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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Felons Brewing NZ Hazy IPA

Published September 15, 2022
The team at NZ Hops sure is getting around these days. Ever since they put together mixed packs showcasing their flagship hops in partnership with a dozen Aussie brewers last summer, there seems to have been a never-ending stream of new releases hawking their partnerships with brewers, from the Bract Brewing Programme featuring new experimental varieties to beers like this: a hazy IPA brewed with Nectaron, Nelson Sauvin and Wai-iti. While most hazies these days are well-suited to the term, Felons'… Read more
Style
Hazy NZ IPA
ABV
6.66%
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Jetty Road & Mismatch New Age IPA

Published September 15, 2022
If you're a follower of the machinations of the modern beer world, you'll spy this collaboration and note it's taking place between two of the brewing companies that now operate under the Mighty Craft banner. But it comes with a cuter side too. With the founding head brewers at both Jetty Road and Mismatch no longer at the breweries they helped launch, the two people now holding those roles are former colleagues: Sean Varley (Jetty Road) and Tom Wood (Mismatch) brewed together at Bright Brewery back… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.2%

Black Hops AWOL: Pink Mist

Published September 15, 2022
Pink Mist may be a violent name, but this is a delicate beer. Black Hops have been brewing a raspberry saison since the early days of their existence. But when they launched their AWOL barrel program, they started ageing Pink Mist in French and American oak barrels for six months at a time… and the result is satisfying. Like the final piece of the puzzle locking into place. Pink Mist pours a gorgeous reddish pink (pinkish red?) with a wispy head that takes a bow and leaves. One sniff and you’re… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Raspberry Saison
ABV
5.8%

Sauce Brewing Beer Selfie Oat Cream IPA

Published September 14, 2022
When I first got sent the can art for this beer I thought some silly bugger at Sauce had messed up and put the graphics the wrong way (to be fair, the Sauce graphic designer does have to design a lot of limited release cans). Turns out it’s deliberately backwards so when you take a selfie with it (or hold it up to a mirror) it will face the right way. Turns out this amazing tin also has beer in it, so let’s go! Pouring the cloudy colour of preserved lemons, with a head that really sticks to the… Read more
Style
Oat Cream IPA
ABV
7.0%

Holgate Brewhouse Mt Macedon Pale Ale (2022 On)

Published September 14, 2022
There are few Australian beers that have been around as long as Holgate's Mt Macedon. Sure, the beer has evolved over the years since it debuted as one of the brewery's earliest releases – back when the brewery was still located in Paul and Natasha Holgate's home. As of spring 2022, it's followed a number of its stablemates into cans, while retaining the colours, feel and mountain vibes that have been there since time immemorial. The canned version also features a couple of tweaks to the recipe:… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
ABV
4.5%

Balter Brewing Hazy Pale Ale

Published September 14, 2022
Following a series of journeys across The Ditch, Balter’s Hazy Pale Ale takes them around the world. Typically the brewery’s hazy beers have focused on a single country’s hops but for their final limited release of 2022, they’ve combined some favourites from the Southern and Northern hemispheres. While that might be a point of difference, if you’re one of the many fans of Balter’s hazy and hoppy releases, this pale will feel wonderfully familiar. There's a soft and pillowy body that… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale
ABV
6.0%

Common Ground & Method Chimuwaku Yuzu NEIPA

Published September 14, 2022
Chimuwaku means teamwork – in this case, it mainly refers to the collaboration between Common Ground and Newcastle’s Method Brewing. But there’s also teamwork between brewers and artists. The artwork on the can is by Japanese tattoo artist Horizaru. Read the can’s label to learn about the artwork’s poetic inspiration, or ask Jimmy at Milton Common if you want to see some of Horizaru’s tattoo art firsthand. And, of course, there’s the teamwork between beer and fruit: hoppy NEIPA and… Read more
Style
Yuzu NEIPA
ABV
7.0%
Bitterness
20 IBU

