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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Balter Brewing Hazy Wonderland

Tapped Today
At the start of 2021, Balter promised us a four-part hop experiment in which they’d play around with Cryo hops in West Coast and hazy versions of IPAs. They started by putting Mosaic hops on both sides of the fence with CryoMofo and CryoHaze, then moved on to Cryo Idaho 7 hops starting with Electric Wonderland. Now, with Hazy Wonderland, they’ve locked the last piece into place. The aesthetics of Electric Wonderland were 80s SoCal; to quote one of the master wordsmiths of our time: “I saw Will… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
22 IBU

Bridge Road Brewers Watermelon Sour

Tapped Today
What’s your preferred method for cutting up watermelon? Do you do the triangular wedges that look like pizza slices? Or the variation on the wedge, where you trim off some of the rind to make pine tree shapes? Are you a melon baller, or a melon cuber? I’d be interested in hearing the method preferred by the Bridge Road brew team, since they hand-cut four tonnes – that’s about 700 melons – to go into their Watermelon Sour. Although whatever method they used to cut what they describe as “a… Read more
Style
Watermelon Gose
ABV
4.3%

Otherside Brewing Co's October Quartet

Tapped Yesterday
Fresh from taking top spot in the WA Good Food Guide Beer of the Year 2021, Otherside’s new release program shows no signs of slowing. This collab-heavy quartet covers a broad style span which kicks off with a not insignificant triple hazy IPA packing no less than 3.3 standard drinks into a single can. As collaborator Josh Daley from Mane Liquor points out: “We just wanted to do a bigggggggg fuck off IPA, because ya gotta give the people what they want, and people want beers that slap ‘em… Read more
Style
Various Styles
ABV
11.0% & 5.6% & 12.0% & 6.0%
Stockists

Mane Liquor

Available from the brewery

Otherside online

And retail stockists including Freo Doctor

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Burnley Brewing Kellerbier & Double Fruited Mango Ale

Tapped Yesterday
As October 2021 approaches its end, Burnley Brewing say goodbye to their celebration of Oktoberfest two times over. First off, they’ve released their final Oktoberfest beer and celebratory pack with Kellerbier and Zusammengehörigkeitsgefühl Part Three. The latter of those comes on the back of popular demand from the first two packs, which champion the feeling of togetherness, and contain the Kellerbier itself, along with a range of other Reinheitsgebot appropriate beers from the brewery. Kellerbier… Read more
Style
Kellerbier & Fruited Ale
ABV
Both 5.0%
Stockists

Grab Oktoberfest Pack 3 here

Wilson Brewing Shore Thing

Tapped October 26, 2021
Wilson have shored up their core lineup ahead of summer 2021 with Shore Thing Summer Ale, a beer designed to encapsulate the Albany brewery's coastal surrounds within a light, refreshing and summery ale. A light body and bright pour take the lead in a beer that's particularly well suited for session sipping, while vibrant, citrus aromatics are abundant on the nose. Hops take centre stage but are purposefully gentle in character, with a very modest bitterness only just persisting after each sip.… Read more
Style
Summer Ale
ABV
4.2%

Bodriggy Brewing Iggy Seltzer

Tapped October 25, 2021
Like many breweries that have expanded into the seltzer market, Bodriggy’s entry into the sparkling soirée has seen the Abbotsford operation launch a new brand for it. But Iggy Seltzer might have its own name and tagline of No Biggy With an Iggy (presumably channelling the Instagram influencer and wildlife supporter named Biggy Pop, who happens to have a famous owner) but the new Iggy isn't too far removed from the wider Bodo look and feel. Largely that's thanks to the tins themselves where you'll… Read more
Style
Seltzer
ABV
Both 4.5%

