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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Akasha Project Hopic Thunder

Published February 7, 2023
For the hop grower, surely the most important moment in a hop’s life is when it’s given a name. Prior to that, when a new variety is just a collection of numbers and letters, its chance of never getting a proper release is always present and with no fun title, how is the beer drinker meant to connect with it? But brewers don't hold such concerns and instead love getting their hands on new hop types whenever they can. HBC 586 is the kind of hop that seems like its best days might be ahead, with… Read more
Style
West Coast Pale
ABV
5.0%

Clifton Hill Brewing Kiwi IPA

Published February 7, 2023
Beer and brewing can be a bridge between people places and Clifton Hill Brewing’s Kiwi IPA is a cross-continental connection in a glass. On the one hand, there is much about the orange and slightly chewy IPA that resembles a classic, old school American IPA given how earthiness and spice are hallmarks of craft beer’s early hops. But those hop notes come courtesy of New Zealand’s Motueka and Riwaka and aren't alone in this IPA, with fresh and juicy guava and lime joining the party too. Will… Read more
Style
Kiwi IPA
ABV
5.7%

All Inn It’s Just Not Cricket IPL & Summer Fruits Sour

Published February 6, 2023
“Tell me you don’t follow sports without telling me you don’t follow sports.” I’ll go first: someone had to explain to me that IPL also stands for Indian Premier League. But I’m not ashamed of that. Nor am I ashamed to admit that I have a soft spot for IPLs. All the biting hop character of a West Coast with the refreshing crispness of a lager? Sign me up! It’s Just Not Cricket IPL – that’s India pale lager, not India Premier League – is loaded with Galaxy and Comet hops, and features… Read more
Style
IPL & Fruit Sour
ABV
5.8% & 4.2%

TWØBAYS Brewing GFB Ginger Beer

Published February 6, 2023
Welcome to the age of ginger beer. Sure, both the alcoholic and boozeless versions of ginger beer have long had a presence in Australia - Queensland we’re looking at you in particular - craft breweries appear to be approaching them with gusto. Take the most recent GABS Hottest 100, no less than six made it into the countdown which suggests that not only are they being made but embraced too. The gluten-free maestros at TWØBAYS Brewing have brought their own into the world, with the limited-release… Read more
Style
Ginger Beer
ABV
4.0%

Urban Alley Brewing Low Carb Lager & The Quarter

Published February 3, 2023
Urban Alley Brewing have released two quite different summer beers at once with both quite different but united by their easy-drinking antics. That’s particularly true for Low Carb Lager, with the 4.0 percent ABV beer rice lager with Tettnanger hops from Germany. Crack into the bright, straw-coloured beer and you’ll find notes of fresh dough, dry biscuits, lemon and a soft touch of spice. The Quarter meanwhile is a celebration of Urban Alley’s forthcoming brewpub in Chadstone. Yes, the fashion… Read more
Style
Low Carb Lager & Hazy Pale
ABV
4.0% & 5.0%

Dainton Beer Island Jam

Published February 2, 2023
Dainton Beer like to take IPAs in whatever direction they can and Island Jam is their latest hoppy soin. The “tropicana milkshake IPA” doesn’t just feature lactose and Columbus, Warrior, Ekaunot, HBC 568, Citra Cryo hops but a few less common additions. OK, maybe in this day and age, toasted coconut and vanilla beans aren’t all that unusual but bringing all those elements together with hemp does make for a particularly adjunct-laden beer. That hemp seed flour was thrown in during the boil… Read more
Style
Tropicana Milshake NEIPA
ABV
6.7%

Burnley Brewing x Duckpond x Pours Clover Club

Published February 2, 2023
A Clover Club might be an old fashioned cocktail but this sour beer spin of the pre-Prohibition drop is a fitting display of the modern beer industry. It’s a collab that’s heavily fruited and features faces from not just adjacent booze industries but another creative field too. OK, so we might be cheating here because although Duckpond Brewing’s founder might be a punk rocker, he’s is a brewer too and well and truly embedded in Sweden’s beer industry - as you can read more about Nikola… Read more
Style
Cocktail Sour
ABV
6.0%

Stone & Wood Counter Culture: Disco Queen

Published February 1, 2023
One more queen to go and Stone & Wood's Counter Culture series will have a full set of liquid playing cards to hand, with Disco Queen joining series debutant Killer Kween and spring 2020's Tequila Queen as their opening gambit of 2023. And in keeping with her predecessors, Disco Queen is a fruity affair. At a time when the boundaries between drinks categories have become increasingly blurred, and more people drink across different categories even in a single session, she's also a transgressive… Read more
Style
Pink Lemonade Sour
ABV
6.0%

King River Brewing IPA Series: Galaxy

Published February 1, 2023
It’s not often you see an IPA can from King River Brewing but, if you do, there’s a good chance it’s thanks to the hop harvest happening around the corner. However, this beer represents the start of something new from the brewery as they kick off their IPA Series. Each beer is set to feature the same malt base with a new hop selection in every batch and it’s hard to think of a better one they could have launched with than Galaxy, much of which is grown in the High Country. Here that hop… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
7.0%

White Bay Beer Co Bendy

Published February 1, 2023
They've already got the 2022 Australian Champion Beer title in the back for their core range Lager and put out arguably the best Czech style pilsner in Australia in the shape of Gantry Crane, but for the brewers at White Bay there's a real fondness for Bendy. The backstory is that the "tiny pilsner" was brewed in honour of Bendy the crane and her operator John, who helped get all of their tanks into place, and also that it was an attempt to create a lower ABV version of the aforementioned… Read more
Style
Czech Style Pilsner
ABV
4.1%

