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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Boatrocker Straight To VHS, Hello Stranger, Oakey Dokey & Roger Ramjet '22

Published Today
Such is the swiftness and intensity with which many brewers release new beers these days, it can pose challenges for those of us covering the industry. There's the need to look after one's liver and ensure you factor in a number of AFDs each week, and also the need to work out how best to present them in cases like this, when six new releases from one brewery turn up at once. Thankfully, within this salvo from Boatrocker there's a quartet with a common theme: taking the drinker on something of a… Read more
Style
ESB, Red IPA, Oaked Stout & Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
5.5% & 6.0% & 7.5% & 10.6%

Prancing Pony Blaze of Haze

Published Today
Prancing Pony have brewed plenty of beers at their Adelaide Hills home that showcase hops and haze, doing so in all shapes and sizes too, including some of the chewier imperial IPA variants we've seen. So when they announce a new release called Blaze of Haze for which they've employed hops in LUPOMAX form, you'd be well within your rights to gird your loins for another potent beast. However, this isn't that: instead it's a beer blazing a trail to the part of your drinking repertoire marked “session”. Pale… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale Ale
ABV
4.8%
Bitterness
29 IBU
Stockists

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Rocky Ridge's June 2022 Quartet

Published Today
June 2022 marks yet another busy month for the Rocky Ridge brewers who have dropped four new and entirely different beers for thirsty punters. Two fruited beers feature within the quartet: You Put the Beer in the Coconut is a coconut and finger lime spiked gose – classically light with dominant sweet coconut and punchy lime zest; and the more robust Ma Ma Mango, which comes in a bigger can where sweet, pulpy mango stars alongside subtle oak, pineapple and sweet vanilla. Falling within the “thicc”… Read more
Style
Tropical Gose, Imperial Pastry Sour, Oaked Pale & Imperial Stout
ABV
4.0% & 8.5% & 5.0% & 16.0%

Slipstream Brewing Uncharted IPA HBC 586 & Fruit Cart Mulberry Sour

Published Yesterday
Slipstream have started another IPA series. This is wonderful news. Their Uncharted series is about exploring experimental hop varieties to see what flavours they can wring from them, and I don’t think anyone will have a problem with that. The first IPA out of the gate is a West Coast featuring HBC 586, a variety cultivated by the Hop Breeding Company in Yakima, Washington. And woof... There is a lot of intense flavour going on here; it’s hard to believe it’s all from a single hop variety. At… Read more
Style
Single Hop IPA & Fruit Sour
ABV
6.5% & 3.5%

Margaret River Brewhouse Panther Cream 2022

Published Yesterday
Margaret River Brewhouse have been brewing their Panther Cream Russian Imperial Stout for a number of years now, with each iteration receiving a tweak to suit the ever-evolving tastes of both punters and the brewers lucky enough to make it (and typically finding favour with judges at the Perth Royal Beer Awards). For 2022’s vintage, Panther Cream found itself locked up a little longer than usual, spending nine months in Whipper Snapper whisky barrels, up from 2021’s three. As expected, the extra… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
10.4%
Stockists

Liquor Shed

Mane Liquor

The Dutch Trading Co

Margaret River Brewhouse

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Blackman's Brewery Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout 2022

Published June 25, 2022
It can be bitterly cold on the Surf Coast in winter and Blackman’s Brewery haven’t let the season pass them by without releasing a fitting beer for the coldest, wettest days out there. Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is a 10 percent ABV and spent months sitting in barrels from Kentucky’s Maker's Mark and Knob Creek. It won't take long until you spot what that time in barrels has done either, with a mix of raisin, burnt sugar, toffee and vanilla all at play in the silky smooth beer. Joining… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
10.0%

Wilson Brewing High Tide

Published June 25, 2022
For Wilson Brewing’s latest trick, they partnered with Cannabis Botanical Distillery in the WA coastal town of Denmark to produce High Tide, a gose infused with peach and hemp seed. Ablaze with refreshing acidity, this light and fruity offering is predominantly peach forward, with a touch of underlying grassy, vegetal character from the addition of hemp seeds. A light body and perky carbonation bolster drinkability while the textbook sose saltiness is just present, superbly complementing the sweet,… Read more
Style
Peach & Hemp Seed Gose
ABV
4.2%

