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 Dog Beer

Published April 12, 2023
Just when you thought you'd tried basically every type of beer under the sun, this comes along. Hop Nation's (well, Dog Nation's) beer for pets is suitable for dogs and cats of all ages and, thanks to Dog Beer containing no alcohol, collagen protein and 19 amino acids, it's good for joints, coats and gut health. Better yet, it's made entirely with human grade foods so while it might be designed for four-legged friends and vet-approved, humans can drink it too. (In all honesty, before tasting this… Read more
Style
Alcohol-Free Dog Beer
ABV
0.0%

Eagle Bay 90 Day Pilsner – 2023 Edition

Published April 12, 2023
Eagle Bay’s 90 Day Pilsner returns for a second run boasting more hops and offering a starkly different outcome from its original release. The 90 days of conditioning that give the beer its title have yielded a crystal-clear pour, further enhanced by a light foamy head and spritzy carbonation. A clean yeast profile, with some minerality and herbaceous hop character, leads on the nose, backed by lemon and lime. The pronounced hop profile is thanks in part to a staggered dry hopping regime: Motueka… Read more
Style
Pilsner
ABV
5.2%

Tallboy & Moose Bit-A-Citra & Code Red Alert

Published April 11, 2023
Tallboy & Moose are keeping the hop train running in Preston with the brewpub experimenting with two new releases. Bit-A-Citra is a pale ale that uses the much-loved American hop known for its citrus qualities but throws in more of it thanks to additional bitter orange peel. Pouring like a classic American pale thanks to its clear orange hue, there are notes of OJ, candied orange and a somewhat perfumey, bergamot side that kicks in alongside the bitterness. Code Red Alert meanwhile, is a beer… Read more
Style
Pale Ale & Cold Red IPA
ABV
5.2% & 6.1%

Burnley Brewing Zero Alc Lager & Radler

Published April 11, 2023
Well before alcohol-free craft beer was taking off on these shores, Burnley Brewing’s Michael Stanzel was making them in Germany. It was there that the brewer learnt to make beer (both with and without the alcohol) and after some years making it with just booze, Burnley added their own to their lineup in 2023. Zero Alc Lager follows a path the brewery knows well, with the classic and pale European lager providing some light floral hop notes, a slightly bready side, and a touch of sweetness while… Read more
Style
Alcohol-free beers
ABV
0.5%

King Road Brewing Beedelup Pilsner & Wet Hop Ale

Published April 11, 2023
For 2023, King Road’s annual hop harvest dabblings come complete with a full-blown festival at the Olbury brewery, and they’ve invited some of WA’s best along for the festivities. Alongside the harvest party vibe, King Road will launch this vintage’s lager and ale offerings in collaboration with Preston Valley Hops, one of which featuring Beedelup: a hop variety discovered and nurtured by the grower. Beedelup Pilsner’s malt component remains sagely supportive to the freshly dried Preston… Read more
Style
Fresh Hop Pilsner & Wet Hop Ale
ABV
4.5% & 5.0%

Rocky Ridge X Mr West West & Wester IPAs

Published April 9, 2023
The classic West Coast IPA has well and truly clawed its way back into the favour of many beer drinkers after being subsumed by the tidal wave of hazies, and the brewers at Rocky Ridge – with their penchant for brewing hop forward beers – couldn’t be happier. Or so it seems with this pair of beers created in collaboration with Footscray bar Mr West. West is light in profile, while still hitting 6 percent ABV, thanks to a lack of crystal malt in the grist. It's a subtle detail that yields a… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA & West Coast DIPA
ABV
6.0% & 8.0%

Blackman's Brewery Ice Cream IPA & Paradise City Black IPA

Published April 8, 2023
You don't need more than a cursory glance at this pair from Blackman's to work out which is the dessert beer of the two. And yet... Let's start with the obvious: Ice Cream IPA, complete with 80s ice cream tub swirls on the cans, sets out its stall (or should that be van?) clearly enough. Indeed, even if you hadn't seen the cans or checked the ingredient list, it goes about its business clearly enough too; if you've been around beer over the past half decade, you'll pick the vanilla added alongside… Read more
Style
Oat Cream IPA & Black IPA
ABV
7.0% & 5.8%