Aether Brewing Anti Matter Cascadian Dark Lager

Published September 13, 2022
In modern physics, antimatter is defined as matter composed of the antiparticles (or "partners") of the corresponding particles in "ordinary" matter… A collision between any particle and its antiparticle partner leads to their mutual annihilation… I may only understand as much about physics as I read on Wikipedia, but surely mutual annihilation is never a good thing. And don’t even get me started on the theory that antimatter and antiparticles are regular particles travelling… Read more
Style
Cascadian Dark Lager
ABV
5.0%
Bitterness
35 IBU

Slipstream Brewery West Coast Tour: Washington

Published September 13, 2022
Who can say where the road goes? Where the day flows? Only time. These are the words that washed over me like a dirge as I cracked open the final entry in the Slipstream’s West Coast Tour series.† I’m sad it’s time for this series to reach its final destination. But it’s a strong finish [One that gained a top five finish at our Queensland vs Australia IPA Blind Tasting event too – Editor]. Washington, the state that gave rise to Hendrix, Nirvana and Macklemore, is also the home of Yakima… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
6.6%
Bitterness
70 IBU

Burleigh Barrels Burleigh Mule & Uncle Knuckles

Published September 13, 2022
When Burleigh Barrels saw their first Crafted Festival on the horizon, they saw the opportunity to brew up a couple of fun beers for the festival goers (and to put on at the Burleigh Barrels taproom, of course). Burleigh Mule Sour is their take on a Moscow Mule, which is a cocktail made with vodka, ginger beer and lime juice, and garnished with a wedge of lime and a sprig of fresh mint. There’s no vodka in this sour beer, but there is ginger, lime and mint, and you can taste each of them distinctly.… Read more
Style
Spiced Sour & Magical Unicorn Sherbet Sour
ABV
Both 4.5%

Eagle Bay Blue Swimmer, Citrus West Coast IPA & Black Vanilla '22

Published September 13, 2022
There have been quality releases aplenty from Eagle Bay in 2022 and, deep into the second half of the year, they keep coming. The coastal brewers are proving they have range here, releasing a trio of beers that includes a collaborative blueberry and shiraz sour, a citrus West Coast IPA, and a more-than-robust whiskey barrel-aged imperial stout enhanced with vanilla and coconut. Starting sour, Blue Swimmer is an intensely fruity offering that features estate grown shiraz grapes and 100kg of locally… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Fruit Sour, Citrus IPA & Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
5.7% & 6.7% & 11.3%

Gage Roads Hazy As

Published September 12, 2022
Gage Roads' arrival in the realm of the soft and foggy is the result of months of playing with their new toys at the A Shed on Freo's waterfront. Five different recipes were trialled at the dockside venue, with ongoing punter feedback refining this modern hazy pale, which the Crafty team was treated to in sneak peek, tank sample form as the brewers found their happy place. Pouring – cough! – hazy as, Riwaka, Galaxy and Citra Cryo hops deliver tinned pineapple nostalgia and passionfruit in frozen… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale Ale
ABV
5.0%
Stockists

On nationwide release

CoConspirators The Moonshiner & The Explorer

Published September 9, 2022
CoConspirators collaborative nature has really been given a chance to shine since their Brunswick brewpub opened at the end of 2021. They’ve partnered with other brewers to host events, brewed beers with fellow Brunswick businesses and teamed up with other booze makers too. The Moonshiner fits into the last of those categories with the botanical sour drawing heavily from Evening Light Gin by the Melbourne distillery Brogan’s Way. Alongside some of the more typical gin botanicals, that spirit… Read more
Style
Botanical Sour & NZ Pilsner
ABV
Both 4.7%