One Drop Welcome To The Nectaron Experience

Published June 24, 2022
The Hop Formally Known as HORT 4337 has been the hottest thing out of the Kiwi beer world over the last two years, thanks in part to it being so unlike other New Zealand hop varieties. Instead of the grape characters you find in Nelson Sauvin or the citrus-heavy Motueka and Riwaka, Nectaron is all about those big, juicy tropical fruit flavours. In order to put Nectaron fully through its paces, One Drop partnered with Bintani and NZ Hops to air freight a decent portion of the 2022 crop, direct from… Read more
Style
Single Hop Double IPA
ABV
8.3%

One Drop The Big Bad Wolf & Dark Cherry 2022

Published June 24, 2022
As part of their Dark Souls Winter Solstice event, One Drop revisited a couple of past beasts designed to bring sustenance in the cooler weather – albeit in very different manners. Both are, in typical One Drop fashion, on the larger side in terms of booze, and pack plenty into their tins. The 2022 version of The Big Bad Wolf is a 10 percent ABV, nitro-enhanced imperial pastry stout to which was added "copious amounts of chocolate and lactose" while spending months on French oak, as well… Read more
Style
Nitro Imperial Pastry Stout & Imperial Cherry Sour
ABV
10.0% & 8.0%

Stomping Ground Belgian Quartet & Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (2022)

Published June 24, 2022
Classic Belgian beer styles aren’t regular sight in Australia but Stomping Ground are helping improve the country’s quota in one fell swoop, releasing four at once. The quartet is part of their Into The ‘Wood series and follows their stand at Melbourne’s GABS, which saw them create the Stomping Ground Abbey, complete with monks serving the beers. So who are these Belgian beers? Bonnet Rouge is a witbier made with raspberry which ensures that it doesn’t just pour a soft pink but packs… Read more
Style
Various
ABV
4.3%, 6.5%, 4.3%, 8.5%, 10.0%

Aether Brewing Mulled Wine Imperial Stout

Published June 23, 2022
When My Beer Dealer sold their "12 Imperial Stouts of Christmas" boxes in December, one of the offerings was a Mulled Wine Imperial Stout from Aether. But, alas, it was exclusive to those boxes, which were snapped up quicker than the cashews in a bowl of mixed nuts. And so, sympathetic to the plight of those who missed out, Aether’s brewed another batch - just in time for everyone’s Christmas in July parties (whether dinner parties or sitting-on-the-couch-eating-leftovers parties). For… Read more
Style
Mulled Imperial Stout
ABV
10.0%
Bitterness
35 IBU

Molly Rose Evolution Saison & Prickly On The Outside

Published June 23, 2022
If you’re a craft beer fan keen to cut back on drinking, there’s certainly never been a better time when it comes to choice. Molly Rose are among the breweries making that so too, with the brewery releasing two very different non-alcoholic collaborations. Evolution Saison was brought to life with the crew at Arc'teryx and while a partnership between an outdoor-focused, Canadian clothing brand and a small Melbourne brewery might feel a little unusual, dig a little deeper and there's a lot that… Read more
Style
Non-Alc Saison & Pineapple IPA
ABV
Both Less Tham 0.5%

Cheeky Monkey Mango & Raspberry Pastry Sour

Published June 23, 2022
Cheeky Monkey have added to their Pastry Sour series with a dense, strikingly sweet and sour offering that features mango and raspberry. Clearly brewed with an intensive volume of mango, and presumably raspberries too, it's an extremely thick pour – pretty much the exact same texture as mango juice concentrate. Mango colour, flavour and aroma emanate on pouring, with sweet vanilla and a touch of citrusy hop character also present. Raspberry is not as prominent, but a tart berry character resides… Read more
Style
Pastry Sour
ABV
7.0%

