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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Dainton Beer MegaDrive

Published October 26, 2022
They make a lot of IPAs at Dainton but over the last couple of years, Overdrive has been a house favourite among the brewers. The West Coast IPA joined the brewery’s core range in October 2022 and quickly enjoyed golden success at The Indies, while the can comes clad in a design that makes you feel like you're stuck inside the software world of Tron. MegaDrive is a celebration of that beer’s second anniversary and continues Overdrive’s 1980s theme with its 16-bit graphics driving straight for… Read more
Style
West Coast IIIPA
ABV
10.0%

Aether Brewing Blueberry NEIPA

Published October 26, 2022
Wow. This beer is a berry bomb, if not what I expected. What I expected: a hazy purple pour; the tropical fruit aromas and flavours of a NEIPA; sweet blueberry notes padding out the edges. What I got: a deep gold pour that only hinted at the addition of blueberries; a massive aroma of blueberry yoghurt and Ribena, followed by the taste of raspberry syrup then Fruit of the Forest cordial then light florals then full circle back to berry yoghurt. A subtle bitterness holds its ground, but other than… Read more
Style
Blueberry NEIPA
ABV
6.2%
Bitterness
25 IBU

Jervis Bay Last Man Standing, Bayswell Red IPA & Low Vis Hazy IPA

Published October 26, 2022
With the mercury rising, even as the rain continues to fall, Jervis Bay have put out a hoppy mid-strength. Last Man Standing pours almost the same orange colour as the label on the can, but don’t think that means it’s opaque; this baby’s see-through. A waft of mandarin peel gives a burst of freshness on the nose, and from first sip to last there’s a grain malt character that balances out the happiness and adds to the easy-drinking-ness of this beer. It’s a step up in flavour and complexity… Read more
Style
Hoppy Mid, Red IPA & Hazy IPA
ABV
3.5% & 6.1% & 6.4%
Bitterness
24 & 50 & 50 IBU

Bad Shepherd & That Spirited Lot Pink Gin Fizz

Published October 26, 2022
About a year on from teaming up with their fellow south-east Melbourne craft booze makers at That Spirited Lot Distillery, Bad Shepherd are back bringing beer and spirits together. In 2021, it was Gin Fizz Sour and now the beer is Pink Gin Fizz which uses the distillery’s Turkish Delight-replicating Gram Bizarre Gin. It’s certainly a beer that looks about as pink as a slice of (or is "cube" the correct nomenclature?) Turkish Delight too, with its bright hue faithfully making it look… Read more
Style
Gin Sour
ABV
4.5%

Range Brewing DISCO

Published October 26, 2022
Forever Exploring. Forever evolving. That’s the catch-cry of Range Brewing, and has been since the day they opened. For almost five years, they've released new beers every week, using each batch to try something different: re-interpreting styles, experimenting with different methods, and combining ingredients in different ways. Sometimes they go broad, sometimes they go deep, but always they’re asking the question; “What if we do this…?” Those five years have played out as a kind of extended… Read more
Style
DDH Hazy Pale
ABV
5.2%
Stockists

Find the DISCO launch venues here

Hop Nation Weekend Getaway & Head In The Clouds, Feet In The Crowds

Published October 25, 2022
If you ever wondered what Hop Nation’s founders, Sam and Dunc, might look like as Cheek and Chong-style cartoons, then wonder no more. Weekend Getaway features the brewery owners hightailing it through the desert with one impressive hop cone. But referencing an old school American comedy duo isn’t the only way this beer is a throwback, with the dank West Coast loaded with the all-American mix of Simcoe, Columbus, plus Citra and Centennial in the shape of Cyro. The result is a super resinous affair… Read more
Style
West Coast & Hazy IPAs
ABV
6.3% & 6.0%

Green Beacon Scrimshaw 2022

Published October 25, 2022
I’ll admit, I haven’t had many Green Beacon beers since 2018. (I lived in Sydney for a while. Cut me some slack.) But my memory of this seasonal release is of a laid-back, refreshing IPA that acted as a gentler cousin of some of Green Beacon’s punchier offerings. And when I hear "Green Beacon" and "blood orange", my mind immediately goes to the zesty and assertive Whaler, the occasional release that has always held a special place in my heart. This year’s Scrimshaw Blood… Read more
Style
Blood Orange Hazy IPA
ABV
6.0%