The Suburban Brew Goodwood/Glynburn Gold & Boh-Ella Pilsner

Published April 8, 2023
When planning their Glynde brewery, Suburban included in a few horizontal lager serving tanks, encouraging the brewers to conquer the challenge of brewing a solid lager. Enter Goodwood/Glynburn Gold, an Australian lager whose name changes depending on where it is being consumed: their Goodwood taproom or their brewery (Glynburn is the main road leading you there). And a solid lager it is, uncomplicated but wholesome, with a pale-yellow colour and good clarity. There are earthy, herbal notes on the… Read more
Style
Aussie Lager & Bohemian Pilsner
ABV
4.8% & 5.0%

Hepburn Springs Brewing Co Cold IPA

Published April 8, 2023
When Nick Galik decided to test the recipes he'd been honing as a homebrewer on the wider world, he did so with a range of beers rarely seen pouring at Australia's craft brewpubs and beer bars. He's a fan of old world, traditional styles and that's what you'd find across the Hepburn Springs Brewing Co taps and in their fridges. But, as awareness of the tiny operation and the quality of their beers has grown, he's been playing with newer styles too, including this Cold IPA – one of three IPAs released… Read more
Style
Cold IPA
ABV
6.5%

Hargreaves Hill Team America, Australia & New Zealand IPAs

Published April 7, 2023
Around a decade ago, while in Washington DC to give a presentation at the US Craft Brewers Conference, I jumped on one of the official brewery tours. When we stopped at Flying Dog, we learned that when they wanted to showcase new hop varieties in a single hop beer, they did so with 10 percent ABV IIPAs. It felt suitably Flying Dog, suitably American craft beer at the time, and acted as a reminder of how much further down the path they were than Australia, where brewers embarking on single hop series… Read more
Style
Hazy IPAs
ABV
All 6.7%

Shedshaker Brewing x DEAD Burn Us A Clean Pils Lager

Published April 6, 2023
They’ve always been ardent supporters of local music and the arts at Shedshaker Brewing and Burn Us Clean puts that collaborative approach straight on the can. The beer was made with underground Castlemaine two-piece DEAD who were looking for a beer to toast to their Burn Us Clean album and so approached the local brewery with some artwork of their own. The chosen beer was the kind DEAD wanted to see the crowd enjoy at their shows and so inside the psychedelic can is an effortlessly clean lager… Read more
Style
Lager
ABV
4.6%

Banks Brewing Secretly Ripped & Don’t Chase Me, I’m Buzzed And Full of Chocolate

Published April 6, 2023
Sometimes it feels like not a day goes by when Banks Brewing aren’t dreaming up a new hazy and Secretly Ripped is dedicated to satisfying juicy cravings. Sure, ripped might be in its name but what we have here is instead a lush, soft and fundamentally gentle hazy IPA while the featured hops are HBC’s experimental 586 plus Simcoe and Citra in Cryo form. Pouring with a light golden haze, the IPA immediately lets loose pine on the nose and to taste, that aroma is joined by mango, guava, lychee and… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA & Imperial Pastry Stout
ABV
7.2% & 12.7%

CoConspirators Brewing The Bandit & The Repeat Offender

Published April 5, 2023
There's a fresh crime wave coming out of a single suburb in Melbourne and 2023 isn't even an election year. CoConspirators Brewing's two hoppy releases are a first for Brunswick brewery, with these tall tins their inaugural 440ml cans. The Bandit is a red IPA ready for some daylight robbery during Autumn's shorter days and packs Cashmere, Amarillo and Mosaic hops in a web of rich malts. It means the beer hits with a mix of raisins, bergamot and chewy caramel while those hops bring pine, marmalade… Read more
Style
Red IPA & Oat Cream IPA
ABV
7.1% & 6.7%

7th Day Brewery In Bruges

Published April 5, 2023
After launching a pair of dead ringer Belgian brews in 2022, 7th Day Brewery are backing up Sinner and Saint with In Bruges Belgian Pale Ale, named after a great movie to watch if you want to laugh and feel depressed at the same time. Pouring a rich caramel that is almost bordering on amber, the luscious head emits a classic-meets-modern aroma of toasted malts, noble hops and a hint of well-loved books with orange peels for bookmarks. Immediately, it's a veritable journey, starting warm and malty… Read more
Style
Belgian Pale Ale
ABV
5.2%