Dainton Beer Hop Rising & Choctail

Published June 22, 2022
Chocolate, coffee and a multitude of hops. Yep, sounds like a couple of very Dainton releases. First up is a first for the brewery, with Dainton trying out a new hopping technique for Hop Rising. In order to get as much from their hops as they possibly could, the brewers packed them into different steps across the brewing process with the mash, lauter tun, kettle, whirlpool and fermenters all receiving a healthy dose. Dubbed a "Defiantly Hopped IPA", the idea was to pull as many aromatic… Read more
Style
IPA & Specialty Stout
ABV
6.8% & 9.0%

Helios Brewing Kronos White Stout 2022

Published June 22, 2022
Is Kronos having an identity crisis? After 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021’s offerings were all strong dark beers, 2022’s is a rich gold colour. What could possibly be the reason for such an outlandish— Oh, it’s GABS. Yeah, OK, that makes sense. White Kronos is a white stout, that paradoxical style brewers enjoy messing around with. Lactose, coffee beans, vanilla and cacao have traditionally been adjuncts a playful brewer might add to an imperial stout,† so they can have the effect of bringing… Read more
Style
Imperial White Stout
ABV
9.0%
Bitterness
35 IBU

Hop Nation No Fool & Star Align Non-Alcs

Published June 22, 2022
It feels like a pretty good sign of the times that a brewery can releases not one, but two, alcohol-free beers in time for Dry July. No Fool is a non-alc raspberry kettle sour that’s been made with oats, wheat and a mix of barley malts and fermented with real raspberries. You may have already tried it when it poured at GABS but if not, you’ll find it quite packed to the rafters with raspberry. That’s not just on the flavour either, with the beer pouring a bright pink hue to complement the heavy… Read more
Style
Non-Alc Raspberry Sour & Stout
ABV
Both Less Than 0.5%

Seasonal x Copper & Oak x Twin Peaks Coffee Barley Wine

Published June 22, 2022
Collaborative brewing seems to be an ever-growing theme within the Western Australian brewing scene. From within the confines of certain regions and brewery friendships to the more fringe (say, Shelter Brewing x Hillzeez surf shop, for example), collabs seem to go hand in hand with craft beer in the state. It may be due to the expansive land mass that is WA (there’s almost 2,400 kilometres between the state's most northerly and southerly breweries), but whatever the reason one of the latest such… Read more
Style
Coffee Barleywine
ABV
11.9%

Swell Brewing Double Black Diamond & Getting Barrelled

Published June 21, 2022
Swell launch into the cold, dark winter of 2022 with two big, dark beers: this year's version of Double Black Diamond Imperial Stout and the bourbon barrel-aged version aptly named Getting Barrelled. The two beers are essentially different versions of the same beer: an imperial stout base served straight and after time in barrels – Swell’s first foray into oak. Double Diamond Black 2022 is just as dark, just as boozy, and just as delicious as last year. Hazelnut, espresso coffee, dark fruits… Read more
Style
Imperial Stouts
ABV
10.1%

Bright Tank & Phat Brew Club Big-DIPA

Published June 21, 2022
Roll up! Roll up! The amazing loop-de-loop that is Bright Phat Tank’s hop roller-coaster awaits you! It’s double dry-hopped, it’s dip-hopped, it features five hops, and it’s guaranteed to send your palate on a journey of maximum lupulin force! Ladies, gentleman and children over 18, this here beer is an old school East Coast IIPA, well, at least in the sense of East Coast IIPAs before that term took a turn for the hazy. Feel its C hops pop! Be wowed by Zappa’s brusque flair and cooed by… Read more
Style
Dip-Hopped Double IPA
ABV
8.0%

Sauce Brewing Co Infrared Red IPA & Imperial Stout Bourbon Barrel-Aged

Published June 20, 2022
As the old saying goes, as the days get shorter the beers get darker (OK, I just made it up). I am a certified lover of summer but always look forward to winter brews with roasted malts and palate-blanketing ABVs. Luckily for me, Sauce have released two such brews designed to do the job. Infrared Red IPA pours so dark it could almost pass as a porter. A glimpse under the light reveals a dark and mature red cordial colour with a delightfully sweet caramel and biscuit scent. Impressive from the first… Read more
Style
Red IPA & Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
7.0% & 12.0%