Stomping Ground Nectaron Of The Gods Mandarin IPA

Published September 9, 2022
In 2021, Stomping Ground brewed a celebration of New Zealand Hops’ recently-named Nectaron, with Nectaron of the Gods an IPA that showcased not just that hop, but others from Aotearoa too. A year on, the Melbourne brewery have made a follow-up by adding mandarin to the already fruit-forward IPA. The mandarin version packs in a lot of those really intense Kiwi hop with a mix of passionfruit, pineapple, peach and pine all out in force. Those are joined by an unmistakable layer of zesty mandarin… Read more
Style
Mandarin IPA
ABV
5.8%

Red Duck Smokey & The Bear

Published September 9, 2022
It’s pretty hard to picture a beer that wouldn’t work wonders while camping but Red Duck’s Smokey & The Bear feels particularly well suited. The smoked chocolate stout is rich, campfire-like and at 7.6 percent ABV, it packs in a little bit extra compared to a standard dark beer. The first sip took me immediately to Germany’s city of Bamberg and its famed rauchbiers, with this beer creating a smokey mix of bacon and beechwood crackling in a fire pit. You’ll also find layers of smooth… Read more
Style
Smoked Chocolate Stout
ABV
7.6%

One Drop Double Take Blackcurrant

Published September 9, 2022
It’s Double Take time again, folks! No more waiting around to find out which fruit is no longer available at the grocer because One Drop bought it all. It’s bad news for all you currant-heads out there because every available blackcurrant in the country has been press-ganged into this beer. Four hundred and twenty. It’s not just the funny weed number, it’s also how many grams of blackcurrants were rammed into every litre of Double Take. For reference, for a long time the Cantillion-fruited… Read more
Style
Imperial Fruit Sour
ABV
10.5%

Mash Brewing Peaches & Ice Cream "Beer"

Published September 8, 2022
Is it a beer or is it a smoothie? That is the question Mash Brewing have us pondering with their latest creation, Peaches & Ice Cream “Beer”. Milk Bar series number 3 was made with 200kg of peach purée – yes, they came from a can! – added to a creamy vanilla sour base, meaning you can expect the hefty lactose and vanilla additions to assist in bringing the nostalgia of that childhood dessert. Aiding them is the artwork, which looks like 80s cans of tinned fruit and a play on the SPC… Read more
Style
Fruit Cream Sour
ABV
4.0%
Stockists

Mash Brewing venues

And specialist liquor stores in WA

Future Mountain Ramble On Rose (2022) & Fortune Telling Lady (2022)

Published September 8, 2022
Future Mountain are a brewery guided by the seasons, with the Melbourne brewers and blenders always informed by when local produce is ready. They also like to release beers just as the weather starts to feel right, which is exactly how these two feel. Ramble On Rose is an annual release that brings beer and wine together by melding a golden sour base with Rose wine less (from the winemaker Konpira Maru) and fresh Yarra Valley raspberries. The result is a beer that pours a stunning pink colour and… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Golden Sours With Fruit
ABV
6.0% & 5.8%

The Mill Brewery Skeleton Crew

Published September 8, 2022
Skeleton Crew is a beer that really captures the ethos of The Mill Brewery. For one, the can’s artwork - by Dave Long - taps into the Melbourne brewery’s longtime love of classic arcade games and metal music. But secondly, it shows off the brewery’s knack for making balanced dark beers with the oyster stout combining traditional and rich English stout flavours with a refreshing and light finish. The base beer uses a mix of English malts and the classic hop Fuggles with oysters, ocean water… Read more
Style
Oyster Stout
ABV
7.0%

Noodledoof Choc Cherry Coconut Extra Stout

Published September 7, 2022
One of the lovely things about the rise of small breweries in so many parts of the country is their desire to showcase their fellow local producers. That's the case here as Noodledoof – based in Koroit in Victoria's west – take their export stout and give it a twist courtesy of cocoa from Grounded Pleasures and Tower Hill cherries. It's akin to the approach they took with one of their first, if not their very first, barrel-aged beers. Here, the adjuncts are delivered with subtlety: the toasted… Read more
Style
Choc Cherry Coconut Extra Stout
ABV
6.8%