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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Hop Nation Get The Gist

Published May 18, 2022
Hazy IPAs are a well Hop Nation have regularly drawn beers from, and while there aren't really beer styles they don't explore, you can generally assume that if you haven't seen a new hazy from the brewery in a while, one will soon be on its way. Get The Gist takes a lot of what they love about such beers, namely a mix of modern hops and hop products, to deliver a lush, smooth and silky ride. Here the combination is one of Citra Cryo, Idaho 7 Cryo, Sabro Cryo and Motueka T90 pellets from New Zealand’s… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
6.8%

Tallboy & Moose Nitro Chaiger King & Double Jenny

Published May 17, 2022
We may have lived through a lot of lockdowns in Melbourne but fortunately, they can feel quite distant from our 2022 vantage point. Even though we went through so many of them (or maybe because we did), each lockdown now feels like it’s rolled into one and so it can be a little hard to tell - or care - which was which. One easy method to separate them is by tying each to a specific streaming show - there was a Tiger King lockdown, a Ted Lasso lockdown and The White Lotus lockdown. Tapping into… Read more
Style
Spiced Stout & Doppelbock
ABV
5.9% & 7.8%

Bad Shepherd Jun IPA

Published May 17, 2022
Thanks to their origins in malt, combining whisky and beer can be the boilermaker of choice for many but gin can just as often be a match made in heaven. That’s largely thanks to the floral combination in the juniper-led spirit, which means gin is a wonderful way partner to many IPAs, whether the featured hops are quite botanical or have a more citrus or tropical bent. Bad Shepherd have recognised the beauty in that combination with Jun IPA, which contains juniper berries alongside Pahto, Chinook,… Read more
Style
Juniper IPA
ABV
6.4%

Modus Operandi Phantom Of The Calavera

Published May 16, 2022
Before he moved back to New Zealand with his family, the first person I asked to write for The Crafty Pint loved to point out how good Modus Operandi were when it came to brewing dark beers. In their early days, they captured the attention of the beer cognoscenti with excellent hop forward beers such as Former Tenant and Sonic Prayer (OK, and bringing CANimals to Australia, and winning all the awards, and...). Yet their forays into darker territory – Silent Knight Porter, various stouts including… Read more
Style
Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout
ABV
6.5%

Mountain Goat Rare Breed: Hightail XXV

Published May 16, 2022
There was a time when the Mountain Goat team would mark milestone birthdays by brewing a larger, celebratory version of their first beer. Thus there was the Double Hightail at 7.2 percent ABV that first appeared when they turned ten then returned as they became beer teenagers (beernagers?). And when they hit 15, there was Triple Hightail, which nudged things a little further along to 8.3 percent ABV. At 20, they did things a little differently with the excellent Back To The Brewer Double Steam Ale,… Read more

White Bay Beer Co Porter w/ Coconut & Cocoa Nibs

Published May 16, 2022
Now, I'll admit to having done zero research on this, but I'd wager there's a very good chance Sydney brewery White Bay have been the most avid producers of porters since they launched. Given how few and far between porters are in Australia (OK, anywhere, really), and how far removed they are from the beers lighting up beerstagrammer accounts, it's not exactly a high bar. Yet their dedication to such beers is noticeable, and they're at it again here with a release in which it's worth paying attention… Read more
Style
Porter with Coconut & Cocoa Nibs
ABV
6.3%

Shelter Brewing Bonfire Stout

Published May 16, 2022
A reboot of last year's Campfire Stout, Bonfire sees Shelter's brewers deliver a slightly amped-up version of the same solid base beer as winter 2022 approaches. Although the alcohol is a mere 0.2 percent ABV higher than last year, the addition of some barrel influence has morphed this roasty stout into something new. With a small portion aged for a month in wine barrels, Bonfire offers up a familiar roast aroma with a touch of minerality, bitter cocoa and a touch of drying wine character. Look a… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Stout
ABV
6.1%

