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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Tumut River Brewing Rose Gose Rosé & Harald’s Helper

Published November 16, 2022
Has anyone ever pointed out to you that all the Cs in Pacific Ocean make a different sound? Cool, right? Well, all the words in Rose Gose Rosé are pronounced differently. It’s a visual rhyme, like Sean Bean. Also cool.* Let’s break down the name… "Rose" is to celebrate the first birthday of Rose, the daughter of the brewers' friends Kristin and Dino Martiniello. Kristin and Dean own a lovely little gastropub called Herbert’s at Evatt, and it’s a place you’ll always find TRBC… Read more
Style
Spiced Gose & Dunkel
ABV
5.0% & 6.3%
Bitterness
13 & 22 IBU

Rocky Ridge's November 2022 Quartet

Published November 16, 2022
Hot off the back of their hugely successful Retro Beer Fest, Rocky Ridge have pumped out four fresh beers from their Jindong headquarters (five if you include the new core range sour we'll get to elsewhere). From fruited and sour to hoppy and iconic, this swag has something for just about everybody. Starting fruity and you have not one, but two pineapple-spiked beers; a 4.5 percent ABV pineapple gose and a pineapple session IPA. The former is a mouth-puckering, strikingly sour offering with persistent… Read more
Style
Pineapple Gose & Session IPA, West Coast IPA & Triple IPA
ABV
4.5% & 4.5% & 5.8% & 10.5%

Dainton Beer New Age

Published November 15, 2022
They might be better known for their high-octane releases but Dainton Beer have been playing in the lower ABV space for some time. In 2019, they brewed New Age IPA; a 0.9 percent beer that had an ABV so low, it was a rarity when released. But as the years have flown by, craft breweries have been increasingly loading small beers with hops and in 2022, New Age made a return with an even lower ABV, with the alcohol-free beer added to Dainton's core range. It's also returned with a new look and a new… Read more
Style
Non-Alc XPA
ABV
>0.5%

Lost Palms The Way It Is, Paper Trails & Vibe (with One Drop)

Published November 15, 2022
I believe it was Clark Kent’s Uncle Bob who said: ‘With great baby comes great responsibility.’ Lost Palms’ head brewer Mitch is a new father, and is feeling the weight of the above quote. So the brew team put together a session IPA that’d give him a responsible alternative to those IIPAs and IIIPAs the brewery is fond of. The Way It Is pours totally opaque, looking as much like orange juice as any hazy you’ll come across. But this is indeed a light drinker - the El Dorado and Cashmere… Read more
Style
Session IPA, Italian Pilsner & Double IPA
ABV
3.5% & 4.6% & 8.4% ABV

Blackman's Brewery Just Another IPA: Mosaic + East Kent Golding

Published November 14, 2022
The Blackman’s Just Another IPA series is all about unlocking uncommon hop combinations and it doesn’t really get more uncommon than Mosaic and East Kent Golding. The former is one of the quintessential American hops and is used extensively in IPAs across the world. While the latter has been around for centuries, is seen as one of England’s greatest and is often found in traditional cask beer and ales. So while they might have distinct personalities and have once fought a war with each other… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.5%

Deeds Brewing Night Life, Aspects Of Nature & Wallbanger

Published November 13, 2022
Deeds may have chosen the closing months of 2022 as the time to enter the non-alc space with Zero but that doesn't mean they're going to forego the opportunity to indulge their fondness for experimentation. Night Life is another entry in their ongoing, and typically top notch, series of limited release lagers and is as straightforwardly drinkable as its labels are complex. The latter capture the feeling of Tokyo at night, the former keeps things simple; even the Sorachi Ace hops that proved a curveball… Read more
Style
Japanese Rice Lager, NZ IPA & Fruit Sour
ABV
5.2% & 6.9% & 4.0%

