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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Bright Brewery Pina Colada IPA

Published Yesterday
It gets awfully cold in Bright at this time of year, and to balance that chill the town’s eponymous brewers have brewed a tropical treat. Pina Colada IPA brings together the classic cocktail’s combination of pineapple and coconut atop a pillowy and hazy base. That taste of pineapple more closely resembles drinking a glass of tropical juice over biting into a piece of the fruit and, while the coconut is a little lighter than those fruity overtones, it nicely marries with the beer's underlying… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
7.0%

3 Ravens Lil' Juicy

Published Yesterday
Since debuting as one of Australia's earliest hazy IPAs, 3 Ravens' Juicy series has veered off in all manner of directions. For the most part, that's involved different hops or the addition of fruit, plus boosting the ABV. Here, they head in the other direction, looking to offer up a more sessionable version of one of the biggest successes of their two decades in existence. The depth of haze and weight of body are understandably reduced compared to the OG, and it's maybe a shade or two darker too.… Read more
Style
Mid-Strength Juicy Pale
ABV
3.5%

Feral x Nail Nailraiser VJA

Published August 12, 2022
Marking ten years since they originally joined forces to create BrewCorp, Feral and Nail welcome Nailraiser. Given these two WA brewing icons have lived as siblings for 20 years, and shared a brewery for ten of those, it’s a wonder this hasn’t happened sooner. But then again, this is a long way from the then controversial fruity esters of Y2K Nail Ale or its assertive late Noughties stepbrother, Feral’s Hop Hog. Indeed, the outrage of Nailraiser pouring in any year, bar the last few, would… Read more
Style
Juicy IPA
ABV
7.5%
Stockists

Launching at The Dutch Trading Co on August 12

Then available nationwide in limited release

CoConspirators Brewing The Renegade & The Embezzler

Published August 12, 2022
We don’t like to play favourites here at The Crafty Pint but when a brewery releases a West Coast IPA that features lyrics from one of your favourite songs, you can’t help but be impressed before you even open the can. That’s exactly what CoConspirators have done with The Renegade, with the beer's description copy paying homage to Afrika Bambaataa’s Renegades of Funk which you might better know for its inclusion on Rage Against The Machine’s seminal cover album, Renegades. While I could… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA & Black IPA
ABV
5.8% & 6.5%

Wolf of the Willows Lark Imperial JSP V

Published August 12, 2022
Given how much we've written about the ongoing partnership between Wolf and Lark as the launch of this beer has approached – you can take a deep dive here – let's cut straight to the chase when it comes to talking about the liquid itself. At 12.4 percent ABV, it's taken another step up from last year's release, and were you to divide its key characteristics into two columns – the gnarlier elements (drying dark malts, peat smokiness, tannins, bitterness) and the more dessert like ones (fudgy… Read more
Style
Whisky Barrel-Aged Imperial Smoked Porter
ABV
12.4%

Dainton Beer Idaho 7

Published August 12, 2022
Dainton Beer never shy away from bringing big doses of different hops together but Idaho 7’s an IPA with one focus and one focus only. Here the Melbourne brewery aims to shine a hazy spotlight on America’s Idaho 7 hop, which was developed by Jackson Hop in Wilder, Idaho and enjoyed quite an immediate bit of love from brewers. The beer itself was first released in 2019 and returns in 2022 with a scenic look at Idaho’s rugged countryside. It also brings a fruit juice tang, with Idaho 7’s quintessential… Read more
Style
Single Hop Hazy IPA
ABV
6.0%

Modus Operandi Future Factory IV

Published August 12, 2022
Such has been the impact of the pandemic on our sense of time – I've lost my utterly pointless superpower to remember how old people's kids are within a month or two even if I've not seen them in years, for example – it might come as a surprise to many that it's been more than 40 months since Modus last released Future Factory. Back in February 2019, it arrived as a ten percent IIIPA; here, number IV lands at a relatively tame 8 percent ABV and pitched as a hazy double IPA. Given the brewery… Read more
Style
Hazy Double IPA
ABV
8.0%

