The 100 Best Craft Beers In Australia Have Just Been Named
— Updated on 31 January 2023

The 100 Best Craft Beers In Australia Have Just Been Named

— Updated on 31 January 2023
Chris Singh
Chris Singh

Each year, the GABS Festival Hottest 100 craft beer countdown serves as Australia’s biggest and most authoritative ranking of craft beer, picking apart the frenetic scene to help dial in the best and block out the rest.

Australia’s still teeming with new craft beer releases almost every week, so having something like this to somewhat act as a guide is always a good way to put some crackers on your radar for the year to come. And it’s even better now that the GABS hottest 100 list for 2022 represents somewhat of a switch-up from previous iterations, making way for new champions Mountain Culture who take the top spot with the smooth Status Quo pale ale.

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The reigning champion for both the 2020 and 2021 lists, Bentspoke Brewing Co’s Crankshaft American IPA has dropped to the third spot, clocking in just behind Balter’s XPA Pale Ale and ahead of Stone & Wood’s Pacific Pale Australian Pale Ale. Round out the top five is Queensland-based brewery Your Mates with Larry Australian Pale Ale.

A record-equalling 58 breweries made the list this year, with 28 beers from NSW, 18 from Victoria, 26 from Queensland, 11 from Western Australia, nine from the ACT and eight from South Australia.

See below for the full list of the Tin Diesels that most impressed the panel of expert GABS beer drinkers. And remember, if you want someone to curate the best for you and deliver them straight to your door, you should get across our round-up of the best beer subscription services in the country.

GABS Festival Hottest 100 Craft Beers (2022)

