Ward off the winter chill with 8 of the best craft beers Australia has to offer

Ward off the winter chill with 8 of the best craft beers Australia has to offer
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It’s no secret that Australian craft breweries are revered around the world. In fact, Sydney has become the capital of craft beers, with many breweries popping up from the South, through to the Inner West and up North.

Craft beers are brewed by small-scale, independent breweries and have soared in popularity due to their unwavering quality and unique flavours.

In honour of this, we’ve compiled a list of the best craft beers in Australia — and we recommend working your way down the list.

Stone & Wood Pacific Ale

Pacific Ale by Stone & Wood Brewing Co | Official Store

The Stone & Wood Pacific Ale is brewed using all Australian barley, wheat and Galaxy hops, resulting in a cloudy and golden ale with a big fruity aroma and a refreshing finish. If you like passionfruit, this one’s for you.

Balter XPA

Beers | Balter Brewing

With a fruity palette and tropical and floral aromatics, the Balter XPA is refreshing and punchy. It’s easy to drink as far as fully-hopped beers go. Their new tasting bar in Marrickville is also worth checking out if you’re in the area.

Bentspoke Crankshaft IPA

BentSpoke Crankshaft IPA - Camperdown Cellars

The Bentspoke Crankshaft IPA is a medium-bodied beer and has a delicate balance of citrus and pine flavours, boasting a fragrant floral aroma.

Bridge Road Beechworth Pale Ale

Beechworth Pale Ale Cans – Bridge Road Brewers

The Bridge Road Beechworth Pale Ale is crisp and refreshing, dominated by its aromatic hop profile. Inspired by American style pale ales, it’s the perfect accompaniment to a burger.

Young Henry’s Newtowner

Young Henrys Newtowner - Camperdown Cellars

The Young Henry’s Newtowner was created to celebrate the birthplace of Young Henrys — Newtown. It’s a blend of English and Australian malts added to three varieties of local hops to give it a fun, fruity and bitter finish.

Bentspoke Barley Griffin

BentSpoke Brewing Co Barley Griffin - The Crafty Pint

Perfect for a warm Summer’s day, the Bentspoke Barley Griffin has soft fruity aromas and a light biscuity malt to give a light mouthfeel.

Balter Hazy IPA

Balter Hazy IPA - Camperdown Cellars

The Balter Hazey IPA has a combination of candied orange, mango and passionfruit that’s balanced by a bit of bitterness for a juicy, refreshing brew. It’s perfect for a lazy afternoon in the sun.

Balter Handsome Elvis

Balter Handsome Elvis Can 375mL | First Choice Liquor

As smooth as the King himself, the Balter Handsome Elvis is a sweet and velvety milk stout. Combining notes of hazelnut, espresso, chocolate and berry, this beer is finished with bitterness and an ultra-creamy mouthfeel. Sign us up!

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