The world of craft beer has gone from the realms of relative obscurity to general acceptance in a very short space of time in Australia. While brewing outside of the big houses has been there, it is only in the last few years that a real boom in the sheer number of breweries has exploded.

Want to get yourself started on the journey into craft beer but unsure where to start? We’re here to help.

See the menus below to get some ideas for your next trip to the bottle shop. We’ll aim to keep these as accessible, relevant and updated as possible with new lines entering the market daily.

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What do you normally drink?

Traditional Lager (West End, XXXX, Tooheys Extra Dry, Hahn Super Dry etc.)

TRY THESE INSTEAD

Shifty Lizard
Easy Ale

Price: $$ | State: SA
Independent

Shifty Lizard are based in Willunga and have been producing some quality, heavier style beers for a while now. This relatively new release is a perfect step into the world of craft beer.

Mismatch
Lager

Price: $$ | State: SA
Independent

A tastier, well priced, dry style lager from an independent South Australian brewery. What isn’t to like about this alternative?

Rover
Henty St Ale | Gilbert St Lager

Price: $ | State: Vic
Independent

Produced by Hawkers, these cartons can normally be sourced for around $50 and make a fantastic entry craft beer alternative to your traditional lagers. Go for the recently introduced lager if you prefer to stick with the dryness of the beers mentioned above or dip into the Henty Street for something with a little more flavour.

James Squires 150 Lashes

James Squire – Owned by Lion Co/ Kirin (Japan)

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The Suburban Brew
Pale Ale

Price: $$ | State: SA
Independent

An award winning Pale Ale from a local independent brewery. Suburban have recently expanded their range but the original Pale Ale is still one of their best.

Hawkers
Pale Ale

Price: $$ | State: Vic
Independent

A recent switch to cans and a change to their logo has not altered this beers position as a solid independent alternative. 4 packs around the $20 mark; If the season is right you might be able to get your hands on their XPA which is an absolute winner.

Bridge Road
Beechworth Pale

Price: $$ | State: Vic
Independent

An incredibly consistent pale ale which can usually be found for around the $20 mark for a six pack. Great tasting entry beer and a fantastic alternative to an admittedly already decent beer.

Prancing Pony
XPA

Price: $$$ | State: SA
Independent

Another brewery to recently switch to cans, Prancing Pony has produced quality beers for a number of years now and this fairly recent addition is a winner in the approachable beer segment. Sitting at 4.1% and a packing a great flavour, this is a great local alternative.
Corona

Corona – rights owned by Carlton United Breweries (CUB)/ AB Inbev in Australia

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Stone & Wood
Pacific Ale

Price: $$ | State: NSW
Independent

Potentially a contentious alternative considering it is quite different in style. Stone & Wood is increasingly easy to come by in most pubs across Australia, even in those traditionally sceptical of having a tap devoted to a beer not from Lion or CUB.

Mismatch
Session Ale

Price: $ | State: SA
Independent

Mismatch Session Ale has quickly become a staple in the South Australian beer landscape and often on tap in venues which lack options. Low to moderate flavour, very approachable and perfect for a hot day.
Imported Lager (Peroni, Heineken, Stella Artois)

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Young Henrys
Stayer Mid | Lager | Newtowner Pale

Price: $ | State: NSW

A perfect example of what you can buy for around the same money from an independant Australian brewery. Go the lager for that traditional dry flavour profile, the Newtowner Pale for an all round classic or their Stayer Mid for something packing a lower ABV.

Lobethal Bierhaus
Bohemian Pilsner

Price: $$ | State: SA

A pilsner (lager) from one of the longest running craft breweries in South Australia (2007). Their Bohemian Pilsner is a delicious example of the style and a great alternative to these imported beers.
Furphy

Furphy – Owned by Lion Co/ Kirin (Japan)

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Young Henrys
Stayer Mid | Lager | Newtowner Pale

Price: $ | State: NSW

A perfect example of what you can buy for around the same money from an independant Australian brewery. Go the lager for that traditional dry flavour profile, the Newtowner Pale for an all round classic or their Stayer Mid for something packing a lower ABV.

Mismatch
Pale Ale

Price: $$ | State: SA

It’s hard to avoid Mismatch in South Australia these days and their pale ale makes a great alternative to Furphy for something with more flavour and you get the added benefit of supporting a local brewery.
Fat Yak Pale Ale

Fat Yak – Owned by CUB/ AB Inbev (Belgium)

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Prancing Pony
Hopwork Orange

Price: $$ | State: SA

Prancing Pony have recently undergone a rebrand and moved a few of their lines to cans. Hopwork Orange is not overly hoppy but is a great option to try something multiple levels higher in flavour.

Stone & Wood
Pacific Ale

Price: $$ | State: NSW

Stone & Wood is increasingly easy to come by in most pubs across Australia, even in those traditionally sceptical of having a tap devoted to a beer not from Lion or CUB.
Little Creatures Pale Ale

Little Creatures – Owned by Lion Co/ Kirin (Japan)

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Uraidla
Third Eye Pale Ale

Price: $$ | State: SA
Independent

One of the newest but most consistent breweries in South Australia also makes a delicious standard pale ale. If you haven’t tried Uraidla’s beers yet then do yourself a favour.

Balter
XPA

Price: $$ | State: Qld
CUB

Unfortunately Balter has recently been purchased by CUB however their XPA has consistently been one of the best beers in Australia. A fantastic beer to go for if you’re reasonably fresh to the craft scene.
James Boags Premium Lager

James Boags – Owned by Lion/ Kirin (Japan)

Pikes Beer Company
Pilsner

Price: $$ | State: SA
Independent

Based in Clare, Pikes have been producing high quality beer for quite some time in South Australia. Their Pilsner (Lager) is a more than adequate independent South Australian option for Boags Premium.

Swell Brewing
Lager

Price: $$ | State: SA
Independent

If you haven’t been to the Swell tap room in McLaren Vale then we highly suggest you do. If just requiring a beer from your closest bottle shop then give their lager a go. Nice crisp taste and decently priced.
Asahi

Vale
Ale

Price: $ | State: SA

A staple across South Australia for quite some time now. Vale has been producing well priced, tasty beers which provide a great first step into the world of craft.

Mismatch
Lager

Price: $$ | State: SA
Independent

A tastier, well priced, dry style lager from an independent South Australian brewery. What isn’t to like about this alternative?
Coopers Pale Ale

There will be no degrading of the Coopers brand here. Well and truly the largest independant brewer in Australia and still make consistently fantastic beer. They only miss out on the seal of independence due to their size. If you are looking to change things up a little I would look towards:

Bridge Road – Beechworth Pale Ale (Independent)

Balter – XPA (CUB)

Kaiju – Krush (Independent)

The Suburban Brew – Pale Ale (Independent)

Pirate Life – Pale Ale (CUB)

All are quality beers and provide something different. From this point you can choose the direction you’d like to take.

Looking for these beers and more?

See our guide to the best craft bottle shops in South Australia.

Graild is dedicated to showcasing the best in drinks from all styles. Recommendations and suggested options with a desire to drink different.

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