Bad Shepherd Oat Cream IPA III

Tapped October 22, 2021
Launching midway through 2021, Bad Shepherd’s Oat Cream series has become something of a preferred method for the Melbourne brewery to explore hops and the myriad flavours those impressive flowers impart. When number two was released in August, we hoped at the time we wouldn't be waiting too long to see version three, so it seems wishes can come true. Oat Cream IPA III is a touch bigger than the previous two at 8.0 percent ABV and features two American varieties known for their distinct tropical… Read more
Style
Oat Cream IPA
ABV
8.0%

Future Mountain Anniversary Ale 2

Tapped October 22, 2021
When you call a beer your grand cru release, AKA your most premium blend of the year, it seems a bit of a high risk idea to invite a group of people who've never made a beer to help create it. But that’s just what Future Mountain did with Anniversary Ale 2, inviting locals who supported them throughout lockdowns to help agree the final blend. You can read more about the story behind the beer here. Thankfully, under Ian and Shane's guidance, any lack of brewing or blending experience hasn’t had… Read more
Style
Blended Golden Sour
ABV
5.8%

Bright Tank NZ Pilsner

Tapped October 22, 2021
In what’s becoming an annual limited release, Bright Tank’s NZ Pilsner – or is that Pulsner? – draws from classic pilsner stylings before introducing hoppy influences from the land of the long white cloud. For 2021, the light, bready pilsner malt base welcomes the increasingly prevalent Nelson Sauvin to perform a crisp haka, and its influence is bold. Famed white wine, gooseberry and passionfruit notes present, but it’s almost Belgian in expression with lemony tones evoking thoughts of… Read more
Style
NZ Pilsner
ABV
4.8%
Stockists

Available from the brewery

And Bright Tank's WA stockists in limited release

Prancing Pony Lager

Tapped October 22, 2021
The Prancing Ponies of the Adelaide Hills are no strangers to traditional Germany style beers, or indeed Germany, given owners Corinna and Frank grew up there. Hence a significant proportion of the beers they release – at least by Aussie standards – are lagers. Their new for spring 2021 core range offering, Pony Lager, keeps things simple, equally at home in the hands of a crafty type after a straightforward drinking experience and appealing to the drinker who prefers the mass-produced variety.… Read more
Style
Lager
ABV
4.5%
Bitterness
23 IBU

Dollar Bill Storm Series

Tapped October 21, 2021
Got a canning line in for the day, may as well put four barrel-aged and wild ales into them, eh? You can't knock Dollar Bill for efficiency when it comes the Storm Series – four 440ml cans with themed names and artwork almost too good to be used on such short run limited releases – or indeed for having all manner of funky projects underway at their Ballarat blendery to pick from. Taking them on in the order in which we shared them, Tranquility is a hazy golden, sour, barrel-aged and dry-hopped… Read more

Sauce First, Second Dose & Isolation Island IPAs & BA Quad

Tapped October 21, 2021
Simcoe Inoculation First Dose & Simcoe Inoculation Second Dose. I’m not sure punters would have known what to think of these beer names just a year or two ago – they’re very much of our time. And the beers are equally of our time; while they’re single-hopped with Simcoe, which has been around since the turn of the millennium, they’re playing in a very up-to-date space. Sauce are calling First Dose an old school West Coast IPA, and it bears plenty of true-to-style WC characteristics:… Read more
Style
Various IPAs & A Barrel-Aged Belgian Quad
ABV
6.0% & 6.0% & 7.0% & 9.0%

Hop Nation Gaining Momentum

Tapped October 21, 2021
A few weeks on from taking on one of the newest IPA trends out of the States, Hop Nation have turned their eyes (quite literally if the can is anything to go by) to another with their first Cold IPA. The name Gaining Momentum quite likely refers to how much the Cold IPA trend - which you can read about here - appears to be taking off but considering it’s been released a day before Melbourne’s grand reopening, you can also think of it as an offering to the gods of lockdown that this one might… Read more
Style
Cold IPA
ABV
6.9%