Beerfarm & LS Merchants Shiravignon

Published May 14, 2022
Hard to pronounce but easy to drink, Beerfarm’s Shiravignon is the 2022 iteration of their annual wine hybrid sour project with neighbours LS Merchants. For this version, they’ve utilised four tonnes of sauvignon blanc and shiraz grapes to produce a strikingly sour, juicy hybrid ale. A Ribena-like pour isn’t the only vibrant component of this beer, with a big nose of dark fruits like cherry, raspberry and plum. A freshly-pressed red grape must note is also prominent, followed by a gentle leafiness.… Read more
Style
Beer-Wine Hybrid
ABV
6.8%

Bright Tank Baltic Porter

Published May 14, 2022
The Baltic porter may be beer’s equivalent of Southern rap. Using the template set down before, but removed from US East and West Coast beefs, the Dirty South spawned its own regional flair, before influencing broader pop culture through the Noughties. Likewise, we have Napoleon’s 1806 trade beef to thank for the Baltic porter. Cut off from English imports, Scandinavian and Baltic brewers were forced to meet local demand, doing so with what was locally available. So, it was out with ale yeast,… Read more
Style
Baltic Porter
ABV
8.0%
Stockists

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Little Bang Love Bomb Oat Cream DIPA

Published May 13, 2022
Bombs away!! Little Bang are about to start dropping love bombs across the country with a new beer for which they've given one of their brewers free rein over recipe development and the entire brewing process. Stepping up to the oche is the most recent addition to the team, Cameron Sproule – aka Camo – who's opted for a style that's been very much in fashion in the noisier parts of the Australian craft beer world for the past couple of years: an oat cream double IPA sitting at a hefty 8.2 percent… Read more
Style
Oat Cream Double IPA
ABV
8.2%

Sobremesa Fermentary & Blendery Coexistence & Vibes On Toast

Published May 13, 2022
Coexistence might be freshly released in May 2022 but its history goes back some way. For one, it’s the second time Sobremesa Fermentary & Blendery have made it, although 2022’s iteration showcases different locally harvested produce compared with version one. Its story also goes back to their first release in 2020 too, with Coexistence using beer from a hogshead barrel that was filled with their first-ever release, Our Daily Brett, with that barrel now acting as a solera where a portion… Read more
Style
Saison & Bière De Garde
ABV
6.0% & 6.7%

Australian Brewery Southern Land Red IPA & Trans-Tasman XPA

Published May 12, 2022
When the brewery is called Australian Brewery, it shouldn’t be a surprise when a few of the beers make reference to this big ol’ country of ours. Southern Land Red IPA is no doubt a shout out to the red dirt that covers such great expanses of the Australian outback. Once you get the stuff on you – in your car, in your clothes, on your skin – it’s an ordeal trying to get it off. This beer is actually a darker colour than said red dirt, almost pulling up a deep brown. But it’s equally determined… Read more
Style
Red IPA & XPA
ABV
6.7% & 5.0%
Bitterness
58 & 25 IBU

Australian Brewery Amarillo Single Hop & Citra Single Hop

Published May 12, 2022
Five years ago, if a brewery released a series of single hop beers, they were likely to be bitter IPAs. In 2022, Australian Brewery’s series is built instead upon hazy pale ales designed to show the distinct hop characters. How times change. (“Mum, Grandpa is shaking his fist and yelling at the cat about beers again!”) Despite its translucent look and its relatively full-in-the-mouth body, Amarillo Single Hop brings orange and spice without going full juice mode. Meanwhile, an East Coast ale… Read more
Style
Single Hop Hazy Pales
ABV
5.8% & 5.0%