3 Ravens Nevermore Springtime Sun Tea

Published November 13, 2022
3 Ravens have rather a lot of different ranges within their range, from CAW on the one hand to Nat Rav on the other, and others in between. With Springtime Sun Tea, it feels like something of a crossover episode: it's been slotted into their Nevermore lineup of not-to-be-repeated releases yet is in the character of their Wild Ravens series of blended barrel-aged liquids. And it's also the first such beer from the Thornbury brewers to appear in a can. In typical Wild Ravens fashion, it's the result… Read more
Style
Blended Wild Ale
ABV
7.0%

Shelter Brewing Outdoor Shower Sour

Published November 13, 2022
Never slow to push their seafront credentials, the crew at Shelter offer up what could be viewed as something of a companion piece to last year's Hillzeez Surf Wax Sour. Outdoor Shower Sour is inspired by the moment you wander off the Busselton beach and rinse off before heading inside their towering brewpub for a post-swim refresher. It's something of a back-to-basics sour too, especially when compared to the imperial pastry and smoothie sours favoured by some of their near neighbours in the South… Read more
Style
Sour Ale
ABV
4.6%

Brick Lane Hi-Fi Dry

Published November 11, 2022
There's clearly never a quiet moment at Brick Lane. In 2022, they've completed a major expansion, become a registered B Corp and unveiled their ambitious plans around sustainable brewing. As the year comes to its end, they've also added a new beer to their core range lineup – and Hi-Fi Dry has them pretty excited too. The zero-carb Japanese lager is targeting beer drinkers looking for a “better for you” option when it comes to beer and, beyond the lack of carbs, Brick Lane state each one contains… Read more
Style
Zero Carb Japanese Lager
ABV
4.2%

Hop Nation The New Dawn

Published November 11, 2022
Way back in 2016, Hop Nation wanted to celebrate the launch of their Footscray brewery and taproom with a beer to fit the occasion. That beer was The Dawn, one of the country’s very first hazy IPAs and one that - if memory serves correctly - was absolutely filled to the brim with a distinct juiciness that wasn't found in beer at the time. Since then, a bigger take appeared to much acclaim and now a new version has risen like the sun with the arrival of the 8.1 percent imperial hazy, The New Dawn.… Read more
Style
Imperial Hazy IPA
ABV
8.1%

One Drop Blackcurrant Imperial Slushy Sour

Published November 11, 2022
One Drop are regularly pushing the boundaries of what can be considered beer, and heading along to their Botany brewery will only further muddy the waters. Case in point: a concoction served up at the recent Crafty Cabal event there involved two different fruited sour beers that had been run through a slushie machine piled high with a soft serve made from their double vanilla custard pancake imperial thickshake IPA. Just that beer alone throws into disarray centuries of zythological theory, but mix… Read more
Style
Imperial Slushie Sour
ABV
10.4%

Palling Bros Beeldwit Witbier

Published November 11, 2022
In Dutch folklore, Beeldwit is a white witch that watches over the souls of those who have departed this mortal coil. Occasionally that witch is seen as a malevolent force but there’s another side to Beeldwit where she acts as a guide that looks after those restless souls that wander the fields. It’s Beeldwit the shepherd that inspired Palling Bros Brewery when naming their witbier, which follows closely in the footsteps of the classics of Belgium. As such you’ll find a touch of coriander,… Read more
Style
Belgian Witbier
ABV
4.2%

King Road Brewing Beedelup Pilsner

Published November 10, 2022
Discovered growing wild, then nurtured by Preston Valley Hops, the hop variety featured in the small grower's latest colleb with King Road Brewing carries unique provenance in an age of proprietary hop production. With space to showcase across King Road’s classy, clear, flaxen base beer, this hoppy Eliza Doolittle’s character is more delicate than most may assume. The Beedelup hops lend the beer notes similar to the noble varieties of Europe, with hints of banana bread, vanilla, spice, and soft… Read more
Style
Single Hop Pilsner
ABV
4.5%

