The Liquor Cabinet

The Best Craft Beer for Every Season

From sweltering summers to chilly winters, there’s a craft beer to suit every season.

Craft beer is booming. The sheer quality, diversity and originality of Australian craft beers has pushed a once-niche industry into the spotlight. Ask a real enthusiast what they love about craft beer though, and they’ll tell you: the next one.


For many the appeal of craft beer is its creativity, especially when it comes to seasonal, small batch craft brews – after all, brewers know beer lovers are more likely to reach for a summer ale than a stout when the mercury is rising.


Sweltering days call for crisp and fruity flavoured beers that are refreshing and won’t feel too heavy. Showing off the European penchant for adding fruit to beer, Nomad Rosie’s Raspberry Sour Ale is a tart take on Berliner Weisse.


A fan favourite, Balter XPA is a fully-hopped ale with a bitter finish, while also worth trying is Gage Roads Single Fin Summer Ale, a light-bodied beer with fruity aromas.

If you prefer lager, Young Henrys Stayer Mid has a slightly bitter finish and a lower alcohol content for longer drinking sessions.



Cooler, shorter days call for a craft beer with more body and complexity. Ease into the season with 4 Pines Kolsch, a German-style golden ale with citrus aromas.


For a more robust flavour profile and pine notes, try the triple dry-hopped Akasha Hopsmith IPA.

Keep cosy with the caramel malt and toffee notes featured in BentSpoke’s Red Nut IPA, while their Crankshaft IPA is a medium-bodied drop with a strong tropical aroma fit for warmer days.



When the cold sets in, the heavy beers step up and warm you up, with stout and ales the winter tipple of choice. Complex and rich, White Rabbit Dark Ale has hints of caramel and chocolate.


Another worth trying is Monteith’s Black Beer. This dark ale from the land of the long white cloud features coffee notes and a smooth finish.


If you prefer stout, FogHorn Sligo Stout has dark chocolate and roast coffee notes with a strong hop taste, while Coopers Best Extra Stout, has heavy chocolate, citrus and bitter hop flavours.



With unpredictable weather and warmer weather on the horizon, spring is the time to try something new.

Brewed in the style of a traditional Belgian witbier, Blue Moon Belgian White has a distinctive cloudy appearance and citrus notes.


Pirate Life Port Local Lager is also a good spring go-to, with earthy flavours and spicy hops, while Tinnies Pale Ale has a hazy amber colour and smooth biscuit flavour.


Finally, made with Australian hops, Stone & Wood’s Pacific Ale is a crisp all-rounder, no matter what the season.

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