Noodledoof Extra Red IPA & Hopical Cyclone IPA

Published October 25, 2022
For an operation specialising in tiny batches of glassware destined for the hands of a tiny niche of the beer world, the Boomstick crew don't half get around. Here, they crop up in partnership with Noodledoof, the brewery based in Victoria's west. Together they've created the Extra Red IPA, for which a limited edition glass will follow, of course. It sits in ruddy / chestnut territory and packs plenty of punch on the nose, where hops and malts meet in a red berry-esque middle ground, pushing the… Read more
Style
Red IPA & IPA
ABV
6.2% & 6.9%
Stockists

There's a launch party for Extra Red IPA at The Fat Goat, Upwey, on November 4

Otherside Headliner IIPA '22, NZ Pils & Strata Hazy

Published October 25, 2022
The problem with Otherside’s annual Headliner IIPA release is that I keep drinking it. Ordinarily, this would be of concern, however such commentary, or lack thereof, doesn’t provide much insight for readers of The Crafty Pint. That said, undocumented repetition hallmarks this latest version's drinkability and balance, one that's dabbed with orange oil essence and juicy flesh, a breath of passion-peach, a dank tease and moderate ABV for its imperial status. Lean, clean, clear, and evidently… Read more
Style
IIPA, NZ Pils & Hazy IPA
Stockists

Available from the brewery

And via stockists nationally in limited release

Bright Tank Double Chalkface Killah

Published October 25, 2022
Bright Tank’s expanded edition Chalkface Killah NEIPA receives remix treatment here via the esteemed production team of Mosaic LUPOMAX, Necatron, NZH107 and Sabro hops. It's a big-hitting combo that unleashes juicy pan-citrus aromas with lime blossom and a confectionary tropical dankness. Take a swig and the party cracks on as pineapple, peach and subtle mint arrive on the tongue. And, while the smooth flow drives drinkability, there's a soft warmth, courtesy of the 8.5 percent ABV, there to remind… Read more
Style
Double NEIPA
ABV
8.5%
Stockists

Available from the brewery

And Bright Tank stockists in limited release.

Holgate Brewhouse Draught Lager (cans)

Published October 24, 2022
Over the years, Paul Holgate has embarked on various trips around the world to learn from masters of the beer world so he can bring the knowledge back to Woodend and take his beers to another level. One such jaunt took him to Germany, where he spent time studying how they made such wonderful, delicate lagers with the intention of adding one to the brewery's core range. After returning, the brewery's Tank 9 – then reserved for small trial batches before they upgraded to their rather spectacular… Read more
Style
Helles Lager
ABV
4.3%
Bitterness
15 IBU

Fox Friday Training Day, Let It Go, Heading Stateside & Noise Cancelling

Published October 24, 2022
Fox Friday have built a name for their heavy use of hops and this quartet is no exception. Training Day is a West Coast made with Centennial, Vic Secret and Strata, that’s orange, clear and is essentially a true classic for fans of the style. By “essentially” we mean that alongside heavy hits of grapefruit, dank pine and candied orange, therere is also a ripe rush of berry notes and mix of tropical fruits that wash across the palate before the bitterness sinks in. Let It Go lets go of any… Read more
Style
IPAs
ABV
7.5%, 7.5%, 7.5% & 8.0%

Whitelakes Brewing Pale Ale (cans)

Published October 23, 2022
In some ways, the ever-expanding new beer release pace that shows little sign of slowing in late 2022 could risk eroding the very enthusiasm it's designed to serve. How many new and slightly different variations on a theme can anyone in that consumer niche really desire or, indeed, have time to sample? If punter-excitement fatigue builds, at the same time as many budgets tighten while the wider economy rights itself, what's likely to take its place? For one, the evergreen tenets of quality and dependability… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
ABV
5.2%
Bitterness
38 IBU

