The Top 5 Craft Beers To Take Camping

Date Posted:15 March 2021 

Ah, camping. An Aussie pastime loved by many. The birds are singing, the trees are swaying and there’s an abundance of quality time spent with family and friends. A time to unwind, to lay back on your deck chair with the sound of gently lapping waves in the distance breathing in the crisp coastal air.  

With a lingering ban on international travel and no end in sight, the necessity of remaining closer to home has never been so appealing. 

Of course, It’s not all doom and gloom - after all we live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Camping takes us back to enjoying the simple things in life, relaxing over a BBQ and forgetting the stresses of days past.

Can it get any better?

 In short, yes. One important thing is missing: beer. 

To that end, we’ve reached out to our mates BeerCartel and asked for them to compile a list of our top 5 beers they recommend we take camping.  For good measure they’ve even thrown in an alcohol free number! Who says you can’t enjoy a beer or ten and be capable of driving a boat? Enjoy. 

Grifter Pale Ale

What: Grifter Pale Ale, Sydney 5% ABV - Get it from BeerCartel.

Why you’ll love it: A Marrickville favourite, this delicious golden Australian pale ale possesses a light malt body and hop-forward finish. Perfect to sit back and sip around a BBQ and share with mates. As part of their core-range, it’s easy to get hold of if you live in Greater Sydney, so you can continue enjoying it in the comfort of your own home. 


Moondog Lager

What: Moondog Lager, Melbourne 4.5% ABV - Get it from BeerCartel

Why you’ll love it: This sessionable lager from Moondog is everything you need this summer. It’s light and crisp, using Aussie hops for a smooth finish. The cans come in 330ml, making it easier to carry. In their words they've been ‘Crafting bloody good beer since 2010’. At $67.99 a case, what’s not to love?


Colonial Porter

What: Colonial Porter, Melbourne 5% ABV - Get it from BeerCartel

Why you’ll love it: This creamy, well-balanced porter is spot-on for camping in cooler weather. With a smooth mouth-feel, lingering caramel notes and warm malt-driven palette, it’s a great darker beer for those who want to try a different flavour profile. Something with a hint of sweetness, balanced with a toasted malt bitterness. Sessionable and enjoyable. 


Balter XPA

What: Balter XPA, Queensland 5% ABV - Get it from BeerCartel.

Why you’ll love it: One of the first XPA’s on the Aussie market, this bad boy has been voted Australia's best craft beer multiple times - and for good reason.Tailored for those who enjoy a fully-hopped beer that’s still easy to drink, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better sessionable and fruity beer. 


Heaps Normal Beer

What: Heaps Normal XPA, 0.5% - Get it from BeerCartel.  

Why you’ll love it: This is a game-changer, folks. The guys at Heaps Normal have seemingly achieved the impossible. They've created a full-flavoured XPA without the downsides. The Heaps Normal Quiet XPA tastes like a delicious, crisp and refreshing beer. Tropical and citrus aroma with a lingering and more importantly, that unmistakably beery finish. No hangovers, just good times.

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