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Top 5 Australian Crafted Beers You Must Try

Top 5 Australian Crafted Beers You Must Try

As said, good wine takes a lot of beer to be perfect.

Winemaking, at least in Australia, is hot and thirsty work for a wine expert. So beer is the reward at the end of a hard day of yakka.

Likewise, after judging hundreds of wines a day at a wine show, the last thing you want to quench your thirst is a glass of wine. Beer is the only firefighter. And it is much gentler on teeth damaged by acid.

There are over 700 craft breweries in Australia, so wherever you live, chances are there’s one near you. And thus, we are at the liberty of putting together our picks of the best Australian craft beer from across the country – whether you’re a fan of classic pale ales, stouts or sours, there’s something for you in this list of the country’s best craft beers. 

  1. Prancing Pony Brewery | Australian Pale Ale:
    Price: $94 Carton of 24 cans

The Prancing Pony’s Australian Pale Ale is an extremely drinkable, full-bodied craft pale ale. It is moderately hopped with tropical Australian hops to add an extra layer of citrus and earthy flavours. This Australian Pale Ale balances a soft, malty backbone with spicy aromas. The result? A delicious, easy, well-rounded beer for year-round drinking. The Prancing Pony Pale Ale is a real treat for the senses. Vegan-Friendly Beer.

  1. Small Creatures Pale Ale | Dog Days Session Ale

Price: $24.99 a pack of six

Hailing from Fremantle, Western Australia, Little Creatures opened its brewery doors in 2000. Since then, the team has worked tirelessly to pump up some delicious brews to keep Australian drinkers happy. Little Creatures Pale Ale is one of the best and is constantly being produced. The 5.2% classic American pale ale uses hops imported directly from the USA. Expect citrus flavours with a touch of sweet caramel.

The dog days at Little Creatures are not over. This Session Ale was never intended to be a year-round offering, but people spoke, and the Little Creatures team listened. This is, in our humble opinion, the best craft beer Perth has on the map, with peachy, fruity flavours complementing the wheat malt. 

Some of the best Australian craft beer in an off-white can come with a lettering logo

  1. The Piper West Coast IPA
    Price: $109 Carton of 24 cans

Prancing Pony’s Piper West Coast IPA is a super smooth beer. This beer looks like liquid gold and we think it tastes like it too! 

The Piper West Coast IPA contains the perfect balance between citrusy and piney hops alongside scrummy biscuit and caramel malt flavours.

This Australian Craft Beer is brewed locally in the Adelaide Hills. Buy IPA Beer online direct from the source at Prancing Pony Brewery.

  1. Young Henrys | Newtowner Australian Pale Ale

Price: $21 a pack of six

Another best Australian craft beer that made it into the top 10 is the Young Henrys Newtowner, a great example of a great-tasting beer that delivers peach notes with hints of passionfruit and citrus. When the team at the Newtown-based brewery developed the beer in 2012, it was originally intended to be a beer just for Newtown locals. Still, as it was received with absolute acclaim, Young Henrys had no choice but to release it on a much larger scale.

Derived from the Sydney suburb where it is brewed, Newtowner Australian Pale Ale is a fresh ale made from Australian pale and crystal malts. As one of Sydney’s best craft beers, this is a delicious golden blend of Australian hops with a slightly dry but very satisfying finish.

Some of the best craft beers in Australia in a silver-coloured can with a lettering logo.

  1. Balter Brewing Co. | A hazy IPA

Price: $23.50 four-pack

This is truly one of the best craft beers on tap for 2021 and was voted one of the top 10 new beers in the GABS Hottest 100. Brewed in sunny Queensland south of the Gold Coast, this lazy, hazy brew is bursting with candied orange, mango and passionfruit with just a hint of bitterness to hold it all together.


Craft beer shouldn’t be a new concept; the traditional definition says that it is a beer that has been produced in limited quantities by small independent breweries, that is, those not owned by larger corporations. So basically, it’s a beer that’s been crafted.

However, many craft beers in Australia come from breweries owned by large corporations today. In most cases, the beer quality will not change, and the only reason larger corporations get involved is that they can produce beer on a larger scale and distribute it over a larger area.


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