Rocky Ridge's October 2022 Quartet

Published October 23, 2022
Sure, they've got a stack of top brewers heading to their Jindong farm for the first Retro Beer Fest in early November, but something as trifling as that isn't going to stop Rocky Ridge from knocking out another four new releases beforehand. Jack’s Jam is a lemon lime cream sour brewed in collaboration with Singapore's American Taproom that, as you'd expect, is heavy on the citrus character. Reminiscent of a citrus-laced cheesecake or panna cotta, the fruit sweetness here is tantalising when set… Read more
Style
Various Styles As Indicated
ABV
6.0% & 4.0% & 7.0% & 4.5%

The Mill Brewery Pink Motel

Published October 21, 2022
Here’s a little lesson you probably don’t need. Cheap motels in summer: bad. However, Pink Motel in summer: good. The beer by The Mill Brewery is a warm weather favourite they’ve brewed before but has returned in time for summer 2022 in 375ml cans with a new look and recipe tweak. It's a sour that's been made with sweet cherry, raspberry, key lime and blackcurrant to recreate the fruity flavours you’d find in a Rosé. Even though it might be what’s on the inside that counts, the beer… Read more
Style
Rosé Sour
ABV
4.1%

Local Brewing Coffee Citrus Sour

Published October 21, 2022
It’s funny how quickly a beer can take you to a time and a place. In this instance, that transportation is summer 21/22 after living through another long Melbourne lockdown. As the omicron wave swept through the country a favourite treat was a tonic and coffee spritz from my local cafe that proved the perfect panacea for hot sunny afternoons. That brings us to Local Brewing’s Coffee Citrus Sour, a beer that instantly connects to that delicious afternoon caffeine hit. The beer is a collaboration… Read more
Style
Coffee Sour
ABV
4.5%

One Drop On Your Feet & Keep Up

Published October 21, 2022
Two hoppy monsters from One Drop here, and of particular note is a DIPA utilising a super-cool experimental hop out of Aotearoa known officially as NZH102. NZH102 has come out of NZ Hops’ Bract Brewing Program in which 60 breweries from around the world have been given exclusive early access to some varieties to see how they perform on the way to finally becoming a fully-fledged, commercially available variety with a good name that won’t have to be changed shortly afterwards due to some sort… Read more
Style
DDH DIPA & DDH IPA
ABV
8.0% & 5.9%

Cheeky Monkey Mid-Strength Hazy IPA

Published October 21, 2022
And now for something rather different from Cheeky Monkey: a beer that's void of fruit, lactose or an abundance of hops. Instead, what we have here is what it says on the tin: a mid-strength hazy IPA designed for spring's warmer weather; still, of course, hoppy leaning but far more restrained in character than many of the South West brewers' past hazies. Despite the tempered approach, Cheeky Monkey’s hazy mid still holds true to type, with ripe stone fruits and guava featuring heavily alongside… Read more
Style
Mid-Strength Hazy IPA
ABV
3.5%

Bowden Brewing BYO Cheese & Das Ist Crisp

Published October 20, 2022
What’s the perfect beer to pair with a cheese board? It's a question many of us have asked but rarely, if ever, have we had a cheese festival to partner with on such a conundrum. Bowden Brewing aren’t like the rest of us, with the Adelaide operation teaming up with their local celebration of all things cheese, CheeseFest. For 2022’s celebration (which ran October 14-16) they created the Berliner weisse BYO Cheese, which was made with additional quince paste and crackers. Even with those unusual… Read more
Style
3.8% & 5.0%

7th Day Brewery Kook Juice

Published October 20, 2022
Does liking a hazy pale ale make you a kook? No, but reading a write up about one on the internet might. Sorry. Spare a thought for the kook writing it though, he’s really got some issues. Kook status withstanding, the seventh limited release in 7th Day Brewery’s Making Waves series is Kook Juice Hazy Pale Ale. Pouring like a fizzy pineapple juice, Kook Juice is suitably hazy and suitably juicy in appearance. The balance of aromas is insane: mango, pineapple, orange and a flicker of pine all… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale Ale
ABV
4.5%