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 â€“ and, if we've sampled them, our honest, independent take – on as many of them as possible. Enjoy!

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Rocky Ridge's May 2022 Septet

Published May 27, 2022
The month of May has been a busy one for the Rocky Ridge team, with new releases surpassing half a dozen. Never mind trying to keep up with drinking them all, we can’t understand how they manage to brew them all! They've delivered us an array of styles that includes a bourbon BA pastry stout, a fruited gose, the hop heavy and the winter warming. Starting light but fruit heavy is Enter the Dragon (4.5%), a gose dosed generously with dragon fruit, lime and some sweet agave. Clean and refreshing tartness… Read more
Style
Various Styles
ABV
ABV as indicated

Dainton Beer Chipmunk

Published May 26, 2022
The weather’s well and truly dropped in Melbourne and the city’s breweries are turning their attention toward satisfying cold nights. In the case of Dainton, their focus is on satisfying both winter's approach and sweet-tooths with Chipmunk, a choc hazelnut porter. Sure, it might not be as rich as some of Dainton's previous dessert-inspired beers but Chipmunk does provide quite an immediate hit of chocolate that most closely resembles drinking cocoa over a slice of cake. Add in the flavours… Read more
Style
Choc-Hazelnut Porter
ABV
6.0%

Heads of Noosa Baltic Porter

Published May 26, 2022
Private launch parties, VIP pre-sales and sold-out events… this is the language of exclusivity tied up with Heads of Noosa’s Baltic Porter. It’s the first beer in their limited release range, and the 3600L batch (a limited volume indeed, when you’ve seen the size of the towering fermenters at the brewery) has struck an instant chord with punters. When you first pour it into the glass, it’s deep and dark, and the brown that tinges the head only adds to that. But hold it up to the light and… Read more
Style
Baltic Porter
ABV
7.8%

BentSpoke Brewing & Italian and Sons Regina

Published May 25, 2022
What’s the perfect beer style to pair with pizza? Personally, the crisp, hoppy combination of an Italian pils feels like a winning way to go but BentSpoke have another answer. The Canberra brewery have partnered with their Braddon neighbours at Italian and Sons to create the pizza-fermented pale ale, Regina. The collab is part of BentSpoke's Freewheeler series which celebrates community and saw the brewers take some of the pizza and wine bar’s 20-year-old sourdough starter to ferment the beer.… Read more
Style
Pizza-Fermented Pale Ale
ABV
4.2%

Blackflag Brewing Drop Dead Gorgeous

Published May 25, 2022
If there's one thing you should know about Blackflag Brewing, it's that they don't tend to trade in subtlety. Case in point: they dragged an entire halfpipe down the Bruce Highway and installed it at the 2021 GABS Festival in Brisbane. And Drop Dead Gorgeous, the latest beer in their limited series range, is no different. A 7.1 percent ABV West Coast IPA, it sits comfortably alongside the many others in the brewery's lineup best described as "dangerously drinkable". On the nose, there's… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
7.1%

Slow Lane's May 2022 Quartet

Published May 24, 2022
It’s another Slow Lane special this month. The Sydney maestros routinely release beers that are so good I struggle to contain all the gushing praise, and this time might be the hardest of the lot. This foursome is once again a diverse cast of styles ranging from classics to inventions, all dialled in with the usual Slow Lane exactitude. Definitely Maybe is a beefy German lager labelled here as a Maibock but also known as a Helles Bock, depending on who you ask. In Germany, Maibocks are brewed in… Read more
Style
Various Styles As Indicated
ABV
7.0% & 7.5% & 6.5% & 11.5%

Lost Palms Riwaka Wai-iti NEIPA

Published May 23, 2022
Lost Palms have been keeping their heads down for a few months to focus on upgrading their brewery – not an easy task with global freight lines and floods close to home conspiring against them. But now, with a flashy upgraded brewhouse and more tanks than before, the team are ready to once again unleash special releases aplenty. The first out of the gate is this NEIPA made with all New Zealand hops. It looks like straight-up orange juice on the pour, but this beer isn’t one-dimensional: a whiff… Read more
Style
NZ Hopped NEIPA
ABV
6.5%

Seasonal & LS Merchants Die Berghain IPA

Published May 23, 2022
Seasonal’s second collab with Margaret River winemakers LS Merchants extends their grape and grain shimmy into IPA territory. Winemaker Dylan Arvidson’s love of techno and "wine doof" parties saw his crunchy riesling bestowed Die Berghain after the renowned Berlin club, its name a portmanteau of adjacent Berlin neighbourhoods, and a notional beer / wine melding here. Die Berghain the IPA harmonises with the vintner’s riesling's jasmine and lime peel, 4/4 metronome, carrying the palate… Read more
Style
Hybrid IPA with Riesling
ABV
8.6%

Otherside & Boston Cloud Squeeze IPA

Published May 22, 2022
Otherside and Boston’s Cloud Squeeze Dip Hop IPA is a proper collab. Not only is the beer a product of two of WA’s finest craft breweries with a name that's a clever amalgamation of both outfit's popular and oft-hyped hazy-leaning IPAs, but it’s also the byproduct of a long friendship between Otherside’s Rhys Lopez and Boston’s Ben Bunker; both cut their brewing teeth at Gage Roads and now run their respective brewhouses. The beer, however, isn’t just an excuse for a catchup between old… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
5.4%

Edge & Omnipollo Parallax Hybrid IPA 2.0

Published May 21, 2022
IPAs aren't usually beers that are a long time in the making; brewers and punters want them out of the brewery and down throats while they're nice and fresh. Yet here's one that's been seven years in the making... The story begins when the team at Edge Brewing Project travelled to Omnipollo with some Aussie hops in their luggage to brew an IPA. That beer was Parallax, and now – in time for Pint of Origin 2022 – a new version has appeared, ready to be launched at Beermash as part of their Scandinavian… Read more
Style
Juicy IPA
ABV
7.0%