Jervis Bay School Of Hops: Nelson Sauvin

Published November 10, 2022
Our man Judd waxed lyrical on the School of Hops theme with the first beer in this series, so I won’t re-tread old ground there.† But here’s the second School of Hops beer: a pale ale with Nelson Sauvin hops and a simple malt bill. It’s not quite clear, but it’s not hazy either. I probably wouldn’t even call it cloudy. What do you call the level of haze below that? Misty? Fogged-up mirror? Traces of vapour in the air because someone boiled the kettle recently? While Nelson Sauvin is distinctive,… Read more
Style
Single Hop Pale Ale
ABV
5.1%

Deeds Zero

Published November 9, 2022
The idea with Coke Zero, before it was renamed Coke No Sugar, was to recreate a taste as close to the tooth-rotting original but without the sugar. Now, if you were to take that concept and apply it to Deeds, what do you think they'd want to recreate without booze? I imagine most of you would go for "hazy IPA", or at least something hazy. And you'd be right. On cans of Deeds Zero, their entry into the non-alc space is labelled an "Alcohol Free Pale" although elsewhere it's tagged… Read more
Style
Non-alc Hazy IPA
ABV
<0.5%

Firehouse 51 New Era

Published November 9, 2022
Firehouse 51 is a brewing company dedicated to making positive change and while a big part of that is raising money for first responders, it’s not the whole story. Founder Haz Chinniah also wants to recognise those important members of the first responder community and New Era does just that, with the NEIPA inspired by women in the beer industry and those who work as firefighters, as well the amazing women in Haz’s own life. The beer inside the stunning can is a pillowy affair that was designed… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
6.3%

Moffat Beach Party Mix Raspberry Swirl Sour, 7-Inch Nectaron & Seek & Enjoy IPA

Published November 8, 2022
The other day I explained to my 16-year-old brother-in-law how mix tapes worked: waiting beside the radio with bated breath, accidentally but inevitably capturing snippets of ads between songs, developing perfect timing from much practice of synchronising the "play" and "record" buttons when you transferred songs from cassette to cassette. He listened with wide-eyed wonder and nostalgia for a time he’d never known. Moffat’s Party Mix series beers are energetic fruit sours,… Read more
Style
Fruit Sour, Single Hop Pale & Hazy IPA
ABV
4.0% & 5.2% & 6.0% ABV

Akasha Barrel Aged Belgian Quadruple & Triple Amber Ale

Published November 7, 2022
If you're a regular reader of this site, you'll know Akasha opened a second venue in spring 2022 – The Barrel Room by Akasha. It's designed in part to showcase their barrel program – it's the only place you can buy their barrel-aged beers as things stand – and also a venue promising high end drinks (and pizza) across the board. When we called in ahead of opening, we nabbed a couple of bottles of the first two beers to be ready (if you swing by now they're open there's a Sour Blonde and Wee… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Belgian Quad & Imperial Amber Ale
ABV
Both 10.5%

One Drop Slow It Down & Cali Bud

Published November 4, 2022
Among the never-ending parade of pastry beers and IPAs with at least three Ds in their name, One Drop seem to have accurately predicted the longest period of decent weather Sydney has experienced in about two years with a couple of absolute banging beers practically made for schooeys in the sunshine. Incredibly, Slow It Down is their first DDH pale ale. Not only are they debuting the style on their roster, it’s being used to showcase one of the stars of NZ Hops’ Bract program, the as yet formally… Read more
Style
DDH Pale Ale & California IPA
ABV
5.4% & 6.7%

Tallboy & Moose Transwarp Conduit & Q Continuum

Published November 4, 2022
You can always rely on Tallboy and Moose to tinker with beer ingredients but it looks like this time they've gone too far and caused a rip in the fabric of reality. Transwarp Conduit is one side of that wormhole and while its clear golden body makes the beer look like a classic American pale, it’s anything but. Instead, the “modern pale” makes full use of Citra LupoMax hops and Citra Spectrum, with the former of those concentrated hops pellets and the latter a hop liquid designed for dry hopping.… Read more
Style
Modern Pale & IPA
ABV
5.0% & 6.3%