Noodledoof Sour Feijoa Spritzer & Hot Hops Haze IPA

Published May 12, 2022
Over summer, Noodledoof were one of 27 Aussie breweries invited to create beers for the NZ Hops Great Brew Challenge, and they return to that territory in May with this "spritzer" featuring both a heavy dry hop of famed Kiwi hop and 100kg of imported NZ feijoas. Both make their presence felt in Sour Feijoa Spritzer, which appearance-wise sits somewhere between a traditional lemonade and a pineapple juice and delivers the refreshment of the former. Not that it’s about lemons at all, however,… Read more
Style
Fruit Sour & Hazy IPA
ABV
4.2% & 7.5%

Eagle Bay Wheatbelt Lager

Published May 12, 2022
Described by the Eagle Bay brewers as a true "paddock to pint" experience, Wheatbelt Lager is a beer that showcases malt from Wagin’s South Farming. Made with their Munich malt and rainwater collected from Eagle Bay, there’s certainly an argument to be made that this could be one of the most traceable beers in WA. A considered selection of Australian grown hops completes the picture, yielding a light and refreshing beer of place. The beer itself is a clever contrast of light yet full-flavoured,… Read more
Style
Lager
ABV
4.3%

Burnley Brewing Bohemian Pilsner & Smoked Lager

Published May 11, 2022
Burnley Brewing have a lot of love for lagers but this dual release sees them not just look at two of their favourite styles but ask some important questions. Who are these lagers and how do they feel about each other? OK, so without a can in your hand this might be hard to follow but two pieces of artwork depict Bohemian Lager and Smoked Lager as the knights on Pilsen and Bamberg’s respective coat of arms (which is where each style originates from) brought to life. Each has its own name along… Read more
Style
Bohemian Pilsner & Smoked Lager
ABV
4.8% & 5.1%

Brick Lane Sidewinder: Lime XPA & Passionfruit XPA

Published May 11, 2022
Brick Lane kicked off their ultra low-alc Sidewinder range in 2021 and with two additional core range XPAs added in May 2022, it seems clear the brewery sees a big future in the alcohol-free space. Both beers are fruit-spiked post-fermentation and use the same base recipe as the brewery’s XPA Deluxe, with Lime XPA pouring a little cloudier than the regular XPA and even from its appearance, you can tell there might be some lime lurking beneath. If the colour wasn't a big enough giveaway, the big… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
Both <0.5%

Philter Cold IPA

Published May 10, 2022
Philter have made a habit of celebrating their birthdays with a new beer, and their fifth has been marked with a cold IPA with a can design that fittingly feels like it's inspired by a Winter Olympics outfit from the 1980s. Cold IPA uses Eclipse, Idaho 7 and Galaxy hops to create a harmonious blend of mandarin, orange zest, pineapple and fresh pine needles. Given it's a cold IPA, the birthday beer is also lean, crisp and delivers a slight but building bitterness, all of which ensures it ties in… Read more
Style
Cold IPA
ABV
6.3%

Moo Brew Mango Peach Sour

Published May 9, 2022
There’s something about the combination of mango and peach that makes the two fruits just work in beer. Largely, it stems from them hitting the sweet spot of being quite, well, sweet, along with possessing a fleshy juiciness and an underlying acidity. This harmony has been celebrated by Moo Brew, with the Tassie brewery bringing the two fruits together for Mango Peach Sour. The 3.8 percent ABV sour is designed with refreshment in mind, with a low bitterness, slight tartness and sparkling effervescence… Read more
Style
Mango & Peach Sour
ABV
3.8%

Felons & Sofles Hazy Pale

Published May 9, 2022
It's been one heck of a year to date for the crew at Felons, whether taking into account the impromptu rescue operation as Brisbane River flooded or the work that's been going on to bring the Barrel Hall side of the brewery to life. With this Hazy Pale, however, it's more a case of business as usual: creating a collaboration brew with a local artist to celebrate one of the growing number of festivals they support. The beer was brewed for the launch of the Brisbane Street Art Festival in partnership… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale
ABV
5.5%
Bitterness
45 IBU
Stockists

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