  1. Mountain Culture – Status Quo Hazy Pale Ale
  2. Balter Brewing Balter – XPA Pale Ale
  3. BentSpoke Brewing Co – Crankshaft American IPA
  4. Stone & Wood Brewing Co – Pacific Ale Australian Pale Ale
  5. Your Mates Brewing Co – Larry Australian Pale Ale
  6. Better Beer – Better Beer Zero Carb Australian Pilsner
  7. Young Henrys – Newtowner Australian Pale Ale
  8. Coopers Brewery – Original Pale Ale Australian Pale Ale
  9. Bridge Road Brewers – Beechworth Pale Ale American Pale Ale
  10. Black Hops Brewery – G.O.A.T. New England IPA
  11. Gage Roads Brewing Co – Single Fin Australian Pale Ale
  12. Capital Brewing Co – Capital XPA Pale Ale
  13. Pirate Life Brewing – South Coast Pale Ale American Pale Ale
  14. Revel Brewing Co – Strawberries & Cream Sour Ale Kettle Sour
  15. Mountain Culture – Cult IPA New England IPA
  16. Brookvale Union – Ginger Beer
  17. Philter Brewing – Philter XPA Australian Pale Ale
  18. Beerfarm Royal – Haze Hazy IPA
  19. Balter Brewing – Hazy IPA
  20. Black Hops Brewery – East Coast Haze Hazy Pale Ale
  21. Balter Brewing – Eazy Hazy Hazy Pale Ale
  22. Little Creatures – Little Creatures Pale Ale American Pale Ale
  23. Heads Of Noosa Brewing Co – Japanese Style Lager
  24. BentSpoke Brewing Co – Barley Griffin Australian Pale Ale
  25. 4 Pines Brewing Co – 4 Pines Pacific Ale Australian Pale Ale
  26. Coopers Brewery – Sparkling Ale Australian Pale Ale
  27. Hawke’s Brewing – Hawke’s Patio Pale American Pale Ale
  28. Brick Lane Brewing Co – One Love Pale Ale American Pale Ale
  29. Grifter Brewing Co – Pale Australian Pale Ale
  30. Modus Brewing – Modus Cerveza Lager
  31. Mountain Goat Beer – GOAT Very Enjoyable Beer Lager
  32. Better Beer – Better Beer Ginger Beer
  33. Heaps Normal – Quiet XPA Pale Ale
  34. Capital Brewing Co – Coast Ale California Common
  35. Blackflag Brewing – Rage Juicy Pale Pale Ale
  36. Mountain Culture – Be Kind Rewind New England IPA
  37. Matso’s Broome Brewery – Matso’s Ginger Beer
  38. Your Mates Brewing Co – Tilly Ginger Beer
  39. Coopers Brewery – Coopers XPA American Pale Ale
  40. Balter Brewing – Bucket Full Of Nothin’ Hazy IIPA
  41. CBCo Brewing – Pale Ale American Pale Ale
  42. Capital Brewing Co – Hang Loose Juice Blood Orange NEIPA New England IPA
  43. 10 Toes Brewery – Pipeline Pale Australian Pale Ale
  44. Balter Brewing – Captain Sensible American Pale Ale
  45. Ballistic Beer Co – Hawaiian Haze Hazy Pale Ale
  46. Bright Brewery – Alpine Lager Lager
  47. KAIJU! Beer – KAIJU! KRUSH Australian Pale Ale
  48. Grifter Brewing Co – Serpents Kiss Fruit Beer
  49. Feral Brewing Co – Biggie Juice New England IPA
  50. White Rabbit – White Rabbit Dark Ale
  51. Big Shed Brewing Concern – Boozy Fruit New England IPA
  52. Green Beacon Brewing Co – Wayfarer Tropical Pale Ale Australian Pale Ale
  53. Range Brewing Co – Disco Hazy Pale Ale
  54. Stomping Ground Brewing Co – Gipps St Pale Ale American Pale Ale
  55. Young Henrys – Hazy Pale Ale
  56. Willie The Boatman – Albo Australian Pale Ale
  57. Burleigh Brewing Co – Twisted Palm Australian Pale Ale
  58. Hawke’s Brewing – Hawke’s Lager Australian Pilsner
  59. Akasha Brewing Co – Super Chill Australian Pale Ale
  60. Dainton Beer – Equalizer Hazy Pale Ale
  61. 4 Pines Brewing Co – 4 Pines Pale Ale American Pale Ale
  62. Kosciuszko Brewing Co – Kosciuszko Pale Ale American Pale Ale
  63. Black Hops Brewery – Black Hops Pale Ale Australian Pale Ale
  64. Brouhaha Brewery – Strawberry Rhubarb Sour Kettle Sour
  65. Moon Dog Craft Brewery ‚ Old Mate American Pale Ale
  66. Blackman’s Brewery – Juicy Banger Lager
  67. Capital Brewing Co – Trail Pale Ale American Pale Ale
  68. Hop Nation Brewing Co – J-Juice New England IPA
  69. Blackflag Brewing – Astro Punk XPA Pale Ale
  70. Gage Roads Brewing Co – Side Track All Day XPA Pale Ale
  71. Your Mates Brewing Co – Sally American IPA
  72. Bodriggy Brewing Co – Speccy Juice Session IPA
  73. Burleigh Brewing Co – Bighead No-carb Lager Lager
  74. Coopers Brewery – Coopers Pacific Pale Ale Australian Pale Ale
  75. Eumundi Brewery – Eumundi Alcoholic Ginger Beer
  76. Rocky Ridge Brewing Co – Jindong Juicy Hazy Pale Ale
  77. Young Henrys – Natural Lager Lager
  78. Dainton Beer – Blood Orange NEIPA New England IPA
  79. Hop Nation Brewing Co – Rattenhund Pilsner
  80. Capital Brewing Co – Rock Hopper IPA American IPA
  81. Little Creatures – Pacific Ale Australian Pale Ale
  82. Diablo Co – Diablo Ginger Beer
  83. Stone & Wood Brewing Co – Cloud Catcher Australian Pale Ale
  84. BentSpoke Brewing Co – Sprocket American IPA
  85. Gage Roads Brewing Co – Hazy As Hazy Pale Ale
  86. Wayward Brewing Co – Raspberry Berliner Weisse Berliner Weisse
  87. Young Henrys – Motorcycle Oil Porter
  88. Mismatch Brewing Co – Session Ale Session IPA
  89. Little Creatures – Rogers Amber Ale
  90. One Drop Brewing Co – Double Vanilla Custard Pancake Imperial Nitro Thickshake IPA Milkshake IPA
  91. 4 Pines Brewing Co – Hazy Pale Ale
  92. Balter Brewing – Balter IPA American IPA
  93. Coopers Brewery – Best Extra Stout
  94. Hawkers Beer – West Coast IPA American IPA
  95. Gage Roads Brewing Co – Pipe Dreams Coastal Lager Australian Pilsner
  96. Range Brewing Co – Lights + Music TIPA
  97. Dainton Beer – Jungle Juice Hazy IPA
  98. Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel – Three Sheets Australian Pale Ale
  99. Bad Shepherd Brewing Co – Peanut Butter Porter Porter
  100. One Drop Brewing Co – We Jammin’ Sour

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Chris Singh
Chris is a freelance Travel, Food, and Technology writer. He has had work published by The AU Review, Junkee Media and Australian Traveller Media and holds tertiary qualifications in Psychology and Sociology.


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