Range & Garage Project Lights & Music, Tips & Tricks & Fush & Chups

Published August 12, 2022
Typically, when we're taking on multiple beers at once, we'll approach them lowest ABV first. But given Lights & Music, the triple IPA first brewed by Range and Garage Project for the former's third birthday, is Australia's top-rated beer on Untappd at time of writing, we may as well start at the top. Now, you're not going to approach a 10 percent-plus triple IPA from this pair expecting anything less than a beer ready to flex its muscles into every nook and cranny of your eagerly waiting mush.… Read more
Style
TIPA & IPA & Imperial Pastry Stout
ABV
10.4% & 6.2% & 10.8%

Hargreaves Hill Red Vienna Lager & Single Origin Coffee Stout

Published August 11, 2022
Hargreaves Hill have been around longer than most in the Aussie beer industry, starting out in an era in which even a straight up IPA was a once in a blue moon limited release. And with this pair of late winter releases, it feels like a journey back to such simple times. Well, if you ignore the fact they both come in 440ml cans and feature labels you wouldn't have seen in the Noughties. In the case of Red Vienna Lager, it's not just simpler times but simple pleasures too, waiting to be enjoyed in… Read more
Style
Vienna Lager & Coffee Stout
ABV
5.0% & 6.2%

BentSpoke Brewing Cluster 8

Published August 11, 2022
Cluster 8 was one of the first limited release beers BentSpoke put into cans as part of their Drifter Series; we first wrote about it in 2018. It's not one of their beers they evolve year to year either – it has too many dyed-in-the-wool fans for that – but given how many years have passed since then, and how much the IPA landscape has changed over that period, we figured it was ripe for a revisit as it hit taps and fridges in August 2022. Still rocking the heavy-hitting six-pack of hops that… Read more
Style
Double IPA
ABV
8.8%
Bitterness
65 IBU
Stockists

Find Cluster 8 here

Barossa Valley Brewing Hazy Hop Focus: Eclipse

Published August 11, 2022
Sometimes you don't need to say much to let people know what to expect from a beer (admittedly, a rarity with this site...). This single hop Hazy from Barossa Valley Brewing is a case in point. It looks and smells as it should with the orange juiciness delivered with a style-suitable rotundity and even the bright orange label an indicator of what Aussie Eclipse hops bring to the party. So, if you like very fruit forward, sweet-and-pithy-more-than-bitter hazies, this NEIPA will put a smile on one's… Read more
Style
Single Hop NEIPA
ABV
6.3%

Good Land Brewing Ratskeller, House IPA & Popsicle

Published August 11, 2022
It’s been a little while since we’ve caught up on the latest from Traralgon’s Good Land Brewing but by the looks of things, they’re certainly keeping their limited releases as varied as ever. Ratskeller is an oak aged pilsner that was brewed in collaboration with the crew at Carwyn Cellars and uses organic pilsner malt from Voyager Craft Malt and traditional German hops. The initial plan was to age it in white wine barrels for two months but owner Jimmy Krekelberg felt that each time he tried… Read more
Style
Oak Aged Pilsner, IPA & Rapsberry & Vanilla Pale
ABV
5.5%, 5.8% & 4.6%

Young Henrys Hazy

Published August 11, 2022
Hazies are kind of like the Ned Kelly of Australian beers. There are those of us who hold them in high regard, as a beacon of rugged truth and rebellion. Others see them as less than drivel, unlawful abominations only capable of inspiring idiots. Either way, whether it is love or hate, people hold strong and emotional opinions on hazy beers. What I’m trying to say is Young Henrys have released a hazy pale ale, not as a limited release but directly into their core range. Pouring a suitably hazy… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale Ale
ABV
5.2%

Uraidla Brewery Deceptive Gravity & Arcane Awakening

Published August 10, 2022
The Uraidla brewers put out three new limited releases in cans at the same time in early August. I chose to run one of them solo – Mana NZH102 IPA – as it was one of the most impressive beers I've come across in 2022. That's not to say there was anything wrong with the other two, just that it was that rare release where you can't see how the liquid could be improved upon. That said, Deceptive Gravity does all you could reasonably ask for in a red IPA, and manages to do so at an ABV not far off… Read more
Style
Session Red IPA & West Coast IPA
ABV
4.0% & 6.8%