Reckless Brewing Cumquat IPA

Published February 1, 2023
I’ve finally done it. After a lifetime of knowing nothing about cumquats, I’ve researched them, so now I finally know what they are. It’s not that I’ve never interacted with cumquats before. I’ve eaten cumquat marmalade. I’ve tasted gin with cumquats in it. I’m even fairly sure I’ve seen cumquats on a tree. But somehow they remained a mystery to me. Anyway, now I’m an expert in cumquats.* Onto this beer. It comes out of the tinnie gold, bright, and ready to party. The upfront impression… Read more
Style
Fruited IPA
ABV
6.5%

Sauce Brewing Chill Factor 2023

Published January 31, 2023
During the initial cold IPA boom, I had to put my hand up and admit I was confused. It’s an IPA but it’s also a lager somehow? Am I meant to drink it cold or drink it when it’s cold? Is it even a style? For those that missed The Crafty Pint's article and subsequent blind tasting focused on such beers, then Sauce Brewing have provided a handy explanation on tins of their new version of Chill Factor. If we use that as a source, a cold IPA consists of crisp malts typically found in lagers, hopping… Read more
Style
Cold IPA
ABV
6.0%

Helios' Classic Series: German Pilsner

Published January 31, 2023
Helios’ Classic Series has seen the brewery make a Belgian dubbel, an extra special bitter, and a saison, which are now joined by a German pilsner You can read about the history of the German pils in more detail elsewhere, but it’s the age old story. German breweries make lager. Czech brewery makes lager to compete with German breweries. Czech lager becomes incredibly popular. German breweries copy Czech lager style, but using German ingredients. (That said, it’s worth pointing out that since… Read more
Style
German Pilsner
ABV
4.5%

Bad Shepherd Brew Crew 19: Singapore Sling Sour

Published January 30, 2023
Here’s something they don’t teach you at beer writers' school: drinking a beer based on a cocktail you don’t know very well is always a good time. Even if the brief isn’t quite nailed, it’s still a journey of discovery and if that drink is close enough a copy, it’s a reminder of something you haven’t tasted for years. Sure, I’ve had a few Singapore Slings and even saw a brief glimpse of Raffles Hotel while in Singapore but it’s been a very long time since I was there and my connection… Read more
Style
Sour
ABV
4.5%

Noodledoof Rice Lager & Schwarzbier

Published January 30, 2023
The burgeoning brewmance with all things lager has clearly not passed by the regional Victorian town of Koroit. Although, in fairness, Noodledoof have long had a tasty helles as part of their core range and have pumped out the odd pilsner too. For summer 2023, however, Alex and Sam have stepped things up, releasing two lagers taking inspiration from different parts of the world at once. Starting with the lighter, lower-in-ABV of the pair you have Rice Lager, a beer that couldn't be much more easy… Read more
Style
Rice Lager & Schwarzbier
ABV
3.8% & 4.8%

Bucketty's X Choirboys Run To Paradise XPA

Published January 29, 2023
In this job not a lot surprises me. I’ve had a chicken salt gose, a souvlaki ale and just the other day a blonde designed by AI, so there isn’t much that shocks me anymore. Yet this morning when I opened up a parcel from Bucketty’s and saw their new XPA titled Run To Paradise was made in collaboration with the actual Choirboys, I'll admit I had some trouble finding my words. Thoughts gathered and beer sampled, what should you expect from this Northern Beaches beer/rock mashup celebrating 35… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
5.0%
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Hawkers Beer Sheer Terroir

Published January 27, 2023
Now, this is exciting. Sheer Terroir is a trio of beers that’s kicking off Hawkers Beer’s Experimental Series and their release follows a long journey. For years, brewery founder Mazen Hajjar has spoken passionately about hops and more specifically, where they're grown. Sure, Mosaic might be a single hop variety but compare it with Mosaic farmed elsewhere and you might find that the hop you think you know and love can taste a little different. In the world of wine, terroir is spoken about endlessly… Read more
Style
West Coast IPAs
ABV
All 6.5%

Blackman's Brewery Happy Pants

Published January 27, 2023
Happy pants might no longer be fashionable but Blackman’s Brewery’s love for West Coast IPAs has never disappeared. Given the fact such beers have continued to find success even in the face of juicier juggernauts, maybe the future is bright for fun but unfashionable pants too? Maybe you're holding onto a pair of torn-up pants from the 90s waiting for their day to come but it's quite likely the best time to try them is now as you crack a West Coast. Indeed, Happy Pants is about as classic a West… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
7.2%

Green Gully Island Beer Australian Table Saison

Published January 27, 2023
It's little secret that, for the most part, the Aussie beer world is one heck of a collaborative place. And this beer is a good example of that. Farmhouse ale lover Luke Smith of Green Gully Brewing was approached by Al Tippett, the founder of AC Hops – a small operation growing hops nearby in Dean we wrote about in April 2021 – at last year's Ballarat Beer Festival. Al mentioned Dollar Bill had used his hops in the past, Luke asked for his product list, spotted he had Red Earth – a varietal… Read more
Style
Table Saison
ABV
5.2%

The Mill Brewery Tiki Lounge

Published January 26, 2023
They’ve never been afraid of big flavours at The Mill Brewery and while Tiki Lounge might be here for long lazy afternoons, there’s a lot to unpack as you unwind. The sour takes the tropical tones of mango, passionfruit, guava and lime and while multiple fruits can at times get lost within a beer, here none of them do. Sure, the lime might be a little lighter than the mango, passionfruit and guava but it adds a zest to the beer’s tartness to keep the sweeter fruits nicely balanced. Fruited… Read more
Style
4.5%
ABV
Tropical Salted Sour