head brewer Brendan O'Sullivan due to their shared fascination with flavour and fermentation. At one point, Brendan pulled a sample of unfinished beer from a barrel to show just how unpleasant things could get when working in beer's wilder realms; he insisted this was a good sign and that a few months down the line the wee beasties at work would turn it into something delicious, but such was the unpleasantness you could… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Raw Mixed Culture Ale
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
12 IBU
Stockists

Join 3 Ravens for the beer's launch at Bonny on January 29

Otherside & Old Bridge Cellars Decadent

Published January 27, 2022
Old Bridge Cellars’ collaborative liquid party popper created with near neighbours Otherside celebrates a decade spent serving North Freo’s cool coastal enclave and beyond. Dry-hopped ten times – once for each year of the Beeson family’s independent ownership – Old Bridge Decadent continues the brewery’s West Coast juicy exploration, which head brewer Rhys Lopez says aims to “strike that balance between soft and hoppy”. Citra, Mosaic, Eclipse and Sabro hops reveal themselves with… Read more
Style
West Coast Juicy IPA
ABV
6.8%
Stockists

Available from the brewery

Old Bridge Cellars North Freo and Como

And Otherside stockists

More stockists...

Sauce Brewing Co Chill Factor & Daywalker

Published January 25, 2022
Is anyone else disappointed that when Sauce brought out their take on a cold IPA they didn’t call it Cold Sauce? Just me? Well then, I’ll put my disappointment on ice and turn your attention to Chill Factor. The grain bill, yeast strain and fermenting temperature say "lager", but the hopping regime says "big old IPA". The body is crisp without being thin, with a clean malt base that’s all about paving the way for the hops to shine. Idaho 7 and Citra appear from the first… Read more
Style
Cold IPA & Spiced Ginger Beer
ABV
6.0% & 5.5%

La Sirène & Backhearts & Sparrows Biere Du Hearts

Published January 25, 2022
There’s much about the urban farmhouse brewers at La Sirène and the good booze retailers at Blackhearts & Sparrows that makes them feel like fellow travellers. The former’s Costa Nikias is a winemaker turned barrel-beer brewer, while the latter might have started out as a wine store but focuses just as sharply on beer. It means the two coming together to make a beer feels a little inevitable and the product of that affinity couldn't be much more fitting, given the shared love both have for… Read more
Style
Wild Ale With Tropical Fruits
ABV
5.5%

Akasha Project Mandatory Czech In

Published January 25, 2022
An elegant beer name is a wonderful thing. Granted the best are almost always puns and puns are, on the most part, abominable. But every now and then, it just works. Akasha’s newest project release, Mandatory Czech In, is just such a name. Every single pale lager in the world can pretty much trace its lineage back to the Czech or Bohemian pilsner. First brewed in the 1840s in Pilsen, the pilsner was a combination of extra pale Moravian malt, locally grown Saaz hops, soft Pilsen water and a Bavarian… Read more
Style
Czech Pilsner
ABV
5.0%

Moon Dog Sharon Stone Fruit Sour Ale

Published January 25, 2022
Another year brings another Magnificent Mullet from Moon Dog, with the Melbourne brewery showing they’re yet to run out of puns or celebrities with Sharon Stone Fruit Sour Ale. This time around, it’s not just one of the greats in 1990s cinema who has a chance to shine but nectarine and peach too and while this might be overly anecdotal, there’s been some very good examples of both this season (fruit that is, not 90s movies). The beer seems to capture multiple expressions of stone fruit at… Read more
Style
Fruit Sour Ale
ABV
4.5%

Temple Brewing 888 Mandarin Sour 2022

Published January 24, 2022
Temple Brewing’s celebration of the start of a new Chinese New Year is back for its fourth year, with the "lucky" 888 mandarin beer taking on a new style and as new symbolic animal. You can read the story behind the beer and the very first release, a lion saison, here, while the last two versions have both been both mandarin pale ales. As we reach the year of the tiger, the Brunswick East brewery have brewed a sour that uses not just mandarin juice but is also dry-hopped with Hop Products… Read more
Style
Mandarin Sour
ABV
4.0%

Heroes and Villains Certified Strong Summer Ale

Published January 24, 2022
When embarking on a collaboration it’s often best to draw from each contributor's world when creating something new. Here, when comedian Rory Lowe was asked what his ideal beer style was, he cited those of the affable summer / Pacific ale variety. The stage suitably set, Heroes and Villains have delivered – with a mischievous wink – a 9 percent ABV version of such a beer in support of Rory's Perth Fringe Festival show, Certified Funny Boy. Pouring dense orange, attendees will be met by Moutere’s… Read more
Style
Imperial Summer Ale
ABV
9.0%
Stockists

Certified is available at all Rory Lowe Perth Fringe World shows at the Rechabite

And from Heroes and Villains stockists and direct.

Heaps Normal Another Lager

Published January 21, 2022
Much like the wider non-alcoholic beer category, the rise of Heaps Normal has been impressive to watch. The brewing company launched midway through 2020 and quite quickly started appearing not just in pubs and regular beer haunts but also in organic grocers, bakeries and has even become the top-selling beer in certain bottleshops. For 18 months, it was really a single beer doing all that work too, with Quiet XPA the flagship at the centre of Heaps Normal's stated aim of getting Australians to think… Read more
Style
Lager
ABV
Less than 0.5%
Stockists

Another Lager is available from retailers across Australia from February 1.

Future Mountain Howling Forever

Published January 21, 2022
Saison is a style of beer that can move in myriad directions, so you never quite know which way brewers might decide to approach them. But the earliest saisons, those brewed by "saisonniers" or seasonal workers in the French-speaking Wallonia region of Belgium, would have no doubt made use of what was available to them. It’s a philosophy behind many of Future Mountain’s beers, with the Melbourne brewery and blendery often showcasing seasonal fruit and it's certainly on show in Howling… Read more
Style
Brettanomyces Saison
ABV
6.0%

Good Land Brewing Day Tripper & Annie's Ale

Published January 20, 2022
Whether you were once overwhelmed by Beatlemania or are a fairweather fan who thinks they know everything about the band’s interpersonal relationships because you’re halfway through Get Back*, one of Good Land’s first releases for 2022 is almost certain to get a tune in your head. Day Tripper is a DDH IPA from the Victorian brewery that combines hops from America, Australia and New Zealand and is something of a bridge between West Coast and hazy IPAs. It pours with only the lightest opaque… Read more
Style
DDH IPA & Kolsch
ABV
6.6% & 4.6%