Lost Palms Cashmere Mosaic IIPA & Citra Galaxy Centennial IIIPA

Published August 9, 2022
“So. For IPA Day. Should we make a IIPA or a IIIPA?” “…” “Yeah, you’re right. Stupid question.” This is how I imagine the conversation went before the Lost Palms team made both of these beers to release on IPA Day. Cashmere Mosaic IIPA is one of those rare IIPAs I could drink 'til it hurts. It’s clean and smooth and hides the alcohol, but is pumping with delicious hop character. Fresh melon and overripe pineapple – the sweet kind with no biting acidity – wash over the tastebuds… Read more
Style
IIPA & IIIPA
ABV
8.0% & 10.0%

Sailors Grave Black & Blue & Nitro Honey Bush Braggot

Published August 9, 2022
I'm the sort of person so lacking in maturity that, upon meeting someone who told me their mother hailed from Malta at the weekend, I couldn't help but rehash one of the awful jokes my dad used to have on repeat in my youth – the one that ends with the line: "Poke them in the eyes." As such, I seem to be unable to consider Sailors Grave's Black & Blue without thinking about the gag: "What's black and white and red all over?" This despite the fact the beer is called Black… Read more
Style
Fruit Berliner Weisse & Nitro Honey Braggot
ABV
5.0% & 5.4%

Ocean Reach Kick Starter, Rode It Hazy Galaxy & Comfortably Numb

Published August 9, 2022
Life can be pretty quiet on Phillip Island during winter but even the coastal community isn’t safe from the speed of the modern beer world. Indeed, Ocean Reach Brewing have been keeping the new releases coming with a pretty brisk pace in 2022, with these three out in quick succession. Kick Starter is a coffee milk stout made with cold brew coffee, where a mix of rich berry and fig start wafting out of the can as soon as you crack it open. Those rich fruits share the limelight with roasted hazelnut… Read more
Style
Coffee Milk Stout, Hazy IPA & Barleywine
ABV
6.5%, 7.0% & 11.4%

Bridge Road Brewers New Sky IPA 1: Double California

Published August 8, 2022
Clearly, releasing one series of IPAs isn't enough to satisfy the hopheads at Bridge Road Brewers. Maybe living so close to one of Australia's hop-growing regions has caused lupulin to somehow embed itself into their DNA to the point they simply NEeD to keep devising new variations on the India pale ale theme. (Interestingly, I can't recall the last time I typed India pale ale in full. I wonder how many new-to-craft drinkers don't actually know what IPA stands for anymore. Anyway...) Having notched… Read more
Style
West Coast DIPA
ABV
8.0%

One Drop Funky Enuff, Wonderland By Night & Chocolate & Vanilla Porter

Published August 8, 2022
One Drop being One Drop, when we posted the piece on three new sour beers the other day they only represented half of the new releases to have landed in our lap. This trio has been out a little longer, thanks to some bumps along the way between leaving the brewery and arriving a few kilometres away, but they're all still around so... Starting with the newest instalments in the One Drop Clean Fusion range, Funky Enuff is a big new world IPA hopped with a wide selection of Australian varieties. No… Read more
Style
New World IPA, DIPA & Chocolate & Vanilla Porter
ABV
7.9% & 8.1% & 6.3%

Mismatch Brewing Barrel-Aged Barley Wine & Imperial Stout & Imperial NEIPA

Published August 7, 2022
Winter is an exciting time for fans of big, dark brooding beasts of beers, a season when many breweries roll out new vintages of sought-after barrel-aged favourites. In South Australia, Mismatch’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout is one such highly anticipated release and, in 2022, another barrel-aged offering has also joined the fold: the Shiraz Barrel Aged Barley Wine. Both come in tallboy 500ml cans and, given they weigh in at 14 and 9 percent ABV respectively, you may require a tasting… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Barley Wine & RIS & Imperial NEIPA
ABV
9.0% & 14.0% & 8.0%