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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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%

Tallboy & Moose Put A Boot On & Bambino

Published June 20, 2022
Pastry stouts and heavily-fruited sours might often rule GABS but Melbourne's Tallboy & Moose approached their festival brew from a different direction. Put A Boot On is a collaboration with Kevin Williams, an Indigenous artist and the owner of the wattleseed farm Ngayirr Burrawii, which means Sacred Tree. The amber lager features artwork by Kevin and pays homage to the traditional patterns and sand hills of Waradjuri Country and is also inspired by a story Kevin was told by an Elder, “Put… Read more
Style
Wattleseed Amber Lager & Italian Pilsner
ABV
5.0% & 4.7%

Felons Brewing Co 2022 Imperial Stout

Published June 20, 2022
Felons have given their 2022 Imperial Stout release a real "into the void" feel ahead of its Winter Solstice launch at 7.13pm on June 21. The labels have been given both a textural, powdery Martian landscape and a gleaming, rainbow-mirror treatment (not to mention an astronaut making their way from one to the other), and there's a promo video featuring presumably the same astronaut scampering across a stormy planet to reach, you've guessed it, a giant can of imperial stout reminiscent of… Read more
Style
Imperial Stout
ABV
8.0%
Stockists

Launching at the brewery at 7.13pm on June 21

Then available here

Holgate Brewhouse Empress 2022

Published June 18, 2022
Beers such as double digit booze imperial stouts or porters would always get the fancy bottle treatment in years gone by. Indeed, they've tended to make the transition into cans later than most other styles made the move. And in releasing their Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout 2022, Holgate stuck with glitteringly-labelled bottled. Here, however, their Empress – now 11-years-old, believe it or not – goes into cans, and not even 440 or 500ml ones, either. It does, on the other hand, get a fancy new… Read more
Style
Imperial Mocha Porter
ABV
10.0%

Stone & Wood Stone Beer 2022

Published June 18, 2022
It's a sign of the growing maturity (in some senses, at least) of the local craft beer industry that I've spent a fair bit of time over the past few days writing about beers that have many, many years under their belts. That includes Stone & Wood's Stone Beer, which started out as a bit of fun for the Byron Bay brewery's founders and has evolved a little over the years before settling upon "wood-fired porter". These days it comes with not only its own brew day celebration but a festival… Read more
Style
Wood-Fired Porter
ABV
6.4%
Stockists

Find Stone Beer 2022 here

Slow Lane's June 2022 Quartet

Published June 17, 2022
Business as usual at Slow Lane this month. It’s nice they’re trying to keep up with what all the other hype brewers are doing but, honestly, if I had a dollar for every 16th century weissbier I’ve had recently I’d be rich enough to start my own brewery. I just wish Slow Lane would try something a bit different, you know? Speaking of 16th century weissbiers, it’s a good a place as any to start with this quartet. There’s an enormous amount of cool history associated with Bavaria and brewing… Read more
Style
Various Styles As Indicated
ABV
6.0% & 3.5% & 3.5% & 9.5%

Hargreaves Hill Barrel-Aged Double ESB & Creaming Soda Stout

Published June 17, 2022
Given they're arguably the only brewery in Australia for whom an ESB is their best-known beer, it's perhaps a little odd Hargreaves Hill haven't played around with the more over the years. Still, as winter 2022 unfurls its icy tentacles, it looks like they're going to make amends. First up is this Barrel-Aged Double ESB, one that has seen them not just ratchet the base beer up to 9 percent ABV but also give the liquid time in both ex-brandy and bourbon barrels. Well, if you're going to play around,… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Double ESB & Sweet Stout
ABV
9.0% & 6.0%
Stockists

Both available from June 17

One Drop Nobody Move, Twisted Fate & Mørkt Lys

Published June 17, 2022
After all the GABS monster-themed craziness, Sydney wizards One Drop have taken off the giant pointy hat covered in stars and replaced it with something much more circumspect. Yes, it’s still pointy and, yes, it’s still got some stars on it and, sure, it does seem to be leaking some sort of thaumaturgical mist, but there’s a clear de-escalation. We’re talking a couple of big IPAs and a collaborative imperial gose that, while still vaguely threatening, there’s certainly less risk of being… Read more
Style
Hazy Double IPA & West Coast IIPA & Fruited Norwegian Gose
ABV
7.3% & 8.2% & 9.0%
Stockists

Beermash

And other One Drop stockists

Matilda Bay Aussie Wheat Ale

Published June 17, 2022
A few days before receiving samples of this beer, we posted near-identical pieces on Aussie wheat ales from Matilda Bay's CUB/Asahi stablemates Green Beacon and Pirate Life. It was our way of pointing out what seemed to be a coordinated move by the brewing giant and Endeavour Group (Dan Murphy's, BWS etc) to create a new, well, style for 2022, something that has since been confirmed in media reports. In those pieces, we pointed out that Matilda Bay had only just released their own Aussie Wheat Ale;… Read more
Style
Aussie Wheat Ale
ABV
4.5%
Bitterness
12 IBU

Temple Brewing & Oriental Teahouse Strawberry & Cream Tea Party

Published June 16, 2022
Towards the end of 2021, Temple Brewing got together with their mates at Oriental Teahouse to create a beer inspired by raspberry and lime tea. It may sound like an unusual flavour of tea but - much like many craft brewers - it doesn't really feel like the crew at the Melbourne restaurant likes to limit themselves, with quite a dizzying array of different types of tea on offer from their multiple homes. For GABS 2022, the collaborators come together again to create Strawberry & Cream Tea Party,… Read more
Style
Sour Ale
ABV
5.0%