Beerfarm The Hop Experiment EXP#1

Published May 19, 2022
The Hop Experiment is, as Beerfarm state on their website, exactly what it says it is, which makes for a refreshing admission as the world of IPA becomes increasingly bewildering for many. Exploring new hops is the MO here, not something entirely unfamiliar for the Metricup brewers, although here the exploration is available in a neat, limited release twin-pack encouraging punters to compare East and West Coast DIPAs side-by-side. East Coast is loaded with Cashmere, Idaho 7 and Amarillo hops and… Read more
Style
East & West Coast Double IPAs
ABV
Both 7.8%
Stockists

Available in limited release from Beerfarm stockists

Or order online here

CoConspirators Brewing & Small Axe The Nonna

Published May 19, 2022
If you were a fan of CoConspirators Brewing during their early days - circa 2016/17 - and then missed the last few years of their releases, The Nonna might give you pause for thought. Weren’t these beers based around underworld figures? Is The Nonna hiding something quite dangerous in her bowl of hops? But don’t fret too much - the conspiracy is now much bigger and many of the CoConspirators’ aren’t as deadly as they once were. Indeed, the biggest danger brought by The Nonna is likely telling… Read more
Style
Italian Pilsner
ABV
5.0%

Hawke's Brewing Legend IPA 2022

Published May 19, 2022
In the lead up to the last Federal Election, the passing of Bob Hawke caused the party he once led to rein in the intensity of their campaigning as they paid respects to a Labor – and Australian – great. As the big day approaches in 2022, they'll be hoping the emergence of the third Legend IPA bearing his likeness doesn't do anything to knock his current successor off track. This beer isn't just for refreshment either: $1 from every can sold will go towards funding equipment for the Communities… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
52 IBU
Stockists

Find Legend here

Bodriggy Brewing Tame Punk & Chocolate, Cherry & Fig Stout

Published May 19, 2022
Pink Boots Australia have long held brew days and made collaborations but with the not-for-profit celebrating ten years since they launched locally, we get to enjoy far more of them this year. In total, they're doing ten over the course the year and among them is this West Coast brewed with Bodriggy, Tame Punk. The beer’s inspired by brave women who speak out and start courageous conversations, while it also makes use of this year’s Pink Boots blend that comes courtesy of Yakima Chief Hops. Here… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA & Stout
ABV
3.8% 6.5%

Balter Brewing NZ IPA

Published May 19, 2022
Balter Brewing’s mouth holiday has made another stop. For those who missed the first in the series, the limited releases see the Queensland brewery take a journey across The Ditch to explore New Zealand hops, which means your tastebuds can go on a journey while you remain in the comfort of your own home. About a month on from NZ Pils, their next destination is NZ IPA and while it doesn't say it on the can, the vibrant, clear and bright orange colour it pours brings mind a western coast from another… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
7.0%

Hargreaves Hill R.I.S. 2021

Published May 19, 2022
The world’s heating up, there is a war in Europe, the impacts of the pandemic are still being felt and it feels like a federal election has been going for about 100 days. In such times of change, it can be a good thing to have a beer you can really set your calendar to. Hargreaves Hill’s annual R.I.S. is such a beer, with the imperial stout being a regular favourite among The Crafty Pint team for the way it consistently combines such a rich web of flavours. However, even this old favourite has… Read more
Style
Imperial Stout
ABV
11.2%

Cheeky Monkey Silverback 2022

Published May 19, 2022
The Crafty writers aren’t exactly sure which iteration of Cheeky Monkey's Silverback 2022 brings, but recent memories of Hyperbole, last year's tequila barrel-aged version, certainly have us excited for the hotly-anticipated yearly release. It seems to be a recurring theme that the Cheeky brewers change the not just the design of Silverback’s packaging, but the size too. In 2022, Silverback finds itself in 375ml cans – a compact approach compared to last year’s 750ml bottles. Some will love… Read more
Style
Imperial Stout
ABV
12.0%

Thunder Road Brunswick XPA

Published May 19, 2022
They’ve made a lot of different beers at Thunder Road Brewing but for many beer drinkers, it would be the blue sight of Brunswick Bitter that they associated with the brewery. In 2022, the brewery expanded the Brunswick banner by adding a number of new core range beers to their lineup Among them is this XPA, a clear and golden beer that uses the hop trio of Citra, Mosaic and Galaxy. Together, those three hops provide passionfruit, sherbety orange and stone fruit, while the beer’s quite light… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
4.5%

Thunder Road Brunswick Black

Published May 19, 2022
Dark beers might be closely tied to winter but many feel a bit more like year-rounders, beers you can enjoy in the sun or by the fireplace. Brunswick Black is such a beer, with the dark lager joining Thunder Road’s core range in 2022 as the Melbourne brewery broadened their Brunswick Banner. The draught-only release provides a rich swirl of chocolate and coffee while still remaining quite light and clean while finishing dry. It means you could do far worse than grabbing one to enjoy with a steak… Read more
Style
Dark Lager
ABV
4.6%

Local Brewing Co Milkywave

Published May 18, 2022
It can be hard work stargazing in Melbourne but such a challenge doesn’t seem to have held Local Brewing Co back. Following on from their Moonlight Milk Stout in 2021, the brewing company have again looked high in the sky for a beer inspired by our very own galaxy, Milkywave. Much like a nebula, the oat cream IPA is as hazy, soft and creamy as you should expect a beer lined with lactose and oats to be but compared to some in the style, Milkywave has quite a strident bitterness to counter its rich… Read more
Style
Oat Cream IPA
ABV
6.5%