Boston Brewing Squeeze NEIPA

Tapped October 20, 2021
We last mentioned Boston’s Squeeze back in late 2019, when it first appeared as a limited release ready for pairinf with that summer’s radiant energy. Two years on, and having made a few more appearances as a limited release, it’s with the same positivity that Squeeze now ascends to core range, complete with blue bottle label art from Zendoke squeezing the can. As before, Amarillo, Citra, Mosaic, Azacca and El Dorado hops feature in a welcoming tropical, citrus fog, carried by a firm-for-style… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
6.5%
Stockists

Available from the Denmark brewery

Boston Victoria Park

And WA Boston stockists

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Felons & Yoko Best Lager

Tapped October 20, 2021
The Felons team have poured their fair share of lager over the bars lining the Brisbane River and sent plenty more far and wide in cans, not least as the Crisp Lager has been part of their offering from day dot. But this collaboration with their neighbours at Yoko, Best Lager, is of a different character entirely. Indeed, it's of a different character to most lagers we've tasted from Aussie brewers in a long while. When not playing in the Aussie lager space – a kind of bastardised version of European… Read more
Style
Lager
ABV
5.0%

King River Brewing Mabon Doppelbock

Tapped October 20, 2021
Even in a busy field of brewers, King River Brewing’s cofounder and head brewer Nathan Munt is a man who truly loves German beers. Typically the High Country brewery will always be pouring a selection of German - and Belgian for that matter - styles and in a normal year, a joyous point in spring is the brewery’s annual Muntoberfest celebrations. Mabon Doppelbock is a beer inspired by Europe’s old ways, with the strong lager not just paying homage to one often enjoyed by monks during lent but… Read more
Style
Doppelbock
ABV
6.8%

Tallboy & Moose E.S.P. & Set Phasers To Stun

Tapped October 19, 2021
Tallboy & Moose are reading minds, taking shots and staring towards both the US and the UK with their October releases. Starting with the British Isles, we have the extrasensory E.S.P; an Extra Special Bitter that can read thoughts (provided what’s on the mind is a classic English beer best served by the pint in a busy pub). Containing a mix of darker malts and East Kent Golding hops, the beer pours a deep copper colour and is completely clear while providing a slight herbal hit, toasted and… Read more
Style
ESB & NEIPA
ABV
4.6% & 7.0%

Rocky Ridge October Six-Pack

Tapped October 19, 2021
As is often the way in the Rocky Ridge camp, the month of October brings a slew of fresh beers, released in quick succession and spanning a range of styles. For those who like their beers hoppy, the returning Day Man (8.5%) is a DDH IIPA that showcases balance and tropical characteristics, while Nightman (8.5%) is a similar effort but brewed with nothing but Eclipse hops, a move that yields a more dominant citrus and pine profile. New Currency (8.5%), on the other hand, is loaded with sticky, sweet… Read more
Style
Various Styles
ABV
Various ABVs

Capital & Mountain Culture West Coast NEIPA

Tapped October 19, 2021
You'd be hard pressed to find two Aussie breweries more suited to working together than Capital and Mountain Culture. It's not just that both head brewers hail from the US, that they're relatively close geographically, or that both have found success with hop forward beers. The lives they and their teams live outside the brewery, the outdoor lifestyles both celebrate through their brands – and have done from day one – are totally aligned too. And it was amid mountain rides and beer festivals… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
7.0%
Bitterness
40 IBU
Stockists

Find the beer here

Two Birds Wild Thing

Tapped October 18, 2021
Having grown up in Perth, Geraldton Wax was a regular sight for Two Birds co-founder Jayne Lewis. The flowing native shrubs’ small and stiff petals would appear in the backyard of her childhood home towards the end of each winter, signalling the season's end and the arrival of spring. But the inception of the brewery’s spring 2021 Flights of Fancy release, Wild Thing, can be traced to a more recent moment. It was at Yarraville’s fine diner, Navi, where Jayne tried a sorbet made with Geraldton… Read more
Style
Geraldton Wax Sour
ABV
3.8%