Otherside Brewing Session IPL & German Hazy

Published April 5, 2023
While the rest of the country feels the coming cool, in Perth the moderate days linger, offering an abundance of temptation to indulge in outdoor activities, something Otherside’s Session IPL has very much in mind. Here, refreshment is paramount, with a clean length featuring Strata and Vic Secret hops as pineapple jam tones, berry hints and subtle herbal freshness. A touch of minerality appears as the initial fullness recedes to a slaking dry finish that pairs well with hill walks, and picnics. Meanwhile,… Read more
Style
Session IPL & Hazy IPA
ABV
4.3% & 6.7%

Working Title Panic Room, Whiplash & Detour

Published April 4, 2023
You can say a lot of things about Working Title founders Mark and Luke. That they’re cynical, funny-looking, ill-mannered, disinterested in personal hygiene, possible lizard people wearing suits of human skin… but you can’t say they skimp on flavour. Working Title’s second birthday coincided with the launch of their brewpub, and because Mark and Luke love big Westies, big reds, and big stouts, half the taps were pouring beers over 8 percent ABV from the minute the venue opened. Here are three… Read more
Style
Double WCIPA, Triple Red IPA & Barrel-Aged RIS
ABV
10.0% & 11.0% & 10.0%
Bitterness
83 & 65 & 45 IBU

Uraidla Brewery Spellbinder DDH IPA

Published April 4, 2023
Uraidla's brewers once again showcase the depths of their brewing skills when it comes to hops within Spellbinder: a hazy IPA. In this case, they've utilised a hop thiol-boosting technique (hop mashing) to extract as much in the way of fruity aromas from the hops as they can, then let biotransformation during fermentation do the rest. In this instance, Saaz hops were used in the mash alongside Lallemand’s expressive Verdant IPA yeast strain. Throw in a double dry hop featuring Cryo Pop and Wai-iti… Read more
Style
DDH Hazy IPA
ABV
6.3%

Bridge Road Brewers Hazy Harvest & Dark Harvest 2023

Published April 4, 2023
March's turn into April always means we get to enjoy a once-in-a-year opportunity in Australia: beers made with hops plucked straight from the bine. Among the earliest releases is always Bridge Road’s Harvest Beers, which are the country’s longest-running, going right back to 2009. In more recent years, they’ve asked breweries to join them for both beers and in the case of Hazy Harvest, the pick was a brewery that knows plenty about haze, Fox Friday. The beer uses both whole Galaxy cones and… Read more
Style
Wet Hop Beers
ABV
6.3% & 6.6%

The Zythologist Rubidium

Published April 4, 2023
Like many of The Zythologist’s beers, there’s a lesson at the heart of Rubidium. Here the focus is on taxonomy and the science of classifying life on earth, with this Elemental core range beer focused on the rosaceae family. It’s a wonderful family too, including the likes of rose, raspberry and blackberries, with those berries all part of the rubus genus – hence the name. The beer itself is a raspberry and rose pastry sour that pours pale pink with a soft, creamy mouthfeel. There’s a… Read more
Style
Raspberry & Rose Pastry Sour
ABV
5.6%

Five Barrel Sticky Beak Australian Pilsner & Possum Paradise, Wild Russell & Checkmate IPAs

Published April 4, 2023
With the allure of a bin chicken on the label, it’s easy to be drawn to a can of Sticky Beak. This Australian pilsner brings that combination of refreshment and flavour that new world lagers do so well. Sticky Beak is a pretty thing, sparkling like a sprinkler oscillating on the lawn. But don’t expect a standard Aussie macro-style lager here; this is more like "New Zealand pilsner, but make it Australian.” With a dry-hopping of Aussie varieties Eclipse, Enigma, Ella and Galaxy, this beer… Read more
Style
Aussie Pilsner, White IPA, NZ IPA & American IPA
ABV
5.0% & 6.0% & 6.2% & 7.0%
Bitterness
39 & 11 & 58 & 70 IBU