King River Brewing Mabon Doppelbock & Robust Fig Porter (2022)

Published June 16, 2022
“I love that beer!” Hopefully, it’s a phrase used by a lot of brewers but those words seemed particularly heartfelt when spoken by Nathan Munt at the most recent Australian International Beer Awards. The King River Brewing cofounder had just won the Best Amber/Dark Lager trophy for his latest Mabon Doppelbock and the major award feels so fitting for a brewer who holds such a love for classic European styles. The strong and malt-driven lager isn’t one often made by Australian brewers but this… Read more
Style
Doppelbock & Robust Porter
ABV
7.5% & 6.4%

Barossa Valley Brewing Rocky Road

Published June 15, 2022
Barossa Valley Brewing have caught the eye with many great beers released over the years, across multiple styles, but when it comes to GABS beers they tend to stick to the sweet stouts. And in 2022 it's no different as they punch out a Rocky Road-inspired imperial. Added to the boozy base stout are toasted coconut, vanilla, raspberry and peanut butter, which combine to produce a decadent beer. With Barossa Valley Brewing saying it's been a rocky road over the past few years and now is the time sit… Read more
Style
Rocky Road Imperial Stout
ABV
9.1%

Hop Nation Zombie Pop Part 4 & Dark Paradise

Published June 15, 2022
Just when you thought it might be safe to go outside, Hop Nation have brought back the undead and launched what seems to be a decadent tribute to the depth of winter. Zombie Pop Part 4 sees the brewery once again pack as much fruit flavour as they can into an imperial sour, with the focus this time around being on pineapple. It might well be an 8.0 percent beer that includes lactose but on taking a sip, those thoughts of drinking a beer vanish immediately and in their wake is a the exact flavours… Read more
Style
Imperial Sour & Pastry Stout
ABV
8.0% & 7.0%

Sailors Grave, Brewski & Beermash Strawberry & Rhubarb Pie

Published June 15, 2022
While Pint of Origin Week (or not-Good Beer Week, whichever you prefer) was light on international visitors compared to the glory days of GBW, when it came to international beers vast swathes of the planet were represented with aplomb. And at Beermash – host of Scandinavia's beers once again in 2022 – they went above and beyond and asked some of their featured brewers to create collabs with locals. We've already written about the Edge / Omnipollo creation, and here's the one conceived by Sailors… Read more
Style
Fruit Cream Sour
ABV
6.6%
Stockists

Beermash

And Sailors Grave stockists

CoConspirators The Hype Man, Home Delivered Hazy IPA & Olmo's Silky Smooth Stout

Published June 15, 2022
CoConspirators have never really been a brewery to shy away from making new beers but with their Brunswick home now about six months into its life, they’ve certainly hit a stride. Hype Man is a fanfare-driving hazy pale ale set to get the hoppy party started with Simcoe, Azacca and Idaho 7. It’s a combination that packs a punchy mix of lemon peel, further citrus in the shape of tangerine, with a tropical finish of pineapple and with the pale being quite light on the palate, he’s the kind of… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale Ale, Hazy IPA & Stout
ABV
5.0%, 6.5% & 5.5%

Bonehead Brewing Choke Berry’s New Sound, Traditional Bavarian Märzen & Electric

Published June 15, 2022
Melbourne’s Bonehead Brewing have a lot of love for brewing a wide mix of beer styles and as this trio of beers shows, they tend to release beers across a wide range of styles. Certainly, the most unusual of this trio has to be Choke Berry’s New Sound – which seems fitting given the beer was brewed for GABS 2022. The mixed culture sour contains the somewhat unusual chokeberry (well, it's the first time I've tried it in a beer anyway) while also being packed with vanilla and marshmallow spread… Read more
Style
Chokeberry & Marshmallow Sour, Märzen & Fruited Gose
ABV
7.0%, 5.5% & 4.5%

Moon Dog Rescue All-Stars, Kiwi-Hopped XPA & Crème de la crème de la crème brûlée

Published June 14, 2022
This trio of new releases from Moon Dog, dropped at Crafty Towers ahead of the Queen's Birthday long weekend (in parts of the country), could almost be viewed as a snapshot of the craft beer industry today. There's a beer for a good cause, an exclusive for one of the country's major retail chains, and something a little silly and envelope-pushing. The good cause comes in the shape of their Rescue All-Stars series: the cans feature one of eight rescue pets from Second Chance Animal Rescue. It's a… Read more
Style
Juicy Pale & XPA & Dessert Imperial Stout
ABV
5.0% & 5.0% & 13.6%

Exit Brewing #029: Grapefruit IPA

Published June 14, 2022
I remember when Aussie brewers first started playing around with fruit in IPAs, in many cases no doubt inspired by beers like Ballast Point's Grapefruit Sculpin. There's no reason not to remember, of course, as it wasn't actually that long ago. Yet, in the meantime, what seemed like a novelty – adding a considered amount of usually citrus juice and zest to a beer – has been somewhat usurped in the fruit beer stakes by the arms race to cram ever-greater grams per litre of fruit, or purée or extract,… Read more
Style
Grapefruit IPA
ABV
6.0%